National News

Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline

By Damian Carrington – The Guardian – October 12, 2014

Potent pharmaceuticals flushed into the environment via human and animal sewage could be a hidden cause of the global wildlife crisis, according to new research. The scientists warn that worldwide use of the drugs, which are designed to be biologically active at low concentrations, is rising rapidly but that too little is currently known about their effect on the natural world. For full story, click here.

Public Comment Period Extended to Nov. 14 for Clean Water Proposal

EPA – October 7, 2014 – Video

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have always maintained that having the latest peer-reviewed science is an essential part of determining jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) will soon complete its peer review of the report on the connectivity of streams and wetlands. To provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the SAB review and in response to requests for additional time to comment on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, the agencies are extending the public comment period to Friday, November 14, 2014. To read more about the proposal, click here.

EPA Launches Broad Collaborative to Advance Green Infrastructure

The White House – October 8, 2014

FACT SHEET: Building community resilience by strengthening America’s natural resources and supporting green infrastructure

President Obama has made it clear that we have a moral obligation to our children and future generations to leave behind a planet that is not polluted and damaged. That is why, as part of his effort to combat climate change, the President launched a Climate Action Plan last year to cut carbon pollution, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address this global challenge. For full press release, click here.

The 2015 National Wetlands Awards–Call for Nominations

ELI has opened the nomination period for the 2015 National Wetlands Awards (NWA). The NWA program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the protection and restoration of our nation’s wetlands. The 2015 NWAs will honor individual wetland achievement in six categories: Conservation and Restoration; Education and Outreach; Landowner Stewardship; Science Research; State, Tribal, and Local Program Development; and Wetland Community Leader. Organizations and federal employees are not eligible. The ceremony will take place at the U.S. Botanic Garden on May 21, 2015. The deadline for submitting nominations is December 1, 2014

Detailed information about the 2015 NWA nomination process can be found on the NWA website. For more information on the program contact Narayan Subramanian at (202) 939-3860 or e-mail

Study: Extra $22.5B a year in environmental gains for Chesapeake region if cleanup proceeds

By Hope Yen Daily Journal October 6, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay region would reap an additional $22.5 billion a year from improved hurricane protection, crab and fish production and climate stability if the Obama administration's contested plan to clean up the watershed proceeds, an environmental group says. The assessment released Monday is based on a peer-reviewed analysis of the economic benefits to the entities — six states and the District of Columbia — charged with reducing pollution into the nation's largest estuary. It comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is defending its cleanup plan in federal court against a challenge from farmers and 21 attorneys general who say the pollution limits are unreasonably costly and an unjustified power grab by the federal government. For full article, click here.