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In the spring when snow melts, rain falls and rivers rise, natural floodplains are very important.  The floodplains provide a place for the large volume of flowing water to spread out so downstream towns and cities are not flooded.  Fish use these areas to spawn.  Rich nutrients and sediment spread out on the floodplain provide natural fertilizer which stimulates plant growth providing food, shelter and other important habitat functions for wildlife when the water retreats back into the main channel of the waterway.


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.

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Voluntary Wetland Restoration Handbook

Permits for Voluntary Wetland Restoration: A Handbook

ASWM – November 2013

Wetland managers -- whether conducting regulatory oversight, implementing restoration projects, or managing blocks of wetland on public or private lands -- are united in a common goal of maintaining and improving a key natural resource that provides tremendous benefits to the American people. While recognizing that these subsets of managers each have distinct roles and responsibilities, it is the common goal that brings us together to work cooperatively and efficiently.

This handbook has been prepared by the Association of State Wetland Managers with significant input from both wetland regulators and wetland restoration practitioners. Our goal is to assist those seeking regulatory approval in understanding the dredge and fill permit process, and to share the experience of regulatory agencies that have developed measures to streamline the process in an effective and positive way. We also seek to encourage understanding among regulatory agencies of the manner in which restoration practitioners undertake wetland restoration – based on the best available science, and tied to international, national, state, and regional wetland plans assembled by diverse partners. Of course, our ultimate goal is to encourage and support the voluntary restoration of wetland resources. To download Permits for Voluntary Wetland Restoration: A Handbook, click here.


Upcoming ASWM Webinars

Estelle Robichaux, Restoration Project Analyst, Mississippi River Delta Restoration TeamMonday, May 12, 2014

Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance:

Restoration of the Mississippi Delta in a Post-BP Oil Spill Environment – Estelle Robichaux: Restoration Project Analyst, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Team

For more information, click here.

Nate Herold, Physical Scientist, NOAA Coastal Services Center Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wetland Mapping Consortium:

Using Land Cover Change Data to Better Understand Wetland Trends – Nate Herold, Physical Scientist, NOAA Coastal Services Center

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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