This morning, a group of Attorneys General representing seven States and the District of Columbia publicly announced their wholehearted support for an important effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore legal...continued→
Becky Hammer, Project Attorney, Water Program, Washington, DC
I grew up in coastal central Florida, and like all other young girls in the Sunshine State, I wanted to become a dolphin trainer when I grew up. This early career aspiration was only one indication of my love for nature and all the critters that live in it. Whether I was climbing trees, swimming in alligator-filled lakes, or collecting seashells at the beach, I developed a strong connection with the environment when I was young -- a connection that has stuck with me ever since. These days, I don't get to spend quite as much time outdoors. I do some occasional camping, even though my dog is vaguely terrified of nature (particularly its scary sounds), and I've got a life goal of visiting all our National Parks (I'm up to 18 so far). But I love that even at my desk-bound day job I'm helping to protect the environment by working at NRDC. The path from Tampa, to Boston (for college and law school at Harvard), to D.C. has been a fairly circuitous one, but now I am thrilled to be here, first as a two-year legal fellow and now as a full-time staff attorney in the NRDC water program. It's not dolphin training, but it's still pretty great.
Obama Announces New Disaster Planning Guidance That Will Make States and Communities Better Prepared for Climate Change
Today President Obama announced that states will soon be required to consider the projected effects of climate change when planning and preparing for natural disasters. The requirement will be implemented in a revision to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...continued→
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not be granting a set of petitions which asked the Agency to control harmful polluted stormwater runoff that is degrading waterways in certain regions of the country. NRDC and...continued→
Yesterday, enjoying the chance to get outside on one of the nicer days D.C. has seen in a while, I walked down the block from my office to attend a lunchtime brown-bag panel discussion hosted by the DC Environmental Network....continued→
FEMA Promises To Revise State Disaster Planning Guidance To Require Consideration Of Climate Change Impacts
Earlier this month, NRDC got encouraging news from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about its intentions to update its guidance for state hazard mitigation planning: the agency will be revising the guidance to more explicitly require state governments to...continued→
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Scores Another "Emerald City" Point With New Green Infrastructure Initiatives
When many people think about Pittsburgh, the first thing that comes to mind is the city’s historical association with industry – especially steel. These days, however, you may be more likely to see a green roof or a rain garden...continued→
Cities Like Washington DC Are Moving Ahead With Green Infrastructure, But EPA's Progress Is Stalled - Tell The Agency To Act Now!
Today NRDC released an update to its 2011 report Rooftops to Rivers II, which showed how cities of all sizes were employing green infrastructure to solve their stormwater pollution problems and revitalize their communities. Today’s update reveals that in just...continued→
NRDC recently received a response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to a petition that we filed with the agency nearly a year ago. Last October, we filed a petition with FEMA asking the agency to ensure that states...continued→
New York's Plan for Post-Sandy Wastewater Infrastructure Projects Doesn't Go Far Enough to Promote Resilience
New York State is currently considering public input on its draft plan for how the state will spend $340 million on disaster resilience for wastewater infrastructure that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. This plan is critical to ensuring that the...continued→
Today people and organizations across the country, including NRDC, are gathering together to express their support for better federal clean water protections. This summer’s installment of NRDC’s annual beach report Testing the Waters showed once again that the waters where...continued→
Yesterday the Washington Post ran a humorous article about a magician in Missouri who’s been required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a “disaster plan” for his rabbit – the one he pulls out of a hat during...continued→
Today NRDC, together with American Rivers, Conservation Law Foundation, and a number of local partner organizations, filed three petitions with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address one of the leading and most pervasive sources of water pollution in the...continued→
In addition to crusading for clean water here at NRDC during the workweek, in my free time I’m also a volunteer water quality monitor for Arlington County, Virginia, where I live. Once a month I grab a water sample from...continued→
Posted October 2, 2012 by Becky Hammer
Today NRDC, together with the National Wildlife Federation, filed a petition with the federal government that, if granted, will improve the way states plan for the water-related impacts of climate change – saving money, property, and lives in the process....continued→
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote next week on the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act” (H.R. 4078) – a bill that, among other things, imposes a moratorium on issuing virtually any new regulations as...continued→
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