Wetland Breaking News - May 2016

                   
   
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Wetland Breaking News - May 2016

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Dear Fellow Wetlanders,

May is American Wetlands Month and as the weather gets warmer, there are many opportunities for us to get outdoors and enjoy our local wetlands. It’s also a great time of year to start reaching out to the public and encouraging citizen science initiatives. Although citizen science programs have existed for decades, they are quickly growing in popularity. Participants come from all ages, professions, backgrounds and skills. There are many benefits to running a good citizen science program. First of all, it’s a great way to increase the scientific and environmental awareness among the general public. Well-designed and managed programs can also provide valuable data over time to inform future wetland management decisions and programs.

Advances in technology have also made it a lot easier to conduct field work, including citizen science initiatives. For example, the National Wetlands Inventory has launched a new Wetlands Mapper mobile App. This new mobile friendly version provides wetland scientists, educators and the general public the ability to view wetland map information on their cell phones while standing in the field at their location of interest. In the Editor’s Choice section of Wetland Breaking News this month, you’ll read about the Colorado Wetlands Mobile App that the Colorado Natural Heritage Program has recently released that contains three main sections: wetland plants, wetland maps and wetland types. And the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin has released an App that volunteers in different organizations throughout the Potomac basin can use to report algal blooms in areas that they regularly visit.

If you want to learn about the various species of fish and shellfish that live in coastal wetlands, check out NOAA's New Online Resource: "What's Wild in Our Wetlands?" And in celebration of American Wetlands Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging folks to Tweet pictures of you and others in your community celebrating American Wetlands Month to them with the hashtag #WetlandsWork. So be sure to get outside this month and spend some time in your favorite wetland, to learn, teach others and celebrate all the wonderful things that wetlands provide for us.

Happy American Wetlands Month!

Marla J. Stelk, Editor
Wetland Breaking News

     
                   


Nationwide Permit Rule to be Published in Federal Register

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is about to publish its “Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits” in the Federal Register. The Corps’ pre-publication version of the rule is posted on their webpage. ASWM will be hosting a series of webinars about the new rule, once it is published. Stay tuned!

EPA Releases Report Showing Nearly Half of Nation's Wetlands in Good Health

Contact: Enesta Jones – U.S. Environmental Protection Agecny – May 11, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the first-ever National Wetland Condition Assessment, showing that nearly half of the nation’s wetlands are in good health, while 20 percent are in fair health and the remaining 32 percent in poor health. The National Wetland Condition Assessment is part of a series of National Aquatic Resource Surveys designed to advance the science of coastal monitoring and answer critical questions about the condition of waters in the United States. For full news release, click here.

EPA Celebrates American Wetlands Month: Learn! Explore! Take Action!

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – May 4, 2016
American Wetlands Month is a time when EPA and our partners in federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit and private sector organizations celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to our Nation's ecological, economic and social health. Wetlands help improve water quality, increase water storage and supply reduce flooding and provide critical habitat for plants, fish and wildlife. For full story, click here.

Citizen Science, Environmental Outreach and Water Quality

By Ibrahim Goodwin – The EPA Blog – April 13, 2016
Spring is here, the eaglets in the Anacostia River Basin have hatched and so has another opportunity to make a visible difference in our nation’s watersheds. Here in DC’s Anacostia watershed, EPA and the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) are working together as part of the Anacostia Watershed Outreach and Education Initiative. We’re encouraging citizen science field research with ECC members, students and others. We test for water quality parameters like pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, phosphates, nitrates, salinity, and we’re analyzing samples for aquatic macroinvertebrates (water bugs you can see with the naked eye that are important indicators of water quality). For full blog post, click here.

Colorado Wetlands Mobile App

Colorado Native Plant Society – 2016
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program has recently released its new Colorado Wetlands Mobile App!

The App is available for FREE at both the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store. The Colorado Wetland Mobile App contains three main sections:

  • Wetland Plants: Detailed descriptions and photos of 711 plant species found in Colorado’s wetland and riparian areas. The plants are searchable through many different search criteria and filters.
  • Wetland Maps: Access to digital National Wetland Inventory (NWI) maps. The App shows NWI maps for the entire state of Colorado and can use location information from the device to show mapped wetlands where the user is located. The Maps screen can also be used to search for wetland plants potentially found at the user’s location.
  • Wetland Types: Brief description of the most common wetland and riparian types found in Colorado. Wetland types can also be used as a filter for searching plant species.

For more information, please see the user’s manual online here. For more information, click here.

Calling for Volunteers!

Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin – 2016
Have you seen an algae bloom in the Potomac? There’s an app for that!

ICPRB needs your help! Do you have a favorite stream that you paddle, fish, or walk along? Have you found areas where stringy green algae seems to always grow? How about new stands of plants or areas where the water always seems green with algae? Please share your observation with us on ICPRB’s new Water Reporter app. Learn more about the phone application here.

In ICPRB’s 5th year studying the prevalence and ecological impact of algae and plants in freshwater systems, our biologists hope to expand the project’s range and scope to include more rivers and streams affected by dense plant blooms. Logistically, this task is daunting without the help of volunteers. That’s where you come in!

For this project, we are asking volunteers in different organizations throughout the Potomac basin to report bloom areas that they regularly visit. Ideally ICPRB biologists hope to identify more hot spots within the basin to later target more exhaustive localized research efforts. For full story, click here.

Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar – Defining Wetland Gems in North Central New Mexico – May 24, 2016

Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: Defining Wetland Gems in North Central New Mexico will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 3:00pm ET. Presented by Kevin Benck and Andy Robertson, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. For more information and to register, click here.

Members’ Wetland Webinar – Financial Assurances and Compensatory Mitigation – May 25, 2016

Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Financial Assurances and Compensatory Mitigation will be held on May 25, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET. Presented by Steve Martin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information and to register, click here.

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.

 


 

Bison officially designated as national mammal of U.S.

By Laura Zuckerman – PanetArk – May 11, 2016
North America's bison, a living emblem of the Western frontier that roamed the continent by the millions before being hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, was officially designated on Monday as the national mammal of the United States. The bison, whose image adorned the back of the U.S. nickel for 25 years and has graced the U.S. Interior Department seal since 1912, was bestowed symbolic status equal to that of the American bald eagle through an act of Congress. The measure, signed into law by President Barack Obama, proclaims the bison's role as a symbol for America's heritage as a whole. It cites the animal's history as "integrally linked with the economic and spiritual lives of many Indian tribes through trade and sacred ceremonies." For full story, click here.

Gulf Coast could be ground zero for Zika

By Liz Szbo – USA Today – May 6, 2016 – Video
The Gulf Coast may know hurricanes, but this year the region of 60 million people could find itself unprepared and at ground zero for a different type of storm: a mosquito-borne Zika epidemic. A look at the region's urban hubs, small towns and rural outposts shows a patchwork of preparedness. Cities such as Houston have robust plans in place, while smaller towns, such as Corpus Christi, Texas, struggle with fewer resources. The Gulf Coast's steamy climate, abundant mosquitoes and international airports create an environment ripe for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has spread to 37 countries and territories in the Americas. For full story and to view video, click here.

New Science Provides Foundation for Proposed Changes to Service’s Comprehensive Eagle Conservation and Management Program

Contact: Laury Parramore – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – May 4, 2016
In a move designed to maintain strong protections for bald and golden eagles, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is opening a 60-day public comment period on proposed improvements to the Agency’s comprehensive eagle conservation and management program. The proposed changes include modifications to the regulations governing permits for incidental take of bald and golden eagles that will protect eagle populations during the course of otherwise lawful human activities. For full press release, click here. The public may submit comments on the proposed rule and the PEIS until July 5, 2016.

Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes

By Brady Dennis – The Washington Post – May 4, 2016
A collection of environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the government has failed to adequately regulate the disposal of waste generated by oil and gas drilling. In particular, the lawsuit seeks to force the agency to impose stricter rules on the disposal of wastewater, including that from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. For full story, click here.

In sign of health, Chesapeake Bay grasses hit three-decade high

By Reuter – April 28, 2016
Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay have reached their greatest abundance in three decades in another sign of improving health for the biggest U.S. estuary, experts said on Thursday. The area covered by the grass beds reached 91,621 acres (37,000 hectares) last year, a 21 percent increase from 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Program, a regional partnership that directs Chesapeake Bay restoration, said in a statement. The area is the most recorded since aerial surveys began in 1984. For full story, click here.

