The Association of State Wetland Managers is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1983 to promote and enhance protection and management of wetland resources, to promote application of sound science to wetland management efforts and to provide training and education for our members and the public. Membership is open to anyone who is involved with wetland resources.

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Speaker Biographies 

Speaker Presentations for Monday, April 12th; Tuesday, April 13th; Wednesday, April 14th; and Thursday, April 15th

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Jon A. Kusler Student Scholarship Awardees

Related Materials

Coalition for National Wetlands Inventory - Ducks Unlimited

Society of Wetland Scientists - Professional Certification Program

National Tribal Water Council Letter - EPA Consultation Tribal Comments - Submitted by Nancy Schuldt

WOTUS Diagram - Submitted by Mark Ryan

Section 401 Water Quality Certification Backgrounds - Submitted by Pat Parenteau

Development of Statewide Water Quality Standards for Utah Wetlands - Submitted by Becka Downard
 

ASWM Publications

Healthy Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds: Leveraging State Wetland Restoration and Protection Programs to Improve Watershed Health  (2019)

ASWM's Pipeline Permitting Project Publications (2017)

Wetland Restoration: Contemporary Issues & Lessons Learned (2017)

ASWM Wetland Communications Case Studies Project Report (2017)

Increasing Access to High Quality, Affordable Wetland Training for On-the-Ground Wetland Professionals in the United States (2017)

A Comparative Analysis of Ecosystem Service Valuation Decision Support Tools for Wetland Restoration (2016)

Government Liability and Climate Change: Selected Issues for Wetland and Floodplain Managers (2016)

Status and Trends Report on State Wetland Programs in the United States (2015)

Ecosystem Service Valuation for Wetland Restoration: What It Is, How To Do It, and Best Practice Recommendations (2014)


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Jon A. Kusler, Esq., Ph.D.

July 25, 1941 – October 8, 2020

JonOn Thursday, October 8th, 2020, ASWM’s founder, Dr. Jon A. Kusler, Esq. passed away peacefully with his family by his side after heroically battling Multiple System Atrophy for more than a year. The global community of wetland and floodplain managers, scientists, policymakers, lawyers and practitioners have lost a colleague, a mentor and a friend. Jon paved the way for wetland and floodplain protection around the world, challenging us to think beyond the norm – to find new and innovative ways to solve some of our most pressing environmental issues. As a way to provide a place for communal reflection and to celebrate Jon’s life, ASWM has created a memorial page on its website where staff will be posting messages shared by those who knew Jon. If you would like to share a story or a sentiment on the page, please go here.

ASWM has also created a Jon A. Kusler Student Scholarship Award, a competitive award to fund all expenses for one or more students studying wetland science, law or policy (either undergraduate or graduate level) to attend ASWM’s annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination meeting. Jon’s family has requested that any monetary gifts in Jon’s memory be contributed to the fund to continue his legacy for years to come. Contributions to the award can be made on ASWM’s donations page here.

 

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Jon A. Kusler Student Scholarship Award

In honor of ASWM’s founder, Dr. Jon A. Kusler, Esq., ASWM has established the Jon A. Kusler Student Scholarship Award, a competitive award to fund all expenses for one or more students studying wetland science, law or policy (either undergraduate or graduate level) to attend ASWM’s annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination meeting. Contributions to the scholarship award will ensure that Jon’s legacy lives on by building the capacity of the next generation to protect and restore our nation’s wetlands.

