Wetland Breaking News: June 2015

                   
   
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Wetland Breaking New: June 2015

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EDITOR'S NOTE

Wetland Breaking News: June 2015

Summer has finally arrived in Maine. Of course, most folks who live here refer to it as “tourist season” and the paper’s headlines are touting the upswing in toll revenue as a good indicator for summer revenues. Maine, coined “vacationland”, is truly a summer paradise. With our temperate summer weather, miles and miles of coastline, beautiful ancient mountains and hundreds of ponds and lakes to recreate in, it’s no wonder so many people flock here in the summertime. Maine’s natural resources undergird our state’s economy not for their extractive value per se (unless you account for all the fishing and hunting) but for the more intrinsic value of being able to enjoy the great outdoors and commune with nature.

But Maine’s natural resources, and therefore Maine’s economy, are changing due to climate change. We can see these impacts happening not only in Maine, but in various ways all across the country and all across the world. It can really be a bit depressing when you read news stories about issues such as It's the final act for Larsen B Ice Shelf and Climate change is latest threat for struggling bird species. But we are also hearing exciting and uplifting news stories such as Voluntary Buyers Spend Nearly $4.5 Billion on Offsets to Combat Climate Impacts and NOAA announces $9 million in grants to improve coastal community resilience.

Today I am at a conference hosted by Envision Maine on “Maine’s Economy and Climate Change” where business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, environmentalists and academics are gathered together to discuss what kind of conditions we are currently facing and likely will be facing due to climate change. And last week I attended the Society of Wetland Scientists conference on “Changing Climate, Changing Wetlands.” And I can happily report back that as dire as the situation may seem sometimes, and even though we are already on a trajectory that will create unavoidable negative impacts, that there are also a lot of innovative, robust, and feasible ideas being developed by enthusiastic, passionate and incredibly smart people. There are reasons to be optimistic and as Wetlanders, we can and must play an integral part in the solutions.

Best regards,

Marla J. Stelk, Editor
Wetland Breaking News

 

     
                   

Wetland Breaking News - June 2015

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Senate committee passes bill that overturns EPA clean water rule

By Jim Spencer – Star Tribune – June 11, 2015
A bill that would effectively overturn a new Environmental Protection Agency clean water rule won a critical committee vote Wednesday and now appears headed for a decision by the full U.S. Senate. The clean water rule was EPA’s attempt to re-establish jurisdiction over some remote streams, ditches and wetlands that could be sources of pollution to the nation’s rivers and lakes.For full story, click here.

Voluntary Buyers Spend Nearly $4.5 Billion on Offsets to Combat Climate Impacts

Forest Trends – June 3, 2015
Companies, governments, and individuals voluntarily spent just under $4.5 billion on conservation and clean energy over the past decade by purchasing nearly 1 billion carbon offsets, finds a new report released on the sidelines of this week’s international climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace report, Ahead of the Curve: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2015, demonstrates that voluntary demand for carbon offsets – each representing a one-tonne reduction in greenhouse gases that compensates for emissions elsewhere – is impactful well beyond the markets’ relatively small size. For full story, click here.

FAO leader calls for change in the way we produce food

Commodities Now – June 2015
"We need to change the way we produce food," FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said today in a World Environment Day speech advocating creating positive connections between food, agriculture and the environment. Governments, citizens, producers and investors must forge a "new and holistic way of thinking and, of course, acting" to face down climate change and feed a growing population, he said at the Expo 2015 in Milan. For full story, click here.

In major shift, new rule excludes some wetlands, ponds

By Annie Snider – E&E Publishing, LLC – May 28, 2015
For the first time since passage of the Clean Water Act, U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are conceding that some wetlands and ponds are too remote from the tributary system to warrant federal protection. The geographic limits set in the Obama administration's final "Waters of the U.S." rule unveiled yesterday represent a compromise aimed at offering more clarity to developers, energy companies and other entities regulated under the 1972 law, while still protecting streams and wetlands that have an important effect on larger downstream waters. "If you're outside of those boundaries, there is no way to bring a water into the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act," Ken Kopocis, the top official in EPA's water office, said in an interview. "We do think it's a pretty big deal; we think that it was highly responsive to the comments that we received." Lawyers and policy experts who have worked on Clean Water Act issues for years say this is a major milestone. For full story, click here.

Barack Obama's water war

By Jenny Hopkinson – POLITICO – May 27, 2015
The Obama administration announced new protections Wednesday for thousands of waterways and wetlands, pushing ahead despite a fierce counterattack from powerhouse industries like agriculture, oil and home-building — and their supporters in Congress. On its face, the Waters of the United States rule is largely a technical document, defining which rivers, streams, lakes and marshes fall under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. But opponents condemn it as a massive power grab by Washington, saying it will give bureaucrats carte blanche to swoop in and penalize landowners every time a cow walks through a ditch. For full story, click here.

Ancient Traditions Revitalize Sierra Watersheds; Increase Water

By Patricia McBroom – The California Spigot – May 4, 2015
In the mountains above Fresno, a slim, beautiful wild plum has taken root in a newly cleared meadow. No one planted the tree. It simply sprouted on its own, once the overgrowth was pushed out by Native Americans working to revitalize the forest. The blooming presence of this sapling stands as testimony to what can be done to not only restore a meadow but to thin the forest and thereby bring more water down from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. For full blog post, click here.

ASWM Members’ Wetland Webinar – June 24, 2015

ASWM’s Members’ Wetland Webinar: Findings from ASMW’s New Status and Trends Report on State Wetland Programs in the United States will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 3:00 p.m-4:30 p.m. Eastern. Presented by Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers. For more information, click here.

ASWM’s Wetland Restoration Webinar: Peat Land Restoration – July 14, 2015

Wetland Restoration Webinar: Peat Land Restoration will be held on July 14, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Presented by Norman Famous & Marcia Spencer-Famous, Spencer-Famous Environmental Consultants; Richard Weber, NRCS Wetland Team; and Larry Urban, Montana Department of Transportation. For more information and to register, click here.

Wetland Mapping Consortium (WMC): Part 1 - “The Florida Wetlands Integrity Dataset: Using soils data, topographic indices, and Bayesian probability to identify wetlands” – July 15, 2015

Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: Part 1 - “The Florida Wetlands Integrity Dataset: Using soils data, topographic indices, and Bayesian probability to identify wetlands” will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT. Presented by John Humphreys and Amir Mahjoor, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. For more information and to register, click here.

NFFA Webinar: Managing Water Where It Falls: Green Infrastructure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – July 21, 2015

The Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance webinar on Managing Water Where It Falls: Green Infrastructure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be held on July 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Presented by Kevin L. Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), Executive Director. For more information, click here.

