Nominate a Wetlands Hero for the 28th Annual Awards
Now is the time to recognize the work of a wetlands advocate in your community! Individuals may be nominated in the following categories:
- Conservation & Restoration
- Education & Outreach
- Landowner Stewardship
- Science Research
- State, Tribal, and Local Program Development
- Wetlands Community Leader
To learn more, please go here.
Upcoming ASWM Webinars
HOT TOPICS WEBINAR
Wetlands & Climate Change: A Summary of Current Wetland Scientific Findings
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. EST
- Gillian Davies, Senior Ecological Scientist, BSC Group, Inc. and President, Society of Wetland Scientists
WETLAND MAPPING CONSORTIUM WEBINAR
Maps of Potential Wetland Extent for Selected Streams in Indiana
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 3:00 pm ET
- Kathleen Fowler, U.S. Geological Survey
For more information and to register, click here.
IMPROVING WETLAND RESTORATION SUCCESS PROJECT
Long-term Management & Legal Protections for Voluntary Restoration
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 3pm ET
- Ellen Fred, Esq., Conservation Partners
- Ted LaGrange, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
- Jeff Williams, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Andrew James, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Kathleen Fowler, U.S. Geological Survey
MEMBERS' WETLAND WEBINAR
Innovations in State Buffer Management
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. ET
- Trish Garrigan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Kimberly Roth, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)
- Tom Gile, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
For a complete list of ASWM Webinars, click here.
New ASWM Publications
Government Liability and Climate Change: Selected Issues for Wetland and Floodplain Managers
There is broad scientific consensus that climate change is occurring. Most scientists agree that this change will, in some instances, cause substantial increases in sea level, ground water levels and the levels of inland lakes, rivers and streams and other inland water bodies. They broadly agree that this will increase not only the depth of flooding on both public and private lands but also the duration of flooding and associated erosion. Governments may increase flood damages by failing to anticipate climate change (e.g., failing to elevate houses) in their programs and policies. This paper by Dr. Jon Kusler, Esq. is one of several designed to help government wetland and floodplain managers understand their potential legal liability for failing to consider climate change in their programs or for incorporating strengthened flood loss reduction standards reflecting climate change in their zoning, building codes, subdivision and other regulations. To download this report, click here.
The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) published a report in 2014 on the valuation of ecosystem services as an advantageous method for the promotion of wetland restoration. As a continuation to this effort, in 2015 we conducted an extensive review of existing decision support tools suitable for the valuation of ecosystem services for wetland restoration. This report describes six tools that maintain “off-the-shelf” capability and currently demonstrate the greatest potential for widespread dissemination and use. To download this report, click here.
Wetland Mapping Training Webinar Recordings Available for Free Download
The Wetland Mapping Consortium is pleased to offer six wetland mapping training webinars that are available for free download from the Association of State Wetland Managers website. The six topics include:
- Mapping Standards & Requirements
- Wetlands Spatial Data 101: How to Access Data on NWI Mapper and Other Resources
- From Fen to Floodplain: Steps in a Successful Landscape Level Wetland Inventory in Northeastern New Mexico
- NWI Standards & Dataset: A Cornerstone for Decision-Support
- Changes in the FGDC Wetland Classification Standard - Cowardin 2.0
- Updated Data Collection Procedures and Requirements for Meeting FGDC Wetland Mapping Standards
For more information about each training webinar and to download the recordings, please click here.
Recent Blog Post
By Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, ASWM
A week ago I had a long wait in a hospital room at Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Mass General Hospital in Boston while my nine-year old son was having a big operation. I am pleased to say that this first of several operations went extraordinarily well and they truly have some of the best surgeons in the world at Mass Eye and Ear. While I was waiting, I brendasson1was able to take in the view from the 10th floor of the hospital and see Boston in all its glory — the Golden Dome of the state house, the tall buildings of downtown, and Beacon Hill. When we went up to the cafeteria, we could see a significant length of the Charles River, extending as far as the eye could see from the Museum of Science up to Harvard. As I took in the impressive urban vista, I noticed that something important had changed since I last lived in Boston in the 1990’s as Master’s student studying International Environmental Resource Management at Boston University and later as a professional working on environmental and health issues in the city. (Continued)
ASWM's #1 Most Popular Webinar Series
“Improving Wetland Restoration Success” has become ASWM’s most popular webinar series. This series was launched in September, 2014 with its first webinar about performance standards, titled “How Restoration Outcomes and Described, Judged and Explained.” Monthly webinars have covered topics relating to restoration of specific wetland types as well as how to address systemic problems such as invasive species and climate change. The webinar series will continue through 2016 as we explore what actions can be taken to raise the bar on wetland restoration policy, practice and regulation.
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