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ESWR reaches end of the road

 Posted by on November 28, 2015
Nov 282015
 

Message from Editor/Publisher Steve Davies

I regret to inform you that I have decided to stop publishing Endangered Species & Wetlands Report. This decision did not come easily, but after failing for too long to meet a monthly publication schedule for the newsletter and neglecting (for the most part) to send out invoices, publication simply is no longer feasible. (One might say that I published ESWR with passion for 13 wonderful years – 20 years total).

In the end, working on my own no longer provided enough personal satisfaction to continue.

I have taken a position with Agri-Pulse Communications (www.agri-pulse.com), where I will write about a variety of issues affecting agriculture, including regulation of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). I expect that I will continue to write about endangered species and wetlands, off and on.

The website will remain online but will not be actively updated. Instead, I will attempt to organize the online materials that are already posted and make them as freely available as possible. I also intend to provide a guide to gathering information about the ESA and wetlands. My Twitter handle remains the same for now – @ESWR_Update – and you can always reach me at poplarav@gmail.com with any suggestions.

I cannot thank enough all the folks who helped me cover the fascinating and controversial topics of endangered species and wetlands: lawyers of all stripes, federal employees at numerous agencies, especially the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Army Corps of Engineers, and EPA, and many, many more people at environmental groups, industry trade groups, consulting firms, universities, and the like. This newsletter would never have been possible without your patient assistance.

I also extend personal thanks to friends and family members who have helped me in all kinds of ways over the years, especially my mother (still going strong at 91) and my late father, who read ESWR from the beginning and stored the issues in big three-ring binders.

Sincerely,

Steve Davies

 

Nov 132015
 

Critical habitat for the Riverside fairy shrimp was upheld by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson today.

                              from Center for Biological Diversity

The ruling came in a challenge from landowners who want to build a recycling center and landfill on 57 acres in San Diego County. The judge found that the Fish and Wildlife Service's economic analysis and NEPA determination were legal.

Bu the case isn't over. Jackson ordered additional briefing on the issue of whether 56 acres around the one-acre pond considered to be fairy shrimp habitat "is, in fact, watershed."

The portion of the administrative record submitted to the court "does not explain how the FWS determined that all of the geographic area that it designated as critical habitat qualifies as such," Jackson said.

Both sides "will have an opportunity to augment the Administrative Record Appendix and to file supplemental briefs that are limited to this factual issue," the judge said in her 62-page opinion.

Nov 102015
 

PRESS RELEASE, 11/10/15 Interior Department, State of California Announce Innovative Strategy for Renewable Energy and Conservation on Public Lands in California Desert Renewable energy milestone continues to advance Administration’s clean energy goals in push toward Paris climate discussions WASHINGTON –  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird […]

Nov 052015
 

Scroll down for email cancelling webinars, the description of one of the webinars, and emails from within NRCS about the need for the training. A Natural Resources Conservation Service official cancelled two webinars last year on the risks of neonicotinoid insecticides to aquatic ecosystems and pollinators, saying the topics were “not appropriate” for an NRCS-sponsored […]

Oct 142015
 

In the latest development in the WOTUS wars. a panel of federal judges has declined to move all the outstanding cases to the District of Columbia District Court, as requested by the Environmental Protection Agency. That leaves nine cases active in seven districts. (See the order below for a list of those cases.) “On the […]

Oct 142015
 

In the latest development in the WOTUS wars. a panel of federal judges has declined to move all the outstanding cases to the District of Columbia District Court, as requested by the Environmental Protection Agency. That leaves nine cases active in seven districts. (See the order below for a list of those cases.) “On the […]

Oct 092015
 

In 2-1 ruling, appeals court says a nationwide stay “honors the policy of cooperative federalism that informs the Clean Water Act” The Sixth Circuit has stayed implementation of the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule (or, as EPA would have it, the Clean Water Rule). The two judges in the majority were Circuit Judges […]