Decisions, Decisions… A New Rule To Clarify The Phrase “Waters Of The United States”

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jun10
The Clean Water Rule is here! It arrived without much fanfare but carries with it clarity the Supreme Court has been trying to give the Clean Water Act’s (CWA) “waters of the United States” for years. To give some perspective, CWA was passed in 1972 including the phrase “waters of the United States”. The phrase itself was last codified in 1986. The old definition was “as traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, all other waters that

You Never Miss Your Water Until Your Well Permit Is Denied

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

May22
Back in 1979 and 1983, Glenn and Jolynn Bragg bought pecan orchards for commercial production. The location was perfect – just north of Hondo, TX, in Medina County atop the Edwards Aquifer, one of the most prolific artesian aquifers and one of the greatest natural resources in the world. The Aquifer is a unique groundwater system that has supported the growth and prosperity of the surrounding region for over a century without the development of

Necessity And The Mothers’ Day Invention

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

May13
Ann Jarvis is credited with the creation of Mothers’ Day. She had the idea of setting aside a day to celebrate and educate mothers. The education of women was to be in the art of caring for their children as a way to reduce disease, decrease the infant mortality rate, and in general support women. Details of accounts differ, but it is widely held that she gave birth to nearly 13 of her own children;

Not Much Winter Snow Means Summer Water Levels Are Low

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Apr20
According to ca.gov, California is in their fourth year of unprecedented drought with record low snowpack. The low snowpack not only affects the ski conditions in Tahoe, but reduces the Sierra Nevada Mountain watershed “frozen storage” of surface water. This frozen water storage accumulates during the winter and melts gradually into reservoirs and streams during the summer, sustains the supply into fall. Record low snowfall levels will have lasting impacts. Specifically, the Mountain Counties Water

PCA Decides Ecuadorean Citizens’ Claim Against Chevron Texaco Valid

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Mar25
Earlier this month, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague decided the Ecuadorean citizens’ claim against Chevron Texaco is valid. The action was brought by citizens and residents of the Amazon in Ecuador for the destruction of an estimated 48,000 hectares of the Amazon and waterways in Ecuador. The damage occurred over the near thirty years of oil drilling and exploration by Texaco when it was partner in operations with Ecuador’s state oil

Banana Plant Disease Threatening Despite Regulations

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Mar23
Biosecurity Queensland, agency in the Australian Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, confirmed the presence of the Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) strain detected on an Australian banana farm. Positive test results threaten to wipe out the AU $570 ($440) million banana plant industry in Australia. This is significant because Fusarium oxysporum, commonly called TR4, is the same strain that wiped out entire banana fruit and trees in southeast Asia and decimated Australia’s Northern Territory banana

Bipartisan Legislation Outlining Chemical Safety For The 21st Century Introduced

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Mar16
On March 10, 2015, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced bipartisan legislation that would overhaul US chemical regulations. The bill is called The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and is intended to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.  TSCA gave the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) authority to require reporting, record-keeping, and testing on the 90 chemical substances existing

National Farm To School Program Growing In Louisiana

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Mar11
The Farm to School program is a nationwide advocacy movement to teach school children about healthy food choices and agriculture. It is a multi-pronged approach geared at improving health and the local economy. Implementing in schools makes sense.   The Center for Disease Control reports national rate of childhood obesity and diet-related illness at 42%. According to the 2012 census, Louisiana has a population of 805,495 school aged children. over half (413,000 ) are low