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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Over the last couple weeks the consequences of sequestration and government cuts in spending are becoming apparent and they affect everyone. Benefits to people in need are being cut, airplane flights are being delayed or cancelled and national parks are … Continue reading

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Editorial: Breaking rules, hurting environment Tampa Bay Times – April 15, 2013 Regulators who break the rules cannot be trusted with enforcing them. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection broke the rules protecting the state’s wetlands to benefit a well-connected … Continue reading

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Secretary Vilsack Promotes Cover Crops, Local Foods, Contract Fairness during House Hearing National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – April 16, 2013 USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related … Continue reading

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As I write this, the forecast for Earth Day in mid-Michigan is for a mix of sun and showers.  Right now, it is all showers.  Saturated fields, localized flooding, and bank full cocoa-colored creeks —  all of this is good … Continue reading

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Tar Sands Raw Deal: Arkansas Spill Is Another Reason to Say ‘No’ to Tar Sands Pipeline By Robert Redford – Huffington Post – April 8, 2013When I see raw tar sands coursing through people’s yards and across wetlands, it makes … Continue reading

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New Jersey: State’s Top Court Curbs How Far DEP Can Go With Wetlands Inspections By Tom Johnson – NJ Spotlight – April 5, 2013 How much latitude does the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection have to inspect for violations … Continue reading

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At the end of March the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report on the quality of our nation’s rivers and streams.  The study found that 55% of the country’s rivers and streams do not support a healthy population … Continue reading

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New Web Tool Helps Avoid Flooding by Finding Best Spots to Build Wetlands Smithsonian Blog – April 5, 2013 In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy last fall, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joked to President Barack Obama that New York “has a … Continue reading

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Blocked Migration: Fish Ladders On U.S. Dams Are Not Effective By John Waldman – Yale 360 Environment Blog – April 4, 2013 In most major rivers in the U.S., maintaining some semblance of the integrity of migratory fish runs past … Continue reading

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When streamlining environmental review really means undermining it By Holly Doremus – Legal Planet – April 2, 2013 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has unanimously endorsed S 601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013. Although it’s nice to see … Continue reading

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