TAG: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

5 Questions with… EPA’s Ken Kopocis on new clean water regs

June 4, 2015By

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule. It was more than a year in the making, and there has been much talk among members of the landscape industry and its trade organizations about how certain provisions could affect landscape and lawn care operators. LM posed some of those concerns... read more

Government Affairs: New WOTUS regs: Should you be worried?

June 3, 2015By

On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army said they are publishing final, new controversial regulations that define the term “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). This move follows more than a year of acrimonious debate since the EPA and Army first published these new rules as a draft... read more

Issue brief: Bee health and your business

January 9, 2015By

You’ve no doubt heard about beekeepers in the U.S. and Europe experiencing bee colony die-offs. It’s somewhat of a mystery why this is happening; although, scientific consensus is emerging that the Varroa mite, in association with a range of viruses, is a significant factor in these losses. However, much of the blame for the loss of managed bee colonies has... read more

EPA extends ‘Waters of the U.S.’ public comment to Nov. 14

October 8, 2014By

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the public comment period on “Waters of the U.S.,” a proposed regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA), until Nov. 14. This marks the second time the EPA has extended the comment period, with it originally set to end July 21 but being extended Oct. 20. During the extended public comment time, the... read more

Government Affairs: Neonicotinoids on trial

September 1, 2014By
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The class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids have been a boon to the landscape management industry. Chemically similar to nicotine, the “neonics” are effective and less toxic to mammals and birds than many of the previous generation of organophosphate and carbomate insecticides. Not only are neonics effective in controlling a wide variety of insect pests, in many cases they can... read more

The green infrastructure opportunity

March 12, 2014By

Irrigation and landscape pros can brighten their futures by acting as resources to water quality managers. The green infrastructure movement is growing in communities throughout the U.S. as a way to manage stormwater in urban environments while having a positive impact on the ecosystem. To be more specific about what green infrastructure is, the Irrigation Association’s (IA) John Farner turned... read more