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IES Water Glyph
Addressing the drought in the Western United States: What is Congress doing about it?
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
The western United States is experiencing a historically persistent drought.
Document Type: News Brief


Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
New legislation would measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation in the U.S.
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act (S. 2219) on October 29.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol with flag
Federal Register - October 2015
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
A list of notices from the federal register for October 2015 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.
Document Type: News Brief


Atlean Lake in British Columbia.
New NPS rule proposes updating regulations governing non-federal oil and gas production
Date: Monday, October 26, 2015
The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a rule giving the agency greater oversight over the exercise of non-federal oil and gas rights on NPS land.
Document Type: News Brief


Capitol at night
Senate engages scientific community on America COMPETES bill
Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee recently concluded an outreach effort seeking feedback from the scientific community on the Senate version of the America COMPETES bill, which authorizes funding for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and other federal science programs.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol
Senate Committee hearing on the nomination of Dr. Suzette Kimball for Director of the USGS
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
On October 20, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to consider the nomination of Dr. Suzette M. Kimball to be Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Document Type: News Brief


Excavator mining
House Subcommittee addresses issues of abandoned mine cleanups by Good Samaritans
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment held a hearing to gather information on abandoned mine sites in the United States and the opportunities for Good Samaritan cleanups.
Document Type: News Brief


Excavator mining
House passes bill that allows for faster acquisition of mining permits
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
The House passed the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015 (H.R. 1937) on October 22.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol
The Native American Energy Act passed House of Representatives
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Native American Energy Act (H.R. 538) passed the House of Representatives on October 8, 2015.
Document Type: News Brief


The White House
President signs the STEM Education Act of 2015 into law
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
On October 8, 2015 President Obama signed into law the STEM Education Act of 2015 (H.R. 1020).
Document Type: News Brief



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