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Defining Protected Wetlands Gets Mucky

Developers are feeling encouraged by last month's US Supreme Court ruling on wetlands. The High Court was deciding on which wetlands deserve protection under the Clean Water Act. Some say it's more likely they'll get their building permits now. Defenders of the Clean Water Act think those high hopes are premature. The GLRC's Tracy Samilton takes us to the wetland where the fight Began.  Go to full article

Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Wetlands Case

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow that could decide which wetlands the federal government can regulate. The case before the court involves a couple of construction projects in the state of Michigan, but it's being followed closely throughout the country. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Michael Leland has more.  Go to full article

Great Lakes: Farmland to Wetlands

Our series on the Ten Threats to the Great Lakes continues with a story about how farmers are getting involved in restoring some of the natural landscape. Before farmers could work the fields in the nation's bread basket, they first had to drain them. So thousands of miles of ditches and trenches were dug to move water off the land. In the process, millions of acres of wetlands were lost. And losing the wetlands meant losing nature's water filter. Today, some farmers are working to restore these wet places. Mark Brush reports.  Go to full article

Ten Threats to the Great Lakes: Wetlands: Where Life Begins

Our series on the Ten Threats to the Great Lakes continues with one of the keys to the health of the lakes - the connection between the lakes and the land. Great Lakes coastal wetlands filter water, give lots of wildlife a place to live and help prevent erosion. But the coastal wetlands are also greatly responsible for feeding the fish of the Great Lakes. Biologists are finding that when people try to get rid of the wetlands between them and their view of the lake, it hurts the fish populations. Chris McCarus reports.  Go to full article

Supreme Court to Consider Wetlands Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving the government's authority to regulate wetlands. The cases question whether federal regulators have jurisdiction over wetlands that don't directly connect to rivers or other waterways. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article

Potsdam Closer to Walmart Decision

The deep discount giant Walmart is in a full court press to boost its presence in the North Country. Construction is underway on Supercenters in Leray and Lowville. This week, the Malone Town Council approved an environmental impact statement for a Supercenter there. In Potsdam, the town planning board is getting close to voting on Walmart's plan for a Supercenter on Route 11. Critics say the board isn't holding Walmart to a high standard. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Study: NY Lawmakers Blocking Some Environmental Bills

A new report by New York University's Brennan Center charges that important environmental issues, like protecting Wetlands and expanding the state's bottle law, are not being addressed, because state legislative leaders prevent the bills from coming to the floor for a vote. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Tough Wetlands Law Falling Short

Data suggest that this region continues to lose wetlands despite pledges from politicians to the contrary. The latest evidence comes from one state in the region that has some of the toughest laws on the books. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush has more.  Go to full article

Potsdam Board Examines Revised Walmart Plan

The Potsdam Town Planning Board last night took up the nitty-gritty of a revised plan to build a massive Walmart Supercenter on the outskirts of town. Board members had some specific concerns. But as David Sommerstein reports, some critics of the project pressed for broader scrutiny.  Go to full article

Muddy Waters Around Wetlands Ruling

Around the country, there are small, isolated swampy areas that are home to a lot of plants and animals. You can often hear frogs singing, or see ducks dabbling for food in these murky waters. Some experts say the government has weakened regulations that once protected these smaller wetlands. Now, they say, many of these wetlands are being drained, filled in and lost. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush has more.  Go to full article

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