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February 2, 2013 was World Wetlands Day.  It marked the 42nd anniversary of the signing of the International Convention on Wetlands, generally called Ramsar after the city where it was signed.  At the same time the United Nations has declared … Continue reading

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It is truly remarkable that it is possible for any citizen of the United States to visit the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments.  It does require careful planning, warm clothes, an umbrella and the ability to get up very … Continue reading

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“Because water is an essential input into the economic system, major water shortages have the potential to affect not only the balance of trade, but also the structure and composition of different nations’ economies, including the U.S. economy.” —The Importance … Continue reading

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“Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious.” —David Attenborough As the holidays approach thousands of … Continue reading

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When hurricanes arrive, the winds blow and the water rises higher and higher. Waves crash against the shore and then rush inland flooding coastal areas.  Afterwards the recovery begins: first with emergency services later followed by long-term recovery efforts including … Continue reading

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No one ever anticipated that the Mississippi River would run out of water.  It hasn’t, but water levels continue to drop.  While the eyes of the nation are focused on the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, another crises— the drought … Continue reading

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In 1990 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported on historic wetland losses in the United States.  It concluded that the lower 48 states had lost about 53% of its wetlands — over 100 million acres — that existed in … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy is front and center in the news this week and it should be.  The storm of legendary proportions has left a trail of destruction across more than a dozen states. The coastal communities of New Jersey and New … Continue reading

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“The objective of this Act is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.” –Federal Water Pollution Control Act Sec. 101 [33 USC 1251 Sec. 101(a)] The Clean Water Act has a birthday this … Continue reading

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This Christmas Eve will be the 10th Anniversary of the National Mitigation Action Plan.  A decade after its creation, more recent activities, principally the 2008 mitigation rule, have consigned the plan to some metaphorically dusty tomb of the internet archives. … Continue reading

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