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Wetland Breaking News - April 2016

All photos by
Jeanne Christie, ASWM

       

Dear Fellow Wetlanders,

Natural hazards have been all over the news lately: massive earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan; epic flooding in Houston, Texas. It’s enough to make one wonder if the planet is simply revolting against our enormous global footprint. But of course, that theory – that the earth is sentient - is not based on any actual scientific data – more of an offshoot of the Gaia theory than anything else. But it still makes me ruminate about how far off balance our natural systems are at this point and what we can do to bring them back into balance.

This Friday, April 22 is Earth Day, so it’s a good time to start thinking about what we can do to make the earth a healthier place for all of us. This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Trees for the Earth.” You can find information about various events and campaigns planned for Earth Day in the article listed in Wetland Breaking News Editor’s Choice section. Check it out and see what you can do to get involved in your own community.

xNext week on Tuesday, April 26th, ASWM will be hosting a webinar on Managing Invasive Species in Wetland Restoration Projects. Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to wetland systems that we currently face in the U.S., so we encourage you to sign up and learn about what you can do as a wetland manager to remove them from your wetlands and prevent their continued spread.

And although it often seems like the negative stories always outweigh the positive, there are many reasons to be optimistic about our ability to face our natural resources challenges. The USDA recently announced that their voluntary water quality efforts are working. And although the algal bloom problems in Lake Erie seem insurmountable, a recent study by the University of Michigan claims that phosphorus reduction targets are achievable. You can read about both of these studies in our National News section. And a lot of money is being poured into restoration efforts across the country, including the Florida everglades and the Gulf Coast. You can find these two stories in our State News section.

So I remain cautiously optimistic that we can and will face our environmental challenges head on. Spring is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf in our own lives and make little incremental changes to lessen our own personal footprints. I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Earth Day and thank you for all your hard work to make the world a healthier and happier place!

Happy spring!

Marla J. Stelk, Editor
Wetland Breaking News

     
                     


Wetland Breaking News - April 2016

Owyhee County Ranchers Create Wetlands for Wildlife, Livestock

By Steve Stuebner – Life on the Ranch – Video
In the arid West, water is key to the survival of everything. That's why early-day pioneers staked out the riverbottoms when they settled the West. It was all about water. In recent years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been partnering with ranchers in Owyhee County to create more ponds and wetlands on private lands. For full story, photo album, and to view video, go here.

Water Quality Photo Contest

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency April 12, 2016
EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) are launching a photo contest to raise awareness about water quality across the United States. They are looking for photos that illustrate ways to prevent water pollution and raise awareness about water body health. Examples include use of environmentally friendly products, proper disposal of wastes, watershed cleanups, and helping to monitor water quality for our streams, rivers, lakes, and beaches. The photo contest runs April 11 through May 27, 2016. Entrants must be at least 13 years old. Prizes will be awarded for the top three photos. For more information, go here and here.

Earth Day – Trees for the Earth – April 22, 2016

Celebrate the 46th year of Earth Day on April 22, 2016! This year’s theme is Trees for the Earth. Join Earth Day Network as they try to reach their goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next five years for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. There are many events and campaigns planned for Earth Day. To get involved, go here.

Improving Wetland Restoration Success webinar - Managing Invasive Species in Wetland Restoration Projects – April 26, 2016

Improving Wetland Restoration Success webinar on Managing Invasive Species in Wetland Restoration Projects will be held on April 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. EDT. Five invasive species—two animals and three plants—will be evaluated., Marnie Pepper from USDA, APHIS will address nutria, Wendy Anderson also from USDA APHIS will talk about feral swine, Eric Hazelton at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will discuss Phragmites, Ben Anderson from King County Noxious Weed Control Program will talk about purple loosestrife, and Craig Annen from Integrated Restorations LLC will address reed canarygrass. Presenters will cover the problems created by the persistence and even dominance of these species in wetlands, management strategies and likely future trends. For more information and to register, go here.
Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) Webinar – Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature & People - April 28, 2016

Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) webinar on Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature & People will be held on April 28, 2016 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT. Presented by K. Douglas Blodgett, Director of River Conservation, Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. For more information, go here.

Members’ Wetland Webinar – May 25, 2016

Financial Assurances and Compensatory Mitigation – 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET. Presented by Steve Martin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information and to register, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News - April 2016

Keystone I Leak Raises More Doubts About Pipeline Safety

By Phil McKenna InsideClimate News April 6, 2016
An oil spill that surfaced in South Dakota over the weekend prompted Canadian pipeline company TransCanada to shut down its Keystone I pipeline, a predecessor to the controversial Keystone XL project. TransCanada had still not confirmed the leak as of Tuesday, calling it a "potential incident." According to Chris Nelson, chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, the leak was first reported by a passerby. TransCanada reported to the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday that 187 gallons of oil had leaked, Nelson said. The line is expected to remain closed all week. For full story, go here.

USDA Seeks Partner Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands

Contact: Sylvia Rainford USDA NRCS April 5, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $15 million to help eligible conservation partners leverage local investments to provide technical assistance and financial resources for wetlands protection and improvements on private and Tribal agricultural land nationwide. For full news release, go here.

Obama admin appears headed for Supreme Court loss

By Robin Bravender E & E Publishing, LLC March 30, 2016
Supreme Court justices appear likely to smack down the government in another major clean water case. A vast majority of the justices today seemed dubious of the government's arguments that landowners shouldn't be able to challenge certain government decisions about water permits in court. For full story, go here.

USDA says voluntary water quality efforts are working

By Chris Kick Farm and Dairy March 29, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new funding for water quality efforts in the Western Lake Erie Basin, and released a study that says voluntary practices are making a difference, during a March 28 press conference at Maumee Bay State Park. USDA will invest $41 million in a three-year initiative to support the ongoing work of farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. The initiative helps farmers implement conservation measures to reduce runoff. For full story, go here.

Water Sector Announces New Initiatives at White House Water Summit

Water Utility Infrastructure Management March 27, 2016
On World Water Day, March 22, the White House hosted a Water Summit to shine a spotlight on creative, cross-cutting solutions to solve today's water challenges. Federal agencies, business leaders, local utilities and practitioners, and environmental organizations announced 150 new efforts and commitments to accelerate water innovation, investment and sustainability in the United States. For full story, go here.

The Importance of Native American Tribes and Their Landsto Conservation Recognized with Nearly $5 Million in Wildlife Grants

Contact: Christina Meister U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service March 25, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $5 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants to Native American and Alaska Native tribes in 16 states. The awards will support 29 fish and wildlife conservation projects that benefit a wide range of wildlife and habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. For full press release, click here.

Lake Erie phosphorus-reduction targets challenging but achievable

Phys.org March 22, 2016
Large-scale changes to agricultural practices will be required to meet the goal of reducing levels of algae-promoting phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent, a new University of Michigan-led, multi-institution computer modeling study concludes. Last month, the U.S. and Canadian governments called for a 40-percent reduction, from 2008 levels, in phosphorus runoff from farms and other sources into Lake Erie. For full story, go here.

Obama calls for proactive drought strategy. What would that look like?

By Lonnie Shekhtman The Christian Science Monitor March 21, 2016
While on his three-day trip to Cuba, President Obama released an action plan on Monday to help the federal government proactively deal with drought, which affects one-eighth of the continental US population, mostly in the West. In a memorandum and accompanying action plan, Mr. Obama’s administration outlined his goals for the federal government to help the country prevent and cope with drought, which scientists expect will worsen with changing climate conditions. For full story, go here.

Flood risk to persist in Mississippi River basin -NOAA outlook

By Julie Ingwersen Planet Ark March 16, 2016
Heavy winter rains have left the Missouri and Mississippi River basins, from Iowa to Louisiana, at an elevated risk of moderate flooding through June, U.S. government forecasters said on Thursday. The risk extends to eastern Texas and the southeastern Coastal Plain, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in issuing its spring outlook. For full story, go here.

Obama rescinds Atlantic coast drilling plan

By Timothy Cama The Hill March 16, 2016
President Obama is rescinding his proposal to open the Atlantic Coast to offshore drilling after encountering strong opposition. The Interior Department announced the decision Tuesday, reversing Obama’s previous proposal for 2017–2022 of organizing a single lease sale on the outer continental shelf in the area from Virginia to Georgia. For full story, go here.

Observers: Judge Garland Typically Deferential to EPA

By Rebecca Wilhelm Bloomberg BNA March 16, 2016
Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, has generally been deferential to Environmental Protection Agency regulations, legal observers told Bloomberg BNA March 16. For full story, go here.

USDA Announces $260 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Contact Amelia Hines Dortch USDA NRCS March 14, 2016
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced the availability of up to $260 million for partner proposals 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 NRCS’ innovative Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and applicants must be able to match the federal award with private or local funds. For full news release, go here.

Bay cleanup threatened by nutrients flowing past Conowingo Dam, study concludes

By Karl Blankenship and Timothy Bl. Wheeler Bay Journal March 11, 2016
After 87 years, the ability of the 14-mile-long reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam to trap sediment and nutrients coming down the Susquehanna River has largely ceased, threatening the region’s ability to meet Bay cleanup goals, a multi-year study concludes. Offsetting that impact may require millions of pounds of additional nutrient reductions beyond what was anticipated when the Bay cleanup plan was released in 2010, according to the Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment report, the final version of which was released Thursday. For full article, go here.

 

Wetland Breaking News - April 2016CA: At San Pablo Bay refuge, waterbirds are at home

By Paul McHugh The Sacramento Bee March 23, 2016
That darned pair of mute swans steadily out-maneuvered me. Plus, a breeze from the west slowed my kayak as I tried to position myself between a setting sun and that lovely pale duo so that I could take a photo. The swans weren’t frightened and didn’t bother to take flight. They simply swam off on a clever escape route to foil my plans. After giving up, I just let myself feel grateful for the sighting – and for managing to score it in one of California’s newest wildlife preserves. For full story, go here.