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    Memories from Colleagues and Friends     
         
    From Max Finlayson, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University    
    I met Jon in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989 at the Wetlands and River Corridor Management conference where I was attending my first international wetland management meeting. It was likely one of many similar meetings for yourself and established colleagues, but it was a first for myself in my then new job in the UK. It was a great start to a career in wetland management, and later back into research. Thanks for your part in that – I don’t underestimate the value of such events in helping people get a start in their jobs and I guess also in their life directions. So thanks for that –a lot of thanks - the meeting and the people you enabled me to meet were certainly valuable. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to send a message, and say thanks for Jon’s support and guidance, and to also acknowledge his contributions to wetlands and to wetland managers. Be assured that his ideas and wisdom do continue through the efforts of many others, including this “raw” strongly accented wetlander from the tropical, crocodile inhabited, stinking hot swamps at the top of Australia. It’s all appreciated, and with fond memories, and much gratitude    
         
    Joe Berg, Biohabitats     
    Jon was a great guy that contributed so much to so many. He will be missed.      
         
    Michael Gease, Floodplain Manager    
  Jon A. Kusler was one of the true heavyweights who contributed much to my understanding and appreciation of floodplains and wetlands as an integrated natural system needing protection.    
         
    Mary Kentula, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency    
    Jon influenced so much throughout his lifetime and leaves an impressive legacy. I’ll always remember our phone calls and meetings during the planning and production of Wetland Creation and Restoration – The Status of the Science, which soon became a classic in the fields of wetland ecology and restoration. Most of all, I will remember Jon’s mentoring of a new PhD who was just beginning her career with EPA and was very “wet behind the ears”. I learned so much from Jon about how to build a team, garner support for a project, and execute a large product like Wetland Creation and Restoration. He will be missed and lovingly remembered by many, especially me.     
         
    Richard Smardon    
    Jon and I worked on many of his ASWM conferences and meetings. We co-chaired the 1990 Great Lakes Wetlands conference in Niagara Falls NY. We also worked together on the two ecotourism conferences in Merida Mexico and Miami Beach Florida. I remember sitting on a bench with Jon and Rud Platt in Knoxville Tennessee at a TVA meeting and exchanging past memories and future possibilities.    
         
    Ralph Tiner    
   

I was saddened to hear of Jon's passing.  I've known Jon for nearly half a century. He was an extraordinary individual...one of a kind. He was instrumental in bringing wetlands and floodplains to the forefront of national policy. He was a mover and a shaker.  I am most familiar with his work on wetlands that helped guide national wetland policy, promoting wetland regulation, restoration, assessment, and conservation. He was an inspiration to many. As an accomplished writer, especially of policy, Jon has left us thousands of pages of his insight into many topics relevant to wetland and floodplain protection and conservation.  He was also an adventurer as I remember him telling a story of a family vacation in Central America where they were chased by local militia. Jon was a man of many talents.  He was a rock hound and had quite a collection of rocks at his home.  He invited me and my family to accompany him on one of his local expeditions to dig for Herkimer diamonds in upstate New York.  My kids (now adults) still remember this adventure.  For on a hot humid New York summer day, we spent hours digging with Jon in one of his favorite spots.  His enthusiasm for digging was contagious and we were all impressed by his determination to help us find some gems.  We did come home with a few but on the way home we passed an Amish farmstand where they were selling some that were larger than our treasures so we bought a few to add to our collection.  Wetlands and floodplains are better off than they were before Jon began his campaign to help them.  Thanks Jon for all your efforts and for establishing the Association of State Wetland Managers that will continue to fight for wetlands and floodplains.  May you rest in peace my friend.

   
         
    Paul Adamus    
   

So sad to hear of Jon’s passing. There is perhaps no other professional colleague to whom I owe as much for the career I’ve had, and during the 1970s and beyond few were as instrumental in moving wetlands to the forefront of policy and scientific discussion at a national and global scale. I knew of his reknown in wetland circles when to my surprise he cold-called me in 1983 expressing admiration for a government report I’d just published and which I assumed only a few would notice since I was an unknown scientist back then, working in a small town on the Maine Coast. His subsequent sharing with other wetlands people his enthusiasm for my work (which later became the WET and WESP function assessment methods) definitely jump-started my career. And it began a long friendship and led to many times together, both formal and informal, over the decades. When I suffered a near-death event a week before I was to present at one of his symposia in 1986, he sent a card of concern signed by many who attended. That, as much as his immense achievements, is what I remember him for.

