Environmental Protection


Energy Companies Retire Oil and Gas Leases

Nearly 29,000 acres in Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front is being returned to the Bureau of Land Management.

Agency Targets Stormwater, CAFOs for Chesapeake Bay Watershed

EPA has set a timetable to deliver ruelmakings on offsets, confined animal feeding operations, and stormwater to strengthen controls on major sources of pollutants to the bay.

Baylor Study Links Phosphorus Level to Water, Plant Declines

Using the Baylor Experimental Aquatic Research stream facility, researchers found that concentrations above 20 parts per billion resulted in more algae growth and lower dissolved oxygen.

Watershed Academy Webcast Presents Lakes Assessment

On Jan. 5, EPA will present a Webcast on the draft findings of the National Lakes Assessment.

East Resources to Fund Monitoring Network in Susquehanna River Basin

Natural gas developer will provide $750,000 to monitor water quality conditions through areas of the watershed where Marcellus Shale development occurs.

Virginia Adopts Stormwater Rules for Construction

Enhanced regulations call for not more than 0.45 pounds of phosphorus per acre per year to run off newly developed properties.

New York Rejects Plan to Put Dredged Material at New London

State says Navy can dispose of material at Central Long Island Sound Disposal Site until it develops a dredged material management plan.

America's Great Waters Coalition Banks on Numbers for Action

More than 30 organizations are represented in a new coalition that will leverage support from citizens across the United States.

USGS: Soil Sends Mercury to Shenandoah Valley Rivers

Contaminated riverbank and floodplain soils are the major source of mercury in fish from several Shenandoah Valley rivers.

Georgia Team to Study Treaties, Rivers, and Water Conflicts

The work of the University of Georgia's Jaroslav Tir and Douglas Stinnett is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

Urban Land Institute Looks at Land and Water

Nationally acclaimed public and private sector authorities headline program.

Groups Lobby for Chesapeake Landscapes in Report

The Friends of the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake Trail, the Environmental Law Institute, and the National Geographic Society recommend the development of a bold and coordinated strategy for conserving the Chesapeake’s treasured landscapes and call for more federal investment in land conservation.

Webcast Shares Report from Nutrient Innovations Task Group

Ephraim King, Craig Cox, and Walter Baker will discuss task group recommendations, how to address nutrient pollutants, and successful approaches in a Watershed Academy webcast on Dec. 1.

Corps of Engineers Closes Chicago Sanitary and Ship Channel Section

Agency is planning to perform scheduled maintenance on Barrier IIA, which protects the Great Lakes from Asian carp.

Stimulus to Fund Work on Upper Springbrook Creek

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has funded a contract for the design of the Upper Springbrook Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project in Renton, Wash.

Tribes May Apply for $3.5 M in Grants for Puget Sound

EPA will award grants between $200,000 and $600,000 for direct, local action to benefit the Puget Sound ecosystem.

Ashtabula River Cleanup Moves toward Restoration

EPA's Great Lakes Legacy Act project is in its final phase, contributing habitat for fish spawning, waterfowl, and other aquatic organisms.

Rabbitsfoot Mussel Joins List of Endangered Candidates

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its annual list of candidates for the Endangered Species Act.

USGS: Pesticide Levels Down or Unchanged in Corn Belt Rivers

Study says declines follow lower application rates and EPA regulatory action over the period 1996 to 2006.

$2.4 M Funds Strategy Work for Gulf Dead Zone

NOAA research grants to help answer when, where and how hypoxia develops at finer temporal and spatial scales.

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