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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.

Bracing for Carp in Great Lakes, but Debating Their Presence
Monday, 13 January 2014 14:33

By Michael Wines – The New York Times – January 4, 2014

After decades of increasingly dire warnings, countless studies and countermeasures, scientists are beginning to mull over hints of something that few of them wish to contemplate: The despised Asian carp may have finally arrived in the Great Lakes. “May have” are the operative words. The latest hint consists of a single water sample, one of scores taken last May from Lake Michigan, that tested positive for remnants of DNA from one particularly destructive species, silver carp. Experts debate the significance of that one hit, which was disclosed in late October, and a thorough resampling of the same waters in November turned up nothing, scientists were told late last month. For full story, click here.

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