Clean Waters – Lions 103 CS Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:21:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Clean Waters – Lions 103 CS 32 32 The rarest and weirdest fish in New Horizons Sun, 09 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0000

Fishing is a favorite pastime for Animal crossing: new horizons players and villagers alike, but it takes great commitment to catch all the fish in the game. All fish species appear at different rates, and while some can be caught on any day, others never come to the surface. only for limited days. A few fish are so common that finding them at the end of the line can be disappointing. Interestingly, however, some of the rarest and most prized catches in ACNH are also the strangest.

There are 80 different species of fish in Animal crossing: New Horizons, although a few like the frog or the snapping turtle are not technically fish. Each species lives in a certain habitat, the availability of which depends on specific circumstances, such as the season or the weather. Most of the more common fish can be found throughout the day and year, but the rarest CA: New Horizons fish are worth more and are much more elusive.


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Fish species in ACNH mimic their real-world inspirations in design, showing how strange nature can be. The most unique fish in the game are also often the most difficult to collect and record in the Museum. Animal crossing: new horizons players will want to stock up on fish bait before attempting to reel these fish.

ACNH Weird and Uncommon Fish – Napoleonfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ACNH Napoleonfish

The Napoleon fish is certainly one of the strangest and most difficult catches of Animal crossing: New Horizons. Based on the napoleon, the napoleon fish has distinctive bumps on the front of the head, prominent lips, and a massive waistline. They are also among the most colorful of Animal crossing, using different shades of blue and green to blend easily into their ocean habitats. Napoleon wrasse only appear during the small window from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. from July to August. While ACNH there are some things wrong about actual fishing, the patience it takes to catch a Napoleon fish is perfect.

The golden trout is a strange fish crossing animals

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ACNH Golden Trout Fish

Unlike Napoleon fish, New Horizons‘the golden trout appear two seasons each year; They are available from March to May and September to November between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. However, it is their specific habitat needs that make them so hard to find. Golden trout can only be found in rivers on top of cliffs, which resident representatives will need to provide in the design of the islands. Blathers also notes their need for clean water conditions when donating to the museum. True to their name, these trout are as rare as gold and just as valuable, selling for 15,000 bells each.

Sunfish are among the weirdest fish in New Horizons

Animal Crossing: ACNH New Horizons Ocean Sunfish

Even outside of ACNH, pumpkins are nature’s freaks. They can be caught close Animal crossing: new horizons‘Marine Day from July to September between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. They are colossal, round fish with comically long dorsal and anal fins.

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They are not good swimmers and often float close to the surface of the ocean to catch a few rays. Blathers says they’re relaxed creatures who just love going with the flow of currents. Being sunfish, they can only be brought to the surface during the sunniest times of the day and year.

Strange Fish from Animal Crossing – Barreleye

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ACNH Barrel Fish

The barreleye may be a fish, but it would convincingly pass as an alien from another planet. Like in a sci-fi movie, the barreleye has a see-through head through which it can rotate its eyes and see above itself to follow prey or see potential threats. The barreleye is available year round, but it rarely appears in the ocean late at night in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. Animal crossing The newcomer to the series is incredibly hard to find, but he’s also absolutely a contender for the Strangest Fish.

Saw Shark is one of New Horizons’ most unusual sea creatures

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ACNH Saw Shark Fish

There are a few different sharks in New Horizonsoceans, but the saw shark is one of the strangest and rarest. Those Animal crossing the fish are at the cutting edge of technology, using their long and dangerous saw-shaped heads as weapons and to retrieve their prey. Their unique ability to dig with their saws even prompts Blathers to suggest they should be called out. “shovel-sword sharks”. The saw shark is intimidating at first glance; however, the more courageous players will have to hurry to add this fish to the Museum. The saw shark is only available from June to September at night from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ strangest fish – Arapaima

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ACNH arapaïma fish

Arapaimas are monstrously large fish in Animal crossing, although Flick’s fish models make them look smaller. They are the biggest river fish New Horizons and can only be fished from June to September from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Besides their size and rarity, arapaimas are an ancient species.

