Wetlands

May 22, 2015--Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation (New York Times)

The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.


April 24, 2015--Oil and gas drilling is consuming millions of acres of US farmland: Study (International Business Times)

As oil and gas drilling ramps up in the central U.S. and Canada, the region is losing an increasing amount of cropland, ranches and forests to industrial activities. In recent years, huge swaths of the Great Plains have given way to well sites, oil pads, parking lots and gravel roads that service the energy industry, researchers say.


February 25, 2015--Wetlands loss greater than any other ecosystem (Tucson News Now)

A wetland is land that is covered/saturated with water, permanently or seasonally. It usually has plants and animals not seen anywhere else that require a lot of water with areas of land as well. This ecosystem is vital to earth but is diminishing at an alarming rate. According to WWF's Living Planet Report 64 percent of wetlands have disappeared since the year 1900.


February 16, 2015--Scientists look at role of wetlands in battle against climate change (Phys.org)

The role rainforests play through storing carbon in the battle against climate change is well understood, but Deakin University scientists now believe the humble swamp, or freshwater wetland, could be up to 50 times more effective.


November 21, 2014--Dallas issues Wolf Creek decision (Valley Courier)

Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas announced his decision yesterday to approve a land exchange between the Rio Grande National Forest and Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture (LMJV), the developer for the Village at Wolf Creek, which will provide Highway 160 access to the development. "We just did the best, mo


August 3, 2014--Man-made wetlands turn wastewater into tap water (Washington Post)

As murky water snakes through a man-made wetland between Dallas and Houston, its shallow ponds of lush vegetation slowly filter out phosphorous and nitrates until, a week later, the water runs clear as a creek into the area drinking supply.


June 27, 2014--EPA wants Western input on changes to 'waters of the U.S.' rule (KVNF)

The North Fork of the Gunnison River flows through southwestern Colorado. It’s a waterway the feeds into the Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River, which supplies drinking water to millions of people in the West. The North Fork is protected by the Clean Water Act under the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” The U.S.


May 1, 2014--U.S.D.A. announces $386 million in conservation programs (Northern Colorado Business Report)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for new conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill.  The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support recreational activities and boost the economy, the agriculture department said.


April 14, 2014--Colorado wetlands to regain federal protection (Post Independent)

A proposed federal rule would restore protection to hundreds of Colorado streams and big swaths of wetlands, including beloved alpine creeks and the sandy washes of the Front Range that only hold water seasonally. The seasonal streams and disconnected wetlands long were covered under the Clean Water Act, but a pair of complex U.S.


March 27, 2014--GOP bill takes on EPA water authority (Water Online)

Water policy has become a rallying point for conservatives in Congress this year. The right is backing legislation known as the Defense of Environment and Property Act. The bill aims to cut back the federal government's authority to regulate wetlands. Sen.


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