Good Bye Gail – On Eve Of Leaving Office, Norton Spins Wetland Data

In the Interior Department's periodic national surveys, a wetland is defined, more or less, as wet. Traditional tidal, coastal and upland marshes count, but so do golf course water hazards and other man-made ponds whose surface is less than 20 acres. And so, even at a time of continued marsh depletion, pond inflation permitted Interior Secretary
Gale A. Norton and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to announce proudly on Thursday the first net increase in wetlands since the Fish and Wildlife Service started measuring them in 1954. (03/31/06) New York Times

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Interior Department spins wetlands data (03/31/06) New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/washington/31wetlands.html

Developers urged to seek wetlands experts (03/28/06) Contra Costa Times
Seattle tightens building curbs near streams and wetlands (03/28/06)
Seattle P-I
New rules to help man-made wetlands (03/29/06) Seattle Times

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6:::THE FRAME: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

If the environment is so important, why don\’t we have a better word for
it? And more convenient synonyms? "We must protect the environment." Why
is that language so unsatisfactory? Well, for a start "environment" is a
four-syllable abstraction, even though its constituent elements – air,
water, soil, trees, birds, animals – are concrete terms, familiar even
to small children. If "environment" the noun is bad, the adjective is
worse. (03/28/06) Christian Science Monitor

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Easy to be green, hard to be environmental (03/28/06) Christian Science
Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0329/p18s03-hfes.html

GOP gubernatorial candidates chase natural resources voters (03/29/06)
Eugene Register-Guard
Movement Shakers (03/29/06) Grist

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