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According to Blathers, arapaimas have been around for 100 million years. These living fossils are also carnivorous, eating smaller fish. Perhaps one of their strangest traits, arapaimas not only breathe through their gills like most fish, but also by using an air bladder. Those ACNH the fish are certainly weird, but their unique characteristics make them the perfect river catch.

Mahi-mahi is a weird and brilliant animal crossbreed fish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ACNH mahi mahi fish

Mahi-mahi are a new species of fish added to New Horizons. These fish appear all day from May to October, but they are indeed one of the rarest species in the game. Animal crossingMahi-mahi are tropical fish that enjoy warm ocean waters, but they only swim in a specific area of ​​an island. Animal crossing Players will have to play patiently near the pier to catch the mahi mahi as they cannot be found anywhere else in the game. The dazzling colors of the mahi mahi make it a remarkable catch and are worth the patience to catch.

Uncommon fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Coelacanth

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ACNH coelacanth fish

Coelacanths are unique to all other fish in the Animal crossing series, and not just because of their excessive amount of fins. This species is ancient, it even once lived among dinosaurs. Coelacanths can be fished all year round in New Horizons, but they are among the rarest. Unlike all the other fish in the series, they can only be hauled up when it is raining. In addition, their strange and fossil design perfectly captures the actual appearance of this rare Animal crossing fish. The fact that they depend on the weather makes them a difficult capture, but also one of the coolest in the game.

Oars are one of Animal Crossing’s unusual fish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ACNH oarfish

While discussing the strangest fish of Animal crossing: new horizons, one of the most obvious candidates to consider is rowing. It is suggested that many stories of sea monsters were actually sightings of oars due to their otherworldly characteristics and mystery. Their length coupled with their unusual fins and eel-like qualities make them a remarkable addition to every museum on the island. Oars are incredibly rare and can only be found in the ocean between December and May. Animal crossing: new horizons has an impressive collection of fish species, but the promise of catching a particularly rare or strange fish definitely keeps players online.

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The Clean Water Act authorization rule finalized by the Army Corps Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:56:06 +0000

On December 27, 2021, the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released a Nationwide Licensing Final Rule (NWP) renewing an essential licensing tool for the government and the regulated community. To comply with the Clean Water Act (CWA or the Act), projects with minimal adverse environmental effects may obtain an authorization for the discharge of dredged or fill material into “United States Waters” (WOTUS) by through the Corps’ streamlined PTN process. With this rule, the Corps reissued 40 existing NWPs and one new NWP. These 41 NWPs will be combined with 16 NWPs issued on January 13, 2021 to allow use of the full suite of NWP until March 14, 2026.

Projects that discharge dredged or infill material into wetlands, rivers, streams, and other aquatic features considered to be WOTUS generally must obtain clearance for such discharges from the Corps in the form of a CWA Section 404 permit. Congress has created a streamlined licensing process, including the NWP program, for activities that meet specified requirements designed to ensure that impacts to WOTUS are minimal, such as activities that fall under a specified maximum area impacts on WOTUS. Authorizing a project through a PTN can result in significant time and cost savings compared to authorizing via an individual Section 404 permit. The Corps reports that in fiscal 2018, the average processing time for a standard individual permit application was 264 days, while the average processing time for an NWP permit was 45 days. By adapting projects to limit the impacts on WOTUS and thus qualify for a PTN, project developers can significantly reduce costs and federal authorization times.

For example, NWP 51 permits releases of dredged or fill material into non-tidal waters of the United States associated with the construction, expansion or modification of land-based renewable energy production facilities, including infrastructure to collect solar, wind, biomass or geothermal energy, provided that the dumping of dredged or fill material does not result in the loss of more than ½ acre of non-tidal water from the United States. Other projects, such as residential developments, roads, mining activities, recreational facilities, and commercial and institutional developments may also be eligible for an accelerated permit if the impacts are less than ½ acre and the project meets the others. conditions of the applicable PTN.

In a rule proposal released on September 15, 2020, the Corps proposed to reissue 52 existing NWPs (already released on January 6, 2017) and issue five new NWPs. In a final rule released on January 13, 2021, the Corps reissued 12 of the 52 existing NWPs and four of the proposed new NWPs, as well as terms and conditions and definitions of NWP. On December 27, 2021, the Corps reissued the remaining 40 existing NWP and released the remaining new NWP (NWP 59 for water recovery and reuse facilities). The NWP terms and conditions and definitions published on January 13, 2021, apply to the 41 NWPs reissued or issued in the final rule of December 27, 2021. The 40 existing NWPs replaced by the final rule will expire on February 24, 2022 and the 41 NWPs will take effect. effective February 25, 2022 and will expire March 14, 2026 (the same date that the 16 NWP issued in January 2021 expire).

