Environmental Protection

Wetlands


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.

Current biochemical reactor appearance

Treating Mine Tailings Runoff

Park City, Utah, hit pay dirt with an anaerobic biochemical reactor that removed more than 99 percent of cadmium and zinc from shallow groundwater.

Update of Draft National Wetland Plant List Available for Review and Comment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting public comments on the updated draft National Wetland Plant List developed as part of an ongoing interagency effort to identify and assign wetland plant ratings to species found in the United States and its territories.

2005 Wetlands Excavation Ends with Fine, Restoration Order

Kevin Vaughan did not get the necessary permits to move earth near the Missouri River in Dixon County, Neb.

seagrass

Report Finds Restoration Techniques Do Speed Seagrass Recovery

Results of a five-year monitoring effort to repair seagrass damaged in a boat grounding incident suggest that restoration techniques such as replanting seagrass can speed recovery time.

The Plum Island Estuary

USGS: Some Significant Wetlands May Disappear by End of 21st Century

Many coastal wetlands worldwide — including several on the U.S. Atlantic coast — may be more sensitive than previously thought to sea-level rise projections for the 21st century, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Cornell Study Follows Nitrogen Runoff Clues to Tile Drainage on Farms

Possible solutions include installing wetlands to filter tile drainage, fertilizing fields in the spring, and planting winter crops.

Bouchard Transportation Agrees to $6M Settlement for Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Damages

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. and its affiliates will pay more than $6 million to settle a portion of the federal and state natural resource damages claims for the April 2003 spill of up to 98,000 gallons of oil into Buzzards Bay, according to the Department of Justice.

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