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White ibises in the Turner River, in the Florida Everglades. Flickr photo by Chauncey Davis.

Congress and Water Projects in America: The Latest on the Water Resources Development Act

4/3/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

Two weeks ago the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee reported the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA), which is the main vehicle for authorizing billions of dollars worth of water projects to be studied, planned, and constructed by …

The endangered interior least tern is found along the Mississippi River in the New Madrid Floodway. (USFWS Endangered Species/Flickr)

Stop the New Madrid Levee to Protect Mississippi River Wildlife!

2/6/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

Meet the endangered interior least tern. These quirky, darting birds migrate from North America to Central and South America, and rely on areas along the Missouri, Ohio, Red, Rio Grande, and Mississippi river systems for breeding habitat. One particular spot …

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Will Alligators Return to the Central Wetlands?

10/8/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

49K activists from across the country have made restoration a real possibility.  New Orleans’ Central Wetlands were once a flourishing cypress swamp, home to a dizzying array of fish and wildlife, including alligators and hundreds of species of migrating birds. …

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TransCanada Reapplies for Round 2 of Keystone XL Fight

5/7/2012 // By Kendall Mackey

Keystone XL, the “zombie pipeline,” is officially back from the grave. TransCanada, the corporation behind the massive tar sands project, reapplied on Friday for a Presidential Permit to begin construction. The pipeline would carry up to 900,000 barrels a day …

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EPA official says feds are winning Asian carp war

3/2/2012 // By Jeff Alexander

The federal government is winning the battle to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, according to an Obama Administration official. Cameron Davis, the Obama Administration’s point person on Great Lakes issues, told a group of conservation leaders this …

NWF Legal Victory for Florida Panther Leads to Greater Protections for Salmon, Whales and Sea Turtles

2/29/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

In 2005, National Wildlife Federation celebrated a major legal victory (pdf) in our fight to save the Florida panther. The case was a landmark moment for NWF, as the court clearly instructed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it …

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Study offers a solution to Asian carp crisis facing the Great Lakes

1/31/2012 // By Jeff Alexander

The debate over how best to halt the movement of Asian carp and other invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin will likely reach a fever pitch in the coming weeks. The reason: The Great Lakes Commission …

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Study Prompts Calls for Immediate Action on Asian Carp

1/16/2012 // By Jeff Alexander

Two U.S. senators are calling for immediate action to halt the spread of Asian carp in light of a new study that found the invasive fish could thrive in three of Ohio’s largest rivers. Asian carp were imported to Arkansas …

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Asian Carp an Issue in 2012 Federal Budget Debate

12/6/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

Asian carp, the menacing invasive fish that rocket out of the water and are on the verge of storming the Great Lakes, have apparently captured the attention of Congress. Finally. The invasive fish could be part of the U.S. Senate’s …

Come Heller or Clean Water: Dirty Water Rider Tries to Drown the Clean Water Act

11/17/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

There’s another nasty assault on America’s wetlands, waters and wildlife. The Dirty Water Rider, designed to handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, is creeping its way through the Senate. This misguided amendment, introduced  by Senators …

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