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.

Federal judge rejects BP's request for repayment on oil spill claims

By Jennifer Larino – NOLA.com The Times-Picayune – September 24, 2014

A federal judge Wednesday (Sept. 24) ruled that BP has no right to recover more than $185 million the company says was overpaid to claimants under its oil spill settlement. BP said it plans to appeal the decision. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said the settlement BP agreed to makes it clear the British oil giant cannot claw back payments, even if the terms change as a result of future court rulings. BP sought repayment - plus interest - after a May court order approved a change in accounting rules for how oil spill losses were calculated under the settlement. For full story, click here.

EPA Watershed Academy Webcast, October 29, 2014

EPA – October 29, 2014

Join EPA for a webcast on climate resilience – the capacity of an individual, community, or institution to dynamically and effectively respond to shifting climate impacts while continuing to function at an acceptable level. The webcast will beheld on October 29, 2014 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET.This webcast will share findings from the most recent National Climate Assessment report concerning climate change and water resources. It will also discuss a new resource from EPA to help communities prepare for climate change impacts. The workbook Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans helps users to create a vulnerability assessment and identify adaptation actions to address their vulnerabilities. The webcast will highlight how the workbook has been used in a pilot project with the San Juan Bay Estuary program. Take home messages from the Webcast include: climate impacts on U.S. water resources, risk-based adaptation planning and decision-making tools and lessons learned from the pilot project. For more information and to register, click here.

Deforestation not always bad news for wetlands

The University of Queensland News – November 17, 2014

Deforestation is both a boon and a bane for wetlands, according to new research by The University of Queensland. The study found that human impacts on the environment, such as deforestation, do not always have negative consequences, and can provide positive outcomes for biodiversity. Study author Dr Craig Woodward, from UQ’sSchool of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, said many wetlands of international importance were formed or expanded in response to human clearance of forests. “We found that deforestation can significantly increase the amount of water flowing into wetlands and can even create new wetlands,” he said. “In the past, wetland managers have focused mainly on how deforestation has increased catchment erosion and the transport of sediment and nutrients into wetlands. For full story, click here.