U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues report on Nationwide Permits

In compliance with Executive Order (EO) 13783 “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth”, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released their report on October 25. The EO required federal agencies to review existing regulations that would potentially burden domestic energy resources (oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear resources). The USACE identified Nationwide Permits as a regulation meeting the review requirements of the EO.

Of the 52 nationwide permits that authorize activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, the agency identified 12 of the 52 nationwide permits that related to domestic energy production. The USACE is recommending changes to nine of those 12 nationwide permits to reduce burdens on domestic energy producers.

To find out more, read the entire press release here.

Voinovich School Announces Research Assistantship Opportunity

Stream + Wetlands is a proud partner with Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs which advances student research in watershed and wetlands programs. In addition to expanded research, our partnership enables the school to increase its academic support of the Master of Science in Environmental Studies and other programs with applied watershed and wetlands projects.

The Voinovich School is currently accepting applications for an Assistantship position to progress stream and wetlands research. The applicant must be a full-time, degree-seeking graduate student enrolled in or accepted for admission to an Ohio University graduate program appropriate to studying applied stream and wetland restoration science, education, or policy. For more detailed information about this assistantship position, download the flyer or go online at www.ohio.edu/environmentalstudies.


Columbus Dispatch Editorial Discusses S+W Research Project

The Columbus Dispatch recently ran an editorial about S+W’s research project which is being led by Ohio State University professor emeritus Dr. William Mitsch. “Wetlands could fix pollution from farms” discusses Mitsch’s research to temporarily re-establish wetlands in farm fields to reduce algae blooms. Read more about this unique research project here.

ELI’s Wetland Mitigation Panel Discussion Transcript Available

On May 18, in conjunction with American Wetlands month and the 2017 National Wetlands Awards, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) hosted a panel of experts to discuss the future of the mitigation industry. S+W President Vince Messerly participated in the discussion. ELI captured the entire transcript of the discussion and a copy of the PDF is available here.