Florida's Vanishing Wetlands
and the Failure of No Net Loss

"Paving Paradise" wins national honor

Posted on Aug. 9, 2010 8:25 p.m.
By Craig Pittman

Every year the Society of Environmental Journalists gives out an award for the best environmental book of the year. The award, named for "Silent Spring" author Rachel Carson, is a coveted honor.

This year the top prize went to"Heart of Dryness" by James G. Workman. Second place was another book on water, "Unquenchable" by Robert Glennon.

But right there in third place was our own "Paving Paradise"!

It was the only regional book on the list, the only one put out by a university press. The other two were from commercial publishers.

The judges called our book "an absolute must-read for anyone concerned about regulatory incompetence and accountability, especially that of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its enormous influence on how our nation's land is destroyed and its water polluted by unwise development."

They also called it "gutsy."

"This is top-notch investigative journalism," one judge said.

Clean Water Act turns 40

Posted on Oct. 18, 2012 8:50 p.m.
By Craig Pittman

Today marks the 40th anniversary of passage of the Clean Water Act, one of the most remarkable, far-reaching and contentious ...

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Supreme Court gets a chance to botch another wetlands case

Posted on Jan. 8, 2012 9 p.m.
By Craig Pittman

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the somewhat tangled case of Mike and Chantell Sackett , whose ...

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U.S. wetlands are "at a tipping point" -- and worse off than report says

Posted on Oct. 13, 2011 10:05 p.m.
By Craig Pittman

The U.S. Interior Department issued its latest report on the status and trends of the nation's wetlands last week, and ...

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New study shows Supreme Court decision left wetlands vulnerable

Posted on Sept. 13, 2011 8:07 p.m.
By Craig Pittman

Last week the Environmental Law Institute released an extensive new study on the state of the nation's wetlands in the ...

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House casts historic vote to yank EPA's Clean Water Act authority

Posted on July 13, 2011 9:57 p.m.
By Craig Pittman

In a historic vote late Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to yank the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over ...

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