A colleague described Michigan Congressman Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as a conservation action figure. In the past two weeks, he has sponsored two important water conservation bills. The Drinking Water Protection Act and the Micro-bead Free Water Act both bear Upton’s common sense, forward-thinking stamp. Upton, during his career, […]
Republicans in both chambers of Congress are working to restore and protect wetlands in America. The North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act (NAWCA) provides matching grants to organizations, state and local governments, and private landowners for the acquisition, restoration, and enhancement of wetlands critical to the habitat of migratory birds. Over the last 20 years, […]
The great outdoor writer, Hal Herring, explains why water pollution is an attack on our personal liberty and freedom: “Takings of private property values by ruining rivers or water supplies are becoming commonplace.” “It has become woefully clear, in the past year or so, that when we fail to conserve these assets, and protect them […]
“The efficacy of new governance models should appeal to the environmentalist or conservationist. The earlier conservation movement emerged from the Progressive Era with an emphasis on scientific management and top-down control. Moreover, modern environmentalism, at least since the 1970s, has focused, almost exclusively, on federalizing environmental management and regulation, with a helpful assist from delegated […]
By Rob Sisson, Dad/Homeowner For many, if not most of our loyal readers, this post is going to seem rather uncouth and out-of-place. If so, please find humor in my misery. This post is about “number 2″. Sort of. While one-third of America was watching NFL league championship games on Sunday, I was dry-vaccing my […]
Brent Fewell reports on a new court decision that could have enormous implications for agriculture and municipalities located in thirty states. Check out Brent’s blog, Conservefewell, to read about the decision.
When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sounds the alarm about our water resources and infrastructure, you know it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Click Water is Your Business to read the info-graphic.
This weekend, the Council of Great Lakes Governors are meeting on Michigan’s beautiful Mackinac Island. Among the governors in attendance are Republicans Scott Walker (WI), Mike Pence (IN), John Kasich (OH), Tom Corbett (PA), and Rick Snyder (MI). Top of the agenda is protection of the Great Lakes and the threat of invasive species. The […]
The natural gas boom in the United States is responsible for a significant decrease in GHG emissions from our electrical generation section. That boom has been made possible by hydraulic fracturing processes, or as it is commonly called, “fracking”. Just the mention of the word can send any room into hyper-partisan arguments of its risks […]