Owners give up developmental rights to protect critical watershed land in Mark West

GUY KOVNERTHE PRESS DEMOCRAT | December 24, 2018 Ambling through a forest on his rural Mark West area property, Ray Krauss bent over to pinch a fir tree sprout and pull it from the rain-damp ground. If the tiny green seedling grew much larger, Krauss would have to nip it with pruning shears, and were … Continue reading “Owners give up developmental rights to protect critical watershed land in Mark West”

CLEAN WATER ACT

EPA to scale back WOTUS definition — document Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporterGreenwire: December 6, 2018 The Trump administration will propose to severely restrict the number of wetlands and waterways covered by the Clean Water Act in an announcement expected next week. The proposed new definition of “waters of the U.S.,” or WOTUS, will erase federal … Continue reading “CLEAN WATER ACT”

Trump administration poised to strip protections from up to two-thirds of California streams and millions of acres nationwide

By Evan HalperDec 10, 2018 | 3:55 PM | Washington The Trump administration is poised to roll back Clean Water Act protections on millions of acres of waterways and wetlands, including up to two-thirds of California’s inland streams, following through on a promise to agriculture interests and real estate developers to rewrite an Obama-era rule limiting pollution. The administration’s … Continue reading “Trump administration poised to strip protections from up to two-thirds of California streams and millions of acres nationwide”

Trump Administration Proposes Free Pass for Water Polluters

WASHINGTON (December 11, 2018) – The Trump administration took action today to weaken key parts of the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers agencies jointly proposed exempting polluters from important programs that prevent and clean up water pollution, by removing protections from certain streams,wetlands, and other water bodies. This Dirty Water Rule … Continue reading “Trump Administration Proposes Free Pass for Water Polluters”

The Insect Apocalypse is Here

What  does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? (Excerpt from New York Times Magazine)Brooke Jarvis, November 27, 2018 In 2013, Krefeld entomologists confirmed that the total number of insects caught in one nature reserve was nearly 80 percent lower than the same spot in 1989. They had sampled other sites, analyzed old … Continue reading “The Insect Apocalypse is Here”

Clear-Cutting Forests

There is a clear-cut connection between healthy forests and that of water quantity, water quality, and climate that our society and wildlife depend.  This has been true even before the realization that Global Warming/Climate Change Impacts should have stopped this practice in its tracks. The value of forests to all of the above supercede the value … Continue reading “Clear-Cutting Forests”

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land

November 6, 2018, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. When these insects emerge as flying adults, they can pass drugs to spiders, birds, bats, and other streamside foragers. These findings by an … Continue reading “Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land”

Forest Conservation Is Part of the Climate Conversation Too

By Jason Daley | Sep 25 2018 When it comes to discussions about climate change, things like clean energy, carbon credits, and even climate engineering get a lot of attention. But one important solution has gotten lost in the mix: conserving forests. That’s why the North Carolina–based Dogwood Alliance, a group that advocates for southern forests, just … Continue reading “Forest Conservation Is Part of the Climate Conversation Too”

California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects the argument that California’s Sustainable … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”

Wine Woes and Water Stress: How Non-Essential Industries Cope with a Changing Climate

Michael Larrick  ·  September 21, 2018 Image: A concrete lined irrigation ditch runs between grape vines in South Africa’s Western Cape. Flickr user Jason Jones, Creative Commons. In discussions about water shortage, the topic of the human right to water seems to be a key topic of debate. Different countries approach the question of whether individuals should … Continue reading “Wine Woes and Water Stress: How Non-Essential Industries Cope with a Changing Climate”