New York Times - President Obama has announced or will soon propose important protections for clean water, clean air, threatened species and threatened landscapes. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and other Republicans in Congress are trying hard not to let that happen — counterattacking with a legislative blitz
Star-Telegram - As the second-wettest May in North Texas history gives way to a dry and getting-hotter-by-the-day June, Allen is just one of many lake residents who are discovering the damage that came with the heavy rains and flooding.
Daily Bulletin - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner has introduced a new bill seeking to give state governors the power to intervene in port labor disputes — such as the one that took place during the winter on the West Coast.
The News Journal - The New Castle County Council may ramp up pressure on the state to fund a study into creating a private-public Delaware River port. The state last year approved $250,000 for permits needed to extend Wilmington operations onto the Delaware River. Port directors are now seeking approval to use the money to develop a new strategic plan for the port.
The Daily News - The 2.5 mile-long rubble mound jetty juts into the ocean to protects the Columbia shipping lanes and the $20 billion in commerce the channel brings to the area each year. Since it was last repaired in 2005, the jetty has seen some significant erosion. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor is hauling in more than 54,000 tons of rock to complete the repair work. The work is expected to be done by the end of the summer at a cost of $9.8 million.
Christina Science Monitor - Many of the country’s rivers and creeks are returning to their natural state. The reasons for such rapid improvement are varied and often water body-specific. An international agreement banning mid-lake ballast cleaning by container ships has left the Great Lakes far cleaner today than 20 years ago.
The Courier of Montgomery County - The danger in Texas is even higher this summer after recent flooding has made currents stronger and river depths deeper, with little state regulation in place to minimize public risk. Low-head dams are submerged and no more than 15 feet tall, usually much lower, but can turn placid water upstream into a hydraulic trap just below the dam for boaters and swimmers.