Our Beaches Are More Than Sun and Sand—They’re Nature’s Infrastructure

Our Beaches Are More Than Sun and Sand—They’re Nature’s Infrastructure

by Jessica Grannis We’re in the dog days of summer now, and lots of folks are headed to the beach to make up for lost time since the pandemic began.  My favorite part of traveling to the coast from DC is watching my surroundings slowly turn from urban areas to the forests of the coastal […]

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50% of Salt Marshes at Risk of Destruction, Gullah/Geechee Nation Fights Back

50% of Salt Marshes at Risk of Destruction, Gullah/Geechee Nation Fights Back

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that half of the nation’s tidal marshes are at risk of being destroyed by sea-level rise, most of them along the southern coasts of the contiguous U.S. Now, members of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, whose one million residents live along coastal areas stretching from Jacksonville, North Carolina, to […]

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Tabasco Hot Sauce

Build Up Wetlands, Save The Hot Sauce

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Louisiana loses almost a football field of land each day, caused by a combination of climate change-fueled sea level rise, reduced sediment flow from the Mississippi River, and the land gradually sinking. One area that’s not slipping underwater: Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco hot sauce that’s still the […]

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Biden Administration Moves to Reverse Trump Rollbacks of Clean Water Act

Biden Administration Moves to Reverse Trump Rollbacks of Clean Water Act

One more of the Trump administration’s rollbacks will meet its demise as EPA Administrator Michael Regan and the Biden administration are planning to reinstate protections for many marshes, streams, and wetlands — expanding again the coverage of the Clean Water Act under the “Waters of the U.S.” or “WOTUS” rule. 

Why This Matters: Since the late 1700s, 221 million acres of wetlands have been drained in the U.S. for agricultural use. This development has had severe consequences, including fertilizer and pollution runoff threatening drinking water for millions of people.

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Study Finds That Half of All Methane Emissions Come from Aquatic Ecosystems

Study Finds That Half of All Methane Emissions Come from Aquatic Ecosystems

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new paper published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience found that up to half of the global methane emissions come from aquatic ecosystems and man-made water sources like flooded agricultural land, ponds, wetlands, reservoirs, and salt marshes. Experts say that these emissions have gone uncounted for too long […]

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Environmental Assessment Furthers Louisiana’s Climate Adaptation Goal click button

Environmental Assessment Furthers Louisiana’s Climate Adaptation Goal

The Army Corps of Engineers last week released an environmental impact assessment for the nation’s largest climate adaptation plan to date, which would help to restore the Louisiana coastline using money paid by BP as part of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill settlement. 

Why This Matters: The Louisiana coastline is sinking at an alarming rate — a football field an hour. 

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