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Missouri River flooding in Florence, Omaha, Nebraska. Photo by Shelby L. Bell, March 17, 2019.
Recent flooding in Omaha, Nebraska along the Missouri River. Photo by Shelby L. Bell.

What's Included This Week:

20 Days Left! Act Now to Protect Critical Drinking Water & Wildlife Habitat!

We need your help to urge many more people to submit comments opposing the proposed rule to redefine the "Waters of the United States"! This rule would leave critical drinking water sources, fish habitat, and many streams and an estimated half of the nation's wetlands without Clean Water Act protections against pollution and destruction. We now have only 20 days left to comment on this proposed rule before the April 15, 2019 deadline.

Please add your voice to the many WPN member organizations and many thousands of supporters fighting to protect our drinking water, critical fish habitat, streams, and wetlands from pollution and destruction!


How to Help:

Record Flooding in the Midwest and South

Map showing NOAA's 2019 U.S. Spring Flood Outlook
Our thoughts go out to the many WPN members and all those impacted by current and expected record flooding. Please contact us at if you have a story or action you would like us to share with other WPN members.

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) released its Spring Outlook, forecasting an elevated flood risk through May for "nearly two-thirds of the Lower 48 states." The Upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins - still reeling from record flooding - can expect continued flooding, while Central and Southern states can expect moderate to major flooding, and much of the Eastern U.S. and some Western states are at risk for minor flooding.


More Information:

"Nearly Impossible" Clean Up for Potential Pebble Mine Dam Failure - Study

According to a study from an Alaskan fishermen's group, a dam breach from the Pebble Mine project - opposed by many WPN members - could spread mud contaminated with mining waste over floodplains and about 150 miles of streams that provide habitat for salmon, resulting in "nearly impossible" clean-up in Alaska's Bristol Bay. The Corps of Engineers' Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Pebble Mine project limits the scope of its environmental review, ignoring major downstream impacts including the impacts of a potential dam breach releasing toxic mining waste.

The public comment period for the Pebble Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement ends on May 30.

Stop Weakening Mercury Pollution Protections: Comment by April 17

The EPA proposed a rule to roll back protections against mercury and other toxins that would pollute our water and air, leading to increased mercury levels in fish and people.

Coastal Barrier Resources System Saves Billions by Deterring Development

A federal program that discourages development in storm-prone ecologically-sensitive coastal areas has saved taxpayers billions of dollars in coastal storm damages, a new study finds. The Coastal Barrier Resources Act, enacted in 1982 with wide bipartisan support, makes such storm-prone ecologically-sensitive areas ineligible for most federal funding for development and rebuilding. The study found that this program saved taxpayers $9.5 billion (in 2016 dollars) in disaster relief payments between 1989 and 2013. The peer-reviewed study - the first effort to quantify the financial benefits of the act since a 2002 US Fish and Wildlife Service report - projects an additional $11 billion to $109 billion in savings over the next 50 years.

Learn more from WPN member National Audubon Society, which contracted the research: Nearly 10 Billion Taxpayer Dollars Saved by Bipartisan Coastal Law: New Economic Study

The study, by researchers Western Carolina University's Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and Appalachian State University in North Carolina, is published in the Journal of Coastal ResearchAn Analysis of Federal Expenditures Related to the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982

Selected Recent Reports on Water

Stay tuned for an updated resources page on the Water Protection Network website!
Click here to take our brief survey on what you want to read in WPN Updates!

Public Notices, Comment Periods, and Upcoming Meetings

Please see past WPN Updates for earlier notices, and visit and federal agencies' own websites for complete listings of public notices, proposed rules, and rules. The Corps of Engineers may post additional public notices and related information not listed above on their division-level or district-level websites. Click here for a map with links to their division and district websites.

Corps of Engineers

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Interior Department

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Department of Justice - Proposed Consent Decrees in US District Courts

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