Wetland Breaking News: May 2015

                   
   
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Wetland Breaking New: May 2015

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EDITOR'S NOTEWetland Breaking News: May 2015

Water, Water, Every Where, Nor Any Drop to Drink

We live in a very interesting time. On one hand, we are experiencing extreme precipitation events that are producing massive amounts of rainfall and thereby causing devastating floods in the country’s interior. Sea levels are rising and hurricanes are increasing in intensity, causing damaging floods along our coasts. And yet, at the same time, the western states are facing reduced snowpack, severe droughts and wildfires. Our inland water bodies are suffering from algal blooms. So some states are challenged by diminishing water supplies, and in the states where we have an abundance of water, there are threats to the quality of existing supplies.

In this issue of Wetland Breaking News, Duke Energy in North Carolina, the country’s largest electricity company, pled guilty to violating the Clean Water Act and contaminating clean drinking water wells with toxic heavy metals from coal ash. They are supplying residents with bottled water until it gets cleaned up – and it is not their first incident. Just last year they spilled 82,000 gallons of ash into the Dan River. In West Virginia last year, Freedom Industries had a disastrous chemical spill in Elk River just upstream from a drinking water intake that serves 300,000 people. And in Toledo, Ohio last year there were drinking water bans due to toxic levels of microcystin produced by algal blooms around Western Lake Erie due primarily to agricultural practices. Even water that goes through water treatment plants has been found to contain pharmaceuticals. And these are just the clean water crises that made the biggest headlines.

According to the Groundwater Foundation, more than 50% of the people in the U.S. rely on groundwater for their drinking water supply. And according to American Rivers, 65% of people in the U.S. get their drinking water from rivers and streams. As the ancient mariner in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem lamented, “water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” Unlike the Ancient Mariner, we have the opportunity to sustain and improve the quality and quantity of the Nation’s water if we work together.

Best regards,

Marla J. Stelk, Editor
Wetland Breaking News

 

     
                   

Wetland Breaking News - May 2015

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Senate Held a Hearing on S. 1140, The Federal Water Quality Protection Act

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works – May 19, 2015
On Tuesday, May 19 Senate Environment and Public Works held a hearing on Senate Bill 1140, The Federal Water Quality Protection Act. This legislation would dramatically reduce the current scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction. A video recording of the hearing as well as written testimony can be found here.

House passes bill to stop EPA water Rule

By Timothy Cama and Cristina Marcos – The Hill – May 12, 2015
The House voted Tuesday to overturn an Obama administration rule aimed at redefining which streams, ponds, wetlands and other waterways are under its jurisdiction. Passage of the legislation, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Secretary of the Army to withdraw the proposed regulation within 30 days and craft a new one, fell largely along party lines by a vote of 261-155. The “waters of the United States” rule, which the EPA plans to make final this spring, has led to charges the administration is dramatically expanding its powers over water and would regulate puddles, decorative ponds, ditches and dry creekbeds. For full blog post, click here.

Their View: Congress needs to uphold intent of clean water laws

By Ed Zygmunt – Centre Daily Times – May 7, 2105
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are close to finalizing a rule clarifying longstanding Clean Water Act protections for many streams, wetlands, and other waterways important to fish and wildlife, our communities, and our economy. For full story, click here.

Senators to introduce bill to halt Waters of the US rule

By April Baumgarten – The Dickinson Press – April 30, 2015
U.S. senators will introduce a bill today that would send the controversial Waters of the U.S. proposal back to the Environmental Protection Agency, but the White House has threatened to veto the legislation. Bill co-sponsor Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is holding a press conference this morning at the U.S. Capitol with other senators on the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which would require EPA to withdraw the proposal and consult states, farmers and ranchers affected by the rule, also known as WOTUS. For full story, click here.

More Ominous News on Wetlands Losses from Sea Level Rise

Wetlands Watch – April 17, 2015
The Center for Coastal Resources Management at VIMS got some funding to do a tidal wetlands marsh inventory on the York River. Due to Virginia’s negligence, the old tidal marsh inventory is over 30 years old, so this inventory was long overdue. For full blog post, click here.

Political, bureaucratic brawls threaten restoration hopes

Annie Snider – E&E Publishing, LLC – April 17, 2015
Five years ago, the massive, 87-day Deepwater Horizon oil spill dealt a major blow to the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and the economies that rely on it, smothering wildlife, shutting down commercial fisheries and emptying beaches from Texas to Florida. Now, in a twist of fate, that disaster is offering an unprecedented opportunity to repair long-standing problems that had the ecosystem in a downward spiral even before the spill. Thanks to a rare congressional compromise and the creative work of federal lawyers, billions of dollars' worth of penalty money stemming from the 2010 spill is being routed to ecological and economic restoration efforts across the five Gulf states. For full story, click here.

Forest garden bearing fruit as both food producer, water filter

By Whitney Pipkin – Bay Journal – April 15, 2015
To reach the patch of land he manages near Bowie, MD, Lincoln Smith crosses a cul-de-sac and a soggy cornfield left bare in winter but for the tender shoots of a cover crop. This is what most food-growing fields in the Chesapeake Bay watershed look like in late winter, he noted as he slushed through the mud during a recent visit. But, in the field next door, Smith and his business partner, Benjamin Friton, are growing an alternative. “This is a forest garden,” Smith said as he stepped inside a towering fence that separates this field from the other and protects burgeoning plants from the region’s ravenous deer. For full story, click here.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces over $21 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – March 19, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced over $21 million will be provided to 25 projects in 13 coastal and Great Lakes states to protect, restore or enhance more than 11,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups and other partners will contribute over $35 million in additional funds to these projects, which include acquiring, restoring or enhancing coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to provide long-term conservation benefits to fish and wildlife and their habitats. For full story, click here.

American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands – May 27, 2015

American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 2:00-4:00 p.m EDT. The webinar will be co-hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Wetland Managers. Presenters will include Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, Chief of Biodiversity, U.S. Department of State; Roy C. Gardner, Chair, Ramsar Scientific and technical Review Panel; William J. Mitsch, Chair, US National Ramsar Committee; Chris Rostron, Head, Wetlands Link International/Member, Ramsar CEPA Oversight Panel; Linda Friar, Chief of Public Affiars, Everglades National Park, Florida; Nathalie Bays, Manager of Interpretive Center Operations, Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba and a US Ramsar Site Manager. For more information and to register, click here.

ASFPM Annual National Conference in Atlanta, GA May 31 June 5, 2015

NFFA Meeting: 4:00pm–5:30pm – Wednesday, June 3, 2015
(Note: there will not be a June webinar or conference call – this is an opportunity for NFFA members to meet in person at the ASFPM conference.) For more information and to register for the ASFPM conference, click here.

ASWM’s Wetland Restoration Webinar: Riverine/Riparian Wetland Restoration – June 9, 2015

Wetland Restoration Webinar: Riverine/Riparian Wetland Restoration will be held on June 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Presented by Richard Weber, NRCS Wetland Team, CNTSC and Larry Urban, Montana Department of Transportation. For more information and to register, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News - May 2015

NATIONAL NEWS

New Reports Show Alarming Trend of Wetland Losses in the World

By Bill Mitsch – Linkedin –May 19, 2015
In a report just issued for discussion at a global wetland meeting scheduled for early June in Uruguay, Gardner et al. (2015) gave an astonishing fact that global wetlands are estimated to have declined by 64 to 71 % in the 20th century alone and that this degradation rate continues. As pointed out in our most recent edition of the book “Wetlands, 5th ed.” (Mitsch and Gosselink, 2015): “The rate at which wetlands are being lost on a global scale is only now becoming clear, in part with the use of new technologies associated with satellite imagery. But there are still many vast areas of wetlands where accurate records have not been kept, and many wetlands in the world were drained centuries ago…It is probably safe to assume that (1) we are still losing wetlands at a fairly rapid rate globally, particularly in developing countries; and (2) we have lost half or more of the world’s original wetlands.” For full story, click here.

Migratory Birds Get $3.8 Million Boost Feds

The Birding Wire – May 13, 2015
Migratory birds throughout the Western Hemisphere will benefit from $3.8 million in grants for 27 collaborative conservation projects across the Americas, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced May 11.The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants will leverage the Service's investment with $14.6 million in additional private funds—a nearly 4-to-1 match. The projects will conserve migratory bird habitat across the Americas, stimulate critical research into declining bird populations, and strengthen international relations, raising awareness of the importance of bird conservation. For full story, click here.

USDA Announces $235 Million Available for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships

USDA – May 6, 2015
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). For full news release, click here.

EPA sets rules to protect from drinking water toxins

By Jim Lynch – The Detroit News – May 6, 2015
With harmful algal blooms an increasing problem, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new set of health advisory rules to help communities protect residents from drinking water toxins. It's a move officials hope benefit communities, such as those in Michigan and Ohio, that were forced to go without water for two days last summer due to algae in Lake Erie. For full story, click here.

Clean Water Act loophole corresponds to loss of wetland

Contact: Alexandra Fields or John Rumpler – Environment America– April 29, 2015
A loophole in the Clean Water Act is correlating with a dramatic turn in loss of wetlands, putting communities at risk from damaging floods, a new report says. The Environment America Research & Policy Center analysis, Shelter from the Storm, comes as U.S. House leaders plan two floor votes on measures that would block the Obama administration’s plan to restore protections to millions of acres of wetlands.For full story, click here.

Population of North American sage-grouse sharply declining: study

By Alex Dobuzinskis – Planet Ark – April 27, 2015
The number of breeding males in the greater sage-grouse population of the United States and part of Canada has declined by 56 percent in recent years, in a sign of trouble for the ground-dwelling bird, a study released on Friday showed. The study from the Pew Charitable Trusts comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepares to make a decision before the end of September on whether the bird should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. For full story, click here.

