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 […]

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 […]

Oct 132014

Environmental groups announced a couple of new lawsuits Monday, one against the Fish and Wildlife Service for withdrawing its proposal to lst the wolverine, and another against the Army Corps of Engineers for its use of nationwide permit 13. The first was filed today in Montana (Center for Biological Diversity v. Jewell, no # or […]

Jul 302014

In a decision issued today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a jurisdictional determination by the Army Corps of Engineers was not a final agency action and was thus not judicially reviewable (Belle Company v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 13-30262). The court affirmed a district court judge’s decision that said the court […]

Dec 102013

The federal government owes the state of Arkansas about $5.8 million, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 3, affirming a lower court determination after a remand from the Supreme Court (Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. U.S., 09-5121). The high court had held that the Army Corps of Engineers’ flooding of a wildlife management […]

Jun 272013

The U.S. Supreme Court, led by Justice Samuel Alito, roamed far beyond the bounds of previous takings decisions to issue a decision Tuesday that “will result in long-lasting harm to America’s communities,” law professor and takings expert John Echeverria predicted in an op-ed published yesterday by the New York Times. The 5-4 ruling in Koontz […]

Apr 252013

“W.Va. members of Congress promise action against EPA” is the headline in the West Virginia Record, whose article noted that 80 percent of the state’s congressional delegation had posted press releases criticizing the D.C. Circuit’s decision that said EPA had the authority to partially revoke a permit for the Spruce Mine. (Only Jay Rockefeller appears […]

Feb 142013
Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) releases report

The Fish and Wildlife Service has released the first annual report from the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). The service’s press release is reprinted below the map. The PPP-LCC (can I say that?) is one of 22 across the country. Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative releases first-ever annual report highlighting […]

Dec 112012
Sharp Park Section 9 case dismissed as moot

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston dismissed as moot a challenge to San Francisco’s management of a park occupied by California red-legged frogs and San Francisco garter snakes (Wild Equity Institute v. City and County of San Francisco,  11-958-SI, N.D. Cal.). Previously, there had been no Incidental Take Statement, but now, Illston said, there is: In […]