Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Megan P. Fuchs

Husch Blackwell LLP

Environmental Law 101:
Key federal statutes and their impacts on marine and coastal environments

Wednesday — June 15, 2011
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

Our complex natural environment, when viewed in its simplest form, can be divided into four realms: air, water, land, and living things. Various federal environmental statutes have been enacted in order to conserve, protect, regulate, and remediate these four realms. These landmark statutes include, for instance, the Clean Air Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and the Endangered Species Act. I will provide an overview of the basic structure and requirements of the main federal environmental laws and offer examples of the applications of these laws in the context of marine and coastal ecosystems. This seminar will serve as an environmental law primer for both non-lawyers and lawyers in other fields, while working to bridge the gap between environmental law and the science that guides those laws.

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