USDA Extends Comment Period for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Interim Rule

USDA News Release – April 29, 2015
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will extend the deadline to provide public comment on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program’s (ACEP) interim rule until May 28, 2015. “We extended the comment period for the ACEP rule to give our partners, landowners and the public additional time to comment on a rule that will be used to implement USDA’s premier conservation easement program on private agricultural lands,” Weller said. ACEP is designed to help landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The 2014 Farm Bill consolidated three previous conservation easement programs into ACEP to make it easier for diverse agricultural landowners to fully benefit from conservation initiatives. For full news release, click here.

Can the Chesapeake Bay (and its Signature Blue Crabs) Recover?

By Jon Roach and NBC News – NBC News – April 26, 2015
Blue crab season in the Chesapeake Bay is just around the corner. To fill his coffers between now and then, third-generation Virginia waterman J.C. Hudgins is fishing for menhaden, a type of fish used for bait. What he's seen in recent days comes as good news: clear water to a depth of eight feet. "Ten years past, you couldn't do that," he said. "And so you know the water quality has improved considerably." For full story, click here.

GOP attempts to skirt earmarks for water projects running aground

By Annie Snider – E&E Publishing, LLC – April 24, 2015
One of congressional Republicans' major attempts to regain a say over water resources projects while maintaining their self-imposed earmark ban may have hit a brick wall. Under the ban, lawmakers haven't been able to name an individual project in legislation authorizing or funding lock, dam, levee and ports projects unless that project has already been proposed to Congress by the White House. For full story, click here.

DOI, EPA, NOAA announce Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative to prepare natural resources for climate change

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – April 21, 2015
The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships across the country where Federal agencies will focus efforts with partners to conserve and restore important lands and waters and make them more resilient to a changing climate. Building on existing collaborations, these Resilient Lands and Waters partnerships – located in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region – will help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges. They will also showcase the benefits of landscape-scale management approaches and help enhance the carbon storage capacity of these natural areas. For full story, click here.

U.S. sued to curb deaths of sea turtles by shrimping industry

By Barbara Liston – Planet Ark – April 16, 2015
Environmentalists seeking to curb the deaths of an estimated 53,000 sea turtles each year from getting caught in commercial shrimp nets off the southeastern United States sued federal regulators on Wednesday for stronger protections. Oceana, an ocean conservation group, is suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to force the agency to enact closer monitoring of and stricter limits on the number of turtles that can be caught and killed by the Gulf of Mexico and southeast Atlantic shrimping industry. For full story, click here.

Northern Long-Eared Bat Listed as Threatened: Could Delay Land Clearing

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. – April 16, 2015
On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued their Final Rule listing of the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as threatened. This listing could affect all development in Virginia and Maryland on sites with forested cover that require a federal action (such as a wetland permit, floodplain compliance, federal financing, federal highway access, etc.). Additionally, the USFWS issued an Interim 4(d) Rule which allows for exemptions for certain activities. However, typical clearing of forested lands for development is not included under these exempt activities. For full article, click here.

New Floodplain Rules Proposed

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. – April 16, 2015
President Obama’s new Executive Order 13690 (EO 13690) calls for the creation of a new flood risk reduction standard for federally funded projects in an effort to improve the Nation’s resilience to current and future flood risks. Although the intent is to address requirements for projects that are funded with taxpayer dollars, the supporting language may result in any project involving federal action, including federal permitting (i.e wetland permits) or review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), having to meet higher flood resiliency standards. FEMA is soliciting public comments through May 6, 2015, to provide input on the draft guidelines for implementing these new standards. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is extremely concerned about these proposed standards - as detailed in their recent newsletter. For full article, click here.

Winners of the Ramsar Wetlands Awards 2015

Ramsar – February 16, 2015
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Ramsar Awards 2015. This year’s entrants came from all corners of the globe and following a rigorous and objective selection procedure a list of nominees was presented to the final selection committee. The shortlisted candidates included the winners below, as well as nominees from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Denmark, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Myanmar. All presented outstanding applications, with individuals demonstrating a diverse commitment to better management of wetlands including the re-engaging of local populations through environmental education; pollution prevention; regeneration and restoration of previously drained or polluted sites; using innovative technology to improve wetland sites; and most importantly of all, personal endeavor. For the list of winners, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News - May 2015STATE NEWS

AR: Exxon Mobil to pay $5.07 million for 2013 Arkansas oil spill

By Jonathan Stempel – Reuters – April 22, 2015
Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. The March 29, 2013 spill occurred after the rupture of Exxon's Pegasus pipeline, causing about 3,190 barrels, or 134,000 gallons, of oil to flow through a residential neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas and nearby waterways including Lake Conway, which flows into the Arkansas River. For full story, click here.

CA: Environmentalists Criticize Changes to California Delta Plan

By Scott Smith and Janie Har – Associated Press – April 30, 2015
Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California's delta. The revision calls for restoring 30,000 acres of wildlife habitat, down from an initial 100,000 acres. Brown defended the revised plan, saying it would accelerate the pace of efforts to revive habitat on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta while fixing the state's aging water infrastructure. For full story, click here.

CA: Cupertino cement quarry to pay $7.5 million to settle water pollution violations

By Paul Rogers – San Jose Mercury News –April 29, 2015
The Lehigh Hanson cement plant, a longtime producer of Silicon Valley building materials but also a significant polluter, will pay $7.5 million as part of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to settle charges it dumped millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a nearby creek. For full story, click here.

CO: Colorado begins $3.4 million effort to save ag water, use it to make power

By Bruce Finley – The Denver Post – May 4, 2015
Colorado is embarking on a federally backed $3.4 million experiment to transform the flood irrigation farmers use to grow crops: tapping diverted water more efficiently and generating electricity. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the "small hydropower" project Monday in Denver and announced $235 million in new federal grants nationwide to spur innovation around water, soil and drought. For full story, click here.

FL: Tampa Bay sea grass beds herald environmental recovery

By Keith Morelli – The Tampa Tribune – May 15, 2015
Tampa Bay’s sea grass beds, a critical component of a healthy estuary, have rebounded to such a remarkable degree that their health is as robust as it was 60 years ago, water resource scientists and environmentalists say. The acreage of beds has not only met a goal set in the 1990s, but exceeds it by more than 2,000 acres. The dramatic increase in sea grass and an improvement in water quality over the past couple of decades is being watched by others across the nation, said Peter Clark, CEO of Tampa Bay Watch and board chairman of Restore America’s Estuaries, an organization of environmentalists from as far away as Connecticut, Rhode Island and California. For full story, click here.

FL: Everglades Bike Trail Plans Draw Protests

By Jeremy Hobson – Here & Now-wbur – April 2, 2015
Demonstrators in South Florida have been marching for days to protest a proposed 76-mile-long bike trail that would extend from Napes to Miami, through the Everglades. The trail would run alongside the Tamiami Trail, the southernmost part of U.S. Highway 41. While this sounds like a beautiful area to bike and get a closer look at the wetlands, critics say it will be harmful to the ecosystem. William Mitsch, director of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Everglades Wetland Research Park at the Kapnick Center in Naples speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. To listen to the full story, click here.

GA: The Complex Issue of Wetland Buffers

By John Huie – Flagpole – April 8, 2015
The longtime desires of local environmentalists (including some on the commission) to increase pond and wetland protections within the county are being worked out in deliberate detail by a panel that includes business and real-estate representatives and conservation experts and is chaired by ACC Commissioner Kelly Girtz. It has met several times to hear presentations on legal and technical issues, which can be complex: How do you define a wetland, for example, even when it may be dry in times of low rainfall? How do you limit disturbance of ponds or wetlands (or require undisturbed buffers around them to filter rainwater runoff) without encroaching on private property rights? For full story, click here.

IA: Polluted Iowa waterways rise 15 percent in 2 years

By David Pitt – The Des Moines Register – May 14, 2015
The number of Iowa lakes, rivers and streams impaired by pollution has climbed 15 percent in two years, according to a new state report, prompting environmental groups to say the state's efforts to reduce pollution aren't working. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to report 725 impaired water bodies to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this summer. The last time a report was filed in 2012, there were 630 impaired waterways. States must compile impaired waters reports every two years under the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.

ME: Casco Bay deemed healthy, but trouble spots grow

By Matt Byrne – Portland Press Herald – April 28, 2015
Casco Bay is healthy, but water quality near coastal areas and estuaries is rapidly degrading because of man-made pollution, according to a study released Tuesday by the Friends of Casco Bay. The report containing more than 10 years of data collected between Cape Elizabeth and Cape Small shows that the effects of global climate change and the local introduction of nitrogen and other pollutants have significantly altered the chemistry of Casco Bay’s waters. For full story, click here.

MD: Phosphorus reg, fracking, stormwater fees, plastics all win General Assembly action

By Rona Kobell – Bay Journal – April 16, 2015
In the end, the most significant environmental legislation to come out of the Maryland General Assembly in 2015 wasn’t legislation at all. It was a compromise worked out between the Governor and the legislature on a regulation known as the phosphorus management tool that had been developed by the previous governor, Martin O’Malley. Long debated and delayed, the PMT, as the phosphorus management tool is known, will limit the amount of phosphorus (and as a result, manure) that farmers can apply to their fields. A decade in the making, it came into being via regulation and will become the rule in Maryland by spring. For full story, click here.

MD: Best strategy in Blackwater’s sea level battle may be sounding the retreat

By Daniel Strain – Bay Journal – April 13, 2015
Whitbeck is a wildlife biologist at the Blackwater refuge, which occupies around 28,000 acres of forests, marshes and water in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Today, he’s interested in the transitions that are occurring across this landscape. Over the decades, Lake Blackwater — which occupies around 4,000 acres at the center portion of the refuge — has grown bigger and bigger, Whitbeck said. And acres and acres that were once marshland have been covered in water, killing off the plants there. For full article, click here.

