Wetland Breaking News - June 2016

                   
   
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Wetland Breaking News - June 2016Dear Friends,

Summertime is finally here and those of us up in Maine couldn’t be happier. Unlike other areas in the U.S., we don’t really experience warm summer days until late in June – so even though the days are already getting shorter again, we savor the 2-3 months of summer we are allotted before autumn comes around again. Summertime makes me think of community – i.e., neighborhood block parties, cook-outs, community outdoor concerts, town parades and community outdoor activities of all shapes and sizes.

This month for the Editor’s Choice section of Wetland Breaking News, I have selected some that highlight the importance of community and the connection that many communities have to their land and water resources. Lori Reynolds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently wrote a blog about a community effort to restore Nash Run – an urban stream that was impacted by stormwater, trash and flooding. The benefits of this project go way beyond the ecological improvements that were made and include many co- benefits such as social capital, early childhood and adult education, and leadership development.

For some folks, their closest community is their extended family. In Editor’s Choice, you’ll also find a story about how the Becker family in Wisconsin restored part of their family’s farmland back to wetland. Seven generations of the Becker family had farmed this land, so the decision to enroll 172 acres of it into the former Wetland Reserve Program involved many family conversations and deliberations. However, the project resulted in providing important wildlife habitat, improved water quality, and hunting and recreational opportunities for the family.

Sadly, many communities across the U.S. have been historically underserved and many vulnerable communities have lacked equal representation in ecological restoration opportunities, decisions, policies and regulatory efforts. However, the good news is there are several organizations that are working to change this situation and bring attention to environmental justice issues. The EPA recently issued its first-ever Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis to facilitate better inclusion of vulnerable populations. And much work is being done with Tribal communities as well. For instance, the Swinomish Indian Tribal community was just recognized by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group as the first recipient of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources.

So in the spirit of community, all of us at the Association of State Wetland Managers wish you a wonderful summer season!

Best regards,
Marla J. Stelk, Editor
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Wetland Breaking News - June 2016Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Wins Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

By Terri Hansen – Indian Country Today Media Network – June 16, 2016
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in LaConnor, Wash., is surrounded by water on three sides. So it’s not surprising that they signed a resolution to actively address climate change and adaptation planning. What is remarkable is that their resolution took place nearly a decade ago, long before climate change became a part of the national conversation. Now the tribal nation is one of seven awardees recognized by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group as the first recipients of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources, for their efforts in raising awareness and addressing the impacts of climate change on the country’s natural resources. For full story, click here.

Restoring a Stream, Restoring a Community

By Lori Reynolds – EPA’s Healthy Waters Blog – June 9, 2016
While I enjoy coming into the office and working side-by-side with my colleagues on water infrastructure financing, whenever I get the chance to get out and see how those funds are making a difference in communities and to shake hands with our partners, I jump at it. Numbers on a ledger come alive in real projects helping real people. I had that opportunity last Friday for the opening of the Nash Run stream restoration and trash capture project, located in the Kenilworth neighborhood in northeast Washington, D.C. For full blog post, click here.

Incorporating Environmental Justice into all Regulatory Efforts

By Charles Lee and Kelly Maguire – EPA Blog – Environmental Justice in Action –June 7, 2016
Today marks an important moment in environmental justice history. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first-ever Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis (EJ Technical Guidance). This guidance represents a significant step towards ensuring the impacts of EPA regulations on vulnerable populations are understood and considered in the decision-making process. For full blog post, click here.

Wetland restoration was a family journey

Herald Times Reporter – May 24, 2016
“I can remember planting corn and beans here,” landowner and Wisconsin Wetlands Association member Paul Becker said, standing at the edge of a wetland where dragonflies and birds now fly. The wetlands, part of Becker’s family property in northeast Wisconsin, have been restored and, for the past 20 years, have provided the Becker family with hunting and recreational opportunities and improved water quality. For full story, click here.

Members’ Wetland Webinar – Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands – June 29, 2016

Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands will be held on June 29, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET. Presented by Brian Gara, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. For more information and to register, click here.

Hot Topics Webinar – Nationwide Permit Rule Webinar #3: Interactive Discussion with States and Tribes on Reviewing the Proposed Rule to Reissue the §404 Nationwide Permits – July 6, 2016

Association of State Wetland Managers Hot Topics Webinar – Nationwide Permit Rule Webinar #3: Interactive Discussion with States and Tribes on Reviewing the Proposed Rule to Reissue the §404 Nationwide Permits will be held on July 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. ET. For more information and to register, click here.

Improving Wetland Restoration Success Webinar – Bottomland Hardwood Restoration – July 12, 2016

Improving Wetland Restoration Success webinar on Bottomland Hardwood Restoration will be held on July 12, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar – 3 Part Webinar on the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) – July 20, 2016

Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: 3 Part Webinar on the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Presenters: Greg McCarty, Grey Evenson and Sangchul Lee. For more information and to register, click here.

Wetland Breaking News - June 2016

The Wetland Campus Research Challenge

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – June 20, 2016
EPA is interested in stimulating further research and use of the findings of the 2011 National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA). The Wetland Campus Research Challenge encourages participants to use the NWCA dataset on sources of stress to wetlands, and explore effective ways to reduce such stress to protect, sustain, and restore the ecological health of the Nation’s wetlands. EPA will award $5000 to one or more Grand Prize winner(s) or team(s). Additional prizes may be awarded based on merit. Award winners and their University will receive national recognition by being featured on EPA’s website, and offered opportunities to speak on webcasts, at meetings, and other events. For additional information, click here.

EPA awards $465,000 to Navajo Nation for water monitoring in the San Juan River

Newsroom America – June 16, 2016
This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency $465,000 for water quality monitoring in the San Juan River. This funding is in addition to $1 million awarded in October for water quality monitoring and ecological restoration activities throughout the Reservation. For full story, click here.

EPA and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Award $1.4 Million to Protect and Sustain Healthy Watersheds

Contact: Enesta Jones – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – June 14, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) are providing for the first time $1.4 million in grants for nine projects to improve land management of hundreds of thousands of acres of watersheds in seven states. Grants were awarded to organizations in California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia to provide short-term funding to leverage larger financing for targeted watershed protection; to provide funds that help build the capacity of local organizations for sustainable, long-term watershed protection; or to support new techniques or approaches that advance the state of practice for watershed protection and that can be replicated across the country. For full news release, click here.

Army Corps of Engineers Releases Living Shoreline Permit

By Laura Lightbody – The Pew Charitable Trusts – June 1, 2016
On June 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended a new general permit for natural shoreline defenses—Proposed Nationwide Permit B. Living Shorelines—which use natural materials such as plants, sand, and rocks to reduce erosion. Fourteen percent of the U.S. coastline is armored with hard infrastructure, such as bulkheads and seawalls, which often leads to erosion and loss of wetlands and habitat, but the Corps’ current permit program does not include most living shoreline activities. As a result, those projects face a rigorous and lengthy review. For full story, click here.

EPA Celebrates Inaugural Environmental Justice Academy Graduation

By Denise Tennessee – EPA Blog – Environmental Justice in Action – June 1, 2016
On Saturday, May 6, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency celebrated the graduation of the inaugural class of the Region 4 Environmental Justice Leadership Academy: a program initiated by our Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability (OEJS). During the ceremony at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, we honored 21 graduates from five Southeastern states. Two OEJS staff, Ms. Sheryl Good and Ms. Daphne Wilson, recognized that many communities throughout the region – which includes Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida – are burdened by inequitable environmental concerns. While we do provide support through funding opportunities and technical assistance programs to our communities, we saw that the agency could do more to assist in building the capacity of community leaders so that they may better address their environmental challenges. Thus, the idea for the Environmental Justice Academy was born. For full blog post, click here.

High court sides with property owners in wetlands case

By Sam Hananel, Associated Press – U.S. News –May 31, 2016
The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development due to concerns about water pollution. The justices ruled unanimously Tuesday that a Minnesota company could file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the agency's determination that its land is off limits to peat mining under the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.

Better water quality? Here's what 5 states are doing

The Des Moines Register – May 21, 2016 – Video
Like Iowa, Minnesota and other large farm states are searching for solutions on how to reduce the loss of nutrients that are crucial to growing crops but also threaten drinking water and feed toxic algal blooms. "There are several experiments going on, but I don’t think any state necessarily has it figured it out," said Larry Clemens, director of The Nature Conservancy's North America agricultural program. For full story and to view video, click here.

