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THE PROGRESSIVE REVIEW - September 1, 2016

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* Obama to unveil environmental initiatives at Nevada summit *

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is rolling out environmental initiatives to help states, especially those in the West, adapt to climate change.

The White House announced the plans before the president's arrival Wednesday for the 20th Lake Tahoe Summit in Stateline, Nev.

In its announcement, the White House introduced national initiatives "built on the spirit of collaboration and innovation that first catalyzed Lake Tahoe's historic conservation efforts."

It also addressed the issue of climate change.

"America's lands and waters face growing challenges and increasing importance, especially from the impacts of climate change," the White House said. "In order to increase conservation efforts and meet these challenges, we must strengthen partnership and boost innovation - and, in turn, bring private capital off the sidelines."

The goal is to achieve $10 billion per year in support for conservation from private and philanthropic efforts. In the United States, the low estimate of current year investment is approximately $1 billion.

The administration also will allocate funds for additional use of new sensors to detect harmful algal blooms in surface waters and help with the the nation's most at-risk species.

The Environmental Protection Agency will publish a "new playbook" for financing non-traditional wastewater projects, including green infrastructure, water conservation and energy efficiency. This will especially help deal with water shortages in California and Nevada.

Other actions will help the Salton Sea, California's largest lake, which is facing environmental degradation.

In Nevada, the Interior Department is providing $29.5 million to remove dead and decaying trees on public and private land around Lake Tahoe. Also, the Environmental Protection Agency and Fish and Wildlife Service are giving grants totaling more than $230 million to help Lake Tahoe's water quality.

After the summit, Obama will travel to Hawaii to address leaders from the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Obama also will travel to Midway Atoll, which is within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. Last week, he announced plans to create the world's largest protected marine area, more than quadrupling the size to 582,578 square miles.


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