House passes Great Lakes restoration bill

Sandusky Register – April 26, 2016
The U.S. House today passed by voice vote the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016, a bill that is an integral piece of federal Great Lakes restoration efforts. The bill, H.R. 223, authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million annually over the next five years. The initiative supports efforts to restore fish as wildlife habitat to support outdoor recreation opportunities, clean up toxic pollution to protect human health, reduce farm and city runoff to protect drinking water and keep beaches open, and fight invasive species. For full story, click here.

NRCS to Help Farmers Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality

Contact: Ciji Taylor – USDA Natural Resources Conservations Service – April 26, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $2 million to help farmers install edge-of-field stations that monitor water quality as it leaves their fields, providing data to evaluate the success of various conservation efforts. The funding is available to farmers located across key watersheds in nine states and is part of USDA’s ongoing commitment to measure the effectiveness of a wide range of conservation initiatives. For full news release, click here.

On the Bay: New group conducts census of citizen scientists

By Christina Jedra – Capital Gazette – April 26, 2016
A new environmental organization is conducting a census of volunteer water quality monitoring groups. The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative was formed by the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The CMC hopes to connect citizen scientist groups with other organizations and "provide a vehicle for their data to be used by larger groups," according to a news release from the alliance. For full story, click here.

Clean water crisis threatens US

By Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan – The Hill – April 25, 2016
The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water. Hundreds of cities and towns are at risk of sudden and severe shortages, either because available water is not safe to drink or because there simply isn’t enough of it. The situation has grown so dire the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism. The problem is being felt most acutely in the West, where drought conditions and increased water use have helped turn lush agricultural areas to dust. But dangers also lurk underground, in antiquated water systems that are increasingly likely to break down or spread contaminants like lead. For full story, click here.

46 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day

By Brian Clark Howard – National Geographic – April 22, 2016
The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human activities on the environment. Since then, the annual tradition has grown to involve billions of people around the world. This year, Earth Day turns 46. To mark this anniversary and to show how much has changed since 1970, we assembled 46 of the most significant accomplishments of the environmental movement since the first Earth Day. For full article, click here.

Major biodiversity panel desperately seeks social scientists

Olive Heffernan – Nature – April 21, 2016
A global science body set up to assess the ecological health and biodiversity of the planet is struggling to solve its own lack of diversity: a monoculture of natural scientists on its staff. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in 2012 to assess scientific and local knowledge on the state of the natural world. From the outset, the United Nations body planned to recruit a mixture of specialists to help to inform its reports: from natural scientists and economists to social scientists, anthropologists, environmental philosophers and indigenous peoples such as fishers and farmers with local knowledge about their environment. For full story, click here.

Kinder Morgan cancels widely opposed New England pipeline plan

By Mike Lee – E&E Publishing. LLC – April 21, 2016
Kinder Morgan Inc. yesterday canceled a natural gas pipeline through New England that drew protests from environmentalists, politicians and both Democratic presidential candidates, saying it couldn't get enough customers to sign up for the project. The $3.3 billion Northeast Energy Direct pipeline was originally planned to connect Kinder's Tennessee Gas system to utility companies and power generators in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. It would have involved building 188 miles of 30-inch pipeline from Wright, N.Y., across Massachusetts and New Hampshire to Dracut, Mass. For full story, click here.

Secretary Jewell Announces Nearly $49 Million in Grants to Protect Waterfowl, Other Bird Species in United States, Canada and Mexico

Contact: Jessica Kershaw – U.S. Department of the Interior – April 20, 2016
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today $48.8 million in grants have been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which provides the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to purchase, lease or otherwise conserve more than 275,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across North America. The grants, made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), will be matched by $86 million in partner funds. For full press release, click here.

‘And then we wept': Scientists say 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef now bleached

By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post – April 20, 2016
The conclusions are in from a series of scientific surveys of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching event — an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth — and scientists aren’t holding back about how devastating they find them. Australia’s National Coral Bleaching Task Force has surveyed 911 coral reefs by air, and found at least some bleaching on 93 percent of them. The amount of damage varies from severe to light, but the bleaching was the worst in the reef’s remote northern sector — where virtually no reefs escaped it. For full story, click here.

Enforcing rules could hasten the Bay’s cleanup, reduce costs

By Timothy B. Wheeler – Bay Journal – April 17, 2016
As hundreds of millions of dollars get poured annually into the 33-year effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, with progress still lagging in many places, some suggest that state and federal authorities are neglecting an essential tool — one that might reduce the cost and hasten the recovery of the beleaguered estuary. “The most important thing is to hold people accountable when they don’t do what they said they were going to do,” contended Rena Steinzor, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and former president of the Center for Progressive Reform, a Washington, DC, think tank. Appearing on Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Bay Summit broadcast last year, Steinzor called for making polluters and governments alike answer for their failures to clean up. For full article, click here.

EPA Honors Winners of 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – April 16, 2016
EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the winners of its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. See the 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners. EPA will announce the next round of the Challenge in the Summer of 2016. For full story, click here.

EPA Straddles Line Between Education, Advocacy

By Amena H. Saiyid – Bloomberg BNA – March 23, 2016
When the Environmental Protection Agency released a rule a year ago to clarify which waters should be regulated under the Clean Water Act, it turned to social media to get the word out. The EPA penned a blog about why clean water matters, tweeted it to followers and shared that post on Facebook. The agency also launched a campaign #DitchtheMyth to counter claims about the rule's regulatory reach and used a virtual flash mob known as Thunderclap to spread its message to nearly 2 million people. The agency's use of the Internet to disseminate information about its environmental regulations may seem harmless or even appropriate to some, but to others it is breaking the law. For full story, click here.

Flood Damage Costs Will Rise Faster Than Sea Levels, Study Says

By Zahra Hirji – InsideClimate News – March 1, 2016
Communities facing rising sea levels are likely to see the cost of flood damage increase faster than water levels, concludes a new study. Three scientists in Germany made this sobering conclusion while developing a new analysis tool to help coastal communities worldwide understand and calculate the estimated economic costs of rising sea levels driven by climate change For full story, click here.

 



   


       
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AK: Alaska company seeks ruling that permafrost can’t be wetland

Associated Press – Brown County Democrat – May 4, 2016
An Alaska business has sued the Army Corps of Engineers, seeking a ruling that permanently frozen ground cannot be regulated as wetland. A holding company for Flowline Alaska, a family owned pipe fabrication company in Fairbanks, sued Monday, disputing conditions of a permit issued by the Corps for permafrost-laden property on which the company hopes to move. For full story, click here.

CA: This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it’s basically unstoppable

By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post – May 2, 2016 – Video
Healthy forests are especially important at a time of climate change — they’re an incredible tool to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dead forests, on the other hand, can light the spark for wildfires, which are already showing a long-predicted uptick in activity. In California’s coastal forests, health is anything but good. For full story and to view video, click here.

CA: When Beach Nourishment Kills

By Lily Strelich – Hakai Magazine – April 20, 2016
In 2012, the San Diego Association of Governments and the United States Army Corps of Engineers dumped 1.76 million cubic meters of sand onto eight eroding county beaches. Replenishment projects like this are meant to bolster the coastline for human needs, but adding millions of cubic meters of sand to the shoreline has a big effect on local wildlife. And according to a recent study of the project, the negative effects of beach replenishment on coastal ecosystems seems more extensive than previously thought. For full article, click here.

CO: Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects

By Joshua Zaffos – High Country News – April 26, 2016
In early March, a resident of the small Colorado towns of Drake and Glen Haven — situated within northern Colorado’s Big Thompson River Canyon — reported noticing funky gray water in a side creek of the river and a murder of crows picking at a few dead fish. A few days later, March 7, a large plume of more cloudy water ran down the Big Thompson, leaving behind a massive fish kill. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials now confirm that more than 5,600 fish, mostly rainbow and brown trout, died in the Big Thompson and its North Fork, and are blaming concrete from a bridge reconstruction project, part of the state’s massive recovery and reconstruction effort following the devastating September 2013 floods. For full story, click here.

FL: The biggest coral reef in the continental U.S. is dissolving into the ocean

By Chelsea Harvey – The Washington Post – May 4, 2016
The long-suffering Florida coral reef tract — the largest reef in the continental U.S. and third-largest barrier reef ecosystem in the world — may have bigger problems than anyone thought, according to new research from the University of Miami and Florida International University. Scientists have discovered that part of the reef is actually dissolving into the water, likely thanks to the effects of human-induced ocean acidification. For full story, click here.