EPA: Western wetlands in poor condition

By Will Houston – Times Standard News – May 20, 2016
A first-of-its-kind report card on the nation’s wetland habitats shows the western U.S. is not doing a good job at keeping these disappearing ecosystems in good condition. The report, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this month, found only 21 percent of the 146 surveyed wetlands west of the Rocky Mountains were in “good” condition compared to about 61 percent in poor condition and 18 percent in fair condition. Common impairments for these western wetlands and those throughout the nation are ditches and draining systems, nonnative plants, loss of native plants, and surface hardening such as road paving and other development — all of which have occurred in Humboldt County, according to Humboldt Baykeeper Director Jennifer Kalt. “The public lands wetlands are being treated much better than they used to be and the private land wetlands are continuing to be abused and destroyed,” she said. For full story, click here.

EPA Proposes Rule to Make Targeted Updates to NPDES Regulations

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – May 18, 2016
EPA is proposing several regulatory revisions and updates to the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. After consulting with EPA regional and state permitting experts and stakeholders from regulated and environmental communities, EPA is proposing several key fixes, including:

  • Clarifying NPDES definitions and application requirements;
  • Improving permit decision documentation in fact sheets;
  • Allowing permitting authorities to issue public notice of certain permit actions online rather than in a newspaper; and
  • Ensuring issuance of environmentally significant permits in a timelier manner.
  • This proposal would not reopen the regulations for other specific or comprehensive revisions.
  • he proposed rule has a 60-day public comment period, which will end on July 18, 2016.

To view Federal Register notice or submit comments, click here.

EPA Streamlines Approach for Tribes to Administer Clean Water Act Programs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – May 16, 2016
Section 518 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) authorizes EPA to treat eligible Indian tribes with reservations in a similar manner to states (TAS) for a variety of purposes, including administering each of the principal CWA regulatory programs and receiving grants under several CWA authorities. EPA’s revised interpretation of CWA section 518 published on May 16, 2016, streamlines the process for applying for TAS for CWA regulatory programs, including the water quality standards program. This reinterpretation facilitates tribal involvement in the protection of reservation water quality as intended by Congress. For more information, click here.

Draft Nearshore Framework for the Great Lakes Available for Comment

Binational.net – May 13, 2016
A Nearshore Framework for the Great Lakes has been drafted and is now available for a sixty-day review period ending on July 12, 2016. The Nearshore Framework satisfies a commitment in the Lakewide Management Annex of the Agreement to “develop, within three years of entry into force of this Agreement, an integrated nearshore framework to be implemented collaboratively through the lakewide management process for each Great Lake.” The scope of the Framework covers the nearshore waters and embayments along the coast of the Great Lakes, the lakes’ connecting river systems and the international section of the St. Lawrence River. Building upon existing monitoring, research and reporting (and in collaboration with key governmental and non-governmental partner agencies and organizations) the Nearshore Framework will allow for a comprehensive assessment of nearshore waters that will assist in identifying management priorities. This assessment will enable locally-led collaborations of federal, state and provincial governments, tribal governments, First Nations, Métis, municipal governments, watershed management agencies, local public agencies and the public to take action to protect nearshore areas of high ecological value, protect water quality, and restore degraded areas. For full story, click here. To download draft Framework, click here.

EPA Releases Wetland Water Quality Standards Templates

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – May 12, 2016
The templates are a tool to simplify development of protective wetland water quality standards (WQS). They address the three components of a WQS: designated uses, criteria, and antidegradation. The templates also provide wetland-specific terms and language so regulators can tailor standards to suit the needs of the wetland and their state, authorized tribe, or territory. Once developed, the state may submit the wetland WQS to EPA for review and approval. For more information and to download templates, click here.


Wetland Breaking News - June 2016AL: 100,000 north Alabama customers advised not to drink water due to chemical contamination

By Dennis Pillion – AL.com – June 2, 2016
The West Morgan East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority has advised the approximately 100,000 people served by their water system not to drink tap water until further notice due to potentially hazardous levels of chemical contaminants PFOA and PFOS. The EPA issued a health advisory May 19 that the chemicals could be harmful to humans at lower concentrations than previously thought, and Thursday morning the water authority board decided to issue the do-not-drink advisory on the recommendation of general manager Don Sims. For full story, click here.

AK: Mitigation costly headache - Project developers face confusion, multiple agencies, layering of requirements

By Tim Bradner – Petroleum News – May 22, 2016
The confused state of project impact mitigation in Alaska has become a major headache for natural resource developers, and for large projects there are big bucks involved. A major concern for the Alaska LNG Project, for example, is the potential cost of wetlands mitigation if it moves forward. Estimates are in the $500 million to over $1 billion range. Alaska LNG’s wetlands footprint hasn’t yet been established but the state-backed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline, an 800-mile gas pipeline that parallels Alaska LNG for most of its route, has delineated 8,907 acres of wetlands. For full story, click here.

CA: SF Bay protection: Measure AA passes

By Melody Gutierrez – SFGate – June 8, 2016
Thousands of acres of land around the San Francisco Bay will be returned to wetlands after voters in the nine-county Bay Area approved a new $12-per-parcel tax that will raise millions of dollars for bay enhancement and habitat restoration. Grants from the $500 million raised over the next 20 years through the measure will begin to be distributed in 2018 and could attract additional state and federal funds, supporters said. Measure AA passed with 69 percent of the vote in the primary election, exceeding the cumulative two-thirds majority required for approval. For full story, click here.

CA: Why Desalination Isn’t the Solution to Water Woes

By Matt Weiser – NewsDeeply – June 2, 2016
It is easy to assume seawater desalination is the answer to California’s long-term water woes. All you have to do is look west, and the vast Pacific Ocean simply glimmers with opportunity. But as with so many things involving water, desalination is not that simple. Converting seawater into drinking water is very expensive, it consumes a lot of electricity and it comes with a host of potentially unsavory environmental impacts. To quantify the opportunities and the risks, the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University hosted a workshop in January on the subject. Over two days, it brought together about 40 experts – scientists, water industry officials, environmentalists and government officials – to discuss and debate the technology’s true potential in California. For full story, click here.

HI: Hawai’i's War on the Weeds

By Joshua Rapp Learn – Hakai Magazine – May 27, 2016 – Video
From the open door of a Hughes 500 helicopter, James Leary stares down the barrel of his gun out onto the multi-tiered canopy of Maui’s dense tropical rainforest. A flash of purple catches his eye, and the pilot swoops the helicopter into position, giving Leary a clear line of fire. Leary pulls the trigger, and lights their target up with a rapid-fire blast. “I can’t lie, it’s a helluva lot of fun,” Leary says. “Delivering a payload to the enemy is thrilling.” That payload? Poison-filled paintballs. Shooting plants with herbicide from a helicopter may come off as gratuitous, but Leary, an invasive weed specialist at the University of Hawai‘i, stresses that the team’s work is detailed and highly coordinated. For full article and to view video, click here.

LA: How fast is New Orleans sinking? Faster and faster, says new study

By Madison Margolin – The Christian Science Monitor – May 19, 2016
New Orleans is sinking, according to a study using NASA airborne radar. The subsidence, or sinking rates, of the city and surrounding areas is caused by naturally occurring geologic and human-caused processes. According to this latest study, subsidence is happening at higher rates than what previous data has shown using different kinds of radar, which before had been lower resolution and not as spatially extensive. For full story, click here.

ME: Mercury findings prompt state to widen lobster fishing ban in Penobscot River estuary

By Penelope Overton – Portland Press Herald – June 22, 2016
Maine has expanded its ban on lobstering and crabbing in a small section of Penobscot Bay after finding elevated mercury levels in lobsters tested south of the existing no-fishing zone. The Maine Department of Marine Resources had declared seven square miles of the Penobscot River estuary off limits to lobstermen and crabbers in 2014 after a federal court-ordered study detected elevated mercury levels in lobsters found as far south as Fort Point on the west bank and Wilson Point on the east bank. On Tuesday, based on the results of state-funded tests done after the initial closure, the department announced it would add 5.5 square miles to the no-fishing zone, extending it south to Squaw Point on Cape Jellison and Perkins Point in Castine. For full story, click here.

MD: On the Bay: New law will boost wetlands protection

By Christina Jedra – Capital Gazette – May 23, 2016
A new measure signed into law will improve wetland conservation and restoration efforts, said Gov. Larry Hogan. The Nontidal Wetlands Mitigation Banking Bill "removes obstacles and clarifies policies to spur more public-private partnerships and wetlands protection projects," according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Hogan said the bill is an example of environmentalists, developers and engineers working together to improve the environment and the economy. For full story, click here.

MI: Decision looms for controversial mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

By Brian Bienkowski – Environmental Health News – June 27, 2016
Michigan officials are weighing the possibility of an open pit mine in the western Upper Peninsula, and Native Americans, residents and environmental groups fear it will pollute water and cultural resources. They are pleading with the state to reject the permit, but they're running out of options. For full story, click here.

