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Archived Issues

February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

NOAA FY13 Budget Hearing
House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Tuesday, March 6, 10:00 AM, 1334 Longworth

Army Corps FY13 Budget Hearing
House Energy & Water
Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 PM, 2362-B Rayburn

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Management and Budget Office
PROPOSED RULES

Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements:
Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act) ,
11778–11785 [2012–4521]
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

WATER POLICY
House to vote today on rewriting Calif. law in favor of farms
Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2012/02/29/10

OCEANS
Groups push for Antarctic marine reserve
Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/29/21

TEXAS
Shell joins Nature Conservancy to restore bird habitat
Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/29/26

Monday, February 27, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

Hearing on San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act
House Rules Committee
Tuesday, 03:00 PM, H-313, Capitol

NOAA FY13 Budget Hearing
House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Wednesday, 10:00 AM, H-309, Capitol

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

GULF SPILL
Judge postpones BP trial while parties seek settlement
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2012/02/27/4

NOAA
Administrator to defend 'tough choices' in budget proposal
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2012/02/27/10

OCEANS
World Bank launches alliance to protect against pollution, climate change
Published: Friday, February 24, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/24/24

Thursday, February 23, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

NOAA FY13 Budget Hearing
House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
February 29, 2012 10:00 AM in H-309, the Capitol — Witness: The Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

EPA Announces Availability of Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance to Selected Partner Communities
EPA is accepting letters of interest from communities interested in receiving direct assistance for projects that facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality. Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support, and will be directed to watersheds/sewersheds with significant water quality degradation associated with urban stormwater. The total EPA assistance available is approximately $950,000, and will be distributed among 10 to 20 projects. The value of the assistance available to each project will be approximately $50,000 to $100,000. Letters of interest must be received by April 6, 2012. For more information, please see EPA's green infrastructure website: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure

IN THE NEWS

GULF SPILL
Obama admin can steer money to Gulf if BP settles
Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/23/1

ARMY CORPS
Repairs of damaged Missouri River levees near completion — agency
Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/23/19

WATER POLICY
EPA sends wetland guidance to White House for final review
Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/22/2

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Feb 16, 2012 - Bill Action
Scheduled for Debate: H.R. 1837: San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act
This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Engineers Corps
NOTICES
Reissuance of Nationwide Permits,
10184–10290 [2012–3687]
[TEXT] [PDF]

Reclamation Bureau
NOTICES
Reclamation National Environmental Policy Act Handbook; Availability,
9964 [2012–3963]
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

GULF SPILL
BP's minority partner reaches landmark $90M settlement
Published: Monday, February 20, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/20/7

WATER POLICY
Paul floats Senate bill to shorten EPA's regulatory reach
Published: Friday, February 17, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/17/11

Tribes Dealt Setback in Missouri River Recovery Discussions
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/02/16/tribes-dealt-setback-in-missouri-river-recovery-discussions-97780

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

ARMY CORPS
Obama's budget touts navigation, but waterway interests aren't happy
Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/15/4

WATER POLLUTION
There's good news and bad for ecosystem projects in Obama budget
Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/15/7

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Obama's frack study to look past water
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2012/02/14/7

FLOOD INSURANCE
Tester, Vitter urge Reid to take up bipartisan reauthorization bill
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/14/11

Monday, February 13, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

While not exactly a Congressional action, the President did release his FY13 budget today. See: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview/

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Meetings:
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force,
6786–6787 [2012–2957]
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

WHITE HOUSE
Obama stakes out battle position with budget proposal that's unlikely to go far
Published: Monday, February 13, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/13/1

ARMY CORPS
Obama proposes 5.4% overall cut, emphasizes 'high return' projects
Published: Monday, February 13, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/13/9

NOAA
Slight boost would go to weather satellites, enviro programs
Published: Monday, February 13, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/13/10

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

INFRASTRUCTURE
GOP lawmakers blame regulations for dearth of dam, reservoir construction
Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2012/02/08/11

ARMY CORPS
As agency releases work plan, critics see Congress sidestepping earmark ban
Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/08/2