ASWM Members’ Wetland Webinar – July 29, 2015

ASWM’s Members’ Wetland Webinar: Using Beaver as a Wetland Restoration Tool: Restoration Lessons Learned and an Introduction to the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT) will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Presented by Joe Wheaton, Assistant Professor and Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab Director at Utah State University. This webinar will be open to both members and nonmembers. For more information, click here. To register, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News - June 2015

NATIONAL NEWS

Federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science Releases Report

USGS – June 10, 2015
Working directly with resource managers to produce science and tools to address effects of climate change on the nation’s biological resources should remain the core focus of the DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), according to the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science's Report to the Secretary of the Interior, released today, May 11, 2015. For full story and to download the report, click here.

Calling all milkweed: Federal pollinator plan needs a billion plants for monarch butterflies

By Josephine Marcotty – Star Tribune – June 6, 2015
Starting as soon as this fall, America’s heartland could begin to look strikingly different to a monarch butterfly fluttering south for the winter. Oceans of corn would be dotted with islands of native plants. Homeowners would have fewer lawns — and a lot less mowing. Roadsides would grow thick with grasses and flowers. And more than a billion unruly milkweed plants would pop up along a 200-mile-wide corridor along I-35 from Duluth to Texas. That’s the ambitious vision buried in a national pollinator plan released recently by the White House — an epic attempt to save the gaudy symbol of the prairie from its steady slide toward the Endangered Species list. The key is milkweed, the one and only food source for monarch caterpillars, which has all but disappeared from Midwestern landscapes, thanks largely to GMO crops and the widespread use of Roundup. For full story, click here.

EPA finds drinking water vulnerable to fracking

By Ken Ward – WV Gazette – June 4, 2015
A five-year investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the boom in natural gas drilling and production has identified potentially serious threats to drinking water supplies, but provides no new detailed data that would help to quantify the scope of any contamination that has occurred across the country. EPA media officials promoted the study as finding that “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systematic impacts” to drinking water. But the actual conclusion of the agency’s 998-page report contained a subtle, but important, difference: It said EPA “did not find evidence” of widespread or systematic impacts. And authors of the EPA study made clear that they lacked enough data to draw strong conclusions about the extent of any damage. For full story, click here.

U.S. to Limit Petroleum Drilling on Habitat of Greater Sage Grouse

By Clifford Krauss and Diane Cardwell – The New York Times – May 28, 2015
The Obama administration, aiming to keep a finicky, chickenlike bird called the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list, moved on Thursday to limit petroleum drilling and other activities on some of its wide-ranging habitat in the American West. The move — which includes a collection of 14 land-management plans across 10 states — stems from a determination in 2010 by the federal Fish and Wildlife Service that the bird, a potent symbol of the West known for its flamboyant courtship strut, was in need of protection. For full story, click here.

Decade After Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps

By Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz – The New York Times – May 23, 2015
Nearly 10 years on, one might assume that the case of Hurricane Katrina is closed. That the catastrophic flooding of this city was caused not merely by a powerful storm but primarily by fatal engineering flaws in the city’s flood protection system has been proved by experts, acknowledged by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and underscored by residents here to anyone who might suggest otherwise. But the efforts to establish responsibility with ever more precision — to ascertain just how many of those flaws were due to engineering, politics or money — have not stopped. For full story, click here.

Obama overhaul draws GOP support, raises legal questions

By Phil Taylor and Corbin Hiar – E&E Publishing, LLC – May 19, 2015
In a move that drew rare cheers from Republicans, industry groups and states, the Obama administration yesterday announced a suite of changes that it claims would make Endangered Species Act decisions more efficient, collaborative and transparent to the public. The joint rulemaking by the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service appears aimed at mollifying conservatives in Congress who have pledged to overhaul the ESA. For full story, click here.

NOAA announces $9 million in grants to improve coastal community resilience

NOAA – May 19, 2015
Two new NOAA grant programs will help coastal communities and their managers create on-the-ground projects to make them more resilient to the effects of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. This builds on NOAA’s commitment to provide information, tools, and services to help coastal communities reduce risk and plan for future severe events. NOAA’s National Ocean Service is supporting the effort with $5 million in competitive grant awards through the 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program and NOAA Fisheries is administering the companion $4 million Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program. For full story, click here. Proposals due by July 24, 2015.

Shot and gassed: Thousands of protected birds killed annually

By Rachael Bale and Tom Knudson – Reveal News – May 13, 2015
Every spring, bird-watchers from across America gather in Nebraska for one of the continent’s great avian spectacles – the mass migration of sandhill cranes through an hourglass-like passage along the Platte River. But some several hundred miles northeast in Wisconsin and Michigan, sandhill cranes are met with a different reception: They are shot dead by farmers or their hired guns under a little-known federal program that allows for the killing of birds protected by one of this nation’s bedrock conservation laws, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. For full story, click here.

Ducks Unlimited Secures Gulf Coast Restoration Funding

AmmoLand – May 7, 2015
Ducks Unlimited has been awarded five North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants to support its restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast. More than $4.6 million in NAWCA funding will be combined with nearly $10 million in partner funding to restore more than 21,800 acres in coastal Texas and Louisiana. These projects will provide high quality foraging habitat capable of supporting more than 70,000 ducks throughout the winter. For full story, click here.

NOAA announces long-term Gulf of Mexico ecosystem research priorities

NOAA – May 6, 2015
As part of the final version of the science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program, today NOAA announced 10 long-term research priorities in the Gulf of Mexico, including how the Gulf’s waters, natural resources, fisheries and coastal communities are all interconnected. NOAA’s program supports research on the Gulf’s long-term ecological sustainability and its fisheries. For full story, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News - June 2015STATE NEWS

AK: Study backs up theory that warming, pollution combine to hurt Alaska's wood frogs

By Yereth Rosen – Alaska Dispatch News – May 30, 2015
Alaska’s hardy wood frogs, like other amphibians around North America, have been plagued by a mysterious disorder that is deforming and killing them off. In various spots in Southcentral and eastern Interior Alaska, clusters of frogs are emerging from ponds with misshapen or missing limbs, abnormal eyes or other physical oddities. Now, laboratory evidence is backing up some theories about the cause. For full story, click here.

CA: California oil spill cleanup costs reaches $62 million

By Alicia Chang – Associated Press – June 10, 2015
The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday. Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete, Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press. The company is responsible for footing the bill after a pipeline break near Santa Barbara forced the closure of two state beaches and prompted a fishing ban in the area. For full story, click here.