Key aspects of the 2021 PTNs:

  • Grandfather. Activities previously authorized under the 40 reissued PTNs may continue to be authorized after the expiration date of February 24, 2022 in two scenarios. First, activities which have started (i.e. are under construction) or which are contracted to start on the basis of a PTN generally remain permitted provided the activity is completed within twelve months. the expiration of the PTN. 33 CFR § 330.6 (b). Second, even if an activity has not yet started and is not under contract to begin, a verification letter indicating that an activity is covered by a PTN will remain valid until the expiration date indicated in the letter. whether the PTN is reissued without modification or the activity complies with any modification of the PTN. 33 CFR § 330.6 (a) (3) (ii).

  • NWP 12 trifurcation. The final rule of January 13, 2021 trifurcated the old NWP 12, which allowed utility line activities, into a new NWP 12 limited to petroleum and natural gas pipeline activities, NWP 57 for utility lines activities. electrical and telecommunications utilities, and NWP 58 for utility lines that carry other substances, such as water, sewage, brine, etc. The Corps explained that the trifurcation of NWP 12 into three NWP aims to recognize the differences in how the various types of utility line projects are constructed, the substances they carry, and the different standards and best management practices that help ensure that these NWPs only allow activities that have no more than minimal negative effects on the environment.

  • New NWP in 2021. In addition to the two new NWP utility lines, discussed above, the Corps has promulgated three new NWP: NWP 55 (Seaweed Mariculture Activities), NWP 56 (Fish Mariculture Activities) and NWP 59 (Facilities water recovery and reuse).

  • General mitigation conditions. The final rule changed the compensatory attenuation threshold for streams from 1/10 acre to 3/100 acre. General Condition 23, which deals with mitigation, now includes a compensatory mitigation requirement for stream bed losses in excess of 3/100 acres. According to the Corps, General Condition 23 allows district engineers to determine appropriate mitigation measures for a particular Numerical Weather Prediction activity to ensure that the activity results in minimal adverse environmental effects.

  • NWP 14 (Linear transport projects). The Corps added aisles to the examples of activities covered by NWP 14. This applies broadly to include features that are used by vehicles to move to and from buildings and other facilities, and is not limited to aisles associated with residences with one or more units. The aisles are subject to the same area limits as other linear transport projects authorized by NWP 14, including larger scale linear transport projects (eg, ½ acre of WOTUS losses).

  • NWP 41 (Remodeling of existing drainage and irrigation ditches). The Corps has added irrigation ditches to the types of ditches covered by NWP 41. The purpose of this NWP is to allow dumping of dredged or fill material into WOTUS to reshape existing drainage and irrigation ditches. to improve water quality by reclassifying the drainage or irrigation ditch with side slopes which can reduce erosion, increase vegetation growth in the ditch and increase nutrient uptake by vegetation .

  • WOTUS definition. The preamble to the Dec. 27, 2021 Final Rule referred to the ongoing rule making to change the definition of WOTUS, and stated that PTNs “are not intended to conclude or imply a conclusion or determination regarding the masses. of water that are or are not subject to the jurisdiction of the CWA. “Instead, an NWP indicates that discharges of dredged or fill material into a water body in accordance with the NWP will comply with the CWA because such discharges either” (1) are legally permitted under the CWA (to the extent that the body of water is subject to the CWA jurisdiction) or (2) are otherwise compatible with the CWA to the extent that the body of water is not jurisdictional under the CWA. Corps notes that it is not necessary to formally determine whether a particular wetland or water is under the jurisdiction of the CWA before issuing a Numerical Weather Forecast check, and that many project proponents prefer save time by receiving a numerical weather prediction check without spending time and resources for a formal and final jurisdictional determination.

