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Intr. Sec. Jewell, Dir. Ashe: $16.5M in Grants to Cons. Coastal Wetlands
Monday, 03 February 2014 14:14

eNews Park Forest – January 24, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Director Dan Ashe yesterday announced $16.5 million in grants to support 21 critical coastal wetland projects in 12 states and Puerto Rico under the National Coastal Grants Wetlands Conservation Grants Program. State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups and other partners will contribute an additional $18.2 million to these projects, which include acquiring, restoring or enhancing coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to provide long-term conservation benefits to fish and wildlife and their habitats. For full story, click here.

EPA's 5-Year Plan Gets Mixed Reactions From Water Industry
Monday, 03 February 2014 13:57

By Sara Jerome – Water Online – January 24, 2014

Industry interests and advocacy groups are sounding off on the EPA's plans for the next five years. The agency released its strategic plan for 2014 to 2018, and asked stakeholders to file comments. The input, documented in 25,003 submissions, has been mixed. The Association for Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) pushed for more clarity on how the EPA will carry out its goals. For full story, click here.

Environmentalists slam new bay pact
Monday, 03 February 2014 13:55

By Tim Wheeler – The Baltimore Sun – January 30, 2014

Environmentalists are slamming a new draft Chesapeake Bay restoration agreement for failing to address toxic pollution or even mention climate change as a complicating factor in the three-decade effort to revive the ailing estuary. The Chesapeake Bay Program, a "partnership" of the Environmental Protection Agency and the six states that drain into the bay - including Maryland - released Wednesday a draft agreement "to guide the next chapter of restoration across the watershed." Officials said it "clarifies" the "visions and values" of the multistate effort. For full blog post, click here.

Interior Sec. Honors 4 FWS Conserv. Partnerships with Major Award
Monday, 27 January 2014 14:18

Contact: Craig Rieben – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – January 16, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today presented the Department’s 2013 “Partners in Conservation” awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The Secretary honored 20 partnership projects that have demonstrated exemplary natural resource conservation efforts through public-private cooperation. Four partnerships nominated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service involving nearly sixty individuals and organizations located in California, Oregon, Kansas and Texas received awards. For full press release, click here.

Chemical spill in WV most high-profile case of coal tainting US waters
Monday, 20 January 2014 14:49

By Diana Cappiello and Seth Borenstein – Daily Journal – January 18, 2014

The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands in West Virginia was only the latest and most high-profile case of coal sullying the nation's waters. For decades, chemicals and waste from the coal industry have tainted hundreds of waterways and groundwater supplies, spoiling private wells, shutting down fishing and rendering streams virtually lifeless, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal environmental data. For full story, click here.

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