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NACD Blog: Growing trees, growing conservation in Ohio

Ohio’s Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently teamed up with an organic nutritional supplement manufacturer to convert farmland into forest to grow the company’s mission, as well as the SWCD’s community conservation vision.

Ag Update: 'Waters of the United States' rule repealed

A 2015 rule that expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act has been repealed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army for Civil Works also are recodifying regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 rule. The National Association of Conservation Districts has been working since 2014 to have the rule reversed, said [NACD President] Tim Palmer.

The Washington Post: The battle over wild horses
By Karin Brulliard

Everyone agrees the situation is untenable: The government says three times more equines roam public land than the fragile terrain can handle.

The Wall Street Journal: How to Get Rid of Carbon Emissions: Pay Farmers to Bury Them
By Greg Ip

‘Regenerative growing practices’ sequester in the soil carbon released from burning fossil fuels.

Engadget: How conservationists are controlling invasive species in the 21st century
By Andrew Tarantola

Invasive species, defined as those plants and animals imported through human action and which cause harm, account for an estimated $100 billion in damages to the U.S. economy every year.

Yale Environment 360: New Jersey Soil Microbe Shown to Break Down ‘Forever Chemicals’

Scientists have discovered that a soil microbe commonly found in New Jersey wetlands can break down one of the toughest class of pollutants, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

VICE: These Scientists Are Changing Soil at a Molecular Level to Withstand Earthquakes
By Maddie Stone

A Portland State University-led team of scientists wants to re-engineer soils at the molecular level to prevent them from ever liquefying in the first place. To do so, they’re enlisting the help of soil microbes.

Eos: Invasive Species Drive Erosion in Aquatic Environments
By Gemma L. Harvey

The daily activities of mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, and fish influence the physical environment, with invasive burrowing species causing particular disruption in aquatic environments.

Hawaii Public Radio: Cost of Hawaii's Record-Breaking Drought Reaches Millions
By Ryan Finnerty

Drought has caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage in Hawaii in the past 20 years. A particularly severe event from 2007-2014 was especially damaging to ranching in the state.

The Mercury News: California funds two innovative wildfire technologies in Butte County
By Chico Er

California is funding two companies to develop prototypes of innovative firefighting technology over the next few months in four counties, including Butte County.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Delaware River Watershed conservation projects awarded $16 million in funding
By Frank Kummer

Nearly $16 million in federal grants and private matching awards were announced this week for conservation projects throughout the Delaware River Watershed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York.

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