Conservation

House Science subcommittee hearing on Bristol Bay

Washington, August 1, 2013, 1:00 pm

House Science Space and Technology Oversight Subcommittee hearing, "EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment – A Factual Review of a Hypothetical Scenario." Expert witnesses to testify. 

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Obama nominates Connor for Interior deputy secretary

President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Interior Department official Mike Connor to become deputy secretary.

Connor has since 2009 been commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees federal wholesale water sales and federal hydropower in western states. He would succeed David J. Hayes, who stepped down from the post this year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was confirmed.

Masses of plastic particles found in Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Already ravaged by toxic algae, invasive mussels and industrial pollution, the Great Lakes now confront another potential threat that few had even imagined until recently: untold millions of plastic litter bits, some visible only through a microscope.

Gulf 'dead zone' above average but not near record

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This summer's "dead zone" at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where there's so little oxygen that starfish suffocate, is bigger than average but doesn't approach record size as scientists had predicted, according to findings released Monday.

House Natural Resources subcommittee on wetlands, sportsman bills

Washington, August 2, 2013, 9:30 am

House Natural Resources Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act; North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013; H.R. 2798 on commercial filming on federal lands. 

Feds update plan to protect Great Lakes from carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A $50 million federal plan released Wednesday for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions.

Oil

La. flood board sues oil companies over erosion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The oil and gas industry has cost Louisiana hundreds of thousands acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against flooding from hurricanes, officials in charge of New Orleans-area flood protection say in a lawsuit seeking to hold dozens of companies responsible.

House Natural Resources subcommittee field hearing on National Blueways Order

West Plains, Mo., July 29, 2013, 1:00 pm

House Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee field hearing, "Stopping Federal Land and Water Grabs: Protecting Property Rights from Washington, D.C. Edicts." Witnesses to be announced. 

Louisiana to sue energy companies over damaged wetlands

Source: 
The New York Times

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is set to file a lawsuit against energy companies including ExxonMobil and BP to repair damages done to coastal wetlands, The New York Times reports.

Feds update plan to protect Great Lakes from carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions.

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