CA: State reports on ag effects of climate change

By Ching Lee, Courtesy of Ag Alert Daily Democrat March 20, 2016
Saying it intends to help California prepare and adapt to the effects of climate change that could threaten agriculture, the state government has released a plan with strategies aimed at improving soil health, incentivizing sustainable practices, improving water management, conserving farmland and developing new technologies to fight invasive pests. For full story, go here.

CA: Reservoirs are getting a big boost from 'Miracle March' — but the drought isn't over yet

By Matt Stevens Los Angeles Times March 18, 2016
So much rain has fallen in Northern California recently that federal officials have done what would have been unthinkable a year ago. They opened the spill gates at Folsom Lake and let precious water tumble into the American River as a precaution against — of all things — flooding. A series of storms during this "Miracle March" has caused Folsom and two of its neighbors, Lake Oroville and Shasta Lake, to swell. The massive reservoirs are at above-average levels for the first time since the spring of 2013. For full story, go here.

FL: State commits to spending $250 million a year to repair Everglades

By Mary Ellen Klas The Miami Herald April 7, 2016
For the next 20 years, Florida legislators will be required to dedicate at least $250 million annually to fund restoration of the state’s ailing Everglades ecosystem and polluted springs under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott. The Legacy Florida Act builds on Amendment 1, which voters approved by a 75 percent margin in 2014 to earmark money from a documentary stamp tax on real estate transactions to be spent on protecting and repairing the state’s most fragile ecosystems. For full story, go here.

FL: Wet South Florida winter puts rare Everglades sparrow in danger

By Jenny Staletovich The Miami Herald April 1, 2016
What's good for the Everglades isn't always so good for one of its smallest and most threatened inhabitants: the Cape Sable seaside sparrow. This winter, after record rain and water drained from Lake Okeechobee left conservation land to the north flooded, water managers opened flood gates into Everglades National Park for the first time in decades. Biologists celebrated the chance to see Everglades restoration in action. But the unseasonable rain, which also fell over the park, has made what should have been a good dry-season test run into a complicated balancing act, with water levels in critical sparrow grounds far too high heading into nesting season. For full story, go here.

GA: Property Rights Outcry Stops Billion-Dollar Pipeline Project in Georgia

By Phil McKenna InsideClimate News April 1, 2016
Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, announced this week that it has suspended construction of a $1 billion pipeline project that would pump gasoline and diesel fuel across the Southeastern United States. The decision is being hailed as a victory by an unlikely coalition of Republican legislators, private property owners and environmental organizations. For full story, go here.

IL: Chicago River cleanup makes waterway safer for recreation

By Michael Hawthorne Chicago Tribune March 21, 2016
More than four decades after the Clean Water Act required the rest of America to stop dumping disease-causing pollution into rivers and lakes, the law is catching up to the Chicago River. The latest improvement to the long-abused waterway is tucked inside a red brick building in north suburban Skokie, where a series of open tanks glow with an eerie, greenish light as partially treated sewage quietly flows through. Arrays of ultraviolet lamps dipped into each tank kill germs left over after waste from toilets and factories has been skimmed and scoured into frothy water. For full story, go here.

LA: Louisiana to receive a minimum $6.8 billion for state claims related to BP oil spill

Bossier Press-Tribune April 5, 2016
Today the Court approved the settlement between the United States, the five Gulf States and BP for damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Court approved Consent Decree outlines more than $20 billion in damages. Louisiana will receive a minimum of $6.8 billion for claims related to natural resource damages under the Oil Pollution Act, Clean Water Act civil penalties, and the State’s various economic claims. For full story, go here.

LA: Wetlands group opposes efforts to 'raid' La. coastal money

By Keith Magill Houmatoday.com March 18, 2016
Wetlands advocates today expressed concern about state lawmakers' proposals to redirect money from rebuilding Louisiana's vanishing coast to solving the state's budget problems. Bills introduced for the legislative session that started Monday would turn back hard-won gains for the state to secure money to restore its coast, the America's Wetland Foundation said. For full story, go here.

LA: Native American tribe to relocate from Louisiana coast as sea levels rise

By Sebastien Malo Planet Ark March 18, 2016
A small Native American community in coastal Louisiana is to be resettled after losing nearly all its land partly due to rising seas, a first in the United States. The band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, a Native American tribe living in the Louisiana coastal wetlands, has lost some 98 percent of its land since the 1950s. This is the first time an entire community has had to be relocated due in part to rising sea levels, said Marion McFadden, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The land loss is also due to factors such as erosion and sediment mismanagement, a Louisiana official said. For full story, go here.

MA: Cape students help create vernal pools in Falmouth and Chatham

By Doug Fraser Cape Cod Times April 5, 2016
The backhoe operator rested the knuckle of the big shovel on the peaty turf at the edge of a sand and clay pit. He leaned out the window and waited as Thomas Biebighauser helped Jaiden Wiles, a seventh grader in science teacher Melinda Forist’s class, extend a fiberglass “stick” upwards from the center of the pit until a sensor on the tip detected the beam of a laser from a surveying instrument in the woods, and started beeping. Biebighauser, a recently retired wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, explained how the laser helps ensure they were digging the 40-foot diameter hole to the 24 inch depth required to attract the right woodland species to two vernal pools they were creating on land adjacent to the Monomoy Regional Middle School in Chatham. For full story, go here.

MI: House hearing on Flint erupts into partisan blowup

By Ann Snider Politico March 17, 2016
A House hearing on the Flint water crisis erupted into a bitter partisan clash Thursday over who was to blame for lead contamination in the Michigan city, with Republicans chastising the EPA chief and Democrats unloading on Michigan's governor. House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) zeroed in on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for the agency's failure to act quickly to warn residents about the dangers of the lead contamination in the drinking water. For full story, go here.

MN: Seeking third CREP in Minn. for water quality, habitat

By Justin Hanson Austin Daily Herald March 31, 2016
Ten years ago, Minnesota’s local Soil & Water Conservation Districts were rolling out the second chapter of a highly successful conservation initiative called the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, most commonly known as CREP. While CREP had overwhelming success in the late 1990s, signups were not as prevalent in the second round, as the agricultural economy started climbing. Conservation took a back seat to increasing land values and commodity rates. Although projects were tough to come by, the ones we did were a significant success. For full story, go here.

NM: Feds issue warning as group fights for more Rio Grande water

Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press Silver City Sun-News March 22, 2016
Environmentalists are challenging decades-old permits that allow one of New Mexico's major irrigation districts to pull water from the Rio Grande, saying the district has failed to prove to state regulators that it's putting the water to beneficial use. The lawsuit filed in state district court in Santa Fe comes as federal officials warned Tuesday that climate change is expected to leave even less water in the river for municipalities, farmers and endangered species. For full story, go here.

NY: New study documents wetland loss along Long Island Sound

MilfordMirror.com March 31, 2016
Nearly a third of the wetlands along Long Island Sound have disappeared since the 1880s, representing a serious loss of this vital resource for coastal communities and for fish and wildlife. The decline has been documented in a study just published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with assistance from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Conducted under the Long Island Sound Study partnership, the work is the first long-term, Sound-wide assessment of the changes in the area of tidal wetlands. For full story, go here.

NC: Is Rural North Carolina the Next Flint? Groups Say People of Color There Bear the Brunt of Hog Farm Pollution

By Steve Holt Civil Eats March 23, 2016
All eyes have been on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but it is by no means the only city where the poorest residents face environmental damage and lax government oversight. Further to the South, in rural North Carolina, another, less-known battle is taking shape. This crisis involves the lasting impact of pollution from large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) housing pigs. Now a group of citizens is claiming that the state’s $3 billion pork industry is disposing of its waste in a manner that disproportionately and negatively affects residents of color, and that the negotiating efforts are being stalled by the pork industry. For full story, go here.

NC: Gas from swine, poultry waste will power 4 Duke plants

By Karen Sullivan The Charlotte Observer March 20, 2016
Duke Energy has signed an agreement with Carbon Cycle Energy to buy methane gas produced from swine and poultry waste and use it to generate electricity at four of its natural gas plants in North Carolina. Duke filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to register the L.V. Sutton Combined Cycle Station in New Hanover County, the H.F. Lee station in Wayne County, the Dan River station in Rockingham County and the Buck station in Rowan County as new renewable energy facilities. For full story, go here.

OR: City of Portland to sue Monsanto for contaminating waterways

By Keely Chalmers KGW.com March 16, 2016 Video
The city of Portland unanimously passed a resolution authorizing City Attorney Tracy Reeve to sue the Monsanto Company for contaminating Portland waterways with PCBs. PCBs are cancer causing chemicals that last for many decades in the environment. Reeve says the city has already spent a significant amount of public money to clean up the PCB contamination in the Willamette River and Columbia Slough and will continue to do so. It has known for years of the contamination. For full story, go here.

PA: Pennsylvania Launches Stream Buffer Initiative

By Philip Gruber Lancaster Farming April 7, 2016
Pennsylvania on Monday launched a new effort to help farmers and other landowners build more water-quality-improving forested buffers along streams. “We are convening a group of experts that will share their ideas about what’s working on the ground and lessons they have learned planting buffers, as well as brainstorm around new ideas and provide advice about outreach to citizens and stakeholders,” said Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which is leading the initiative. For full story, go here.

SD: Oil spill estimate jumps to almost 17K gallons

By John Hult Argus Leader April 7, 2016
TransCanada has increased the estimated size of an oil spill near Freeman to a "potential volume” of 16,800 gallons, or 400 barrels. The initial estimate offered on Saturday to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center after a passerby noticed a sheen of oil in the ditch south of Freeman was 187 gallons, or approximately 4.5 barrels. For full story, go here.

VT: Vermont Agriculture Agency Requests Delay In Water Quality Rules Implementation

By Pat Bradley WAMC.com March 31, 2016
Vermont agricultural officials are asking state legislators for permission to delay implementation of new water quality standards. The Vermont Clean Water Act, signed into law in June 2015, requires the Agency of Agriculture to update Accepted Agricultural Practices to more stringent Required Agricultural Practices. The goal is to reduce phosphorus pollution flowing from farms into the state’s waterways. Act 64 requires that the new rules be finalized before July 1st. For full story, go here.

