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April 18, 2018 | Legal Document

Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899: Public Comments, Exhibit 1 - Letter from Florida Waterkeepers

Letter from Florida Waterkeepers (independent organizations belonging to Waterkeeper Alliance, whose members combine firsthand knowledge of their waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of their communities and to the rule of law) who support the public comments filed April 18, 2018, to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Florida Wildlife Federation, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Miami Waterkeeper, St. Johns Riverkeeper, regarding "Florida Navigable Waters Determination." On behalf of their respective organizations, the Florida Waterkeepers request that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers adopt the broadest interpretation of navigable waters under the Clean Water Act.

March 30, 2018 | Legal Document

Lahaina Injection Wells Order and amended Opinion

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii Susan O. Mollway, Senior District Judge, Presiding
Argued and Submitted October 12, 2017 University of Hawaii Manoa Filed February 1, 2018 Amended March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018 | Press Release: Victory

Federal Appeals Court Reaffirms Maui Clean Water Act Decision

9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejects Maui County’s petition for the full court to reconsider whether Maui County violated the Clean Water Act by injecting millions of gallons of treated sewage each day into wells that discharge into the Pacific Ocean

March 8, 2018 | Article

Clean Water Rule Rider Sells Democracy Downriver

Congress is using a harmful, sneaky provision in a large must-pass spending bill to try and make it easier for EPA to repeal the Clean Water Rule without public or legal oversight.

February 1, 2018 | Legal Document

Prouty Vulnerability of Coral Reefs to Bioerosion from Land-based Sources of Pollution

Ocean acidification (OA), the gradual decline in ocean pH and [CO32- ] caused by rising levels of atmospheric CO2, poses a significant threat to coral reef ecosystems, depressing rates of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) production, and enhancing rates of bioerosion and dissolution. As ocean pH and [CO32- ] decline globally, there is increasing emphasis on managing local stressors that can exacerbate the vulnerability of coral reefs to the effects of OA. We show that sustained, nutrient rich, lower pH submarine groundwater discharging onto nearshore coral reefs off west Maui lowers the pH of seawater and exposes corals to nitrate concentrations 50 times higher than ambient. Rates of coral calcification are substantially decreased, and rates of bioerosion are orders of magnitude higher than those observed in coral cores collected in the Pacific under
equivalent low pH conditions but living in oligotrophic waters. Heavier coral 15N values pinpoint not only site-specific eutrophication, but also a sewage nitrogen source enriched in 15N. Our results show that eutrophication of reef seawater by land-based sources of pollution can
Research Article Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans DOI 10.1002/2017JC013264 This article has been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but has not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process which may lead to
differences between this version and the Version of Record. Please cite this article as doi: 10.1002/2017JC013264

February 1, 2018 | Legal Document

Court Opinion Lahaina Injection Wells

The panel affirmed the district court’s summary judgment rulings that the County of Maui violated the Clean Water Act when it discharged pollutants from its wells into the Pacific Ocean, and further finding that the County had fair notice of its violations.

February 1, 2018 | Press Release: Victory

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Maui Clean Water Act Decision

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules Maui County violated the Clean Water Act by injecting millions of gallons of treated sewage each day into injection wells that discharge pollutants into the Pacific Ocean

January 29, 2018 | Article

We’re Fighting to Keep Coal out of a Kentucky Lake

Represented by their lawyers at Earthjustice, Kentucky Waterways Alliance and Sierra Club just filed an appeal to force Kentucky Utilities to clean up toxic coal ash pollution in Herrington Lake.