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    PNS Weekend Update - May 30, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; President Obama pressing for Senate action this weekend as some domestic spying powers are set to expire Sunday night; some perspective on how the EPA’s Clean Water rule impacts the Midwest; and a climatologist talks about a hopeful side of climate change.

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PHOTO: Idaho's sagebrush sea is part of a set of new proposals from the BLM and U.S. Forest Service that would oversee fire risks, development and wildlife habitat. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - Idaho's sagebrush sea is part of a set of new proposals from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service that would oversee fire risks, development and wildlife habitat. Sagebrush landscapes are home to greater sage-grouse and 350 other species, as well as prime ran ...Read More

PHOTO: The greater sage-grouse has ruffled feathers in recent years as populations have declined. New management proposals for federal sagebrush landscapes aim to keep the birds healthy, while preserving traditional land uses. Photo credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service on Thursday unveiled a set of plans to manage sagebrush landscapes in Utah and across the West. Each plan is tailored to a region with three objectives: reduce wildfire threats, reduce disturbances of key greater sage-grouse hab ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule yesterday to clarify protections for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nationís water resources. Photo credit: Colin Smith/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rule yesterday restoring Clean Water Act protections to more than half of the nation's streams and millions of acres of wetlands. The agencies cited a report summarizing more than 1,200 peer-reviewed, published s ...Read More

PHOTO: The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is one species potentially harmed by proposed deep-sea mining.  Photo credit: Damien du Toit/Wikimedia Commons

SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco-based environmental law firm is suing the federal government to stop a deep-sea mining project in the waters between Hawaii and Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity is challenging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's decision to issue permits ...Read More

PHOTO: The sensitive waters surrounding Mackinac Island are the subject of a new report, which examines the safety of the oil pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge Energy that run under the straits. Photo credit: M. Shand

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. - It's a state and national treasure, but a ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA's new rule clarifies which waterways are covered by the Clean Water Act. Conservation groups in West Virginia think it could be especially important for rural areas. Photo courtesy West Virginia Dept. of Tourism.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Obama administration has released a new rule clarifying which waterways are covered by the Clean Water Act. Many West Virginia conservationists say it's a promising step. Two court decisions have, in a sense, muddied the waters about which protections apply to a numbe ...Read More

PHOTO: A final rule to clarify which water bodies fall under regulations of the Clean Water Act has been released by the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Midwest/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - There are again protections for some vulnerable waters and wetlands in Minnesota and across the country, with the release of a final rule to clarify what is covered by the Clean Water Act. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines which streams, tributaries ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Forest Service received more than 100,000 initial comments urging the agency to reject a proposal to allow Arch Coal to build roads through roadless sections of Gunnison National Forest. Photo credit: John Fowler/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - National and local conservation groups are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to abandon an effort to revive a loophole that would allow the Arch Coal company to expand its underground West Elk coal mine in Colorado. Taylor McKinnon, a campaigner for the Center for Biological Diversity, sa ...Read More

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