WA: State, US agree to dismantle 4 dams on Klamath River

By Carolyn Lochhead SFGate April 5, 2016
The Obama administration and California officials are expected to announce a landmark agreement Wednesday to tear down four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, bypassing Congress to restore a major salmon fishery on the Oregon border. The dam removals would set in motion the largest river restoration in U.S. history and signal an end to one of the most contentious water fights in years. Since 2001, the Klamath basin has seen farmer bucket brigades, clashes with American Indian tribes, commercial fishery shutdowns and the largest fish die-off ever on the West Coast. For full story, go here.

WA: Stillaguamish Tribe: Way of life threatened by dwindling salmon runs

By Kari Bray HeraldNet March 15, 2016
Shawn Yanity remembers learning to fish with his uncle on the Stillaguamish River. It was more than three decades ago, and his uncle shared a dire warning. “As soon as we lose the salmon, this is a dead river,” his uncle said. Now Yanity, chairman and fisheries manager for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, is afraid the river is dying. For full story, go here.

WV: In W. Virginia, frack wastewater may be messing with hormones

By Brian Bienkowski Environmental Health News April 6, 2016
Water around and downstream from a fracking wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia contains compounds that may harm fish health by messing with endocrine systems, according to a new study. Researchers found high levels of endocrine disruption activity in the water near or downstream from the wastewater site in Fayetteville, West Virginia. The study, published today in the journal Science of the Total Environment, adds to evidence that some chemicals in hydraulic fracturing waste are hormone-mimickers or blockers and are leaching out of wastewater disposal wells and into nearby water, potentially impacting fish and human health. For full story, go here.

WY: Scientists find fracking contaminated Wyoming water after EPA halted study

By Oliver Milman The Guardian April 7, 2016
Two scientists have highlighted dangerous water contamination from a fracking operation in Wyoming, three years after the US Environmental Protection Agency decided to abandon its investigation into the matter. The report found there were dangerous levels of chemicals in the underground water supply used by the 230 residents of Pavillion, a small town in central Wyoming. Levels of benzine, a flammable liquid used in fuel, were 50 times above the allowable limit, while chemicals were dumped in unlined pits and cement barriers to protect groundwater were inadequate, the research found. For full story, go here.

Wetland Breaking News - April 2016

Two widely used pesticides likely to harm 97% of endangered species in US

By Oliver Milman – The Guardian – April 7, 2016
Almost all of the 1,700 most endangered plants and animals in the US are likely to be harmed by two widely used pesticides, an alarming new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis has found. Malathion, an insecticide registered for use in the US since 1956, is likely to cause harm to 97% of the 1,782 mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act. Malathion is commonly used to treat fruit, vegetables and plants for pests, as well as on pets to remove ticks. For full story, go here.

Study finds Bay osprey are thriving despite lingering contaminants

By Rona Kobell – Bay Journal – April 4, 2016
Baseball is back. The air is warming. The days are getting longer. But for Chesapeake Bay residents, the surest sign that spring is in the air is in the sky. The ospreys are back, flying to and fro along the rivers and creeks of the estuary, gathering fish for their young and putting the final touches on their nesting platforms. It’s always a cherished sight, these glorious raptors coming home. And a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey confirms that the birds are healthier and more plentiful than ever, though they still face threats from industrial chemicals and brominated flame retardants that have been slow to degrade. For full article, go here.

Biology: Climate change is affecting nature's spring ballet

The Columbus Dispatch – April 3, 2016
Biology erupts in spring. Nature comes to life, and life comes to nature. Flowers, bursting buds on trees and vocal songbirds appear almost as if they were part of a well-choreographed ballet. Indeed, it is a ballet, and the choreographer is natural selection. But lately the ballet company is in trouble. Some dancers are falling out of step. The stages on which this traveling company performs for a few days in the spring and fall are disappearing, threatening the very existence of some dancers. For full story, go here.

There’s a reason some birds don’t seem to fly south for winter anymore, scientists say

By Darryl Fears – The Washington Post – March 31, 2016
The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says. They are a harbinger of climate change, with species swapping habitats like a game of musical chairs as regions in Europe and the United States warm. Populations of American robins that winter in southern states are in decline there, but they are on the upswing in northern states that were once too cold. And European wrens are beating a trail from southern parts of Europe, also for chilly northern areas that in the past were uncomfortable, the study says. For full story, go here.

Climate forecasts underestimate sea-rise impact of Antarctic thaw: study

By Alister Doyle– Reuters– March 30, 2016
Sea levels could rise 50 cm (20 inches) more this century than had been expected, according to a report published on Wednesday which found that Antarctic ice will melt faster than previously thought. Climate scientists at two U.S. universities said the most recent U.N. report on the effects of global warming had underestimated the rate at which the ice covering the continent would melt. That report, issued in 2013, said the worst case of man-made climate change would mean a sea-level rise of between 52 and 98 cm by 2100. The new study suggests the real rise could be 1.5 meters (5 ft), posing an even greater threat to cities from New York to Shanghai. For full story, go here.

This little flea — and its huge appetite — could ruin the Great Lakes

By Darryl Fears – The Washington Post – March 22, 2016
It’s just a flea, no bigger than a speck. But it eats like a hog. That’s a problem because what the invasive spiny water flea from Europe and Asia likes to eat most is one of the coolest and most beneficial life forms in the food chain of Wisconsin’s Lake Mendota, the Daphnia flea. The victim grazes on algae, and the more it eats, the better the lake’s water quality and visibility, making recreational pastimes such as swimming and fishing more pleasurable. For full story, go here.

What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists say

By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post – March 21, 2016
If you dig deep enough into the Earth’s climate change archives, you hear about the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM. And then you get scared. This is a time period, about 56 million years ago, when something mysterious happened — there are many ideas as to what — that suddenly caused concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to spike, far higher than they are right now. The planet proceeded to warm rapidly, at least in geologic terms, and major die-offs of some marine organisms followed due to strong acidification of the oceans. For full story, go here.

Biological specimen troves threatened by funding pause

By Anna Nowogrodzki – Nature.com –March 21, 2016
The cabinets of the Field Museum in Chicago hold a collection of eggs that led to one of the most famous conservation discoveries of the twentieth century: that the pesticide DDT was causing widespread nesting failures in birds of prey. But such specimen troves — which are used to identify species, track diseases and study climate change — have lost a valuable means of support. Last week, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it would indefinitely suspend a programme that provides funding to maintain biological research collections. The agency will honour current grants, but it is not accepting new proposals. For full story, go here.

Drones set to revolutionize ecological monitoring: research

Reuters – March 17, 2016
Ecologists have a new tool for protecting the environment and monitoring ecological changes, according to an Australian study published on Thursday: drones. Aerial surveillance robots are more precise than traditional surveying techniques for tracking changes in animal populations and the broader environment, research from Monash University found. The study compared aerial footage taken from drones flying over tropical and sub-Antarctic islands with information gathered by human counters monitoring bird populations from the ground. For full story, go here.

Nitrogen from farm fertilizers remains in soil and could pollute drinking water for decades

By Christina Procopiou – Newsweek – March 15, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa’s water utility is suing three rural counties in federal court, claiming they violated the Clean Water Act by polluting the river from which the city gets its drinking water with nitrates present in agricultural runoff that have been linked to cancer and birth defects. It’s possible Des Moines Water Works is just playing the clean water card to get out of spending millions a year to filter the nitrates. After all, currently, agricultural runoff is exempt from federal clean water laws. But if the lawsuit is successful, the agriculture industry will have to limit the runoff before it enters the river as would any other industry. For full story, go here.

Tackling Harmful Algal Blooms

By W. Russell Callender, Joel Beauvais, and Beth Kerttula – The White House Blog – March 15, 2016
We all know that plants and algae are important—not only on land, but also in the water. They provide the oxygen we breathe, dispose of the carbon that we put into the air and are the base of our food web. But there can be too much of a good thing. Algal “blooms” occur when colonies of microscopic algae—simple, plant-like organisms that live in the sea and freshwater—grow out of control. Algal blooms can occur naturally, but in most cases they result from nutrient pollution. Various types of algae produce toxins and can also clog fish gills, block light from bottom-dwelling plants and become a hazard to people and wildlife. We refer to these types of events as harmful algal blooms (HABs). For full blog post, go here.

Climate hopes raised as global energy emissions stall for second year

By Alex Pashley – Climate Home – March 16, 2016
Global greenhouse gas emissions resisted a rise for a second straight year in a sign climate policies are working, the leading energy forecaster projected on Wednesday. Renewable power played a “critical role” in holding CO2 emissions to around 32 billion tonnes, the International Energy Agency said in a statement. The Paris-based think tank also cited falling coal use in top carbon polluters China and the United States in its preliminary data. The figures mark the first period in 40 years that a halt or reduction was not tied to an economic downturn. The data does not account for pollution from transport or changes in land use. For full story, click here.

13 million along US coast could see homes swamped by 2100, study finds

By Oliver Milman – The Guardian – March 14, 2016
US coastal areas occupied by more than 13 million people will be at risk of being completely swamped by the sea under a worst-case climate change scenario, new research predicts, potentially leading to a population upheaval comparable to the Great Migration of the 20th century. Population growth in coastal areas over the course of this century, particularly in vulnerable areas of Florida, is likely to collide with the reality of rising seas caused by melting glaciers and thermal expansion as the planet warms. For full story, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News -April 2016

Definition of Wetland, Floodplain, Riparian “Functions” and “Values”

By Jon Kusler – Association of State Wetland Managers – April 2016
State and federal wetland regulatory programs typically include an overall goal to prevent net loss of wetland “functions”, and “values”. However, there is only partial agreement among regulators and other wetland managers concerning the use of these terms. This paper briefly explores the use of the terms “function” and “value” and makes suggestions for future use of these terms. To download this report, go here.

