Monday, 22 September 2014 15:15
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, recently sent a letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, requesting that the Department allow a collapsed structure to remain serving as an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. “Decommissioned, idle platforms that develop into artificial reefs are becoming an indispensable resource for aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Vitter. “While this particular site has yet to obtain official status as an artificial reef site, the thriving ecosystem that has grown around it is already playing an important role in growing and sustaining our Gulf fisheries. The Administration should back off and allow it to prosper.” For full story, click here.
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:06
By Dr. Melissa McCoy – Global Water Forum – September 9, 2014
The Clean Water Act (CWA) is a federal law of the United States that governs the protection of surface waters from pollution. Enacted in 1972, the CWA was established to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of [U.S.] waters.” At the time of its enactment, two key goals of the CWA were to achieve fishable/swimmable ambient water quality throughout the U.S. by 1983 and to eliminate discharges of pollutants into U.S. waters by 1985. More than forty years later, these goals still have not been met. Nevertheless, the CWA has led to significant improvements in U.S. water quality, and other nations (including, recently, Iraq) have looked to the CWA while drafting environmental legislation. For full story, click here.