Last month the EPA released a scientific report called “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters” that demonstrates the importance of small streams and wetlands to downstream water quality. The report is based on current scientific research, specifically 1,200 publications from peer-reviewed scientific literature. It concludes that there is an undeniable chemical, physical, and biological connection between small streams, wetlands and floodplains to downstream waterbodies such as lakes, estuaries, oceans, and larger river systems. The report will be used to help finalize the proposed Clean Water Protection rule, which was first proposed in the spring of 2014. The final rule will restore protections to over half of America’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands.
You can download the report here.
Labor, environmental groups join forces to oppose coal industry-backed bill (by Ken Ward, Jr. in Friday’s Gazette)
Also by Ken Ward, Jr: ‘Stand strong’: Can West Virginians work together?
States to challenge Obama’s climate rules (from the Washington Examiner; relevant to H.B. 2004, which passed the House on Friday, and S.B. 4.)