A Comparative Analysis of Ecosystem Service Valuation Decision Support Tools for Wetland Restoration

By Mark Healy and Dr. Silvia Secchi – Association of State Wetland Managers – March 2016
The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) published a report in 2014 on the valuation of ecosystem services as an advantageous method for the promotion of wetland restoration. In addition to an explanation of fundamental ecosystem service valuation methodology and presentation of selected case studies, the 2014 report provided a broad list of pertinent decision support tools. As a continuation to this effort, in 2015 we conducted an extensive review of existing decision support tools suitable for the valuation of ecosystem services for wetland restoration. In turn, we chose six tools that maintain “off-the-shelf” capability and currently demonstrate the greatest potential for widespread dissemination and use. In order to aid natural resource managers’ consideration of these decision support tools, we organized our findings into a three part report. The first section defines and introduces twelve criteria for comparison and differentiation between the six selected decision support tools. The subsequent section includes a collection of discrete tool profiles that outline succinctly tool features, intended application, and an outlook on future development. The third section reviews the selected tools handling of eight essential wetland ecosystem services grouped into biogeochemical, hydrological, and ecological categories. Tool functionality and resulting outputs are demonstrated and discussed through firsthand assessment and reference to publically available literature for further exploration. We conclude with insights drawn from our investigation for potential users of the selected decision support tools. To download this report, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News - April 2016

Soil crisis brought about by climate change may hit global food production, claims alarming new research

By Tom Bawden Independent April 5, 2016
The world is facing a soil crisis that could badly hit food production, according to alarming new research. A 17-year study into the effect of global warming on microbes – the tiny bacteria, fungi and other micro-organisms that determine soil health – reveals them to be far less adaptable to changing conditions than expected. It raises concerns the microbes will not be able to carry out essential functions, such as breaking down leaves and other organic matter in a process which converts them into nitrogen and other nutrients that plants need to grow. For full story, go here.

The Deepening Story of How Climate Change Threatens Human Health

By Gina McCarthy, John Holdren, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, and Kathryn Sullivan EPA Connect Blog April 4, 2016
Climate change poses risks to human health through many pathways, some more obvious than others. Rising greenhouse-gas concentrations, driven by human activities, result in increases in temperature, changes in precipitation, increases in the frequency and intensity of some extreme weather events, and rising sea levels. These climate-change impacts endanger our health by affecting our food and water sources, the air we breathe, the weather we experience, and our interactions with the built and natural environments. As the climate continues to change, the climate-related risks to human health will continue to grow. For full blog post, go here.

See What Could Be the Atlantic's First Marine Monument

By Brian Clark Howard National Geographic March 30, 2016
A coalition of scientists and environmental groups has asked the Obama administration to designate the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The campaign is backed up by a study released Tuesday showing that the cold waters off New England are home to rich biodiversity and are in need of permanent protection. The fishing industry and Maine's governor are opposing the proposal. Conservationists appeared to receive a setback last week when an Obama administration official seemed to suggest to industry representatives that the monument is no longer being considered, but environmentalists say those comments were premature and that they still have time to make the case before the next president takes office. The Obama administration has not yet responded to our request for comment. For full story, go here.

Turning Stormwater Runoff Into Everyone's Business

By Julian Spector CityLab March 18, 2016
When it rains heavily in D.C., the surrounding ecosystem takes a beating. A full 43 percent of land in the city is impervious to rainwater. As it flows down the streets, it picks up motor oil, pet waste, fertilizers, garbage, and whatever else is lying there, flushing it into the sewer. For two-thirds of the city, that all empties into the nearest river or stream, with enough force to gauge the banks of the smaller tributaries. For full story, go here.

Mud, Shuck, and Spat

By Andrew David Thaler Hakai Magazine March 15, 2016
“No one has killed anyone since 1958,” says Martin Gary, head of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, looking out at a roomful of fishermen, aquaculturists, conservationists, and oyster managers. It’s a hell of a way to open a management meeting, but when it comes to the Chesapeake Bay oyster fishery, it’s an apt way to summarize the industry’s tumultuous, and sometimes violent, history. For full article, go here.

The Californian craft beer brewed from waste water

By Kristine Wong The Guardian March 14, 2016
In autumn of 2014 – three years into California’s devastating drought– architect Russ Drinker became fixated on brewing beer from recycled greywater (that is, water that’s been treated after use in sinks, showers and washing clothes). He was increasingly frustrated that the media paid little attention to water recycling. “They were focused on conservation instead. But if Californians really want to have an impact on our water use, we have to recycle our freshwater ... and get over our psychological resistance to that.” For full story, go here.

Insight - Mosquitoes' rapid spread poses threat beyond Zika

By Ben Hirschler Reuters March 14, 2016
As the world focuses on Zika's rapid advance in the Americas, experts warn the virus that originated in Africa is just one of a growing number of continent-jumping diseases carried by mosquitoes threatening swathes of humanity. The battle against the insects on the streets of Brazil is the latest in an ancient war between humankind and the Culicidae, or mosquito, family which the pests frequently win. For full story, go here.

 




   
  For more information on American Wetlands Month, please see sites below:
         

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Voice of Wetlands

• Wild Ones

Agri Puse - Video

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

   

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 
WEBINARS
                   
APRIL 2016                  
                   
April 26, 2016
3:00 p.m. EDT
      ASWM Improving Wetland Restoration Success webinar - Managing Invasive Species in Wetland Restoration Projects          
                   
April 28, 2016
1:00 p.m. EDT
      The Swamp School OSHA Safety Training Webinar: Wetland Assessment          
                   
April 28, 2016
3:00 p.m. EDT
      Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) Webinar – Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature & People          
                   
MAY 2016                  
                   
May 4, 2016
1:00 p.m. EDT
      AWRA webinar: Use - and Abuse - of Science in Water Resource Policy and Management
         
                   
May 5, 2016
2:00 p.m. EDT
      Forester University Webinar: Stormwater Treatment Maintenance: What Works & How to Do It          
                   
May 6, 2016
2:00 p.m. EDT
      American Planning Association (APA), the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) sixth Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar: Know Your Dam Risk          
                   
May 18, 2016
1:00 p.m. EDT
      Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 2: Education Programs to Enhance Pollutant Removal          
                   
May 25, 2016
3:00 p.m. EDT
      ASWM’s Members’ Wetland webinar: Financial Assurances and Compensatory Mitigation          
                   
JUNE 2016                  
                   
June 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. EDT
      Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 3: Green Infrastructure, Green Jobs: the Latest Trends          
                   
June 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. EDT
      Great Lakes Sea Grant Network webinar: Spill Response Requirements and Regional Capacity: Regulations and Resources          
                   
AUGUST 2016                  
                   
August 17, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
      American Water Resources Association (AWRA) webinar: Grand Theft Groundwater! What Would Elvis Do? Implications of the Groundbreaking Mississippi v. Memphis Groundwater Case          
                   
August 17, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
      Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Crude Move webinar: Regulatory Activity and Environmental Requirements: Tools for Addressing Multiple Objectives          
                   
SEPTEMBER 2016          
                   
September 14, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
      American Water Resources Association (AWRA) webinar: Scenarios, Simulations and Sustainability Science: Future Planning for Complex Systems          
                   
September 14, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
      Center for Water Protection Webcast 4: Incentivizing BMP Installation in Communities with Stormwater Utilities          
                   
OCTOBER 2016          
                   
October 12, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
      Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 5: Retrofitting Revisited: Forward Into the Past          
                   
October 26, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
      American Water Resources Association (AWRA) webinar: Oregon's First Integrated Water Resources Strategy: Lessons Learned Since Implementation          
                   
NOVEMBER 2016          
                   
November 16, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
      Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 6: Non-Traditional MS4s          
                   
MEETINGS
                   
APRIL 2016
                   
April 22-24, 2016
Marble Falls, TX
      Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge: Balcones Songbird Festival          
                   
April 24-27, 2016
Kissimmee, FL
      Florida Water Resources Conference          
                   
April 25, 2016
Madison, WI
      Tenth Annual Nelson Institute: Earth Day Conference          
                   
April 25-27, 2016
Anchorage, AK
      2016 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference          
                   
April 26, 2016
Ontario, Canada
      Microplastics in the Great Lakes workshop is sponsored by the International Joint Commission and Unifor Windsor Regional Environmental Council.          
                   
April 27, 2016
Washington, DC
      Microsoft and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES): Beyond Paris: From Agreement to Action on Climate Change          
                   
April 28-30, 2016
Boyne Falls, MI
      Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership: 2016 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention: A Formula for Successful Lake Protection and Management          
                   
April 28, 2016
Milwaukee, WI
      Sweet Water, Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. 2016 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference: One Water, One Future: Protecting and Restoring Our Shared Water Resources          
                   
MAY 2016
                   
May 2-6, 2016
Tampa, FL
      National Water Quality Monitoring Council: 10th National Monitoring Conference: Working Together for Clean Water          
                   
May 3-6, 2016
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
      4th International Symposium on Ocean in a High-CO2 World          
                   
May 4-6, 2016
Sharonville, OH
      Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners and the Ohio Stormwater Association: 2016 Ohio Stormwater Conference          
                   
May 5-6, 2016
Linthicum Heights, MD
      Maryland Environmental Trust: 2016 Maryland Land Conservation Conference and Summit          
                   
May 7, 2016
Stanford University
      Stanford Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology: 17th Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium. Submit an abstract by March 25, 2016.          
                   
