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Atlean Lake in British Columbia.
President Obama prohibits offshore drilling in Bristol Bay
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On December 16, President Obama enacted an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil and gas development in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol
Senate passes public lands bills with defense authorization
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
On December 12, the Senate passed a group of public lands bills as part of the 2015 defense authorization that include expansions of wilderness and park lands as well as changes to energy, mining, and logging policy on public lands.
Document Type: News Brief


Capitol at night
Senate committee holds hearing on bipartisan climate bill
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on December 2 to assess a bipartisan climate bill that would lower emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.
Document Type: News Brief


Cracked road from earthquake
Los Angeles Mayor proposes seismic retrofit for riskiest buildings
Date: Monday, December 8, 2014
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a report on December 8 that proposes new, stricter building codes aimed at the structures mostly likely to collapse in an earthquake.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol with flag
Federal Register - November 2014
A list of notices from the Federal Register for November 2014 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
Document Type: News Brief


Capitol at night
Leadership changes in the 114th Congress
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Midterm congressional elections took place on Tuesday, November 4, resulting in a number of committee leadership changes for both Democrats and Republicans.
Document Type: News Brief


Mount Saint Helens
Army Corps of Engineers considers shift toward watershed-based planning
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
In a press conference held on November 14 to discuss their climate adaptation plan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) discussed the possibility of an agency-wide shift toward holistic watershed management.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Water Glyph
U.S. water use at lowest levels since 1970
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
According to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report, U.S. water usage has declined to its lowest level in the past 45 years.
Document Type: News Brief


Atlean Lake in British Columbia.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds markup on energy, parks, and lands bills
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
On November 13, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a markup of 16 bills pertaining to energy, parks, and public lands.
Document Type: News Brief



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