The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water continued this debate with a hearing on the implementation of the definition of “waters of the United States.”
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The Northeast Regional Planning Body, which is composed of eight Federal agencies and departments, six States, six federally recognized Indian Tribes, and the New England Fishery Management Council, is requesting public comment on its draft Northeast Ocean Plan.
Every five years, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) must generate a complete plan for upcoming leases on the OCS. In the current proposed plan, 13 leases would be offered, all in the Gulf of Mexico, down from 15 in the previous five-year plan.
In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and drainage systems.
Arctic temperatures are rising and sea-ice is diminishing, yielding new challenges for all Arctic stakeholders. Distinguished panel speakers from a range of backgrounds spoke at the congressional briefing, “Technology Solutions in an Opening Arctic,” that was hosted by the Marine Technology Society, the House Oceans Caucus, and the Congressional Arctic Working Group.
This week the House voted to reauthorize the National Estuary Program through amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (also known as the Clean Water Act), S.1523.
H.R. 1684, a bill to expand the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to require foreign oil companies take responsibility for spill cleanup in the same way that domestic companies are, passed the House by voice vote this week.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has received an application from Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to the installation of the Block Island Wind Farm Export and Inter-Array Cables.
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization to the Sonoma County Water Agency to incidentally harass three species of marine mammals during estuary management activities conducted at the mouth of the Russian River, Sonoma County, California.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is exchanging unused rock sole Community Development Quota for yellowfin sole CDQ acceptable biological catch reserves in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area.