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Environmental Justice

August 18th, 2021
Environmental Justice takes many forms. Read an article by the people helping minority citizens of Lowndes County get help with their wastewater issues. Learn how Presidents have addressed environmental justice using Executive Orders. Hear about how city planners in Mobile are considering issues raised by Africatown residents. And see how Congress has allowed everybody the right to enforce certain environmental laws. All in this edition of Water Log.

Oil and Gas Leasing in the Gulf of Mexico

August 18th, 2021
Oil and Gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico requires permits from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries). The permits assess harm to marine species protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. An August 5, 2021, Blog post discusses legal challenges to those permits: Lawsuits fault analyses of Gulf oil exploration impacts on protected species


May 17th, 2021
Alabama and Mississippi have diverse populations of coastal and seabirds. This edition of Water Log examines efforts to protect those birds. For example, articles on how the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Act protect birds explain those laws' impacts on oyster mariculture and offshore fishing. Read an article by Guest Experts on shorebird consumption of microplastics. And learn how municipalities can plan to protect bird habitat, even in urban areas.

Land Conservation

February 26th, 2021
Conserving land can take many forms. The land can be 100s of feet under water, like the coral reefs in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The land can be a couple thousand acres of sand dunes in Alabama, conserved to protect a rare species of mouse. Or the land can be thousands of acres, which, once conserved, gives the owner a tax deduction. Read about the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary expansion, the Alabama beach mouse habitat conservation plans, conservation easement tax deductions, and more in Water Log.

Managing Fisheries in the Gulf

November 30th, 2020
This edition of Water Log examines the complicated world of federal fishery management, looking at the roles of law, biology, and planning. Learn how Fishery Management Plans are developed with examples from Gulf of Mexico fisheries in "Federal Fishery Management." Find out how to tell how old a fish is in "The Life History of Fishes: Age, Growth, Reproduction, and Mortality." Read about the Fifth Circuit decision knocking back aquaculture in the Gulf, "Aquaculture Regulation for the Gulf Coast Yields Salty Responses from Courts." And see how city planners can use multiple resources for mapping in "Using Spatial Analysis in the Study of Mississippi and Alabama Fisheries."

Life is a Beach, a Shoreline, or Sometimes a Tidal Mud Flat

August 14th, 2020
The September 2020 issue of Water Log has been published.


May 8th, 2020
The states of Alabama and Mississippi have a wealth of turtles, terrapins, and tortoises. This edition of Water Log looks at state and federal laws to protect those turtles (and one regulation that protects us from them) in The Law of the Turtle; considers how court cases in California could impact sea turtle protection in the Gulf of Mexico in A Shell of their Former Selves: Environment Groups Seek Greater Protections for Sea Turtles; explains a program to identify impacts to terrapins in Conserving Gulf Coast Diamondback Terrapins; and examines how zoning can impact wildlife by limiting light pollution in Striking a Balance Between Starry Skies and Urban Illumination.

Invasive Species

February 17th, 2020
Non-native species are part of the United States’ history. They have helped agriculture, and harmed it. They have enhanced gardens, and overtaken waterways. Read about more than 100 years of legislative efforts to control invasive species; the State of Mississippi’s actions to prevail over aquatic nuisances; municipalities’ role in regulation; and specific crayfish pests in Alabama. All in Water Log.

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P.O. Box 1848
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