The Hill: Spending bill includes major wildfire overhaul

The spending bill Congress is considering includes a major, bipartisan effort to overhaul how the U.S. government spends money to fight wildfires on federal land. The provision in the omnibus appropriations bill, released publicly late Wednesday, is meant to cut down on a practice known as “fire borrowing” in which agencies like the Forest Service and Bureau […]

Bank of the West Instant Analysis on September 2016 FOMC Meeting

Instant Analysis of Today’s FOMC Meeting Statement and Projections No rate hike from the FOMC as expected today.  However, The FOMC is preparing the markets for another rate hike before the end of the year.   The FOMC statement released today added the language, “The Committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal […]

GOP Pushing WRDA Despite Objections from Democratic Leadership

AN E&E PUBLISHING SERVICE WATER POLICY: GOP trying to push WRDA through despite Reid objections Marc Heller, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Senate Republicans will try today to begin action on a $9 billion bill for water navigation and clean water projects but face likely objections from the Democratic leadership. The two-year Water […]

ENS Federal Report for July 8, 2016

ENS Federal Report – July 8, 2016 View Report on ENS Website Share Tweet Link Forward FISCAL YEAR 2017 BUDGET: THE PAST IS PROLOGUE Congress is approaching the new fiscal year with a predictable strategy.  Both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations have successfully moved respective funding bills for the federal government.  But completing […]

Supreme Court Ruling Offers Clues on Fate of Obama Rule

WATER POLICY: Supreme Court ruling offers clues on fate of Obama rule Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter Greenwire: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Enforcement of the Clean Water Act could undergo a wave of changes in the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on a key wetlands case, legal scholars say. The opinion is also offering clues […]

USACE Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits

On June 2, 2016 the United States Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice of proposed rulemaking to reissue and modify Nationwide Permits. The Notice has been published in the Federal Register for a 60-day comment period. For more information, including a summary of the proposal, click here.  Comments must be submitted on or before […]

Whitehouse Signs National Estuary Program Reauthorization

Following up on Caitlin Sweeney’s (Director of San Francisco Estuary Partnership) Report item on the reauthorization of the National Estuary Program, the Partnership is pleased to announce that the President signed the bill for reauthorization. Here is a link to the Whitehouse statement: http://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-statement-on-signing-of-national-estuary-program-reauthorization

Instant Analysis of Today’s FOMC Statement for April 27, 2016

Instant Analysis of Today’s FOMC Statement – April 27, 2016   The FOMC held rates steady today, as expected, holding the Fed funds target rate at 0.25 to 0.50% The Fed still in wait and see mode in my view. The FOMC is holding its future interest rate hike intentions and timing close to its […]

Senate Passes Energy Policy Modernization Act

Issue Alert provided by Family Farm Alliance: Issue Alert! April 20, 2016 Senate Passes Energy Policy Modernization Act Natural Resources Amendment Includes Several Western Water Provisions Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate earlier today passed S. 2012, the “Energy Policy Modernization Act” on an 85-12 roll call vote, after an important natural resources title was […]

Senate Measure to Stop Obama’s Water Rule Fails

Senate measure to stop Obama water rule fails By Devin Henry – 04/21/16 12:28 PM EDT Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican effort to prevent further spending on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule designed to establish federal regulatory control over small waterways. The measure, from Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), failed to meet the […]