FL: Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds

By Lizette Alvarez – The New York Times – May 1, 2016
The large-scale dredging of Miami’s port to accommodate the newest generation of freighters, an undertaking that prompted a long-running battle with environmentalists, caused widespread damage to a portion of the area’s fragile and already distressed coral reef, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For full story, click here.

IL: Highly endangered Whooping Cranes stop over at Dixon Refuge

The Wetlands Initiative – May 6, 2016
Refuge site manager Rick Seibert couldn’t believe his eyes on April 6 when he saw a group of five-foot-tall white birds standing in a farm field less than a mile from TWI’s Dixon Waterfowl Refuge. “I nearly ran off the road,” he said. “There were five right there, clear as day… It was just incredible.” The massive, long-legged, and long-necked birds were federally endangered Whooping Cranes migrating north—members of an eastern migratory population of the species that numbers just 109 individuals. An hour later, they were in the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, actively feeding in its rich restored wetlands. For full story, click here.

IA: Conservation needn't cut agriculture profits

By Jon Cartwright – Environmental Research Web – April 14, 2016
Scientists in the US have put forward an economic argument for diversifying cropland and improving agricultural ecology. The argument, made by Elke Brandes at Iowa State University and colleagues, draws on publicly available data on agriculture to show that conservation techniques can be driven by market forces. For full story, click here.

KY: 650 Acres of Western Kentucky Purchased for Wetland Habitat Protection

By Rob Canning – WKMS – Apr 15, 2016
A state conversation group has partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Imperiled Bat Conservation Fund (IBCF) and a group of Henderson County citizens to purchase 650 additional acres of land in western Kentucky. The acquired land will become part of the John James Audubon State Park which acquired the Audubon Wetlands just last year. According to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund biologist Zeb Weese, the property protects wetlands and habitats of endangered bats and copperbelly water snakes. For full story, click here.

LA: Wetlands Art Tour spotlights beauty of disappearing coastal marshes

By Della Hasselle – The New Orleans Advocate – May 9, 2016
When local talk show personality John Calhoun started interviewing coastal restoration activists on his show, now called “Spotlight New Orleans,” he realized a greater need for awareness of Louisiana’s massive land loss problem. So he asked Mark Davis, founding director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy, how non-scientists can make an impact. “He said we need to be talking about this and telling a story about this,” Calhoun said. “For something that affects our future so much — the very land we walk on in state is disappearing — this isn’t part of day-to-day conversations here in New Orleans.” Calhoun is celebrating the third annual Wetlands Art Tour, an event that extends through several parishes and brings together more than 100 artists, activists and scientists who are working on wetlands conservation. For full story, click here.

LA: Criminal Liability for OCS Contractors Reexamined in Black Elk Decision

By Jonathan Simon, R. Scott Nuzum, and Jenna Mandell-Rice – Van Ness Feldman – May 9, 2016
On November 16, 2012, a welding accident and explosion on the West Delta Block 32 Platform E—located eight nautical miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico—resulted in the deaths of three workers and multiple other injuries and environmental consequences. Following the incident, the United States brought criminal charges against two groups of defendants – the owner/operator of the platform and a group of “Contractor-Defendants,” which included the engineering firm hired by the owner/operator to design the construction project that resulted in the accident and the construction crews hired by the owner/operator to conduct the work. On April 14, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed the United States’ claims against the Contractor-Defendants. The case, United States v. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC, is potentially significant because the court found that independent contractors generally cannot be held criminally liable for violations of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) regulations implementing the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (“OCSLA”). For full story, click here.

LA: Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’

By Coral Davenort and Cambell Robertson – The New York Times – May 2, 2016
Each morning at 3:30, when Joann Bourg leaves the mildewed and rusted house that her parents built on her grandfather’s property, she worries that the bridge connecting this spit of waterlogged land to Louisiana’s terra firma will again be flooded and she will miss another day’s work. Ms. Bourg, a custodian at a sporting goods store on the mainland, lives with her two sisters, 82-year-old mother, son and niece on land where her ancestors, members of the Native American tribes of southeastern Louisiana, have lived for generations. That earth is now dying, drowning in salt and sinking into the sea, and she is ready to leave. For full story, click here.

ME: Proposal of Certain Federal Water Quality Standards Applicable to Maine

Federal Register – April 20, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes federal Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality standards (WQS) that would apply to certain waters under the state of Maine's jurisdiction. EPA proposes human health criteria (HHC) to protect the sustenance fishing use in those waters in Indian lands and for waters subject to sustenance fishing rights under the Maine Implementing Act (MIA) based on a fish consumption rate that represents an unsuppressed level of fish consumption by the four federally recognized tribes. EPA proposes six additional WQS for waters in Indian lands in Maine, two WQS for all waters in Maine including waters in Indian lands, and one WQS for waters in Maine outside of Indian lands. These proposed WQS take into account the best available science, including local and regional information, as well as applicable EPA policies, guidance, and legal requirements, to protect human health and aquatic life. EPA proposes these WQS to address various disapprovals of Maine's standards that EPA issued in February, March, and June 2015, and to address the Administrator's determination that Maine's disapproved HHC are not adequate to protect the designated use of sustenance fishing for certain waters. For more information, click here. Comments must be received on or before June 20, 2016.

MD: Landmark Agreement with Exelon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses Cutting-edge Science to Drive Fishes' Return to Susquehanna River

PR Newswire – April 25, 2016
Exelon Generation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced an agreement to restore American shad and river herring to the East Coast's largest river over the next 50 years. Shad and river herring are returning to their spawning grounds on the Susquehanna River at their lowest numbers since the 1980s. Exelon will improve fish passage facilities at Conowingo Dam and transport up to 100,000 American shad and 100,000 river herring annually to their spawning grounds above all four dams. For full story, click here.

MI: Decision on Waukesha's water application delayed pending more talks

By Steven Martinez May 16, 2016
A decision on Waukesha's water diversion application will have to wait at least a little while longer. Discussions last week by the Great Lakes Regional Body, which is reviewing the proposal, prompted another reduction in the service area and led to calls for an extension of the talks about the findings of facts regarding the diversion request. Mayor Shawn Reilly adamantly refused to speculate about the outcome of the application process. For full story, click here.

NM: La Mancha Wetland project nears completion

By Damien Willis – Las Cruces Sun-News – April 30, 2016
A Saturday-morning breeze rustled the cattails and pushed ripples across the man-made pond at the La Mancha Wetland, a three-acre restoration project near the Rio Grande close to Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. The project, more than 10 years in the making, is nearly complete, and could soon provide a year-round home to fish, turtles, frogs, birds, beavers and other species. For full story, click here.

NY: EPA announces $1.5 million in new federal funds to tackle invasive species in New York

By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Boating Industry – May 5, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.5 million to two New York colleges and one state agency to address invasive species in the Great Lakes. These grants are among 31 grants awarded this year through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. For full story, click here.

ND: Persistent Water and Soil Contamination Found at N.D. Wastewater Spills

By Zahra Hirji – InsideClimate News – April 29, 2016
A new study shows high salt levels, metals and even radioactive material have lingered for months and even years in the water and soil near four oil-and-gas wastewater spills in North Dakota. The researchers from Duke University also believe the lasting threat of such spills could be pervasive across the Bakken Formation, one of the nation's most active oil fields. For full story, click here.

OH: U.S. Senate passes bill barring Army Corps of Engineers from dumping polluted sediment into Lake Erie

By James F. McCarty – Cleveland.com – May 12, 2016
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed an energy and water appropriations bill that included a provision inserted by Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman that prevents the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from dumping polluted dredged sediment directly into Lake Erie. Over the past year, the Army Corps has been engaged in a federal lawsuit against the Ohio EPA and the Port of Cleveland seeking permission for open-lake dumping. The agency contends the sediment is clean enough to dispose directly into the lake. U.S. District Court Judge Donald Nugent blocked the Army Corps' request last year, and ordered the agency to dump the dredged sediment into a confined containment dike as it has for the past 40 years. For full story, click here.

