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National Inventory of Dams

Via IRE – “The National Inventory of Dams (NID) contains records on dams in all 50 states, kept by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Dams are included if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
— High hazard classification – loss of one human life is likely if the dam fails,
— Significant hazard classification – possible loss of human life and likely significant property or environmental destruction,
— Equal or exceed 25 feet in height and exceed 15 acre-feet in storage,
— Equal or exceed 50 acre-feet storage and exceed 6 feet in height.”

Living Blue Planet Report 2015

“WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report takes a deep look at the health of our oceans and the impact of human activity on marine life. Data on marine ecosystems and human impacts upon them is limited, reflecting the lack of attention the ocean has received to date. Nevertheless, the trends shown here present a compelling caseContinue Reading

Wild American crows gather around their dead to learn about danger

Although this article is not available without a fee or subscription the abstract provides the requisite information to substantiate its posting here.  I have posted a wide range of information, studies, documentation and information on the multi-facted, complex and highly developed ability of animals to communicate, live in communities on land and in water, nutureContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Tax Gap, Ford Class Aircraft Carrier, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Spent Nuclear Fuel, Tricare Pharmacy Pilot

Fiscal Outlook: Addressing Improper Payments and the Tax Gap Would Improve the Government’s Fiscal Position, GAO-16-92T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015. Ford Class Aircraft Carrier: Poor Outcomes Are the Predictable Consequences of the Prevalent Acquisition Culture, GAO-16-84T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015. Hospital Value-Based Purchasing: Initial ResultsContinue Reading

The Welikia Project

“After a decade of research (1999 – 2009), the Mannahatta Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society un-covered the original ecology of Manhattan, one of New York City’s five boroughs.  The Welikia Project (2010 – 2013) goes beyond Mannahatta to encompass the entire city, discover its original ecology and compare it what we have today.  Welikia meansContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Contract Services, Great Lakes Restoration, Managing for Results, Medicare, Pension Advance Transactions

DOD Contract Services: Improvements Made to Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls, GAO-15-780: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Some Information on Projects and Progress Made Available to Congress and the Public, GAO-15-841T: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015. Managing for Results: Implementation of GPRAContinue Reading

EPA Revisions to the Worker Protection Standard – Pesticides

“EPA is announcing stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families working on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. These revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries….There is a clear need for better protection for farmworkers.Continue Reading

2012 Economic Census: Mining Geographic Area Series

“The 2012 Economic Census mining release continues with three geographic area series reports, which provide statistics for the state or offshore areas. Industry statistics are published at the two- through six-digit North American Industry Classification System levels and detailed statistics are shown at the two-digit NAICS level. Industry statistics by type of operation for state or offshore areas areContinue Reading

McKinsey – Urban mobility at a tipping point

“As more of the world’s cities become congested and polluted, new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenge…By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from about 50 percent today. Over the same period, more than two billion people are likely to enter the middle class,Continue Reading

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief. Emily M. Lanza, Legislative Attorney. September 22, 2015. “Genetically engineered (GE) foods, sometimes referred to as genetically modified foods (GMO foods), are foods that are derived from scientific methods used to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. The labeling of GE foodsContinue Reading

Corruption, Pollution, Inequality Are Top Concerns in China

“China’s economic growth rate may be slowing, but the Chinese public overwhelmingly recognizes the economic progress their country has made over time. Most say they are better off financially than they were five years ago, and with near unanimity they believe they enjoy a higher standard of living than their parents did. However, they alsoContinue Reading

2015 Red Book

2015 Red Book – Synchronizing Environmental Reviews for Transportation and Other Infrastructure Projects, September 2015 Publication No. FHWA-HEP-15-047 Publication No. FHWA-HEP-15-047. “The purpose of the Red Book is to function as a “how to” for synchronizing NEPA and other regulatory reviews. This handbook will be useful to Federal agencies that review permit applications, and Federal,Continue Reading