  • Endangered Species Act Compliance. NWP regulations at 33 CFR § 330.4 (f) and general condition NWP 18 require non-federal licensees to submit pre-construction notifications for any activity that “may” affect listed species or designated critical habitat. An activity that triggers a pre-construction notification under general condition 18 is not authorized by an NWP until the Corps has determined that the project will have “no effect” on any listed species or. critical habitat identified or will not have completed the consultation of Section 7 of the ESA.

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Verso to pay $ 250,000 after a fish dies in the Escanaba River Thu, 06 Jan 2022 00:40:18 +0000

The Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy today announced a settlement with Verso Corp. concerning violations of the national system for the elimination of pollutant discharges at the company’s Escanaba plant.

The permit violations relate to a release of “black liquor” at the Verso paper mill wastewater treatment facility on August 6, 2020, which resulted in the death of fish in the Escanaba River downstream of the factory.

The mill generates black liquor – a high concentration organic pollutant – as a by-product of its process of turning pulpwood into pulp for the mill’s artisanal papermaking process. Typically, black liquor is concentrated and burnt as a source of energy.

Under the settlement, the Ohio-based company will pay more than $ 244,451 in civil penalties and natural resource damage and make spill prevention and containment improvements at its facilities to ensure the protection of the Escanaba River and of Lake Michigan.

The river empties into Lake Michigan south of the plant.

“It is important that facilities properly manage, contain and control these very potent pollutants to prevent the degradation of surface water that can lead to the death of fish,” said Tom Asmus, EGLE Environmental Quality Analyst in the Marquette District Office. of the agency in Marquette. “These efforts are necessary to protect our rivers, lakes and streams, and the resources and recreational opportunities they provide.”

Failure to comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits can result in significant fines. Under the Clean Water Act, the NPDES program controls point source releases of pollutants into United States waters. Verso operates under the principles of a permit to discharge treated wastewater into the river.

After fishermen reported dead fish in the river, staff from EGLE’s Water Resources Division and Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division investigated the site of the fish’s death. , which covered an approximately 3 mile section of the Escanaba River, extending from Dam No.1. 2 at the mouth of the river.

“The investigation included a fish mortality assessment, a river assessment and dissolved oxygen monitoring,” Asmus said. “After investigation and discussions with Verso staff, EGLE determined that a catastrophic failure of the plant line had resulted in a large amount of black liquor entering and flooding the plant. wastewater treatment plant, resulting in fish deaths and violations of pollutant discharge permit limits. “

When the partially treated wastewater from the plant reached the river, oxygen was extracted from the water, depriving the ecosystem of dissolved oxygen. This has resulted in the deaths of many fish representing at least a dozen species, including northern pike, bass, walleye and other sport fish.

The Escanaba River, a popular destination for anglers, paddlers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, stretches 52 miles through parts of Marquette and Delta counties.

Beavers rescued from euthanasia restore rivers in Utah desert Tue, 04 Jan 2022 02:31:17 +0000

When introduced to any region, beavers can have a good impact on the environment. It even includes places like the Moab Desert in Utah. And that’s exactly what a team of academics did.

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How beavers have a positive impact on their environment

A Utah State University student began moving beavers collected from other areas of the state to tiny failing waters along the Price and San Rafael rivers in search of a solution to the drought and fires forest.

The delicate nature of desert hydrology is interesting. There is much less rain in tropical ecosystems than in temperate habitats, which means many stay dry or have little trickles of water for long periods of time.

Many tiny and sensitive waterways in Utah have been heavily polluted by decades of pollution and agricultural runoff.

Beaver dams have been shown to dramatically improve the quality of wetlands and streams, which in turn improves the health of rivers, according to Good News Network.

Emma Doden became interested in the “ecosystem engineer” because of this service, even though the concept of beavers in the desert “raised a few eyebrows”.

Doden specializes in the passive restoration of the Price and San Rafael rivers, which flow through some of the driest areas of eastern Utah.

There were a lot more beavers in the system than scientists thought, and they wanted to increase it with displaced beavers, Doden said.

After infiltrating urban areas, the beavers that were displaced would have been killed, so scientists’ efforts offer them a second opportunity.

Also read: Due to illegal rewilding, the number of wild beavers across Scotland suddenly jumped to 1,000

Benefits of the Beaver Dam on the ecosystem

An investigation into how beaver dams can defend against forest fires found that beaver dams are becoming a popular and inexpensive method of building climate resilience on a landscape scale.

