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Picture of the Week

12 Spotted Skimmer



12 Spotted Skimmer



The 12 Spotted Skimmer is one of a group of big dragonflies called the King Skimmers and includes 103 species in North America.  This genus (Libellula) is viewed by experts as 'classic' dragonflies- strong fliers, territorial, and feisty.  They eat mosquitos and other flying insects.  The Latin name for this particular species is Libellula pulchella. The females prefer to deposit their eggs on shallow ponds, lakes and slow moving streams.  A male, like the one pictured here, can often be found perched on an old weed stalk where they will zealously guard their territory.  For more information, click here.



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Upcoming ASWM Webinar


Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar

Monday, September 8, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. ET

David Fowler, Senior Project Manager, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage DistrictAmerican 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.

American Society of Civil Engineers Report on How to Address Our Systemic Flood Problems - September 8, 2014
 

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

How Restoration Outcomes are Described, Judged and Explained Webinar - September 9, 2014


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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Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar - September 17, 2014


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.

 

Setting the Record Straight on Waters of the US

Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for Water – EPA Connect – June 30, 2014

There’s been some confusion about EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule under the Clean Water Act, especially in the agriculture community, and we want to make sure you know the facts.

We know that we haven’t had the best relationship with the agriculture industry in the past, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t and we can’t do better.  We are committed to listening to farmers and ranchers and in fact, our proposed rule takes their feedback into account.

The rule keeps intact all Clean Water Act exemptions and exclusions for agriculture that farmers count on. But it does more for farmers by actually expanding those exemptions. We worked with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to exempt 56 additional conservation practices. These practices are familiar to many farmers, who know their benefits to business, the land, and water resources.

Farmers and ranchers are on the land every day, and they are our nation’s original conservationists. The American agriculture economy is the envy of the world, and today’s farmers and ranchers are global business professionals—relying on up-to-the minute science to make decisions about when to plant, fertilize, and irrigate crops. To read full blog post, click here.

 

Changes to Clean Water Act Jurisdiction & the New Interpretive Rule

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, wrote a blog in March to summarize the new proposed rule. On April 24, she wrote a blog with updated information on the new proposed rule as well as its unexpected companion, the Interpretive Rule. 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.

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

 

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