CA: California accepts historic offer by farmers to cut water usage by 25%

By Rory Carroll – The Guardian – May 22, 2015
California’s drought has produced a plot twist too singular even for Chinatown: farmers volunteering to give up a quarter of their water. Scores of farmers in the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers made the unprecedented offer on Friday in a deal to stave off even steeper mandatory cuts. For full story, click here.

FL: Tampa Bay Estuary Program Surpasses Seagrass Restoration Goals

By Nanette O’Hara – Tampa Bay Estuary Program – May 31, 2015
More than 5,000 new acres of bay's benchmark habitat observed; total now equals 1950s amounts.
The lofty goal of restoring Tampa Bay seagrasses to levels not seen since 1950 has not only been achieved, but surpassed! Survey results released this week show the growth of more than 5,000 acres of new grasses from 2012-2104.For full story, click here.

IA: Iowa's impaired waters list grows 15 percent in 2 years

Omaha.com – May 14, 2015
The number of Iowa's lakes, rivers and streams that are impaired due to some level of 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.

KY: Va. waited 2 months to notify Ky. of sewage leak into river

By Bruce Schreiner – The Washington Post – May 28, 2015
Kentucky officials are upset that it took two months for anyone in Virginia to tell them about the millions of gallons of sewage pouring into the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River and across the state line. A marina operator at Fishtrap Lake is frustrated, too. He has seen his business nosedive just as the prime season gets underway. The leak started in early March in Buchanan County, Virginia. Officials there blame it on flooding that shifted pieces of manholes, causing rocks and sediment to clog a stretch of sewage line. The sewage seeped through underwater manholes into the river that flows into Kentucky. For full story, click here.

LA: Louisiana Civic Organizations Weigh In On Coast

American’s Wetland Foundation – June 1, 2015
Today the America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) released results of a 2015 survey distributed to Louisiana civic organizations that align with earlier findings that 74 percent of Louisiana voters cite coastal land loss as the issue of their lifetime, while raising uncertainty about the implementation of the state's future plan for restoration. For full story, click here.

MD: Most Baltimore area waterways receive failing health grades

ABC2 News, WMAR-TV – June 4, 2015 – Video
While there have been moderate signs of improvement in the quality of Baltimore area waterways, they still received a failing grade in the latest Healthy Harbor Report Card. The report card, grades the health of four distinct waterways in Baltimore and the surrounding counties. In it, the report card offered failing grades for the Jones Falls, Baltimore Harbor and tidal portion of the Patapsco River. However, the Gwynns Falls stream received a D-, making it the first body of water since monitoring began in 2012 to not fail. For full story and to view video, click here.

MD: Senators call for more Bay cleanup funds

By Josh Bollinger – MyEasternShoreMD – May 28, 2015
Two U.S. senators, one from Maryland and the other from Pennsylvania, seek more federal resources to support cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River Basin. U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., wrote to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week to encourage more technical and financial federal support to help farmers in the Susquehanna River Basin meet antipollution goals. They also call for the USDA to take greater responsibility in Bay cleanup efforts. For full story, click here.

MD: Army Corps’ Baltimore District, partners start oyster restoration in Tred Avon River, as Harris Creek Restoration nears completion

Coastal News Today – May 7, 2015
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, and partners began constructing oyster reefs in the Tred Avon River, April 30, 2015, just as restoration on 370 acres wraps up in Harris Creek. These efforts are part of the Maryland statewide oyster restoration program that identifies tributaries in the Chesapeake Bay for restoration. For full story, click here.

MI: Enbridge Reaches First Settlement With Justice Dept Over 2010 Oil Spill

By David Hasemyer – Inside Climate News – June 9, 2015
Enbridge Inc. has reached another settlement in connection with its massive oil pipeline spill into Michigan's Kalamazoo River five years ago. The Canadian company will pay nearly $4 million to fund several restoration projects as a part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division. For full story, click here.

MI: Mich. lawmakers irate over Canada's proposed burial site near Lake Huron

By Colin Sullivan – E&E Publishing, LLC – June 1, 2015
A first-of-its-kind underground nuclear waste dump proposed for excavation less than a mile from Lake Huron in Canada has prompted a heavy dose of fallout from U.S. politicians who want to see the waste stored elsewhere. At issue is Ontario Power Generation's solution for coping with low- and medium-level waste from 20 reactors operating in the province. The publicly owned utility has been pursuing underground storage for almost 15 years and won an endorsement last month from an advisory panel that recommended construction of a "deep geological repository" by Canadian Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq. For full story, click here.

MI: Detroit to test innovative 'blue infrastructure' project

American Planning Association – May 17, 2015
Detroit is about to find out whether an innovative landscape concept known as "blue infrastructure" actually works to save taxpayers big money. Blue infrastructure refers to the practice of diverting rainwater and snowmelt from the city's combined sewer/stormwater system into ponds, fields, and other more natural settings. By keeping water out of the sewer system, the city in theory could save hundreds of millions of dollars by not having to invest in more big-pipe gray infrastructure to treat the mix of sewerage and storm runoff. For full story, click here.

MN: More chemicals found in remote Minnesota lakes

By John Myers – Duluth News Tribune – June 3, 2015
A chemical associated only with X-ray technology is showing up in Lake Kabetogama in Voyageurs National Park and other northern lakes, one of many industrial compounds showing up in samples taken from Minnesota waterways. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tuesday released the results of its latest survey of 11 lakes and four rivers tested for 125 different chemicals, many of which are suspected of being harmful to the environment and, possibly, to humans. For full story, click here.

NJ: New Jersey and Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

Rutgers New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance– Video
Produced by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, this video provides a comprehensive overview about impacts of a changing climate to people, places and valuable assets throughout the Garden State. For full video, click here.

NY: Mayor de Blasio Tells New Jersey to Reject Deal With Exxon

By Benjamin Weiser – The New York Times – June 8, 2015
New Jersey’s proposed $225 million pollution settlement with Exxon Mobil Corporation has a prominent and new opponent: the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, which has asked that the deal be rejected, saying it “appears wholly inadequate.” The agreement, reached by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration earlier this year, seeks to end a decade of litigation in which New Jersey demanded $8.9 billion in compensation for natural resource damage to more than 1,500 acres of wetlands and marshes at refinery sites once owned by Exxon in Bayonne and Linden. For full story, click here.

NC: NC orders Duke to stop pollution spreading at coal ash dump

WNCN – June 9, 2015
North Carolina environmental regulators are ordering Duke Energy to stop the spread of groundwater pollution from coal ash dumps outside Wilmington after tests showed contamination in nearby drinking wells. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Tuesday recent tests showed high levels of boron in three wells near the Sutton Steam Plant. The presence of boron in groundwater is a recognized indicator of coal ash contamination. For full story, click here.