MN: MPR News Special Report: Minnesota's water quality problem

MPR News – May 25, 2016
Minnesota is rich in water, so we don't have a supply problem. But regulators say 40 percent of Minnesota's lakes and streams are polluted. A team of MPR News reporters has been investigating the source of this pollution, and some ways to prevent it. There's agricultural runoff, leaking sewage, toxic algae and lead in the drinking water. For full story, click here.

MN: Board questions ACOE on wetland violation

International Falls Journal – May 19, 2016
The Koochiching County Board Tuesday agreed to send a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers responding to an alleged violation of wetland laws at a local gravel pit. The board’s letter will outline the county’s concerns about the position of the corps on the alleged violation, located about four miles south of International Falls, and its impact to all sand and gravel pit operations in the county, according to Teresa Briggs, county administrative director. The daft letter called Koochiching County wetland rich and upland and sand and gravel poor. For full story, click here.

MO: Old North St. Louis: Sustainably Developing a Historic District

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – March 30, 2016
Old North St. Louis is a neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, less than 1 mile north of downtown. Beginning in the 1950s, this once-thriving neighborhood experienced decades of disinvestment and abandonment, resulting in a landscape of both vacant and occupied buildings interspersed among vacant lots. With the neighborhood's ideal location and abundance of potential, the city of St. Louis asked EPA for technical assistance to develop a vision for the neighborhood that would guide new growth and development in a manner that protects, preserves, and rehabilitates its historic character while incorporating environmentally sustainable features that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors. For more information and to download report, click here.

NJ: Christie Administration Completes Project Restoring Degraded Delaware Bay Wetlands Using Dredge Materials

Contacts: Lawrence Hajna, Bob Considine, and Caryn Shinske – New Jersey DEP – May 20, 2016
The Christie Administration today announced the completion of the third in a series of pilot projects designed to gauge the effectiveness of beneficially reusing silt and sand dredged for navigation improvement projects to restore degraded salt marshes as protective buffers against severe storms, while enhancing habitat for wildlife. The latest project restored 10 acres of degraded wetlands, and three acres of beach along the Delaware Bay in Fortescue, located in Cumberland County’s Downe Township. The restoration work is part of a pilot study that also involves two wetlands restoration sites along the Atlantic coast in Cape May County. For full story, click here.

NM: New Mexico sues EPA, mine owners over massive gold mine waste spill

By Dan Whitcomb – REUTERS – May 23, 2016
New Mexico sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states. The Gold King Mine rupture, which was accidentally triggered by an EPA inspection team called there to inspect seepage, unleashed a torrent of yellow sludge that contained high concentrations of heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury and lead. New Mexico, Colorado and Utah were affected. For full story, click here.

NY: New York launches climate science data website

By Josh Marks – Ihabitat NYC – May 18, 2016
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently launched a website to help communities with climate change adaptation and mitigation. The new Climate Change Science Clearinghouse contains a treasure trove of information including maps, data sets and documents that can assist policymakers, planners and the public in making “scientifically sound and cost-effective” decisions. For more information, click here.

NC: McCrory vetoes NC coal ash bill

By Craig Jarvis – The News & Observer – June 6, 2016 – Video
Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday night vetoed a coal ash bill, as promised, saying it was bad for the environment and an overreach by the legislature. “This legislation is not good for the environment or for the rule of law in North Carolina,” McCrory said in a statement. “This bill lacks a firm deadline to connect well owners to alternate water supplies.” The General Assembly has enough votes to override the veto, having passed overwhelmingly in both chambers with bipartisan support. Duke Energy, which owns the 33 basins filled with the residue of coal-fired power plants, supports the bill. For full story and to view video, click here.

ND: The enormous threat to America’s last grasslands

By Ryan Schuessler – The Washington Post – June 16, 2016
Over the past few years, Neil Shook has watched his world burn acre by acre. “I could tell something was happening,” Shook recalled, when he first noticed the plumes of smoke in 2011. By 2013, fires were raging every day, sending smoke billowing into the air — imagery that reminded Shook of Kuwait’s burning oil wells during the Persian Gulf War. Hundreds of acres of rolling green grasslands in North Dakota were being intentionally burned, plowed and planted in a matter of days. Shook, who manages the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding conservation area, watched as landowners backed out of federally funded conservation programs, opting instead to cash in on the state’s economic boom. For more information, click here.

OH: Wetlands can aid battle against algal blooms, state agency says

By Tom Jackson – Sandusky Register – June 17, 2016
Wetlands such as the Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve East provide a home for animals, birds and fish. But they also perform a function that's become urgent: Filtering out some of the nutrients that would otherwise flow into Lake Erie and nourish harmful algal blooms. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has taken notice. It has launched an effort to restore wetlands in the western portion of Lake Erie, including targeting the Sandusky Bay area. For full story, click here.

OH: Birds flocking to newly preserved city wetland

By Conor Morris – The Athens News – June 5, 2016
Since the city of Athens restored former agricultural land near Armitage Road into a wetland, dozens of local bird species and other wildlife have flocked to the area. Stefan Gleissberg, founder of the Athens Area Birders, a local bird-watching group, said many rarities can be viewed when visiting the restored Armitage Road wetlands, including the rusty blackbird, ranked as a “vulnerable” species in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. For full story, click here.

OH: Ohio seeks to coordinate Lake Erie algae effort

By John Seewer – Associated Press Lenconnect.com May 19, 2016
Ohio’s environmental agency wants to better coordinate the state’s efforts to drastically reduce what’s feeding the harmful algae in Lake Erie that has fouled drinking water and increased the costs to treat it. The plan, obtained by the Associated Press, calls for putting the Ohio Lake Erie Commission in charge of overseeing the work to cut the amount of phosphorus flowing into the lake. For full story, click here.

PA: Philadelphia keeps stormwater out of sewers to protect rivers

By Tom Avril – Philly.com – May 31, 2016
Tropical Storm Girard unleashed a torrent of water on West Philadelphia in March. Missed that news? It was not a real storm, but it might as well have been. Philadelphia Water Department employees turned on a fire hydrant on West Girard Avenue for three hours, enough to fill up two longish ditches with 35,000 gallons of water - an experimental simulation of 3.5 inches of rain. Then they watched it disappear. The ditches are rain gardens, brimming with grasses, flowers, and monitoring equipment, and they are part of an underground revolution. This week marks the fifth anniversary of a consent agreement signed with state environmental regulators, and the city says it has met its target of keeping more than 600 million gallons of rain out of the aging sewer system each year. For full story, click here.

PA: State drops nearly $9 million fine against Range Resources

By Laura Legere – Power Source-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – May 23, 2016
Pennsylvania environmental regulators have, for now, dropped their pursuit of a nearly $9 million fine against Range Resources-Appalachia LLC after the two sides reached an agreement over a Lycoming County gas well that regulators said leaked methane into drinking water supplies and streams. The Fort Worth, Texas-based oil and gas production company is still likely to face a penalty at a later stage in the gas migration case, which is ongoing. For full story, click here.

TX: Cleanup plans could give San Jacinto River new life

By Mathew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle – June 6, 2016
The San Jacinto River's west fork runs for 35 miles below the Lake Conroe dam, providing alternate glimpses of tall pines and gravel mines, willow oaks and busy overpasses. The waterway is prone to flood, not to inspire. But the sporadically beautiful river is getting a second look from state and local officials, who are making a new push to make it safe for swimming and wading again. The recently formed West Fork Watersheds Partnership is developing plans to reduce the river's load of bacteria at a time of rapid development in surrounding Montgomery and Harris counties. For full story, click here.

VT: Hinesburg Residents Prepare To Fight Vermont Gas Over Wetland Clearcut

By Taylor Dobbs – Vermont Public Radio (VPR) – June 1, 2016
A group of Hinesburg residents got legal standing last week to fight Vermont Gas Systems on the company's effort to build a pipeline through a town park. They say the chosen route for the pipeline would be devastating for a rich ecosystem that includes state-designated wetlands. For full story, click here.

 

 

Wetland Breaking News - June 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Is About to Experience a "Dead Zone" the Size of Connecticut

By Tom Philpott – Mother Jones – June 17, 2016
The Gulf of Mexico teems with biodiversity and contains some of the globe's most productive fisheries. Yet starting in the early 1970s, large swaths of the Gulf began to experience annual dead zones in the late summer and early fall. This year's will likely be nearly a third larger than normal, about the size of Connecticut, according to a recent report from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and Louisiana State University. The problem is tied to industrial-scale meat production. To churn out huge amounts chicken, beef, and pork, the meat industry relies on corn as cheap feed. The US grows about a third of the globe's corn, the great bulk of it in the Midwest, on land that drains into the Mississippi River. Every year, fertilizer runoff from Midwestern farms leaches into the Mississippi and makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico. For full story, click here.

