Conservation

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.

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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.

2 shipping companies fined $10.4M in dumping case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two international shipping firms will pay $10.4 million in penalties for obstructing justice and illegally dumping pollutants.

House panel wants deep cut in Great Lakes program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal programs designed to make headway on some of the Great Lakes' most longstanding ecological problems, from harbors caked with toxic sludge to the threat of an Asian carp attack, would lose about 80 percent of their funding under a spending plan approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled U.S. House panel .

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on pending lands bills

Washington, July 23, 2013, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee hearing on lands bills: H.R. 163, H.R. 361, H.R. 433, H.R. 706, H.R. 908, H.R. 930, H.R. 1025, and H.R. 1808. National Park Service Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Herbert C. Frost to testify.

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