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
NATURAL FLOODPLAIN FUNCTIONS ALLIANCE WEBINAR
Improving the Quantity and Quality of Coastal Wetlands in the U.S. South Atlantic
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 3pm ET
- Kristine Cherry, Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA)
- Kim Matthews, RTI International
- Jason Doll, Moffatt & Nichol
Wetland Mapping Consortium (WMC) Webinar
Mapping Coastal Storm Surge Flooding and Marsh Structure
- Elijah Ramsey III, U.S. Geological Survey
- Amina Rangoonwala, U.S. Geological Survey
ASWM Soils Training Webinar Series
Soils Training Webinar #4: Using Field Observations of Soils Onsite in Decision Making
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 3pm ET
- John Galbraith, Associate Professor, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech
- Lee Daniels, Professor of Environmental Soil Science, Virginia Tech
- Dr. Bruce Vasilas, Professor of Agronomy and Soil Management in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware
For more information and to register, click here.
IMPROVING WETLAND RESTORATION SUCCESS PROJECT
Not Lost in Translation: How to Select the Right Wetland Restoration Team
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 3pm ET
- Lisa Cowan, PLA, ASLA, Principle, Studioverde
- John Bourgeois, Executive Project Manager, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
- Matt Schweisberg, Principal, Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC
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 Melissa Mullineaux, Summer Intern, ASWM
I have been seeing a lot of cases of water contamination in the news lately from around the country and even around the world. In Russia, on September 7th, there was a report that the Daldykan River near the city of Norilsk had turned a deep burgundy or blood red color. It was reported by some residents who posted pictures of the river on their social media accounts; one in particular can be seen in the picture below. Sources were saying that residents were blaming a leaky slurry pipeline of the Norilsk Nickel plant located close to the river that may have been expelling a chemical pollution into the water. (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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