May 8-12, 2016
Baltimore, MD
      International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2016          
                   
May 8-13, 2016
Orlando, FL
      Governor's Hurricane Conference          
                   
May 9-10, 2016
Baton Rouge, LA
      Louisiana Sea Grant conference: Data Flow: Grand Challenges in Water Systems Modeling, Data Management, and Integration          
                   
May 10, 2016
Madison, WI
      The University of Wisconsin – Madison: Science, Policy & Water: A Waters of Wisconsin Summit          
                   
May 10-13, 2016
Fort Worth, TX
      JT&A, Inc.: 2016 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference          
                   
May 10-13, 2016
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
      4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference: Adaptation Futures
         
                   
May 11-12, 2016
University of Guelph
Ontario, Canada
      The University of Guelph symposium: Aquatic Ecosystems in a Changing World: From Individuals to Whole Webs          
                   
May 14, 2016
Tiburon, CA
      American Cetacean Society San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Symposium: Our Changing Oceans          
                   
May 16-18, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY
      New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association:16th Annual Meeting          
                   
May 16-23, 2016       Infrastructure Week is a national week of events; media coverage; and education and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans. This will take place all across America.          
                   
May 17-20, 2016
Potsdam, Germany
      Society of Wetland Scientist European Chapter: 11th annual meeting on Wetland - Science and Society knowledge transfer, conservation conflicts and restoration management          
                   
May 18, 2016
San Francisco, CA
      California Landscape Conservation Cooperative Course: Climate-Smart Conservation Training          
                   
May 18-10, 2016
Toronto, Canada
      Canadian Water Network's Blue Cities 2016: Water Resiliency for the New Normal          
                   
May 20-21, 2016
Washington, D.C.
      2016 National Parks BioBlitz          
                   
May 20-23, 2016
Mobile, AL
      River Network: River Rally          
                   
May 21-26, 2016
Sacramento, CA
      Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting: Running on Empty: Increasing Demands on Freshwater Resources in the Face of a Changing Climate          
                   
May 22-29, 2016
University of Washington
      ScienceFilm 7-day immersion workshop: Introduction to Science Film Making          
                   
May 23-27, 2016
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
      AgroEnviron 2016: 10th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment          
                   
May 23-27, 2016
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
      7th International Symposium on Gully Erosion          
                   
May 23-27, 2016
Busan, Korea
      World Fisheries Congress          
                   
May 31-June 3, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
      23rd IAHR International Symposium on Ice          
                   
May 31-June 4, 2016
Corpus Christi, TX
      Society of Wetland Scientist's 2016 Annual Meeting: Protecting wetland ecosystem services. Promoting stronger economies          
                   
JUNE 2016
                   
June, 2016       Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness Month: Celebrate the Coast: Fresh, Water, Fun! The Lake Michigan Coastal Program and partners are working together to develop a wide variety of events to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the Lake Michigan Coastal Region. Events highlight natural, cultural and historic resources in the Coastal Region of Indiana - Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties.          
                   
June 1-3, 2016
San Antonio, TX
      Resource Institute: Southwest Stream Restoration Conference          
                   
June 1-5, 2016 Anchorage, AK       79th Annual Ducks Unlimited National Convention          
                   
June 3-4, 2016
Ames, IA
      5th Iowa State University Summer Symposium: Science Communication: Confronting the challenges of public participation in environmental, planning and health decision-making          
                   
June 5-10, 2016
Santa Fe, NM
      ASLO 2016 Summer Meeting          
                   
June 6-7, 20 16
Virginia Beach, VA
      National Groundwater Association Conference: Groundwater from the Mountains to the Sea in the Central Atlantic Region          
                   
June 6–10, 2016
Guelph, Ontario
      International Association for Great Lakes - 59th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research: Great Lakes Solutions: Integrating Across Disciplines & Scales          
                   
June 8, 2016
Linthicum Heights, MD
      The CWEA (Chesapeake Water Environmental Association) Stormwater Seminar: Beyond Nutrients: Case Studies and Tools for Addressing TMDLs          
                   
June 8-10, 2016
Atlanta, GA
      US Water Alliance: One Water Summit 2016          
                   
June 12-14, 2016
Toronto, Canada
      Coastal Zone Canada Association: Coastal Zone Canada Conference          
                   
June 12-16, 2016
San Marcos, TX
      12th International Congress: Biology of Fish          
                   
June 15-17, 2016
Niagara Falls, NY
      Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative 2016 Annual Conference: A Greener World City by City          
                   
June 19-22, 2016
Chicago, IL
      American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting the World of Water          
                   
June 19-24, 2016
Honolulu, HI
      13th International Coral Reef Symposium: Bridging Science to Policy          
                   
June 19-24, 2016
Grand Rapids, MI
      ASFPM's 40th Annual National Conference: "Great Lakes - Grand Partners"          
                   
June 20-22, 2016
University of Massachusetts -Amherst
      Fish Passage 2016 International Conference: River Connectivity Best Practices and Innovations
         
                   
June 21-22, 2016
Lansing, MI
      2016 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference          
                   

June 21-22, 2016
Galway, Ireland

      Civil Engineering, Microbiology and Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland: Inaugural International Conference on Natural and Constructed Wetlands: Interactions between Scientists and Engineers          
                   
June 21-23, 2016
Broomfield, CO
      Save the Date for the Wind and Wildlife Workshop. For immediate notification once this information is available, email Rebecca Patterson          
                   
June 21-23, 2016
Pensacola, FL
      Universities Council on Water Resources and the National Institute for Water Resources Conference: Critical Water issues in the Southeastern United States          
                   
June 26-29, 2016
Burlington, VT
      National Association of Community Development Professionals and Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals: Joint Annual Conference: Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources and Community Development.          
                   
June 29-July 1, 2016
Seattle, WA
      Fifth biennial International Statistical Ecology Conference          
                   
JULY 2016
                   
July 10-13, 2016
Broomfield, CO
      Natural Hazard Center: 41st Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
         
                   
July 11-13, 2016
Sacramento, CA
      2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources          
                   
July 12-15, 2016
St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO
      River Flow 2016 Eighth International Conference: Fluvial Hydraulics          
                   
July 17-20, 2016
Orlando, FL
      American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2016 Annual International Meeting          
                   
July 17-20, 2016
Illinois State University
Normal, IL
      24th North American Prairie Conference: From Cemetery Prairies to National Tallgrass Prairies          
                   
July 17-20, 2016
Madison, WI
      Society for Conservation Biology North America: 3rd North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB): Communicating Science for Conservation Action          
                   
July 18-20, 2016
Arlington, VA
      Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum          
                   
July 18-22, 2016
St. Augustine, FL
      University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: Mangrove & Macrobenthos Meeting          
                   
July 19-21, 2016
Breckenridge, CO
      Resource Institute's Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference          
                   
July 19-23, 2016
Kaliningrad, Russia
      European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories: 2nd Student Workshop on Ecology and Optics of Coastal Zones          
                   
July 24-27, 2016
Louisville, KY
      Soil and Water Conservation Society 71st Annual Conference: Managing Great River Landscapes          
                   
July 24-29, 2016
University of New England,
Biddeford, ME
      2016 Gordon Research Conference: Unifying Ecology Across Scales: Linking the Levels from Physiological to Ecosystem Ecology          
                   
July 30-August 3, 2016
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
      4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4): Making Marine Science Matter          
                   
AUGUST 2016
                   
August 3-4, 2016
Gifford Pinchot State Park
Lewisberry, PA
      Wetland Restoration and Training LLC: Wetland Restoration Workshop. Participants will help design and restore wetlands. Contact Betsy Leppo (mailto:) for more information.          
                   
August 7-12, 2016
Fort Lauderdale, FL
      2016 Ecological Society of America's (ESA) annual meeting          
                   
August 14-18, 2016 Chicago, IL       American Society of Civil Engineers: GEO Sustainability & Geoenvironment
         
                   
August 21-25, 2016
Kansas City, MO
      The American Fisheries Society 146th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships          
                   
August 22-25, 2016 Indianapolis, IN       StormCon: Designing the Future of Stormwater. Call for papers deadline is December 9, 2015          
                   
August 22-25, 2016
Asheville, NC
      NC State University EcoStream - Stream Ecology and Restoration Conference          
                   
August 23-25, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah
      22nd National Nonpoint Source (NPS) Monitoring Workshop          
                   
August 27-
September 2, 2016

Stockholm, Sweden
      2016 World Water Week          
                   
SEPTEMBER 2016
                   
September 1-10, 2016
Waikiki, HI
      IUCN World Conservation Congress: Planet at the crossroads          
                   
September 6-9, 2016
Sacramento, CA
      2016 Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference. Call for abstract deadline is April 29, 2016.          
                   
September 8-10, 2016
Tulcea, Romania
      Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 3rd International Conference “Water resources and wetlands"          
                   
September 12-14, 2016
San Diego, CA
      California Stormwater Quality Association 12th Annual Conference: Stormwater Evolution: Source to Resource          
                   
September 16-18, 2016
Gothic, CO
      Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (GREEBs) meeting          
                   
September 19-24, 2016
Changshu, China
      INTECOL Wetland Working Group, People’s Government of Changshu, Nanjing University: 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference          
                   
September 27-30, 2016
Mount Royal University
Alberta, Canada
      Under Western Skies (UWS) is a biennial, interdisciplinary conference series on the environment with the theme Water: Events, Trends, Analysis          
                   
OCTOBER 2016
                   
October 2-6, 2016
Oklahoma City, OK
      EPA Region 6, in partnership with Texas A&M University in Kingsville, the City of Oklahoma City, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), and States in R6: 18th Annual Stormwater Conference. Abstracts deadline is April 29, 2016.          
                   
October 4-7, 2016
Marquette, MI
      16th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference          
                   
October 5-7, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
      Southern Nevada Water Authority WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition          
                   
October 11-14, 2016
Shepherdstown, WV
      Natural Channel Design Review Checklist Workshop          
                   
October 17-20, 2016
Boise, IA
      4th Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council Conference          
                   
October 18-21, 2016
University of California, Davis
      The Natural Areas Association: 2016 Natural Areas Conference. Submit an abstract by May 2, 2016.          
                   
October 19-21, 2016
Birmingham, AL
      11th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference: Stormwater Solutions          
                   
October 19-21, 2016
San Diego, CA
      Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum - West Coast          
                   
October 20-22, 2016
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
      The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners invite graduate students, post-docs, and early-career professionals to take part in the seventh annual Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY). Abstract submissions accepted: March 1-April 8, 2016          
                   
October 28-30, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
      Land Trust Alliance Rally 2016 National Land Conservation Conference. Call for presentations due by February 22, 2016.          
                   
