Lacey McCormick

Lacey McCormick is the Communications Manager for NWF's National Water Program and the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Campaign. An Atlanta native, she has called Austin, TX home for over a decade. Find her on Twitter as @rifffleshell.
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5 Ways Restoring the Gulf’s Estuaries Will Help Wildlife  

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded seven years ago—April 20th, 2010. The restoration process, however, is really just getting started. Payments from BP’s 2016 settlement become available for the first …

A manatee nurses her calf in the warm waters of the Three Sister's Spring. Photo by John Muhilly.

Clean Water Rule Safeguards Streams

Small streams eventually become big rivers. That’s the commonsense principle behind the new Clean Water Rule, which will restore Clean Water Act protections to smaller streams and nearby wetlands. This …

Where Rivers Meet the Sea

Saturday is National Estuaries Day. But what is an estuary and why should we celebrate it? An estuary is formed where fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water. These …

Photo of the Animas River, immediately after the spill. Photo by Tom McNamara of the La Plata County Emergency Management Office

8 Hard Truths About Hardrock Mining

The Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado was an accident waiting to happen. It’s not a unique situation, in part because the laws regulating mining are inadequate on several fronts. …

A dolphin swimming in oiled waters, 2010, in Barataria Bay, La. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries/Mandy Tumlin.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Caused Gulf Dolphin Deaths – Study

A new study has conclusively determined that oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster contributed to the unusually high number of dolphin deaths in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama between June 2010 …

A dolphin swimming in oiled waters, 2010, in Barataria Bay, La. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries/Mandy Tumlin.

BP Vs. Science

Nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, scientists are finally starting to get their arms around the impacts of the oil and dispersants on the Gulf of Mexico. …

Science Links Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill – Again

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, dolphins in the oiled area are still dying in high numbers. The evidence was already quite strong that BP’s oil was to …

The rare swamp rabbit is found in the New Madrid Floodway. Its dense fur makes it possible for the rabbit to regularly take to water to escape predators or reach new habitat. (Missouri Department of Conservation)

5 Reasons EPA Should Veto the New Madrid Levee

The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to levee off a critical flood relief valve on the Mississippi River in the bootheel of Missouri—at a cost to taxpayers of $165 …

Millions of Gallons of BP Oil “Found”—on Gulf Floor

BP desperately wants you to believe there is nothing too terribly wrong with the Gulf. In fact, a publicist for the oil giant recently predicted that the ongoing comprehensive federal investigation …

Speak Up to Restore the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Mississippi’s coastal residents know that our coast has serious restoration needs. An annual erosion rate of 200 acres a year is decimating our coastline. Decades of development have intensified water …

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