During dry seasons, they effectively protect riparian ecosystems from droughts by slowing down and storing water that can be used by riparian plants. Beaver dams have been shown to store huge amounts of sediment, which is then distributed more safely throughout the river ecosystem.

Beaver dams can help keep streams clean, regardless of the circumstances of sedimentation, according to research findings, which have indicated this to be true both in naturally wild areas and near rivers. heavily cultivated areas.

Due to agricultural runoff, waterways and ocean habitats can be severely degraded due to silt reducing light, smothering corals and creating harmful algal blooms.


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Get the beavers to build dams

Beavers are moved into the desert at the initiative of Doden University, where they will create dams to defend against forest fires and keep streams clean.

Ultimately, “the ultimate goal is to get them to build dams. Dams will increase habitat complexity and restore water,” Doden said.

Doden and his colleagues released more than 50 beavers in the area during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 dam construction seasons, some of which migrated upstream up to 12 miles to build their dams.

Research on building dams and restoring rivers in arid contexts is scarce, according to Doden. Research in other biomes, however, suggests the effort will be a resounding success, as millions of beavers used to crouch on Utah’s rivers to rest.

Associated article: Beavers to be released back into the wild in England with legal protection

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Looking forward to another year on the lake | News, Sports, Jobs Sun, 02 Jan 2022 05:30:05 +0000

The New Year is as fresh as it gets, full of promise and opportunity for those who look forward to whatever awaits them.

New Year’s optimism is kind of how I see fishing as well. The slate is clean. The disappointments are in the rearview mirror. Like the fisherman who sees the next cast as the one to hit the dirt, we see the new year as one that will bring new heights.

Let me say up front that I’m not going to complain about 2021. Some days were better than others (in general and on the water), and all were worth every breath I put into them.

But the adventure that I know 2022 will serve is so enticing just because I think it will be filled with fun.

The beginnings of the new year often prompt columnists to write lists of predictions or past highlights. I have a short list to share today, but first let me know what you consider to be your best fishing experience in 2021 and maybe even your hopes for 2022.

Let us know what you want. What was your best catch last year? What new water do you plan to explore? Who is your favorite fishing buddy? What new technique have you learned? Send me your thoughts to the address listed at the end of this column. I will include them in a future column.

For me, until then, 2021 has been a wonderful year on the water. I didn’t keep a journal to record the highlights, but off the top of my head, I can tell you that I …

¯ Visited some old familiar waters and tried some new tricks.

¯ Bagged up a bunch of big mouths of Lake Conneaut agitated by a hot Sunday in July.

I caught the biggest yellow perch in my life, not on Lake Erie as you would expect, but on the Ohio River.

¯ I pulled a two-foot-long walleye from a weed line in Mosquito Lake.

¯ Wore a brand new Chatterbait on a big mouth biting summer day.

¯ I enjoyed one of the most spectacular smallmouth strikes of my life when a Lake Erie giant burst under my popper.

¯ I had a thrill one morning when the northern pike were more interested in my buzzing toad than the big mouths I was hoping to catch.

Looking back, it’s clear 2021 was pretty cool. I was especially happy to celebrate the publication of my new book, “The Common Angler”, and I was honored to hear from many readers that they enjoyed their reading.

I’ll also be happy to hear from you now on anything that tickles your fishing urge.

Good year!

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]]> Do IRBs make sense for mid-size and large solar farms? Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:09:42 +0000

Mr. Editor,

My family has been at May’s Lick for many generations. I live on my family farm and love living in the countryside and in Mason County. There have been recent editorials and opinions on social media about solar power that are disheartening. This community must continue to prosper, grow and prosper. We have lost so many industries, retail businesses and people, and without a growth strategy, we will continue to decline.

Every person in the United States has the right, by our constitution, to free speech, the pursuit of happiness, and, as a democratic nation, to earn an income. This is why our nation is so beautiful for people living outside our borders.

A new public service took an interest in our region. – “Solar” – It will help generate new revenue for the county and the state. The revenues projected by the PVA are quite substantial. I urge other readers to learn more about solar energy and what it can do for our community. A local citizen and neighbor started a website called Please have a look at the extraordinary amount of information available on solar from all over the United States. He did a great job putting a lot of stuff together on one website.

