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Harmful overgrowths of algae—called algal blooms—are a problem in all 50 states. These blooms can hurt aquatic plants and animals by producing toxins, consuming oxygen, and limiting light penetration in the water.
Louisiana, home to 40 percent of all coastal wetlands in the lower 48 states, is projected to lose almost 17 square miles of coastline each year for the next 50 years to storms, sea level rise, and land subsidence.
Since 1995, the average price of natural gas in the United States has almost tripled as demand has grown faster than supply. Despite this increase, natural gas is regularly lost as it is burned (flared) and released into the atmosphere (vented) during the production of oil and gas.
Before 1850, an estimated 16 million salmon and steelhead returned to the Columbia River Basin annually to spawn. Over the past 25 years, the number of salmon and steelhead returning to the Columbia River Basin has averaged only 660,000 per year although annual population levels have varied widely.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Lewis and Clark Rural Water Project, focusing on: (1) federal assistance criteria for rural water projects and; (2) potential benefits of rural water projects such as Lewis and Clark.
GAO discussed the authorization of additional appropriations for the Steamtown National Historic Site, focusing on: (1) estimated development costs and federal funds appropriated; (2) the extent of hazardous materials and toxic substances at the site; (3) site safety; and (4) plans to operate excursion...
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on geographic information system (GIS) activities at the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and Energy, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the...