Category Archives: Natural Resources and Environment

Improving Federal Administration of Programs that Serve the American Indian Population

For nearly a decade, we’ve reported that federal agencies have ineffectively administered Indian health care, education, and energy resource development programs. This year we added the agencies responsible for these programs to our High Risk List—which discuss the federal agencies … Continue reading

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Down on the (Fish) Farm 

Are you more surf than turf? Whether you call yourself a pescetarian or just enjoy the occasional shrimp cocktail, chances are the fish and shellfish you eat were imported. During National Seafood Month, listen to our podcast and read on … Continue reading

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Lead in Drinking Water

It’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and today’s WatchBlog explores our recent report and video on lead in drinking water and federal efforts to help ensure drinking water is safe from lead. Our recent video explains how lead can enter drinking … Continue reading

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Abandoned Boats! Who Responds to Abandoned and Derelict Boats and other Vessels?

Abandoned and derelict recreational boats, fishing boats, and barges can block U.S. waterways and pose threats to the environment and public health—as fuel and hazardous material can leak into the water when these boats and other types of vessels deteriorate. … Continue reading

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Wildland Fire Knows No Boundaries…

Wildfires are a natural and inevitable part of many healthy ecosystems, but they also burn millions of acres each year, cost billions of dollars to combat, and can have devastating effects on communities—including destruction of property and even death. The … Continue reading

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Stopping Antibiotic Resistance Before It Gets to Our Plates

Antibiotics are used by people all over the world to treat infections caused by bacteria, but antibiotic-resistance is on the rise. In fact, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are now one of the biggest threats to global health—leading to an estimated 2 million … Continue reading

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Creature Comforts in the Great Outdoors

Planning that big summer trip to Jellystone (or one of the non-fictitious U.S. national parks)? Visiting one of the many concessions services overseen by the National Park Service is one way to avoid Yogi Bear’s creative attempts to swipe your … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun

Rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, residential batteries, and other tech may help you manage your energy use, generate electricity, and lower your utility bills. For example, homeowners can use solar systems to generate clean electricity to power their home and … Continue reading

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Managing Fisheries in a Changing Ocean

As the conditions in the Earth’s oceans change due to rising ocean temperatures, among other things, the size and location of fish populations may also change. So, can federal agencies anticipate and plan for the effects of these changes on … Continue reading

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Who’s Watching What You Eat?

Although the U.S. food supply is generally considered safe, foodborne illness remains a costly, common public health problem. The safety and quality of the food supply is governed by a highly-complex system—involving 16 federal agencies administering over 30 federal laws. … Continue reading

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