The Hill- Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is asking Obama administration officials for further scientific justification for their rule establishing regulatory power over waterways. In an eight-page letter, Inhofe highlighted a litany of aspects within the "waters of the United States" rule that he says are not covered by the scientific studies referenced within it. Inhofe asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers for extensive documentation that establish which waterways are subject to the rule. He said the rule is too broad, arguing that it would give regulators power over waterways based on birds’ consumption and excretion of seeds.
The Hill- A federal appeals court Monday upheld the Obama administration’s plan to cut water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) properly used the authority under the Clean Water Act to set limits on pollution in the Chesapeake’s six-state watershed, a process known as Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Groups representing agriculture and other business interests challenged the landmark cleanup plan, saying that it exceeded the EPA’s pollution-control authority.
The Hill- The AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) said Monday that a pair of Republican measures to reduce the potential for strikes at U.S. ports are "unnecessary" interventions into labor relations at the nation's docks. The measures, from Sens. Cory Gardiner (R-Colo.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), would expand the ability of governors to intervene in port labor disputes and require greater port tracking by the Department of Transportation, respectively.
Wall Street Journal- As U.S. seaports enter their busiest season, shippers and truckers expect to be plagued with a familiar problem: a shortage of chassis, a key piece of equipment that allows trucks to transport shipping containers. Finding a free chassis – little more than a steel frame with wheels - can take hours, making them a top source of port congestion because containers can’t be transferred from a ship to a truck without them, truck drivers say. Leasing companies also rent different types of chassis, so drivers must often go out of their way to return the equipment to specific locations, creating traffic problems at ports.
The National Review- California is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet the state has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state’s storage reserves – a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits and protests. Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam’s construction, the state’s politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passé. So the parched state now prays for rain and snow rather than building reservoirs to ensure that the next drought won’t shut us down.
The Guardian- As deputy leader, Joyce excels at the language that cuts through to his voters in a much more effective way than his leader, Warren Truss. While Joyce’s emotional commitment to farmers is unquestioned, the dilemma at the heart of his new white paper is whether this traditional view of agriculture is appropriate for the challenges of the future.
The Post and Courier-The crew over at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Charleston District is aiming to change that perception with its expeditious work on the Charleston Harbor deepening effort, widely considered one of South Carolina’s most critical public infrastructure projects. The mammoth $509 million underwater dig hit a big milestone 10 days ago. On June 25, after a nearly four-hour meeting, a senior Army Corps review board in Washington unanimously approved a study that examined the feasibility of taking the Port of Charleston’s main shipping channel to 52 feet from 45.
Tampa Bay Newspapers- It’s been five years since the BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. Now, five states will benefit from the billions of dollars in claims and penalties the oil company must pay. Pinellas County stands to receive at least $1.5 million of an $18.7 billion settlement.
The Straits Times- Every year, from Vietnam to Bangladesh, significant chunks of the shoreline are lost to the sea. In the Gulf of Thailand, almost a third is affected - in some parts, more than 5m of shoreline disappears a year. To the east, Vietnam's fertile Mekong Delta is particularly vulnerable, with about 40 per cent exposed to the growing risk from rising sea levels triggered by global warming. Six resorts on Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An could collapse into the advancing sea, according to reports, and two recently completed resorts had not opened because of erosion.
Shore News Today- To make room for material dredged from lagoons, harbors and channels along the bayside of the island, the city will spend $2.7 million to have 50,000 cubic yards of spoils trucked and barged to Wildwood to cap a landfill, Mayor Jay Gillian announced at a rare Saturday, June 27 town hall meeting. More than 100 people packed the senior center room inside the Ocean City Community Center to hear the city’s plans to address the topic of back bay dredging on the island. Many waterways are so clogged that they are not passable at low tide.
Association of California Water Agencies- As the hot, dry summer intensifies, Save Our Water – the official statewide conservation education program – today launched a new public education campaign urging Californians to make even more cuts in water use. Save Our Water’s campaign asks Californians to “Let It Go” by limiting outdoor water use and letting lawns fade to gold for the summer. The campaign also stresses the importance of preserving water resources for trees and other important landscapes. Save Our Water is managed by ACWA in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources.