Just over 1,500 acres in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, is at the center of a case the U.S. Supreme Court will consider this fall that asks the question of how much power the federal government has to protect habitat for an endangered species, the dusky gopher frog, even though that frog hasn't lived there for decades.
The increased amount of impervious surfaces surrounding the watershed makes the area more susceptible to runoff, which contributes to the severity of flood impacts, though hydrologists have said development is not solely to blame.
The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.
High-tide flooding happens twice as often in coastal areas as it did 30 years ago due to rising sea levels, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Some city leaders looking to lead on climate change policies, reducing emissions in their areas and tackling other environmental issues. But state preemption laws sometimes stand in their way.
The uptick in visible slithering reptiles has prompted cities and counties to warn residents that warmer weather and increased rainfall can force snakes out of their holes and into backyards, pools and homes.
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Lee County is one of 10 government entities participating in a federal drone pilot program, but will be the only one to deploy the technology for pest control.
“Donald Trump cannot stop us in states and governors in building a clean energy future,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said during the Center for American Progress 2018 Ideas Conference.
“Not only is tapping street and park trees illegal, but doing so causes damage, leaving trees susceptible to insects and diseases,” the city said in a newsletter.
“There’s a lot to like about this legislation,” said Sen. Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.
The goal is the most ambitious of any U.S. state.
Critics of the mandate warn home prices will escalate.
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"States joining California in this suit are part of a broader movement of states, cities, and businesses that are driving down emissions without any help from Washington.”
Most states already prohibit local efforts to restrict the chemicals.
“There has to be a cooperative spirit or it just flat-out won’t work,” according to Ed Eisch, fish production program manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
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