Corps runs out of sand for Miami-Dade beaches

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Some of South Florida's most popular beaches will be particularly vulnerable to erosion and major damage if the state experiences a series of hurricanes, as it did in 2004 and 2005, because officials have run out of an important material: sand.

Florida plans to sue Georgia over water supply


Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would file a lawsuit against Georgia alleging the state is consuming too much water flowing to Florida, Bloomberg reports.

No floor vote on horizon for bill to name waters for Reagan

The Hill

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said there are currently no plans to hold a vote on a bill sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to name the millions of miles of ocean in the Exclusive Economic Zone for the late President Ronald Reagan, The Hill reports.

EPA chides Oregon after water quality review


Key parts of Oregon's water quality policies don't comply with federal standards, according to a review by the Environmental Protection Agency, reports.

Heinz Endowments shift on environmental grants

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Heinz Endowments has suddenly dismissed its longtime head of environmental grant making, signaling that changes are coming to one of the leading charity's priorities.

Schuster hopeful for WRDA action in September


House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said the committee would take action on the Water Resources Development Act in September, E&E reports.

Wyden puts hold on bill on payment concerns

Statesman Journal

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., put a hold on a bill from Sen. David Vitter, R-La., on concerns that it would block payments to regions with federal forests, the Statesman Journal reports.

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.


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