Upcoming ASWM Webinar
Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar
Monday, September 8, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. ET
American Society of Civil Engineers Report on How to Address Our Systemic Flood Problems – David Fowler, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Six years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating impacts on the US Gulf Coast , the Mississippi Floods of 2011, Hurricane Irene, and Super Storm Sandy the American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE) issued a call for action urging the nation to address the growing challenge of increasing flood losses in the US and the threat to the safety of the population that lies in the potential paths of such events. Similar reports have been issued by both governmental and non-governmental organizations since Katrina and they echoed the ASCE call. Over the last two years, an ASCE committee examined our national response to this call for action and was charged with writing a final report and make recommendations for approval by the ASCE board. It was clear to the committee that while some progress has been made, in general, the flood challenge continues to receive scant attention and much remains to be accomplished to safeguard the wellbeing of people and property at risk. For more information, click here.
ASWM’s Improving Wetland Restoration Success Project Webinar
September 9, 2014 – 3:00 pm ET
How Restoration Outcomes are Described, Judged and Explained – Contributors: Joy Zedler, Aldo Leopold Chair of Restoration Ecology, University of Wisconsin; Robin Lewis, Lewis Environmental Services, Inc. & Coastal Resource Group, Inc.; Richard Weber, NRCS Wetland Team, CNTSC; Bruce Pruitt, USACE Engineer Research & Development Center; Larry Urban, Montana Department of Transportation. For more information, click here.
Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Part 1: Use of gSSURGO for Wetland Applications – John Galbraith, Virginia Tech
Part 2: Applications of SSURGO Soil Attributes to Potentially Restorable Wetlands – Kevin Stark, Saint Mary’s University
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ASWM’s September Members’ Webinar
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Ecosystem Service Valuation for Wetland Restoration: What it is, How to do it and Best Practice Recommendations
Webinar Focus: A considerable amount of interest has been building over the years in regard to the potential of “ecosystem service valuation.” However, few natural resource managers understand what it is or how to use it. Since many policy and land use decisions are based on monetary benefit-cost analysis, the value of wetland benefits (as non-commodities) has been historically absent from policy and development discussions and as a result, wetlands were significantly degraded and destroyed. Documenting wetland ecosystem benefits up front through ecosystem service valuation methods provides decision makers with the ability to factor a more comprehensive estimate of the value of wetlands into benefit-cost analyses and may ultimately lead to greater emphasis on actions that restore and protect wetlands. For more information, click here.