By Jen Skerritt – Bloomberg.com – November 9, 2015

Weyerhaeuser Co. agreed to buy Plum Creek Timber Co. for about $8.4 billion to create a real estate investment trust that will be the largest private owner of timberland in the U.S. The new company will own more than 13 million acres (5.3 million hectares) of timberland across the U.S. and produce lumber and wood-fiber boards used in construction. The companies said the merger will save $100 million of costs each year. For full story, click here.

By Timothy Cama – The Hill – January 21, 2016

Senate Republicans fell short Thursday in their attempt to override a veto from President Obama and repeal a contentious water regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency. Fifty-two senators voted to move forward with an attempt to override Obama’s veto of the resolution, short of the 60 votes that were needed. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) joined Senate Republicans in voting to proceed with the veto override. Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) was the only Republican to vote against. Even if the Senate had achieved cloture on the resolution, final passage would have required a two-thirds majority in both chambers of Congress, a steep climb. The 52-40 Thursday vote closes the latest chapter in the GOP’s push to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to assert power over small waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule is known as the Clean Water Rule or “waters of the United States,” and was made final last year. For full story, click here.

By Bruce Finley – The Denver Post – December 30, 2015

As water managers in the western United States increasingly consider new and expanded reservoirs to store more water, they face potentially huge losses from evaporation. Some are looking at underground storage, covering and shading reservoirs, and adjusting water levels to try to save hundreds of billions of gallons. Water equivalent to roughly 10 percent of the annual flow in the Colorado River is lost each year to evaporation from just two massive reservoirs, Lake Powell and Lake Mead, according to researchers at the University of Colorado. For full story, go here.

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By Matthew Daly, Associated Press – U.S. News – January 12, 2016

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill Tuesday blocking new Obama administration regulations designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation's streams. The White House has vowed to veto the bill, saying the proposed rules would protect about 6,500 miles of streams nationwide while ensuring that mountains damaged by coal mining are restored once mining is completed. The bill was approved, 235-188, and now goes to the Senate. For full story, go here.