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.

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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