|WBN: April 30, 2012|
Dear friends and colleagues,
In preparing for a conservation commission meeting, I have been learning more about the tar sands pipelines and the potential impacts they have on water resources. Previously, I had heard about the oil spill on the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in 2010 but I did not know much about the other proposed projects for different parts of the country. Lately there has been some press about a New England proposal for an Enbridge pipeline project; I read a NWF blog postthis month and came across a number of useful background documents on state, regional and national issues related to tar sands pipelines on the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s website. Also this month, the NWF published a report, “After the Marshall Spill: Oil Pipelines in the Great Lakes Region,” featured in this issue of WBN. In addition, I blogged about the Gulf oil spill wetlands restoration efforts underway—two years since the B.P. spill, in last week’s Strange Wetlands.
ASWM and the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies published a joint paper, Reducing Climate Change Impacts and Promoting Fish and Wildlife: Findings and Recommendations for Biological Carbons Storage and Sequestering, featured in this issue of WBN.
May is American Wetlands Month! The Association of State Wetland Managers supports wetlandkeepers in all facets of their work in the complex and rewarding field of wetlands science, management and policy. ASWM launched its Wetlandkeepers campaign to build capacity in three of its core program areas: wetlands and climate change, supporting wetland programs and protecting watersheds. To learn more about American Wetlands Month, click here. To learn more about ASWM’s Wetlandkeepers initiative, click here.
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2012 Senate Farm Bill Does More Harm Than Good
Contact: Don Carr – Environmental Working Group – April 20, 2012
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and ASWM – March 2011
EPA’s Draft National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change
The draft 2012 Strategy describes how EPA’s water-related programs plan to address the impacts of climate change and provides long-term visions, goals and strategic actions for the management of sustainable water resources for future generations. The 2012 Strategy, which builds upon EPA's first climate change and water strategy released in 2008, focuses on five key areas: infrastructure, watersheds and wetlands, coastal and ocean waters, water quality, and working with Tribes. It also describes geographically-based strategic issues and actions. To read or submit a comment on the draft “National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change,” please visit: http://epa.gov/water/climatechange.
A Degraded Gulf of Mexico: Wildlife & Wetlands 2 Years Into the Disaster
By National Wildlife Federation – April 2012
Prairie wetlands vulnerable to climate change
By the Canadian Press – CTV (CAN) – April 2012
Senate Farm Bill 2012 Draft; Policy Issues
By Keith Good – Farm Policy – April 23, 2012
Will House Agriculture Committee rectify Senate farm bill flaws?
By David Bennett – Delta Farm Press – April 30, 2012
Senate Bill Pushes for Wetlands Conservation Act Reauthorization
Florida Sportsman Newswire – April 2, 2012
KS: Summit Focuses on Getting word out about Kansas nature, wetlands
By Michael Pearce – Kansas City Star – April 29, 2012
VA: Norfolk, Virginia's Rising Sea Levels And Sinking Ground Pose A Community Challenge (VIDEO)
By James Gerken – The Huffington Post – April 28, 2012
MI: After The Marshall Spill: Pipelines in The Great Lakes Region
By Sara Gosman – National Wildlife Federation – April 27, 2012
LA: 86% of LA Voters Support Adoption of 2012 Coastal Master Plan
MarketWatch – April 3, 2012
MN: Environmental groups say bill would weaken wetlands protections
By Dennis Lien – TwinCities – April 3, 2012
NY: DEC Proposes Tidal Wetlands Doc. for Installing Catwalks & Docks
By New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – ReadMedia – April 12, 2012
CA: EPA pollution reduction plan includes 600-acre ecological reserve
By Gary Walker – The Argonaut
WA: Washington State Integrated Climate Change Response Strategy
News Release – Washington Department of Ecology – April 3, 2012
WA: Ecology Final Compensatory Mitigation Report
By Tom Hruby – WA Department of Ecology – March 2012
RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS
10 Fundamental Questions about the Mississippi River Delta
By the Mississippi River Delta Science & Engineering Special Team – National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund & National Wildlife Federation – April 2012
New EPA Website on Climate Change and Water
Climate change is changing our assumptions about water resources. As climate change warms the atmosphere and alters the hydrological cycle, we will continue to witness changes to the amount, timing, form, and intensity of precipitation and the flow of water in watersheds, as well as the quality of aquatic and marine environments. These changes are also likely to affect the programs designed to protect the quality of water resources and public health and safety. To view webpage, click here.
Troubled Waters: Farm pollution threatens drinking water
By Environmental Working Group – April 12, 2012
What's the latest with the oil spill since 200M gallons spewed into the Gulf?
By Associated Press – The Washington Post – April 19, 2012
Loss of world's largest wetland could tip ocean balance
By Cheryl Katz – The Daily Climate – April 17, 2102
Two Years After Spill, Disgusting BP Oil Contaminates 'Cleaned' Marshes
By Brad Johnson – Think Progress Green – March 30, 2012
MEETINGS AND TRAINING
Webinar: Using the New Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS)
Webinar to be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Presenter(s): Mark Finkbeiner, NOAA Coastal Services Center
Webinar: EPA Draft 2012 Strategy
EPA released the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" on April 2, 2012 for a 45-day public comment period. As part of ongoing efforts to continue the public outreach process, EPA is hosting a web-based conference on May 3, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT. This web conference will provide an opportunity to pose clarifying questions to EPA on aspects of the Draft 2012 Strategy document prior to the end of the public comment period on May 17, 2012. For more information and how to register, click here.