On the Bay: Chesapeake's no oxygen 'dead zone' to be average or smaller

By Christina Jedra – Capital Gazette – June 14, 2016
Scientists estimate this year's Chesapeake Bay low-oxygen "dead zone" will be roughly the volume of 2.3 million Olympic-size swimming pools —about average. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that the hypoxic, or low-oxygen, zone will be approximately 1.58 cubic miles, close to the long-term average since 1950. "The low oxygen levels are insufficient to support most marine life and habitats in near-bottom waters and threaten the Bay's production of crabs, oysters and other fisheries," NOAA said. For full story, click here.

Climate change mitigation: Turning CO2 into rock

Contact: Glenn Harris – EurekAlert – June 9, 2016
An international team of scientists have found a potentially viable way to remove anthropogenic (caused or influenced by humans) carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere - turn it into rock. The study, published today in Science, has shown for the first time that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) can be permanently and rapidly locked away from the atmosphere, by injecting it into volcanic bedrock. The CO2 reacts with the surrounding rock, forming environmentally benign minerals. For full story, click here.

Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution

Eurek Alert – June 9, 2016
Decades of unregulated industrial waste dumping in areas of the Great Lakes have created a host of environmental and wildlife problems. Now it appears that Lake Michigan painted and snapping turtles could be a useful source for measuring the resulting pollution. For full story, click here.

Spike in Alaska Wildfires is Worsening Global Warming

By Suzanne Goldenberg – Climate Central – June 4, 2016
The devastating rise in Alaska’s wildfires is making global warming even worse than scientists expected, U.S. government researchers said. The sharp spike in Alaska’s wildfires, where more than 5 million acres burned last year, are destroying a main buffer against climate change: the carbon-rich boreal forests, tundra and permafrost that have served as an enormous carbon sink. Northern wildfires must now be recognized as a significant driver of climate change – and not just a side-effect, according to the report from the U.S. Geological Survey. For full story, click here.

Map Shows Where Fossil Fuels Should Stay in the Ground

By Nithin Coca – TriplePundit – June 1, 2016
We know that we need to keep the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Now, a new project from the University of Arizona shows us exactly where we need to keep these fuels in the ground. The Climate Alliance Mapping Project (CAMP) is a huge undertaking, aiming to be a resource that includes quantitative and qualitative data. For full story, click here.

Pharmaceutical Chemicals Found in Every Stream Sampled in USGS Study

By Eric Chaney – The Weather Channel – June 1, 2016
Our waterways are filled with traces of drugs, says a new study conducted by the USGS. A team of researchers, led by hydrologist Paul Bradley, recently collected water samples from 59 small streams in the Southeast from Virginia to Georgia, which were analyzed for 108 pharmaceuticals and degradates. All 59 streams tested positive for at least one of compounds and the overall average was six different compounds per stream. “Pharmaceutical contaminants are growing aquatic-health concerns and largely attributed to wastewater treatment facility discharges,” the study says. But only 17 of the 59 streams have any reported wastewater discharges. For full story, click here.

Why Is Antarctica's Sea Ice Growing While the Arctic Melts? Scientists Have an Answer

By Bob Berwyn – InsideClimate News – May 31, 2016
The Antarctic freezing trend has not been captured well by climate models. So scientists have been trying to understand why planetary warming has not melted Antarctic sea ice like it has in the Arctic. In the new study, Son Nghiem, a researcher with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, evaluated satellite data to zero in on an answer. For full story, click here.

Poison packed: Crops are becoming toxic to withstand extreme weather conditions

Kathmandu Post – May 27, 2016
It is not the drought as you know it. Scientists are saying so because they have found that it is not just about scarce water. They say that when the life sustaining liquid becomes quite scarce, plants find a way of surviving the extreme condition. And that is where the good news ends. The bad news is that when plants adapt to the harsh environment, they accumulate toxins to dangerous levels that can kill livestock and can cause cancer and other serious illnesses in humans. For full story, click here.

Researchers find higher than expected carbon emissions from inland waterways

Phys.org – May 24 2016
Washington State University researchers have found that greenhouse-gas emissions from lakes and inland waterways may be as much as 45 percent greater than previously thought. Their study, published today in Environmental Research Letters, has implications for the global carbon budget and suggests that terrestrial ecosystems may not be as good a carbon reservoir as scientists thought. Similar to the way people use a budget to manage finances, researchers are working to understand where carbon is being spent and saved on a global scale to better manage resources. The scientists know that humans are emitting about 33 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere globally and that the emissions are changing the climate. For full story, click here.

For the endangered American eel, a long, slippery road to recovery

By Ted Williams environment360 May 26, 2016
The American eel isn’t just a U.S. native. It’s also indigenous to southern Greenland, Iceland, eastern Canada, inland to the Great Lakes, Central America, northern South America, and Caribbean islands. Despite this expansive range, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the species as “endangered.” It would be in even worse shape without the Delaware River, which flows unimpeded 330 miles through New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Few, if any, eel refuges are more important, and management on the Delaware provides a global blueprint for eel recovery. For full story, click here.

Over a third of North American bird species in danger: scientists

By David Ljunggren – Reuters – May 18, 2016
More than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, scientists who are part of a tri-nation initiative said on Wednesday, adding that ocean and tropical birds were in particular danger. The study, compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative and the first of its kind to look at the vulnerability of bird populations in Canada, the United States and Mexico, said 37 percent of all 1,154 species on the continent needed urgent conservation action. For full story, click here.

Playa Recharge Summit Provides Answers to Common Questions

Playa Lakes Joint Venture – May 17, 2016
Playas are a major source of recharge to the Ogallala Aquifer, contributing up to 95 percent of inflow of water to the aquifer and improving the quality of that water. For those who may have doubts, it was confirmed by 14 playa experts who participated in PLJV’s Playa Recharge Summit last November. The Summit was designed to get answers to questions often heard by those working in playa conservation: “How much groundwater recharge goes through playas?” “How long till the water reaches the aquifer?” and “Will that water benefit me directly?” For full story, click here.

Border fence impact on wetland mixed

By Joshua Emerson Smith – The San Diego Union-Tribune – May 16, 2016
As birds sing and lizards scuttle in the lush vegetation of the Tijuana River Valley, helicopters circle overhead, and Border Patrol agents on all-terrain vehicles comb the area looking to stop illegal border-crossers. Two big metal fences and stadium lighting divide homes in Mexico from this largest intact coastal wetland in Southern California. For full story, click here.

 

Wetland Breaking News - June 2016

New Guide Helps Citizen Groups Address Harmful Bacteria in Local Waterways

ECO Magazine – May 23, 2016
Bacteria is one of the most common pollutants in our nation's waterways. Researchers and regulatory agencies have determined that monitoring bacteria in waterways can help identify human health risks associated with drinking water, shellfish consumption, and recreational water contact. Harmful bacteria from sewer leaks, illegal dumping and failing septic systems pose a serious threat to human health,” said Hye Yeong Kwon, executive director of the Center. Safe Waters, Healthy Waters: A Guide for Citizen Groups on Bacteria Monitoring in Local Waterways outlines how to identify areas with high bacteria, narrow down the potential sources and share findings with the public. For full article and to download the report, click here.

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 explores the use of the terms “function” and “value” and makes suggestions for future use of these terms. To download this report, click here.

Legal Issues in Upgrading Flood Maps to Reflect Climate Change, Other Changed Conditions

By Jon Kusler – Association of State Wetland Managers – April 2016
Governments will, over time, need to upgrade flood hazard maps to reflect climate change, urbanization, erosion and sedimentation and other watershed changes. Will governments face legal problems with such upgrading? How can governments avoid legal problems? This paper by Dr. Jon Kusler, Esq. provides an overview of the types, uses and limitations of existing floodplain maps, examples of court cases dealing with floodplain maps and recommendations for avoiding problems with upgrading floodplain maps to reflect climate change and other changed conditions. To download this report, click here.

DoD Report on Regional Sea Level Scenarios for Coastal Risk Management

SERDP-ESTCP – April 25, 2016
DoD announces the release of a new report, “Regional Sea Level Scenarios for Coastal Risk Management: Managing the Uncertainty of Future Sea Level Change and Extreme Water Levels for Department of Defense Coastal Sites Worldwide.” A multi-agency team of researchers developed the report and an accompanying online database to provide regionalized sea level and extreme water level scenarios for three future time horizons (2035, 2065, and 2100) for 1,774 military sites worldwide. These “scenarios” are plausible and scientifically credible future sea level and extreme water level values. For full story and to download the report, click here.

