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Field Trip To New Orleans, ASWM Staff and Friends

In Pursuit of Wetlands

On a recent trip to New Orleans ASWM staff and friends got a chance to visit wetlands on a circumnavigation (by car) of Lake Pontchartrain.  The impromptu field trip included stops at the St. Tammary, Big Branch Marsh and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuges as well as human populated communities including Mandeville, Manchac and the East Area of New Orleans.

Pictured here (left to right are: Rob Brooks, Jim Rives (driver and tour guide par excellence) Regina Poeske, Marla Stelk and Jeanne Christie.

To view past pictures of the week, click here.


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.

NFFA Webinar - 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 – 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

NFFA Webinar - September 8, 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

For more information, click here

NFFA Webinar - September 8, 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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