Latest Wetlands News

South Sudan suspends dredging of Naam river, Sudd wetlands

Jul. 12, 2022 03:48 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president ordered the suspension Saturday of all dredging-related activities in the country until evidence-based studies are carried out on their impact on surrounding communities and the ecosystems they rely on. Salva Kiir Mayardit's...

How a favela in Rio got its clean water back, for $42,300

Jul. 03, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Butterflies and waxbills flit through the Enchanted Valley just outside Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Forest National Park. There are fruit trees, a nearby waterfall and a commanding view out over the Atlantic Ocean. But for decades something was spoiling the idyll: the stench...

Rare wetland plant found in Arizona now listed as endangered

Jun. 10, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

A rare plant that depends on wetlands for survival is now on the federal endangered species list, a designation that environmentalists say will boost efforts to protect the last free-flowing river in the desert Southwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the decision...

Happy together: Orphaned turtles and kids who set them free

Jun. 08, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

STONE HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — The circle of life was on vivid display Wednesday at the Jersey Shore in a way that even the youngest children could understand. Seventeen young turtles that had been raised from eggs retrieved from the smashed bodies of mothers killed on roads were...

Agency ruling delivers big setback to Okefenokee mining plan

Jun. 05, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency has delivered a big setback to a company's controversial plan to mine near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge. A government memo said Friday that the Army Corps of Engineers is reasserting jurisdiction over Twin Pines...

Century-old canal project sparks opposition in South Sudan

May. 19, 2022 02:17 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A petition to stop the revival of the 118-year-old Jonglei Canal project in South Sudan, started by one of the country’s top academics, is gaining traction in the country, with the waterway touted as a catastrophic environmental and social disaster for the country’s...