   
         
    Eric Hughes, EPA, Retired    
    I have very fond memories of Jon and his leadership of the State Association of Wet Land Managers in the 1990-1996 time period. I was managing the EPA Region 4 (8 Southeastern States) wetland program, which provided grants (~$2.5 M/yr) to our State 401/wetland agencies to assist them. Jon attended several of our annual State wetland meetings in Atlanta, & he was just inspirational. Always upbeat, always encouraging our Region 4 State managers, & many of them had little political support or resources in their home states. He was just a wonderful person, a real leader. RIP     
         
  Michael Josselyn, WRA, Retired    
    Jon was very influential in my career. As a young wetland scientist, I first met him at a Society of Wetland Scientists meeting in San Francisco where he asked me to participate in summarizing the science of tidal wetland restoration for an upcoming book being published by the EPA. I was honored to contribute in that effort and met many other wetland scientists and practitioners. Later as I transitioned to wetland restoration consulting, I could always count on Jon's well written explanations of laws, regulations, and court determinations to better understand not only how it affected California, but other states as well. His leadership and clear and thorough writings during the formative years (and beyond) on wetland science and regulation will be read by many and will set a high standard for those who follow. Thank you, Jon, for all your contributions to our field and you will truly be missed.    
         
    Don Witherill, Maine Department of Environmental Protection    
    Over my many years with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, I have learned much about how to shape environmental policy. I have learned and taken inspiration from a number of individuals, but none more so than Jon. In the mid 1980’s, Maine had just enacted its first law to regulate freshwater wetlands. I was hired to oversee the program and needed guidance. That’s when I was introduced to Jon and a group of state counterparts, who would soon become the Association of State Wetland Managers. We all came to the group with unique circumstances related to our states’ political and cultural climates, but we all had common aspirations to develop effective wetlands programs. Jon understood all of that as well as how state programs could effectively draw from the Federal Clean Water Act provisions. Jon brought us together, organizing annual conferences and work group meetings to help us sort through how we could more effectively manage our programs. I remember how early on, I think it may have been in 1985, Jon took special interest in Maine’s developing program and helped us organize one of the early national conferences in Portland, Maine. It was at a critical stage in our program’s development and gave us a boost of energy moving forward. One of my favorite memories of that conference involved our keynote speaker. We had lined up a former state Attorney General for that role and were in the last stages of preparation when word reached one of our U.S. Senators that Maine would be hosting a National Wetlands Conference. That was Senator George Mitchell, who later went on to become Secretary of State and a pretty accomplished negotiator, to say the least. Jon’s first reaction was “who is this guy and why is he coming to our conference?” I remember assuring Jon that Senator Mitchell would be a worthwhile addition to our agenda, and it turned out he was. That was one of the only times I was able to offer Jon some advice, as it usually went the other way. Over the ensuing years, I drew frequently upon Jon’s knowledge on a variety of wetland regulatory issues and we were able to secure passage of a strong set of wetlands rules covering the bases of “avoidance, minimization and mitigation.” While I eventually moved on to other responsibilities that took me away from wetlands regulation, I still look back on those years with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Jon was instrumental in those efforts in Maine, as I know he was in many other states around the country.    
         
    Julia Fonseca    
    Jon's written works provided me much guidance on floodplain and wetland policy. I am glad to have been able to meet him and learn from his many policy papers! My condolences are offered to his friends, colleagues and families.    
         
         

 

Jon and Anna

 


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Jon and Family with Gilbert White

 

 Jon and Crystals

 

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ASWM Celebrates American Wetlands Month in May

Share Your Wetland Photos - Due to Popular Demand, We're Extending the Photo Submission Deadline to Friday, May 14th!
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American Wetlands Month Special Webinar
Throughout May, ASWM is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) Program to celebrate American Wetlands Month (AWM). In addition to NWI information featured on Topical Tuesdays and Wetlands Wednesdays, we'll have a new webinar for you to enjoy. More information is available here.