OH: Milliron Wetlands classroom dedicated by OSU-Mansfield

By Zack Lemon – Mansfield News Journal – April 18, 2016
It was in the early 1960's when Grant Milliron was approached with an offer to fund one acre of the Ohio State campus that was to be built. He was asked for $100, which he pulled out of his pocket, and handed over immediately. "That is probably one of the best investments I've ever made," Milliron said at the dedication of the wetlands and outdoor classroom he donated to the university. "I'm not sure which acre of the 600 I got, but it doesn't make any difference." The Grant and Mary Milliron Research Wetlands and Classroom was a roughly $150,000 project, according to planner and project manager Brian White. It was completed last summer after two-and-a-half months of construction. For full article, click here.

OR: Columbia County wetland projects earn state recognition

By Nicole Thill – South County Spotlight – April 15, 2016
Two wetland restoration projects in Clatskanie and Sauvie Island received recognition from the State Land Board. Organizers behind the Batwater Station Floodplain Restoration Project and the Sauvie Island North Unit Restoration Project received 2015 Wetland Project Awards for “promoting responsible, sustainable stewardship of state natural resources,” a Tuesday, April 12, press release from the board stated. For full story, click here.

RI: R.I. Builders Calculate Ways to Increase Development

By Tim Faulkner – ecoRI News – May 9, 2016
The Rhode Island Builders Association (RIBA) has made it clear that it doesn’t want to build in wetlands or in the protective buffers that surround them. But the business group that represents the home building industry is intent on having those unbuildable zones around streams and ponds included in the calculation that determines how many houses or apartments can be built on a piece of land. It seems like a simple enough proposition. But opponents of a Senate bill that would create a statewide allowance for wetland buffers in density calculations worry that a new law undermines protective zoning rules in cities and towns that want to protect open space and slow development. For full story, click here.

TX: Laredo wetland to be cleared out

By Michelle Pedraza – KGNS.tv – April 19, 2016 – Video
After years of controversy, one of the few ecological treasures in Laredo is being destroyed. After the city sold it for millions of dollars, the wetland by Loop 20 is now being cleared out. The Rio Grande International Study Center says the city had other options, and that it is unfortunate that they chose to bulldoze it. The city will only be saving two to three acres of the wetland. For full story and to view video, click here.

TX: Houston flood damage: chronic, expensive, and avoidable

By Robert Ferris – CNBC – April 20, 2016
Estimates say 240 billion gallons of water have fallen on Houston over the last few days, bringing historic floods. But the damage they've caused is at least partly avoidable, according to a professor who studies the phenomenon. Houston has a long history of flooding. And as the city has grown into America's fourth largest city, losses of life and property from chronic flooding have grown along with it. For full story, click here.

WA: Army Corps of Engineers blocks giant coal export terminal at Cherry Point

By Joel Connelly – Seattle PI – May 9, 2016
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dealt a possibly fatal blow to a giant coal-export terminal proposed north of Bellingham, upholding an appeal by the Lummi Tribe that the $700 million project would hurt treaty fishing rights. "Because the district has determined the effects to the Lummi's rights are more than de minimus and because the Lummis maintain their objections to this proposal, the project cannot be permitted by the Corps," the ACE Seattle District said in a statement. The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal has faced concerted opposition from environmental groups and cities through which coal trains would pass, and a free fall which has seen the nation's largest coal companies file for bankruptcy protection. But opposition from Native-American tribes, specifically the Lummi Nation, had the strongest legal ground on which to stand. For full story, click here.

WA: State’s first wetland-fish bank approved

Contacts: Jessica Payne and Patricia Graesser – Washington Department of Ecology – May 5, 2016
Washington state’s first joint wetland and fish habitat bank was signed into operation today. This landmark event certifies that the 302-acre mitigation bank along the Coweeman River will now protect wetland functions and create habitat for several life-stages of salmon. The Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have certified the Coweeman River Mitigation Bank to operate in the Lower Columbia River floodplain and the Cowlitz River watershed. Once developed, this wetland bank will provide an option for developers to purchase credits to mitigate for unavoidable impacts to wetlands or aquatic resources. For full story, click here.

WI: Valuable, yet vulnerable: Local wetlands provide many benefits

The Journal Times – May 8 2016
In Racine County and across the state, wetlands are one of our most valuable resources — but they’re also one of the most vulnerable. May is American Wetlands Month, a month devoted to celebrating wetlands and their unique benefits to wildlife, landscapes and communities. Wetlands are places where land meets water. In Wisconsin, we have 12 types of wetlands with a variety of different features. Some, like marshes and bogs, you might recognize. Some, like forested wetlands or wet prairies, may be harder to spot. All wetlands share three features: water above or below the ground for at least a portion of the year, soils saturated with water most of the year, and plants adapted to wet conditions, like cattails and silver maple. The benefits of wetlands are as varied as wetlands themselves. For full story, click here.

WI: State grants for wetland restoration

By Jane Fyksen – Agri-view – April 19, 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has created a new grant program to fund wetland restoration, as well as enhancement and preservation projects. The program is open to Wisconsin landowners, nonprofit conservation organizations, Wisconsin tribes and any entity registered with the Department of Financial Institutions. For full story, click here.

 

Saving Amphibians: The Quest To Protect Threatened Species

By Jim Robbins – environment360 – May 12, 2016
In the mountains of western Washington, Oregon, and northern California, the Cascades frog lives most of its life cycle buried beneath deep, wet snow. When summer rolls around, though, it emerges into alpine wetlands to mate and emit its signature call, which sounds a lot like a person chuckling. The habitat of these chuckling frogs, though, and other amphibians, is being squeezed by what researchers call a climate vise. Receding glaciers here left the mountains pockmarked with thousands of lakes and ponds, some the size of a car and some acres in size. Originally fishless, 19th and 20th century managers introduced fish to 95 percent of the lakes, carrying them in on horseback or dropping them from airplanes. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But the invasive trout have hammered the frog and salamander populations: They not only gobble up the tadpoles and juveniles, they limit the production of invertebrates, essential amphibian food. Amphibians can often escape the fish-filled ponds for nearby fishless wetlands, but as temperatures warm and snowpack shrinks, these survival outlets are waning and disappearing. For full story, click here.

The Case for Climate Action

By Alan Neuhauser – U.S. News – May 6, 2016
At Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, amid the factories and food processing plants that dot the city, nearly half the admissions last year were caused by asthma. Across the country in Fresno County, emergency room visits for breathing problems spiked 400 percent as a wildfire tore across the region last summer, spewing smoke, ash and debris that turned blue skies taupe for hundreds of miles. For full story, click here.

Here’s the Climate Context for the Fort McMurray Wildfire

By Brian Kahn – Climate Central – May 4, 2016 – Video
An unusually intense May wildfire roared into Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in province history. The flames rode the back of hot, windy weather that will continue through Wednesday and could pick up again this weekend. The wildfire is the latest in a lengthening lineage of early wildfires in the northern reaches of the globe that are indicative of a changing climate. As the planet continues to warm, these types of fires will likely only become more common and intense as spring snowpack disappears and temperatures warm. For full story and to view video, click here.

EPA takes offline report that says glyphosate not likely carcinogenic

By P.J. Huffstutter – Reuters – May 2, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday pulled a report offline that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, saying the document was inadvertently published and the agency had not finished its review of the chemical, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicides. The 86-page report, seen by Reuters and published on Friday on the regulations.gov website that the EPA manages, was from the EPA's cancer assessment review committee (CARC). It found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world's mostly widely used weedkiller, was "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans." For full story, click here.

EPA “Aim High” Success Stories on Climate and Air Quality

By Administrator Gina McCarthy– EPA Connect – May 2, 2016
The public health case for climate action is compelling beyond words. The interagency Climate and Health Assessment released last month confirms that climate change endangers our health by affecting our food and water sources, the weather we experience, and the air we breathe. And we know that it will exacerbate certain health threats that already exist – while also creating new ones. As we celebrate the recent signing of the historic Paris Agreement by countries around the world, there’s no better time to reflect on EPA’s many ongoing efforts to fight climate change and protect the air we breathe. For full blog post, click here.

Teaching Science on TV: A Search for Salamanders

By Adam Frederick – Maryland Sea Grant – On the Bay – April 29, 2016 – Video
Spring in the northeastern United States brings many pleasures for those of us who enjoy warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. For naturalists, herpetologists, and nature lovers, this is a peak time of year for refreshing rainfall, the sights and fragrance of early blooms, and trips to springtime pools. Also called “vernal” pools, these temporary bodies of water are formed by snowmelt and rain in forests, along roadsides, and near coastal areas. Some people look at these pools and see only large puddles. Yet, the well informed know that nighttime visits to them yield a veritable hotspot of life. These pools—or wicked big puddles as our northern friends term them — provide opportunities to witness events that only happen for a few days to weeks, depending upon the weather. The emergence of spring peepers and wood frogs after the snowmelt are two of the most common, and very audible, harbingers of the annual “race to mate.” For full blog post and to view video, click here.

