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.

Big El Niño Coming?

Living on Earth – April 4, 2014 – Video

Conditions in the western Pacific Ocean point to an unusually intense El Niño weather pattern for 2014/15. Climate scientist Kevin Trenberth tells host Steve Curwood that the last extreme El Niño event in 1997/98 coincided with drought in Australia and Africa, severe ice storms in Northeastern North America, and the Pacific Ocean’s most active hurricane year on record. To view video and to read the transcript, click here.

New Federal Report Highlights Job Creation and Economic Impact of Habitat Restoration and Conservation Efforts

Contact: K. Diane Hoskins – Restore America's Estuaries –  April 22, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a new economic analysis highlighting the impact of coastal and private lands restoration on local economies. The analysis, Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Project to Local U.S. Economies, documents how federal investments in local restoration projects stimulate local economies by creating jobs, supporting local businesses, and supporting local tax revenues. Restore America’s Estuaries joins this announcement by releasing a highly visual executive summary of the analysis, Coastal Restoration Returns. For full press release, click here.

EPA and Corps Clarify Protection for Nation's Streams and Wetlands

Contact: Julia Q. Oriz– EPA – March 25, 2014

Agriculture’s Exemptions and Exclusions from Clean Water Act Expanded by Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule. For full news release, click here.