Army Corps Urged to Block Private Border Wall Project

The director of a 100-acre butterfly refuge on the Rio Grande asked the Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday to shut down a conservative group’s border wall construction project on private land in South Texas, a day after a state judge ordered the project be immediately stopped.

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Ninth Circuit Orders Feds to Reexamine Army Corps’ Harm to Native Fish

The National Marine Fisheries Service owes an explanation for why it decided that two dams on the Yuba River do not adversely affect threatened Chinook salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon, three Ninth Circuit judges ruled Thursday.

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Trial Over Hurricane Flooding in Houston Wraps Up

Is it inevitable that another massive storm like Hurricane Harvey will bring disastrous flooding to Houston? Seeking to avoid government liability for home flooding caused by two Houston-area dams retaining runoff from the historic deluge, a Justice Department attorney argued Friday the probability of another Harvey is “incredibly low.”

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Oil Spill Risk Cited in Fight Over San Francisco Bay Dredging Plan

A major oil spill in one of the nation’s most economically important waterways could become more likely unless a plan to dredge two San Francisco Bay channels less frequently is reconsidered, lawyers for the state of California and a conservation group argued in court Wednesday.

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No Changes to Dams Now for Threatened Salmon, Judge Rules

Operations of the 13 dams along the Willamette River are making it harder for threatened salmon to survive, according to federal judge who ruled Wednesday that there is no need to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change operations now because the case will require any needed changes in the next year or two.

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Testimony Wraps in Trial Over Hurricane Harvey Flooding

For 13 years Eleonora Slovokhotova knew nothing of the danger lurking in her suburban Houston neighborhood, which she describes as “a wonderful area, golf courses and happy smiling faces.” The intruder stole softly into living rooms one night in August 2017 after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the gates on two dams amid historic flooding.

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Oregon: Federal Plan to Save Salmon by Killing Birds Backfired

The federal government killed thousands of double-crested cormorants in Oregon between 2015 and 2017, and may have caused the collapse of the birds’ largest breeding colony in a bungled effort to help young salmon make it to the ocean alive. Meanwhile, state biologists say the birds just moved upriver – and eat three times more salmon.

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