Feb 062015
Interior urges State to consider previous Keystone comments

The Interior Department has “encouraged the State Department to give appropriate consideration to comments previously submitted during the Keystone XL permit review process as well as concerns expressed by some tribes in Indian Country about the project,” spokesperson Jessica Kershaw said in response to an inquiry. EPA has released its comments, but Interior declined to […]

Feb 052015

See our Federal Register page for more Posted for Public Inspection  NMFS begins 5-year reviews of 32 listed species: 17 evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon; 11 distinct population segments (DPSs) of steelhead; the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin DPSs of yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio rockfish; and the southern DPS of eulachon | More […]

Lineup set for Feb. 4 WOTUS hearing on Capitol Hill

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Feb 032015
Lineup set for Feb. 4 WOTUS hearing on Capitol Hill

The lineup is set for the hearing tomorrow on the EPA/Corps proposed rule to define “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The hearing is being held jointly by the Full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Witnesses representing state attorneys general, state departments […]

Jan 292015
House bill would prevent proposed "waters" rule from becoming law

An Arizona congressman was joined by more than 100 House members in introducing a bill that would prevent EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from “developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing” the proposed rule defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Echoing a theme that has been sounded […]

Jan 282015

EPA has sent the following notice to the Federal Register for publication: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505; FRL-9922-23-Region-10] Notice of Status Update on the Proposed Determination for the Pebble Deposit Area, Southwest Alaska AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of status update. SUMMARY: On July 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the […]

Jan 152015
Connectivity of Streams & Wetlands to Downstream Waters:<br>A Review & Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence

Table of Contents, list of members, preface, figures, tables (links in this doc only work within the Table of Contents) Executive Summary Introduction Chapter 2 – An Integrated Systems Perspective on Interactions of Watersheds, Streams, Wetlands and Downstream Waters Chapter 3 – Streams: Physical, Chemical and Biological Connections to Rivers Chapter 4 – Wetlands: Physical, […]

Jan 152015

Editor’s note: Made a change after looking at this again. Instead of saying the report concluded that “waters are generally connected to one another,” (a statement I believe is likely true if one considers the volume of water across the landscape, but which I cannot support empirically), I have written, “even isolated wetlands can affect […]

Dec 112014

Updated 12/14/14 EPA has been barred from doing any work on its potential veto of a permit for a controversial gold mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. “[D]efendants must stop all work connected to the 404(c) proceeding. Defendants may not engage in any activities related to the 404(c) process,” U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland said […]

Nov 202014

11/20/2014: Collaboration with Federal and State Agencies, Rice Growers and Industry Further Protect Endangered Salmon and Steelhead Trout. (EPA release, and below) Release Date: 11/20/2014 Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7849 202-564-4355 WASHINGTON —Collaboration among federal and state agencies, rice growers and industry has created federally enforceable restrictions of the pesticide thiobencarb to protect threatened and […]

Oct 232014

EPA and the Corps of Engineers have announced the release of the final peer review of EPA’s “connectivity” report — literally, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence. Here is the final peer review, posted on Endangered Species & Wetlands Report’s website. Here’s part of the […]