October 30-November 2, 2016
Phoenix, AZ
      American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition          
NOVEMBER 2016
                   
November 1-4, 2016
Banff, Alberta, Canada
      North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) Symposium: Science to Stewardship: Balancing Economic Growth and Lake Sustainability. Submit abstract by May 6, 2016.          
                   
November 13-17, 2016
Indianapolis, IN
      American Water Works Association: Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition          
November 14-17, 2016
Orlando, FL
      2016 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference          
                   
November 15-17, 2016
Sacramento, CA
      2016 Bay-Delta Science Conference          
                   
DECEMBER 2016
                   
December 5-9, 2016
Jacksonville, FL
      ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services conference: Linking Science, Practice, and Decision Making          
                   
December 10-15, 2016
New Orleans, LA
      8th National Summit: Our Coasts, Our Future, Our Choice and 25th Biennial Meeting of The Coastal Society          
                   
TRAINING
 
APRIL 2016
                   
April 26-27, 2016
Raleigh, NC
      The Swamp School course: Wetland Delineation Field Refresher          
                   
April 26-29, 2016
Dallas, Texas
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. will hold a course on Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy. This course will also on December 5-8, 2016 in Santa Fe, NM.          
                   
April 29, 2016
Sacramento, CA
      UC Davis Extension course: Streambank Assessment and Restoration          
                   
MAY 2016
                   
May 3-5, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina
      North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program course: Stream Morphology Assessment          
                   
May 4-July 29, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training          
                   
May 9-10, 2016
Charleston, SC
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain). Piedmont: August 8-9, 2016 in Atlanta, GA          
                   
May 9-July 29, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist          
                   
May 15-28, 2016
Castleton, VT
      The Northeast Section of the The Wildlife Society, in cooperation with Castleton State College and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife: Wildlife Field Course          
                   
May 16-June 10, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Program: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment          
                   
May 16-June 10, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments          
                   
May 18, 2016
Sacramento, CA
      UC Davis Extension course: Tribal Water Law and Policy          
                   
May 19-20, 2016
Washington, DC
      Environmental Law Institute course: Clean Water Act 2016: Law and Regulation (ELI/ALI CLE Course of Study)          
                   
May 21, 2016
Saukville, WI
      University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Invasive Plant Management Techniques          
                   
May 22-28, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute summer seminar on Better Birding: Field Skills For Advancing Birdwatchers. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
May 23-27, 2016
Eastern Kentucky University
      Wetland Restoration and Training LLC: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques. Field course at Maywoods, 8:30am to 4:30pm each day and on May 30–June 3, 2016: Online Reading and Assessment. Instructors: Tom Biebighauser and Dr. Stephen Richter          
                   
May 23-27, 2016
Front Royal, VA
      George Mason University, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course: Essentials of Open-Source GIS          
                   
May 23-June 19, 2016
Mazama, WA
      Pacific Biodiversity Institute: Conservation Science and Leadership Course          
                   
May 24-26, 2016
Los Angeles, CA May 24-26, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
      Floodplain Management Association: XPSWMM Workshop          
                   
May 30-June 10 2016
Eastern Kentucky University
      Wetland Restoration and Training LLC is offering Wetland Assessment and Monitoring training. June 13–17, 2016: Online Reading and Assessment. Instructor: Dr. Stephen Richter          
                   
May 31 and June 2, 2016
Online
      Forester University Fluvial Geomorphology Part 3 of the Surface Water Master Class Series. May 31: Fluvial Geomorphology 101, Part I. June 2: Fluvial Geomorphology, Part II.          
                   
JUNE 2016
                   

June 1-3, 2016
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX

      Bayesian Workshop for Ecologists and Wildlife Biologists          
                   
June 1-15, 2016
Fairbanks, AK
      The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF course: Arctic Alaska Environmental Change. Open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in Arctic environmental change, the 3-credit course.          
                   
June 3, 2016
University at Buffalo
      University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Aquatic & Terrestrial Invasive Species Management          
                   
June 6-7, 2016
University at Buffalo
      University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Fundamentals of Stream Channel          
                   
June 6-10, 2016
Charleston, SC
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Basic Wetland Delineation. Other dates: March 14-18, 2016 in Atlanta, GA; and October 3-7, 2016, Atlanta, GA.          
                   
June 6-10, 2016
Collins, CO
      USGS/CUAHSI Summer Short Course: Runoff Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB)          
                   
June 6-August 19, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Workshop: Principles of Wetland Design          
                   
June 6-August 26, 2016
Online
     

The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training

         
                   
June 8-9, 2016
Buffalo, NY
      University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Watershed Management Planning, Assessment, & Monitoring          
                   
June 10-11, 2016
Saukville, WI
      University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Sedges: Identification and Ecology          
                   
June 12-June 18, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Creative Writing: Finding Your Native Voice. For a list of other courses, go here.          
                   
June 13-July 8, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment          
                   
June 13-July 18, 2016
University of Montana Polson, MT
      The Flathead Lake Biological Station course: Field Ecology          
                   
June 13-September 2, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator          
                   
June 15-29, 2016
Armonk, NY
      Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station of Fordham University: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop          
                   
June 19-24, 2016
Raleigh, NC
      North Carolina State University: 2016 National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute on Quantitative Biology: Lowering the Activation Energy: Making Quantitative Biology More Accessible          
                   

June 19-June 25, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Species Identification and Assessment of Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   

June 19-June 25, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   

June 19-June 25, 2016

Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Moths and Butterflies Identification, Specimen Preparation, and Taxonomy. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   

June 19-26, 2016
Paris, France

      CERES of the Ecole Normale Supérieure: Summer School on Modelling Environmental Resilience          
                   
June 22-24, 2016
Seattle, WA
      The Washington Native Plant Society and University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum are co-sponsoring “Know Your Grasses,” a 3-day grass identification workshop. Labs will be held in Hitchcock Hall on the UW campus in Seattle, with an all-day field trip to nearby Discovery Park.          
                   
June 26-July 2, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field workshop: Seashore Subjects in Pen & Ink and Color Pencil. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
June 26-July 2, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field seminar: Dragonflies and Damselflies Field Techniques and Identification. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
June 26-July 2, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field seminar: Mosses, Liverworts and Sphagnums. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
JULY 2016                  
                   
July 3-9, 2016
Steuben, ME
      Eagle Hill Institute course: Sedges and Rushes Identification and Ecology. For a list of other courses, go here. Instructor: Dr. Anton A. Reznicek, University of Michigan Herbarium.          
                   
July 8-9, 2016
Saukville, WI
      University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Wetland Delineation          
                   
July 10–July 16, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field seminar: Crustose Lichen Identification. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   

July 10–16, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field seminar: Native Bees as Pollinators Diversity, Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
July 11-22, 2016
Milford, IA
      Iowa Lakeside Laborator course: Ecology of Algal Blooms          
                   
July 11-September 30, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training          
                   
July 11-September 30, 2016
Online
      The Swamp School Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training          
                   
July 12-15, 2016
State College, Pennsylvania
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands          
                   
July 13-14, 2016
Denver, CO
      EUCI course on A New Perspective on Water Quality in the Distribution System          

July 17–July 23, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Introduction to Beetles Diversity, Identification, and Natural History in Maine and Around the World. For a list of other courses, go here.          
                   

July 17-23, 2016
Steuben, ME

      Eagle Hill Institute course: Wetland Identification, Delineation, and Associated Ecology. For a list of other courses, go here. Instructors: Matt Schweisberg, Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC and Joe Homer.          
                   
July 18-19, 2016
Denver, CO
      EUCI course: Endangered Species Act, Wetlands, Stormwater & Floodplain Regulatory Compliance for Energy and Utilities          
                   
July 19-21, 2016
Raleigh, NC
      North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program course: HEC-RAS for Stream Restoration          
                   
July 24-30, 2016
Steuben, ME
      Eagle Hill Institute course: Restoration of Stream Processes - Field Applications. For a list of other courses, go here.          
                   

July 25-August 5, 2016
Polson, MT

      The Flathead Lake Biological Station course: Lake Ecology          
                   

July 31-August 6, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushroom. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   

July 31-August 6, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: The Rocky Coast: Ecology, Botany, and Pattern: Northern Forest Atlas Course:No Keys or Lectures,Lots of Diagrams & Problems. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
AUGUST 2016
                   
August 1-5, 2016
Logan, UT
      Utah State University course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design          
                   
August 3-4, 2016
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
      Wetland Restoration and Training LLC will hold a Wetland Restoration Workshop at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Participants will help design and restore wetlands. Contact Betsy Leppo (mailto:) for more information.          
                   
August 5-6, 2016
Saukville, WI
      University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Wetland Hydrology          
                   
August 7-13, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute seminar: Slime Molds: Miniature Marvels of Nature. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
August 7-13, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute seminar: The EPT Taxa (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Trichoptera): Taxonomy and Stream Biomonitoring. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
August 8-9, 2016
Atlanta, GA
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Piedmont). Coastal Plain: May 9-10, 2016 in Charleston, SC          
                   
August 13-20, 2016
Land O'Lakes, WI
      PaleoEcological Observatory Network (PaLEON course: Assimilating Long-Term Data into Ecosystem Models          
                   
August 14-20, 2016
Steuben, ME
      Eagle Hill Institute course: Coastal and Inland Forests of Maine: Identification and Ecology of Trees and Shrubs. For a list of other courses, go here. Instructor: Eric Jones, University of Maine at Machias          
                   
August 14-20, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute course: Taxonomy and Biology of Ferns and Lycophytes. For a list of other courses, go here.          
                   
