Bald Eagle on Long Island?

Written by charlie   
Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00

While jogging around Hempstead Lake State Park in Rockville Center this past weekend, I saw a Bald Eagle perched on a dead tree in the Northernmost portion of the lake. Not believing my own eyes I returned a half hour later, but no bird. However, im not the first, it was apparently reported to the Audubon Society in April 2012. I would have never have believed it if I didn't see it with my own eyes.  Go figure!



Alaska and Assumption of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

Written by charlie   
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
Alaska contains approximately 63% of the nation's wetlands, measuring 130 million acres or roughly 1/3 of the entire state. Due to the size and unique nature of many of the wetlands found only in Alaska, the state is considering assuming the Federal jurisdiction over Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, overseeing dredge and fill. The transition is estimated to create 20 jobs. Virginia also began considering a similar program in 2012.
Currently only 2 of the 50 states, New Jersey and Michigan have been granted this authority to regulate wetlands under the Clean Water Act with mixed results, due to the complexity and scope of the projects and law. In fact, in 2008 the Federal government deemed that Michigan's program did not meet the standards required of the Clean Water Act and needed to correct its program. As a result, Michigan had investigated the return of permitting back to the federal Government  in an attempt to save approximately 20 million dollars per year, but was tabled when Govenor Rick Snyder took office.

Despite the transition, the permitting requirements will remain unchanged, but permitting times would likely be shorter due to efficiencies when dealing with only one permitting party.
Edited 12/10/13  - MI state program audit

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 13:56

Field Guide to Virginia Salt and Brackish Marsh plants

Written by charlie   
Friday, 08 November 2013 12:06

I recently stumbled upon the The Virginia Institute of Marine Science's helpful field guide to Virginia Salt and Brackish Marsh Plants.  Despite only being a few pages, its a quick start on identifying the most common plants in Virginia’s tidal salt marshes, based on the tidal zone.  The color coding of each zone (Low Marsh, Salt Meadow, Salt Panne, Upland Bank) and the  illustration of each plants most distinctive feature of each plant makes identification much easier, and kid friendly.  All of the illustrations in this brochure are by Abigail Rorer from the "Field Guide to Coastal Wetland Plants of the Southeastern United States" by Ralph Tiner.

Field Guide to Virginia Salt and Brackish Marsh Plants


Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 12:21

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