As Feds Weaken Wetlands Rules, Locals Eye Greater Protections For Otter Creek Swamps

photo: Marc Lapin of Middlebury College, along with Tina Heath, Charlie Hohn and Zapata Courage from Vermont's wetlands program.

Photo, from left: Marc Lapin of Middlebury College, along with Tina Heath, Charlie Hohn and Zapata Courage from the state wetlands program. They recently toured the Cornwall swamp section of the Otter Creek wetlands. JOHN DILLON / VPR

The state’s largest wetlands area stretches 15 miles along the Otter Creek in Addison and Rutland counties. Local groups have started talking to the state about how to provide greater protection for … [more…]

Working for our wetlands

Working for our wetlands

Wetlands – including lakes, lagoons, bogs and peatlands, as well as swamps and marshes – are regions that experience seasonal or perennial flooding. They generally host a range of plants and animals, and are vital to the survival of these species. However, they are also fragile ecosystems that require monitoring and maintenance to prevent their loss. In the context of World Wetlands Day, celebrated every year on 2 February, let’s … [more…]

On the Chesapeake, A Precarious Future of Rising Seas and High Tides

photo: home being raised above estimated flood levels.

Mike Draper raised his house in southern Dorchester County seven feet to protect it from rising waters. PHOTO BY DAVE HARP

Maryland’s Dorchester County is ground zero for climate change on Chesapeake Bay, as rising seas claim more and more land. An e360 video explores the quiet beauty of this liquid landscape and how high tides and erosion are putting the bay’s rural communities at risk.

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Miami Will Be Underwater Soon. Its Drinking Water Could Go First

photo: a rock lake on the edge of Miami-Dade County, Florida

A rock lake at the edge of Miami-Dade County. PHOTOGRAPHER: ANASTASIA SAMOYLOVA FOR BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK

The city has another serious water problem.

One morning in June, Douglas Yoder climbed into a white government SUV on the edge of Miami and headed northwest, away from the glittering coastline and into the maze of water infrastructure that makes this city possible. He drove past drainage canals that sever backyards and industrial lots, … [more…]

California’s Legacy of Swamplands

California’s Legacy of Swamplands

by Richard L. Hindle

California is living with a legacy of swamplands. The consecutive Swamp Land Acts (1849, 1850, and 1860) were among the first federal water policies to reach newly minted western and southern states, designed ostensibly to encourage reclamation and settlement of wet and inundated areas. They are known today to have displaced indigenous cultures, retooled ecological systems, incentivized risky prospecting, and left California and large swaths of

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