Latest Wetlands News

Weed sniffin’ dogs root out noxious plants along Snake River

Sep. 11, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Finn the Labrador retriever was tuckered out, and her master, Lauren Wendt, knew it. This dog’s dogs were barking, the result of two consecutive days of her pooch pads pounding on the weathered, rounded rocks omnipresent along the Snake River. ...

EXPLAINER: How wetlands can help buffer Louisiana storms

Sep. 01, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

A multi-billion dollar system of seawalls, levees, pumps and other flood controls helped shield New Orleans from the surge of ocean water swept up by Hurricane Ida. But Ida also encountered natural barriers like wetlands that act as a “speed bump” and blunt the impact of storms. ...

Water ruling gives hope to opponents of Okefenokee mine plan

Sep. 01, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge's decision striking down a Trump-era rule that eliminated federal protections for some wetlands and streams is giving hope to opponents of a proposed mine outside the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge in southeast Georgia. A federal judge in...

Judge tosses Trump rollback of clean water safeguards

Aug. 31, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways and left them vulnerable to pollution from nearby development. The Biden administration had already...

McKee's chief of staff steps down over wetlands controversy

Aug. 30, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee's chief of staff, who is under scrutiny for whether he used his political clout to push through a development approval on some wetlands owned by his family, has stepped down, the governor's office announced Monday. ...

Brazil water survey heightens alarm over extreme drought

Aug. 27, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian scientists were skeptical. They ran different models to check calculations, but all returned the same startling result. The country with the most freshwater resources on the planet steadily lost 15% of its surface water since 1991....

Army: Full environmental review of $9.4B plastics complex

Aug. 18, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A civilian Pentagon official ordered the Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday to conduct a full environmental assessment of a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex planned in Louisiana, drawing praise from environmentalists. Jaime Pinkham, the Army's...

Oyster shell reef effort revived after pandemic pause

Aug. 08, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A program that uses oyster shells discarded by restaurants to construct artificial reefs to protect coastal Louisiana is rebuilding itself after being shut down last year by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana...

Energy companies welcome latest ruling in erosion lawsuits

Aug. 06, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil companies fighting dozens of lawsuits that blame drilling for decades of coastal erosion and wetland loss in Louisiana are pleased with a new appeals court ruling that could lead to some of the cases being heard in federal court. The oil...

Jurisdictional question revived in suits over coastal loss

Aug. 05, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The question of whether lawsuits blaming big oil companies for loss of vulnerable Louisiana coastal wetlands will be tried in state courts, as local parish governments want, or in federal courts, as the oil companies want, has been revived by a federal appeals panel. ...