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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump removes protections for waterways, aiding developers

Jan. 23, 2020 1:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration lifted federal protections Thursday for some of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks. The changes will scale back which waterways qualify for protection against pollution...

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

Northeastern Indiana nature preserve gets 40-acre addition

Jan. 5, 2020 4:19 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A swampy nature preserve in northeastern Indiana is growing by 40 acres (16.18 hectares) thanks to a financial gift from an anonymous donor. The Little River Wetlands Project announced recently that it had purchased the mostly undeveloped property from Republic Services, a recycling...

FILE - In this Monday, May 2, 2016 file photo, Two alligators lounge on the end of the 16th green during the final round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. A federal judge in California has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products and has scheduled an April hearing on Louisiana's lawsuit against the law. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 that it's a first step toward protecting the state alligator industry. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge blocks California's alligator ban after Louisiana sues

Dec. 27, 2019 6:41 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also scheduled an April 24 hearing on Louisiana's request for a longer-lasting order called a preliminary injunction. ...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 file photo, an alligator rests in Everglades National Park, near Flamingo, Fla. Louisiana is suing California over the state's decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important state industry and ultimately could hurt the state's wetlands. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019,  Louisiana said the economy surrounding alligators has played a key role in bringing back the American alligator population and is an important factor in protection wetlands and other species besides alligators that depend on the wetlands. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Louisiana sues California over alligator ban

Dec. 14, 2019 9:29 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana industry and ultimately could hurt the state's wetlands. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Louisiana said the economy surrounding...

Millington building floodway that doubles as recreation area

Dec. 12, 2019 4:57 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee town is building a new floodway intended to channel rising waters away from neighborhoods and a naval base while providing a recreation area for residents. Millington is poised to begin purchasing property for the roughly 1200-acre (486-hectare) Big Creek Wetland and...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 photo, an alligator prowls the waters in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Formed roughly 5,000 years ago _ ironically enough, during a time of sea-level rise _ the glades once comprised an area twice the size of New Jersey. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Dec. 3, 2019 10:36 AM EST

FLAMINGO, Florida (AP) — Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water. “This is the treacherous part,” the...

An Oklahoma wildlife refuge expands territory

Dec. 1, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MCCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. (AP) — Little River National Wildlife Refuge added 160 acres of protected forest and wetlands earlier this month, a move that will make a large area of the refuge usable by visitors for the first time. Surrounded by the refuge, the land is now protected from development and will be...

Evers signs wetlands credits bill

Nov. 25, 2019 5:15 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that requires developers to purchase wetland mitigation credits within the watershed they’re impacting. The Department of Natural Resources requires creation or preservation of other wetlands as a condition of an individual permit...