 
UPCOMING WEBINARS

Hot Topics WebinarAmerican Wetlands Month Webinar
Investing in Resiliency: Intersectional Perspectives of Wetlands, Infrastructure, and Healthy Communities
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm Eastern
More information and registraton is available here.   

 

Hot Topics WebinarMembers' Webinar Series
Protecting Wetlands through Integration with State Buffer and River Corridor Programs
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern
More information and registration is available here.  

 

 
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RECENT RECORDED WEBINARS  

Capacity Building WebinarNatural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar
Protecting and Restoring Urban Wetlands for Community Benefits
Held Thursday, March 25, 2021
More information and recording is available here.  



Capacity Building WebinarWetland Regulatory Capacity Building Webinar 
Building State and Tribal Wetland Program Regulatory Capacity: Findings from ASWM's Multi-year Project
Held Tuesday, March 23, 2021
More information and recording is available here.  



Beaver WebinarsSection 404 Assumption Webinars 
Conducting Federal-State/Tribal Regulatory Crosswalks for Clean Water Act Section 404 Assumption
Held Monday March 22, 2021 
More information and recording is available here.  

Findings from ASWM’s Multi-Year Clean Water Act Section 404 Assumption Project
Held Monday March 16, 2021 
More information and recording is available here.  

Beaver WebinarBeavers and Wetland Restoration Webinar
Beaver Restoration for Climate Resiliency
Held Thursday, March 10, 2021
More information and recording is available here. 
 

 

Hot Topics WebinarASWM Members' Webinar Series
State Climate Action Plans: How Maine and Wisconsin Created a Path Toward Resiliency
Held Wednesday, February 24, 2021
To view the members' webinar, please login on the ASWM Home Page, then navigate to the Members' Webinar Series. Please contact us at  or (207) 892-3399 if you need assistance logging in.  If you are not currently a member, click here to join ASWM. 

Mapping WebinarWetland Mapping Consortium Webinar
Mapping Hydrologic Connectivity and Wetlands with LiDAR: Processes and Techniques from Minnesota and Wisconsin
Held Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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ASWM EventsHot Topics Webinar
Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Review of Trump Administration Rulemakings and Charting a Path Forward
Held Tuesday, January 12, 2021
More information and recording is available here.


Hot Topics Webinar

Tribal Wetland Programs Webinar 
Advancing Tribal Wetland Programs Through Innovations in Monitoring & Assessment
Held Tuesday, December 1, 2020
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OTHER EVENTS

CalendarFor other events, please see Calendar of Events in the April Issue of ASWM's Wetland News Digest.

 

ASWM Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting

Annual State Federal Tribal Coordination Meeting

Adaptation & Resiliency for the Advancement of Wetland Science, Policy and Practice

We thank your for joining us for ASWM’s Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting, held virtually April 12-15, 2021. The purpose of this annual meeting was to support state and tribal wetland program managers, and other wetland professionals as they respond to challenges in the coming year. This year’s annual meeting was dedicated to the memory and legacy of ASWM’s founder, Dr. Jon A. Kusler, Esq.

Focus Areas for This Year’s Meeting Include:

  • Federal policy updates and significant court cases
  • Wetland science and climate change resiliency
  • Wetland Program Capacity: Adapting to New Regs, COVID-19, Budgets
  • Mapping, tools and technology 
                                                                             

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ASWM Staff Biographies

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Marla J. Stelk, ASWMMarla J. Stelk, Executive Director ()

Marla is the Executive Director at the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) where she has worked on wetland policy and management issues since 2013. Marla has over 25 years of experience working on wetland, water, and wildlife issues, climate change, environmental policy and research, land use planning, communications and organizational leadership. Marla has led research at ASWM on topics such as ecosystem service valuation for wetland restoration, the role of wetlands in floodplain and natural hazard management, wetlands and watershed health, wetland mapping and communications. Prior to coming to ASWM, Marla worked for a variety of environmental and social nonprofit organizations helping to build organizational capacity, manage projects and improve internal processes. Marla earned her MA in Community Planning and Development with a focus on Land Use and the Environment at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and her BA in Environmental Issues from Colorado College.