MA: State reviewing Cape Cod's water treatment strategy

By Andy Metzger – Cape Cod Today – April 24, 2015
Entering a new frontier of water regulation, Cape Cod towns could employ wood chips and oysters to squelch septic system runoff rather than the more traditional method of sewer pipes and wastewater treatment plants. Even though the alternative water treatment methods carry a reduced cost from the traditional means of handling sewage, the plan - which requires state and federal approval - would necessitate additional state assistance to Cape towns as well as local efforts to hike revenues, according to some state and local officials. For full story, click here.

MI: Great Lakes Commission welcomes legislation authorizing Great Lakes cleanup funding

Contact: Matt Doss – Great Lakes Commission – April 22, 2015
The Great Lakes Commission welcomes legislation introduced yesterday by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and co-sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) that formally authorizes funding for a comprehensive restoration program for the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015 legally recognizes the initiative, an ambitious regional restoration program for the Great Lakes that is cleaning up degraded “toxic hotspots” to help revitalize coastal communities, halting Asian carp and other invasive species, and preventing polluted runoff that closes beaches and causes harmful algal blooms. While the program has been underway since 2010, the new legislation provides explicit congressional authorization and a more secure legal foundation to continue funding the program at up to $300 million annually. For full news release, click here.

MN: Nitrate cited as a 'growing threat' to Minnesota's drinking water

By Tony Kennedy – Star Tribune – May 7, 2015
Farm-related nitrate pollution represents a “growing chemical threat to Minnesota’s drinking water,” according to a new Health Department report that could spark action on clean-water legislation in the final days of the 2015 Legislature. Community water supplies, overall, are safe and closely monitored, according to the agency’s Drinking Water Annual Report for 2014. But the report, released Wednesday, highlights widespread and often costly efforts to prevent or reverse nitrate pollution in well water drawn by municipal and quasi-public water systems — those used by schools, businesses, resorts, restaurants and other places. For full story, click here.

MN: Bakken-bearing pipeline meets stiff opposition in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

By Daniel Cusick – E&E Publishing – April 10, 2015
A Canadian company proposes a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline through some of the Midwest's prized lakes and wetlands, igniting a firestorm among environmentalists, tribes and anti-fossil fuel activists who say the proposal is built on hollow promises of economic development and dubious claims of environmental protection. For full story, click here.

NV: Lake Mead on Track for Record Low Water Level Amid Drought

By Victoria Cavaliere – Huffington Post (Reuters) – April 24, 2015
Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday. The 79-year-old reservoir, formed by the building of the Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, was expected to dip below 1,080 feet on Sunday, lower than a previous record of 1,080.19 feet last August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. For full story, click here.

NY: Nuclear plant fire sends oil into Hudson River

CBS News – May 10, 2015
Part of a nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River. At an afternoon briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up the transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3. "There's no doubt that oil was discharged into the Hudson River," Cuomo said. "Exactly how much, we don't know." The transformer at the plant about 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan failed on Saturday evening, causing a fire that forced the automatic shutdown. For full story, click here.

NY: SUMMER 2015: Expected Availability of Hudson River Estuary Access Grants

NY Department of Environmental Conservation
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of the 2015 competitive Hudson River Estuary Grants Program provided through two RFAs which will implement priorities of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda. For more information and to download each RFA, click here. Application deadline is June 15, 2015.

NY: Advocates for expanded Hudson River dredging renew call

By Michael Hill – Associate Press – April 14, 2015
A group of environmentalists and elected officials renewed their call Tuesday for a broader cleanup of the upper-Hudson River as a final year of dredging looms. General Electric Co. is scheduled to begin its sixth and expected final season of PCB dredging next month as part of a $2 billion federal Superfund project. Long-running calls for GE to dredge PCB "hot spots" outside the project's boundaries are taking on urgency because the company will dismantle the sprawling facility that treats the contaminated river sediments after dredging ends. For full story, click here.

NC: Duke Energy pleads guilty Thursday in coal ash case

By Bruce Henderson – The Charlotte Observer – May 14, 2015
Duke Energy has pleaded guilty in federal court to environmental crimes and has agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. Duke Energy appeared Thursday before a federal judge in Greenville, N.C., Thursday to settle criminal charges stemming from its 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River. For full story, click here.

NC: Bill pulls back NC environment mandate on public funds, land

By Gary D. Robertson – WRAL.com – April 26, 2015
Leading North Carolina business lobbying groups are pushing to scale back a 1971 state law that requires government agencies to evaluate the potential results of spending public dollars or disturbing public lands on the environment. Republican legislation poised for House floor debate Monday narrows the application of the State Environmental Policy Act. For full story, click here.

ND: Weather, farm bill programs turn North Dakotans against Obama rule

Annie Snider – E&E Publishing, LLC – May 15, 2015
As the battle over the Obama administration's controversial water rule takes center stage in their chamber, North Dakota's two senators have emerged as pivotal players for the opposition. The bipartisan pair of Republican John Hoeven and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp is driving a two-pronged attack on the "Waters of the United States" rule, which would increase the number of streams and wetlands that receive automatic protection under the Clean Water Act. Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is spearheading efforts to kill it through the appropriations process, preparing to attach policy riders to key spending measures. For full story, click here.

OH: Will Nutrient Reductions Cause Food Prices to Increase?

By Brent Sohngen – Ohio Environment Report – April 23, 2015
One of the key issues people raise when discussing the need to reduce nutrient use in agriculture is that any reduction in nutrient use by farmers will lead to lower yields and higher food prices. This is an interesting question that deserves more analysis. As I discuss below, my admittedly back-of-the-envelope analysis leads me to the conclusion that a 20-40% reduction in nutrient use in Ohio alone would have no impact on food prices, while a 20-40% reduction in nutrient use throughout the US could raise protein prices by 2-4%, and other food prices 1-2%. For full blog post, click here.

OH: State Wetlands Habitat Stamp Reaches Milestone

The Community Common – April 10, 2015
In 2015, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will commemorate the sale of the 1 millionth state wetland habitat stamp by awarding a signed print of this year’s winning entry. The stamp and print have been donated by Ducks Unlimited to help celebrate the milestone. Approximately 25,000 Ohio Wetland Habitat Stamps were purchased last year. Gunner Hilliard’s painting of northern shovelers appears on the 2015 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp available now at www.oh.wildlifelicense.com. Proceeds from sales of the stamp help fund vital wetland habitat restoration projects in Ohio. For full story, click here.

OK: Oklahoma tops EPA charts for pollution reduction to waterways

High Plains Journal – April 22, 2015
Oklahoma ranks second among the states for protecting waterways from harmful nutrients according to new EPA data. This is the sixth year in a row Oklahoma has ranked in the top five states for nonpoint source pollution reductions. Oklahoma ranks second for phosphorus reduction (358,469 pounds) and third for nitrogen reduction (856,906 pounds) to streams. These nutrients are major contributors to algal bloom issues in the state’s reservoirs which can challenge water treatment facilities, lead to fish kills and, in rare cases, pose a risk to human health. For full story, click here.

PA: Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites

By Laura Legere – PowerSource Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – May 4, 2015
White foam in northeastern Pennsylvania water wells likely was caused by Marcellus Shale gas well sites that have already been blamed for causing natural gas to infiltrate residential water supplies, a paper published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported on Monday. Environmental consultant Garth Llewellyn and biochemistry and geosciences researchers with Penn State University used a novel method to identify low levels of organic compounds that they said likely explain foaming from three water wells in Bradford County between 2010 and 2012. For full story, click here.

PA: Watershed Improvement Act Introduced in Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

PR Newswire – April 20, 2015
Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB: BNET), a provider of comprehensive livestock waste treatment technology, announced that Pennsylvania Senate Bill 724, the Watershed Improvement Act, was recently introduced in the PA Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The legislation is focused on reducing the cost to Pennsylvania's tax and ratepayers to comply with the state's Chesapeake Bay pollution mandates. For full story, click here.

SC: Kinder Morgan pipeline leak reaches 300,000 gallons in South Carolina

By Sarita Chourey – Savannah Now – April 30, 2015
More than 300,000 gallons of gasoline have leaked from Texas-based energy company Kinder Morgan’s pipeline in Belton, S.C., since a structure failure in December, according to the Savannah Riverkeeper. The spill was originally reported as 8,000 gallons, but was actually 8,000 barrels, Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus said. There are 42 gallons per barrel. The incident, located on Lewis Drive near the junction of West Calhoun Road in Belton, was reported Dec. 8 and was the result of a sleeve failure in the 27-inch pipeline, said Jim Beasley, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. For full story, click here.

TN: Citizen groups sue to protect imperiled fish from strip mining pollution

WATE.com – May 4, 2015
Four citizen groups filed suit in the Federal District Court in Knoxville, alleging two federal agencies failed to meet their obligations under the Endangered Species Act to consult with each other to protect the threatened blackside dace when issuing the coal mining permit for the 1,088-acre Sterling and Strays strip mine in Claiborne County. Plaintiffs include Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the Tennessee Clean Water Network, and Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment. For full story, click here.

VA: AT RISK: The Story of Virginia's Rising Seas and Sinking Cities

By Jugal Patel – Mace & Crown – April 14, 2015
The first time I felt like I really understood how much this university meant, I stood before the control panel of a 5-foot luminous omniglobe in the dimly lit lobby of Old Dominion University’s Physics and Oceanography Building. The digital panel offers a collection of intriguing visualizations of our planet from space. Beneath the surface, the visualizations are powered by thousands of data points gathered by satellites orbiting the Earth. Some of the projected models were uploaded by scientists at ODU engaged in research on our global environmental systems. The visualization I was most interested in showed the fluctuating height of our oceans’ surfaces over time. Off the coastline of Southeast Virginia, a poignant cluster of red gathered, illustrating the all too familiar sentiment on the area’s vulnerability to changes to our global climate. For full story, click here.