OH: Bacteria making some Ohio beaches no vacation

By Reis Thebault – The Columbus Dispatch – June 11, 2015
More than two dozen beaches across Ohio — most of them on Lake Erie — are contaminated with E. coli, ranking the state among the most-polluted in the nation. As of Wednesday afternoon, 28 of Ohio’s 134 public beaches were under bacteria advisories, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Twenty-one of the beaches are at Lake Erie. In central Ohio, beaches at Buckeye Lake and Delaware Lake also had elevated E. coli levels. For full story, click here.

OH: Columbus saw nitrate problem coming down Scioto River

By Laura Arenschield – The Columbus Dispatch – June 10, 2015 – Video
The nitrates that contaminated Columbus’ drinking water this week likely washed into the Scioto River from farms more than 60 miles away during heavy rainstorms more than a week ago, city officials said on Tuesday. Water officials generally test for nitrates once a month, as required by law. But at the Dublin Road facility, they saw the problem coming. For full story and to view video, click here.

OH: Officials in Columbus discuss Midwest’s role in Gulf of Mexico dead zone

By Laura Arenschield – The Columbus Dispatch – May 21, 2015
The farmlands of the Midwest are contributing to a dead zone the size of Connecticut in the Gulf of Mexico, where low oxygen levels have made it impossible for fish and other aquatic life to survive. On Wednesday, policymakers from across the Midwest met in Columbus to talk about ways to ease that dead zone and solve other agriculture-runoff problems, including the kind of toxic algae that plagues Lake Erie each summer. For full story, click here.

PA: Substances used by fertilizer company in plant blaze can kill fish, destroy ecosystems

By Ivey DeJesus – Penn Live – The Patriot News – June 11, 2015
An analysis of the chemical substances handled by the York County fertilizer company whose Adams County plant was destroyed in a fire on Monday show that many of the substances can destroy aquatic ecosystems and fish. Safety data for the Miller Chemical and Fertilizer Corp., outlined in Crop Data Management Systems agro-chemical database show that the York County company handles substances that carry strict guidelines on their storage, hazards and course of action in case of spills or human contact. For full story, click here.

WY: Wyoming doesn’t want you to know how much cow poop is in its water

By Jeff Guo – The Washington Post – May 20, 2015
The Western Watersheds Project, an Idaho-based environmental group, would really like cows to stop pooping so much in streams. Grazing cattle can trample riverbanks and leave mudslides of fecal bacteria in the nation’s waterways. High levels of manure pathogens, like E. coli and salmonella, choke fish and taint downstream drinking water and crops. In order to protect public waters, the nonprofit’s volunteers routinely check rivers for contamination. They report their measurements to government agencies, which have the power to restrict where cows can roam on public lands. For full blog post, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News: June 2015WETLAND SCIENCE

New online tool opens historic maps database to the public

By Kevin Duffy – Great Lakes Echo – June 11, 2015
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is changing the way people access its trove of historic maps. The federal agency’s new topoView app allows anyone to access and download topographic maps – nearly 180,000 of them – dating back to the 1880s. An internal business tool turned public resource, topoView makes searching for maps more intuitive. And it’s free. For more information, click here.

Rivers, lakes loaded with artificial sweeteners, researchers say

By Amy Legate-Wolfe – CTV News – June 8, 2015
It may be lurking in your diet soda, your chewing gum and even in your favorite yogurt. Now scientists have found artificial sweeteners are also coming out of your faucet. Sweeteners are used in thousands of food and beverages sold around the world, according to The Sugar Association. And on World Oceans Day, marked every June 8, scientists are asking us to consider where sweeteners end up after they're ingested. According to recent research, scientists have found artificial sweeteners in bodies of water around the world, including Canada. For full story, click here.

Report: Warming water in LI Sound altering fish populations

The Daily Star – June 8, 2015
Fish such as black seabass and summer flounder that prefer warm water are appearing more frequently in Long Island Sound because of climate change, according to a report released Monday on the health of the sound. And fish such as winter flounder, Atlantic herring and red herring that prefer cold water are slowly decreasing, according to the report by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. For full story, click here.

Climate change is latest threat for struggling bird species

By Rex Springston – Richmond Times-Dispatch – June 7, 2015 – Video
Feeding along this barrier island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, about 200 birds called red knots looked more like chunky, long-billed robins than widely admired wonders of nature. Now red knots have a new problem — climate change — and Virginia is at the center of the issue. For full story and to view video, click here.

Exploring a missed opportunity: Microclimates

By Frank Van Steenbergen and Abraham Mehari Haile – CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems – June 3, 2015
They go largely unobserved and unattended. In view of the climate change that is with us today, this is a huge missed opportunity: microclimates. As long ago as 1949, Wolfe, Wareham and Scofield, in a meticulous description of the microclimate in the small Neotoma valley in Central Ohio, observed there is much attention for predictions and trends of macroclimate, but far less understanding of how this translates in weather at a local level. For full blog post, click here.

App will show level of algae in water

By Jessica Wehrman – The Columbus Dispatch – June 1, 2015
The same technology that allows you to consult your phone to figure out when a big storm is moving in could soon help you decide the best places to fish and swim. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using satellite technology for an app it’s developing that’s aimed at helping both water-quality managers and, eventually, the public, determine the level of toxic algae in their water sources. For full story, click here.

Water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths

By Michael Balsamo – Daily Record – May 31, 2015
Hundreds of small turtles have washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the last month, a die-off scientists blame on waterborne toxins that have reached unprecedented levels for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. Necropsies on some of the more than 200 diamondback terrapins found on the island’s North Fork point to saxitoxin, a biotoxin produced in algae blooms that has been found in the water at 10 times the normal level. The poison collects in shellfish, which are eaten by the turtles in brackish bays and estuaries, quickly causing paralysis and death. For full story, click here.

Findings cast doubt on plant benefits from rising CO2

The Daily Climate – May 22, 2015
More than 40 years' of evidence from a mountain meadow shows that increasing carbon dioxide levels don't help plants. In fact, the opposite is true: Grassland productivity today in one Montana meadow is half of what it was in 1969, when AM ruled the airwaves and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were 327 parts per million, 20 percent lower than today's. Researchers concluded that increasing aridity in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem countered any gains plants might have enjoyed from the increased carbon dioxide. For full story, click here.

