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Dear Wetlanders,

The New Year has started out with a bang and the staff at the Association of State Wetland Managers have been busy identifying new and exciting webinar topics, continuing to move forward our various projects, and responding to changes in federal and state legislation. Our membership has grown significantly over the past year, and we are eager to work with our members, partners and friends on topics such as Waters of the U.S., wetlands and watersheds, energy permitting, silviculture and wetlands, functional assessment of floodplains, strategic beaver reintroduction, and to continue to provide trainings on everything from state and tribal wetland program development to advanced compensatory mitigation considerations to restoration and creation and more.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court unanimous opinion (see the E&E news article in Editor’s Choice) ruling that challenges to the 2015 Clean Water Rule for determining Clean Water Act jurisdiction should start in federal district courts, not the federal appeals courts (also known as circuit courts) will certainly keep us all busy this year as we navigate what will likely be a whole new round of lawsuits around the country. Two more U.S. Supreme Court cases that will be important to follow this year (that can also be found in Editor’s Choice), will address two interstate water disputes: Florida v. Georgia and Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado.

There is a lot of activity happening on the state level as well, such as a new state law in Wisconsin that essentially exempts public utilities from mitigation requirements unless the discharge authorized by a wetland individual permit (issued by the WI Dept. of Natural Resources) will result in a permanent fill of more than 10,000 sq. feet of wetland. Louisiana is taking the bold (and very likely controversial) steps to begin the difficult conversation about relocating thousands of people out of harm’s way in areas with significant flood risk. According to an article in State News, their plan includes “prohibitions on building new homes in high-risk areas, buyouts of homeowners who live there now and hikes in taxes on those who won’t leave.” 

These are just a few of the significant news stories in this issue of Wetland Breaking News that have broken over the past month or so. As always, if you have interesting news stories that you would like to share, please feel free to send them to us for consideration to

All of us at ASWM wish you a successful 2018!

Best regards,

Marla J. Stelk
Editor, Wetland Breaking News

   
             


Clean Water Rule: Supreme Court says litigation belongs in district court

By Amanda Reilly – E&E News –Greenwire – January 22, 2018
In a blow for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court today sent a key case over the scope of the Clean Water Act to federal district courts. Justices rebuffed arguments by the administration that a federal appeals court should instead hear the litigation. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the unanimous decision for the court. At issue is the Obama-era Clean Water Rule, which aimed to clarify which wetlands and streams receive automatic protection under the water law. Read full news story here.

EPA Sends WOTUS Applicability Date Rule to OMB

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – January 26, 2018
Today, EPA sent their proposed rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Clean Water Rule, pushing back implementation until 2020, to the Office of Management and Budget, who now has 30 days to review it. When finalized, the rule would effectively delay implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Rule while EPA continues forward developing a new definition of Waters of the US in a separate rule making effort. It should also be noted that this applicability date rule is widely expected to be challenged in court by environmental organizations as well as several states.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Long-Running State Water Disputes

By Roger W Sims – Holland & Knight – January 17, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on Jan. 8, 2018, regarding two interstate water disputes: Florida v. Georgia and Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado. In Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado, the states are litigating over how much Rio Grande River water New Mexico must pass along to Texas and Colorado. The state of Texas filed a lawsuit against the other two states alleging that New Mexico is violating the Rio Grande Compact, which governs the distribution of Rio Grande water among the three states. In Florida v Georgia, the dispute centers on flows in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint (ACF) rivers. The Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers join to form the Apalachicola River in Florida, which flows into Apalachicola Bay. The role of the federal government in settling such disputes may impact a state's right to allocate water. Kansas filed an amicus brief in the Rio Grande case and Colorado did so in the Florida-Georgia case, on the basis that the Supreme Court's decisions will set legal precedent relevant to their interests. States across the country are watching these legal developments at the Supreme Court. Read full news story here.

Extreme hurricanes and wildfires made 2017 the most costly U.S. disaster year on record

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis – The Washington Post – January 8, 2018 – Video
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters in the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. The disasters caused $306 billion in total damage in 2017, with 16 events that caused more than $1 billion in damage each. The bulk of the damage, at $265 billion, came from hurricanes. Read full news story here.

How to build a city that doesn’t flood? Turn it into a sponge.

Daily JSTOR – December 5, 2017
Urban floods make the news with alarming regularity. Just in the past few months, Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston, and the seasonal monsoon crippled cities in South Asia. Dramatic floods from increasingly severe storms come with a steep cost, both human and financial, and the problem will only get worse with climate change. One of the biggest culprits for the deadly toll these floods wreak? Urbanization. Read full news story here.