Fracking in the US causing global surge in dangerous gas, study finds

By Ian Johnston –Independent – April 29, 2016
Fracking of shale oil fields in the US is causing a global surge of a gas that causes climate change and creates dangerous air pollution, according to new research. Levels of ethane in the atmosphere had been falling since the 1980s, but in 2010 a sensor in Europe picked up a surprise increase. The boom of fracking, a controversial process used to recover gas from within shale by fracturing the rocks, in the United States was viewed as the prime suspect. For full story, click here.

Study indicates lingering saltwater contamination in oil patch

By Lauren Donovan – Bismarck Tribune – April 27, 2016
A published and peer-reviewed Duke University study finds that thousands of saltwater and frack flowback spills throughout the oil patch have left a legacy of toxic contamination, including radioactive soils and polluted streams unsafe for human consumption and aquatic health. The Duke team of researchers, which advocated that more study is needed, published the findings Wednesday in the Environmental Science & Technology journal. Funding for the project came from the National Science Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council. A North Dakota health official said the study only looked at spills still being remediated, not sites that have been cleaned up. For full story, click here.

Bacteria in Clouds Could Make Rain on Demand

By Patrick J. Kiger Discovery News April 25, 2016
When you’re lying on your back in a meadow gazing at the sky, the clouds above you might look utterly pristine. But don’t let appearances fool you. In recent years, scientists have discovered that clouds are full of hundreds of varieties of bacteria. Moreover, those microbes may actually play a role in creating precipitation. That’s led some researchers to wonder if we might actually be able to deliberately seed clouds with bacteria and make it rain in places where we need it, according to a recent article in the British publication New Scientist. For full story, click here.

The Key Players in Climate Change

The New York Times – April 21, 2016
Diplomats from at least 167 countries are gathering in New York to sign the climate accord reached in December in Paris. Whether they make good on their pledges to slow dangerous greenhouse gas emissions will depend in large part on the actions in the years ahead by the world’s largest polluters. China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has pledged to have its emissions of carbon dioxide reach a plateau or decline “around 2030,” and many experts believe it is on track to meet that target. For full story, click here.

With climate deal, activists seek land rights for native people

By Sebastien Malo – Reuters – April 21, 2016
With world leaders converging in New York to sign a landmark climate deal, activists along with actor Alec Baldwin called on Thursday for a halt to deforestation, a contributor to global warming, by giving indigenous people rights to their land. Keeping indigenous tribes from being pushed off their land would help protect forests that absorb planet-warming greenhouse gasses, they told reporters in New York City. For full story, click here.

Consensus Affirmed: Virtually All Climate Scientists Agree Warming Is Manmade

By Phil McKenna – InsideClimate News – April 14, 2016
Ninety to 100 percent of climate scientists agree that the planet is warming due to human activity, according to a peer-reviewed paper published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The study, called a "consensus on consensus," synthesizes findings from prior published research. While there is a near-unanimous consensus among climate scientists that human activity is causing the planet to warm, public opinion in the U.S. lags far behind. For full story, click here.

Amid dramatic sea level rise, nature itself can provide a much-needed solution

By Shannon Cunniff – Environmental Defense Fund – April 7, 2016
Even if we manage to reach our goals for reducing greenhouse gases, the world will experience a dramatic sea level rise by 2100 – the latest study estimates by as much as six feet. With a water level that much higher than it is today, major coastal cities such as Boston, New York and Miami are sure to be below sea level. So the key question now is, how do we adapt to climate change effects we can no longer avoid? For full blog post, click here.

Sea Ice in Melting Arctic Dwindles to Another Record Low

By Sheila V. Kumar – InsideClimate News – March 29, 2016
The amount of ice in the Arctic during the depths of winter's freeze hit record lows for the second consecutive year, escalating concerns that sea ice is melting at an alarming rate. The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced on Monday that Arctic sea ice reached its winter ice cover maximum last Thursday with only 5.6 million square miles frozen. That's down 5,000 square miles from last year's record low, a difference the size of Connecticut. Sea ice has been on a long decline since satellites began monitoring its extent in 1979, with between 173,000 and 196,000 square miles of ice vanishing every decade since then—a loss larger than the state of California. For full story, click here.

Community Rating System works to Protect Natural Floodplains Fact Sheet

FEMA
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) rewards a community-centered approach to reducing flood hazards that also protects the natural and beneficial functions of a community’s floodprone lands. Under a system of credit points based on the effectiveness of flood loss reduction techniques and protection of natural floodplain functions, a CRS-participating community obtains a CRS Class “rating.” For Mitigation Fact Sheet, click here. To download the CRS factsheet, click here.

Protecting and Restoring Riparian Areas

By Jon Kusler – Association of State Wetland Managers – March 2016
This paper briefly examines the functions and values of “riparian” areas. It suggests some priority measures states, local governments, federal agencies, and not for profit organizations can take to better protect and restore riparian areas. To download this report, click here.

Model Riparian Protection Ordinance

By Jon Kusler – Association of State Wetland Managers – March 2016
The model ordinance provided in this paper is designed to help local communities develop their own “riparian” ordinance and has been prepared as a “stand alone” ordinance. However critical provisions could be extracted for inclusion in broader ordinances. To download this report, click here.

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

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

 

Spring Cleaning – In Your Medicine Cabinet

By Megan Keegan – EPA Healthy Waters Blog – April 28, 2016
Trees are blooming, the grass is greening, and its finally time to throw open the windows for a little spring cleaning! This year, don’t just dust the corner cobwebs and air out the linens—take this opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet! For full blog post, click here.

Breivogel Wetland Habitat Restoration Video

April 21, 2016 – Video
Breivogel Wetland Habitat Restoration Video by Alison Leschen. The Breivogel parcel was a sand mine for years before being sold for conservation to the Town of Falmouth on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Now it’s being restored to two rare habitats - vernal pools and sand plain grassland. This video documents the restoration process. To view video, click here.

How to Survive the Spring Rains! Find Your Closest Wetland

The Wetlands Conservancy – April 19, 2016
Putting on your rain boots, tromping through tall grasses, searching and exploring the squishy world of wetlands will inspire both your kids and your sense of wonder. Wetlands play a role in your everyday life cleaning and collecting water, but sometimes we forget to seek them out as nature’s playground. For full story, click here.

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

   

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 
WEBINARS
       
MAY 2016   
       
May 24, 2016
3:00 p.m. ET
  Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: Defining Wetland Gems in North Central New Mexico  
       
May 25, 2016
3:00 p.m. ET
  ASWM’s Members’ Wetland webinar: Financial Assurances and Compensatory Mitigation  
       
May 31, 2016   EPA's Office of Research and Development and Office of Water Responding webinar: Harmful Algal Blooms, Optimization Guidelines, and Sampling for Utilities. Information will be coming soon.  
       
JUNE 2016   
       
June 2, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
  Co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network this webinar: A Methodology for Assessing the Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change  
       
June 2, 2016
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET
  Association of Climate Change Officers Webinar: Understanding the Paris Agreement and its Implications  
       
June 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
  Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 3: Green Infrastructure, Green Jobs: the Latest Trends  
       
June 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
  Great Lakes Sea Grant Network webinar: Spill Response Requirements and Regional Capacity: Regulations and Resources  
       
June 16, 2016
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Watershed Academy Webcast: National Wetland Condition Assessment  
       
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  
       
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
 
MAY 2016
       
May 23-27, 2016
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
  AgroEnviron 2016: 10th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment  
       
May 23-27, 2016
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
  7th International Symposium on Gully Erosion  
       
May 23-27, 2016
Busan, Korea
  World Fisheries Congress  
       
May 28, 2016
Amherst, OH
  Ohio Wetlands Association Annual Wetlands Meeting & Garden Party: "Go native in your landscape"  
       
May 31-June 3, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
  23rd IAHR International Symposium on Ice  
       
May 31-June 4, 2016
Corpus Christi, TX
  Society of Wetland Scientist's 2016 Annual Meeting: Protecting wetland ecosystem services. Promoting stronger economies  
       
JUNE 2016
       
June, 2016   Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness Month: Celebrate the Coast: Fresh, Water, Fun!  
       
