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.

AFBF Bay Lawsuit (ACWA Weekly Wrap, Sept. 16)

September 13, 2013

On 9/13, a U.S. Dist. Court for the Middle Dist. of PA issued its decision in the AFBF challenge of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The Court rejected AFBF’s claims that EPA relied on flawed data in developing the TMDL and upheld the 2010 restoration plan, which involves the six Bay states & DC. To read more, click here.

Science Advisory Board Makes CWA Jurisdiction Science Review Available for Public Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s independent Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is requesting public comment on Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters. The report was developed by the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) to synthesize peer-reviewed scientific literature about the biological, chemical, and hydrologic connectivity of waters and the effects that small streams, wetlands, and open waters have on larger downstream waters such as rivers, lakes, estuaries, and oceans. The report is posted here. For more information, click here. Comments on the report may be submitted and reviewed using the e-Government website. From the site, select “Environmental Protection Agency” and the keyword “EPA-HQ-ORD-2011-0806" (for the docket ID) to comment on this report.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Send Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Rule to the Office of Management and Budget

On September 17 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a draft rule to clarify Clean Water Act Jurisdiction to the Office of Management and Budget for interagency review. The contents of a draft rule are not made public when it is going through interagency review. The purpose of the proposed rule is to clary current uncertainty about Clean Water Act Jurisdiction resulting from the Carabell/Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court decisions. For more information, click here and scroll down to the fifth paragraph beginning “In addition….”