By Rona Kobell – environment 360 – May 15, 2015
If the world is our oyster, where are the oysters in our world? Not in the places we’re used to finding them. Louisiana once supplied most of the United States’
oysters, but Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have slashed the state’s oyster production. The Pacific Northwest was the U.S.’s second-largest oyster supplier, but ocean acidification is hurting those populations. In Florida, Apalachicola Bay oyster production has fallen by two-thirds because of freshwater diversions. Globally, oyster populations are in serious trouble, with more than 90 percent of the world’s oyster reefs having been lost in the past century, according to a 2011 study. For full story, click here.
By Timothy Cama and Cristina Marcos – The Hill – May 12, 2015
The House voted Tuesday to overturn an Obama administration rule aimed at redefining which streams, ponds, wetlands and other waterways are under its jurisdiction. Passage of the legislation, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Secretary of the Army to withdraw the proposed regulation within 30 days and craft a new one, fell largely along party lines by a vote of 261-155. The “waters of the United States” rule, which the EPA plans to make final this spring, has led to charges the administration is dramatically expanding its powers over water and would regulate puddles, decorative ponds, ditches and dry creekbeds. For full blog post, click here.
Ramsar – February 16, 2015
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Ramsar Awards 2015. This year’s entrants came from all corners of the globe and following a rigorous and objective selection procedure a list of nominees was presented to the final selection committee. The shortlisted candidates included the winners below, as well as nominees from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Denmark, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Myanmar. All presented outstanding applications, with individuals demonstrating a diverse commitment to better management of wetlands including the re-engaging of local populations through environmental education; pollution prevention; regeneration and restoration of previously drained or polluted sites; using innovative technology to improve wetland sites; and most importantly of all, personal endeavour. For the list of winner, click here.
The Birding Wire – May 13, 2015
Migratory birds throughout the Western Hemisphere will benefit from $3.8 million in grants for 27 collaborative conservation projects across the Americas, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced May 11.The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants will leverage the Service's investment with $14.6 million in additional private funds—a nearly 4-to-1 match. The projects will conserve migratory bird habitat across the Americas, stimulate critical research into declining bird populations, and strengthen international relations, raising awareness of the importance of bird conservation. For full story, click here.
Contact: Alexandra Fields or John Rumpler – Environment America– April 29, 2015
A loophole in the Clean Water Act is correlating with a dramatic turn in loss of wetlands, putting communities at risk from damaging floods, a new report says. The Environment America Research & Policy Center analysis, Shelter from the Storm, comes as U.S. House leaders plan two floor votes on measures that would block the Obama administration’s plan to restore protections to millions of acres of wetlands.For full story, click here.