Donna DowningDonna Downing, Senior Legal Policy Advisor 

Donna Downing is the Senior Legal Policy Advisor at the Association of State Wetland Managers. Donna was the Jurisdiction Team Leader in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds from 2007-2020. Donna worked on a variety of issues at EPA, with a focus in recent years on the geographic scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions. She also served as EPA’s staff lead for CWA section 401 water quality certification, and on wetland-related legal issues. Prior to joining EPA in 1998, Donna worked for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment and in private law practice. She has a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University, an MPP from the University of California at Berkeley, a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, and an LLM in Environmental Law summa cum laude from George Washington University Law School. Donna has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School since 1996, teaching environmental law. In what’s left of her time, she moonlights as a professional potter and an unprofessional horse trainer. Donna also enjoys traveling and has traveled by reindeer sled in the Swedish Arctic, gone winter camping with dog sleds in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, and bicycled the Burma Road in China.

Brenda ZollitschBrenda Zollitsch, Senior Policy Analyst ()

Brenda is Senior Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers. Brenda’s areas of expertise include water resource policy, wetland policy and management, stormwater management, and collaborative environmental policy implementation. At ASWM, Brenda designs and conducts research and policy analysis on wetland and other aquatic resource issues; analyzes federal policy changes; manages projects; designs training for wetland professionals; coordinates webinars; and makes presentations on ASWM’s work to a variety of audiences. Brenda has led many major multi-year projects for ASWM, including projects on CWA Section 404 Assumption, wetland regulatory capacity building, pipeline permitting, developing high quality wetland training, status and trends analysis of all 50 state wetland programs across the United States and national comparative analysis of stream identification, delineation and mitigation practices in the U.S. Brenda earned her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service in 2012, focusing on environmental policy and collaborative environmental management. She has her double Master’s degree from Boston University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. Brenda has more than 25 years of organizational leadership experience and a strong background in academic and action research, facilitation, training and communications. In addition to her work for ASWM, Brenda serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine teaching public policy and assists water resource collaborations as a professional facilitator. Brenda is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and has been instrumental in developing regional approaches to stormwater management in the State of Maine.

Stacey Detwiler, Policy AnalystStacey Detwiler, Policy Analyst ()

Stacey is the Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers. Most recently, Stacey worked as the Conservation Director for Rogue Riverkeeper in southern Oregon where she led multiple campaigns to protect and restore clean water in the Rogue watershed. Stacey earned her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management from Oregon State University where she researched the management of forest roads on private industrial forest lands to reduce chronic sediment pollution to streams. She also served on the Board of the Marys River Watershed Council. Before moving west, Stacey spent five years working for American Rivers in Washington, DC on federal clean water policies that promote green infrastructure and reduce polluted runoff. In DC, she also served on the Executive Board of DC EcoWomen, a non-profit organization that works to empower women in the environmental field. Stacey earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College. Outside of the office, you can find Stacey hiking, paddling a local river, taking a dance class, fly fishing, or playing her guitar.   

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Dawn Smith, Communications Specialist ()

Dawn works on multimedia projects, focusing on webinars and short videos. After working in the corporate world for several years, she is redirecting creative energies towards social media, documentaries and short film communication formats.  A lifetime resident of Maine, she has an appreciation for the preservation of local heritage and natural treasures, primarily from behind the lens. Working with the Association of State Wetland Managers, she has gained a greater appreciation for the local and national efforts to preserve and rebuild the wetland ecosystems that are all around us.  


