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Republican U.S. senators take aim at EPA proposed water rules
Monday, 30 June 2014 12:50

By Jim Hendricks – Albany Herald – June 23, 2014

Georgia’s U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss of Moultrie and Johnny Isakson of Marietta, have joined with 28 other Republican lawmakers to introduce legislation that would prevent the federal Environmental Protection Agency from expanding its authority over “nearly all private and state water in the United States.” The Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014 would prevent the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their rule proposed in March that the senators say would significantly expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.

Report warns world's oceans at point of collapse
Monday, 30 June 2014 12:50

World Bulletin – June 24, 2014

A new report by a group of former world leaders, including ex-prime minister Paul Martin, says fixing our oceans will require unpopular, expensive changes. 64 per cent of the ocean surface isn’t under the control and protection of a national government and The Global Ocean Commission has put forward a report on the declining health of the planet’s high seas. The commission is a combination of public and private sector figures, including former heads of state and ministers as well as business people, supported by scientific and economic advisors working on ways to reverse the degradation of the ocean and address the failures of high seas governance. For full story, click here.

GAO Report Released on Freshwater Supply Concerns & Uncertainties
Monday, 30 June 2014 12:49

Contact: Anne-Marie Fennell – GAO – May 22, 2014  

Key issues related to freshwater availability and use, such as concerns about population growth straining water supplies, lack of information on water availability and use, and trends in types of water use, remain largely unchanged since 2003, according to state water managers, experts, and literature. A recently released GAO report looks at the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events, including droughts and floods, on water resources, and the effect of the energy sector on water quantity and quality. According to state water managers, experts, and literature reviewed by GAO, freshwater shortages are expected to continue into the future. In particular, 40 of 50 state water managers expect shortages in some parts of their states under average conditions in the next 10 years. However, uncertainty stemming from factors such as patterns of economic growth and land use change is likely to complicate future state water managers' planning efforts. To access the report and learn more, click here.

Lawmakers urge court to block Chesapeake cleanup
Monday, 30 June 2014 12:48

By Hope Yen – Delaware Online – June 24, 2014 

A group of 39 lawmakers is urging a federal court to block the Obama administration’s plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, describing it as an unjustified power grab. The filing in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia puts the lawmakers alongside 21 attorneys general who already oppose the cleanup, a case testing the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority under the Clean Water Act. The filing was submitted late last week. For full story, click here.

'Dead zone' the size of CT expected along LA coast, scientists say
Monday, 30 June 2014 12:45

By Mark Schleifstein – NOLA - The Times Picayume – June 24, 2014 – Video

The size of the annual summer "dead zone" of low-oxygen water in the Gulf of Mexico along Louisiana's coast will cover between 4,633 and 5,708 miles, about the size of the state of Connecticut, according to a Tuesday forecast announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That's about average for the size of the low-oxygen area since 1985, but still a significant concern, scientists say. And the prediction means another year when states along the Mississippi River have failed to sufficiently reduce the nutrients that cause the dead zone, as called for in a 6-year-old federal-state dead zone reduction plan. For full story, click here.

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