August 15-19, 2016
Arlington, WI
      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation          
                   
August 21-27, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute course: Polypores and Other Wood-inhabiting Fungi. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   

August 21 - August 27, 2016

Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute course: Field Methods for Studying Avian Migration. For a list of other courses, click here.          
August 25-26, 2016
Denver, CO
      Water Rights Engineering Including Case Studies          
                   

August 28-September 3, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Introduction to Coastal Maine Birds: Identification, Taxonomy, Ecology. For a list of other courses, go here.          
                   
August 28-September 3, 2016
Steuben, ME
      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Marine Benthic Macroinvertebrates, Communities, and Habitats. For a list of other courses, click here.          
                   
SEPTEMBER 2016
                   

September 4-10, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Exploring Medicinal Plants of Maine (and beyond), For a list of other courses, go here.          
                   

September 4-10, 2016
Steuben, ME

      The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Field Ornithology: Shorebirds & Seabirds of Downeast Maine. For a list of other courses, go here.          
                   
September 12-13, 2016
Charleston, SC
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes          
                   

September 12-16, 2016
Covington, LA

      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation          
                   

September 15-18, 2016
San Diego, CA

      The Wetland Training Institute course: Riparian Habitat Restoration in the Arid Southwest          
                   

September 26-30, 2016
Portage, WI

      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation          
                   

September 26-
October 7, 2016
Front Royal, VA

     

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course: Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing for Conservation

         
                   
September 27, 2016
Atlanta, Ga
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Endangered Species Act Overview. This course will also be held on March 29, 2016 in Atlanta, GA.          
                   
September 29-October 3, 2016
Front Royal, VA
      George Mason University, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course: Watershed Conservation: Riparian Restoration          
                   
September 29-30, 2016 Denver, CO       Urban Watersheds Research Institute course: 2D Floodplain Delineation using 2D HEC-RAS Model          
                   
OCTOBER 2016
                   
October 3-7, 2016
Atlanta, GA
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Basic Wetland Delineation. Other dates: March 14-18, 2016 in Atlanta, GA; and June 6-10, 2016 in Charleston, SC          
                   
October 11-12, 2016
Atlanta, GA
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species.
         
                   
NOVEMBER 2016
                   
November 2-4, 2016
Raleigh, NC
      North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program course: Natural Channel Design Principles          
                   
November 14-15, 2016
Atlanta, GA
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology (Piedmont. Coastal Plain: April 4-5, 2016 in Charleston, SC.          
                   
DECEMBER 2016
                   
December 1-2, 2016
Denver, CO
      Urban Watersheds Research Institute course: Watershed Modeling Using CUHP-SWMM          
                   

December 5-8, 2016
Santa Fe, NM

      The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy, This course will also on April 26-29, 2016 in Dallas, TX.          
                   
December 12-13, 2016
Atlanta, GA
      Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Eastern Mountains/Piedmont). Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain: February 24-25, 2016, Charleston, SC.          
                   
SPECIAL EVENTS 2015
                   

April 22, 2016
(Various other dates)

     

Earth Day

         
                   

May 6-15, 2016
Northwest OH

      Biggest Week in American Birding          
                   
May 7, 2016
Southern, IL
      Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge: Cache River Nature Fest          
                   
May 20, 2016
Oakland University
Rochester, MI
      The 2016 Clinton River Water Festival          
                   

May 21, 2016
Global

      World Fish Migration Foundation: World Fish Migration Day: Connecting Fish, Rivers and People          
                   
June 8-12, 2016
Jamestown, ND
      Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival          
                   
October 18-23, 2016
Northeast, NC
      Wings over Water Festival          
                   
September 17-18, 2016
Brownstown, MI
      Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival          
                   

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

         
           

Wetland Breaking News - April 2016


INDEX

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Owyhee County Ranchers Create Wetlands for Wildlife, Livestock
  • Water Quality Photo Contest
  • Earth Day – Trees for the Earth – April 22, 2016
  • Improving Wetland Restoration Success webinar - Managing Invasive Species in Wetland Restoration Projects – April 26, 2016
  • Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) Webinar – Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature & People - April 28, 2016
  • Members’ Wetland Webinar – May 25, 2016

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Keystone I Leak Raises More Doubts About Pipeline Safety
  • USDA Seeks Partner Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands
  • Obama admin appears headed for Supreme Court loss
  • USDA says voluntary water quality efforts are working
  • Water Sector Announces New Initiatives at White House Water Summit
  • The Importance of Native American Tribes and Their Lands to Conservation Recognized with Nearly $5 Million in Wildlife Grants
  • Lake Erie phosphorus-reduction targets challenging but achievable
  • Obama calls for proactive drought strategy. What would that look like?
  • Flood risk to persist in Mississippi River basin -NOAA outlook
  • Obama rescinds Atlantic coast drilling plan
  • Observers: Judge Garland Typically Deferential to EPA
  • USDA Announces $260 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program
  • Bay cleanup threatened by nutrients flowing past Conowingo Dam, study concludes

STATE NEWS

  • CA: At San Pablo Bay refuge, waterbirds are at home
  • CA: State reports on ag effects of climate change
  • CA: Reservoirs are getting a big boost from 'Miracle March' — but the drought isn't over yet
  • FL: State commits to spending $250 million a year to repair Everglades
  • FL: Wet South Florida winter puts rare Everglades sparrow in danger
  • GA: Property Rights Outcry Stops Billion-Dollar Pipeline Project in Georgia
  • IL: Chicago River cleanup makes waterway safer for recreation
  • LA: Louisiana to receive a minimum $6.8 billion for state claims related to BP oil spill
  • LA: Wetlands group opposes efforts to 'raid' La. coastal money
  • LA: Native American tribe to relocate from Louisiana coast as sea levels rise
  • MA: Cape students help create vernal pools in Falmouth and Chatham
  • MI: House hearing on Flint erupts into partisan blowup
  • MN: Seeking third CREP in Minn. for water quality, habitat
  • NM: Feds issue warning as group fights for more Rio Grande water
  • NY: New study documents wetland loss along Long Island Sound
  • NC: Is Rural North Carolina the Next Flint? Groups Say People of Color There Bear the Brunt of Hog Farm Pollution
  • NC: Gas from swine, poultry waste will power 4 Duke plants
  • OR: City of Portland to sue Monsanto for contaminating waterways
  • PA: Pennsylvania Launches Stream Buffer Initiative
  • SD: Oil spill estimate jumps to almost 17K gallons
  • VT: Vermont Agriculture Agency Requests Delay In Water Quality Rules Implementation
  • WA: State, US agree to dismantle 4 dams on Klamath River
  • WA: Stillaguamish Tribe: Way of life threatened by dwindling salmon runs
  • WV: In W. Virginia, frack wastewater may be messing with hormones
  • WY: Scientists find fracking contaminated Wyoming water after EPA halted study

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Two widely used pesticides likely to harm 97% of endangered species in US
  • Study finds Bay osprey are thriving despite lingering contaminants
  • Biology: Climate change is affecting nature's spring ballet
  • There’s a reason some birds don’t seem to fly south for winter anymore, scientists say
  • Climate forecasts underestimate sea-rise impact of Antarctic thaw: study
  • This little flea — and its huge appetite — could ruin the Great Lakes
  • What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists say
  • Biological specimen troves threatened by funding pause
  • Drones set to revolutionize ecological monitoring: research
  • Nitrogen from farm fertilizers remains in soil and could pollute drinking water for decades
  • Tackling Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Climate hopes raised as global energy emissions stall for second year
  • 13 million along US coast could see homes swamped by 2100, study finds

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • Definition of Wetland, Floodplain, Riparian “Functions” and “Values”
  • A Comparative Analysis of Ecosystem Service Valuation Decision Support Tools for Wetland Restoration

POTPOURRI

  • Soil crisis brought about by climate change may hit global food production, claims alarming new research
  • The Deepening Story of How Climate Change Threatens Human Health
  • See What Could Be the Atlantic's First Marine Monument
  • Turning Stormwater Runoff Into Everyone's Business
  • Mud, Shuck, and Spat
  • The Californian craft beer brewed from waste water
  • Insight - Mosquitoes' rapid spread poses threat beyond Zika

WEBINARS, MEETINGS, TRAINING

  • ASWN Improving Wetland Restoration Success webinar - Managing Invasive Species in Wetland Restoration Projects
  • The Swamp School OSHA Safety Training Webinar: Wetland Assessment
  • Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) Webinar – Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature & People
  • AWRA webinar: Use - and Abuse - of Science in Water Resource Policy and Management
  • Forester University Webinar: Stormwater Treatment Maintenance: What Works & How to Do It
  • American Planning Association (APA), the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) sixth Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar: Know Your Dam Risk
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 2: Education Programs to Enhance Pollutant Removal
  • ASWM’s Members’ Wetland webinar: Financial Assurances and Compensatory Mitigation
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 3: Green Infrastructure, Green Jobs: the Latest Trends
  • Great Lakes Sea Grant Network webinar: Spill Response Requirements and Regional Capacity: Regulations and Resources
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) webinar: Grand Theft Groundwater! What Would Elvis Do? Implications of the Groundbreaking Mississippi v. Memphis Groundwater Case
  • Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Crude Move webinar: Regulatory Activity and Environmental Requirements: Tools for Addressing Multiple Objectives
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) webinar: Scenarios, Simulations and Sustainability Science: Future Planning for Complex Systems
  • Center for Water Protection Webcast 4: Incentivizing BMP Installation in Communities with Stormwater Utilities
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 5: Retrofitting Revisited: Forward Into the Past
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) webinar: Oregon's First Integrated Water Resources Strategy: Lessons Learned Since Implementation
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 6: Non-Traditional MS4s