 

Marti NorthoverMarti Northover, Accounting and Human Resources Manager ()

Marti Northover is the ASWM Accounting and Human Resources Manager. Marti has over 30 years of professional experience in accounting, logistics and advertising. Marti has an undergraduate degree in Geography  from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA and masters degree in Environmental Science from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Professionally Marti has taught environment related courses at colleges in MA, was owner of an historic inn, worked as the Director of Accounting and HR at a logistic company in MA and a homeless shelter in ME. Six years ago Marti moved to Alfred, ME, where she lives with her husband Vernon, enjoying the lake life and her chickens, ducks and nice garden. Currently Marti is the Treasurer of the Parson’s Memorial Library Board of Trustees and is an Associate Member of Alfred Conservation Commission.


 

Laura Burchill, ASWM

Laura Burchill, Office Manager ()

Laura is the Office Manager in the Windham office and has been with the Association since 2004. She is responsible for maintaining the membership information; assisting with the many tasks involved in preparing for webinars and workshops, preparing Association publications as well as general office duties. She has 30+ years’ experience in graphic design and also works part-time for Parent & Family, a local publication.  She lives in Windham, Maine with her husband Dave and their canine companion Jay. 


 

 

Sharon Weaver, Webmaster ()

Sharon is the Publications Specialist and Webmaster for the Association in the Berne, New York office, where she has worked for the past 20+ years. Along with general office tasks, she works on the layout and design of Association publications, reports, and brochures. She helps coordinate ASWM workshops and symposia. She manages the ASWM website, which includes daily updates and prepares and designs new webpages. When she is not entertaining company, she enjoys some alone time with her husband, Ken, and grown children Karla and Pieter.  She adores her dog and cat, who complete the family nest.

May is American Wetlands Month

American Wetlands Month

Share Your Wetland Photos - Due to Popular Demand, We're Extending the Photo Submission Deadline to Friday, May 14th!

During American Wetlands Month ASWM is planning to share photos of your favorite wetlands in social media posts and ASWM publications. We plan to flood our media streams with pictures from around the country. We are asking for your help to do this.

We are looking for a variety of images - wetlands, flora, fauna, and wetland friends - to share throughout May. Photos should be in .jpg, .png, or .pdf format and have a file size between 100KB - 10MB. To share your photo(s), please fill out this form here.

 

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  • Topical Tuesday
  • Wetlands Wednesday
  • Throwback Thursday
  • Funday Friday 


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ASWM History

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The Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. (ASWM) was founded by Jon A. Kusler, Esq., Ph.D., and Scott Hausmann in 1983 with two goals — to support state wetland programs and to support national wetland policy reflecting sound wetland science. ASWM has tried to stay true to these goals throughout the years, during the ups and downs of funding and politics.

Jon and Scott created the Association with no staff and no budget. ASWM’s first national meeting in 1983 was hosted by Richard Haman and the University of Florida College of Law. To their surprise and delight, over 120 wetland managers and scientists attended. The quality and enthusiasm of the attendees was striking. Most did not know each other prior to the meeting but many emerged friends. Many who attended that first meeting in Florida also continue as wetland advocates and mentors.

This was the first of many workshops ASWM conducted with a broad range of federal agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other partners have included the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Society of Wetland Scientists, Association of Clean Water Administrators, Coastal States Organization, National Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Environmental Law Institute.

Hundreds of symposia, workshops, publications, webpages, and webinars later, ASWM has established a national presence and is looked to by states, tribes, and other organizations for leadership in matters of national wetland policy, applying sound science, interpreting and implementing the Clean Water Act and related programs, restoring aquatic systems, and facilitating transfer of knowledge among peers and government agencies.

Publications

ASWM PublicationsThe Association conducts research and publishes reports, guidebooks, news articles, brochures, white papers, and summaries of findings of symposia and workshops. These are available electronically to all interested individuals and organizations.

New Features & Publications 2014-2015

ASWM Board Meeting Minutes

Below are the ASWM Board Meeting Minutes to date.