Latest Wetlands News

State courts keep wetlands loss suits against oil companies

Aug. 10, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil companies facing lawsuits that blame them for coastal wetlands loss in Louisiana lost an attempt Monday to move the suits to federal court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a decision keeping the suits in state court, where the six coastal parishes want...

Brush fire contained in Southern California wetlands

Jul. 27, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are seeking the cause of a fire in Southern California’s Bolsa Chica wetlands. The fire burned about 62 acres (25 hectares) on Sunday before it was contained, the Huntington Beach Fire Department said. The fire was stopped about 100 yards (91 meters)...

Number of fires more than doubles in Brazil's Pantanal

Jul. 26, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The number of fires in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands, more than doubled in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to data released by a state institute. Officials said it was the largest number of fires in a...

Some areas protected as Formosa's Louisiana work continues

Jul. 24, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Taiwan-based company and opponents to plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex have agreed that site preparation can continue except in wetlands and in five known or possible sites of enslaved people’s graves. “It’s important that these sites be...

'Founding father' of Louisiana coastal program dies at 84

Jul. 20, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A geologist, geographer and archaeologist who devoted his life to studying Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coastline and helping the state develop a restoration plan, has died. Dr. Sherwood M. “Woody” Gagliano died Friday at the age of 84, news outlets reported. ...

Court asked to stop work at Formosa Plastics' Louisiana site

Jul. 15, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Opponents of a Taiwan-based company’s plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex asked a federal judge on Tuesday to stop work at the site in Louisiana. Planned construction would irreparably harm the community and environment by destroying wetlands, increasing chances of offsite...

FILE - This June 8, 2020 file photo shows 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 acknowledges it built the wall without a permit, but says it had to because of erosion and damage to the beachfront. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, file)

Shore town sees political revenge in dune destruction flap

Jul. 14, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

New Jersey's threat to make a shore town rip out a sea wall and other oceanfront structures feels like political retribution, North Wildwood officials say. North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, a Republican, said Tuesday it’s more than a coincidence that shortly after he criticized Democratic Governor...

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...