By David Bailey and Ernest Scheyder – Reuters – June 22, 2016

A federal judge has struck down the Obama administration's rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, a victory for oil and gas producers and state regulators who opposed the rules as an egregious overreach. The ruling, which the White House vowed to appeal, halts the administration's efforts to address what it sees as safety concerns in the industry and reverses what producers had seen as a first step toward full federal regulation of all fracking activity. For full story, click here.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – June 20, 2016

EPA is interested in stimulating further research and use of the findings of the 2011 National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA). The Wetland Campus Research Challenge encourages participants to use the NWCA dataset on sources of stress to wetlands, and explore effective ways to reduce such stress to protect, sustain, and restore the ecological health of the Nation’s wetlands. EPA will award $5000 to one or more Grand Prize winner(s) or team(s). Additional prizes may be awarded based on merit. Award winners and their University will receive national recognition by being featured on EPA’s website, and offered opportunities to speak on webcasts, at meetings, and other events. For additional information, click here.

 

Contact: Enesta Jones – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – June 14, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) are providing for the first time $1.4 million in grants for nine projects to improve land management of hundreds of thousands of acres of watersheds in seven states. Grants were awarded to organizations in California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia to provide short-term funding to leverage larger financing for targeted watershed protection; to provide funds that help build the capacity of local organizations for sustainable, long-term watershed protection; or to support new techniques or approaches that advance the state of practice for watershed protection and that can be replicated across the country. For full news release, click here.

Newsroom America – June 16, 2016

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency $465,000 for water quality monitoring in the San Juan River. This funding is in addition to $1 million awarded in October for water quality monitoring and ecological restoration activities throughout the Reservation. For full story, click here.

By Sam Hananel, Associated Press – U.S. News –May 31, 2016

The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development due to concerns about water pollution. The justices ruled unanimously Tuesday that a Minnesota company could file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the agency's determination that its land is off limits to peat mining under the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.