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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.

Detroit treatment plants released 4.5B gallons of sewage into rivers
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:29

By Jim Lynch – The Detroit News – August 22, 2014

Metro Detroit treatment plants released about 4.5 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into local streams and rivers as a result of last week’s massive rainstorm, according to a preliminary report from the state Department of Environmental Quality. Of the nearly 9.8 billion gallons of sewage released on Aug. 11, about 46 percent of it was raw sewage, sewage diluted by excess storm water or partially treated sewage, DEQ official Laura Verona said Friday. For full story, click here.

CA: CA allocates vastly more water than supplies allow, study shows
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:27

By Matt Weiser – The Sacramento Bee – August 19, 2014

The state of California has handed out five times more water rights than nature can deliver, a new study by University of California researchers shows. California’s total freshwater runoff in an average year is about 70 million acre-feet, according to the study. But the state has handed out junior water rights totaling 370 million acre-feet. One acre-foot is enough to meet the needs of two average households for a year. For full story, click here.

DE: Wetlands created in Greenwood for flood reduction
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:24

Delaware Online – By Molly Murray – August 25, 2014 – Video

Cart Branch meanders through Greenwood – a lazy trickle of water on a dry summer afternoon – on its path to the Nanticoke River, and then Chesapeake Bay. But in heavy rain, thunderstorms and hurricanes, the branch quickly fills with water drained from the streets and parking lots of the small Sussex County town and then flooding can occur. Earlier this summer state and local officials worked together to create two wetland swales designed to reduce flooding and improve water quality going to Chesapeake Bay. For full story and to view video, click here.

CO: Volunteers help plant seeds for the Roaring Fork’s future
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:20

By Collin Szewczyk – Aspen Daily News – August 25, 2014

Lingering rain showers couldn’t dampen the spirits of about three dozen city workers and volunteers who turned out to plant native vegetation for the wetlands project in Rio Grande Park on Saturday morning. Aspen Parks and Recreation Department staff joined forces with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) and the Roaring Fork Conservancy to place plants, trees and riparian shrubs in the ground for the final manmade wetland in this multi-phase project, which is adjacent to the John Denver Sanctuary. For full story, click here.

Voice of the Wetlands Festival to showcase Louisiana acts
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:18

By Kate Mabry – Houma Today – August 22, 2014

The 11th annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival in October will exclusively feature Louisiana talent. “This year’s theme is all about native Louisiana sounds — zydeco, Cajun, Creole, jazz. All those genres come together and will play on two stages,” festival volunteer Jill Kettles said. Voice of the Wetlands organizers “wanted to celebrate the Louisiana culture, native sounds and the artists who came from them and bring them all together.” The free festival is expected to draw thousands of people from Oct. 10-12 to Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma, to enjoy local musicians such as festival founder Tab Benoit, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Kettles said. There also will be food and artwork. For more information on the Festival, click here.

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