WA: Pair receives Ecology award for preserving bog

Contacts: Larry Altose and Paul Anderson – Washington Department of Ecology – April 22, 2015
A citizen activist and a county official received formal recognition today from the Washington Department of Ecology for their leadership in preserving an unusual wetland in Snohomish County. Community activist Randall Whalen and Deputy County Executive Mark Ericks received the Environmental Excellence Award in an Earth Day ceremony, hosted by County Executive John Lovick in his office. “Randy and Mark are directly responsible for protecting Hooven Bog,” said Josh Baldi, director of Ecology’s Northwest Region, who presented the awards. “We applaud their success in preserving a place where people can see its plant and animal life, and the way it supplies cool, clean water. People like Randy and Mark give us hope that we can not only protect special places like Hooven Bog, but also restore the health of Puget Sound." For full news release, click here.

WA: Budget-Cutters Take Aim at Key Puget Sound Projects

By Christopher Dunagan – Investigate West – April 12, 2015
In the little town of Orting, the Puyallup River spilled out of its banks during heavy rainstorms in 2006 and again in 2009, each time forcing hundreds of residents to flee the muddy floodwaters. Last November, the deluge returned with nearly the same fury. This time, however, after a major construction project to move back the levees around the Puyallup, the river spread out harmlessly across a vast, newly created floodplain. For full story, click here.

WV: DEP blasts Freedom cleanup proposal

By Ken Ward, Jr. – WV Gazette – May 4, 2015
West Virginia regulators on Monday harshly criticized a new liquidation plan submitted by Freedom Industries, saying the proposal wrongly seeks to funnel more than $2.5 million to bankruptcy lawyers and other professionals instead of spending it to adequately clean up the site of the January 2014 chemical leak. In filing a formal objection to the plan, lawyers for the state Department of Environmental Protection asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson to order $1 million to be spent to “immediately remediate” the Freedom Etowah Terminal along the Elk River, just upstream from a West Virginia American Water drinking water intake that serves 300,000 people in Charleston and the surrounding region. For full story, click here.

WI: Invasive species reintroduce toxic chemicals to Green Bay food web

By Holly Drankhan – Great Lakes Echo – April 17, 2015
Although contaminants buried in the sediments of Green Bay may be out of sight, they should not be of out mind, according to research published last month in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Two invasive species – the quagga mussel and round goby – can allow a group of toxic chemicals deposited more than 45 years ago to reenter the food web, passing them to predatory fish and possibly people. For full story, click here.

WY: EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming

By Elizabeth Shogren – High Country News – April 14, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. When the companies pump oil, water from deep in the earth comes up too. This water can include naturally occurring substances, such as metals, that can pollute streams. It can also include toxic chemicals the companies injected into the wells during hydrofracturing to make the oil flow better. Under these EPA permits, the companies release water onto the dry ground in quantities large enough to create permanent streams. Some flow for long distances on the arid reservation and join the Wind River and Little Wind River. For full story, click here.

Wetland Breaking News: May 2015WETLAND SCIENCE

Wetlands continue to reduce nitrates

PHYS.org – May 12, 2015
Wetlands created 20 years ago between tile-drained agricultural fields and the Embarras River were recently revisited for a new two-year University of Illinois research project. Results show an overall 62 percent nitrate removal rate and little emission of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. "Slowing down the rate of flow of the water by intercepting it in the wetland is what helps to remove the nitrate," says Mark David, a University of Illinois biogeochemist in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. For full story, click here.

EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides

Carey Gillam – Reuters.com – May 5, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency has wrapped up its review of the world's most widely used herbicide and plans to release a much-anticipated preliminary risk assessment no later than July, the regulator's chief pesticide regulator told Reuters. The EPA review of the health and environmental impacts of glyphosate comes at a time of intense debate over the safety of the chemical, and after the World Health Organization's cancer research unit declared in March that glyphosate was "probably carcinogenic to humans." For full story, click here.

Horribly bleak study sees ‘empty landscape’ as large herbivores vanish at startling rate

By Fred Barbash and Justin Wm. Moyer – The Washington Post – May 4, 2015 – Video
They never ate anybody — but now, some of planet Earth’s innocent vegetarians face end times. Large herbivores — elephants, hippos, rhinos and gorillas among them — are vanishing from the globe at a startling rate, with some 60 percent threatened with extinction, a team of scientists reports. The situation is so dire, according to a new study, that it threatens an “empty landscape” in some ecosystems “across much of the planet Earth.” The authors were clear: This is a big problem — and it’s a problem with us, not them. For full story and to view video, click here.

Rivers Recover Rapidly Once Dams Are Gone, Study Finds

By Cassandra Profita – Oregon Public Broadcasting OPB – April 30, 2015
A new study sums up what scientists now know about the environmental effects of removing dams from rivers. It concludes that rivers and fish respond quickly after a dam is removed, and the results are mostly positive. “Heraclitus has said you can’t step in the same river twice,”said study co-author Gordon Grant. “Well, you don’t get exactly the same river back after you take a dam off it that you had before, but you can come pretty close. In some cases, it can even be difficult to identify in just a few years where the dam was.” For full story, click here.

Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster

ScienceDaily – April 30, 2015
During the past decade, Antarctica's massive ice sheet lost twice the amount of ice in its western portion compared with what it accumulated in the east, according to Princeton University researchers who came to one overall conclusion -- the southern continent's ice cap is melting ever faster. For full story, click here.

Climate Change: Improving Restoration to Meet Shifting Plant Communities

By Kate Gazzo, M.S. – Great Ecology – April 24, 2015
As an ecologist understanding how changing climates affect restoration can be essential to a project’s success. Questions which arise include; how likely is a restored wetland to remain wet in an increasingly Mediterranean climate, and what is the success of restoring a tidal marsh along a coast that is predicted to be underwater in 100 years? Considering millions of dollars are often spent on restoration projects, the projected biophysical conditions of a project region should be considered to secure the long-term success of a project and protect the financial investment that has been made to restore a site. For full blog post, click here.

How an upstream ditch limits downstream algae

By Jenna Chapman – Great Lakes Echo – April 23, 2015
A ditch cuts through the fields of this Indiana landscape. But it’s no ordinary ditch. This one reduces the nutrients leaving the farm fields that can eventually pollute waterways nearby and far away. It is called a two-stage ditch because of the two levels of soil, called benches, on either side of the stream that flows through it. The benches act as a buffer, soaking up the fertilizers and other water contaminants draining from the field. Standard ditches drain phosphorus, nitrogen and excess dirt into rivers and streams, contaminating the water and hurting its inhabitants. The two-stage system prevents them from entering the watershed, said Jennifer Tank, Interim Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. For full story, click here.

Thawing Permafrost: the Arctic's Slow, Giant Carbon Release

By Sabrina Shankman – InsideClimate News – April 23, 2015
Permafrost—a vast, frozen subsurface layer of soil—covers nearly a quarter of the land in the northern hemisphere. It contains centuries worth of carbon in the form of plants that have died since the last ice age but remained frozen rather than decomposing. Now scientists are learning that the "perma" part of its name may no longer be accurate. For full story, click here.

US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

By Jeff Karoub – AP News – April 23, 2015
Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed the sweeping farm bill into law last year. The efforts, many of which have their roots in that law, aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance. Vilsack said the agriculture industry accounts for about 9 percent of U.S. emissions, adding that compares favorably with the rest of the globe but can be improved. For full story, click here.

Plastic Bags Cut Wildlife Populations In Marshland Ecosystems

By Puneet Kollipara – Chemical & Engineering News – April 19, 2015
Plastic bag pollution does not simply harm individual birds and mammals when they get tangled in the trash. It also can affect entire communities of wildlife, including invertebrates, according to a new study. Marshland sediments covered with plastic bags had far lower oxygen levels and numbers of organisms than sediments that remained bag-free (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00277). Scientists have grown increasingly concerned about the marine impacts of plastics, ranging from plastic beads to films to bottles. But marine ecologist Dannielle Senga Green of Trinity College, in Ireland, noticed that few studies had examined plastic litter’s effects on whole communities of living things, especially muddy communities with organisms such as worms, snails, and crabs. For full story, click here.

2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

By Andrea Thompson – Climate Central – April 17, 2015
By the reckoning of the three main agencies that track global temperature, 2015 has so far been the warmest year in more than a century. Coming immediately after the hottest year on record, the ranking serves as a reminder of how much the globe’s overall temperature has risen thanks to the ever-growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. For full story, click here.

The impact levees have on groundwater recharge

By Kat Kerlin – Environmental News Network – April 12, 2015
Strange as it sounds, flood control can be part of the solution to managing California’s droughts. University of California scientists have shown that making more room for floodwaters can improve the state’s groundwater supplies and fisheries. Removing some levees or rebuilding aging ones some distance away from riverbanks can appreciably replenish aquifers during wet years, providing some relief during droughts. For full story, click here.

Report recommends model better account for influence of urban streams, trees on nutrient pollution

Chesapeake Bay Program – April 10, 2015
A new report from an advisory committee of scientific experts recommends the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Watershed Model be adjusted to better account for the influence of stream corridors and tree canopy on pollution from urban areas. In the report, experts from the Bay Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) suggest accounting for the effects of stream corridors and urban trees to improve the model’s accuracy and allow managers to better target pollution-reducing best management practices. For full blog post, click here.

Endangered tortoises thrive on invasive plants

Washington University in St. Louis – ENN Environmental News Network – April 6, 2015
Most research on the role of introduced species of plants and animals stresses their negative ecological impacts. But are all introduced species bad actors? In one fascinating case the answer might be no. The iconic giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands are thriving on a diet heavy on non-native plants. In fact, the tortoises seem to prefer these plants to native ones. For full story, click here.

Designing Wetlands to Remove Drugs and Chemical Pollutants

By Carina Storrs – Environment 360 – March 16, 2015
Rising high in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California, the Santa Ana River flows westward through cities and towns with a total population of nearly 5 million. Along the way, it receives so much sewage that 90 percent of its flow during the dry summer season is effluent, which is cleaned again and again at several dozen wastewater treatment plants. For full story, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News: May 2015RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS

Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

National Academy Press – July 2015
In the devastation that follows a major disaster, there is a need for multiple sectors to unite and devote new resources to support the rebuilding of infrastructure, the provision of health and social services, the restoration of care delivery systems, and other critical recovery needs. In some cases, billions of dollars from public, private and charitable sources are invested to help communities recover. National rhetoric often characterizes these efforts as a "return to normal." But for many American communities, pre-disaster conditions are far from optimal. Large segments of the U.S. population suffer from preventable health problems, experience inequitable access to services, and rely on overburdened health systems. For more information and to order or download the report, click here.