My family and I, as landowners, are planning to lease our land to cultivate the sun. It’s our property, it’s our purpose, and WE are free to make choices that benefit us. We are not opposed to logical and reasonable regulations that protect my neighbors as long as they do not kill the project.

Our choice also benefits the county.

The land we own is not cultivable by me, and my grandfather said to me, “Never let go of the land. It is our most precious possession. We praise him. We are not going to let go. The land will still be there after the end of the lease; it will still be usable. We can use what tenants are not using for farming purposes.

We will make a profit; we will not get rich, but we will also help our county to prosper. We see this as a good thing, and we think it is disgracefully selfish of people trying to scare people away with words like “you are losing control”, it is catastrophic and it is apocalyptic. It’s none of those things. These people are trying to instill mistrust and fear into a project that can really help us improve our country, and you want to know why? Because they don’t want to look at the signs.

Just to give everyone a little education I want to provide some facts,

– The 10,000 acres “proposed” by several companies represent less than 5% of the total arable land in Mason County.

– The companies that have committed to leasing the land have not yet decided whether it will be a solar farm. There are a lot of things they should look for first. Some of this research is ongoing, but much is yet to come.

– Most people will not see solar panels. You’ll have to drive to look for these signs, and on my farm, unless you’re standing behind my house, you probably won’t see them.

– These people who sound the alarm bells scare people who really don’t know anything about solar energy.

– Today there are many scientific articles on panel safety; for those who continue to incite fear, a lot has changed since 1975. There are articles on regulation under the EPA, and the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate solar energy.

—There are also many independent research projects conducted by recognized and accredited universities describing the safety around the disposal of signs once they have reached their limits of use. I would ask people to read this information before believing the confusing “scary” statements.

– The sky is not falling.

– The world is not flat.

There may be a few in this country who want “less” energy, however, the vast majority will want and need more. (The population continues to grow, the energy requirements will continue to grow.)

We take the opportunity to meet demand to help provide energy. If we choose to lease our land, and it can help harvest that energy, it is our legal right to use it. My grandfather cultivated my land, my father still cultivates the land, but we have to run it like a business to survive today. Gone are the profits from dairy products, tobacco and certain other crops. Do readers realize the government is paying farmers not to farm? Our goal is to keep the farm usable, and in the family, for generations to come.

When fossil fuels are reduced again and businesses need energy, we want Mason County to be there to meet the demand and benefit from the income and power that solar will provide.

Marie plamber

may lick

Mizzou researchers propose to change drinking water laws Wed, 29 Dec 2021 22:06:37 +0000

Researchers at the University of Missouri are calling for a new approach to the Clean Water Act, and the team wants to start at the sink and work your way up to where the rain hits the earth.

Lawyer Robin Rotman and civil engineer Kathleen Trauth are co-authors of a study in Ecology Law Quarterly they say shows that the many government laws regulating drinking water have been ineffective and in need of overhaul.

“The reality is we’re not going anywhere,” Rotman said. “For 40 years there has been this pingpong of laws and regulations, and yet we are not seeing the improvements in drinking water quality that we think Americans should benefit from.”

The idea is that people from different perspectives and political views can agree that what comes out of the tap should be safe and clean. If that is the starting point, said Rotman, then the next steps can unfold.

“I think it’s safe to say that there is a common desire to have clean drinking water for all Americans,” Rotman said. “And so we suggest that the dialogue start there and develop from there.”

Clean water in the sink means proper pipes, which means safe water treatment plants, which means their inputs from wells, rivers and lakes must also be clean, Rotman said.

Current laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Drinking Water Act, and U.S. Waters, all have different purposes and jurisdictions, Trauth said, and they may focus too much on something like defining and regulating a wetland instead of being part of an effort to achieve a common goal.

“Let’s not go back to wetlands, in particular. Said Trauth. “Why would we talk about what we regulate? Because the point is, we are regulating to help, in this case, drinking water.

Trauth also said current laws focus too much on single-source polluters, like a factory’s sewage pipe, and not enough on systems that cause pollution like nitrate runoff from land. agricultural.