EPA Releases a New Watershed Academy Online Module on “Aquatic Resource Awareness for Real Estate Appraisers”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA recently released a new online training module titled “Aquatic Resource Awareness for Real Estate Appraisers” designed for licensed real estate appraisers and approved by the Appraisal Foundation. The goal of this course is to increase awareness of aquatic resources, including why and how they are protected under environmental laws, what signs to look for that might indicate their presence in the environment, and how they can be documented as part of an appraisal. After successful completion of this course, real estate appraisers should have a general awareness of aquatic resources and be able to accurately complete the portion of the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report form that deals with site conditions. Real Estate Appraisers will be provided an online, form-fillable Watershed Academy certificate after completion of a final exam in the course module which may be submitted to their respective state or national Appraisal Foundation for continuing education credits. This online module is posted here.


Wetland Breaking News - June 2016

Global Coral Bleaching Continues For a Record Third Year

By Brian Kahn – Climate Central – June 20, 2016
Bad coral reef news seems to be never-ending these days. Case in point: on Monday, scientists announced that the world is in for an unprecedented third year of coral bleaching across the globe. The announcement comes courtesy of NOAA Coral Reef Watch, which keeps an eye on a number of climate factors that can stress reefs out. That includes rising ocean temperatures, which have absolutely pummeled reefs in recent years and will only ratchet up the pressure as the globe continues to warm. For full story, click here.

The Rise of Ocean Optimism

By Elin Kelsey – Hakai Magazine – June 8, 2016
Things are far more resilient than I ever imagined. Me, green sea turtles, coral reefs blown to bits by atomic bombs. In a twist of fate that even surprised scientists, Bikini Atoll, site of one of the world’s biggest nuclear explosions, is now a scuba diver’s paradise. Bikini Atoll, located in the Pacific’s Marshall Islands, didn’t just inspire the famous bathing suit; the US Army detonated the first hydrogen bomb there. Between 1946 and 1958, 23 nuclear explosions were carried out, at an incalculable cost to the people and the marine environment. Fifty years later, scientists record a thriving coral reef habitat that includes large tree-like branching coral formations with trunks the diameter of dinner plates. “It’s made a brilliant recovery,” says Zoe Richards, a scientist at the Australian Museum. For full article, click here.

A River’s Return

By Melissa Sevigny – Edible Baja Arizona
The Colorado has reached its delta in the Gulf of California only intermittently since the 1960s, the last time during the wet El Niño winter of 1997-98. Much fodder for despair has been found in the lower Colorado, labeled “utterly devoid of vitality” by Philip Fradkin in his 1981 book A River No More. But the river still has champions. In October 2002, 55 resource managers, scientists, and environmentalists met in Tijuana to discuss the region’s plight. They calculated that restoring just 1 percent of the river’s annual flow could help the delta revive. Francisco Zamora, director of the Sonoran Institute’s Colorado River Delta Legacy Program, called their report “a map of the possible”—a listing of riparian areas that could be protected or restored. For full story, click here.

Edible Rings On Six-Packs Feed Marine Life if They End Up in the Ocean

By Elyse Wanshel – The Huffington Post Green – May 31, 2016 – Video
A craft beer company has brewed up a brilliant idea. Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida, has created edible six-pack rings that feed, rather than kill, marine life if the rings end up in the ocean and an animal happens to eat it. The rings are created from beer by-products during the brewing process such as barley and wheat and are completely safe for humans and fish to eat. For full story and to view video, click here.

Dogs as sentinels: Blue-green algae brings toxic mystery to Minn. Waters

By Elizabeth Dunbar – MPR News – May 24, 2016
Layla was an energetic 4-year-old springer spaniel just reaching her prime. Jack Lundbohm figures she would have been the perfect dog for last fall’s grouse-hunting season. But Layla died one day last August, after splashing along the shore of Lake of the Woods for nearly two hours. She had been playing with Lundbohm’s 5-year-old grandson, Gus, and not long after the boy took a break from throwing sticks and tennis balls, Layla “was not only dead but as rigid as a bronze statue,” Lundbohm said. She was the 18th dog in Minnesota to have died from suspected blue-green algae poisoning since the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency started tracking the issue a little more than a decade ago. For full story, click here.

How to make rain – by splashing water

Kate Ravilious – The Guardian – May 22, 2016
Need to make it rain? Try asking farmers to turn their water sprinklers on. New findings suggest that the act of water splashing on to ploughed fields throws up millions of microscopic particles – the remains of dead plants and animals. And it turns out that this special dust often helps to seed clouds and generate localized rainstorms. For full story, click here.

The Secret History of Bioluminescence

By Ferris Jabr – Hakai Magazine – May 10, 2016
In the late 1990s, marine biologist Steven Haddock paid a visit to fellow scientist Osamu Shimomura at his laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The two researchers shared an obsession with bioluminescence: light produced by chemical reactions in the bodies of living things—most famously the firefly, but also in fungi and a multitude of ocean creatures. At one point during their meeting, Haddock recalls, Shimomura poured what appeared to be large sesame seeds out of a jar and into his hand, dribbled some water onto them, and crushed them into a paste in his fist. Then he shut off the lights. His palm glowed a transfixing blue, as though it held a fairy. For full article, click here.

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

   

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 
WEBINARS
       
JUNE 2016      
       
June 29, 2016
2:30 p.m. ET
  The Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, USEPA, and CSRA will be co-hosting a webinar: EPA Process and Quality Assurance Practices for Restoration Projects  
       
June 29, 2016
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET
  Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands  
       
JULY 2016  
       
July 7, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
  The Swamp School webinar: 2016 Wetlands, Waters, Permits, & Courts  
       
July 7, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
  The Great Lakes HABs Collaboratory, in collaboration with Ohio Sea Grant and LimnoTech webinar: HABs State of Science Webinar: HABs & Safe Drinking Water  
       
July 7, 2016
2:00 p.m. ET
  Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Lab Webinar: Forecast for Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie in 2016  
       
July 11, 2016
3:00 p.m. ET
  CUAHSI webinar: Delineate Watersheds and Perform Hydrologic Terrain Analysis with HydroShare and CyberGIS  
       
July 12, 2016
2:00 p.m. ET
  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers webinar: Biological Indicators of Soil Health: What they are, how they are measured, and what is on the horizon?  
       
July 13, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
  AWRA webinar: Flint Water Crisis  
       
July 20, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
  Webinar: Demonstration of SituMap Multi-User Mapping Application is co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM. Presented by Seneca Holland of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  
       
July 21, 2016
3:00 p.m. ET
  The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is partnering with the National Conservation Training Center will host this webinar: Co-producing Science and Tools for Drought Preparedness with the Wind River Reservation's Tribal Water Managers  
       
July 28, 2016
2:00 p.m. ET
  Forester University webinar: Flood Best Practices Protecting People & Property with GIS  
       
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
       
JULY 2016
       
July 09, 2016
Rochester, VT
  Society for Ecological Restoration – New England Chapter River Restoration Field Trip  
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 11-13, 2016
Circleville, WV
  The Mountain Institute’s Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors
 
       
July 12-14, 2016
McDonough, GA
  Henry County Stormwater Wetland Restoration Workshop will be held on July 12-14, 2016 in McDonough, Georgia. Attendees will help build two naturally appearing and functioning wetlands that manage stormwater, and improve habitat for wildlife. For more information, go here. Instructor: Tom Biebighauser. Wetland Restoration and Training LLC.  
       
July 12-15, 2016
St. Louis, MO
  River Flow 2016 Eighth International Conference: Fluvial Hydraulics  
July 13-14, 2016
West St. Paul, MN
  Environmental Law Institute In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Workshop  
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, 2016
Maidstone and Lemington, VT
  The New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists Field Trip to Upper Connecticut River Floodplains. September 9th Field Trip on Hydrologic Considerations Wetland Restoration in Pittsford, Vermont Area.  
July 18-19, 2016
Wildland Fire Training Center McClellan, CA
  Floodplain Management Association: Basic HEC-RAS Modeling Workshop  
       
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 21-22, 2016
Charlotte, NC
  National Association of Water Companies (NAWC): 2016 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit  
       
July 24-27, 2016
Louisville, KY
  Soil and Water Conservation Society 71st Annual Conference: Managing Great River Landscapes  
       
July 24-27, 2016
Shepherdstown, WV
  2016 CUAHSI Biennial Symposium: Finding Your Place in Big Data: Using Observations to Understand Hydrologic Processes for Predicting a Changing World  
       
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 25-29, 2016
Boulder, CO
  Computational & Information Systems Lab (CISL) Third Annual Graduate Workshop: Environmental Data Analytics  
       
July 26-28, 2016
Arlington, VA
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Urban Waters National Training Workshop 2016. This workshop is free and open to all!  
July 28-20, 2016
in Gulfport, MS
  Mississippi Urban Forest Council: Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Conference
 
       
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 build a vernal pond that provides breeding habitat for woodland salamanders and frogs, and rebuild an old farm pond so it looks and functions like an ephemeral wetland. For more information go here or here. Primary instructor Tom Biebighauser, Wetland Restoration and Training, LLC.  
       