Salt Marsh Secrets

By Joy B. Zedler, PhD – 2015 ebook
This e-book records favorite stories about salt marsh secrets that my collaborators and I uncovered while studying southern California coastal wetlands, from the 1970s to date. In 1986, we became the Pacific Estuarine Research Lab. For more information and to download this book, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News: May 2015

POTPOURRI

Review panel okays Lake Huron site as potential nuclear-waste dump

By Richard Blackwell – The Globe and Mail – May 6, 2015
A federal review panel has given its stamp of approval to a controversial plan to bury nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron. The three-member panel released its report Wednesday, saying the project “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects” and is the “preferred solution” for isolating low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste. For full story, click here.

9 Things You Need to Know About Water Quality

By Gil Gullickson – Agriculture.com – May 5, 2015
Water quality — or lack of it — is the buzzword in environmental and agricultural circles these days. Here are nine points to keep in mind about the issue following a panel discussion at the recently held North American Agricultural Journalists meeting in Washington, D.C. For full story, click here.

USDA announces $235 million available for innovative new conservation partnerships

Contact: Ciji Taylor – USDA NRCS – May 4, 2015
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). For full news release, click here. For the full announcement for program funding, click here. Applications due by July 8, 2015.

Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Rachael Carson Award Nominations Now Accepted

SETAC – April 22, 2015
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 SETAC Rachael Carson Award. This prestigious award is only given every four years. The application deadline is July 15, 2015, and the award will be presented during the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in 2016. For more information, click here.

Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling

By Alicia Chang – Southern California Public Radio – April 23, 2015
With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S. So far, the quakes have been mostly small and have done little damage beyond cracking plaster, toppling bricks and rattling nerves. But seismologists warn that the shaking can dramatically increase the chances of bigger, more dangerous quakes. For full story, click here.

Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet?

By Jo Gonfino – The Guardian – April 21, 2015
To avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, the world needs to move beyond the standard choices of capitalism or socialism. That’s the conclusion of a new report released Wednesday by US think tank Capital Institute. The non-partisan think tank argues that both systems are unsustainable, even if flawlessly executed, and that economists need to look to the “hard science of holism” to debunk outdated views held by both the left and the right. For full story, click here.

Over-consumption, climate change threaten food security, water supply: FAO

By Magdalena Mis – Planet Ark – April 15, 2015
There will be enough water to produce food for 10 billion people in 2050, but over-consumption and the impact of climate change threaten food security and water supplies in many regions, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday. By 2050 some 60 percent more food will be needed to feed the world's people and as farming remains the largest user of water, food must be produced sustainably to ensure future supplies of food and water, the FAO and the World Water Council (WWC) said in a joint report. For full story, click here.

Amory Lovins: Freedom From Fossil Fuels Is a Possible Dream

By Lisa Song – Inside Climate News – April 9, 2015
The United States could run almost entirely on clean energy by 2050, with a larger economy, $5 trillion in savings––and no acts of Congress. That's a vision of the future as seen by Amory Lovins, a sustainability expert who talked about how to reach that goal in a presentation Tuesday at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. For full story, click here.

Will the Northwest Forest Plan Come Undone?

By Paul Koberstein – High Country News – April 7, 2015
President Bill Clinton crafted his visionary Northwest Forest Plan to be a ceasefire to end the timber wars that crippled the region’s economy in the early 1990s. Now, a little more than two decades later, the plan is showing strong signs of unraveling. Designed as a blueprint for restoring the Northwest’s badly overcut forests over the next 100 years, it’s a wonder the icy truce lasted as long as it did. It never truly satisfied the warring factions, the timber industry and the environmentalists, and this spring the two federal agencies in charge of implementing it, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, are embarking on revising the landmark plan. For full story, click here.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

   

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

   

TRAINING

     
                   
WEBINARS          
                   
MAY 2015                  
                   
May 27, 2015
1:00 p.m. Central
      Kinship Conservation Fellows webinar: Proof of Concept: A Watershed Conservation Approach to Securing Clean Drinking Water          
                   
May 27, 2015
1:00:00 p.m-2:30 p.m. EDT
      The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service webinar: Adapting Conservation Easements to Climate Change          
                   
May 27, 2015
2:00 p.m-4:00 p.m. EDT
      American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands. The webinar will be co-hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Wetland Managers.          
                   
JUNE 2015                  
                   
June 3, 2015
1:00 p.m. Central
      Kinship Conservation Fellows webinar: Exploring Scalable, Investible Conservation and Restoration Opportunities          
                   
June 4, 2015
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET
      NOAA’s webinar: Water Hazards and Community Resilience          
                   
June 9, 2015
3:00 p.m. ET
      Association of State Wetland Managers Restoration webinar: Riverine/Riparian Wetland Restoration          
                   
June 10, 2015
3:30 p.m. EDT
      The Northeast Climate Science Center webinar: Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?          
                   
June 10, 2015
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EST
      The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC) webinar: Phragmites Control for Homeowners and Land Stewards. To register, click here.          
June 17, 2015
1:00p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT
      The Center for Watershed Protection webcast: Multi-Sector & Industrial Stormwater Permits          
                   
JULY 2015                  
                   
July 7, 2015       EPA's Green Infrastructure Program 2015 Webcast Series: Paying for Stormwater - The Benefits of a Utility. Information will be available in late June here.          
                   
July 14, 2015
3:00 p.m. ET
      Association of State Wetland Managers Restoration webinar: Peat Land Restoration          
                   
July 16, 2015
1:00 p.m. ET
      AWRA webinar: Integrated Water Resource Planning: Water, Forests, People & Policy          
                   
July 21, 2015
3:00 p.m. EDT
      Association of State Wetland Managers NFFA webinar: Managing Water Where It Falls: Green Infrastructure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin          
                   
AUGUST 2015                  
                   
August 18, 2015
1:00 p.m. ET
      AWRA webinar: Water Security in 2015: Case Studies from the Nile River Basin          
                   
SEPTEMBER 2015                  
                   
September 15, 2015
1:00 p.m. ET
      American Water Resources Association webinar: Unique Program to Drive Water Quality in the Delaware River Watershed          
                   
September 16, 2015
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT
      The Center for Watershed Protection webcast: What to Do About Trashy Watersheds          
                   
OCTOBER 2015                  
                   
October 6, 2015
1:00 p.m. ET
      AWRA webinar: History of Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the United States          
                   
October 6, 2015       EPA's Green Infrastructure Program 2015 Webcast Series: Winter Weather O&M for Green. More information will be available in late September here.          
                   
NOVEMBER 2015                  
                   
November 18, 2015
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT
      The Center for Watershed Protection webcast: Checking in on Post-Construction Stormwater Management          
                   
DECEMBER 2015                  
                   
December 8, 2015       EPA's Green Infrastructure Program 2015 Webcast Series: Ahead of the Curve – Implementing Green Infrastructure in Rural and Growing Communities. Information will be available here in late November.          
                   
MEETINGS        
                   
MAY 2015                  
                   
May 22-24, 2015
Saskatoon, Canada)
      10th Annual Meeting: Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution          
                   
May 25-29, 2015
Burlington, Vermont
     

International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR): 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research

         
May 28, 2015
Livermore, California
      The Alameda Creek Watershed Forum's Annual Conference: "Water's Journey Across Managed Land in the Alameda Creek Watershed"          
                   
May 30, 2015
New London, Ohio

      Ohio Wetlands Association: Big Swamp Plant Identification Workshop          
                   
May 31-June 4, 2015 Providence, Rhode Island      

2015 Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting: Changing climate. Changing wetlands

         
                   
May 31–June 5, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
      Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference: Mitigation on my Mind          
                   
JUNE 2015                  
                   
June 1-2, 2015
Toronto, Ontario
      Green Roofs for Healthy Cities conference: Grey to Green          
                   
June 1-5, 2015
Buffalo, New York
      University at Buffalo’s Summer Workshop Series in Stream Restoration          
                   
June 2, 2015
Tiburon, California
      The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture and Point Blue Conservation Science and hosted and co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: Point Blue Climate-Smart Planning Tools Workshop          
                   
June 3-5, 2015
Stillwater, Oklahoma
      The 15th annual meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society: Designing 21st Century Grasslands: Fire, Water, Conservation, & Carbon          
                   
June 4, 2015
Traverse City, Michigan
      Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: Northern Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference          
                   
June 7-10, 2015
Anaheim, California
      American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting the World of Water          
                   
June 8-10, 2015
Bonn, Germany
      ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability: Resilient Cities 2015          
                   
June 8-11, 2015
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
      The 36th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (CSRS)          
                   
June 9-12, 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado
      Soil Ecology Society Meeting 2015          
                   
June 10-11, 2015
Morning View, Kentucky
      Wetland Restoration & Training workshop: Morning View Heritage Area Wetland Construction          
                   
June 10-14, 2015
Boulder, Colorado
      Waterkeeper Alliance: 2015 Annual Waterkeeper Conference          
                   
June 11-12, 2015
Oakdale, Minnesota
      Critical Connections Ecological Services, Inc.: Minnesota Sedge Identification Workshop          
                   
June 13-14, 2015
Hennepin, Illinois
      The Wetlands Initiative’s Dixon Refuge BioBlitz          
                   
June 13-18, 2015
Charleston, South Carolina
      21st International Symposium on Society and Resource Management: Understanding and Adapting to Change          
                   
June 15-17, 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana
      American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Specialty Conference: Climate Change Adaptation          
                   
June 15-19, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      Applied Geology and Environmental Science: The Urban Stream Stabilization & Rehabilitation Workshop          
                   
June 16-17, 2015
Sacramento, California
      California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) workshop: Indicators of Climate Change in California The workshop will also be webcast. (URL will be active only during the workshop).          
                   