June 1-3, 2016
San Antonio, TX
  Resource Institute: Southwest Stream Restoration Conference  
       
June 1-3, 2016
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
  Bayesian Workshop for Ecologists and Wildlife Biologists  
       
June 1-5, 2016 Anchorage, AK   79th Annual Ducks Unlimited National Convention  
       
June 3, 2016
Buffalo, NY
  University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Aquatic & Terrestrial Invasive Species Management  
       
June 3-4, 2016
Ames, IA
  5th Iowa State University Summer Symposium: Science Communication: Confronting the challenges of public participation in environmental, planning and health decision-making  
       
June 4-12, 2016
DC; MD; PA; VA
  Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week  
       
June 5-10, 2016
Santa Fe, NM
  ASLO 2016 Summer Meeting  
       
June 6-7, 2016
Buffalo, NY
  University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Fundamentals of Stream Channel Design  
       
June 6-7, 20 16
Virginia Beach, VA
  National Groundwater Association Conference: Groundwater from the Mountains to the Sea in the Central Atlantic Region  
       
June 6–10, 2016
Guelph, Ontario
  International Association for Great Lakes - 59th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research: Great Lakes Solutions: Integrating Across Disciplines & Scales  
       
June 7-9, 2016
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  16th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society: Rooftop to Rivers – Integrating Built and Natural Ecosystems  
       
June 8, 2016
Linthicum Heights, MD
  The CWEA (Chesapeake Water Environmental Association) Stormwater Seminar: Beyond Nutrients: Case Studies and Tools for Addressing TMDLs  
       
June 8-9, 2016
Buffalo, NY
  University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Watershed Management Planning, Assessment, & Monitoring  
       
June 8-10, 2016
Atlanta, GA
  US Water Alliance: One Water Summit 2016  
       
June 9, 2016
Rockville, MD
  Ecosystem Engineering Design Lab at the University of Maryland: Green Infrastructure Research & Incentives Workshop  
       
June 10-12, 2016
Steuben, ME
  The Eagle Hill Institute summer field workshop: Foraging for Edible Wild Plants. For a list of other courses, go here.  
       
June 12-14, 2016
Toronto, Canada
  Coastal Zone Canada Association: Coastal Zone Canada Conference  
       
June 12-16, 2016
San Marcos, TX
  12th International Congress: Biology of Fish  
       
June 14-15, 2016
Milwaukee, WI
  The Water Council: Water Summit 2016  
       
June 15-17, 2016
Niagara Falls, NY
  Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative 2016 Annual Conference: A Greener World City by City  
       
June 15-29, 2016
Armonk, NY
  The Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station of Fordham University: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop  
       
June 19-22, 2016
Chicago, IL
  American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting the World of Water  
       
June 19-24, 2016
Honolulu, HI
  13th International Coral Reef Symposium: Bridging Science to Policy  
       
June 19-24, 2016
Grand Rapids, MI
  ASFPM's 40th Annual National Conference: "Great Lakes - Grand Partners"  
       
June 20-22, 2016
University of Massachusetts -Amherst
  Fish Passage 2016 International Conference: River Connectivity Best Practices and Innovations
 
       
June 21-22, 2016
Lansing, MI
  2016 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference  
       

June 21-22, 2016
Galway, Ireland

  Civil Engineering, Microbiology and Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland: Inaugural International Conference on Natural and Constructed Wetlands: Interactions between Scientists and Engineers  
       
June 21-23, 2016
Louisville, CO
  Bat Conservation International: Wind and Wildlife Workshop:Wind and Wildlife Workshop
 
       
June 21-23, 2016
Pensacola, FL
  Universities Council on Water Resources and the National Institute for Water Resources Conference: Critical Water issues in the Southeastern United States  
       
June 26-29, 2016
Burlington, VT
  National Association of Community Development Professionals and Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals: Joint Annual Conference: Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources and Community Development.  
       
June 28-July 1, 2016
Seattle, WA
  Fifth biennial International Statistical Ecology Conference  
       
JULY 2016
       
July 10-13, 2016
Broomfield, CO
  Natural Hazard Center: 41st Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
 
       
July 11-13, 2016
Sacramento, CA
  2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources  
       
July 11-13, 2016
Circleville, WV
  The Mountain Institute’s Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors (Aional development trwill be held on July 11-13, 2016 in Circleville, WV. For more information, go here.  
       
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 University
St. Louis, MO
  River Flow 2016 Eighth International Conference: Fluvial Hydraulics  
       
July 17-20, 2016
Orlando, FL
  American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2016 Annual International Meeting  
       
July 17-20, 2016
Illinois State University
Normal, IL
  24th North American Prairie Conference: From Cemetery Prairies to National Tallgrass Prairies  
       
July 17-20, 2016
Madison, WI
  Society for Conservation Biology North America: 3rd North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB): Communicating Science for Conservation Action  
       
July 18-20, 2016
Arlington, VA
  Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum  
       
July 18-22, 2016
St. Augustine, FL
  University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: Mangrove & Macrobenthos Meeting  
       
July 19-21, 2016
Breckenridge, CO
  Resource Institute's Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference  
       
July 19-23, 2016
Kaliningrad, Russia
  European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories: 2nd Student Workshop on Ecology and Optics of Coastal Zones  
       
July 24-27, 2016
Louisville, KY
  Soil and Water Conservation Society 71st Annual Conference: Managing Great River Landscapes  
       
July 24-27, 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 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 21-25, 2016
Kansas City, MO
  The American Fisheries Society 146th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships  
       
August 22-25, 2016 Indianapolis, IN   StormCon: Designing the Future of Stormwater. Call for papers deadline is December 9, 2015  
       
August 22-25, 2016
Asheville, NC
  NC State University EcoStream - Stream Ecology and Restoration Conference  
       
August 23-25, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT
  22nd National Nonpoint Source (NPS) Monitoring Workshop  
       
August 27-
September 2, 2016

Stockholm, Sweden
  2016 World Water Week  
       
SEPTEMBER 2016
       
September 1-10, 2016
Waikiki, HI
  IUCN World Conservation Congress: Planet at the crossroads  
       
September 6-9, 2016
Sacramento, CA
  2016 Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference  
       
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 12-14, 2016
San Diego, CA
  California Stormwater Quality Association 12th Annual Conference: Stormwater Evolution: Source to Resource  
       
September 16-18, 2016
Gothic, CO
  Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (GREEBs) meeting  
       
September 17-18, 2016
Stone Harbor, NJ
  Wetlands Institute: Fall Migration Festival
 
       
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 is being held September 30-October 2, 2016 at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. For more information, go here  
       
OCTOBER 2016
       
October 1-2, 2016
Ridgefield, WA
  Ridgefield 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 7-9, 2016
Houma, Louisiana
  Voice of the Wetlands (VOW) 13th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival
 
       
October 11-14, 2016
Shepherdstown, WV
  Natural Channel Design Review Checklist Workshop  
       
October 17-20, 2016
Boise, IA
  4th Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council Conference  
       
October 18-21, 2016
University of California, Davis
  The Natural Areas Association: 2016 Natural Areas Conference  
       
October 19-21, 2016
Birmingham, AL
  11th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference: Stormwater Solutions  
       
October 19-21, 2016
San Diego, CA
  Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum - West Coast  
       
October 20-22, 2016
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
  The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners invite graduate students, post-docs, and early-career professionals to take part in the seventh annual Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY)
 
       
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 2-6, 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 13-17, 2016
Indianapolis, IN
  American Water Works Association: Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition  
       
November 14-17, 2016
Orlando, FL
  2016 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference  
       
November 15-17, 2016
Sacramento, CA
  2016 Bay-Delta Science Conference  
       
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  
       
TRAINING
       
May 23-27, 2016
Eastern Kentucky University
  Wetland Restoration and Training LLC: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques. Field course at Maywoods, 8:30am to 4:30pm each day and on May 30–June 3, 2016: Online Reading and Assessment. Instructors: Tom Biebighauser and Dr. Stephen Richter  
       
May 23-27, 2016
Front Royal, VA
  George Mason University, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course: Essentials of Open-Source GIS  
       
May 23-June 19, 2016
Mazama, WA
  Pacific Biodiversity Institute: Conservation Science and Leadership Course  
       
May 24-26, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
  Floodplain Management Association: XPSWMM Workshop  
       
May 26, 2016
Natick, MA
  Half Moon Education Inc. course: Massachusetts Wetlands Law and Compliance
 
       
May 30-June 10 2016
Eastern Kentucky University
  Wetland Restoration and Training LLC is offering Wetland Assessment and Monitoring training. June 13–17, 2016: Online Reading and Assessment. Instructor: Dr. Stephen Richter  
       
May 31 and June 2, 2016
Online
  Forester University Fluvial Geomorphology Part 3 of the Surface Water Master Class Series. May 31: Fluvial Geomorphology 101, Part I. June 2: Fluvial Geomorphology, Part II.  
       
