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[1THING] Blog: Archive for April, 2018

[ Conservation groups call on Trump administration to honor sage-grouse agreement ]

Alex Thompson

Conservationists filed suit today in U.S. District Court in Montana against the Bureau of Land Management and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to demand that the administration uphold the deal made to save the greater sage-grouse and its habitat in 10 Western states.

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[ Gov. Bill Ritter, reporters, experts discuss climate change and public lands, May 3 at National Press Club ]

Michael Reinemer

Media advisory for May 3

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[ For Clean Water, Just Add Nature ]

For Clean Water, Just Add Nature

Dcbioswale

Sustainable DC

 

Guest post by Severn Smith, The Nature Conservancy


Did you know that stormwater runoff is the fastest-growing source of freshwater pollution in the world and in the Chesapeake Bay watershed? Stormwater runoff happens when rainwater hits impervious surfaces like roads and collects pollutants such as oil, sediment and trash before flowing into our sewers and waterways. More than 3 billion gallons of stormwater runoff and sewage flow into DC’s local rivers each year, eventually ending up in the Chesapeake Bay. Clean-up efforts over the past several decades have focused primarily on reducing agricultural nutrient and sediment pollution, which remains the largest source of pollution entering the Bay.

Cities like DC are growing at a faster rate than ever before. In the United States, more than 80 percent of Americans now live in cities – a rate that is projected to increase over the coming decade –and agriculture is essential to feeding this growing population. So, what can we do?

 

Nature Can Help

The Nature Conservancy is working in the Bay watershed to address stormwater runoff and agricultural nutrient pollution by implementing nature-based solutions, otherwise known as “green infrastructure.” In our agricultural communities, we work with farmers to increase the precision application of fertilizer on the fields. We also work with public and private partners to restore floodplains and wetlands downstream from farm communities to naturally store and filter the nutrients and sediment before they end up in the Bay. And in DC, we are working with elected officials, private equity companies, developers and landowners to expand the use of green infrastructure, which captures stormwater runoff before it reaches the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

 

Pocomoke River Floodplain Restoration

The Nature Conservancy, along with federal and state partners, recently completed the first stage of a major project to restore floodplain connectivity to a nine-mile stretch of the Pocomoke River, which was dredged and channelized in the mid-20th century. Restoring the floodplain along this Eastern Shore river will filter more than 67,000 pounds of nitrogen, 22,000 pounds of phosphorous and 32,000 pounds of sediment every year, before they reach the Bay. The project is one of the largest ecological restoration projects in Maryland’s history.

 

Mount Olivet Cemetery

The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington on a first-of-its-kind green infrastructure project at Mount Olivet Cemetery, which could potentially prevent millions of gallons of polluted stormwater from flowing into the Anacostia river. The project will generate credits for sale on DC’s stormwater retention credit market, and is the result of an innovative joint venture called District Stormwater LLC, founded by TNC’s NatureVest conservation investing unit and Encourage Capital, an asset management firm based in New York.

 

What’s Next?

When you think of rebuilding America's infrastructure, things like rain gardens and wetlands probably don't spring to mind. But they should.

These projects may not be as flashy as a massive new seawall or state-of the-art water treatment plant. But green infrastructure solutions can often provide the same services as traditional manmade structures and often do so at less cost. Plus, they provide great environmental benefits for free.

Learn more about The Nature Conservancy and donate at nature.org.

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[ Feds announce plan to revise effective offshore well-safety rule ]

Tim Woody

Just one week after the eighth anniversary of the deadly BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the U.S. Department of the Interior today proposed revising an offshore well-control rule that prevents blowouts.

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[ Wilderness Society welcomes Teresa Lane as VP of philanthropy ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society has hired Teresa Lane as its vice president of philanthropy. She began work with the organization this week.

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[ One year ago, Trump launched his attack on our public lands. This is what’s happened since then ]

Since President Trump’s executive order targeting national monument lands, we have had a year of policies that encourage aggressive drilling and mining in or near wild public lands.

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[ 2017 Annual Report ]

Apr 25, 2018

2017 Annual Report

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[ Scott Pruitt’s other toxic legacy: voter cynicism ]

On the eve of two key hearings, the scandals swirling around the EPA chief continue to erode public trust in government.

     
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[ Proposal for wilderness areas in Río Grande del Norte moves forward ]

Jennifer Dickson

Congressman Ben Ray Luján filed a bill today that would provide the highest level of protection for some of the wildest public lands within the Río Grande del Norte Nation

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[ BLM methane rule repeal comment period ends with no public meetings ]

Tony Iallonardo

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