The proposal would likely meet strong opposition. Environmentalists view clean water from the point of view of maintaining habitat for plants and animals. Agriculture and industry also tend to reject any provision that increases costs or hinders the use of their land.

Trauth and Rotman said their proposal could face an uphill battle, but it’s still worth the idea to start with the common goal of safe drinking water for people.

“There are different perspectives, but if we come together around a common interest, can we say, okay, how do we fix this? It’s in the best interests of all of us,” Trauth said.

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Abandoned sailors recount their lives since stranding in Umm Al Quwain Tue, 28 Dec 2021 03:01:11 +0000

It has been seven months since Vinay Kumar and his crew left the United Arab Emirates after being stranded at Umm Al Quwain aboard an oil tanker abandoned at sea for nearly three years.

When the Merchant Tanker Iba parted from its anchorage in rough seas and drifted onto a public beach in January, it gave the world a rare glimpse of the challenges of life at sea.

The five men spent 43 months at sea – and 32 months without pay – after the tanker’s owner, Alco Shipping Services, fell into a financial crisis. Maritime law states that no vessel can be left unattended at sea, and the men therefore stayed on board, knowing that if they left they would likely not see the $ 170,000 collectively owed to them.

The tanker detached from its anchor and ran aground after strong winds pushed it towards the shallow waters of Umm Al Quwain public beach early one morning in January 2021.

Mr Kumar, 31, and his four colleagues, two Indians and two other Pakistanis and Burmese, remained on the ship in limbo for months as their plea for unpaid wages was resolved by a court in Dubai.

Returning home, Mr Kumar said it had been difficult to readjust to family life.

He was reunited with his wife Pushpa and his two children, Mukund, 3, and Navya, 7, in the small village of Ghnehra, in Himachal Pradesh, an Indian state in the northern Himalayas.

“It was very strange coming home,” said Mr. Kumar, who spoke to The National from India.

“I had to quarantine for 15 days and finally got to see my family.

“Life was very different, there were a lot of changes.

“After we got home, the fight was out of work because of the pandemic.”

“I live in a beautiful mountainous area, but found it very difficult to climb or walk anywhere as I had lost so much physical shape being on the ship for so long.

“It took me at least three months to regain my fitness and I lost weight – almost 10 kg.

“Now I play cricket every day keeping the wicket and feeling great. Before, I couldn’t do anything, not even run.

Abandoned at sea

The crew had been abandoned since 2017 by their employer, Alco Shipping, after the company encountered financial difficulties.

Life aboard the rusty giant tanker with limited rations, clean water and electricity was matched only by the suffering of families left behind with minimal contact with loved ones.

The wife of the second engineer, Riasect Ali, 52, has struggled to pay for cancer care without her husband’s pay.

And the ship’s cook, 26-year-old Monchand Sheikh was forced to call off his marriage and abandon his plan to build a house for his parents.

Meanwhile, Chief Engineer Nay Win, 53, has since returned to Myanmar in the throes of a military coup.

Ironically, after more than three years at sea, he was forced to quarantine himself in an old cruise ship turned into a floating hotel in Yangon before being allowed to return home.

A long-term health problem caused in part by his poor diet aboard the Iba resulted in a long hospital stay and an operation to remove 30 gallstones from his abdomen.

The procedure cost around $ 10,000, much of the unpaid wages that were ultimately reimbursed by the owners of the vessel once the Iba was sold.

Now in India with his young family, Mr. Kumar does not rule out a return to sea.

“I’m waiting for confirmation for a job on a cruise ship, so until then I’m working on my house and the fields,” he said.

“My children are already in school and I paid for a step in their studies.

“I will be more wary of the company I join after what has happened.

“I don’t want to take a percent risk with a new job. I can no longer put my family through all of this.

In 2021, the shipping industry has hit the headlines like never before.

From the giant Ever Given container ship stuck in the Suez Canal disrupting global trade, to the abandoned Mt Iba and skyrocketing shipping costs, the industry has been in the spotlight.

Industry members are hoping 2022 will be the year the world takes notice of those at the center of boating and their safety.

“If 2021 was the year we all noticed sailing, we hope 2022 will be the year we notice sailors,” said Andrew Bowerman, regional director of the Mission to Seafarers charity, a charitable organization. -be who supports the crews in the United Arab Emirates.

