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State leaders oppose federal pullback from Bay cleanup via Bay Journal

Amid encouraging signs that the Chesapeake Bay’s health is on the upswing, state leaders of the restoration effort called for Congress not to let the Trump administration pull back from the federal-state collaboration.

Perdue: Waiting for fall for nominees, rejecting Trump budget cuts via Agri-Pulse

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue doesn’t expect a deputy secretary or undersecretaries to be in place at the Agriculture Department before September.

Trump’s Interior Department kicks off battle to shrink national monuments via Fox News

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to reduce the size of the new 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah could foreshadow a string of battles to shrink parkland in states across the country. The Trump administration is reviewing 26 other national monuments.

Drought causing ranchers to sell cattle via The Bismarck Tribune

With nearly 25 percent of the state in a moderate drought, cattle ranchers are selling more livestock. The drought conditions, coupled with a depleted hay supply from the tough winter, have left ranchers without feed and with little hope for a good hay crop this summer.

Blue catfish are destroying the Chesapeake Bay. Congress isn’t helping. via The Washington Post

Since its introduction to Virginia waters in the 1970s, blue catfish have come to dominate several Chesapeake waterways, using their black-hole-like mouths to vacuum up whatever marine life gets in their way. Earlier this decade, the problem with predation became so acute that some nonprofit groups, watermen, seafood processors, and retailers devised a lethal solution.

Flames rip through Arizona, topping US in wildfires via ABC News

Nearly 30 wildfires tore through dry and windy Arizona, drawing crews from across the Western United States to the state with the most blazes burning in the nation. Arizona has seen 858 fires so far this year that have charred 205 square miles (530.95 square kilometers).

States Brace for Flooding as Sierra’s Historic Snowpack Melts via The Wall Street Journal

The great melt off of the Sierra Nevada’s historic snowpack has begun, and that could spell trouble for communities in California and Nevada where reservoirs stand near capacity and rivers are swollen from one of the wettest winters on record.

Yellowstone on high alert for aquatic invasive species via The Montana Standard

With the threat of aquatic invasive species moving closer to Yellowstone National Park, officials there have adopted rules that could temporarily close down all waters to boating if an infestation of nonnative mussels is detected in or near the park.

Culling feral hogs from the sky in Texas takes off via Reuters

Tourists looking for ever more thrilling holidays are taking to the skies above Texas to shoot wild hogs as part of the state's effort to limit the spread of an invasive species that annually causes millions of dollars in damage to farmland and livestock nationally. HeliBacon says its customers alone gunned down about 10,000 feral hogs in the last 18 months, but that barely makes a dent in the Texas' population of more than 2 million, a total higher than any other state.

Scientists predict larger summer dead zone in Chesapeake Bay via The Washington Post

Scientists say this year’s summer “dead zone” in the Chesapeake Bay will be larger than average. “Dead zone” refers to areas of low or no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life.

LETTER: Defend, don’t defund, the forests in which we live via Daily Freedman

(Opinion) Eighty percent of Americans live in the urban forest; by 2050, 90 percent of us are projected to be. Trees make our urban environments livable. These benefits are monetarily quantifiable.

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