Meetings

  • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge: Balcones Songbird Festival
  • Florida Water Resources Conference
  • Tenth Annual Nelson Institute: Earth Day Conference
  • 2016 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference
  • Microplastics in the Great Lakes workshop
  • Beyond Paris: From Agreement to Action on Climate Change
  • Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership: 2016 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention: A Formula for Successful Lake Protection and Management
  • One Water, One Future: Protecting and Restoring Our Shared Water Resources
  • 10th National Monitoring Conference
  • 4th International Symposium on: Ocean in a High-CO2 World
  • 2016 Ohio Stormwater Conference
  • 2016 Maryland Land Conservation Conference and Summit
  • Stanford Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology: 17th Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium
  • International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2016
  • Governor's Hurricane Conference
  • Data Flow: Grand Challenges in Water Systems Modeling, Data Management, and Integration
  • Science, Policy & Water: A Waters of Wisconsin Summit
  • 2016 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference
  • 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference: Adaptation Futures
  • Aquatic Ecosystems in a Changing World: From Individuals to Whole Webs
  • American Cetacean Society San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Symposium: Our Changing Oceans
  • New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association:16th Annual Meeting
  • Infrastructure Week
  • Society of Wetland Scientist European Chapter: 11th annual meeting on Wetland - Science and Society knowledge transfer, conservation conflicts and restoration management
  • Climate-Smart Conservation Training
  • Canadian Water Network's Blue Cities 2016: Water Resiliency for The New Normal
  • 2016 National Parks BioBlitz
  • River Network: River Rally
  • Running on Empty: Increasing Demands on Freshwater Resources in the Fae of a Changing Climate
  • ScienceFilm 7-day immersion workshop: Introduction to Science Film Making
  • AgroEnviron 2016: 10th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment
  • 7th International Symposium on Gully Erosion
  • World Fisheries Congress
  • 23rd IAHR International Symposium on Ice
  • Protecting wetland ecosystem services. Promoting stronger economies
  • Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness Month: Celebrate the Coast: Fresh, Water, Fun!
  • Resource Institute: Southwest Stream Restoration Conference
  • 79th Annual Ducks Unlimited National Convention
  • Science Communication: Confronting the challenges of public participation in environmental, planning and health decision-making
  • ASLO 2016 Summer Meeting
  • Groundwater from the Mountains to the Sea in the Central Atlantic Region
  • Great Lakes Solutions: Integrating Across Disciplines & Scales
  • CWEA (Chesapeake Water Environmental Association) Stormwater Seminar: Beyond Nutrients: Case Studies and Tools for Addressing TMDLs
  • US Water Alliance: One Water Summit 2016
  • Coastal Zone Canada Association: Coastal Zone Canada Conference
  • 12th International Congress: Biology of Fish
  • Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative 2016 Annual Conference: A Greener World City by City
  • American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting the World of Water
  • 13th International Coral Reef Symposium: Bridging Science to Policy
  • ASFPM's 40th Annual National Conference: "Great Lakes - Grand Partners"
  • Fish Passage 2016 International Conference: River Connectivity Best Practices and Innovations
  • 2016 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference
  • Inaugural International Conference on Natural and Constructed Wetlands: Interactions between Scientists and Engineers
    Wind and Wildlife Workshop
  • Universities Council on Water Resources and the National Institute for Water Resources Conference: Critical Water issues in the Southeastern United States
  • Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources and Community Development
  • Fifth biennial International Statistical Ecology Conference
  • 41st Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
  • 2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources
  • River Flow 2016 Eighth International Conference: Fluvial Hydraulics
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2016 Annual International Meeting
  • From Cemetery Prairies to National Tallgrass Prairies
  • 3rd North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB): Communicating Science for Conservation Action
  • Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum
  • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: Mangrove & Macrobenthos Meeting
  • Resource Institute's Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference
  • 2nd Student Workshop on Ecology and Optics of Coastal Zones
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society 71st Annual Conference: Managing Great River Landscapes
  • 2016 Gordon Research Conference: Unifying Ecology Across Scales: Linking the Levels from Physiological to Ecosystem Ecology
  • 4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4): Making Marine Science Matter
  • Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • 2016 Ecological Society of America's (ESA) annual meeting
  • American Society of Civil Engineers: GEO Sustainability & Geoenvironment
  • American Fisheries Society 146th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships
  • StormCon: Designing the Future of Stormwater
  • NC State University EcoStream - Stream Ecology and Restoration Conference
  • 22nd National Nonpoint Source (NPS) Monitoring Workshop
  • 2016 World Water Week
  • IUCN World Conservation Congress: Planet at the crossroads
  • 2016 Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference
  • Connecting the Dots...Groundwater, Surface Water, and Climate Connections in the Northwest
  • 3rd International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”
  • California Stormwater Quality Association 12th Annual Conference: Stormwater Evolution: Source to Resource
  • Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (GREEBs) meeting
  • 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference
  • Water: Events, Trends, Analysis
  • 18th Annual Stormwater Conference
  • 16th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition
  • Natural Channel Design Review Checklist Workshop
  • 4th Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council Conference
  • Natural Areas Association 2016 Natural Areas Conference
  • 11th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference: Stormwater Solutions
  • Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum - West Coast
  • Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY)
  • Land Trust Alliance Rally 2016 National Land Conservation Conference
  • American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition
  • North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) Symposium: Science to Stewardship: Balancing Economic Growth and Lake Sustainability
  • American Water Works Association: Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition
  • 2016 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
  • 2016 Bay-Delta Science Conference
  • ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services conference: Linking Science, Practice, and Decision Making
  • 8th National Summit: Our Coasts, Our Future, Our Choice and 25th Biennial Meeting of The Coastal Society

Training

  • The Swamp School course: Wetland Delineation Field Refresher
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. will hold a course on Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy
  • Streambank Assessment and Restoration
  • North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program course: Stream Morphology Assessment
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain)
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist
  • 8th annual 2-week Wildlife Field Course
  • The Swamp School Online Program: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments
  • Tribal Water Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law Institute course: Clean Water Act 2016: Law and Regulation (ELI/ALI CLE Course of Study)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Invasive Plant Management Techniques
  • Better Birding: Field Skills For Advancing Birdwatchers
  • Wetland Restoration and Training LLC: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques
  • Essentials of Open-Source GIS
  • Conservation Science and Leadership Course
  • Floodplain Management Association: XPSWMM Workshop
  • Wetland Restoration and Training LLC: Wetland Assessment and Monitoring
  • Forester University Fluvial Geomorphology Part 3 of the Surface Water Master Class Series
  • Bayesian Workshop for Ecologists and Wildlife Biologists
  • Arctic Alaska Environmental Change
  • University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Aquatic & Terrestrial Invasive Species Management
  • University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Fundamentals of Stream Channel
  • Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Runoff Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB)
  • The Swamp School Online Workshop: Principles of Wetland Design
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Watershed Management Planning, Assessment, & Monitoring
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Sedges: Identification and Ecology
  • Creative Writing: Finding Your Native Voice
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station Course: Field Ecology
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator
  • Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop
  • Lowering the Activation Energy: Making Quantitative Biology More Accessible
  • Species Identification and Assessment of Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages
  • Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec
  • Moths and Butterflies Identification, Specimen Preparation, and Taxonomy
  • CERES of the Ecole Normale Supérieure: Summer School on Modelling Environmental Resilience
  • Know Your Grasses
  • Seashore Subjects in Pen & Ink and Color Pencil
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies Field Techniques and Identification
  • Mosses, Liverworts and Sphagnums
  • Sedges and Rushes Identification and Ecology
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Wetland Delineation
  • Crustose Lichen Identification
  • Native Bees as Pollinators Diversity, Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement
  • Ecology of Algal Blooms
  • The Swamp School Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands
  • A New Perspective on Water Quality in the Distribution System
  • Introduction to Beetles Diversity, Identification, and Natural History in Maine and Around the World
  • Wetland Identification, Delineation, and Associated Ecology
  • Endangered Species Act, Wetlands, Stormwater & Floodplain Regulatory Compliance for Energy and Utilities
  • North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program course: HEC-RAS for Stream Restoration
  • Restoration of Stream Processes - Field Applications
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station Course: Lake Ecology
  • Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushroom
  • The Rocky Coast: Ecology, Botany, and Pattern: Northern Forest Atlas Course:No Keys or Lectures, Lots of Diagrams & Problems
  • Utah State University course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design
  • Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Wetland Hydrology
  • Slime Molds: Miniature Marvels of Nature
  • The EPT Taxa (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Trichoptera): Taxonomy and Stream Biomonitoring
  • Hydrophytic Vegetation (Piedmont)
  • Assimilating Long-Term Data into Ecosystem Models
  • Coastal and Inland Forests of Maine: Identification and Ecology of Trees and Shrubs
  • Taxonomy and Biology of Ferns and Lycophytes
  • Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Polypores and Other Wood-inhabiting Fungi
  • Field Methods for Studying Avian Migration
  • Water Rights Engineering Including Case Studies
  • Introduction to Coastal Maine Birds: Identification, Taxonomy, Ecology
  • Marine Benthic Macroinvertebrates, Communities, and Habitats
  • Exploring Medicinal Plants of Maine (and beyond)
  • Field Ornithology: Shorebirds & Seabirds of Downeast Maine
  • Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Riparian Habitat Restoration in the Arid Southwest
  • Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing for Conservation
  • Endangered Species Act Overview
  • George Mason University, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course: Watershed Conservation: Riparian Restoration
  • 2D Floodplain Delineation using 2D HEC-RAS Model
  • Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Natural Channel Design Principles
  • Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology (Piedmont)
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute course: Watershed Modeling Using CUHP-SWMM
  • Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy
  • Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Eastern Mountains/Piedmont)

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Earth Day
  • Biggest Week in American Birding
  • Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge: Cache River Nature Fest
  • 2016 Clinton River Water Festival
  • World Fish Migration Foundation: World Fish Migration Day: Connecting Fish, Rivers and People
  • Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival
  • Wings over Water Festival
  • Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival


Wetland Breaking News - December 2015

Wetland Breaking News - March 2016


The Association of State Wetland Managers' Wetland Breaking News (WBN)
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 Wetland Breaking News - April 2016working in water resources and related fields. Wetland Breaking News has been published for over fifteen years and ASWM has been a think-tank and source for wetland science and policy news and discussion for over 30 years.

The 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 .

"WETLAND BREAKING NEWS" Compiled and Edited by Marla Stelk, Editor; 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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