Bad News Keeps Flowing From Antarctica

By Michael D. Lemonick – Climate Central – May 21, 2015
The massive shelves of ice that ring Antarctica have been shrinking over the past couple of decades, and that could have grave implications for sea level rise. It’s not the ice shelves themselves that pose a problem: they’re mostly afloat, so when they melt or dump massive icebergs, it doesn’t affect water levels any more than melting ice cubes make your drink rise and overflow. But the ice shelves serve as massive barriers that slow the flow of glaciers out to sea. As the shelves shrink, the barrier weakens, allowing glaciers to start moving faster. And since that ice is land-based, it adds to sea level rise. For full story, click here.

Study links La Niña, high-ozone days in West

By Amanda Peterka – E&E Publishing, LLC – May 18, 2015
La Niña could be driving spring ozone levels in the West, according to new research that has major implications for the Obama administration's proposed tightening of the federal ozone standard. Analyzing air quality and meteorological data from 1990 to 2012, researchers found the frequency of high-ozone events increased after strong La Niña winters. The polar jet stream at that time creates upper-atmosphere intrusions that funnel ozone toward the ground in the western United States. The finding is significant in light of U.S. EPA's proposal to toughen the national ozone standard, the researchers said, because it may allow regulatory entities to better predict and document when high-ozone days occur as a result of background concentrations. For full story, click here.

A Remarkable Recovery for the Oysters of Chesapeake Bay

By Rona Kobell – environment 360 – May 15, 2015
If the world is our oyster, where are the oysters in our world? Not in the places we’re used to finding them. Louisiana once supplied most of the United States’ oysters, but Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have slashed the state’s oyster production. The Pacific Northwest was the U.S.’s second-largest oyster supplier, but ocean acidification is hurting those populations. In Florida, Apalachicola Bay oyster production has fallen by two-thirds because of freshwater diversions. Globally, oyster populations are in serious trouble, with more than 90 percent of the world’s oyster reefs having been lost in the past century, according to a 2011 study. For full story, click here.

It's the final act for Larsen B Ice Shelf

By Carol Rasmussen – Global Climate Change – May 14, 2015
A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and is likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade. A team led by Ala Khazendar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, found the remnant of the Larsen B Ice Shelf is flowing faster, becoming increasingly fragmented and developing large cracks. Two of its tributary glaciers also are flowing faster and thinning rapidly. For full story, click here.

Wetlands play a vital role in flood protection

By Tamara Dietrich – Daily Press – April 18, 2015
Not long ago, wetlands were considered mere roadblocks to development — nuisances that had to be drained to be useful. But appreciation for these soggy, boggy areas has grown in recent years as their role in protecting against floods and in filtering pollutants is better understood. In a new analysis by Environment Virginia, wetlands are described as both the "kidneys" of our national water system, cleaning out sediment and pollutants, and as "sponges" that soak up excess water during heavy rain events. For full story, click here.

Ten Tips to Give Frogs a Landing Pad

By Anne Bolen – National Wildlife Federation – March 12, 2015
Frogs are vital to the food web, serving as natural bug zappers and as food for many predators, from raptors to raccoons. They are also important bioindicators that help us determine the health of our environment,” says Kerry Kriger, founder of Save The Frogs, an NWF partner. “We have a lot to learn from them.” Indeed, about a third of the world’s some 7,000 amphibian species are at risk of extinction, struggling to combat pesticides, pollution, diseases such as deadly chytrid funguses, competition with introduced species and, in particular, habitat decline. One 2014 paper by the Institute for Land, Water and Society published in Marine and Freshwater Research estimates that at least 64 percent of the world’s wetlands—vital for amphibian breeding and feeding—have disappeared since 1900, overtaken by agriculture and development. For full article, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News: June 2015RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS

Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts

National Academy of Sciences – 2014
Hurricane- and coastal-storm-related losses have increased substantially during the past century, largely due to increases in population and development in the most susceptible coastal areas. Climate change poses additional threats to coastal communities from sea level rise and possible increases in strength of the largest hurricanes. Several large cities in the United States have extensive assets at risk to coastal storms, along with countless smaller cities and developed areas. The devastation from Superstorm Sandy has heightened the nation's awareness of these vulnerabilities. What can we do to better prepare for and respond to the increasing risks of loss? For more information, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News: June 2015

POTPOURRI

Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program Request for Applications

EPA – June 15, 2015
This Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from eligible entities for a cooperative agreement to support a project to continue monitoring and assessment of Great Lakes coastal wetlands pursuant to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 31, 2015.

What's driving rapid recovery of American waterways?

By Patrik Jonsson – The Christian Science Monitor – June 3, 2015
Threadfin shad flitting at the mouth of a cove. White bass hugging dock pilings. Mayflies so thick on trees that branches dip into the water where bluegill brunch. For anyone who likes to cast a lure into the world below, such images are sure signs of a healthy stretch of water. And from Appalachian highland creeks to the “Big Muddy” Missouri River, such scenes are becoming increasingly more common. For full story, click here.

Methane emissions threaten to undermine natural-gas offensive

By Tara Patel – Bloomberg Business – June 3, 2015
The grainy black and white photograph taken with an infrared camera shows a smoky haze wafting from a natural gas storage tank. That cloud is methane escaping, said Philip Swanson, administrator of a United Nations-led industry partnership aimed at curbing leakage of the primary component of natural gas. His presentation at the World Gas Conference in Paris on Tuesday highlighted how the energy being promoted as one of the solutions to fighting climate change is also contributing to the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. For full story, click here.

Water quality is important as quantity

By Larry Dreiling – High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal – June 1, 2015
Water affects every facet of our lives, from drinking supplies to agricultural production to recreation. While debates ensue about water quantity as a drought across the High Plains eases somewhat, quality determines how and if it can be used. For full story, click here.

Exxon, Chevron Reject Shareholder Measures on Climate Change Again

By Elizabeth Douglas – InsideClimate News – May 28, 2015
Sharp differences are emerging between U.S. oil majors and their European brethren on the issue of climate change, and Wednesday's shareholder meetings at ExxonMobil and Chevron underscored the divergence as they fought all climate-related shareholder proposals and came away largely victorious. The stiff resistance from Exxon and Chevron came in contrast to recent annual meetings at BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil, where nearly identical climate-related shareholder resolutions passed almost unanimously after the three companies opted to support the measure instead of oppose it. For more information, click here.

Why should every American care about the California drought?

By Sara Larsen – American Rivers – May 21, 2015
I was talking about this over FaceTime with my Mom in New Jersey. She mentioned that the drought “out there” seems bad. Yes, it is, I said. And then I had a thought: Why should Americans who don’t live in the West care? The fact is, California grows more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and almost two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. The drought’s bearing on agricultural production will most likely cause a nation-wide ripple effect on food prices, with Americans all over the country seeing their grocery store receipts inch up in cost. For full blog post, click here.

