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Flood Insurance Guidance Announced By Federal Agencies
Posted on 17 Apr 2013 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By the Ballard Spahr LLP Mortgage Banking Group The federal banking agencies, together with the Farm Credit Administration, have issued joint guidance on amendments to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (FDPA). The amendments were part of the... Read More

Jenner & Block: Louisiana Flood Protection Board Sues Energy Companies For Damage To Wetlands
Posted on 1 Aug 2013 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence , Associate, Jenner & Block On July 24, 2013, the Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Agency – East, sued approximately 100 oil and gas production and pipeline companies in state court. The... Read More

An articulate end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it view from Thomas Friedman
Posted on 10 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

I am certainly old enough to remember a variety of doomsday scenarios, usually built around decreases in agriculture productivity or population growth (or both). There have also been some modern scholarly papers that posit that things are going to get... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act – Omnibus Water Infrastructure Legislation
Posted on 20 May 2013 by State Net

SNCJ SPOTLIGHT - STATES CAN ONLY WATCH AS CONGRESS TACKLES MAJOR ISSUES THAT IMPACT THEM Last Wednesday, the Senate endorsed SB 601, the Water Resources Development Act, the first omnibus water infrastructure legislation since 2007. The $12.5 billion... Read More

Rating State Hazard Mitigation Plans
Posted on 26 Nov 2013 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The Columbia Center for Climate Change Law has released a report (and accompanying Excel database ) surveying and ranking all 50 State Hazard Mitigation Plans. The Survey considers to what extent and in what manner climate change related issues are incorporated... Read More

In Sandy’s Wake, BIG U Promises Lower Manhattan Upped Coastal Protection
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

In 2013, President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force devised the Rebuild by Design Competition . Applicants were to design a “fundable and implementable” infrastructure project to mitigate the dangers of rising sea levels... Read More

Supreme Court Denies Cert For Appeal of Ruling That Federal Government Not Liable For Flood Destruction From Hurricane Katrina
Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Jennifer Hans, WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 refused to hear an appeal of a lower federal court's ruling that the application of the discretionary function exception (DFE) to the Federal Tort Claims Act... Read More

Jenner & Block: Important Environmental Compliance Considerations In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, and Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block As Hurricane Sandy swept across the Eastern Seaboard, the images of its destructive power were humbling. As everyone begins to dig out from the damage caused by the... Read More

Deviation by Army Corps from operating plan, resulting in a temporary or ad hoc flowage easement, does not constitute a taking
Posted on 4 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Taking cases have been reviewed in prior posts. To state that the law is convoluted, complex, and obscure is to state the obvious. In Arksansas Game & Fish Commission v. U.S., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 6417 (Federal Circuit: 3/30/11), the U.S. appealed... Read More

Rivers are discovered in the atmosphere, and they can convey a lot of water
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As I look out the window and once again view the downpours that have impacted California for months, it seems appropriate to describe one of the more interesting discoveries of the last decade, rivers in the atmosphere. Think of it as the "Pineapple... Read More

A Conversation with Nancy Stoner, Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water
Posted on 11 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Nancy Stoner clearly brings enthusiasm and energy to her new position as Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water. Her excitement is palpable as she describes her commitment to clean water and a healthy environment and the great things... Read More

An articulate end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it view from Thomas Friedman
Posted on 10 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

I am certainly old enough to remember a variety of doomsday scenarios, usually built around decreases in agriculture productivity or population growth (or both). There have also been some modern scholarly papers that posit that things are going to get... Read More