LOUISIANA
Coastal restoration, levee projects should account for sea level rise — report
Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/08/25

WILDLIFE
Judge considers whether SeaWorld orcas are enslaved
Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/07/12

Monday, February 6, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

Hearing on water regulation and job creation
House Natural Resources Committee
Tuesday, 10:00 AM, 1324 Longworth

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Feb 2, 2012 - Bill Action
Introduced: S. 2066: A bill to recognize the heritage of recreational fishing, hunting, and shooting on Federal public land and ensure continued opportunities for those activities.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK] introduced this bill.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

WATER
Panel to spotlight regulatory impediments to building dams, reservoirs
Published: Monday, February 6, 2012
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2012/02/06/15

Latest Effect of Gulf Spill: Waves of Cash to Aid Coast
Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/us/latest-effect-of-bp-oil-spill-waves-of-cash-for-texas-coast.html?_r=2

OFFSHORE WIND
Interior moves closer to first mid-Atlantic lease sale
Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/02/1

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

INFRASTRUCTURE
Behind-the-scenes battle rages over harbor maintenance
Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/02/01/3

GREAT LAKES
Blocking Mississippi River would stop Asian carp — commission
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/31/21

January 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

* Check out the video interview on E&E’s website, featuring Emily Woglom of the Ocean Conservancy (and former TNC staffer) as she answers questions about the proposed NOAA reorganization and the National Ocean Policy.

GULF OF MEXICO
'Restoration' is a shifty word on the bayou
Published: Monday, January 30, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/30/1

WATER POLICY
Higher prices, more options, private innovation all key to future of utilities — report
Published: Friday, January 27, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/27/18

GULF SPILL
Fla. radio ads tout bill to send fines to Gulf Coast states
Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/26/8

Monday, January 23, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Fish and Wildlife Service
National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy,
2996–2998 [2012–1179]
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

WATER POLICY
Panel weighs water's economic impact as EPA girds for political combat
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/23/3

GULF SPILL
DOJ wants to hold companies liable for environmental damages
Published: Friday, January 20, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/20/14

Thursday, January 19, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program,
73–79 [2011–33692]
[TEXT] [PDF]

Council on Environmental Quality
National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan,
2514–2515 [2012–840]
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

GULF SPILL
Analysts predict massive BP settlement
Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/19/12

WHITE HOUSE
Proposed NOAA transfer will need Congress' help
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2012/01/18/2

HYDRO
Water power could provide 15% of U.S. electricity -- DOE
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/18/14

CONGRESS 2012
Committees prep their agendas -- but will anything really get done?
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2012/01/17/1

WATER
Pilot program launches to stem farm runoff into Miss. River
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/17/18

Thursday, January 5, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report. Congress returns January 17.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

OCEANS
Antarctica's hot springs home to thousands of new species
Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/04/16

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report. Congress returns January 17.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.:
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf, Western Planning Area and Central Planning Area; Oil and Gas Lease Sales for 2012–2017,
82319–82320 [2011–33605]
[TEXT] [PDF]

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nomination of Existing Marine Protected Areas to the National System of Marine Protected Areas,
82277–82279 [2011–33540]
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

POLITICS
Debate over taming water, or liberating it, rises with flood levels
Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012
http://eenews.net/climatewire/2012/01/03/2

CHESAPEAKE BAY
Far from impeding growth, restoration will create 230,000 jobs — report
Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/01/03/7

GULF OF MEXICO
Whooping cranes at heart of restoration push, lawsuit
Published: Friday, December 23, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/23/17

December 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Engineers Corps
NOTICES
Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study,
79167–79168 [2011–32654]
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

EVERGLADES
Congress, Fla. governor provide financial boosts for restoration
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/22/21

GREAT LAKES
Still time to fight carp invasion, White House official says
Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011
http://eenews.net/eenewspm/2011/12/21/7

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Dec 17, 2011 - Bill Action
Conference Report: Passed Senate: H.R. 2055: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012

Dec 17, 2011 - Bill Action
Passed Senate: H.R. 3672: Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2012 (Passed Both Chambers)

Dec 16, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: S. 2018: A bill to amend and reauthorize certain provisions relating to Long Island Sound restoration and stewardship.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] introduced this bill.

