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The Public Has Spoken: Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Is National Economic Restoration

7/12/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

July 8th marked the end of a public comment period for the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Draft Plan. National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund’s members submitted an astounding 37, 076 comments to the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council, saying that […] Read more >

sand hill crane in st johns wetlands

Supreme Court to Water Resource Managers: Just Say No to Filling Wetlands and Floodplains?

6/28/2013 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

With last week’s 5-4 ruling in Koontz v. Saint John’s River Water Management District, the Supreme Court has made it harder for state and local water resource managers to protect the public’s interest in wetlands and floodplains. Our First Line […] Read more >

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Don’t Leave Florida’s Springs Out to Dry

6/24/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

Once upon a time, in a swampy, far away land, there were crystal clear natural springs that mesmerized visitors traveling to Florida from miles and miles away. Before the wonderful world of Disney was constructed atop the headwaters of the […] Read more >

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Wildlife Friendly Solutions to Flooding and Other Water Challenges

6/21/2013 // By George Sorvalis

Imagine your house regularly floods when the local river leaves its banks after a heavy rain.  Now imagine that your Congressman announces a plan to build a levee along the river to protect you and your neighbors, and even better, […] Read more >

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Are Your Taxpayer Dollars Helping to Destroy Wetlands?

6/20/2013 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

The Senate passed a 2013 Farm Bill that would stop this unbridled wetland drainage, but the House just refused to follow suit. Call your representatives and insist on wetland conservation compliance in the final 2013 Farm Bill. The Prairie Pothole […] Read more >

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Baltimore: My Hometown and Now a City for the Birds

5/20/2013 // By Hilary Harp Falk

I grew up in Baltimore and still love all the special things about it: neighborhood pride, crab cakes, and the Inner Harbor. There is even more to be proud of in Baltimore these days, such as successful sports teams, economic development […] Read more >

The American White Pelican is huge – it has a nine-foot wingspan, measures over five feet in length, and weighs about 16.4 pounds. Image: mikebaird/Flickr

White House Continues to Shortchange Wetlands & Streams

5/14/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

This May marks the annual American Wetlands Month – a time each year to remember the importance of wetlands for storm and flood protection, water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat. It’s a time to revive wetland conservation efforts across the […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup- April 26, 2013

4/26/2013 // By Anne Goddard

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Honoring the River: How Hardrock Mining Impacts Tribal Communities April 25- For more than a century, American Indian tribes […] Read more >

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Black Bears and Wetlands and the Water Resources Development Act…Oh, My!

4/5/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

Bears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. – John Muir The Louisiana black bear is a threatened subspecies of the American black bear, and is found in […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >