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New WOTUS rules: More clarity but still muddy

Posted on January 9, 2019
The Trump Administration’s latest Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rules, proposed last month, is the designed to clarify federal control over the nation’s aquatic system but still leaves significant room for interpretation. Landowners should be cautious in presuming that the rule will provide an easier path to obtain permits...

President George W. Bush once asked him, “Will the people in New Orleans be safe?”

Posted on December 13, 2018
Before Don Riley joined our team in 2011, he had a remarkable 37-year career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Don was Deputy Commanding General, Deputy Chief of Engineers, Commanding General of the Mississippi Valley Division and Director of Army, Civil Works...

The Supremes and the dusky gopher frog

Posted on December 7, 2018
On November 27, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of property owners who opposed a Federal government designation of their land as a critical habitat for the endangered dusky gopher frog. (For more on the opinion, click here for The Washington Post’s coverage.) Our colleague Bill Hartwig, who was Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System at the U.S...

Remembering the late Capt. Charles Harris and events in northeast France 100 years ago

Posted on November 8, 2018
On 20 October 2018, a 100-year commemorative event was held in honor of U.S Army Captain Charles D. Harris and the 6th Engineers of the 3d Division in northeastern France. The event marked two weeks of fighting during General John J...

Al Gore, humorist

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With the election season over, a bit of humor might be an appropriate balm to all the acrimony from the past several weeks. Thirty years ago today was Election Day and I was on a flight from Washington to Houston as part of a White House staff migration to watch returns with then-Vice President George H.W...

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In the 1860’s…

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