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Mud Season



It is mud season in northeast as the ground thaws.  It is also four-wheeling season. The off-road riding tears up the ground and changes the landscape. Cattails are growing in the field to left of the muddy trail, but six years ago that same area was a garden.  The ruts and erosion and resulting modification of subsurface flow altered the hydrology so that a wetland is well established where the garden used to be.










 

Earth Day and Wetlands

Earth Day - April 22By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM

The year 1970 was a very important year, not just because it’s the year I was born (although of course that makes it much more significant!), but because it was the year that began a series of federal protections for the environment and volunteer efforts to clean up pollution and toxins accumulated from over 200 years of unfettered industrial activities. It was the year that President Richard Nixon and Congress established the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as the year that Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to raise awareness about environmental issues and force them into the national agenda. Twenty million people demonstrated in cities across the nation to show their support for stronger federal protection of our nation’s wildlife and resources. Read more here.

 

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

On Wednesday, March 25, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers released the official draft rule to clarify jurisdiction over streams and wetlands. The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) has been following the rulemaking process for two years, and has been actively involved with other organizations in interpreting the proposed clarifications and their implications for managing wetlands, streams, floodplains and water quality. ASWM’s Executive Director, Jeanne Christie, has written a blog to summarize the new proposed rule and you may find other information and links on the ASWM Clean Water Act webpage here.

 

Help us Save the National Wetlands Inventory

The future of the National Wetlands Inventory is at risk. The National Wetlands Inventory program is one of the oldest and most frequently used government mapping resources. However, its capacity to fulfill its mission has been National Wetlands Inventorycompromised by a gradual but significant decrease in financial support for the program and redirection of existing funding to other program areas by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Please add your organization as a co-signer on our open letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Dan Ashe, urging him to continue funding and increase support for the National Wetlands Inventory. You can view the letter and add your name by clicking here.

 


Wetland Program Plans Handbook


Wetland Program Plans HandbookASWM – 2013

ASWM's Wetland Program Plan Handbook provides states and tribes with guidance and resource materials to support the development of wetland program plans.  This handbook is the culmination of a two-year project carried out by the Association of State Wetland Managers through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with additional support from the McKnight Foundation and The Orchard Foundation. Wetland Program Plans can establish priorities, set short and long term program development goals and provide states and tribes with a blueprint for future action. A wetland plan must be tailored to the unique opportunities and challenges that occur in a given state or on tribal lands. Therefore this document does not provide a recipe for developing a wetland program plan. Rather, it provides information about the different components that can be part of a plan and explores how a state or tribe might develop a plan. 

This document is divided into four major sections. The chapters in the overview section cover the planning process. The second section addresses each of the Core Elements that may be part of a wetland program plan: Regulation, Voluntary Restoration, Water Quality Standards for Wetlands, and Monitoring and Assessment. Section three discusses effective communication and the final section addresses program funding. References at the end of sections and appendices provide supplemental information and direct readers to reports, web pages and other resources that provide more information. To download the Wetland Program Plans Handbook, click here.

 

Upcoming ASWM Webinars

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar:

NWI Update in Minnesota: How a State-Wide Update was Possible and New Techniques for Implementation – Robb Macleod: National GIS Coordinator, Ducks Unlimited, and Steve Kloiber: Wetland Monitoring Coordinator, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources

For more information, click here.

 

ASWM Calendar of Wetland Events
 

ASWM Calender of EventsFor a calendar of wetland events, meetings, conferences, and courses nationwide, visit the ASWM calendar.

 

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