 

 

How this small Houston community survived Hurricane Harvey when other parts didn’t

Rick Jervis – USA TODAY– January 19, 2018
A small thunderstorm three years ago pushed more than a foot of floodwater into Stan Cook’s home in the small community of Clear Lake, ruining old home movies, destroying kitchen cabinets and causing more than $130,000 in damage. So when Hurricane Harvey dropped biblical amounts of rain on the region in August, he braced for the worst. Yet, only an inch of water crept into his Reseda Drive home, soaking carpets but not much else. The reason for the drastic change: A new golf-course-turned-lagoon-sized detention pond sprawling just beyond Cook’s backyard. “It’s gorgeous,” said Cook, 62, looking out at the complex of water, trees, pipes and culverts. “I’m hoping I’ll never flood again.” Read full news story here.

EPA official: government must plan for climate change

By Michael Biesecker – Associated Press – January 19, 2018
A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen before a House oversight subcommittee conflicts with the agency’s policy positions under President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax. Breen’s boss, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, is an ardent fossil fuel promoter who questions the validity of mainstream climate science. Read full news story here.

Study: White House abandoning science advice at unprecedented levels

By Miranda Green – The Hill – January 18, 2018
A report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) on Thursday provides a stark portrayal of how the federal government's relationship with scientists has deteriorated since President Donald Trump took office. According to the report by UCS, a nonprofit group of independent scientists, the administration's skeptical view of science advisers is represented by diminished staffing at the White House and across various government agencies. President Trump is the first president in four decades to not appoint a presidential science adviser, the report said. Less than a third of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is full, with only 38 of 130 total positions filled. Read full news story here.

Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

By Juliet Eilperin – The Washington Post – January 17, 2018
More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year. The resignation of 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks. It also underscores the extent to which federal advisory bodies have become marginalized under the Trump administration. In May 2017, Zinke suspended all outside committees while his staff reviewed their composition and work. Read full news story here.

106 Lawmakers Urge Trump: Restore Climate Change in National Security Strategy

By Phil McKenna – InsideClimate News – January 16, 2018
A bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress is urging President Donald Trump to recognize climate change as a national security threat. U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) wrote a letter to the president signed by 106 members of Congress on Thursday in response to the administration's failure to mention the risks of climate change in its National Security Strategy, released last month. Eleven Republicans signed the letter, including members of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence committees. Read full news story here.

Bill introduced to provide money to measure conservation program outcomes

Delta Farm Press – Jan 15, 2018
Reps. John Faso, R-N.Y., and Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, have introduced the Healthy Fields and Farm Economics Act to strengthen federal conservation programs by authorizing and providing funding for the measurement, evaluation, and reporting of USDA conservation program outcomes. Read full news story here.

Chesapeake 'Bay Barometer' reports improving health

By Connie Connolly – Cecil Daily – January 12, 2018
The Chesapeake Bay’s health has been steadily improving, according to a report card released by the Chesapeake Bay Program earlier this month. More Bay grasses and blue crabs, greater achievement of water quality standards and a reduction of estimated pollution contributed to the program’s optimistic report. The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 2016-2017 was published by the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), “a regional partnership that works across state lines to protect and restore” the nation’s largest estuary. The report grouped the outcomes under five categories: abundant life, clean water, conserved lands, engaged communities and climate change. Read full news story here.

USDA Investing Millions in Wildfire Mitigation and Water Quality Projects Through Joint Chiefs Partnership

U.S. Department of Agriculture – January 11, 2018
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico. Since 2014, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands. Read full press release here.

Offshore Drilling Plan Under Fire: Zinke May Have Violated Law, Senator Says

By Sabrina Shankman – InsideClimate News – January 11, 2018
It took less than a week for cracks to develop in the Trump administration's plan to open almost the entire offshore area of the United States to oil and gas drilling. On Tuesday evening—five days after releasing a draft five-year leasing plan that is unprecedented in scale—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Twitter that he was removing Florida from the plan. "After talking with @FLGovScott, I am removing #Florida from the draft offshore plan," he tweeted. In another tweet, he wrote, "Local voice matters." That decision set off an uproar along the coasts—and it could open Zinke's plan to legal challenges, as well as political ones. Read full news story here.

Disaster Mitigation Targeted by Trump Saves $6 for Every $1 Spent, Report Says

By Christopher Flavelle – Bloomberg – January 11, 2018
Federal programs to protect Americans against extreme weather and other natural disasters save even more money than previously thought, according to a report funded by the same agencies that have proposed cutting many of those programs. The report, released Thursday by the National Institute of Building Sciences, found that every $1 the federal government spends on so-called mitigation projects, such as elevating homes at risk of flooding, improving stormwater management systems or strengthening buildings against earthquakes, reduces future costs by an average of $6. That’s higher than the 4-to-1 savings the institute last estimated in 2005; the increase reflects the growing effects of climate change as well as better data and measurement, according to the group. Read full news story here.

