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.

Phragmites: A Fluffy Path to Global Rule

By Dave Taft – The New York Times – September 5, 2014

The great reed (Phragmites australis) is a handsome plant, especially at this time of year, when it is plumed with a purple shock of flowers airily waving 15 feet above our heads. But the reed’s beauty is little consolation for its rampant invasion of wetlands. Once established, the plant withstands the efforts of well-intentioned Scout troops, zealous naturalists and park grounds staffs. Even chemical applications often prove to be only temporary fixes. Phragmites spread gradually at first, like wildfire thereafter. Phragmites (pronounced frag-MITE-ees) falls into a growing category of plants that have achieved an unfortunate global presence, and that ultimately must be tolerated — except in the protection of the most valued wetlands. For full story, click here.

Six Reasons to Consider Wetlands for Nitrate Removal

By Lynn Betts – Farm Futures – September 2, 2014

There was a time when farmers considered natural wetlands to be wasted land, since they couldn’t be farmed. That’s not the case anymore, with all the emphasis on nutrient reduction in water that leaves the farm. In fact, as farmers, conservationists, and concerned groups continue to look for ways to make water cleaner before it leaves the farm, they’re actually creating wetlands where they fit the landscape. For full story, click here

Webinar: Flood Risk and Aging Inland Waterway Infrastructure


AWRA – October 9, 2014

American Water Resources Association will hold a webinar on Flood Risk and Aging Inland Waterway Infrastructure on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Join water resources management visionaries Don Riley and Patrick McGinnis as they discuss flood risk and the aging infrastructure of inland waterways. Based on articles from the January 2014 "Future of Water Resources in the United States" issue of Water Resources IMPACT, this webinar will tap the years of experience and knowledge obtained by Riley and McGinnis. This webinar is also a prequel to three panels -- to be presented during AWRA's 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference, November 3-6 in Tyson's Corner, VA -- also based on the January 2014 IMPACT issue. For more information and to register, click here.