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Declining habitat impacts breeding ducks for 2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn.− July 7- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its preliminary report today on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total duck populations were estimated at 37.3 million breeding ducks on the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 9 percent decline over last year’s estimate of 41.2 million birds, but remains 11 percent above the 1955-2007 long-term average. […]

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Draft EPA permit opens Pandora’s box of compliance problems for boaters

ALEXANDRIA , VA , July 1, 2008 – In response to a federal court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a draft permit for millions of recreational vessels for “normal operational discharges” that could open a Pandora’s box of compliance problems and unfairly subject recreational boaters – including those who own canoes and kayaks – to potential nuisance lawsuits. […]

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Bonnet Carré Spillway to be closed completely today

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, will close the final 30 bays at the Bonnet Carré Spillway today. The Corps began to close bays on Apr. 30. The number of bays closed each day was determined by the flow in the river and the daily drop in river stage. […]