JUNE 2016
       
June 1-15, 2016
Fairbanks, AK
  The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF course: Arctic Alaska Environmental Change. Open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in Arctic environmental change, the 3-credit course.  
       
June 2, 2016
Lisle, IL
  Half Moon Education, Inc. course: Illinois Wetlands Law and Compliance
 
       
June 2-3, 2016
Reston, VA
  The Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists will hold the Soil Morphology Class: Reading the Soil’s Clues to Determine Water Table Depth and the Proper Design of Stormwater BMPs  
       
June 3, 2016
University at Buffalo
  University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Aquatic & Terrestrial Invasive Species Management  
       
June 6-7, 2016
University at Buffalo
  University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Fundamentals of Stream Channel  
       
June 6-10, 2016
Collins, CO
  USGS/CUAHSI Summer Short Course: Runoff Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB)  
       
June 6-10, 2016
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Basic Wetland Delineation. Other dates: March 14-18, 2016 in Atlanta, GA; and October 3-7, 2016, Atlanta, GA.  
       
June 6-August 19, 2016
Online
  The Swamp School Online Workshop: Principles of Wetland Design  
       
June 6-August 26, 2016
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
June 7-10, 2016
Hilton Head, SC
  Aarcher Institute of Environmental Training LLC course: The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp
 
       
June 8-9, 2016
Buffalo, NY
  University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series in Ecosystem Restoration: Watershed Management Planning, Assessment, & Monitoring  
       
June 9, 2016
Mount Pleasant, SC
  HalfMoon Education, Inc. will hold a course on Stormwater Management 2016. This course will also be held on July 27, 2016 in Fairfax, VA.  
       
June 10-11, 2016
Saukville, WI
  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course: Sedges: Identification and Ecology  
       
June 12-8, 2016
Steuben, ME
  The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Creative Writing: Finding Your Native Voice. For a list of other courses, go here.  
       
June 13-July 8, 2016
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment  
       
June 13-July 18, 2016
University of Montana
Polson, MT
  The Flathead Lake Biological Station course: Field Ecology  
       
June 13-September 2, 2016
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator  
       
June 15-29, 2016
Armonk, NY
  Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station of Fordham University: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop  
       
June 19-24, 2016
Raleigh, NC
  North Carolina State University: 2016 National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute on Quantitative Biology: Lowering the Activation Energy: Making Quantitative Biology More Accessible  
       
June 19-25, 2016
Steuben, ME
  The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Species Identification and Assessment of Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages. For a list of other courses, click here.  
       

June 19-25, 2016
Steuben, ME

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

June 19-25, 2016
Steuben, ME

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

June 19-26, 2016
Paris, France

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

July 10–16, 2016
Steuben, ME

  The Eagle Hill Institute summer field seminar: Native Bees as Pollinators Diversity, Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement. For a list of other courses, click here.  
       
July 11-22, 2016
Milford, IA
  Iowa Lakeside Laborator course: Ecology of Algal Blooms  
       
July 11-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 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 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 22, 2016
Eagan, MN
  Half Moon Education, Inc. will hold a course on 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 25-August 5, 2016
Polson, MT
  The Flathead Lake Biological Station course: Lake Ecology  

July 31-August 6, 2016
Steuben, ME

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

July 31-August 6, 2016
Steuben, ME

  The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: The Rocky Coast: Ecology, Botany, and Pattern: Northern Forest Atlas Course:No Keys or Lectures,Lots of Diagrams & Problems. For a list of other courses, click here.  
       
AUGUST 2016
       
August 1-5, 2016
Logan, UT
  Utah State University course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design  
       
August 3-4, 2016
Gifford Pinchot State Park

Lewisberry, PA
  Wetland Restoration and Training LLC will hold a Wetland Restoration Workshop at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Primary instructor Tom Biebighauser, Wetland Restoration and Training, LLC.
 
       
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 13-20, 2016
Land O'Lakes, WI
  PaleoEcological Observatory Network (PaLEON course: Assimilating Long-Term Data into Ecosystem Models  
       
August 14-20, 2016
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute course: Coastal and Inland Forests of Maine: Identification and Ecology of Trees and Shrubs. For a list of other courses, go here. Instructor: Eric Jones, University of Maine at Machias  
       
August 14-20, 2016
Steuben, ME
  The Eagle Hill Institute course: Taxonomy and Biology of Ferns and Lycophytes. For a list of other courses, go here.  
       
August 15-19, 2016
Arlington, WI
  The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
August 21-27, 2016
Steuben, ME
  The Eagle Hill Institute course: Polypores and Other Wood-inhabiting Fungi. For a list of other courses, click here.  
       

August 21 - August 27, 2016
Steuben, ME

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

August 28-September 3, 2016
Steuben, ME

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

September 4-10, 2016
Steuben, ME

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

September 4-10, 2016
Steuben, ME

  The Eagle Hill Institute summer field course: Field Ornithology: Shorebirds & Seabirds of Downeast Maine. For a list of other courses, go here.  
       
September 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 15-18, 2016
San Diego, CA

  The Wetland Training Institute course: Riparian Habitat Restoration in the Arid Southwest  
       
September 26-30, 2016
Portage, WI
  The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       

September 26-
October 7, 2016
Front Royal, VA

 

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

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

December 5-8, 2016
Santa Fe, NM

  The Wetland Training Institute, Inc. course: Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy  
       
December 12-13, 2016
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Eastern Mountains/Piedmont)
 
       
SPECIAL EVENTS 2015
       
May 21, 2016
Global
  World Fish Migration Foundation: World Fish Migration Day: Connecting Fish, Rivers and People  
       

May 26-29, 2016
The Ridges Nature Center

Baileys Harbor, WI

  14th Annual Door County Festival of Nature
 
       
May 27-30, 2016
Near Calais, ME
  Down East Spring Birding Festival. Iincludes guided hikes, boat tours and expert presentations. Field trips to Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.  
       
June 8-12, 2016
Jamestown, ND
  Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival  
       
October 18-23, 2016
Northeast, NC
  Wings over Water Festival  
       
September 17-18, 2016
Brownstown, MI
  Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival  
       
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.
 
       

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

 

Wetland Breaking News - May 2016


INDEX

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • EPA Releases Report Showing Nearly Half of Nation's Wetlands in Good Health
  • EPA Celebrates American Wetlands Month: Learn! Explore! Take Action!
  • Citizen Science, Environmental Outreach and Water Quality
  • Colorado Wetlands Mobile App
  • Calling for Volunteers!
  • Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar – Defining Wetland Gems in North Central New Mexico – May 24, 2016
  • ASWM Members’ Wetland Webinar – Financial Assurances and Compensatory Mitigation – May 25, 2016
  • ASWMMembers’ Wetland Webinar – Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands – June 29, 2016

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Bison officially designated as national mammal of U.S.
  • Gulf Coast could be ground zero for Zika
  • New Science Provides Foundation for Proposed Changes to Service’s Comprehensive Eagle Conservation and Management Program
  • Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes
  • In sign of health, Chesapeake Bay grasses hit three-decade high
  • House passes Great Lakes restoration bill
  • NRCS to Help Farmers Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality
  • On the Bay: New group conducts census of citizen scientists
  • Clean water crisis threatens US
  • 46 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day
  • Major biodiversity panel desperately seeks social scientists
  • Kinder Morgan cancels widely opposed New England pipeline plan
  • Secretary Jewell Announces Nearly $49 Million in Grants to Protect Waterfowl, Other Bird Species in United States, Canada and Mexico
  • ‘And then we wept': Scientists say 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef now bleached
  • Enforcing rules could hasten the Bay’s cleanup, reduce costs
  • EPA Honors Winners of 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge
  • EPA Straddles Line Between Education, Advocacy
  • Flood Damage Costs Will Rise Faster Than Sea Levels, Study Says

