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bos2Landscape with Beavers

By Stacy Passmore – Places Journal – July 2019
In the American West, beavers are gaining a reputation as environmental engineers who can help restore water systems — and challenge their human neighbors to think differently about land use. Read full article here.

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Highlights from the Trump Administration’s Rulemaking Agenda

B Ann D. Navaro and Christine G. Wyman – The National Law Review – July 16, 2019
The Office of Management and Budget’s Spring 2019 Unified Regulatory Agenda includes many items with significant implications for the energy and infrastructure sectors. This blog post offers highlights from the Agenda, with an emphasis on upcoming actions by the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Council on Environmental Quality. Read full blog post here.

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bos2How Can We All Help Conserve Nature?

By Marcia C. Muñoz, Mireia Valle, Rachel L. White and Rodolfo Jaffé – Frontiers for Young Minds – June 21, 2019
We often forget how much humans depend on nature. The term that encompasses living organisms and the forces responsible for the physical world, such as the weather, mountains, oceans, and landscapes. Even city-dwellers living in modern skyscrapers need air to breathe, water to drink, and food to eat, all of which are provided by nature. True, you can buy bottled water and ready-to-eat meals in supermarkets, but they were not produced there. Some fruits and vegetables, for example, only grow in tropical countries and cross the globe in refrigerated ship containers, to arrive just ripe to your local supermarket. All drinking water ultimately comes from a natural source, since we still do not have the technology to manufacture large amounts of water in the laboratory [1]. The same applies to the air we breathe, which is purified and oxygenated by plants. So, when we speak about preserving nature, we are really also talking about preserving ourselves. Read full article here.

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Ducks Unlimited Canada completes historic Rescue Our Wetlands campaign

Contact: Gregg Powers – Ducks Unlimited – June 1, 2019
Ducks Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ducks Unlimited de Mexico and Wetlands America Trust committed to making DU’s vision of abundant wetlands a reality through our ambitious Rescue Our Wetlands campaign. The $2 billion continental campaign was launched seven years ago and will go down as one of the largest conservation campaigns in history. The money raised is already being put to work conserving, restoring and protecting critical wetland habitat across North America. Ducks Unlimited President Rogers Hoyt announced during DU’s 82nd National Convention in Hawaii that the campaign, which concluded in December 2018, vastly exceeded the $2 billion goal, raising an astonishing $2.34 billion from more than 2 million donors and conserving 2,236,435 acres. Read full press release here.

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bos2The Best Way to Explore Water Trails May be By Canoe

Pennsylvania DNR – June 26, 2019
Pennsylvania is home to many great hiking trails, but the opportunities for day trips and long-distance treks don’t stop at the waters edge. Kayaks are an extremely popular way to get around on the water, they can often be seen strapped to the tops of cars heading for the lake or river. However, there’s still plenty of room on the water for its more antiquated counterpart, the canoe.
Read full story here.

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Data Highlight State-by-State Benefits of Federal Natural Disaster Mitigation Grants

By Anne Stauffer, Colin Foard & Errol Spence – PEW – June 17, 2019
Every federal grant dollar spent on natural disaster mitigation projects, such as elevating buildings or retrofitting infrastructure to reduce the impact of future events, saves $6 on average in post disaster recovery costs, according to a 2018 study by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). But as with all federal spending, the outcomes differ from state to state, with estimated benefits ranging from nearly $7 saved for each $1 spent in Kansas to just over $3 for every $1 invested in California between 1993 and 2016.  Read full story here.

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bos2Habitat Restoration Isn’t Just for Professionals

By Barry Nerhus – Scientific American – June 12, 2019
Save the whales. The polar bears. The honeybees. You’ve undoubtedly encountered one or all of these conservation campaigns over the course of your lifetime. You’ll probably encounter many more as our earth’s wildlife continues to hurdle towards mass extinction at an alarming rate. Approximately one eighth of our planet’s plant and animal species are currently at risk. What may seem like a small fraction on its own actually works out to around one million endangered or vulnerable species when extrapolated. That’s no small figure. Read full blog post here.

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Mixed Reviews for EPA Move to Speed Energy Permits

By Pam Hunter McFarland – ENR – June 19, 2019
The outlook for new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidance aimed at streamlining permit approvals for natural gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure projects is murky, at best, and could lead to more frequent legal skirmishes, some observers say. EPA released guidance on June 7 that would limit the time for states and tribes to evaluate federal energy projects within state lines. Read full story here.

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bos2RiverSmart helps turn home sweet home into home sweet watershed

By Laura Todd – Bay Journal – June 5, 2019
Standing in a forested wetland, you are surrounded by native sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) trees. The sweet, lemony scent of magnolia blooms fills the summer air. You are lucky to bear witness to a rare plant community — the magnolia bog. The National Park Service has determined that only 13 of these wetland areas, rich with clusters of native magnolia trees, remain in the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Read full article here.

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EPA Issues Revised CWA Section 401 Guidance to States

The National Law Review – June 10, 2019
On June 7, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an updated guidance document (Updated Guidance) that clarifies and provides recommendations to states and tribes concerning their implementation of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Updated Guidance, issued pursuant to Executive Order 13868, includes procedural and substantive reforms to the Section 401 process to reduce delays and uncertainty among applicants, states, tribes, and federal permitting agencies. The Updated Guidance is the latest in a series of recent executive and judicial developments that have significantly changed the Section 401 landscape, particularly for gas pipelines, hydropower projects, and other energy infrastructure projects. Read full story here.

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