National News

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 wetlandsawards@eli.org.

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.

UN biodiversity report highlights failure to meet conservation targets

By Adam Vaughan The Guardian October 5, 2014

International efforts to meet targets to stem the loss of wildlife and habitats are failing miserably, according to a UN report. The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, published as nearly 200 countries meet on Monday in South Korea in a bid to tackle biodiversity loss, paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts to meet a set of targets agreed in 2010 to slow the destruction of species’ habitats, cut pollution and stop overfishing by the end of the decade. Conservationists said the lack of progress, nearly halfway to the 2020 deadline for the targets, was a troubling sign and a reality check. For full story, click here.

FEMA Will Require States to Examine Climate Risks in Disaster Planning

By Katherine Bagley – Inside Climate News – October 1, 2014

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is about to make a significant shift in the way it handles climate change. FEMA will soon require states to examine the impacts of global warming on their communities as a condition for receiving federal disaster preparedness funding, according to draft guidelines released by the agency earlier this month. For full story, click here.

20-Year Study Shows Levels of Pesticides Still a Concern for Aquatic Life In U.S. Rivers and Streams  

Pollution Online – September 11, 2014

Levels of pesticides continue to be a concern for aquatic life in many of the Nation’s rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new USGS study spanning two decades (1992-2011). Pesticide levels seldom exceeded human health benchmarks. Over half a billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the U.S. to increase crop production and reduce insect-borne disease, but some of these pesticides are occurring at concentrations that pose a concern for aquatic life. For full story, click here.