“Only a small minority of crews are mistreated, but we will continue to work to improve welfare.

“The big change is the ability for authorities to stop and auction a vessel without having to go through lengthy legal proceedings.

“This should speed up the process of paying crews in the event of abandonment.

“Things could be solved in months rather than years.”

Disrupt the industry

Covid-19 caused huge disruption to navigation in 2021, with tankers delayed from mooring, causing global logistics to shut down.

Ground flights delayed crew changes, causing problems for those stranded on ships and landlocked sailors who needed work to support their families.

“This is an area that needs to be addressed,” said Chris Peters, Managing Director of Marine Logistics at Tristar.

“For every crew stuck at sea for too long, there are more crew who are not working.

“This year has seen improvements, but there is still a lot to do, especially in the Far East.”

Crew changes were the hardest hit in China. Ships permanently trading in the Far East were often forced to sail to India and the Middle East just to change their personnel on board.

“There was recognition of the problems in the United Arab Emirates and it was welcome,” said Peters.

“It is one of the first nations to correctly recognize sailors. “

A new international charter of welfare, the Neptune Declaration on the Welfare of Sailors and Crew Change, established to address maritime issues, has been signed by more than 850 organizations and businesses.

It indicates a brighter future for vulnerable crews, recognizing them as key workers, industry-standard health and safety protocols, and greater collaboration between shipping companies and authorities. It also aims to improve air links between the main maritime hubs for seafarers.

David Hammond, chief executive of Human Rights at Sea, said legislative and policy changes will need to be implemented.

“Without the threat of public exposure surrounding those entities and individuals responsible for human, labor and social rights violations, the system remains weak, insular and open to criticism,” he said.

“The main failure of any new regulatory initiative is that it does not do justice and does not be seen to do justice.

“The biggest challenge with new regulatory regimes is the direct exposure of the shortcomings of victims of blatant abuse.

“They are increasingly finding their voice through media and social media platforms as powerful levelers of weak application systems.”

The United Arab Emirates is a founding member of the Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at ensuring safe, secure and efficient navigation in the maritime jurisdictions of the Persian Gulf.

As a flag state, the United Arab Emirates ranks 21st in the world in terms of fleet size, with more than 20 major ports spread from Fujairah to Abu Dhabi.

“As a signatory to the MLC convention, the UAE is taking proactive measures to protect the interests of seafarers, with the aim of improving the quality of life of seafarers,” said Hessa Al Malek, advisor the Minister of Maritime Transport Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.

“We were one of the first Member States of the International Maritime Organization to designate seafarers as key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, and have supported seafarers by facilitating safe ship crew changes, by administering vaccinations and giving them access to medical care. “

Update: December 28, 2021, 3:00 a.m.

St. Lucia River and Indian River Lagoon Nonprofits Seek Christmas Donations Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:05:21 +0000

When you’re tasked with protecting and restoring the waters of North America’s most biodiverse estuary, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to crunch the finances and crunch the numbers for daily accounting.

Mike Conner, the Indian Riverkeeper, therefore has a “12 Days of Christmas” wish for the Treasure Coast: donations to pay for accounting services for 2022.

Accounting departments will help Conner and his team focus on a busy checklist: regularly patrolling the Indian River Lagoon by boat, advocating for public policy that improves water quality, and investigating complaints of pollution, algae blooms and fish mortality.

“Without proper and accurate accounting and tax reporting, we cannot exist as a nonprofit or legally solicit donations,” Conner said. “In general, it will definitely help us free up time for ourselves.”

According to Conner, the nonprofit needs the accounting services to:

  • Prepare quarterly reports for the Internal Revenue Service
  • Produce IRS annual reports
  • Reconcile bank accounts.
Captain Mike Conner, seen here with a pompano he caught in the Indian River Lagoon, has been appointed Indian Riverkeeper.

Conner is the lagoon’s fourth “keeper” since the Treasure Coast nonprofit was formed in 2002. He replaced Marty Baum in 2019, who was at the helm for approximately seven years.

The Indian Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore “the Indian River Lagoon, its tributaries, fisheries and habitats through advocacy, law enforcement and citizen action,” according to the association.