All quacked up for wetlands

By Russell Bassett – Environment America – May 5, 2015
Without wetlands, ducks would be, well, sitting ducks. All of North America’s duck and goose species depend on wetland habitats for breeding, rearing, and/or for resting and foraging along their migratory flyways. For full blog post, click here.

Meaningful steps toward clean water takes decades

By Tom Horton – My Eastern Shore MD – May 3, 2105
The Chesapeake Bay just got an important “win,” with Maryland’s agreement to end the spreading of poultry manure across sections of its Eastern Shore. Everyone should be happy about that. But no one should be satisfied. We could have had this win a decade ago. Understanding why we didn’t is important for ensuring the current agreement works. For full opinion, click here.

River of Death

By Steve Fisher – Fusion
It was a warm sunny afternoon in 2008 in the dusty suburb of La Azucena. Eight-year-old Miguel Ángel Lopez Rocha was kicking a ball with his friends. A group of boys were playing near the Ahogado Canal, a tributary to the Santiago River and a recipient of factory discharge, that cuts through one of the most prosperous industrial zones in Mexico, located in El Salto, Jalisco. Someone kicked the ball into the canal. It was Lopez Rocha’s turn to retrieve it. As he reached down to pick it up, he tripped and fell directly into the backwaters of the canal. Later that night, feeling dizzy, Lopez Rocha stumbled into the bathroom. He was vomiting profusely. His mother rushed him to a hospital in nearby Guadalajara, where doctors quickly determined that the young boy was suffering from arsenic poisoning. Hours later, Lopez Rocha fell into a coma. For full story, click here.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

   

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

   

TRAINING

     
                   
WEBINARS          
                   
JUNE 2015                  
                   
June 17, 2015
1:00p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT
      Center for Watershed Protection webcast: Multi-Sector & Industrial Stormwater Permits          
                   
June 24, 2015
3:00 p.m-4:30 p.m. EDT
      ASWM’s Members’ Wetland Webinar: Findings from ASMW’s New Status and Trends Report on State Wetland Programs in the United States          
                   
June 25, 2015
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT
      EPA webinar: Building Public Support for Sustainable Water Infrastructure          
                   
June 26, 2015
9:00 a.m. Central
      Kinship Conservation Fellows webinar: Blue Carbon and Beyond: Linking Marine Ecosystem Services with Markets and Decision-Making          
                   
June 29, 2015
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT
      Northern Arizona University webinar: Climate Change Impacts on Fish and Wildlife          
                   
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 8, 2015
3:00 p.m. Central
      Kinship Conservation Fellows webinar: Thinking Past Carbon: New Approaches for Conservation Finance          
                   
July 9, 2015
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT
      The Swamp School webinar: 2015 Waters of the US          
                   
July 9, 2015
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EDT
      National Park Service Ocean Parks Centennial          
                   
July 14, 2015
3:00 p.m. EDT
      Association of State Wetland Managers Restoration webinar: Peat Land Restoration          
                   
July 16, 2015
1:00 p.m. EDT
      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          
                   
July 21, 2015
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT
      Wetland Training Institute, Inc. webinar: Redefining the Waters of the US. Other dates: July 22, 2015 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT; and July 23, 2015 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. EDT.          
                   
July 29, 2015
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT
      ASWM's Members' webinar: Using Beaver as a Wetland Restoration Tool: Restoration Lessons Learned and an Introduction to the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT). Presented by Joe Wheaton, Assistant Professor and Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab Director at Utah State University. This webinar will be open to both members and nonmembers.
         
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 10, 2015
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EDT
      Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News: Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats          
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
      Center for Watershed Protection webcast: What to Do About Trashy Watersheds          
                   
September 24, 2015
2:00 p.m. ET
      Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) webinar: Developing & Implementing Dam Removal Projects          
                   
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
      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        
                   
JUNE 2015                  
                   
June 18-19, 2015
Woodlands, Texas
      Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES) Sam Houston State University: Water Policy Conference          
                   
June 21-26, 2015
Queenstown, New Zealand
     

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 22-24, 2015
Washington, DC
      Association of Climate Change Officers: 2015 Climate Strategies Forum          
                   
June 23-24, 2015
Barnstable, Massachusetts
      Massachusetts Audubon 5th Annual Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop for Professionals          
                   
June 23-24, 2015
Portland, Oregon
      Extreme Events and Climate Adaptation Planning Workshop organized by U.S. EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities          
                   
June 25, 2015
Washington, DC
      Environmental Law Institute Summer Seminar: Basics of the Clean Water Act. Also via webinar.          
                   
June 28, 2015
Washington, DC
      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 13-14, 2015
Cornwall, UK
      British Ecological Society Symposium: The Ecology and Evolution of Emerging Plant Pests and Pathogens: Challenges to Global Food Security and Ecosystem Reliance          
                   
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 6-8, 2015
Shenandoah University
Winchester, Virginia
      2015 Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference: Bridging the Water Quality Data Gap          
                   
August 9-14, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland
     

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 20-21, 2015
Gulfport, Mississippi
      Mississippi Urban Forest Council: Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Conference          
                   
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
      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.          
                   
September 26-30, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
      Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference          
                   
September 28-29, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
      2015 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting          
                   
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 6-8, 2015
Olympia, Washington
      Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists Conference: From a Watershed Perspective: Integrating Science into Policy. Abstracts due by August 1, 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          
                   
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
      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 4-5, 2015
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
      Sixth Annual Northwest Climate Conference. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations, as well as proposals for special sessions, are due by 11:00 pm Pacific on Friday, June 26, 2015.          
                   
November 8-12, 2015
Portland, Oregon
      Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Conference: Grand Challenges in Coastal & Estuarine Science; Securing Our Future          
                   
November 12-13, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts
      Association of Climate Change Officers will hold the 2015 Rising Seas Summit. Abstracts due June 30, 2015.          
                   
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        
                   
JUNE 2015                  
                   
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 8-10, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina
      North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program: Stream Restoration course          
                   

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 13-17, 2015
Lake Erie Center
Toledo, Ohio
      University of Toledo, OH course: Field Ecology & Behavior of Amphibians and Reptiles EEES 4980/6980          
                   

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 20-23, 2015
Portage, Wisconsin
      The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. course: Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators          
                   

July 21, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

      Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Endangered Species Act Overview. This course will also be held on December 8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.          

