President Donald Trump waded into the Western water wars Friday, giving a boost to embattled Republican congressmen with a presidential memorandum containing deadlines for federal regulators to finish evaluating the environmental impacts of major water projects in California and the Pacific Northwest.
The Environmental Protection Agency continues to estimate that it will have a new WOTUS rule by next September, but meeting that target date may be difficult. The timeline is according to the government's latest agenda for regulatory action.
Agricultural productivity growth in low-income countries is falling further behind the increase needed to feed their growing populations, and the output of rich nations is insufficient as well, according to the Global Harvest Initiative’s annual GAP report.
Progressive groups pushing for reforms to farm policy and opposed to nutrition assistance cuts and environmental provisions in the House-passed farm bill say Congress would be better passing no new legislation at all unless it’s similar to the bipartisan Senate version.
Officials estimate Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars in damage to crops, livestock and aquaculture after slamming into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday with 155 mile-per-hour winds and then plowing a path of destruction through Alabama and Georgia.
Three-quarters of meat processing plants that discharge wastewater directly into waterways exceeded their permit limits for nitrogen, fecal bacteria, or other pollutants at least once from January 2016 to June 2018, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project.