June 17-19, 2015
Sarnia, Ontario
     

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting and Conference

         
                   
June 18-19, 2015
Woodlands, Texas
      Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES) at Sam Houston State University: Water Policy Conference. Abstract deadline is May 29, 2015.          
                   
June 21-26, 2015
Queenstown, New Zealand
     

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago meeting: Statistics in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring (SEEM) 2015

         
                   
June 22-24 2015
Groningen, The Netherlands
     

University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Fish Passage 2015

         
                   
June 23-24, 2015
Portland, Oregon
      Extreme Events and Climate Adaptation Planning Workshop organized by U.S. EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities          
                   
June 23-24, 2015
Barnstable, Massachusetts
      5th Annual Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop for Professionals. Email iives@massaudubon.org for more information.          
                   
June 28, 2015
Washington, DC
      The National Academies: Get the Scoop on Climate Change          
                   
JULY 2015                  
                   
July 5-10, 2015
Portland, Oregon
      9th Annual IALE World Congress: Crossing Scales, Crossing Borders; Global Approaches to Complex Challenges          
                   
July 7-10, 2015
Paris, France
      Our Common Future Under Climate Change International Scientific Conference          
                   
July 8-10, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina

      North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program workshop: Hydraulic Modeling for Stream Restoration          
                   
July 12-16, 2015
Honolulu, Hawaii
      The Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) 52nd Annual Meeting: Resilience of Island Systems in the Context of Climate Change: Challenges for Biological and Cultural diversity and Conservation          
                   
July 15-17, 2015
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
      3rd CUAHSI Conference: Hydroinformatics Model and Data Interoperability: From Theory to Practice. Submit an abstract by June 15, 2015.          
                   
July 21-23, 2015
Breckenridge, Colorado
      Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference          
                   
July 26-29, 2015
Greensboro, North Carolina
      70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference          
                   
July 27-31, 2015
Boulder, Colorado
      National Center for Atmospheric Research Second Annual Graduate Workshop: Environmental Data Analytics          
                   
July 27-August 2, 2015
Nagoya Japan
     

XIX INQUA Congress Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilization

         
                   
AUGUST 2015                  
                   
August 2-5, 2015
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
      21st International Conference on Environmental Indicators          
                   
August 2-6, 2015
Austin, Texas
      StormCon, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Expo          
                   
August 5-7, 2015
Reston, Virginia
      American Society of Civil Engineers Watershed Management Symposium          
                   
August 9-14, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland
     

The Ecological Society of America: Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA's Centennial

         
                   
August 19-20, 2015
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
      The Wetland Restoration and Training: Wetland Restoration Workshop. The agenda and registration information will be available at a later date.          
                   
August 23-27, 2015
Manchester, England
      Society of Ecological Restoration 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration: Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rural and the Wild          
                   
August 23-28, 2015
La Crosse, Wisconsin
     

4th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science

         
                   
August 23-28, 2015
Stockholm, Sweden
      Stockholm International Water Institute: 2015 World Water Week          
                   
August 26-28, 2015
San Francisco, California
      U.S. Water Alliance: One Water Leadership Summit          
                   
SEPTEMBER 2015                  
                   
September 8-11, 2015
Rancho Mirage, California
      2015 Floodplain Management Annual Conference in conjunction with ASFPM Arid Regions Conference          
                   
September 8-11, 2015
Karnataka, INDIA
      The Sixth Student Conference on Conservation Science - Bengaluru 2015          
                   
September 13-18, 2015
York, UK
      WETPOL 2015 - 6th International Symposium: Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control Annual Conference          
                   
September 14-15 and
September 16-17, 2015
Seymour, Indiana
      Wetland Restoration and Training: Wetland Restoration Workshop. The agendas and registration information will be available at a later date.          
                   
September 16-18, 2015
Washington, DC
      The Transportation Research Board: International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events          
                   
September 17-18, 2015
Oakland, California
     

San Francisco Estuary Partnership: State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference 12th Edition

         
                   
September 23-25, 2015 Baltimore, Maryland      

Resource Institute, Inc.: Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference

         
                   
September 25-26, 2015
Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
      Lacawac Ecology Conference (LEC) annual fall conference of Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station          
                   
September 25-27, 2015
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
      Moving the Needle Toward a Restored Bay Watershed: 10th annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum. Call for papers deadline is May 29, 2015.          
                   
September 26-30, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
      Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference          
                   
September 28-October 4, 2015 Kelowna and Vernon, BC       British Columbia Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Education Program: Communities Conserving Wetlands.          
                   
September 29-October 1, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
      Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition: 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference          
                   
OCTOBER 2015                  
                   
October 7-9, 2015
New York, New York
      6th annual Student Conference on Conservation Science          
                   
October 7-11, 2015
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
      Society of Environmental Journalists: Weather, Water, Energy: News in Every Neighborhood          
                   
October 14-15, 2015
Villanova, Pennsylvania
      Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership: 9th Stormwater Management Symposium          
                   
October 21-23, 2015
Tustin, Michigan
      Huron River Watershed Council: 2015 Michigan Aquatic Restoration Conference. Abstracts due by June 1, 2015.          
                   
October 28-31, 2015
San Diego, California
      California Invasive Plant Council: 24th Annual Cal-IPC Symposium. Abstracts due by June 15, 2015.          
                   
October 28-30, 2015
Acme, Michigan
      The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: 9th Biennial State of Lake Michigan and 15th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Joint Conference. Call for abstracts deadline is June 15, 2015.          
                   
NOVEMBER 2015                  
                   
November 3-5, 2015
Little Rock, Arkansas
      Natural Areas Association: 2015 Natural Areas Conference          
                   
November 8-12, 2015
Portland, Oregon
      Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Conference: Grand Challenges in Coastal & Estuarine Science; Securing Our Future          
                   
November 16-18, 2015
Greater Portland, Maine
      Think Blue Maine Partner Maine Stormwater Conference. Abstract deadline is Friday, March 27, 2015.          
                   
November 16-19, 2015
Denver, Colorado
      AWRA's 50th Annual Water Resources Conference
Special session proposals due by May 15, 2015.
         
                   
November 17-20, 2015
Saratoga Springs, New York
      North American Lake Management Society 35th International Symposium: North American Lakes: Embracing their History, Ensuring Their Future          
                   
TRAINING        
                   
MAY 2015                  
                   
May 26-29, 2015
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
      Rutgers Office of Continuing Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands. Instructors: Ralph Tiner and Mallory N. Gilbert. Register by May 12, 2015 and save.          
                   
May 27, 2015
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
      Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education course: Introduction to Wetland Identification          
                   
May 27-28, 2015
Columbus, OH
      Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM)          
                   
JUNE 2015                  
                   
June 1-2, 2015
Banner Elk, North Carolina
      North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program Course: Assessment and Identification of Riparian Vegetation          
                   
June 1-2, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
      Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Habitat Assessment Using the QHEI. This course will also be held on May 5-6, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.          
                   
June 1-3, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri
      Institute of Botanical Training, LLC Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes          
                   
June 1-5, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
      Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Level 3 Bioassessment: Fish          
                   
June1-12, 2015
East Lansing, Michigan
      Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station Course: Biomonitoring of Streams & Rivers          
                   
June 2-5, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina
      North Carolina Division of Water Resources (DWR) and NC State University (NCSU) Course: Surface Water Identification Training and Certification          
                   
June 2-July 2, 2015
Samburg, Tennessee
      The University of Tennessee at Martin, Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station, 2015 Maymester and Summer Course on Aquatic and Wetland Plants (Tue., Thur., alternate Frid., Full day). Aquatic and Prerequisites: BIOL 130 and 140 or instructor’s approval. Instructor: Dr. Ron Jones (Eastern Kentucky University), e-mail: Ron.Jones@EKU.EDU, phone: (859) 893-4529.          
                   
June 7-13, 2015
Steuben, Maine
      Eagle Hill Institute Natural History Science Seminar: Bogs and Other Maine Peatlands          
                   
June 10, 2015
Sacramento, California
      U.C. Davis Course: Clean Water Act Section 404: Nationwide and Other Specialized Permits          
                   
June 14-20, 2015
Ohio State University
      The Ohio State University, Stone Lab Course: Introduction to Biological Studies - Aquatic Biology          
                   
June 15-16, 2015
Bordentown, New Jersey
      Rutgers University Course: Wetland Construction: Principles and Techniques          
                   
June 16-18, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
      Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity          
                   
June 18-19, 2015
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Wetland Delineation Field Practicum Refresher Course. Click here for other dates.          
                   
June 21-27, 2015
Steuben, Maine
      Eagle Hill Course: Introduction to Maine Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany          
                   
June 22-25, 2015
State College, Pennsylvania
      Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed          
                   
June 23-24, 2015
Atlanta Georgia
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species. This course will also be held on November 2-3, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.          
                   
June 23-25, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
      Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Identification of Common Wetland Plants          
                   
June 25-26, 2015
Denver, Colorado
      Urban Watershed Research Institute Course: Hydrology Using HEC HMS          
                   
June 28-July 4, 2015
Steuben, Maine
      Eagle Hill Course: Sedges and Rushes Identification and Ecology.          
                   
JULY 2015                  
                   
July 6-10, 2015
Toledo, Ohio
      The University of Toledo, OH Course: Field Ecology and Behavior of Fishes EEES 4980/6980          
                   

July 6-August 14, 2015
SUNY-ESF

      Wetland Restoration Techniques online course at SUNY-ESF. Undergraduate and Graduate level, 3-Credits. For more information, go here or go directly here.          
                   

July 13, 2015
Gainesville, Virginia

      Environmental Concern Course: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands. This course will also be held on August 3, August 4, and December 9, 2015.          
                   

