Water & Oceans

August 31, 2009

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"La Niña Weather Pattern Likely to Prolong Western Drought, NOAA Says"

"For the second year in a row, the climate pattern known as La Niña has developed in the Pacific Ocean, which will likely prolong the severe drought in much of the Western United States this winter while bringing some relief to Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, government forecasters said Thursday."

Source: NYTimes, 10/22/2021

"Feds Hit Brakes — Again — On Mining Near Boundary Waters"

"President Joe Biden's administration is seeking a 20-year moratorium on mining in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, restarting a process that started, and stopped, under previous administrations."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/21/2021

"How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution"

"DuPont factories pumped dangerous substances into the environment. The company and its offspring have gone to great lengths to dodge responsibility."

"FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — One humid day this summer, Brian Long, a senior executive at the chemical company Chemours, took a reporter on a tour of the Fayetteville Works factory.

Mr. Long showed off the plant’s new antipollution technologies, designed to stop a chemical called GenX from pouring into the Cape Fear River, escaping into the air and seeping into the ground water.

Source: NYTimes, 10/21/2021

"Parade Of Powerful Storms To Bring Welcome Rain And Snow To California"

"A trio of moisture-rich storm systems are aimed at the West Coast and poised to dump exceptional precipitation totals in parts of California, Oregon and Washington state. Double-digit amounts are possible in some places by the end of the month, making a dent in the region’s prolonged drought-driven water deficit."

Source: Washington Post, 10/20/2021

"US Formally Removes Colorado River Fish’s Endangered Status"

"The humpback chub, a rare fish found only in the Colorado River basin, has been brought back from the brink of extinction after decades of protection, though work must continue to ensure its survival, federal authorities said Monday in reclassifying the species from endangered to threatened status."

Source: AP, 10/19/2021

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