A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

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Second Step Taken to Finalize New WOTUS Rule – AASHTO Journal


Is Coronavirus Reducing Noise Pollution?Forbes

Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis – Grist

Filling a post-coronavirus commuting void with bike lanes: Working at home – Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio)

COVID19: smart mobility goes viral – 2025 AD (Commentary)

Environmental Justice During COVID-19: Communities bear extra burdenGreatLakesNow (Michigan)

McEachin Letter Urges HHS to Address Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes for Environmental Justice CommunitiesCongressman Donald McEachin – House.gov (Virginia)


All Projects Being Constructed Under Nationwide Permit 12 at Risk – JD Supra

EPA restores state water quality standards – The Lens (Washington)

Trump’s rewrite is finalized. What happens now? – E&E News

Unmanned Aerial SystemsFHWA

U.S. Transportation Officials Seek Alternative Tech for GPSIEEE Spectrum

EPA finalizes rule officials fear will allow pollution of streams and wetlands – Colorado Springs Indy (Colorado)


Transportation, Environment, and Energy: An Integrated Research Symposium – Will not be held as scheduled – TRB

TRB Webinar: What Role Does Ecology Have in Sustainable Transportation? – TRB

TRB Webinar: Designing landscapes to enhance roadside water management – TRB

TRB Webinar: The intersection between health and transportation – TRB


Stimulating Clean Infrastructure Through NEPA Reform – RealClear Energy

Environmental lawyer reflects on 50th anniversary of NEPA – ROI-NJ.com (New Jersey)

Close to Home: Don’t gut America’s fundamental environmental law – Press-Democrat (Commentary) (California)

California awards $500 million in transit and rail project grantsMass Transit

Draft PEA On Snow, Soil Moisture Monitoring Network In The Upper Missouri River Basin Available For Comment – Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan (North Dakota)

Port NOLA Board of Commissioners Adopts PIER Plan – WGNO-TV (Louisiana)


Wood energy as a climate change solution – The Hill (Opinion)

Using Millions of Maggots to Slow Down Climate ChangeBloomberg Green (Subscription Required)

New Systems of Governance Are Needed to Address Climate ChangeGovernment Executive

The Health Emergency That’s Coming to West Louisville – CityLab (Commentary) (Kentucky)

Ann Arbor council not ready to adopt A2Zero carbon-neutrality plan – MLive.com (Michigan)

Without fanfare, Houston unveils Climate Action Plan, shooting for carbon neutrality by 2050 – Houston Chronicle (Subscription Required (Texas))

State: Climate change to impact infrastructure, livestock, water – GoErie.com (Pennsylvania)

Bold investments in clean energy and transportation infrastructure will help lead us out of a recession – CalMatters (Commentary) (California)

Senate Committee Bills Would Steer Billions To Water InfrastructureWaterways Journal

Florida’s climate change efforts ‘disjointed,’ former state resilience officer found – Tampa Bay Times (Florida)

Sunrise GW signs Earth Day letter supporting path to cut D.C. greenhouse gas emissionsThe GW Hatchet (District of Columbia)

In the ‘climate refuge’ city of Duluth, a fight brews over the hometown utility – MinnPost (Minnesota)

50 years later, Earth Day’s unsolved problem: How to build a more sustainable world – MSN

50 Years of Earth Day: What’s Better Today, and What’s Worse – New York Times (Subscription Required)

ASU achieves carbon neutrality, ranked among most sustainable universities in the worldASU Now (Arizona)

Earth Day 2020: Corvias Partnerships Supports Resiliency, Sustainability and Energy IndependenceOlean Times Herald (Subscription Required)


Air quality in US dramatically worse than in prior years, says new ‘State of the Air’ report – CNN

Washington has its cleanest spring air in 25 years: How air quality has improved during the coronavirus crisis – The Washington Post (Subscription Required)

Princeton scientist solves air quality puzzle: Why is ozone pollution persisting in Europe despite environmental laws banning it? – Princeton University

The coronavirus crisis means we may have already reached peak carbon – CNBC

Pioneering the possibilities: N.J.’s energy and resource leaders pave way for a clean, green future – Jersey’s Best (New Jersey)


Washington State AG Ferguson Rolls Out Environmental Justice Initiative in Honor of Earth Day – Gonzaga University (Washington state)

SFR Elements: A look at disproportionate environmental impacts – Santa Fe Reporter (New Mexico)

An Earth Day Conversation About Environmental Justice With Pioneer Vernice Miller-Travis – Union of Concerned Scientists (Blog)


TAAR helps fund Norte program – Traverse City Record-Eagle (Michigan)

Billings trails connecting community to outdoors in time of pandemic – Billings Gazette (Montana)

SF Opens Select Streets to Pedestrians, Bicyclists Amid Pandemic – KNTV-TV video (California)

Could better measures mean better management for urban micro-mobility options? – Mass Transit

Connecticut DOT Marks Earth Day 2020 – The Newtown Bee (Connecticut)


Establishing a statewide water quality database – High Plains Journal (Kansas) (Subscription Required)

New Opportunity: Prairie Pothole Water Quality and Wildlife Program – NewsDakota.com (North Dakota)


Fresh Forest Regrowth May Offset Climate Hit From Australia Fires – Bloomberg Green (Subscription Required)

Lake Elsinore at highest level since 2012 after rising 6 feet – The Press-Enterprise (California)