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    PNS Daily News - June 27, 20160 


    We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s rundown including: human kindness shines in the wake of deadly flooding; Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump in two new polls; and several injured during a white supremacist rally in California.

Public Lands/Wilderness

Harmful blue-green algae is increasing in bodies of water across the country because of climate change, farming practices and storm and wastewater runoff. (USGS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Algal blooms in bodies of water across the nation are increasing as a result of climate change, farming practices, storm and wastewater runoff and other environmental issues. They're naturally occurring, but produce toxins that get into the air, water or food, and can cau ...Read More

Well pads dot the landscape at the Jonah oil and gas fields in Wyoming. (Bruce Gordon/EcoFlight)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – In a blow to the Obama administration's environmental agenda, a federal judge has struck down the Bureau of Land Management's fracking rules, saying that the president overstepped his authority. The judge ruled late Tuesday that the agency needs permission from Congress to ...Read More

Hikers enjoy Dinkey Creek in the Sierra National Forest, one area that has been left off the U.S. Forest Service list of places to be recommended for wilderness protection. (Steve Evans, California  Wilderness Coalition)

LOS ANGELES -- The futures of the Sequoia, Sierra and Inyo national forests are at stake, and the public has a once-in-a-generation chance to shape them. The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comment on its draft of the new forest plans, which come out every 20 to 30 years. Then they'll make rec ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Interior will hold a public meeting in Grand Junction on Thursday to discuss its federal coal program. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Officials from the U.S. Interior Department will be in Grand Junction on Thursday as part of a national tour to get input on how coal should be managed on federal lands. The American public owns coal across the West, said Pam Eaton, The Wilderness Society's senior director for energy ...Read More

For the eighth time, Congress is considering legislation to increase federal protection for land in Tennesee's Cherokee National Forest. (John W. Iwanski/Flickr)

ERWIN, Tenn. - This weekend, thousands of Tennesseans and visitors packed up and hiked into thousands of acres of public lands in the state. But many of those untouched lands are unprotected from development and the effort continues to change that. The Tennessee Wilderness Act has been introduced ...Read More

Agricultural runoff is the biggest source of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. (Nicholas/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is falling behind in its efforts to clean up water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are supposed to achieve 60 percent of court ordered Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals by 2017. But according to Harry Campbell, exec ...Read More

The Obama family is visiting Yosemite National Park this weekend, and the Next 100 Coalition is asking him to promote cultural diversity on federal lands. (schick/morguefile)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- President Obama, the First Lady and their daughters are visiting Yosemite National Park this weekend, and a group known as the "Next 100 Coalition" is hoping he'll touch on the need for cultural diversity in managing the nation's public lands. The visit comes ahead ...Read More

A bill reintroduced in Congress would designate eight wilderness areas within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southeastern New Mexico. (BLM)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A diverse group of stakeholders in southeastern New Mexico is endorsing reintroduction of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act in Congress. The measure, co-sponsored by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both D-N.M., would designate wilderness areas within the Org ...Read More

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