Plenty of conservation-related news this week: Utah's Senators aim to strip endangered species act protections from their native species, US National Parks considers implementing a reservation policy to curb number of park visitors, the fight to reintroduce wolves continues to have push-back, the deadly salamander fungus is found in frogs, and more.
Conservation and Alternative Energy Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are moving forward (NPR). “Wind provided 40 percent of Texas’s electricity for 17 straight hours one windy day in December” (Scientific American). The effort to ban lead bullets at wildlife refuges may be stymied (Wall Street Journal). Texas Water Symposium will be 7pm on Thurs, … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 23-29, 2017
Conservation The GOP aims to dismantle the Endangered Species Act (Washington Post). Committee(s) on Science, Space, and Technology House Resolution 44, introduced in the United States House of Representatives on January 11, 2017, would, if passed, express the House's support of designating February 12, 2017, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of Charles Darwin as … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 16, 2017
Conservation A little out of date, but House Bill 1794, passed in 2015 (link) sets a hard cap on payouts to counties that sue corporations for polluting waterways and/or air, as well as a 5 year statute of limitations. (Excellent opinion piece here) Save Our Springs is moving forward with filing a new lawsuit in … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 9, 2017
Conservation Obama & Trudeau designate Arctic and Atlantic coastal regions as unavailable for future off-shore drilling (NPR, Whitehouse press release). The Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium will be held Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 from 8am-3:30pm at the Canyon View Event Center. More details here. National Science Policy Who owns CRISPR/Cas? US Berkeley first filed a … Continue reading Weekly Digest – December 19-Jan 2, 2016
Conservation City of Dripping Springs (pop. 2000) requested a permit to discharge wastewater into Onion Creek; City of Austin wonders where they will get 1 million gallons of water and the council discusses water conservation, future development, and Austin’s role in the environmental regulation of the Edward’s Aquifer region (video link, see 7E) Committee(s) on … Continue reading Weekly Digest – December 12, 2016
Conservation Hundreds of endangered blind salamanders were stolen from USFWS site in San Marcos (link). Good news! A 520-acre area called Peaceful Springs has been added to the Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge, permanently protecting limestone canyons, major bird and butterfly migration routes, and springs that attract endangered bird species. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) … Continue reading Weekly Digest – December 5th, 2016