WASHINGTON — The White House announced parting protections for the northern reaches of Alaska's lands and waters on Friday, closing off more than 40,000 square miles of Bering Strait-area waters to future oil leases and requiring the federal government to set up a system for increasing the input of Native people.
New California Law Recognizes Meadows, Streams As “Green Infrastructure”, Eligible For Public Works Funding
As degraded watersheds drag California into its sixth year of drought, a new law makes forests, farms, and fields eligible for infrastructure funding – and the state is hardly alone, according to new research by Ecosystem Marketplace, which shows a dramatic surge in payments for watershed services across the United States and around the world.
From the report's Foreword:
Experience shows that when paired with traditional infrastructure, natural infrastructure—wetlands and forests—can reduce water management costs and deliver other cultural and economic benefits coveted by twenty-first century communities, like recreational green spaces and fish and wildlife habitats. For many communities, the biggest challenge to adopting these green approaches is understanding how to finance and implement them. Fortunately, a handful of projects across the country offers helpful insights to landowners and managers, utilities, and community groups.
Do sustainable farmland investments deliver financial, environmental and social returns? With the rise of impact investing, there has been a jump in investment strategies promoting sustainable agriculture. This research attempts to understand the strategies and performance of a subset of farmland investors focused on sustainability. The project included a literature review and a series of 15 interviews with leaders in the field of farmland investing. It appears that sustainable farmland investment managers are generally able to deliver financial, environmental and social returns. However, due to limited information, we are unable to define to what extent those returns are attributable to specific sustainable agriculture activities. The initial findings point to success with organic conversion, water efficiency, and grass-fed beef. This report explores investment performance, value drivers, management models, public incentives, case studies, project challenges, financial risks, and next steps for the industry. It is our hope that this report will serve as a basis for continued progress in the field of sustainable farmland investing.
“The Puyallup people are a river people, we are a salmon people. The loss of salmon because of climate change and the temperatures rising in the rivers and the loss of habitat along the river banks really does impact us as Puyallup people.” Annette Bryan Puyallup Tribe
“Our environment was rich in the wealth of natural resources, providing all our needs, allowing us to live healthy happy lives!”
EPA has developed innovative models, tools, and technologies for communities to manage urban water runoff. The models and tools in this toolkit incorporate green infrastructure practices to help communities manage their water resources in a more sustainable way, increasing resilience to future changes, such as climate and extreme events.
In June 2009, Ecology and Reclamation brought representatives from the Yakama Nation, irrigation districts, environmental organizations, and federal, state, county, and city governments together to form the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) Working Group to help develop a consensus-based solution to the basin’s water problems. Over the next 18 months, the group developed the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (Plan). Ecology and Reclamation issued a Programmatic Environmental Impact (PEIS) for the Plan March 2, 2012. The PEIS serves as a framework for the plan. Individual projects will each receive a more specific environmental review.
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - After a decade of litigation, the State of Alaska announced this week it will not seek further appeal in the Akiachak Native Community v. State of Alaska. The State’s decision followed a landmark ruling issued in June 2016 by the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that rejected the State of Alaska’s attempt to block the Department of the Interior (DOI) from taking land into trust to safeguard it for Alaska tribes.