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 15–19, 2016
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY
  Near Surface Geophysics for Hydrology Workshop  
       
August 17-19, 2016
St. Louis, MO
  GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop  
       
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
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Gilbertsville, KY
  2016 Annual KAMM Conference: The Changing Climate of Mitigation
 
       
August 22-25, 2016
Asheville, NC
  NC State University EcoStream - Stream Ecology and Restoration Conference  
       
August 22-26, 2016
Freising, Germany
  Society of Ecological Restoration Europe conference 2016: Best Practice in Restoration  
August 23-25, 2016
Cincinnati, OH
  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development/National Risk Management Research Laboratory and Office of Water/Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, in cooperation with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA: 13th annual workshop: Small Drinking Water System Challenges and Solutions
 
       
August 23-25, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT
  22nd National Nonpoint Source (NPS) Monitoring Workshop  
       
August 27-September 2, 2016
Chillwack and Mission, BC
  British Columbia Wildlife Federation Workshop: Lower Mainland Wetlands Institute-2016
 
       
August 27-
September 2, 2016

Stockholm, Sweden
  2016 World Water Week  
       
August 29-September 1, 2016 Melbourne, Australia   Coast to Coast Conference  
       
August 29-September 1, 2016
Montpellier, France
  The 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change  
       
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  
       
September 8-9, 2016
Portland, OR
  National Groundwater Association Conference: Connecting the Dots...Groundwater, Surface Water, and Climate Connections in the Northwest  
       
September 8-10, 2016
Tulcea, Romania
  Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 3rd International Conference “Water resources and wetlands"  
       
September 8-11, 2016   Ohio Wetlands Association 2016 Regional Wetlands Summit: Living on the Edge will be held on September 8-11, 2016. For more information, go here.  
       
September 9, 2016
Vermont
  The New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists Field Trip on Hydrologic Considerations Wetland Restoration  
       
September 11-16, 2016
Boston, MA
  6th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals. Abstract due by June 30, 2016.  
       
September 12-14, 2016
San Diego, CA
  California Stormwater Quality Association 12th Annual Conference: Stormwater Evolution: Source to Resource  
       
September 15-16, 2016
London, UK
  Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC conference: 'Society and the Sea'
 
       
September 16-18, 2016
Gothic, CO
  Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (GREEBs) meeting  
       
September 17-18, 2016
Stone Harbor, NJ
  Wetlands Institute: Fall Migration Festival
 
       
September 19-22, 2016 Stuttgart, Germany   13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation  
       
September 19-24, 2016
Changshu, China
  INTECOL Wetland Working Group, People’s Government of Changshu, Nanjing University: 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference  
       
September 20–22, 2016
Sandusky, OH
  Healing Our Waters® – Great Lakes Coalition: 12th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference
 
       
September 27-30, 2016
Mount Royal University
Alberta, Canada
  Under Western Skies (UWS) conference: Water: Events, Trends, Analysis  
       
September 30-October 2, 2016
Shepherdstown, WV
  The 2016 Chesapeake Watershed Forum
 
       
OCTOBER 2016
       
October 1-2, 2016
Ridgefield, WA
  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: Birdfest and Bluegrass
 
       
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.  
       
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 6-7, 2016
Toronto, Ontario Canada
  Great Lakes Commission 2016 Annual Meeting
 
       
October 9-14, 2016
Scheveningen, The Netherlands
  Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas Conference  
       
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 17-21, 2016
Leavenworth, WA
  2016 Mountain Climate Conference: Mountains Without Snow: What are the Consequences? Abstracts due by July 14, 2016.  
       

October 18-20, 2016
Atlantic City, NJ

  The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) 12th Annual Conference: Supporting Municipalities to Reduce Flood Risk. Call for abstract deadline is August 19, 2016.  
       
October 18-21, 2016
University of California, Davis
  The Natural Areas Association: 2016 Natural Areas Conference  
       
October 18-22, 2016
Latin America
  Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) conference: 'Healthy ecosystems for resilient societies'. Abstract submission deadline is July 15, 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, 2016
Linthicum, MD
  12th Annual MAFSM Conference is taking place on October 20th, 2016 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, MD. Deadline for abstracts is July 15th.  
       
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)
 
       
October 28-30, 2016
Fairhope, AL
  The Diamondback Terrapin Working Group: 7th Symposium on the Ecology, Status and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin. Abstract deadline is August 31, 2016.  
       
October 28-30, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
  Land Trust Alliance Rally 2016 National Land Conservation Conference  
       
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  
       
November 2, 2016
University of Illinois
  The Chicago Wilderness Congress: Celebrating 20 Years: One Home. One Future. The deadline for proposal submissions is July 22, 2016.  
       
November 14-17, 2016
Orlando, FL
  2016 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference  
       
November 13-17, 2016
Indianapolis, IN
  American Water Works Association: Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition  
       
November 15, 2016
UC Davis Conference Center Davis, CA
  Hosted by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Davis, and UC Riverside the 2nd Annual Do No Harm Workshop: Considerations for the Use of Non-local Species in Ecological Restoration  
       
November 15-17, 2016
Sacramento, CA
  2016 Bay-Delta Science Conference  
       
November 24-27, 2016
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Chincoteague, VA
  Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend
 
       
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  
       
December 12-16, 2016
San Francisco, CA
  AGU Fall Meeting. Abstracts due by August 3, 2016.  
       
TRAINING
       
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.  
       
July 7-8, 2016
Denver, CO
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2016  
       
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-July 22, 2016
University of Montana Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station is offering a course on Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
 
       
July 11-July 22, 2016
University of Montana Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station is offering a course on Stream Ecology
 
       
July 11-September 30, 2016
Online
  The Swamp School will hold an Online course: Certified Wetland Botanist  
       
July 11-September 30, 2016
Online
  The Swamp School Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
July 12-15, 2016
State College, PA
  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 14, 2016
Sacramento, CA
  UC David course: Land Use and Environmental Planning in the Era of Climate Change
 
       
July 16-August 12, 2016
Online
  The Swamp School 4-Week Online course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
 
       
July 17-23, 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 20, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA

  The Swamp School course: Wetland Plant ID: Fast Start Series  
       

July 22, 2016
Eagan, MN

  Half Moon Education, Inc. course: Minnesota Wetlands Law & Compliance  
       
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 24–July 30, 2016
Steuben, ME
  The Eagle Hill Institute summer field seminar on Introduction to Main Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany. For a list of other courses, go here.  
       
July 25-29, 2016
Traverse City, MI
  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), and the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) course on sedimentation in the Great Lakes basin: Interpreting Sediment in the Field: Theory and Field Methods  
       
July 25-August 5, 2016
Polson, MT
  The Flathead Lake Biological Station course: Lake Ecology  
       
July 26-29, 2016
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators – 2016  
       
July 27, 2016
Fairfax, VA
  HalfMoon Education, Inc. course: Stormwater Management 2016  
       

July 27-28, 2016
Tiburon, CA

  Wetland Science Program, Romberg Tiburon Center, SFSU course: Coastal Wetland Restoration in the S.F. Bay Area: Adapting to Climate Change  

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
Miami, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. course: Florida Statewide Wetland Delineation Training (62-340 FAC)  
       
August 3-4, 2016
Gifford Pinchot State Park

Lewisberry, PA
  Wetland Restoration and Training LLC: Wetland Restoration Workshop. Primary instructor Tom Biebighauser, Wetland Restoration and Training, LLC.
 
       
August 4-5, 2016
Tigard, OR
  Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) Course: Planning and Preparing an Ecological Risk Assessment. This course will also be held on December 1-2, 2016 in Arlington, VA  
       
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)  
       
August 8-11, 2016
Des Moines, IA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. course: ACOE Wetland Delineation / Regional Supplement / Waters of the United States Training  
       
August 8-12, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Course: Conservation for Development Professionals: Strategies for Implementing Biodiversity Action Plans for the Private Sector  
       
August 10, 2016
Raleigh, NC
  The Swamp School One-Day Field Workshop: Point Intercept Sampling Procedure for Determining Hydrophytic Vegetation  
       
August 10-11, 2016
Des Moines, IA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
 
       
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 -18, 2016
Wetland Learning Center
St Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes  
       
August 15-19, 2016
Moss Landing, CA
  The California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) course: 5-day General CRAM Training
 
       
August 15-19, 2016
Arlington, WI
  The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
August 16-17, 2016
Santa Fe, NM
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2016. Other dates available here.  
       