July 13-16, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana

      Institute of Botanical Training, LLC course: Wetland Flora          
                   
July 14-15, 2015
LaGrange, Ohio
 
      Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Wetland Restoration           
                   

July 15, 2015
Gainesville, Virginia

      Environmental Concern Course: Wetland Plant ID for Educators: Know 'em & Grow 'em. Please register by June 22, 2015. This course will also be held on August 7, 2015.          
                   

July 16-17, 2015
Portage, Wisconsin

      The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils. For other dates and locations, click here.          
                   

July 19-25, 2015
Steuben, Maine

      Eagle Hill Institute Course: Wetland Identification, Delineation, and Ecology          
                   

July 24-30, 2015
Ashland, Wisconsin

      3 Sigma Institute Course: Lake Ecosystem Ecology: Biological and Hydrologic Sustainability of Lake Ecosystem          
                   

July 28-29, 2015
Tully, New York

      Wetland Restoration Techniques Practicum at SUNY-ESF. Undergraduate and Graduate Level, 1-Credit. . For more information, contact banewman@esf.edu; go here or go directly here.          
                   
July 31, 2015-August 6, 2015
Cable, Wisconsin
      3 Sigma Institute in affiliation with Northland College and the USFS is offering a course on Assessment of Wetland Food Web Support – Patterns in Primary and Secondary Production          
                   
AUGUST 2015                  
                   
August 3-12, 2015
Ashland, Wisconsin
      3 Sigma Institute Course: Introduction to Environmental Modeling: Linking Social and Natural Sciences          
                   
August 6, 2015
St. Michaels, Maryland
      Environmental Concern Course: POW! The Planning of Wetlands. This course will also be held on December 11, 2015.          
                   
August 9-15, 2015
Steuben, Maine
      Eagle Hill Institute Natural History Science Course: Botany at the Landscape Scale          
                   
August 9-15, 2015
Steuben, Maine
      Eagle Hill Institute Natural History Science Seminar: Lakes and Rivers Understanding Their Ecology and Water Quality          
                   
August 10-14, 2015
Moss Landing, California
      5-day General CRAM Training with riverine and depressional wetland field examples. For more information, click here. This course will also be held on July 13-17, 2015 in Sacramento, California.          
                   
August 10-14, 2015
Front Royal, Virginia
      The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Course: Conservation for Development Professionals: Strategies for implementing biodiversity action plans for the private sector          
August 17-20, 2015
St. Michaels, Maryland
      Environmental Concern Professional Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes          
                   
August 18-21, 2015
Hays, Kansas
      The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification          
                   
August 24-25, 2015
Arlington, Washington.
      The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils          
                   
August 27-28, 2015
Denver, Colorado
      Urban Watershed Research Institute Course: FIRM Map Revisions - Technical & Administrative Aspects - 2015          
                   
SEPTEMBER 2015                  
                   
September 10-11, 2015
Charleston, South Carolina
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes          
                   
September 10-11, 2015
South, Millville, New Jersey
      Rutgers University Course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South          
                   
September 11-18, 2015
Logan Lake, British Columbia
      British Columbia Institute of Technology Wetland Restoration Course. Email Doug_Ransome@bcit.ca for more information.          
                   
September 14-19, 2015 Whitefish, Montana       Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology          
                   
September 17-18, 2015
San Diego, California
      Aarcher Institute’s course: The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™. For other dates of this course, click here.          
                   
September 17-18, 2015
San Diego, California
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: on Riparian Habitat Restoration in the Arid Southwest          
                   
September 17-18, 2015
Denver, Colorado
      Urban Watersheds Research Institute Course: Stormwater Planning & Design Using SWMM - 2015          
                   
September 21-25, 2015
St. Michaels, Maryland
      Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation Professional Course          
                   
September 23-25, 2015
Hays, Kansas
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Woody Plants (Trees, Shrubs, and Vines) Identification          
                   
September 28-29, 2015
Bordentown, New Jersey
      Rutgers University Course: Wetland Construction: Planning and Functional Design          
                   
September 28-October 2, 2015
Portage, Wisconsin
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation          
                   
OCTOBER 2015                  
                   
October 5-9, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training will hold a course on Basic Wetland Delineation. This course will also be held on June 8-12, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.          
                   
October 8-9, 2015
Tuckerton, New Jersey
      Rutgers University Course: Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants          
                   
October 17, 2015
St. Michaels, Maryland
      Environmental Concern Course: Project WET 2.0 Register by November 18, 2015.          
                   
October 23, 2015
Denver, Colorado
      Urban Watersheds Research Institute Course: Overview of WQ Regulations and Compliance - 2015          
                   
October 26, 2015
New Brunswick, New Jersey
      Rutgers University Course: Understanding Advanced Stormwater Management Techniques          
                   
NOVEMBER 2015                  
                   
November 12-13, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Advanced Hydric Soils and Hydrology (Piedmont)          
                   
DECEMBER 2015                  
                   
December 3-4, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
      Duncan & Duncan course: Problem and Atypical Wetland Delineation (Piedmont)          
                   
December 3-4, 2015
Denver, Colorado
      Urban Watersheds Research Institute Course: Floodplain Hydraulics Using HEC RAS - 2015          
                   
December 7-11, 2015
Front Royal, Virginia
      The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Course: Statistical Downscaling of Global Climate Models in SDSM 5.2          
                   
December 8, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Endangered Species Act Overview. This course will also be held on July 21, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.          
SPECIAL EVENTS 2015                  
                   
May 2015       May is American Wetland Month!          
                   
June 19-20, 2015
E.G. Fisher Public Library
Athens, Tennessee
      Pre-Event: Wetland Night Out will be held on June 19, 2015 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Tennessee Wetlands Festival will be held on June 20, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
         
                   
November 28, 2015       The Wetlands Institute: Wetland Wonderland          
                   

For more wetland events, meetings, conferences, and courses nationwide, visit the ASWM calendar.


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Wetland Breaking News - May 2015


INDEX

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Senate Held a Hearing on S. 1140, The Federal Water Quality Protection Act
  • House passes bill to stop EPA water rule
  • Their View: Congress needs to uphold intent of clean water laws
  • Senators to introduce bill to halt Waters of the US Rule
  • More Ominous News on Wetlands Losses from Sea Level Rise
  • Political, bureaucratic brawls threaten restoration hopes
  • Forest garden bearing fruit as both food producer, water filter
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces over $21 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands
  • ASWM Members’ Wetland Webinar: American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands – May 27, 2015
  • ASFPM Annual National Conference in Atlanta, GA May 31 - June 5, 2015
  • ASWM’s Wetland Restoration Webinar: Riverine/Riparian Wetland Restoration – June 9, 2015

NATIONAL NEWS

  • New Reports Show Alarming Trend of Wetland Losses in the World
  • Migratory Birds Get $3.8 Million Boost Feds
  • USDA Announces $235 Million Available for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships
  • EPA sets rules to protect from drinking water toxins
  • Clean Water Act loophole corresponds to loss of wetland
  • Population of North American sage-grouse sharply declining: study
  • USDA Extends Comment Period for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Interim Rule
  • Can the Chesapeake Bay (and its Signature Blue Crabs) Recover?
  • GOP attempts to skirt earmarks for water projects running aground
  • DOI, EPA, NOAA announce Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative to prepare natural resources for climate change
  • U.S. sued to curb deaths of sea turtles by shrimping industry
  • Northern Long-Eared Bat Listed as Threatened: Could Delay Land Clearing
  • New Floodplain Rules Proposed
  • Winners of the Ramsar Wetlands Awards 2015

STATE NEWS

  • AR: Exxon Mobil to pay $5.07 million for 2013 Arkansas oil spill
  • CA: Environmentalists Criticize Changes to California Delta Plan
  • CA: Cupertino cement quarry to pay $7.5 million to settle water pollution violations
  • CO: Colorado begins $3.4 million effort to save ag water, use it to make power
  • FL: Tampa Bay sea grass beds herald environmental recovery
  • FL: Everglades Bike Trail Plans Draw Protests
  • GA: The Complex Issue of Wetland Buffers
  • IA: Polluted Iowa waterways rise 15 percent in 2 years
  • ME: Casco Bay deemed healthy, but trouble spots grow
  • MD: Phosphorus reg, fracking, stormwater fees, plastics all win General Assembly action
  • MD: Best strategy in Blackwater’s sea level battle may be sounding the retreat
  • MA: State reviewing Cape Cod's water treatment strategy
  • MI: Great Lakes Commission welcomes legislation authorizing Great Lakes cleanup funding
  • MN: Nitrate cited as a 'growing threat' to Minnesota's drinking water
  • MN: Bakken-bearing pipeline meets stiff opposition in the Land of 10,000 Lakes
  • NV: Lake Mead on Track for Record Low Water Level Amid Drought
  • NY: Nuclear plant fire sends oil into Hudson River
  • NY: SUMMER 2015: Expected Availability of Hudson River Estuary Access Grants
  • NY: Advocates for expanded Hudson River dredging renew call
  • NC: Duke Energy pleads guilty Thursday in coal ash case
  • NC: Bill pulls back NC environment mandate on public funds, land
  • ND: Weather, farm bill programs turn North Dakotans against Obama rule
  • OH: Will Nutrient Reductions Cause Food Prices to Increase?
  • OH: State Wetlands Habitat Stamp Reaches Milestone
  • OK: Oklahoma tops EPA charts for pollution reduction to waterways
  • PA: Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites
  • PA: Watershed Improvement Act Introduced in Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee
  • SC: Kinder Morgan pipeline leak reaches 300,000 gallons in South Carolina
  • TN: Citizen groups sue to protect imperiled fish from strip mining pollution
  • VA: AT RISK: The Story of Virginia's Rising Seas and Sinking Cities
  • WA: Pair receives Ecology award for preserving bog
  • WA: Budget-Cutters Take Aim at Key Puget Sound Projects
  • WV: DEP blasts Freedom cleanup proposal
  • WI: Invasive species reintroduce toxic chemicals to Green Bay food web
  • WY: EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Wetlands continue to reduce nitrates
  • EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides
  • Horribly bleak study sees ‘empty landscape’ as large herbivores vanish at startling rate
  • Rivers Recover Rapidly Once Dams Are Gone, Study Finds
  • Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster
  • Climate Change: Improving Restoration to Meet Shifting Plant Communities
  • How an upstream ditch limits downstream algae
  • Thawing Permafrost: the Arctic's Slow, Giant Carbon Release
  • US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
  • Plastic Bags Cut Wildlife Populations In Marshland Ecosystems
  • 2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record
  • The impact levees have on groundwater recharge
  • Report recommends model better account for influence of urban streams, trees on nutrient pollution
  • Endangered tortoises thrive on invasive plants
  • Designing Wetlands to Remove Drugs and Chemical Pollutants

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery
  • Salt Marsh Secrets

POTPOURRI

  • Review panel okays Lake Huron site as potential nuclear-waste dump
  • 9 Things You Need to Know About Water Quality
  • USDA announces $235 million available for innovative new conservation partnerships
  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Rachael Carson Award Nominations Now Accepted
  • Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling
  • Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet?
  • Over-consumption, climate change threaten food security, water supply: FAO
  • Amory Lovins: Freedom From Fossil Fuels Is a Possible Dream
  • Will the Northwest Forest Plan Come Undone?

