The Army Corps of Engineers has decided all trees must be removed that are 15 feet from a levee.Â The corps is worried tree roots could weaken levees meant to protect low elevation communities.Â Of course, the corps’ record is marred with mistakes when it comes to safeguarding communities from catastrophic floods, like New Orleans.
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The landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed in 1972 intending to protect and clean up all of America’s waterways. Two relatively recent Supreme Court cases have rolled back protection of American waters by narrowing CWA definitions, and the Obama administration would like to restore the act’s original intentions.Â Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) has reintroduced […]
One of the most common forms of litter are cigarette butts.Â Once these butts enter waterways, they become toxic to fish.Â According to a new study by San Diego Sate University (SDSU), filter-tipped cigarette butts are deadly to marine and freshwater fish.Â In fact, researchers would like to have the butts classified as hazardous waste.
In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers say that the historical data for environmental changes can be gathered from the world’s large river deltas, and that this information is critical to better understanding of the results of human activity.
In 2000, legislation to restore the Everglades created a partnership between the US federal government and the state of Florida to undertake the largest environmental project in US history called the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).Â Under this agreement, saving the Everglades would take 30 years, and the burden of cost (estimated at $10 billion) […]
A modern day Gold Rush is happening in America! Membership in the Gold Prospectors of American Association has expanded by 20%, and 3000 new mining claims have been filed in California over the past two years. Â Over half of these new claims were filed in the first quarter of 2009! Â At over $900 an ounce, […]
Imagine if someone came into your neighborhood, blew up a few buildings, took what they wanted and dumped the toxic debris into your drinking water. What would you do?
Three common agricultural pesticides carbaryl, carbofuran and methomyl are jeopardizing the survival of salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest.Â Federal biologists warn these pesticides can affect andronomous fishes’ abilities to smell, swim, grow, and avoid predators, and ultimately will kill them in certain concentrations.Â The National Marine Fisheries Service is recommending restrictions and bans […]
A recent study, released by The International Upper Great Lakes Study Board (IUGLSB), has confirmed alarming news about the declining levels of water in the upper Great Lakes. According to the study, 6 billion more gallons of water are flowing out of out of Lakes Michigan and Huron each day as compared to 1971.Â What […]
An analysis of the stream flow data for 925 of the world’s largest rivers over the last 56 years has found that rivers in some of the most populated regions are losing water. The authors of the study suggest that the reduced flow is linked to climate change, and say that it could put water […]
Jell-O may be used to kill off non-native trout in Yellowstone National Park. Yes … I said Jell-O. Illegally introduced into the park, lake trout heavily threatens the native cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake. Something the park service has been contending with since 1994.
6,000 rare Irrawaddy dolphins have been discovered in the freshwater of Bangladesh’s Sundarbans mangrove forest and the Bay of Bengal. Previously, the largest group of Irrawaddy dolphins were thought to be in the low hundreds. The recent discovery has prompted new guidelines for marine wildlife viewing in the Pacific Islands.