Tag Archives: Clean Water Act

Proposed Va. toll highway hits speed bump over wetlands

Cute headline here from the Norfolk paper. In any case, a stated reason for the hew highway, I-460, is relieving congestion on I-64. But, as usual, the highway engineers, in this case the Virginia Department of Transportation, are clueless. New roads built to relieve congestion  on existing ones always become congested themselves, sometimes in just a matter of weeks. The Army Corps of Engineers is correctly worried about the sanctity of wetlands (under the Clean Water Act). So, will VDOT get is way and pave over yet more of our natural heritage?

Judges, not pols, are keeping Everglades restoration plan moving

In point of fact, politicians (surprise!) are the ones holding back and delaying real on-the-ground action to restore the big wetland we know as the Everglades. Carl Hiaasen, in his new column for The Miami Herald, explores the role of judges. Read it.

Almost everywhere state of Va. looks, waters are polluted

The finding is hardly unexpected for a state in which the acreage of “paved over land” grows daily.


Ore. man fined for letting cattle pollute streams

This kind of thing likely happens more often than most laypeople imagine. Hell, I’ve seen it in north-central Pennsylvania, where cows stomped a small brook trout stream into a big mud puddle.

U.S. Senate bats aside GOPers’ pro-pollution add-ons to trans bill

Developer turns living stream into polluted waterway

This is closely akin to past case studies in Pennsylvania. Let’s see, where to start counting?

Impacts of proposed copper mine in AZ are diverse, many

The EPA’s review of the Rosemont mine proposal paints a dismal view of its impacts, as this article notes. To federal officials: Just say no.

Closely watched Clean Water Act case argued before Supreme Court

This case, from northern Idaho, relates to what the federal government says was illegal filling of wetlands on private property adjacent to Priest Lake. As an aside, I went to a youth conservation camp near Priest Lake in the late 60s.

Life on the floodplain, Catskills style

This NY Times feature takes a nice in-depth look at life in a hamlet of 400 people in the Catskills region of New York State – the region from which New York City gets nearly all of its drinking water. I remember, with a nod to irony, the call of property owners in the Luzerne County, Pa., hamlet of St. Johns to dredge (and deepen) the channel of Nescopeck Creek, the Susquehanna River tributary that flows through St. Johns. Of course, many of those same humans own and live in houses that sit on the floodplain. Surprise? Hardly.

Concealed weapons against conservation

Not only are many Republicans in Congress fans of the gun-rights nuts, like the NRA, they also continue bowing to the corporate polluters who bankroll their election campaigns. Here’s an op-ed overview of the pro-pollution lawmakers’ attempts at using the rider process to gut conservation and environmental laws, stuff like the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and more. What a bunch of clowns.