Dec 16, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: H.R. 3719: To provide that funds made available to the Corps of Engineers for certain Missouri River fish and wildlife purposes be used for the reconstruction of flood control structures, and for...
Rep. Steve King [R-IA5] introduced H.R. 3719

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

WATER
Bill aims to continue lapsing Long Island Sound restoration efforts
Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/20/6

APPROPRIATIONS
House approves $1T spending bill
Published: Friday, December 16, 2011
http://eenews.net/eenewspm/2011/12/16/2

APPROPRIATIONS
Democrats pleased with EPA provisions in omnibus
Published: Friday, December 16, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/16/5

OCEANS
Debris from Japan arrives in Olympic Peninsula
Published: Friday, December 16, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/16/24

Thursday, December 15, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Dec 14, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: H.R. 3671: Making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.
Rep. Harold Rogers [R-KY5] introduced this bill.

Dec 14, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: S. 1991: A bill to establish the National Endowment for the Oceans, and for other purposes.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI] introduced this bill.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Council on Environmental Quality
NOTICES
Draft Guidance; Availability:
Improving Process for Preparing Efficient and Timely Environmental Reviews Under National Environmental Policy Act,
77492–77498 [2011–31983]
[TEXT] [PDF]

Fish and Wildlife Service
NOTICES
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment,
78016–78018 [2011–32185]
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

APPROPRIATIONS
Shutdown looms as White House objects to omnibus despite lack of big-ticket riders
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/15/1

ARMY CORPS
Omnibus would give agency a slight boost
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/15/7

WATER
Reps. Blumenauer, Poe introduce bill to prioritize water and sanitation in U.S. foreign aid
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/15/9

WATER POLLUTION
USDA revises standard guiding farms' nutrient management
Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/14/19

OCEANS
Commerce panel leaders float bill to block illegal fishing
Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/13/10

Monday, December 12, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

Senate
Hearing on the nation's water infrastructure
Environment & Public Works
Tuesday, 10:00 AM, 406 Dirksen

House
Hearing on water quality and infrastructure
Transportation and Infrastructure
Wednesday, 10:00 AM, 2167 Rayburn

Hearing on three natural resources bills (including marine debris bill)
Natural Resources
Thursday, 10:00 AM, 1324 Longworth

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

APPROPRIATIONS
Fate of enviro riders to be revealed today
Published: Monday, December 12, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/12/2

WATER
House and Senate panels to examine U.S. infrastructure troubles
Published: Monday, December 12, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/12/13

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Army Corps pays too little attention to resource concerns — GAO
Published: Friday, December 9, 2011
http://eenews.net/eenewspm/2011/12/09/4

WATER
Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River, Lake Tahoe bills pass Senate panel
Published: Friday, December 9, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/09/9

Thursday, December 8, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

Senate
Hearing to examine our nation's water infrastructure
Environment & Public Works
Tuesday, December 13, 10:00 AM, 406 Dirksen

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Dec 6, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: H.R. 3570: To promote ocean and human health and for other purposes.
Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA23] introduced this bill.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

APPROPRIATIONS
Enviro riders remain sticking point in omnibus talks
Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/08/4

GULF SPILL
Debate rages over what to do with potential billions in Deepwater Horizon fines
Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/08/4

OIL AND GAS
EPA to link fracking, water contamination in Wyo.
Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/08/1

FLOOD INSURANCE
6-month extension to troubled program moves to House
Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/08/7

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

House
Hearing on legislation to restore jobs and coastal viability in the Gulf of Mexico
Transportation and Infrastructure
Wednesday, 11:00 AM, 2167 Rayburn

Senate
Hearing on domestic and global water supply
Energy and Natural Resources
Thursday, 02:30 PM, 366 Dirksen

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

EPA
Requests Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants
http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding/

IN THE NEWS

POLITICS
Riders on the storm of looming payroll tax battle
Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/06/1

NATURAL GAS
Fracking's water needs pose major challenge
Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/06/19

