Environmental Protection

Wetlands


Are Wetlands Protected Under CWA?

When the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the consolidated cases of Rapanos v. United States and Carabell v. United States in 2006, observers hoped the Court would supply much-needed clarification to the federal Clean Water Act’s (CWA) dominion over wetlands. Instead, the Court could not reach a consensus, and regulation and enforcement of the law has been mired in confusion ever since.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

On Golden Swamp

Hurricane Katrina left a wake of devastation in its path -- thousands dead, New Orleans flooded, a whole population displaced, and billions of dollars in destruction all along the Gulf Coast. A true national disaster, Katrina revealed the coast's vulnerability.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Weathering the Storm

Aug. 25, 2005: Hurricane Katrina, the 11th named tropical storm, fourth hurricane, and first Category 5 hurricane of the season, makes landfall north of Miami, Fla., killing dozens. Four days later, the slightly weakened system touches down on the Central Gulf Coast of Louisiana.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

What's Up Dock?

Near-shore construction projects can take forever. Design, environmental studies, permitting, building, and unforeseen circumstances, create a labyrinth worthy of any Minotaur.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

If You Build It

Stormwater managers around the country are challenged by growing regulatory requirements in the face of increasingly urbanized land uses. As cities continue to grow, more and more areas are covered with roads, buildings, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces.

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.



Remediation Marathon Style

In-situ biological treatment (bioremediation) systems have now gained widespread acceptance for dealing with sites impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons. However, at many remediation sites, the need to pump groundwater to maintain gradient control still generates a stream of contaminated water requiring treatment, even if in-situ technologies are being employed.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2004 issue of Environmental Protection.

Controlling the Flow

A nine-year, $5.29 million road improvement project in Washington County, Ore., is finally coming to a close in June 2004. With its completion, a community and wetland will begin to enjoy its benefits, including improved pedestrian safety and traffic flow, and protection from erosion and flooding for nearby Johnson Creek.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2004 issue of Environmental Protection.

Red Mud Wrestling

Louisiana contains approximately 40 percent of the coastal wetlands in the United States. These wetlands consist of swamps and both economically and environmentally important freshwater and saltwater marshes. The wetlands support nearly a third of the fish and shellfish yields in the lower 48 states and approximately 40 percent of its fur harvest, while there are more than 200,000 acres of private oyster leases. Also, the wetlands provide a wintering habitat for more than half of the ducks and geese in the Central and Mississippi Flyways.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2002 issue of Environmental Protection.

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