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 addition 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.
By Mark Schleifstein – NOAL.com The Times-Picayune – February 3, 2015
Major voluntary strategies used on Midwest farmland to curb fertilizers that feed the annual low oxygen "Dead Zone" in the Gulf of Mexico don't remove enough nutrients to succeed, according to a new, peer reviewed scientific study. But combining those strategies with new techniques, including strategically restoring wetlands in some Midwest locations, could reduce nitrogen runoff from farmlands by 45 percent, said the study published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. For full story, click here.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – March 24, 2015
EPA's Green Infrastructure Webcast Series on Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities will be held on March 24, 2015 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT. This webinar aims to showcase how green infrastructure practices and the many associated benefits can be effective in not only wetter climates, but also for those communities in arid and semi-arid regions around the nation that have different precipitation patterns and water demand challenges.
Session 1 — Rain Harvesting Green Infrastructure Strategies in Southern California
Neal Shapiro, Supervisor, Watershed Section, Office of Sustainability & the Environment, City of Santa Monica
Session 2 — Tucson's Conserve to Enhance and Living River Programs: Improving Urban River Corridors for People and Wildlife
Emily Brott, Development Officer, Sonoran Institute
For more information and to register, click here.
By Carol Rasmussen – NASA Global Climate Change – March 16, 2015
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, NASA and other research organizations have discovered two seafloor troughs that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica's largest and most rapidly thinning glacier. The discovery likely explains the glacier's extreme thinning and raises concern about its impact on sea level rise. For full story, click here.