US District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood should have vacated the Waters of the US rule instead of remanding it to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, according to a new filing from industry groups. The groups said that failing to vacate WOTUS will mean a "patchwork regulatory environment" continues.
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Governors from the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states and others gathered last week to discuss progress in cleaning up the bay, with all agreeing that much remains to be done. However, environmental groups complained that the Chesapeake Executive Council's annual meeting failed to discuss the severe shortcomings in Pennsylvania's cleanup efforts.
Dutch environmental consulting group Deltares will review a $1.3 billion plan to add flood protections along a section of lower Manhattan's east side waterfront. The latest proposal would cover the East River Park with several feet of fill and exclude use of the park for about three years.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will be studying ways to address the tens of billions of gallons of rainwater shed annually by hard urban surfaces with a $5 million pilot project. The goal is to find methods to capture and use the otherwise wasted resource.
This year's National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28 will feature the theme of "Connecting to Nature through Service." In the Army Corps of Engineers' Nashville District, volunteers will clean up the shoreline of Dale Hollow Lake.
Pennsylvania's South Williamsport Borough has agreed to work with DuBoistown and the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority on ways to meet federal stormwater regulations. The three entities will focus on finding ways to share costs for engineering and construction.
All new commercial parking surfaces in New Orleans are now mandated to use permeable materials. The new type of porous paving will allow water to flow through to the soil beneath, which will also reduce runoff flowing into Lake Pontchartrain.
Planting trees, which helps prevent erosion and flooding, is a practice that all Nigerians should cultivate, said Nnamdi Arum, director of climate change at Enugu State Ministry of Environment. "People living in flood and erosion-prone areas should develop the habit of planting and replacing of trees when they are cut down in their environment," Arum said.
Rising seas are taking a heavy toll in West Africa, where a third of the population lives near the coast. The problem is compounded by the use of easily-eroded coastal sand in building, with regional losses mounting to an estimated $3.8 billion a year.
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