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.

In odd twist, industry agrees to ban "microbeads"

CBS News – June 19, 2014

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Discovered only recently, they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption, scientists say. But instead of resisting, leading companies quickly collaborated on a ban that was enacted by the state legislature this spring. And with similar measures now pending in at least three other large states and in Congress, the extinction of microbeads is taking shape as one of the unlikeliest events in the politics of nature: A low-stress compromise by interest groups that are often at each other's throats. For full story, click here.

Experts foresee shortages as the nation's freshwater supply dwindles

By Robert Holly – Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting – June 23,2014

A federal survey of water managers revealed that – even under normal conditions – nearly every U.S. state will experience freshwater shortages sometime within the next decade. That could mean economic disaster for the farmers and agriculture producers who depend on water for irrigation, as the process of carrying water to dry areas consumes more water than anything else each year, according to researchers. For full story, click here.

Republican U.S. senators take aim at EPA proposed water rules

By Jim Hendricks – Albany Herald – June 23, 2014

Georgia’s U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss of Moultrie and Johnny Isakson of Marietta, have joined with 28 other Republican lawmakers to introduce legislation that would prevent the federal Environmental Protection Agency from expanding its authority over “nearly all private and state water in the United States.” The Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014 would prevent the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their rule proposed in March that the senators say would significantly expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.