Water & Oceans

Unsafe Levels Of E. Coli Found In Paris’ Seine River As Olympics Near

"Water in the Seine River had unsafe elevated levels of E. coli less than two months before swimming competitions are scheduled to take place in it during the Paris Olympics, according to test results published Friday."

Source: AP, 06/17/2024

42 California Dams Need Repairs. But Newsom, Legislators Battle Over Funding

"Several dozen dams throughout California could store up to 107 billion more gallons of water if they underwent repairs to fix safety problems. But facing a staggering state deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed cutting funding for a dam repair grant program in half this year, while state legislators want the $50 million restored."

Source: CalMatters, 06/17/2024

Cooler, Hurricane-Boosting La Niña To Replace El Niño

"The strong El Nino weather condition that added a bit of extra heat to already record warm global temperatures is gone. It’s cool flip side, La Nina, is likely to breeze in just in time for peak Atlantic hurricane season, federal meteorologists said."

Source: AP, 06/14/2024

"EPA To Disband Red Hill Oversight Group Amid Navy Complaints"

"HONOLULU — A community-led group formed to provide public oversight of the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility will be shut down after the committee refused to cede control of the meetings to the military."

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat, 06/14/2024

Makah Tribe Wins U.S. Waiver To Resume Hunting Pacific Gray Whales

"After a decades-long struggle, a Native American tribe won the right to resume its hunting traditions off Washington state's coast when federal regulators granted a waiver on Thursday allowing the Makah people to hunt up to 25 gray whales over a decade."

Source: Reuters, 06/14/2024

Storm-Battered Florida Braces For A Fourth Day Of Floods After Downpours

"Heavy rainfall that’s caused unrelenting flooding in South Florida since Tuesday will continue for a fourth consecutive day after turning roads into canals and forcing some residents to stand on the roofs of their cars or trudge through waist-deep waters."

Source: CNN, 06/14/2024

#SEJSpotlight: Bennet Goldstein, Investigative Reporter, Wisconsin Watch

Meet SEJ member Bennet Goldstein! Bennet reports on water and agriculture as Wisconsin Watch’s Report for America representative on the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk — a collaborative reporting network across the basin. Before this, he was on the breaking news team at the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska.

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September 27, 2024 to September 29, 2024

Canadian Animal Law Conference

Animal Justice's annual event, this year in Toronto, includes sessions on aquatic animal law & ethics, agricultural exceptionalism, "enriched" cages, selective media coverage, ag gag laws, wildlife policies, biodiversity and more. A related Student Animal Law Conference takes place on Sep 27 (travel funding available). 

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