Environmental Protection

Wetlands


More Christmas Trees Added to Build Bayou Sauvage Habitat

This year's helicopter drop of 4,700 Christmas trees from Orleans Parish helps the national wildlife refuge create tree jetties that produce marsh habitat.

Oregon Pursuing Outstanding Resource Designation for North Fork Smith River

The proposal would designate the river, as well as its tributaries and associated wetlands, as Outstanding Resource Waters under Oregon's antidegradation regulations under the federal Clean Water Act. This would be the first such protection for a water body in Oregon.

Wading birds feed near wooden posts marking a research site in a Louisiana salt marsh in Port Fourchon, La. Color-coded posts mark research plots for the USGS-University of Texas Rio Grande Valley study. (USGS photo)

Study Warns of Big Impacts to Coastal Wetlands

"Most studies have focused on the impact of sea-level rise on coastal wetlands and have excluded the important role of temperature and precipitation," said Michael Osland, a USGS research ecologist and the study's co-author. "We know that climate influences how these wetlands look and work, so this study aimed to demonstrate the importance of considering these forces when modeling what coastal wetlands may look like in the future."

Coastal Erosion Requires Immediate Attention

Coastal Erosion Requires Immediate Attention

Louisiana's Governor says “we are in a race against time.”

BP Tallies Total Deepwater Horizon Costs: $61.6 Billion

"Over the past few months, we've made significant progress resolving outstanding Deepwater Horizon claims and today we can estimate all the material liabilities remaining from the incident. Importantly, we have a clear plan for managing these costs and it provides our investors with certainty going forward," said Brian Gilvary, BP's chief financial officer.

America’s Wetland Foundation Responds to Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Well Control Rule

The America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) is concerned that some provisions of the proposed Well Control Rule proposed by BSEE could have unintended consequences leading to less safety and environmental protection and a reduction in overall revenue sharing directed to financing coastal restoration.

First 'Deepwater Horizon' Movie Trailer Released

The debate already has begun about whether the movie cynically exploits the families of the workers who died or portrays them and the catastrophe honestly.

UN Celebrates World Wetlands Day

Thus far, 169 countries have signed the Convention on Wetlands and more than 2,200 sites have been designated and recognized as Wetlands of International Importance, covering an area larger than Mexico in all.



Timbervest Managed Habitats Up to 30,000 Acres

"Thanks to these projects, thousands of acres of degraded habitats will be restored or improved so that wildlife can thrive. We're proud of the fact that our company succeeds when the environment is restored," said Joel Shapiro, CEO of Timbervest LLC.

Grants Now Available for Wetland Projects in Maine

The State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications and proposals for wetland improvements and restoration. The projects should include ideas for dealing with climate change and floods, as well as ways to help improve wildlife habitats.

The NRCS and the NFWF have established a new partnership that will help provide more support for ongoing restoration projects of the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

New Partnership to Help Restore Gulf Coast After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The NRCS and the NFWF have established a new partnership that will help provide more support for ongoing restoration projects of the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

DOJ Announces Oil Spill Settlement

The government's complaint was filed in February 2013 in a Louisiana federal court, alleging that oil and an unauthorized chemical dispersant were discharged into the Gulf of Mexico from ATP-IP's oil and gas production platform called the ATP Innovator.

NOAA Analysis Documents Coastal Wetlands and Forest Loss

The agency found that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions -- an area larger than the state of Wisconsin -- experienced changes in land cover.

 After the BC mine catastrophe earlier this week, Alaskans are asking the EPA to finalize mine waste restrictions in order to protect their fishery.

BC Mine Failure Brings Pebble Mine Risks to Light

After the BC mine catastrophe earlier this week, Alaskans are asking the EPA to finalize mine waste restrictions in order to protect their fishery.

A new ruling in the Georgia Court of Appeals states that all waters are to be protected by 25-foot vegetative buffers under Georgia law.

All Waters in Georgia Protected by Buffers

A new ruling in the Georgia Court of Appeals states that all waters are to be protected by 25-foot vegetative buffers under Georgia law.

Thousands of Acres Preserved in South Carolina

More than 4,000 acres of land, including 2,000 acres of wetlands, will be preserved in South Carolina thanks to a wetland mitigation approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

New Plans for Coastal Restoration in Louisiana and Texas

New Plans for Coastal Restoration in Louisiana and Texas

In a presentation to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) has outlined new solutions to help expand and expedite coastal restoration efforts, in concert with Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.

A contract has been awarded by the South Florida Water Management District for construction to begin on a new water quality restoration project in the Everglades.

Water Quality Restoration Begins in Everglades

A contract has been awarded by the South Florida Water Management District for construction to begin on a new water quality restoration project in the Everglades.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Completes Wetlands Database and Mapping Tool

The Service completes a comprehensive data set of wetlands in U.S. states and territories that will aid developers, city planners, and regulators in advancing wetland conservation, economic development.

Reprioritizing Wetland Protection Through Sequencing

Now, more than ever, aquatic ecosystem components continue to be the primary water resource targeted for development.

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