Louisiana Legislature Approves 2017 Coastal Master Plan

Aerial photo: Louisiana coastal wetlands and marches

Conservation groups praise it as “a plan we can all be proud of” and “one we need implemented quickly”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Baton Rouge, LA—June 2, 2017) Today, Louisiana’s State Legislature passed SCR1, a resolution approving the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the state’s blueprint for coastal restoration and protection activities. The resolution was authored by Sen. Morrish (R-Jennings), Sen. Alario (R-Westwego) and Rep. Leger (D-New Orleans).

Louisiana Legislature Approves 2017 Coastal Master Plan

The master plan prioritizes

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Editorial: Iowa’s filthy waterways are a disgrace

photo: Iowa's filthy waterways are a disgrace

Beach-goers enjoy the sun at Lake Macbride on Thursday. Algae and E. coli levels have been a statewide concern this summer.
Photo: David Scrivner/Iowa City Press-Citizen

If you want to swim in a lake with E. coli and toxins that can kill a small dog, Iowa is the place to be. This state is heaven for anyone who enjoys fishing in smelly streams, rafting down polluted rivers, and contributing to

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America has a water crisis no one is talking about

America has a water crisis no one is talking about

Access to clean water is a basic human right. Yet for 14 million US households, or 12 percent of homes, water bills are too expensive. And as the cost of water rises, even more Americans are at risk of not being able to pay their monthly water bill. According to a paper from researchers at Michigan State University, water prices will have to increase by 41 percent in the next

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Flint Water Investigation Leads to Felony Charges for Michigan State Employees

Flint Water Investigation Leads to Felony Charges for Mich. State Employees

A driving effort to save the state money was said to be the reasoning behind the Flint, Michigan water crisis, which has been tied to lead poisoning in children, among other issues. On Tuesday the state announced felony charges against former state emergency managers, Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, accused of false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses. The two were said to have been focused on balance sheets

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Phosphate giant Mosaic agrees to pay nearly $2 billion over mishandling of hazardous waste

Mosaic Fertilizer, the world’s largest phosphate mining company, has agreed to pay nearly $2 billion to settle a federal lawsuit over hazardous waste and to clean up operations at six Florida sites and two in Louisiana, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

"The 60 billion pounds of hazardous waste addressed in this case is the largest amount ever covered by a federal or state . . . settlement and will

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