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"California officials said Wednesday they are trying to avert the federal government's threat to seize six parks that could be closed to help reduce the state's ballooning budget deficit."
Engineering projects hope to save Louisiana's shrinking coastal wetlands by diverting sediment from the Mississippi River -- but a new study says there is not enough mud in the Mississippi to do the job.
"The Mekong has long flowed freely, supporting one of the world’s great inland fisheries. But China is now building a series of dams on the 2,800-mile river that will restrict its natural flow and threaten the sustenance of tens of millions of Southeast Asians."
If the Army Corps of Engineers and private companies used all the mud they dredge from wetlands and waterway to rebuild Louisiana coastal marshes, it would be a boon for coastal restoration.
"The Obama administration has cleared more than three-dozen new mountaintop removal permits for issuance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, drawing quick criticism from environmental groups"
"Environmentalists fear that as many as a million acres of wetlands will fall victim to a confusing patchwork of local rules that will leave them vulnerable to destruction if money for Michigan's protection program dries up."
"SAN FRANCISCO -- A Bay Area oyster cannery in an estuary slated to become a federal wilderness area is at the heart of a battle pitting proponents of fishing and local food production against environmental advocates."
EPA, in a surprise move, is asserting its Clean Water Act authority over mountaintop removal mining permits.