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Waters of the United States applicability date published

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On February 6, the U.S. Army and EPA published a revised Clean Water Rule in the Federal Register that includes an applicability date. The purpose of the applicability date is to provide continuity and regulatory certainty for regulated entities while the agencies continue to consider possible revisions to the 2015 rule.
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Supreme Court decision on WOTUS jurisdiction spurs EPA action

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Written by the American Fisheries Society On January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule must be heard in district courts rather than in U.S. Federal Courts of Appeal presenting a procedural hurdle to the Trump Administration's efforts to repeal and replace the 2015 rule with a narrower rule. Indu...
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North American Wetlands Conservation Council Meeting via teleconference

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The North American Wetlands Conservation Council will meet via teleconference on February 22, 2018, at 2 p.m. EST , to select U.S. small grant proposals for reporting to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. This teleconference is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or...
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Science Societies oppose the proposed addition of applicability date to Clean Water Rule

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Dear Administrator Pruitt and Mr. Fisher: On behalf of our nearly 200,000 members, the undersigned science societies respectfully submit the following comments in response to your solicitation regarding the proposed rule, Definition of "Waters of the United States" - Addition of an Applicability Date to 2015 Clean Water Rule, EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0644, p...
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International Summer School in East Africa on Sustainability in the FOOD-WATER-ECOSYSTEM Nexus in Sub Saharan Africa

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The University of Bonn, Germany, and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, call for doctoral and postdoctoral scientists from Sub Saharan Africa or Germany with an interest in interdisciplinary research in the field of the FOOD-WATER-ECOSYSTEM Nexus in Sub Sahara Africa. The Summer School, held March 12 - 18, 2018, at Makerere University in Ka...
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The Second Warning to Humanity and Wetlands

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Originally published in December 2017 Wetland Science & Practice : C Max Finlayson (Institute for Land, water and Society, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia, and IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education, Delft, Netherlands) William R Moomaw (Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts Univ...
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Call for reviewers

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is seeking reviewers for its first order draft of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, a s indicated in this outline . Wetlands and wetland management are relevant in several places: Volume 1, chapter 1; Volume 4, chapter 7; and Volume 5, chapte...
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Asia, China and Europe chapters set dates for 2018 meetings

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The Europe Chapter will hold its 13th annual meeting in Ohrid, Macedonia, on April 30 – May 4, 2018: Management of Wetland Ecosystem Services: Issues, Challenges and Solutions. Ohrid is an authentic town with a scenic location on the north shore of Lake Ohrid, the oldest lake in Europe. Other natural highlights in the vicinity include Galichica Mou...
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House to examine state capacity to administer wetland protection

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The House Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on the Environment is scheduled to discuss the future of the Waters of the U.S. Rule or "WOTUS" rule. The regulation determines which wetlands and small waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act.The subcommittee will also examine state participation in administering Clean Water Act regulat...
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Science Societies Oppose Scalia Definition of WOTUS

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In June, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the proposed repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule in anticipation of replacing it with a narrower definition of "Waters of the U.S." or "WOTUS." The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are currently soliciting recommendations for this new definition, the second step in the rulemaking pr...
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