GULF SPILL
House panel to take up penalty-sharing bill, amid debate over offsetting $1.2B cost
Published: Monday, December 5, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/05/7

WATER
Senators to examine global and domestic water scarcity
Published: Monday, December 5, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/05/12

GULF OF MEXICO
Obama admin unveils final restoration plan
Published: Monday, December 5, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/12/05/4

FISHERIES
Lawmakers slowly begin rewrite of key conservation law
Published: Friday, December 2, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/02/11

FLOODS
Lawmakers blame Army Corps for Missouri River disaster, demand levee rebuilds and policy changes
Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/12/01/5

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

House
Hearing on legislation related to fisheries and coastal management
Natural Resources
Thursday, 10:00 AM, 1324 Longworth

Hearing on legislation affecting hydropower and water projects
Energy and Commerce
Friday, 10:00 AM, 1324 Longworth

Hearing on legislation to restore jobs and coastal viability in the Gulf of Mexico
Transportation and Infrastructure
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 11:00 AM, 2167 Rayburn

Senate
Hearing on domestic and global water supply
Energy and Natural Resources
Thursday, Dec. 8, 02:30 PM, 366 Dirksen

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Nov 28, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: S. 1916: Fishery Science Improvement Act of 2011
Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL] introduced this bill (see article below)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Engineers Corps
PROPOSED RULES

USACE's Plan for Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563, 70927–70929 [2011–29633]
Re: streamlining regulations
[TEXT] [PDF]

IN THE NEWS

FISHERIES
Fla. senators launch push to exempt some stocks from conservation law
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/30/11

BUDGET
Supercommittee failure portends yearlong limbo for energy, environment programs
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/29/1

FLOODS
After the flood, Army Corps management of Missouri River to go under microscope
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/29/6

FISHERIES
Bipartisan group of lawmakers seeks changes to Magnuson-Stevens Act
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/29/12

Monday, November 28, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

House
Hearing on the Missouri River Flood
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Wednesday, November 30, 11:00 AM
2167 Rayburn House Office Building
A live webcast of this hearing will be available at http://transportation.house.gov

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

APPROPRIATIONS
Senate Dems plan to move $1 trillion omnibus in December
By Alexander Bolton - 11/28/11 03:46 PM ET
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/195705-senate-dems-plan-to-move-1-trillion-omnibus-in-december

FISHERIES
Partnership Preserves Livelihoods and Fish Stocks
Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/science/earth/nature-conservancy-partners-with-california-fishermen.html?_r=1

OCEANS
Australia to set up world's biggest marine reserve
Published: Monday, November 28, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/11/28/19

Monday, November 21, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report -- House and Senate in recess all week.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Nov 18, 2011 - Bill Action
Signed by President: H.R. 2112: Science Appropriations Act, 2012
The President has signed this bill, and it will shortly be enrolled as law.

Nov 17, 2011 - Bill Action
Scheduled for Debate: H.R. 2154: To correct the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Gasparilla Island Unit FL-70P.
This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.

Nov 17, 2011 - Bill Action
Scheduled for Debate: H.R. 2834: Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act
This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.

Nov 16, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: S. 1881: A bill to establish an integrated Federal program to respond to ongoing and expected impacts of climate variability and change by protecting, restoring, and conserving the natural...

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

EPA
Republicans blast agency science, including fracking study
Published: Friday, November 18, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/18/10

APPROPRIATIONS
Reid punts energy, water spending bill debate to December
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/17/3

FISHERIES
New England panel votes to start shift to ecosystems-based oversight
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/11/17/22

APPROPRIATIONS
House approves Ag-Transpo-Commerce spending minibus
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011
http://eenews.net/eenewspm/2011/11/17/1

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

Senate
Field hearing on Marcellus Shale gas in West Virginia
Energy and Natural Resources
Monday, November 14, 10:00 AM, East Charleston, W.Va.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

OFFSHORE DRILLING
Obama leasing plan draws praise, fire
Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/09/1

APPROPRIATIONS
Senate to take up energy, water spending bill tomorrow
Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/11/09/6

FISHERIES
Atlantic managers weigh catch limits for tiny fish with outsized ecological role
Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/11/09/29

MISSOURI RIVER
After flooding, Army Corps announces changes to way it manages waterway
Published: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/11/08/21

Monday, November 7, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Nov 3, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: S. 1795: A bill to require the Corps of Engineers to revise the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System Master Water Control Manual to ensure greater storage capacity to prevent serious downstream...

