Dept of Interior to shift away from ‘project-by-project’ management

Published:Friday, April 11, 2014

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has unveiled the outlines of a new landscape-level mitigation strategy across millions of acres of federal land that she said is designed to take the department’s agencies away from narrowly focused project-by-project assessments.

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Sage Grouse Rebellion: Will listing of two small birds limit oil drilling in the West?

Published:Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada.

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NC Governor Calls for Removing Coal Ash Ponds from Waterways

Published:Thursday, February 27, 2014

As national attention remains focused on North Carolina in wake of Duke Energy’s coal ash spill into the Dan River, North Carolina’s Governor has now called on Duke Energy and North Carolina officials to address the long-term problem of coal ash storage throughout the state in the only way that will stop ongoing pollution and remove the risk of more spills: move the ash. “We’re pleased to see that Governor McCrory has recognized that removing toxic coal ash from the banks of our rivers and drinking reservoirs – the long-term solution that is working today in South Carolina – is the also right solution for North Carolina and our region,” said Frank Holleman, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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New Home prepared for endangered American Burying Beetles

Published:Thursday, February 27, 2014

Oklahoma energy and construction companies now have another potential option for dealing with an endangered insect that has bugged operations in the state for years.

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Stream Banks – an Essential Tool to achieve No Net Loss

Published:Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Mitigation Banking” may be an difficult term but it’s proving to be an essential tool for improving and protecting wetlands, streams, and other aquatic resources impacted by development.

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Steering committee wants legislation to expand Florida DEP permitting authority to protect coastal wildlife

Published:Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Threatened and endangered coastal species besides just sea turtles could receive state permitting protection under legislation likely to be requested in 2015.

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Texas, drillers gear up for long-term battle over endangered species

Published:Thursday, February 20, 2014

HOUSTON — The state of Texas and other oil and gas industry supporters are advising energy companies to prepare for a decades-long fight over plant and animal conservation and the Endangered Species Act.

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Curbing Agricultural Runoff that Pollutes the Gulf of Mexico

Published:Thursday, February 20, 2014

From the Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2014
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NEW MADISON, Ohio— Kevin Hollinger planted radishes and oats last fall in his corn and soybean fields, but he isn’t planning to harvest them.

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Forestry Management in Riparian Buffers

Published:Friday, February 14, 2014

A Guide to Implementing Neuse River Basin and Tar-Pamlico River Basin Riparian Buffer Rules for Forest Management Activities was published by the NC Forest Service in July 2012 but worth re-reading or reading for the first time. The rules apply to perennial streams, intermittent streams, ponds, lakes, and estuaries located in either river basin. READ MORE at http://ncforestservice.gov/publications/Forestry%20Leaflets/WQ11.pdf

Overbank Flooding Event, Pancho Mitigation Bank

Published:Monday, February 10, 2014

Overbank sedimentation during flood events represents an important component of stream restoration success.

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