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Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:17

By Ted Robbins – NPR – April 4, 2014

Millions of gallons of water used to flow every day from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Now, the Colorado River ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border. Below it, one of North America's largest wetlands is dry. Karl Flessa, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona, began researching the damage two decades ago. Then he started asking how much water it would take to bring back some of the habitats. That push for restoration paid off. Mexico is releasing part of its river allotment for eight weeks — the first time ever that water has been released to benefit the environment. It's called a pulse flow because it mimics a spring flood: a one-time event, before possible drought restrictions. For full story, click here.

U.K. funds bioenergy program in wetlands
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:11

By Daniel J. Graeber – UPI – April 18, 2014

Plant material from wetlands could be turned into a form of energy that could add to the growing British renewable energy mix, Minister Greg Barker said.Three companies -- AMW IBERS, Natural Synergies and AB Systems -- will share the reward to develop technology to turn reeds and other plant material from wetlands into energy. For full story, click here.

2014 Annual Update USACE National Wetland Plant List
Monday, 14 April 2014 00:09

U.S. Arm;y Corps of Engineer – 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces the 2014 annual update to the National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). For additional information on the 2014 NWPL, click here or visit the NWPL website.

Marsh Magic: 7 Amazing Wetlands to Visit This Spring
Monday, 07 April 2014 14:02

The Weather Channel – April 3, 2014

The arrival of spring means the marshes and intracoastal waterways along the Eastern and Gulf coasts are exploding with warmth, life and color, attracting migrating birds and spawning new marine life. Offering mystery and discovery around every bend, these magical waterways and wetlands are the perfect setting for spring vacation activities such as kayaking, birding, wildlife watching, boating, fishing and crabbing. For full story and to view photos, click here.

New Research on Wetlands, Methane & Greenhouse Effect
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:02

AZoCleantech.com – April 18, 2014

The recent Yokahama IPCC meeting painted a stark warning on the possible effects of gases such as methane – which has a greenhouse effect 32 times that of carbon dioxide. Now a team of Swiss-German researchers have shown that humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain why large amount of methane are held in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. However, there are worries that if this system is disrupted it may enter into a vicious cycle to release large amounts of methane back into the atmosphere. For full story, click here.

Iconic boreal bird species declining in the Adirondacks, study says
Monday, 14 April 2014 00:05

PHYS.org – April 10, 2014

A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society finds that several iconic Adirondack birds are in trouble, with declines driven by the size of their wetland habitats, how connected these wetlands are to one another, and how near they are to human infrastructure. The Adirondack Park represents the southern range extent for several species of boreal forest birds in eastern North America. Like any species at the edge of its range, they face challenges in this environment. The habitats of these boreal specialists – cool, wet, sphagnum-draped bogs and swampy woods – are thought to be vulnerable to climate change, particularly in the Adirondacks where they are more fragmented than in forest to the north. For full story, click here.

Proposed wetland protection model put to public
Monday, 31 March 2014 13:41

By Elizabeth McSheffrey – Daily Herald Tribune – March 30, 2014

The City of Grande Prairie could be moving towards stronger standards for protecting local riparian and wetland areas. Last week, the community growth committee discussed a newly developed Riparian Setback Matrix Model that would enable the city to identify environmental reserves and implement setbacks on a case-by-case basis. The city currently has a “one-size-fits-all” development setback of 15 metres from watercourses and wetlands, regardless of the area’s ecosystem sensitivity. For full story, click here.

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