News

ASWM has been a valuable source for wetland-related news for over 10 years. It publishes the monthly "Wetland Breaking News," which is widely read as a national publication. News items are also posted under major topic categories, for example, climate change, Gulf oil spill, state wetland program news and job postings. These can be found in the drop-down menu below "News," or select a news topic from the list below, then select a news article to read. In Wetland Breaking Newsaddition to publishing WBN, the Association also offers original content with announcements, legal analysis, quirky wetland stories and more on its weekly blog, The Compleat Wetlander.

Unanimous Supreme Court Ruling, But Still No House For ID Couple

By Jessica Robinson – NW News Network – October 2, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to begin its new term next Monday – that is, if the federal government shutdown ends by then. When the justices do return, they’ll likely continue a pattern of closely divided rulings. But every once in a while, decisions from the highest court in the land are unanimous. That happened last year, when the justices ruled in favor of an Idaho couple challenging federal environmental regulations. But it turns out that the ruling hasn’t solved their problems. Nor has it had the big policy impact that was predicted. For full story, click here.

How States Can Minimize the Impact of Power Plants on Aquatic Life

Grace Communications Foundation

The power industry uses more water than any other sector of the US economy. Nearly all of this water is used for once-through cooling, an outdated process that uses enormous volumes of water and discharges it back into the environment at an alarmingly elevated temperature. In the process those cooling systems kill and injure much of the aquatic life near the intake pipe and the heated discharge water alters surrounding ecosystems, compounding the damage.

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Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards

USGS

The United States Geological Survey has released three reports (Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Gulf of Mexico) as part of the “National Assessment of Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards” that compare hurricane-induced water levels to beach and dune elevations to determine the probabilities of coastal change. An online mapping tool allows users to focus on a specific storm category and see the predicted coastal change. Data and metadata downloads are also available here.