July 24-30, 2015
Ashland, Wisconsin

      3 Sigma Institute Course: Lake Ecosystem Ecology: Biological and Hydrologic Sustainability of Lake Ecosystem          
                   
July 26-August 1, 2015
Steuben, Maine
      Eagle Hill Institute Natural History Science Seminar: Field Botany and Plant Ecology of the Eastern Maine Coast          
                   

July 27-31, 2015
Logan, Utah

      Utah State University course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design          
                   

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 28-30, 2015
Portage, Wisconsin
      Wetland Training Institute will hold a course: Problematic Wetland Delineation Seminar          
                   
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, 2015
St. Michaels, Maryland
      Environmental Concern Course: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands. This course will also be held on July 13, August 4, and December 9, 2015. More information is available here.          
                   
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 6-7, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training course: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Piedmont)          
                   
August 7, 2015
St. Michaels, Maryland
      Environmental Concern will hold a course: Wetland Plant ID for Educators: Know 'em & Grow 'em. Please register by June 22, 2015. This course will also be held on July 15, 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 17-21, 2015
Truckee, California
      UC Berkeley course: Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration          
                   
August 18-21, 2015
Hays, Kansas
      The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification          
                   
August 18-21, 2015
Evanston, Illinois
      Aarcher Institute of Environmental Training course: The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™. For other dates, click here.          
                   
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          
                   
August 28-29, 2015
Denver, Colorado
      Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. course: Wetland Permitting Training          
                   
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 14-18, 2015
Covington, Louisiana
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation course. For other dates and locations, click here.          
                   
September 14-19, 2015
Whitefish, Montana
      Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology          
                   

September 15-18, 2015

Denver, Colorado
      Aarcher Institute of Environmental Training course: The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™. For other dates, 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 20-21, 2015
Richmond, Virginia
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum          
                   
October 20-23, 2015
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
      Rutgers University course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands. Instructors: Ralph Tiner and Mallory N. Gilbert          
                   
October 21, 2015
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
      Rutgers University course: Introduction to Wetland Identification. Instructor: Ralph Tiner          
                   
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          
                   
October 27-30, 2015
Williamsburg, Virginia
      Aarcher Institute of Environmental Training course: The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™. For other dates, click here.          
                   
NOVEMBER 2015                  
                   
November 2-3, 2015
Atlanta Georgia
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species          
                   
November 10-13, 2015
San Antonio, Texas
      Aarcher Institute of Environmental Training course: The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™. For other dates, click here.          
                   
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.          
                   
December 9, 2015
St. Michaels, Maryland
      Environmental Concern course: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands. This course will also be held on July 13, August 3, and August 4, 2015.          
                   
December 11, 2015
St. Michaels, Maryland
      Environmental Concern course: POW! The Planning of Wetlands. This course will also be held on August 6, 2015.          
                   
December 15-18, 2015
San Diego, California
      Aarcher Institute of Environmental Training course: The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™. For other dates, click here.          
                   
SPECIAL EVENTS 2015                  
                   
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 - June 2015


INDEX

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Senate committee passes bill that overturns EPA clean water rule
  • Voluntary Buyers Spend Nearly $4.5 Billion on Offsets to Combat Climate Impacts
  • FAO leader calls for change in the way we produce food
  • In major shift, new rule excludes some wetlands, ponds
  • Barack Obama's water war
  • Ancient Traditions Revitalize Sierra Watersheds; Increase Water
  • ASWM Members’ Wetland Webinar
  • ASWM’s Wetland Restoration Webinar: Peat Land Restoration
  • Wetland Mapping Consortium (WMC): Part 1 - “The Florida Wetlands Integrity Dataset: Using soils data, topographic indices, and Bayesian probability to identify wetlands”
  • NFFA Webinar: Managing Water Where It Falls: Green Infrastructure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • ASWM Members’ Wetland Webinar

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science Releases Report
  • Calling all milkweed: Federal pollinator plan needs a billion plants for monarch butterflies
  • EPA finds drinking water vulnerable to fracking
  • U.S. to Limit Petroleum Drilling on Habitat of Greater Sage Grouse
  • Decade After Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps
  • Obama overhaul draws GOP support, raises legal questions
  • NOAA announces $9 million in grants to improve coastal community resilience
  • Shot and gassed: Thousands of protected birds killed annually
  • Ducks Unlimited Secures Gulf Coast Restoration Funding
  • NOAA announces long-term Gulf of Mexico ecosystem research priorities

STATE NEWS

  • AK: Study backs up theory that warming, pollution combine to hurt Alaska's wood frogs
  • CA: California oil spill cleanup costs reaches $62 million
  • CA: California accepts historic offer by farmers to cut water usage by 25%
  • FL: Tampa Bay Estuary Program Surpasses Seagrass Restoration Goals
  • IA: Iowa's impaired waters list grows 15 percent in 2 years
  • KY: Va. waited 2 months to notify Ky. of sewage leak into river
  • LA: Louisiana Civic Organizations Weigh In On Coast
  • MD: Most Baltimore area waterways receive failing health grades
  • MD: Senators call for more Bay cleanup funds
  • MD: Army Corps’ Baltimore District, partners start oyster restoration in Tred Avon River, as Harris Creek Restoration nears completion
  • MI: Enbridge Reaches First Settlement With Justice Dept Over 2010 Oil Spill
  • MI: Mich. lawmakers irate over Canada's proposed burial site near Lake Huron
  • MI: Detroit to test innovative 'blue infrastructure' project
  • MN: More chemicals found in remote Minnesota lakes
  • NJ: New Jersey and Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
  • NY: Mayor de Blasio Tells New Jersey to Reject Deal With Exxon
  • NC: NC orders Duke to stop pollution spreading at coal ash dump
  • OH: Bacteria making some Ohio beaches no vacation
  • OH: Columbus saw nitrate problem coming down Scioto River
  • OH: Officials in Columbus discuss Midwest’s role in Gulf of Mexico dead zone
  • PA: Substances used by fertilizer company in plant blaze can kill fish, destroy ecosystems
  • WY: Wyoming doesn’t want you to know how much cow poop is in its water

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • New online tool opens historic maps database to the public
  • Rivers, lakes loaded with artificial sweeteners, researchers say
  • Report: Warming water in LI Sound altering fish populations
  • Climate change is latest threat for struggling bird species
  • Exploring a missed opportunity: Microclimates
  • App will show level of algae in water
  • Water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths
  • Findings cast doubt on plant benefits from rising CO2
  • Bad News Keeps Flowing From Antarctica
  • Study links La Niña, high-ozone days in West
  • A Remarkable Recovery for the Oysters of Chesapeake Bay
  • It's the final act for Larsen B Ice Shelf
  • Wetlands play a vital role in flood protection
  • Ten Tips to Give Frogs a Landing Pad

