conservation easement

Rapanos Will Pay for Clean Water Act Violations

Article: Rapanos Will Pay for Clean Water Act Violations

DETROIT, Michigan, December 30, 2008 (ENS) – In long-running case that affects the scope of federal jurisdiction over wetlands and other waters, developer John Rapanos and related defendants agreed Monday to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act at three sites in Midland and Bay counties, Michigan. Rapanos has agreed to pay a $150,000 civil…

Puerto Rico Will Create Task Force to Improve Wetlands

Article: Puerto Rico Will Create Task Force to Improve Wetlands

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, August 11, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Puerto Rico Land Authority have reached a settlement that requires the creation of a task force to identify, monitor and protect wetlands in Puerto Rico in order to resolve a 2007 EPA complaint over Clean Water Act violations. According…

Ranch in California's Golden Hills Safe from Development

Article: Ranch in California's Golden Hills Safe from Development

MONTEREY, California, March 17, 2008 (ENS) – The Nature Conservancy and a deep-rooted Monterey County ranching family have protected Dorrance Ranch, 4,300 acres located on Mt. Toro’s northern ridge. Working closely with the Dorrances, The Nature Conservancy purchased a conservation easement on the ranch to protect it from development, regardless of future ownership, and to…

Austin's $30 Million Land Conservation Deal

Article: Austin's $30 Million Land Conservation Deal

AUSTIN, Texas, February 26, 2008 (ENS) – The City of Austin has completed the purchase of more than 3,000 acres of land to protect wildlife habitat and water quality and eventually provide public access for a hike-and-bike trail from central Austin into Hays County. “This is an exceptional model for future efforts – we really…