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FY 2016 Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD4002016/$file/RD400.pdf

Latest annual report to the General Assembly on Virginia’s clean-up efforts for the Chesapeake Bay and other Virginia waterways.  From the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources

 

Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/err216%5Cerr-216.pdf

After decades of nutrient-runoff reduction efforts via regulation, education, and technical assistance, manure remains a significant contributor to Chesapeake Bay problems.  This report discusses the idea of involving livestock operators in nutrient trading schemes.  Most past such trading efforts have focused on crop producers.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Effectiveness of Virginia’s Water Resource Planning and Management 2016

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt486.pdf

Concludes that there is currently insufficient groundwater in eastern Virginia to accommodate any major, new permit requests (for example, industries seeking to locate in the region).  Criticizes the state’s state and local water plans as lacking in addressing sustainability challenges.  Offers recommendations for improved state and regional planning.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://www.usitc.gov/research_and_analysis/trade_shifts_2015/index.htm

Reviews U.S. trade performance during the year with a focus on changes in exports and imports of key natural resources, agricultural, and manufacturing products.  Also examines changes in trade relations with 4 key partners and country groups.  Also has special topic: the impact of declining energy prices on U.S. sectoral trade flows.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission.

 

Global Implications of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Categories: Climate Change,Crime/Justice,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,Treaties

https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/Reports%20and%20Pubs/NIC_White_Paper_on_IUU_Fishing.pdf

Defines the nature of illegal and unregulated fishing, describes the threat to legitimate fishing and ocean health posed by such activities, and prospects for alleviation of the problem through such actions as the Port State Measures Agreement that came into force in June 2016.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 

Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44632.pdf

Although the extent and pace of future sea-level rise remains uncertain, the phenomenon is expected to contribute to floods, erosion, saltwater intrusion into coastal freshwaters, and changes in coastal terrestrial and estuarine ecosystems.  Considers the causes, the effects on U.S. coasts, and the policy questions for Congress.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Presidential Proclamation, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Expansion

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/26/presidential-proclamation-papahanaumokuakea-marine-national-monument

Expands a National Monument area off the northwestern Hawaiian Islands to become the world’s largest marine protected area.  From the White House

 

 

Evolution of the Meaning of “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44585.pdf

Examines how widely to interpret the phrase “Waters of the U.S.” which has no clear definition in the Clean Water Act.  The Commerce Clause is cited as the constitutional basis for regulating water quality, but recent court decisions have cited limitations to that authority.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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