Groups hope split government spurs permitting overhaul

From E&E DAILY |  E&E News | Essential Energy and Environment News ( Advocates in the fossil fuel and clean energy industries are eyeing divided government as a chance to rekindle interest in a bipartisan permitting overhaul. In the fall, a plan from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) failed after pushback […]

Homebuilders say they’re on the edge of a steeper downturn as buyers pull back

From CNBC: Homebuilders say 2023 is going to bring an even sharper downturn in the market, as high interest rates scare away buyers. Housing starts for single-family homes dropped nearly 19% year over year in September, according to the U.S. Census. Building permits, which are an indicator of future construction, fell 17%. “It is definitely […]

Nature-Based Solutions Can Help Fight Climate Change

From PEW: Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will gather in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from Nov. 6-18 at the 27th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference —known as COP27—in an effort to agree on solutions to combat climate change. The meeting comes on the heels of a new climate report from the UNFCCC that found […]

Not Dead Yet: More Than 2,000 Homes Planned In Placer County Development. A First Wave Of Houses Is Ready

When the sprawling Winding Creek development is complete, roughly 1,400 single-family homes and hundreds of apartments will fill the 500-acre site in northwest Roseville. There are currently between 250 and 300 people living in the neighborhood, said Karron Vasquez, a senior manager of marketing for Anthem Properties, the project developer. Another few hundred homes have […]

Tidal marsh or ‘fake habitat’? California habitat restoration project draws criticism

From the Los Angeles Times (link below): A habitat restoration project funded by a large agricultural water district is drawing criticism from environmental advocates. They say that while the project is based on claims of ecologically important marsh habitat, a large portion of the land is a high-and-dry former cattle pasture that does little to […]

California’s Water Regulators Lose Big Case

From the Sacramento Bee (link below): California’s drought regulators have lost a major lawsuit that could undermine their legal authority to stop farms and cities from pulling water from rivers and streams. An appeals court ruled that the State Water Resources Control Board lacks the power to interfere with “senior” water rights holders and cannot […]

National Mining Association Alarmed at EPA’s Flawed Financial Assurance Rule

The National Mining Association (NMA) today expressed alarm over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) introduction of new, duplicative financial assurance requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) that disregard serious flaws raised by industry experts and financial institutions. In a process that has been continuously and needlessly rushed, EPA introduced its […]

USDA to Invest $5 Million in the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on August 11 that it is investing up to $5 million in the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program (WMBP). This grant program supports the development of mitigation banks for use by agricultural producers seeking to maintain eligibility for USDA programs. Funds are available to Tribes, state and local government […]

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