*House and Senate conferees of the CJS minibus (funding NOAA) are aiming to have a conference report ready by November 14, next Monday. With the CR expiring Nov. 18, the conference report on the minibus package is expected to include a new CR stopgap spending measure that would run through mid-December.

*The second minibus, which will include the Energy & Water appropriations bill, is set to be taken up by the Senate at the end of this week, possibly spilling into next. See the first “Appropriations” article below for further details.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

APPROPRIATIONS
Senate poised to take up energy, water 'minibus'
Published: Monday, November 7, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/07/3

CHESAPEAKE BAY
House panel slams EPA over pollution cleanup efforts
Published: Friday, November 4, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/04/10

EVERGLADES
Republicans question Salazar's plan to create headwaters wildlife refuge
Published: Friday, November 4, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/04/11

APPROPRIATIONS
Lawmakers ask conference committee to block funding for catch shares
Published: Friday, November 4, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/04/13

CHESAPEAKE BAY
Dead zone is shrinking, new study shows
Published: Friday, November 4, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/11/04/21

Thursday, November 3, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

House
Hearing on stream buffer zone rule
Natural Resources
Friday, 09:30 AM, 1324 Longworth

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Nov 2, 2011 - Bill Action (Senate)
Scheduled for Debate: S. 1401: Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act of 2011

Scheduled for Debate: S. 1657: Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2011

Scheduled for Debate: S. 1119: Trash Free Seas Act of 2011

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

APPROPRIATIONS
Green groups go to bat for federal conservation dollars
Published: Thursday, November 3, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/03/5

OCEANS
Panel approves bill targeting tsunami trash, while putting off vote on engineered fish
Published: Thursday, November 3, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/03/9

WATER POLICY
Republicans fire warning shot over EPA wetlands guidance
Published: Thursday, November 3, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/11/03/6

NOAA
Agency official returning to academia
Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/11/01/8

APPROPRIATIONS
Senate approves Ag-Transpo-Commerce spending minibus
Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/11/01/1

October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

House

Using Science to Improve Flood Management (Briefing)
2253 Rayburn House Office Building
Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
*featuring our very own Jeff Opperman as one of two speakers

Hearing to review implementation of Chesapeake Bay watershed plans
Agriculture
Thursday, 10:00 AM, 1300 Longworth

Hearing on Florida Everglades restoration
Natural Resources
Thursday, 10:00 AM, 1324 Longworth

Hearing on stream buffer zone rule
Natural Resources
Friday, 09:30 AM, 1324 Longworth

RECENT/UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

The full Senate is scheduled to vote this week on the “mini-bus” appropriations bill that includes CJS (for NOAA funding). See top “Appropriations” article below for details.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

APPROPRIATIONS
Senate to resume work on minibus tomorrow
Published: Monday, October 31, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/31/3

INFRASTRUCTURE
Finding money for ports, dredging eludes lawmakers in age of belt-tightening
Published: Friday, October 28, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/28/8

GULF OF MEXICO
BP spill might be factor in dolphin deaths — NOAA
Published: Friday, October 28, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/28/23

APPROPRIATIONS
House Dems warn they'll vote down all bills with policy riders
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/27/1

ARMY CORPS
Slow progress on levee inventory
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/27/19

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No relevant hearings to report.

