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.

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.

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.

Contacts: Greg Noe and Jon Campbell – U.S. Geological Survey – February 17, 2016

Two recent USGS investigations have measured sedimentation rates along the barely perceptible slope of rivers as they empty into estuaries. The findings of these studies have important implications for the restoration of estuaries — for example, the Chesapeake Bay — and their resilience in the face of sea level rise.
The studies compared the sedimentation rates found in upriver tidal freshwater swamps (located at the furthest inland reach of tides) to the rate found in brackish water marshes downstream at the lowest reaches of the rivers. For full news release, click here.

By Karl Blankenship – Bay Journal – March 3, 2016

Just a couple days before January’s “snowzilla” storm buried much of the region under 2 feet of snow, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser apologized for the city’s “inadequate response” to less than an inch of snow that left motorists variously sliding though icy streets or stranded in backups. Since 1938, when New Hampshire began experimentally salting winter roads, the substance has increasingly become an effective — and cost-effective — way to combat the slippery effects of ice and snow. Nationwide, 10 times as much salt goes on the road as is used to season all processed foods. But as with food, too much salt in freshwater is harmful. It’s a growing problem that threatens efforts to protect stream health in the Chesapeake watershed, and even in the Bay itself. For full article, click here.

By Sandi Martin – Phys.org – March 2, 2016

Want better streams? Plant some trees, according to a University of Georgia study.
Researchers from UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources found that where landowners cut down the forests that bordered streams—turning them into pastures or lawns—the structure and even the amount of aquatic habitat changes dramatically. For full story, click here.

By Karl Blankenship – Bay Journal – February 4, 2016

Migratory fish have more rivers in the Bay to swim, and underwater grass beds are growing, but streamside forest plantings and wetland restoration have lagged badly in recent years, a new report from the state-federal Chesapeake Bay Program shows. It's Bay Barometer, an annual assessment of the Chesapeake region’s pollution reduction and habitat restoration efforts, found uneven progress toward meeting the 11 goals set in the Bay Watershed Agreement adopted in 2014. While much of the information has already been publicly released, the report compiles it to offer an overview of restoration efforts. For full article, click here.