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Harmful Algal Blooms

November 15th, 2019
In this issue of Water Log you can learn all sorts of things about harmful algal blooms and other issues affecting Alabama and Mississippi: the utility of legal actions to stop HAB events; what factors lead to HABs; federal dollars for fishery disaster assistance coming to Mississippi; why the Alabama Department of Environmental Management did not lose its Clean Water Act permitting authority; and how Urban planning influences urban health.

Illegal Fishing

August 15th, 2019
The Illegal Fishing edition of Water Log explores how lancha fishing in the Gulf of Mexico relates to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; the success of bycatch reduction devices in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery; and a lawsuit claiming dusky shark bycatch was not correctly assessed.

Protecting Habitat to Save Species

May 17th, 2019
This June 2019 issue of Water Log features articles about law suits brought to save at risk species: The Black Warrior Waterdog in Alabama faces contaminated rivers; The Pearl River map turtle may become extinct before it becomes recognized as a species; and After years of delay, the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale is listed as endangered.

Water Log: March 2019 Issue Published

February 19th, 2019
Water pollution affects all of us. This edition of Water Log examines every day pollution events such as lead in drinking water, the harm from poor septic systems, and slowing down rainwater overflows.

Deep Sea Drilling Showdown May Be on State Turf

January 28th, 2019
The Department of the Interior (DOI) proposed opening 98 percent of the United States’ offshore resources available for oil and gas production during the five-year lease period of 2019–2024; this will allow industry to “collect data in areas that have not been explored in decades.” 83 Fed. Reg. 829, 830 (Jan. 8, 2018). A closer look at the January 4, 2018, announcement and subsequent Federal Register notice shows that for the next five-year leasing program, DOI will offer 47 leases in almost all US coastal waters from Alaska to Maine. According to DOI, it is “the largest number of lease sales ever proposed” for a five-year lease schedule. Press Release, Dep’t of Interior, Unleashing America's Offshore Oil and Gas Potential (Jan. 4, 2018). Less than a week later, via Twitter, the Secretary of the Interior stated that Florida would be withdrawn from the lease sales. @SecretaryZinke, Twitter (Jan. 9, 2018, 3:48 pm). Subsequent statements by the administration suggest that DOI will review any state’s request to be excluded from the lease period.

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Water Log: December 2018 Issue Published

November 20th, 2018
Marine aquaculture is a multi-million dollar industry, but aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico is relatively new. Explore articles on oyster aquaculture, finfish aquaculture, nationwide permits issued by the Corps of Engineers, and zoning responses to aquaculture in this edition of Water Log.

Water Log: August 2018 Issue Published

August 17th, 2018
In this edition of Water Log: The National Flood Insurance Program and its pros and cons, explained; Hard-luck cases of flood damage that the Standard Flood Insurance Policy did not cover; If a barge hits your house during a hurricane, who pays for the damage? And how zoning and city planning can ease flooding problems.

Water Log: June 2018 Issue Published

May 22nd, 2018
The June 2018 issue of Water Log is out. This issue, Red Snapper, features articles about the legal and regulatory history of red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico; how scientists will count red snapper to determine the population; and an introduction to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. There's also an article about city planning for working waterfronts.

New Publication Listed

March 5th, 2018
The article "Big Critter, Big Problem: Protecting the Pearl River Map Turtle in Mississippi" has been added to our Publications page. The article's author is Kristina Alexander.

Water Log 38.1 Published

February 28th, 2018
The March 2018 issue of Water Log has been published. The issue's title is 'The Long Arm of the Law'. The lead story is 'Jurisdiction on the Coast and at Sea'.

Water Log 37.4 Published

November 17th, 2017
The November 2017 issue of Water Log has been published. The issue's title is 'This is not a bottle'. The lead story is 'Plastic: Nuisance on Land, Menace at Sea'.

Water Log 37.3 Published

September 1st, 2017
The August 2017 issue of Water Log has been published. The cover story is 'Bustin' Loose: Aquatic Invasives from Aquarium Releases in Mississippi and Alabama'.

Water Log 37.2 Published

June 12th, 2017
The June 2017 issue of Water Log has been published. The cover story is 'Eleventh Circuit Upholds Denial of Dock Relocation Request on Cumberland Island'.

Water Log 37.1 Published

March 1st, 2017
The February 2017 issue of Water Log has been published. The cover story is 'Fifth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Private Angler Challenge to Amendment 40'.

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P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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