RECENT CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Oct 24, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: H.R. 3251: To ensure that Federal assistance provided under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for the construction of certain emergency levees is not conditioned...
Rep. John Kline [R-MN2] introduced H.R. 3251: To ensure that Federal assistance provided under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for the construction of certain emergency levees is not conditioned on the subsequent dismantlement of those levees, except as provided for in a status certificate, and for other purposes.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

TRANSPORTATION
Plan to use offshore revenues to fund highway bill gains momentum
Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/26/8

INFRASTRUCTURE
Panel to examine U.S. seaports' readiness for 21st-century trade
Paul Quinlan, E&E reporter
Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/26/13

Monday, October 24, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

House
Hearing on national ocean policy
Natural Resources Committee
Wednesday, 10:00 AM, 1324 Longworth

Senate
Hearing on discretionary spending
Special Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction
Wednesday, 10:00 AM, 216 Hart

RECENT CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

BUDGET
'Supercommittee' will fix gaze on discretionary spending this week
Published: Monday, October 24, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/24/3

OCEANS
Obama admin officials to face grilling over new plan
Published: Monday, October 24, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/24/10

INFRASTRUCTURE
Big changes, cash infusion needed to save U.S. waterworks — EPA water chief
Published: Monday, October 24, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/24/3

APPROPRIATIONS
Senate approves farm, water measures but punts 'minibus' to Halloween week
Published: Friday, October 21, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/21/2

NOMINATIONS
Bryson confirmed to be Commerce secretary
Published: Friday, October 21, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/21/3

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

Oct 12, 2011 - Committee Meeting Notice
Senate Energy and Natural Resources—Water and Power Subcommittee
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 2:30 PM. An oversight hearing to examine shale gas production and water resources in the Eastern United States.

RECENT CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

FLOODS:
Lawmakers from deluged states blast Army Corps, demand immediate changes, accountability
Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/19/4

NOMINATIONS:
Inhofe tries to gather reinforcements for blockade of Commerce nominee
Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/19/5

APPROPRIATIONS :
Efforts to limit energy spending, audit BP claims process among slew of amendments
Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/19/2

Monday, October 17, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

Senate Environment and Public Works
Tue, Oct 18, 2011 10:00 AM. Hearings to examine a review of the 2011 floods and the condition of the nation's flood control systems.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources—Water and Power Subcommittee
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 2:30 PM. An oversight hearing to examine shale gas production and water resources in the Eastern United States.

RECENT CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

No relevant actions to report.

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

APPROPRIATIONS:
Senate Interior-EPA spending bill released, but way forward uncertain
Published: Monday, October 17, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/17/1

OIL AND GAS:
Senators to drill down on shale gas, water issues
Published: Monday, October 17, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/17/3  

FLOODS:
Army Corps leader to testify about massive 2011 flooding
Published: Monday, October 17, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/17/6

GULF SPILL:
BP reaches $4B settlement with Deepwater Horizon partner Anadarko
Published: Monday, October 17, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/17/11  

GREAT LAKES:
Jackson outlines new priorities for restoration initiative
Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/13/21

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

UPCOMING HEARINGS

Oct 12, 2011 - Committee Meeting Notice
Senate Environment and Public Works
Tue, Oct 18, 2011 10:00 AM. Hearings to examine a review of the 2011 floods and the condition of the nation's flood control systems.

Oct 12, 2011 - Committee Meeting Notice
Senate Energy and Natural Resources—Water and Power Subcommittee
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 2:30 PM. An oversight hearing to examine shale gas production and water resources in the Eastern United States.

RECENT CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS

Oct 11, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: S. 1678: A bill to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to permit eligible fishermen to approve certain limited access privilege programs, and for other purposes.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte [R-NH] introduced this bill.

Oct 6, 2011 - Bill Action
Introduced: S. 1669: Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2011
Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] introduced this bill.

Oct 5, 2011 - Bill Action
Scheduled for Debate: H.R. 2842: Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2011

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

No relevant notices to report.

IN THE NEWS

WATER:
Bipartisan lawmakers seek $13.8B for infrastructure improvements
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
http://eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/12/12

FISHERIES:
Industry, enviros gird for U.N. battle over deep-sea trawling
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/12/4

GREAT LAKES:
Federal initiative has funding, but future is uncertain
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/12/6

FISHERIES:
La. shrimp season may be worst ever
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/11/19

WETLANDS:
U.S. making progress in efforts to stem losses -- Interior
Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011
http://eenews.net/eenewspm/2011/10/06/13

 

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