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.
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.
Near-shore construction projects can take forever. Design, environmental studies, permitting, building, and unforeseen circumstances, create a labyrinth worthy of any Minotaur.
- By Heida Diefenderfer, Shelly Randall
This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.