Latest Wetlands News

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

Nov. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to...

Wisconsin Assembly passes wetland credits bill

Nov. 7, 2019 5:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has sent to Gov. Tony Evers a bill that would require developers to purchase wetland mitigation credits within the watershed they're changing. The Department of Natural Resources requires creation or preservation of other wetlands as a condition of an individual...

Biggest tropical wetlands ravaged by fires in Brazil

Nov. 7, 2019 12:10 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fires in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing. The inferno in the world's largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental...

Bringing the world's buried wetlands back from the dead

Nov. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

HINDOLVESTON, England (AP) — The ghosts are all around the gently rolling farmlands of eastern England. But you have to know where to look. These are not the kind of phantoms that scare or haunt — they are ghost ponds. Over the years, landowners buried them, filling in wetlands so they had more land...

NC Wildlife Resources Commission buys 6,300 more acres

Nov. 5, 2019 11:43 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased an additional 6,310 acres (2,553 hectares) adjacent to its North River Game Land. A news release from Ducks Unlimited on Monday says the purchase, the first of two along the North River, was helped by donations from...

Vermont legislative committee to hear about wetland rules

Oct. 21, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A committee of the Vermont Legislature is going to be hearing about how wetlands are regulated in the state. On Oct. 23, the Legislative Study Committee on Wetlands will be holding a hearing in Bradford. The committee was formed earlier this year. It will recommend to the full...

Wisconsin Senate OKs wetland impact credit changes

Oct. 8, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has signed off on a bill that would require builders to purchase wetland mitigation credits within the watershed they're changing. Right now the Department of Natural Resources must require restoration, enhancement, creation or preservation of other wetlands as a...

First settlement in lawsuits against oil firms over coast

Sep. 26, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawyers representing coastal Louisiana parishes have negotiated their first settlement with one of the oil and gas companies accused of damaging the state's coast. The settlement is with Freeport McMoRan Inc. and its subsidiaries, The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune...

Correction: Swamp Rodent Invasion story

Sep. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento. The Central Valley region spans about 400 miles (645 kilometers) from Redding to Bakersfield,...

Dakotas duck hunters seeing positive trends in conditions

Sep. 19, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — After weathering poor wetland conditions in North Dakota and South Dakota over the last few years, duck hunters in the two states known for abundant waterfowl are seeing positive trends, wildlife officials said Thursday. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department released its annual fall...