August 16-18, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Front Royal, VA
  EcoAgricultural Partners Landscape Leadership 3-Day Workshop
 
       
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 21-27, 2016
Steuben, ME

  The Eagle Hill Institute course: Field Methods for Studying Avian Migration. For a list of other courses, click here.  
       
August 22-25, 2016
Auburn, NY
  The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training
 
       
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 7, 2016
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension course: Land Use and Natural Resources Information Session
 
       
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 12-17, 2016 Whitefish, MT   Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology – 2016  
       

September 15-16, 2016
Millville, NJ

  Rutgers University course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South
 
       

September 15-18, 2016
San Diego, CA

  The Wetland Training Institute course: Riparian Habitat Restoration in the Arid Southwest  
       
September 19-22, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training  
       
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  
       
September 27-29, 2016
Pocono Mountains, PA
  The Swamp School Wetland Plants Field ID Workshop  
       
September 28-30, 2016
Hays, KS
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Woody Plants (Trees, Shrubs, and Vines) Identification – 2016  
       
September 29-30, 2016 Denver, CO   Urban Watersheds Research Institute course: 2D Floodplain Delineation using 2D HEC-RAS Model  
       
September 29-October 3, 2016
Front Royal, VA
  George Mason University, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course: Watershed Conservation: Riparian Restoration  
       
OCTOBER 2016
       
October 3-4, 2016
Tuckerton, NJ
  Rutgers University course: Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants  
       
October 3-7, 2016
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Basic Wetland Delineation. Also on June 6-10, 2016 in Charleston, SC  
       
October 5-7, 2016
Four Points Sheraton, Asheville, NC
  North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program is offering a course on Stream Morphology Assessment
 
       
October 7, 2016
St. Paul, MN
  University of Minnesota course: Hydrology Tools for Minnesota Wetlands  
       
October 11-12, 2016
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species.
 
       
October 14, 2016
Brunswick, NJ
  Rutgers University course: Understanding Advanced Stormwater Management Techniques  
       
October 18-19, 2016
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Wetland Delineation Refresher - 2016  
       
October 25-26, 2016 Anchorage, AK   Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) Course: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI, or EIS  
       
October 25-28, 2016
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers University course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands. Instructors: Ralph Tiner and Mallory N. Gilbert  
       
October 26, 2016
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers University course: Introduction to Wetland Identification  
       
October 27, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska
  Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) Course: Advanced NEPA-Taking the National Environmental Policy Act to the Next Level  
       
NOVEMBER 2016
       
November 2-4, 2016
Raleigh, NC
  North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program course: Natural Channel Design Principles  
       
November 8-9, 2016
University of Phoenix-St. Louis Par
St. Louis Park, MN
  Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) Course: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI, or EIS  
       
November 10, 2016
University of Phoenix-St. Louis Park
St. Louis Park, MN
  Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) Course: Advanced NEPA-Taking the National Environmental Policy Act to the Next Level  
       
November 14-15, 2016
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology (Piedmont)
 
       
DECEMBER 2016
       
December 1-2, 2016
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute course: Watershed Modeling Using CUHP-SWMM  
       
December 1-2, 2016
University of Phoenix-Arlington Arlington, VA
  Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) Course: Planning and Preparing an Ecological Risk Assessment  
       

December 5-8, 2016
Santa Fe, NM

  The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy  
       
December 12-13, 2016
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Eastern Mountains/Piedmont)
 
       
December 12-16, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Course: Statistical Downscaling of Global Climate Models using SDSM 5.2  
       
December 13-14, 2016
University of Phoenix-Portland Area
Tigard, OR
  Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) Course: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI, or EIS  
       
SPECIAL EVENTS 2015
       
September 17-18, 2016
Brownstown, MI
  Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival  
       
October 7-9, 2016
Houma, LA
  Voice of the Wetlands (VOW) 13th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival  
       
October 18-23, 2016
Northeast, NC
  Wings over Water Festival  
       
November 2-6, 2016
Harlingen, TX
  Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival. Field trip destinations include Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Buses and minivans at the South Texas Refuge Complex will support festival-goers.  
       
November 15-20, 2016
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
San Antonio, NM
  Festival of the Cranes - see wintering sandhill cranes and snow geese by the thousands at this scenic refuge outside of Socorro. Enjoy workshops, tours and other events at one of the most celebrated bird festivals in the country.
 
       
November 26, 2016
Stone Harbor, NJ
  The Wetlands Institute: Wetland Wonderland  
       

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

 

Wetland Breaking News - June 2016


INDEX

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Wins Climate Adaptation Leadership Award
  • Restoring a Stream, Restoring a Community
  • Incorporating Environmental Justice into all Regulatory Efforts
  • Wetland restoration was a family journey
  • Members’ Wetland Webinar – Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands – June 29, 2016
  • Hot Topics Webinar – Nationwide Permit Rule Webinar #3: Interactive Discussion with States and Tribes on Reviewing the Proposed Rule to Reissue the §404 Nationwide Permits – July 6, 2016
  • Improving Wetland Restoration Success Webinar – Bottomland Hardwood Restoration – July 12, 2016
  • Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar – 3 Part Webinar on the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) – July 20, 2016

NATIONAL NEWS

  • The Wetland Campus Research Challenge
  • EPA awards $465,000 to Navajo Nation for water monitoring in the San Juan River
  • EPA and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Award $1.4 Million to Protect and Sustain Healthy Watersheds
  • Army Corps of Engineers Releases Living Shoreline Permit
  • EPA Celebrates Inaugural Environmental Justice Academy Graduation
  • High court sides with property owners in wetlands case
  • Better water quality? Here's what 5 states are doing
  • EPA: Western wetlands in poor condition
  • EPA Proposes Rule to Make Targeted Updates to NPDES Regulations
  • EPA Streamlines Approach for Tribes to Administer Clean Water Act Programs
  • Draft Nearshore Framework for the Great Lakes Available for Comment
  • EPA Releases Wetland Water Quality Standards Templates

STATE NEWS

  • AL: 100,000 north Alabama customers advised not to drink water due to chemical contamination
  • AK: Mitigation costly headache - Project developers face confusion, multiple agencies, layering of requirements
  • CA: SF Bay protection: Measure AA passes
  • CA: Why Desalination Isn’t the Solution to Water Woes
  • HI: Hawai’i's War on the Weeds
  • LA: How fast is New Orleans sinking? Faster and faster, says new study
  • ME: Mercury findings prompt state to widen lobster fishing ban in Penobscot River estuary
  • MD: On the Bay: New law will boost wetlands protection
  • MI: Decision looms for controversial mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • MN: MPR News Special Report: Minnesota's water quality problem
  • MN: Board questions ACOE on wetland violation
  • MO: Old North St. Louis: Sustainably Developing a Historic District
  • NJ: Christie Administration Completes Project Restoring Degraded Delaware Bay Wetlands Using Dredge Materials
  • NM: New Mexico sues EPA, mine owners over massive gold mine waste spill
  • NY: New York launches climate science data website
  • NC: McCrory vetoes NC coal ash bill
  • ND: The enormous threat to America’s last grasslands
  • OH: Wetlands can aid battle against algal blooms, state agency says
  • OH: Birds flocking to newly preserved city wetland
  • OH: Ohio seeks to coordinate Lake Erie algae effort
  • PA: Philadelphia keeps stormwater out of sewers to protect rivers
  • PA: State drops nearly $9 million fine against Range Resources
  • TX: Cleanup plans could give San Jacinto River new life
  • VT: Hinesburg Residents Prepare To Fight Vermont Gas Over Wetland Clearcut

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • The Gulf of Mexico Is About to Experience a "Dead Zone" the Size of Connecticut
  • On the Bay: Chesapeake's no oxygen 'dead zone' to be average or smaller
  • Climate change mitigation: Turning CO2 into rock
  • Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution
  • Spike in Alaska Wildfires is Worsening Global Warming
  • Map Shows Where Fossil Fuels Should Stay in the Ground
  • Pharmaceutical Chemicals Found in Every Stream Sampled in USGS Study
  • Why Is Antarctica's Sea Ice Growing While the Arctic Melts? Scientists Have an Answer
  • Poison packed: Crops are becoming toxic to withstand extreme weather conditions
  • Researchers find higher than expected carbon emissions from inland waterways
  • For the endangered American eel, a long, slippery road to recovery
  • Over a third of North American bird species in danger: scientists
  • Playa Recharge Summit Provides Answers to Common Questions
  • Border fence impact on wetland mixed

