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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Summary of Draft Report on National Monuments

Covers findings and recommendations after 120 day review on national monuments as a result of an April 2017 presidential executive order.  Reviews areas visited by Secretary of Interior and also claims to provide much needed change for local communities regarding private property rights, timber harvesting, Tribal uses of land, and public access to public lands.  Few details included in the summary released to the public.  From the Department of the Interior


Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Website for regulatory activity related to the Clean Water Rule designed to protect navigable waterways and wetlands. Contains the executive order and press release on the intent of the agency to rescind the rule and “recodify the regulatory text” as it existed prior to 2015.  From the Environmental Protection Agency




Reclamation Water Information System

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources

Provides historical and current data on water quality and levels for streams and reservoirs in the western part of the U.S.  View and download data from the site.  From the Bureau of Reclamation


Water Quality Changes in the Nation’s Streams and Rivers

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

Interactive map product which allows users to get a long-term look at water quality changes in U.S. rivers and streams over time.  Covers 1400 sites from 1972 to 2012.  From the Geological Survey


State of the Global Climate in 2016

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

2016 was the warmest year on record: 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the pre-industrial period and 0.06 above the previous record set in the previous year.  Covers key findings in temperature, oceans, greenhouse gases, precipitation, sea ice and glaciers, and extreme events.  From the World Meteorological Organization


Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement-Scoping Report Appendices Vol. 2

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Contains the list of commenters, the comments by issue category, and an annotated bibliography.  Volume 2 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department


Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement- Scoping Report. Vol. 1

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Argues the need for modernization of the federal coal program to ensure a fair return on the sale of public coal resources, assess the structure and efficiency of the coal program in light of current market conditions, and consider the impacts on communities and the environment including climate change.  Volume 1 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department


EPA’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Contains the text of the final assessment report, appendices to the final report, an executive summary, a fact sheet, and the text of the 2015 draft assessment. From the Environmental Protection Agency


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