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NACD Blog: National water campaign asks Americans to reflect on importance of water
For decades, conservation districts have worked to protect drinking water at the source through extensive conservation practices and green infrastructure projects at the local level. But there’s still work to be done. What is needed now more than ever is a national strategy for the improvement and maintenance of state and federal water infrastructure.
NACD Blog: Newly introduced legislation seeks to modernize Antiquities Act
Last Friday, Representative Rob Bishop, R-Utah, introduced the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, H.R.3990. The legislation seeks to modernize the Antiquities Act by protecting the president’s ability to establish a national monument and, based on the monument’s proposed size, ensuring local government and community voices have been heard.
How did Northern California fires become so devastating? via CNN
Among the factors cited behind the fires' ferocity are high winds, the start of fires at night, heavy vegetation that dried out after a hot summer, and dry conditions. The fires torched 20,000 acres in about 12 hours Monday alone, meaning they advanced at a rate of more than a football field every three seconds.
Clean water vs. farm profits at heart of debate over new fertilizer rules via Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota is poised to roll out its first-ever strategy to protect drinking water from the farm fertilizers that carry nitrates — one of Minnesota’s worst pollution problems.
Fish and Wildlife Service rejects group’s petitions to list 25 species as endangered via The Washington Times
The Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will not list the Pacific walrus and 24 other species under the Endangered Species Act in response to mass filings by an environmentalist group. The 25 species included 14 Nevada springsnails, a Florida lizard, two birds, a crayfish, a snake, a toad, and an otterlike creature called the Northern Rocky Mountains fisher.
Conservation efforts working in Lake Erie via Ohio’s Country Journal
This new report shows applied conservation practices reduce sediment losses from fields by an estimated 80% and reduce the amount of sediment being delivered to Lake Erie by an estimated 40%.
A Wayward Weedkiller Divides Farm Communities, Harms Wildlife via NPR
Honey production at his site is down by 40 percent to 50 percent, Coy says. Across the region, in areas where farmers sprayed dicamba, honey production dropped by about one-third, on average.
Natural Resources panel clears Antiquities Act reform measure via Agri-Pulse
The House Natural Resources Committee cleared a measure to curb the use of the Antiquities Act to designate national monuments on a vote that fell along party lines.
Drainage districts could be part of Iowa's nitrate solution, report says via The Des Moines Register
Drainage districts could be part of the solution to cut high nitrate levels in Iowa's lakes, rivers, and streams, according to a new report.
Researchers: Chesapeake Bay dead zones biggest since 2014 via Phys.org
Researchers say the total amount of oxygen-deprived dead zones in Chesapeake Bay this summer was the biggest since 2014. The total amount of dead zones this summer increased by 10 percent over last year.
USDA nominees promise to protect farmers, consumers via Agri-Pulse
Bill Northey, the Iowa agriculture secretary nominated to oversee USDA’s farm and conservation programs, promised senators he would work to protect crop insurance, improve customer service, and assist farmers in addressing water quality issues.
Superior is no longer the clearest of the Great Lakes via MPR News
They attribute part of that change to less phosphorous runoff. But the dominant factor is the explosion of invasive zebra and quagga mussels in the lakes since the late 1990s.
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