STATE NEWS

  • AK: Alaska company seeks ruling that permafrost can’t be wetland
  • CA: This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it’s basically unstoppable
  • CA: When Beach Nourishment Kills
  • CO: Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
  • FL: The biggest coral reef in the continental U.S. is dissolving into the ocean
  • FL: Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds
  • IL: Highly endangered Whooping Cranes stop over at Dixon Refuge
  • IA: Conservation needn't cut agriculture profits
  • KY: 650 Acres of Western Kentucky Purchased for Wetland Habitat Protection
  • LA: Wetlands Art Tour tour spotlights beauty of disappearing coastal marshes
  • LA: Criminal Liability for OCS Contractors Reexamined in Black Elk Decision
  • LA: Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’
  • ME: Proposal of Certain Federal Water Quality Standards Applicable to Maine
  • MD: Landmark Agreement with Exelon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses Cutting-edge Science to Drive Fishes' Return to Susquehanna River
  • MI: Decision on Waukesha's water application delayed pending more talks
  • NM: La Mancha Wetland project nears completion
  • NY: EPA announces $1.5 million in new federal funds to tackle invasive species in New York
  • ND: Persistent Water and Soil Contamination Found at N.D. Wastewater Spills
  • OH: U.S. Senate passes bill barring Army Corps of Engineers from dumping polluted sediment into Lake Erie
  • OH: Milliron Wetlands classroom dedicated by OSU-Mansfield
  • OR: Columbia County wetland projects earn state recognition
  • RI: R.I. Builders Calculate Ways to Increase Development
  • TX: Laredo wetland to be cleared out
  • TX: Houston flood damage: chronic, expensive, and avoidable
  • WA: Army Corps of Engineers blocks giant coal export terminal at Cherry Point
  • WA: State’s first wetland-fish bank approved WI: Valuable, yet vulnerable: Local wetlands provide many benefits
  • WI: State grants for wetland restoration

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Saving Amphibians: The Quest To Protect Threatened Species
  • The Case for Climate Action
  • Here’s the Climate Context for the Fort McMurray Wildfire
  • EPA takes offline report that says glyphosate not likely carcinogenic
  • EPA “Aim High” Success Stories on Climate and Air Quality
  • Teaching Science on TV: A Search for Salamanders
  • Fracking in the US causing global surge in dangerous gas, study finds
  • Study indicates lingering saltwater contamination in oil patch
  • Bacteria in Clouds Could Make Rain on Demand
  • The Key Players in Climate Change
  • With climate deal, activists seek land rights for native people
  • Consensus Affirmed: Virtually All Climate Scientists Agree Warming Is Manmade
  • Amid dramatic sea level rise, nature itself can provide a much-needed solution
  • Sea Ice in Melting Arctic Dwindles to Another Record Low

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • The Community Rating System works to Protect Natural Floodplains Fact Sheet
  • Protecting and Restoring Riparian Areas
  • Model Riparian Protection Ordinance
  • A Comparative Analysis of Ecosystem Service Valuation Decision Support Tools for Wetland Restoration

POTPOURRI

  • Spring Cleaning – In Your Medicine Cabinet
  • Breivogel Wetland Habitat Restoration Video
  • How to Survive the Spring Rains! Find Your Closest Wetland

WEBINARS, MEETINGS, TRAINING

  • Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: Defining Wetland Gems in North Central New Mexico
  • ASWM’s Members’ Wetland webinar: Financial Assurances and Compensatory Mitigation
  • EPA's Office of Research and Development and Office of Water Responding webinar: Harmful Algal Blooms, Optimization Guidelines, and Sampling for Utilities
  • A Methodology for Assessing the Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change
  • Association of Climate Change Officers Webinar: Understanding the Paris Agreement and its Implications
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 3: Green Infrastructure, Green Jobs: the Latest Trends
  • Great Lakes Sea Grant Network webinar: Spill Response Requirements and Regional Capacity: Regulations and Resources
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Watershed Academy Webcast: National Wetland Condition Assessment
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands
  • 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

  • AgroEnviron 2016: 10th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment
  • 7th International Symposium on Gully Erosion
  • World Fisheries Congress
  • Ohio Wetlands Association Annual Wetlands Meeting & Garden Party: "Go native in your landscape"
  • 23rd IAHR International Symposium on Ice
  • Protecting wetland ecosystem services. Promoting stronger economies
  • Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness Month: Celebrate the Coast: Fresh, Water, Fun!
  • Resource Institute: Southwest Stream Restoration Conference
  • Bayesian Workshop for Ecologists and Wildlife Biologists
  • 79th Annual Ducks Unlimited National Convention
  • University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series: Ecosystem Restoration: Aquatic & Terrestrial Invasive Species Management
  • Science Communication: Confronting the challenges of public participation in environmental, planning and health decision-making
  • Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week
  • ASLO 2016 Summer Meeting
  • University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series: Ecosystem Restoration: Fundamentals of Stream Channel Design
  • Groundwater from the Mountains to the Sea in the Central Atlantic Region
  • Great Lakes Solutions: Integrating Across Disciplines & Scales
  • 16th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society: Rooftop to Rivers – Integrating Built and Natural Ecosystems
  • CWEA (Chesapeake Water Environmental Association) Stormwater Seminar: Beyond Nutrients: Case Studies and Tools for Addressing TMDLs
  • University at Buffalo's Summer Workshop Series: Ecosystem Restoration: Watershed Management Planning, Assessment, & Monitoring
  • US Water Alliance: One Water Summit 2016
  • Ecosystem Engineering Design Lab at the University of Maryland: Green Infrastructure Research & Incentives Workshop
  • The Eagle Hill Institute summer field workshop: Foraging for Edible Wild Plants
  • Coastal Zone Canada Association: Coastal Zone Canada Conference
  • 12th International Congress: Biology of Fish
  • The Water Council: Water Summit 2016
  • Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative 2016 Annual Conference: A Greener World City by City
  • Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop
  • American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting the World of Water
  • 13th International Coral Reef Symposium: Bridging Science to Policy
  • ASFPM's 40th Annual National Conference: "Great Lakes - Grand Partners"
  • Fish Passage 2016 International Conference: River Connectivity Best Practices and Innovations
  • 2016 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference
  • Inaugural International Conference on Natural and Constructed Wetlands: Interactions between Scientists and Engineers
  • Wind and Wildlife Workshop
  • Universities Council on Water Resources and the National Institute for Water Resources Conference: Critical Water issues in the Southeastern United States
  • Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources and Community Development
  • Fifth biennial International Statistical Ecology Conference
  • 41st Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
  • 2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources
  • 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
  • Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum
  • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: Mangrove & Macrobenthos Meeting
  • Resource Institute's Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference
  • 2nd Student Workshop on Ecology and Optics of Coastal Zones
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society 71st Annual Conference: Managing Great River Landscapes
  • 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
  • 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
  • American Fisheries Society 146th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships
  • StormCon: Designing the Future of Stormwater
  • NC State University EcoStream - Stream Ecology and Restoration Conference
  • 22nd National Nonpoint Source (NPS) Monitoring Workshop
  • 2016 World Water Week
  • IUCN World Conservation Congress: Planet at the crossroads
  • 2016 Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference
  • Connecting the Dots...Groundwater, Surface Water, and Climate Connections in the Northwest
  • 3rd International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”
  • Ohio Wetlands Association 2016 Regional Wetlands Summit: Living on the Edge
  • California Stormwater Quality Association 12th Annual Conference: Stormwater Evolution: Source to Resource
  • Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (GREEBs) meeting
  • Wetlands Institute will hold their Fall Migration Festival
  • 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
  • 16th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition
  • Voice of the Wetlands (VOW) 13th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival
  • Natural Channel Design Review Checklist Workshop
  • 4th Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council Conference
  • Natural Areas Association 2016 Natural Areas Conference
  • 11th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference: Stormwater Solutions
  • Association of Climate Change Officers: Climate Strategies Forum - West Coast
  • Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY)
  • Land Trust Alliance Rally 2016 National Land Conservation Conference
  • American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition
  • North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) Symposium: Science to Stewardship: Balancing Economic Growth and Lake Sustainability
  • Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival
  • American Water Works Association: Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition
  • 2016 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
  • 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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • World Fish Migration Foundation: World Fish Migration Day: Connecting Fish, Rivers and People
  • 14th Annual Door County Festival of Nature
  • Down East Spring Birding Festival
  • Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival
  • Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival
  • Wings over Water Festival
  • Festival of the Cranes


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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