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • New Guide Helps Citizen Groups Address Harmful Bacteria in Local Waterways
  • Definition of Wetland, Floodplain, Riparian “Functions” and “Values”
  • Legal Issues in Upgrading Flood Maps to Reflect Climate Change, Other Changed Conditions
  • DoD Report on Regional Sea Level Scenarios for Coastal Risk Management
  • EPA Releases a New Watershed Academy Online Module on “Aquatic Resource Awareness for Real Estate Appraisers”

POTPOURRI

  • Global Coral Bleaching Continues For a Record Third Year
  • The Rise of Ocean Optimism
  • A River’s Return
  • Edible Rings On Six-Packs Feed Marine Life if They End Up in the Ocean
  • Dogs as sentinels: Blue-green algae brings toxic mystery to Minn. Waters
  • How to make rain – by splashing water
  • The Secret History of Bioluminescence

WEBINARS, MEETINGS, TRAINING

  • EPA Process and Quality Assurance Practices for Restoration Projects
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands
  • The Swamp School webinar: 2016 Wetlands, Waters, Permits, & Courts
  • HABs State of Science Webinar: HABs & Safe Drinking Water
  • Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Lab Webinar: Forecast for Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie in 2016\
  • Delineate Watersheds and Perform Hydrologic Terrain Analysis with HydroShare and CyberGIS
  • Biological Indicators of Soil Health: What they are, how they are measured, and what is on the horizon?
  • AWRA webinar: Flint Water Crisis
  • Demonstration of SituMap Multi-User Mapping Application
  • Co-producing Science and Tools for Drought Preparedness with the Wind River Reservation's Tribal Water Managers
  • Flood Best Practices Protecting People & Property with GIS
  • 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

  • Society for Ecological Restoration – New England Chapter River Restoration Field Trip
  • 41st Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
  • 2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources
  • The Mountain Institute: Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors
  • Henry County Stormwater Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • 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
  • The New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists Field Trip to Upper Connecticut River Floodplains
  • Floodplain Management Association: Basic HEC-RAS Modeling Workshop
  • 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
  • National Association of Water Companies (NAWC): 2016 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society 71st Annual Conference: Managing Great River Landscapes
  • Finding Your Place in Big Data: Using Observations to Understand Hydrologic Processes for Predicting a Changing World
  • 2016 Gordon Research Conference: Unifying Ecology Across Scales: Linking the Levels from Physiological to Ecosystem Ecology
  • Computational & Information Systems Lab (CISL) Third Annual Graduate Workshop: Environmental Data Analytics
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Urban Waters National Training Workshop 2016
  • 4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4): Making Marine Science Matter
  • Wetland Restoration and Training LLC: Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • 2016 Ecological Society of America's (ESA) annual meeting
  • American Society of Civil Engineers: GEO Sustainability & Geoenvironment
  • Near Surface Geophysics for Hydrology Workshop
  • GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop
  • American Fisheries Society 146th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships
  • StormCon: Designing the Future of Stormwater
  • 2016 Annual KAMM Conference: The Changing Climate of Mitigation
  • NC State University EcoStream - Stream Ecology and Restoration Conference
  • Society of Ecological Restoration Europe conference 2016: Best Practice in Restoration
  • Small Drinking Water System Challenges and Solutions
  • 22nd National Nonpoint Source (NPS) Monitoring Workshop
  • British Columbia Wildlife Federation Workshop: Lower Mainland Wetlands Institute-2016
  • 2016 World Water Week
  • Coast to Coast Conference
  • 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change
  • 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”
  • Ohio Wetlands Association 2016 Regional Wetlands Summit: Living on the Edge
  • New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists Field Trip on Hydrologic Considerations Wetland Restoration
  • 6th International Symposium on Deep-Sea CoralsCalifornia Stormwater Quality Association 12th Annual Conference: Stormwater Evolution: Source to Resource
  • Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC conference: 'Society and the Sea'
  • Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (GREEBs) meeting
  • Wetlands Institute will hold their Fall Migration Festival
  • 13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation
  • 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference
  • Healing Our Waters®– Great Lakes Coalition: 12th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference
  • Under Western Skies (UWS) conference: Water: Events, Trends, Analysis
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: 2016 Chesapeake Watershed Forum
  • Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: Birdfest and Bluegrass
  • 18th Annual Stormwater Conference
  • Great Lakes Public Forum 2016
  • 16th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition
  • Great Lakes Commission 2016 Annual Meeting
  • Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas Conference
  • Natural Channel Design Review Checklist Workshop
  • 4th Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council Conference
  • 2016 Mountain Climate Conference: Mountains Without Snow: What are the Consequences?
  • New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) 12th Annual Conference: Supporting Municipalities to Reduce Flood Risk
  • Natural Areas Association 2016 Natural Areas Conference
  • Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) conference: 'Healthy ecosystems for resilient societies'
  • 11th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference: Stormwater Solutions
  • Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum - West Coast
  • 12th Annual MAFSM Conference
  • Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY)
  • 7th Symposium on the Ecology, Status and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin
  • 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
  • The Chicago Wilderness
  • 2016 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
  • American Water Works Association: Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition
  • Considerations for the Use of Non-local Species in Ecological Restoration
  • 2016 Bay-Delta Science Conference
  • Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend
  • 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

  • Sedges and Rushes Identification and Ecology
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2016
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Wetland Delineation
  • Crustose Lichen Identification
  • Native Bees as Pollinators Diversity, Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement
  • Iowa Lakeside Laborator course: Ecology of Algal Blooms
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station course: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station course: Stream Ecology
  • The Swamp School course: Certified Wetland Botanist
  • 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
  • UC Davis Extension course: Land Use and Environmental Planning in the Era of Climate Change
  • The Swamp School 4-Week Online course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
  • 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
  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Plant ID: Fast Start Series
  • Half Moon Education, Inc. course: Minnesota Wetlands Law & Compliance
  • Restoration of Stream Processes - Field Applications
  • Introduction to Main Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany
  • Interpreting Sediment in the Field: Theory and Field Methods
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station course: Lake Ecology
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators – 2016
  • 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
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. course: Florida Statewide Wetland Delineation Training (62-340 FAC)
  • Wetland Restoration and Training LLC: Wetland Restoration Workshop
  • Planning and Preparing an Ecological Risk Assessment
  • 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)
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. course: ACOE Wetland Delineation / Regional Supplement / Waters of the United States Training
  • Conservation for Development Professionals: Strategies for Implementing Biodiversity Action Plans for the Private Sector
  • Point Intercept Sampling Procedure for Determining Hydrophytic Vegetation
  • Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • 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
  • Environmental Concern course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • The California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) course: 5-day General CRAM Training
  • The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2016
  • EcoAgricultural Partners Landscape Leadership 3-Day Workshop
  • Polypores and Other Wood-inhabiting Fungi
  • Field Methods for Studying Avian Migration
  • The Swamp School course: Wetland Delineation Training
  • 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
  • UC Davis Extension course: Land Use and Natural Resources Information Session
  • Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology – 2016
  • Rutgers University course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South
  • Riparian Habitat Restoration in the Arid Southwest
  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training
  • The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing for Conservation
  • Endangered Species Act Overview
  • The Swamp School Wetland Plants Field ID Workshop
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Woody Plants (Trees, Shrubs, and Vines) Identification – 2016
  • 2D Floodplain Delineation using 2D HEC-RAS Model
  • George Mason University, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course: Watershed Conservation: Riparian Restoration
  • Rutgers University course: Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program course: Stream Morphology Assessment
  • University of Minnesota course: Hydrology Tools for Minnesota Wetlands
  • Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Rutgers University course: Understanding Advanced Stormwater Management Techniques
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Wetland Delineation Refresher - 2016
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) course: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI, or EIS
  • Rutgers University course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
  • Rutgers University course: Introduction to Wetland Identification
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) course: Advanced NEPA-Taking the National Environmental Policy Act to the Next Level
  • Natural Channel Design Principles
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) course: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI, or EIS
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) course: Advanced NEPA-Taking the National Environmental Policy Act to the Next Level
  • Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology (Piedmont)
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute course: Watershed Modeling Using CUHP-SWMM
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) course: Planning and Preparing an Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy
  • Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Eastern Mountains/Piedmont)
  • Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course: Statistical Downscaling of Global Climate Models using SDSM 5.2
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) course: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI, or EIS

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival
  • Voice of the Wetlands (VOW) 13th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival
  • Wings over Water Festival
  • Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival
  • Festival of the Cranes
  • The Wetlands Institute: Wetland Wonderland


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.

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"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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