“For too long a labyrinth of roads, fences and sprawl has penned animals into smaller and smaller habitats,” said Wendy Wendlandt, president of Environment America Research & Policy Center. “The key now is to connect these small habitat ‘islands’ through corridors. Doing so can give wildlife the space they need to hunt, mate and migrate.”
The United States District Court for the District of Arizona on Monday vacated the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which wiped out federal protections for half the nation’s remaining wetlands and thousands of streams that provide drinking water to millions of Americans. Citing serious legal errors and harm caused by the rule, the court decreed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers need to draft a new rule defining the scope of waterways protected under the federal Clean Water Act.
Slaughterhouses continue to dump high volumes of pollution into the nation’s waterways. A new interactive map released by Environment America Research & Policy Center on Wednesday highlights the risks to health and the environment posed by 382 meat and poultry processing plants across the country. Several facilities on the map are located in the Mississippi River watershed, where pollution flows are causing a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico that is currently larger than the state of Connecticut.
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