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts

POTPOURRI

  • Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program Request for Applications
  • What's driving rapid recovery of American waterways?
  • Methane emissions threaten to undermine natural-gas offensive
  • Water quality is important as quantity
  • Exxon, Chevron Reject Shareholder Measures on Climate Change Again
  • Why should every American care about the California drought?
  • All quacked up for wetlands
  • Meaningful steps toward clean water takes decades
  • River of Death

WEBINARS, MEETINGS, TRAINING

Webinars

  • Center for Watershed Protection webcast: Multi-Sector & Industrial Stormwater Permits
  • ASWM’s Members’ Wetland Webinar: Findings from ASMW’s New Status and Trends Report on State Wetland Programs in the United States
  • EPA webinar: Building Public Support for Sustainable Water Infrastructure
  • Northern Arizona University webinar: Climate Change Impacts on Fish and Wildlife
  • EPA's Green Infrastructure Program 2015 Webcast Series: Paying for Stormwater - The Benefits of a Utility
  • Kinship Conservation Fellows webinar: Thinking Past Carbon: New Approaches for Conservation Finance
  • The Swamp School webinar: 2015 Waters of the US
  • National Park Service Ocean Parks Centennial
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Restoration webinar: Peat Land Restoration
  • AWRA webinar: 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
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. webinar: Redefining the Waters of the US
  • ASWM's Members' webinar: Using Beaver as a Wetland Restoration Tool: Restoration Lessons Learned and an Introduction to the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT)
  • AWRA webinar: Water Security in 2015: Case Studies from the Nile River Basin
  • Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats
  • American Water Resources Association webinar: Unique Program to Drive Water Quality in the Delaware River Watershed
  • Center for Watershed Protection webcast: What to Do About Trashy Watersheds
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) webinar: Developing & Implementing Dam Removal Projects
  • AWRA webinar: 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
  • Center for Watershed Protection webcast: 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

  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago meeting: Statistics in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring (SEEM) 2015
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Fish Passage 2015
  • Association of Climate Change Officers: 2015 Climate Strategies Forum
  • Massachusetts Audubon 5th Annual Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop for Professionals
  • 5th Annual Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop for Professionals
  • Extreme Events and Climate Adaptation Planning Workshop
  • Environmental Law Institute Summer Seminar: Basics of the Clean Water Act
  • National Academies: Get the Scoop on Climate Change
  • 9th Annual IALE World Congress: Crossing Scales, Crossing Borders; Global Approaches to Complex Challenges
  • Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES) Sam Houston State University: Water Policy Conference
  • Our Common Future Under Climate Change International Scientific Conference
  • North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program workshop: Hydraulic Modeling for Stream Restoration
  • Resilience of Island Systems in the Context of Climate Change: Challenges for Biological and Cultural diversity and Conservation
  • The Ecology and Evolution of Emerging Plant Pests and Pathogens: Challenges to Global Food Security and Ecosystem Reliance
  • 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
  • 2015 Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference: Bridging the Water Quality Data Gap
  • Ecological Society of America: Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA's Centennial
  • Wetland Restoration and Training: Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • Mississippi Urban Forest Council: Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Conference
  • Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rual and the Wild
  • 4th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science
  • Stockholm International Water Institute: 2015 World Water Week
  • U.S. Water Alliance: One Water Leadership Summit
  • 2015 Floodplain Management Annual Conference
  • The Sixth Student Conference on Conservation Science - Bengaluru 2015
  • WETPOL 2015 - 6th International Symposium: Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control Annual Conference
  • Wetland Restoration and Training: Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • Transportation Research Board: International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events
  • San Francisco Estuary Partnership: State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference 12th Edition
  • Resource Institute, Inc.: Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference
  • Lacawac Ecology Conference
  • Moving the Needle Toward a Restored Bay Watershed
  • Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference
  • 2015 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting
  • British Columbia Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Education Program: Communities Conserving Wetlands
  • Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition: 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference
  • Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists Conference: From a Watershed Perspective: Integrating Science into Policy
  • 6th annual Student Conference on Conservation Science
  • Society of Environmental Journalists: Weather, Water, Energy: News in Every Neighborhood
  • Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership: 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
  • Natural Areas Association: 2015 Natural Areas Conference
  • Sixth Annual Northwest Climate Conference
  • Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Conference: Grand Challenges in Coastal & Estuarine Science; Securing Our Future
  • Association of Climate Change Officers will hold the 2015 Rising Seas Summit
  • Think Blue Maine Partner Maine Stormwater Conference
  • AWRA's 50th Annual Water Resources Conference
  • North American Lakes: Embracing their History, Ensuring Their Future

Training

  • 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 EEES 4980/6980
  • Wetland Restoration Techniques online Course at SUNY-ESF
  • Stream Restoration course
  • WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
  • Institute of Botanical Training, LLC Course: Wetland Flora
  • Field Ecology & Behavior of Amphibians and Reptiles EEES 4980/6980
  • Midwest Biodiversity Institute: Wetland Restoration
  • Wetland Plant ID for Educators: Know 'em & Grow 'em
  • The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils
  • Wetland Identification, Delineation, and Ecology
  • Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators
  • Endangered Species Act Overview
  • Biological and Hydrologic Sustainability of Lake Ecosystem
  • Field Botany and Plant Ecology of the Eastern Maine Coast
  • Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design
  • Wetland Restoration Techniques Practicum at SUNY-ESF
  • Problematic Wetland Delineation Seminar
  • Assessment of Wetland Food Web Support – Patterns in Primary and Secondary Production
  • WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
  • Introduction to Environmental Modeling: Linking Social and Natural Sciences
  • POW! The Planning of Wetlands
  • Hydrophytic Vegetation (Piedmont)
  • Wetland Plant ID for Educators: Know 'em & Grow 'em
  • Botany at the Landscape Scale
  • Lakes and Rivers Understanding Their Ecology and Water Quality
  • 5-day General CRAM Training with riverine and depressional wetland field examples
  • Conservation for Development Professionals: Strategies for implementing biodiversity action plans for the private sector
  • Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration
  • The Wetlands Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification
  • The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™
  • Advanced Hydric Soils
  • FIRM Map Revisions - Technical & Administrative Aspects - 2015
  • Wetland Permitting Training
  • Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology Wetland Restoration Course
  • Basic Wetland Delineation 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
  • Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants
  • Environmental Concern Course: Project WET 2.0
  • Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
  • Introduction to Wetland Identification
  • Overview of WQ Regulations and Compliance - 2015
  • Understanding Advanced Stormwater Management Techniques
  • The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™
  • Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™
  • 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
  • Endangered Species Act Overview
  • WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
  • POW! The Planning of Wetlands
  • The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™

SPECIAL EVENTS

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

 

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