Environmental Protection

Wetlands


Warmer Temperatures Cause Aquatic Animals to Shrink

According to a new study, warmer temperatures cause greater reduction in the sizes of adult aquatic animals than in land-dwelling species.

Louisiana Wetlands Could be Restored by Mississippi River Diversions

In Nature Geoscience, a group of geologists from the University of Pennsylvania used the Mississippi River flood of 2011 to observe how new diversions in the Mississippi River’s levees could help restore the wetlands in Louisiana.

NYC Commences Huge Upgrade of Sewer and Water infrastructure

New York City begins fourth phase of sewer and water infrastructure that will help alleviate roadway flooding in Springfield Gardens, Queens.

Study to Determine Water Amount Needed for Steelhead Fish to Flourish

CITRIS researchers will implant 40 to 50 anadromous steelhead trout with acoustic tags to determine how much water they need in order to thrive.

Hypoxic Zones Researcher Wins 'Genius Grant'

Nancy Rabalais, marine ecologist and executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, won one of 23 new fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

10,000 Birds Die as "Everglades of West" Dries, Spreads Disease

Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are estimating that over 10,000 migrating birds have died so far this year because of reduced water flow to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and California. Officials say the final death toll may be close to 20,000 birds.

Insight Into River Formation Came From Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Geography professor Bruce Rhoads and geology professor Jim Best were conducting research where the Wabash River meets the Ohio River in the summer of 2008 when they heard about a new channel that had just formed, cutting off a bend in the winding Wabash just upstream from the confluence. That serendipity gave the researchers a rare view of a dynamic, little-understood river process that changed the local landscape and deposited so much sediment into the river system that it closed the Ohio River.

Grassland Plant Species Play Import Roles in Biodiversity

Recent study of grasslands shows that species variety more important to ecosystem services than previously thought.



Tide's Retreat and Advance Not as Constant as You Might Think

The ebb and flow of the ocean tides, generally thought to be one of the most predictable forces on Earth, are actually quite variable over long time periods, in ways that have not been adequately accounted for in most evaluations of prehistoric sea level changes.

Camp Company Fined $38,000 for Filling Wetlands in North Carolina

Camp Clearwater Enterprises Inc. will pay $38,000 for illegally filling wetlands on its property in White Lake, N.C., in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

Long Droughts Make Some Chemicals More Toxic to Aquatic Life

The study found that drought conditions make some chemicals in the environment more toxic to fish and other aquatic life.

Tests Show Biosensor Can Guide Environmental Cleanups

Tests of a new antibody-based “biosensor” developed by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science show that it can detect marine pollutants like oil much faster and more cheaply than current technologies. The device is small and sturdy enough to be used from a boat.

N.J. Waste Facility Pleads Guilty to Dumping in Upstate New York

The Justice Department says Eagle Recycling defrauded the United States and violated clean water and wire fraud laws.

Estuary Group to Link Wetlands Restoration to Carbon Markets

Restore America's Estuaries has partnered with Silvestrum and ESA PWA on the initiative and its requirements.

Montana Ranch to Restore Wetlands, Pay Penalty

During construction activities, Bar-1 Ranch allegedly destroyed 13.9 acres of wetlands along Ninemile Creek in violation of the Clean Water Act.

Researchers say plants are reacting to different levels of carbon dioxide.

Plants Releasing Less Water Due to Rising CO2, Study Says

Researcher says that the increase in carbon dioxide by about 100 parts per million has had a profound effect on the number of stomata and, to a lesser extent, the size of the stomata.

Ayer, Mass., Developer Protects Wetlands to Settle CWA Violations

Crabtree Development will give the town 7.6 acres of the Pingry Hill development.

Salazar Helps Break Ground on Picayune Strand Restoration Project

When completed in 2015, the $448-million project will feature three major pump stations, removal of 260 miles of roads, and filling in of 42 miles of canals to help restore water flows to the Everglades.

Blue Ribbon Committee to Address Resiliency for Gulf Coast

America’s WETLAND Foundation has launched an 18-month program that will involve communities from Texas to Florida.

Intact wetlands along coastal Louisiana.

New Orleans' Corps of Engineers to Use Modified Charleston Method

The mitigation assessment tool should improve process consistency when the Corps is determining the environmental impact of a particular project.

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