WEBINARS, MEETINGS, TRAINING

Webinars

  • Proof of Concept: A Watershed Conservation Approach to Securing Clean Drinking Water
  • Adapting Conservation Easements to Climate Change
  • American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands
  • Exploring Scalable, Investible Conservation and Restoration Opportunities
  • NOAA’s webinar: Water Hazards and Community Resilience
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Restoration webinar: Riverine/Riparian Wetland Restoration
  • The Northeast Climate Science Center webinar: Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?
  • The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC) webinar: Phragmites Control for Homeowners and Land Stewards
  • The Center for Watershed Protection webcast: Multi-Sector & Industrial Stormwater Permits
  • EPA's Green Infrastructure Program 2015 Webcast Series: Paying for Stormwater - The Benefits of a Utility
  • ASWM Restoration webinar: Peat Land Restoration
  • Integrated Water Resource Planning: Water, Forests, People & Policy
  • Association of State Wetland Managers NFFA webinar: Managing Water Where It Falls: Green Infrastructure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Water Security in 2015: Case Studies from the Nile River Basin
  • Unique Program to Drive Water Quality in the Delaware River Watershed
  • What to Do About Trashy Watersheds
  • History of Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the United States
  • EPA's Green Infrastructure Program 2015 Webcast Series: Winter Weather O&M for Green
  • Checking in on Post-Construction Stormwater Management
  • EPA's Green Infrastructure Program 2015 Webcast Series: Ahead of the Curve – Implementing Green Infrastructure in Rural and Growing Communities

Meetings

  • 10th Annual Meeting: Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution
  • 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research
  • Water's Journey Across Managed Land in the Alameda Creek Watershed"
  • Big Swamp Plant Identification Workshop
  • Changing climate. Changing wetlands
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference: Mitigation on my Mind
  • Green Roofs for Healthy Cities conference: Grey to Green
  • University at Buffalo’s Summer Workshop Series in Stream Restoration
  • Point Blue Climate-Smart Planning Tools Workshop
  • Designing 21st Century Grasslands: Fire, Water, Conservation, & Carbon
  • Northern Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference
  • American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting the World of Water
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability: Resilient Cities 2015
  • The 36th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing
  • Soil Ecology Society Meeting 2015
  • Morning View Heritage Area Wetland Construction
  • 2015 Annual Waterkeeper Conference
  • Minnesota Sedge Identification Workshop
  • The Wetlands Initiative’s Dixon Refuge BioBlitz
  • 21st International Symposium on Society and Resource Management: Understanding and Adapting to Change
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Specialty Conference: Climate Change Adaptation
  • Applied Geology and Environmental Science: The Urban Stream Stabilization & Rehabilitation Workshop
  • California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) workshop: Indicators of Climate Change in California
  • Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting and Conference
  • Water Policy Conference
  • Statistics in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring
  • Fish Passage 2015
  • Extreme Events and Climate Adaptation Planning Workshop
  • 5th Annual Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop for Professionals
  • The National Academies: Get the Scoop on Climate Change
  • Crossing Scales, Crossing Borders; Global Approaches to Complex Challenges
  • Our Common Future Under Climate Change International Scientific Conference
  • Hydraulic Modeling for Stream Restoration
  • Resilience of Island Systems in the Context of Climate Change: Challenges for Biological and Cultural diversity and Conservation
  • 3rd CUAHSI Conference: Hydroinformatics Model and Data Interoperability: From Theory to Practice
  • Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference
  • 70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research Second Annual Graduate Workshop: Environmental Data Analytics
  • Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilization
  • 21st International Conference on Environmental Indicators
  • StormCon, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Expo
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Watershed Management Symposium
  • Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA's Centennial
  • The Wetland Restoration and Training: Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rual and the Wild
  • 4th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science
  • 2015 World Water Week
  • One Water Leadership Summit
  • 2015 Floodplain Management Annual Conference
  • Conservation Science - Bengaluru 2015
  • WETPOL 2015 - 6th International Symposium: Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control Annual Conference
  • Wetland Restoration and Training: Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events
  • State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference 12th Edition
  • Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference
  • Lacawac Ecology Conference
  • Moving the Needle Toward a Restored Bay Watershed: 10th annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum
  • Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference
  • British Columbia Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Education Program: Communities Conserving Wetlands
  • 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference
  • 6th annual Student Conference on Conservation Science
  • Weather, Water, Energy: News in Every Neighborhood
  • 9th Stormwater Management Symposium
  • Huron River Watershed Council: 2015 Michigan Aquatic Restoration Conference
  • California Invasive Plant Council: 24th Annual Cal-IPC Symposium
  • 9th Biennial State of Lake Michigan and 15th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Joint Conference
  • 2015 Natural Areas Conference
  • Grand Challenges in Coastal & Estuarine Science; Securing Our Future
  • Think Blue Maine Partner Maine Stormwater Conference
  • AWRA's 50th Annual Water Resources Conference
  • North American Lakes: Embracing their History, Ensuring Their Future

Training

  • Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
  • Introduction to Wetland Identification
  • Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM)
  • Assessment and Identification of Riparian Vegetation
  • Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Habitat Assessment Using the QHEI
  • Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Level 3 Bioassessment: Fish
  • Biomonitoring of Streams & Rivers
  • Surface Water Identification Training and Certification
  • Aquatic and Wetland Plants
  • Eagle Hill Institute Natural History Science Seminar: Bogs and Other Maine Peatlands
  • Clean Water Act Section 404: Nationwide and Other Specialized Permits
  • Introduction to Biological Studies - Aquatic Biology
  • Wetland Construction: Principles and Techniques
  • Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity
  • Wetland Delineation Field Practicum Refresher Course
  • Introduction to Maine Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany
  • Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands
  • Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Identification of Common Wetland Plants
  • Hydrology Using HEC HMS
  • Sedges and Rushes Identification and Ecology
  • Field Ecology and Behavior of Fishes
  • Wetland Restoration Techniques online Course at SUNY-ESF
  • WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
  • Institute of Botanical Training, LLC Course: Wetland Flora
  • Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Wetland Restoration
  • Wetland Plant ID for Educators: Know 'em & Grow 'em
  • Advanced Hydric Soils
  • Wetland Identification, Delineation, and Ecology
  • Biological and Hydrologic Sustainability of Lake Ecosystem
  • Wetland Restoration Techniques Practicum at SUNY-ESF
  • Assessment of Wetland Food Web Support – Patterns in Primary and Secondary Production
  • Introduction to Environmental Modeling: Linking Social and Natural Sciences
  • POW! The Planning of Wetlands
  • Botany at the Landscape Scale
  • Lakes and Rivers Understanding Their Ecology and Water Quality
  • 5-day General CRAM Training
  • Conservation for Development Professionals: Strategies for implementing biodiversity action plans for the private sector
  • Environmental Concern Professional Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification
  • The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils
  • FIRM Map Revisions - Technical & Administrative Aspects – 2015
  • Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology Wetland Restoration Course
  • Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology
  • The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™.
  • Riparian Habitat Restoration in the Arid Southwest
  • Stormwater Planning & Design Using SWMM - 2015
  • Basic Wetland Delineation Professional Course
  • Woody Plants (Trees, Shrubs, and Vines) Identification
  • Planning and Functional Design
  • The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Rutgers University Course: Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants
  • Environmental Concern Course: Project WET 2.0
  • Overview of WQ Regulations and Compliance – 2015
  • Understanding Advanced Stormwater Management Techniques
  • Advanced Hydric Soils and Hydrology (Piedmont)
  • Problem and Atypical Wetland Delineation (Piedmont)
  • Floodplain Hydraulics Using HEC RAS - 2015
  • Statistical Downscaling of Global Climate Models in SDSM 5.2
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Endangered Species Act Overview

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • American Wetlands Month
  • Wetland Night Out and Tennessee Wetland Festival
  • The Wetlands Institute: Wetland Wonderland


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Wetland Breaking News

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. WBN chronicles the legislative, national and state news relevant to wetland science and policy, wetland regulations and legal analysis of Supreme court cases from the past month; 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 30 years.

Wetland Breaking News May 2015The items presented in Wetland Breaking News do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or of the Association of State Wetland Managers. Send your news items, comments, corrections, or suggestions to news@aswm.org.

"WETLAND BREAKING NEWS" Compiled and Edited by Alan Grant and Marla Stelk, Editors; Laura Burchill and Sharon Weaver, Assistant Editors. Executive Director: Jeanne Christie. Association of State Wetland Managers, 32 Tandberg Trail, Ste. 2A, Windham, ME 04062. Telephone: 207-892-3399 Fax: 207-892-3089

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