Latest Wetlands News

Tribe, environmentalists fight rollback of US water rule

Jun. 25, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nation’s largest Native American tribe and several environmental groups are waging a legal challenge to a revised federal rule that lifts protections for many streams, creeks and wetlands across the U.S. The rule, which took effect Monday, narrows the types of waterways...

In this June 8, 2020 photo beachgoers are seen near piles of sand and a bulkhead recently built in North Wildwood, N.J. where the state Department of Environmental Protection says the city destroyed sand dunes without permission. The city claims erosion had virtually wiped out the dunes, which needed to be replaced. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Jersey Shore town denies violations in sand dune work

Jun. 18, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

A Jersey Shore town denies it illegally destroyed sand dunes and wetlands, saying it acted to repair erosion that had wiped out parts of the dunes. In responses released Thursday by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, North Wildwood disputes the agency's claim that it destroyed 8 acres of...

This March 11, 2020, photo shows deep, muddy ruts were the result of illegal off-roading in a fragile wetland environment in Ocala National Forest, Fla.  (Patrick Connolly/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Ocala off-roading: Illegal routes damages the environment

Jun. 13, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — In the nearly 387,000-acre Ocala National Forest, wild Florida shows its true colors for recreationists of all interests, whether they travel on foot, bike, horseback, ATV or by car. And while the forest is largely open and uninhibited by signage or other human inventions, there are...

Charleston development will worsen flooding, challengers say

Jun. 10, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Conservation groups in South Carolina are challenging a 3,000-acre (12,100-hectare) development project in Charleston over concerns that a loss of wetlands could worsen flooding in an already flood-prone area. The Sierra Club and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation argue that the...

Whatcom Land Trust to buy, protect wetland near creek

Jun. 9, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has partnered with Whatcom Land Trust on a conservation project that would protect coastal wetland and the fish and wildlife who depend on it. The Whatcom Land Trust has received a $915,000 grant to buy and protect wetland along California...

This Monday,  June 8, 2020 photo shows a sea wall in North Wildwood, N.J. On June 6, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said North Wildwood had demolished dunes and wetlands, built the sea wall and added buildings to a pier without required permits or review by the agency, which may make the city tear the work it did, and restore the area to its natural condition. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Jersey Shore town may have to raze structures, restore dunes

Jun. 8, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A popular New Jersey shore resort may have to tear down some oceanfront buildings and restore 8 acres of sand dunes and wetlands that the state says the city illegally demolished. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says North Wildwood removed mature, densely...

More than 16,000 acres around Gulf of Maine to be protected

Jun. 1, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An outdoor group will use $1 million in federal funds to conserve more than 16,000 acres around the Gulf of Maine. Appalachian Mountain Club will receive the money from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said. The conservation...

FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, construction crews are boring beneath U.S. 221 in Roanoke County, Va., to make a tunnel through which the Mountain Valley Pipeline will pass under the highway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a nationwide program used to approve oil and gas pipelines, power lines and other utility work, spurred by a court ruling that industry representatives warn could slow or halt numerous projects over environmental concerns. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)

US judge says new pipelines need more review

May. 12, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Monday revised a recent court ruling that threatened to hold up thousands of utility projects crossing streams and wetlands, but left in place a requirement for new oil and gas pipelines to undergo further environmental review. The ruling from U.S. District Judge...