Rutgers University Wetland Courses
Rutgers University is offering a number of wetland training courses where you will develop new skills through classroom lessons and hands-on field exercises taught by wetland experts. Courses include Hydrology of Wetlands, May 4, 2012; Freshwater Wetlands, May 23, 2012; Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation – North, May 31-June 1, 2012; Methodology for Delineating Wetlands, June 13-16 or October 24-27, 2012; Introduction to Wetland Identification, June 14 or October 25, 2012; Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation – South, September 20-21, 2012. For more information, click here.
Wetlands Restoration and the 2012 Farm Bill
Freshwater Future's Spring 2012 Climate Symposia
May 10-11, 2012. Freshwater Future's will hold their Spring 2012 Climate Symposium at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Buffalo, New York. Topics being discussed are what is climate adaptation and why should we care; how climate change impacts your environmental work; what other groups around the Great Lakes and the country are doing to adapt to climate change; and how Freshwater Future's Climate Grants program can help your community. For more information, click here. Registration deadline is April 20, 2012.
Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement Course
May 14-15, 2012. Duncan & Duncan will hold the Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement-Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain course in Charleston, South Carolina. The course is designed for delineators with experience in the 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual and will concentrate on the two Regional Supplements that cover the Southeast: the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, and the Eastern Mountains / Piedmont. The course will familiarize participants with the material contained in one of the two new Regional Supplements for the Southeast and will point out the changes to identifying and documenting wetland vegetation, hydric soils, wetland hydrology, and the newly approved wetland data forms. For more information, click here. For a complete list of their upcoming courses, click here.
Basic Wetland Delineation Course
May 14-18 and September 10-14, 2012. Environmental Concern is offering this course on Basic Wetland Delineation to be held in St. Michaels, Maryland. Students and professionals just entering the field of wetland science, as well as those needing a review, should attend this 4.5 day (36-hour) course on the 1987 Corps of Engineers wetland delineation method. The course covers the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulations, updated regulation changes, and individual wetland parameters of vegetation, soils, and hydrology. Space is limited. For more information and to register, click here.
Conservation Management and Climate Change in Southern California Workshop
May 22, 2012. This Habitat Conservation Plan workshop will be held at the UCR Palm Desert Center in Palm Desert, California and co-sponsored by UCR Center for Conservation Biology and UC Cooperative Extension, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The objectives of this workshop will be to extend scientific information on climate change implications for local conservation to managers and regulators; to learn from regional land managers what their climate change management plans are; to discuss ways that recent scientific findings can be incorporated into monitoring, data management, and land management plans, and to keep current and future managers abreast of recent findings through outreach programs.For more information, click here.
Water Management and Wetland Restoration Training Course
The 2012 Water Management and Wetland Restoration Training Course will be held on June 5-7, 2012 and hosted at the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus, in Kemptville, Ontario. This three-day course has both classroom and field components. Mornings are spent in the classroom learning concepts & principles of wetland restoration. Afternoons are spent in the field travelling by coach using it as a moveable classroom. Participants will learn to recognize potential wetland and riparian restoration sites and to identify opportunities to enhance water conservation and treatment using natural heritage features. Successes and failures in water resource management and wetland restoration are presented and discussed. Participants engage in group learning, carrying out field exercises, making presentations and participating in discussions. Cost of course including materials, accommodations, meals and travel is $1200 plus taxes before May 4, 2012 or $1500 plus taxes after May 4, 2012. For more information, click here.
ACOE and Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
June 11-14, 2012. Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. is offering this Wetland Delineation Training course to be held at the Comfort Suites in Boise, Idaho. This training has been based in part on the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual Technical Report Y-87-1 (1987 manual), as provided for in the training materials developed in conjunction with Section 307(e) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 for the Wetland Delineator Certification Program. For more information, click here. For other dates, click here.
14th Annual Oregon Wetlands & Aquatic Resources
June 14-15, 2012. The Seminar Group will hold the 14th Annual Oregon Wetlands & Aquatic Resources seminar to be held at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon. This seminar will inform attorneys, developers, regulatory staff and project managers in the public and private sectors of new directions in key regulatory programs in Oregon administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, DSL, DEQ and other regulatory agencies and provide the practitioner with the tools essential to a successful permit review. For more information, click here.
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
June 19-21, 2012. This course on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment is offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is based on the January 2011 publication Scanning the Conservation Horizon - A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. The course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it will provide guidance in identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable. Vulnerability Assessments are a critical tool in undertaking any climate change planning or implementation. Registration is open to all applicants through the FWS’s National Conservation Training Center, click here.
Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands
June 25-28, 2012. The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. is offering the Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands course in Ashtabula, Ohio. This course covers critical elements for construction and restoration of wetlands. Also offered on July 9-12, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania and on July 23-26, 2012 in Gainesville, Virginia. For more information, click here. For a list of other course, click here.
NC State University Assessment & Identification of Riparian Vegetation Workshop
The North Carolina State University (NCSU) will hold River Course 131: Assessment and Identification of Riparian Vegetation workshop on July 26-27, 2012 at the NCSU Centennial Campus, Research Building IV in Raleigh, North Carolina. This two-day course will introduce students to vegetation assessment of riparian areas along streams that will potentially be restored. Existing riparian condition will be examined and discussed in both classroom and field settings. Topics will include stream bank stability from a vegetative perspective, evaluation of current plant inventory, invasive vegetation issues, and potential planting constraints. Identification of common riparian plants of North Carolina will also be discussed during field sessions. Students will be given handouts with information on how to identify individual riparian plants. For more information, click here.
Ecosystem Services Partnership 5th Annual Conference
July 31, 2012-August 4, 2012. The theme for the 5th Annual Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference is Linking Science, Policy, and Participation for Sustainable Human Well-Being which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Portland, Oregon. It will be divided into three sections: science: quantifying, mapping, modeling and valuing ES; policy: institutions, governance & management of ES; and participation: communicating, coordinating, and implementing ES. Abstract deadline is April 15, 2012. For more information, click here.
7th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference
August 22-24, 2012. The 7th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia. Over the three-day period, this Conference will host an elite group of environmental professionals seeking to exchange knowledge and share ideas around environmental concerns in Georgia. For more information, click here.
Great Lakes Week 2012
September 10-14, 2012. Great Lakes Week will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. The Great Lakes provide jobs, recreation and drinking water to more than 30 million people. Great Lakes Week represents a partnership to improve the places around the region where people live, work, learn and play. It is the most wide-ranging summit on Great Lakes restoration issues, featuring the annual meetings and conferences of organizations across the region in one place.
For more information, click here.
Natural Channel Design Review Checklist Workshop
September 17-21, 2012. Stream Mechanics will hold the Natural Channel Design Review Checklist Workshop at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center in Houston, Texas. This course provides participants with training on how to use the Natural Channel Design Review Checklist. The course starts with an overview of stream processes, channel stability and function, restoration potential, and natural channel design techniques. Exercises are used to reinforce the concepts. From there, the participants are introduced to the Checklist and use it to review two case studies. A field trip is taken to demonstrate measurement techniques and to critique a local restoration project. Participants will leave the workshop prepared to apply the Checklist to future designs submitted for their review, or as an aid to help determine the tasks required to complete a natural channel design. For more information, click here.
3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference
October 1-2, 2012. The Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference will be held at the Boise Centre in Boise, Idaho on October 1-2, 2012. This conference will provide an annual forum to exchange scientific results and policy and management options related to climate change and climate impacts research focused on the Pacific Northwest. Call for special session proposals due by May 15, 2012. For more information, click here.
Precarious Alliance Symposium-Call for Proposals
October 11-12, 2012. The Delaware Valley College will host their second Precarious Alliance Symposium: The Ethics of Water—everything flows from here, October 11-12, 2012 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Call for Proposal deadline is June 15, 2012. This interdisciplinary symposium aims to bring together academics, educators, business leaders, environmental designers, policy makers, environmental advocates, planners, engineers, attorneys and farmers to discuss issues of sustainability and regeneration. The 2012 event explores the ethics of water, looking at the uses and abuses of water systems, technology to improve our stewardship of those water supplies, as well as our relationship to this life sustaining resource. How can we meet our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations and other non-human communities to meet their own needs? For more information, click here.
NCSU 2012 Southeast Regional Stram Restoratin Confernce
October 15-18, 2012. The North Carolina State University will hold Stream Restoration the Southeast: Innovations for Ecology to be held at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina. Call for abstract deadline is June 30, 2012. This biennial conference provides an opportunity for natural resource professionals to share ideas and lessons learned in stream restoration planning, design, construction, and evaluation. The conference will include presentations, discussions, exhibits, networking opportunities and tours of local ecosystem restoration projects. Scientists and practitioners are encouraged to share experiences, network with colleagues, and become involved in shaping the future of stream restoration in the Southeast. For more information, click here.
2012 Water and Health Conference
October 29-November 2, 2012. The 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation will be held at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Jointly organized by the Institute for the Environment and the Water Institute at UNC, will consider drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. Call for abstracts and side event proposals deadline is April 30, 2012. For more information, click here.
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The Association of State Wetland Managers' Wetland Breaking News is a monthly e-newsletter. Wetland Breaking News is an edited compilation of wetland-related stories and announcements submitted by readers and gleaned from listservs, press releases and news sources from throughout the United States. The e-newsletter features legislative, national and state news relevant to wetland science and policy, wetland regulations and legal analysis of Supreme court cases; it also links to new publications and resources available to wetland professionals as well as events and training opportunities for those working in water resources and related fields. Wetland Breaking News has been published for over ten years and ASWM has been a think-tank and source for wetland science and policy news and discussion for over 25 years.
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