Interior puts grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars through political review

By Juliet Eilprin – The Washington Post – January 9, 2018
The Interior Department has adopted a new screening process for the discretionary grants it makes to outside groups, instructing staff to ensure those awards “promote the priorities” of the Trump administration. The Dec. 28 directive, obtained by The Washington Post, represents the latest attempt by Trump political appointees to put their mark on government spending. Last summer, the Environmental Protection Agency instituted a system requiring that a political appointee in the public affairs office sign off on each grant before it is awarded. Read full news story here.

Interior rescinds climate, conservation policies because they’re ‘inconsistent’ with Trump’s energy goals

By Juliet Eilperin – The Washington Post – January 5, 2018
The Interior Department’s No. 2 official issued a secretarial order just before Christmas rescinding several climate change and conservation policies issued under the Obama administration, saying they were “inconsistent” with President Trump’s quest for energy independence. The Interior Department’s No. 2 official issued a secretarial order just before Christmas rescinding several climate change and conservation policies issued under the Obama administration, saying they were “inconsistent” with President Trump’s quest for energy independence. Read full news story here.

Group hopes new deal will help shrink Gulf dead zone

By Keith Magill – Houma Today – January 2, 2018
A local wetlands advocacy group has forged an agreement it hopes will help reduce the size of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The Thibodaux-based Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program announced the deal Tuesday. The non-binding agreement with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture opens the door for low-interest loans farmers in that state can use to enact pollution-control measures. “Not many people realize it but the whole Mississippi River drainage is the watershed of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program,” Andrew Barron, BTNEP’s senior water resources coordinator, said in a news release. “Work done to prevent pollution runoff in Minnesota as part of this agreement ... is a simple, obvious and great step toward improving water quality in the watershed and in our Louisiana estuary.” Read full news story here.

Department of the Interior Revises Interpretation of Migratory Bird Take Prohibition

By Stephanie Clark – Endangered Species Law and Policy – December 22, 2017
On December 22, 2017 the Department of the Interior (“DOI”) Solicitor’s Office issued its revised interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s (“MBTA”) prohibition on the take of migratory bird species. Official opinions from the DOI Solicitor’s Office are known as “M Opinions” and carry substantial weight in how DOI applies and enforces the various wildlife laws under its purview. In January 2017, the prior DOI Solicitor issued Opinion M-37041, Incidental Take Prohibited Under Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which concluded that “the MBTA’s broad prohibition on taking and killing migratory birds by any means and in any manner includes incidental taking and killing.” Less than a month after Opinion M-37041 was issued, the Acting Secretary of the Interior issued a memorandum temporarily suspending Opinion M-37041, pending a review by the new Acting Solicitor. Read full news story here.

Wildlife watching continues to lure Americans outdoors

By Kathy Reshetiloff – Bay Journal – December 18, 2017
Even as our society continues to depend more on technology for everyday activities and recreation, our love of nature and connection with the outdoors continues to be an integral part of our identity as Americans. This passion for wildlife and wild places is reflected in the preliminary findings of the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. First conducted in 1955 — and every five years since — this survey is based on interviews with thousands of citizens, ages 16 and older, from all walks of life. In 2016, more than 101 million Americans — a staggering 40 percent of the U.S. population ages 16 or older — participated in some form of wildlife-associated recreation, including fishing, hunting, bird watching, photography and more. Read full news story here.

 
 

AL: Meet the intermediate musk turtle, Alabama’s newest turtle species

By Pat Byington – Bham Now – December 16, 2017
Peter Scott, a post-doctoral scholar at UCLA, who received his PhD at the University of Alabama was not trying to discover a new species of turtle. The impetus of his work was to find out whether the logger-head musk turtle was hybridizing with the stripe-necked turtle. When he looked at the hybrid zones between those two species with DNA studies, instead of finding a “hybrid” musk turtle, to his surprise he found a completely new species. That turtle is now named the intermediate musk turtle. Read full story here.

CA: U.S. EPA awards $2.1 million to protect, restore California wetlands and streams

Contact: Michele Huitric – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – January 10, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to protect and restore wetlands and streams across California. Supporting these aquatic resources can improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, flood protection, and recreational opportunities. “Healthy wetlands and streams are key to the vitality of California communities and its economy,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These projects help to better understand and protect these important resources.” Read full news release here.

CA: California is preparing to defend its waters from Trump order

By Jane Kay – Reveal – January 10, 2018
In its first act to shield California from the Trump administration’s repeal of regulations, the state’s water board has prepared its own rules protecting wetlands and other waters. The proposed new rules, scheduled for a vote by the board this summer, could insulate the state from President Donald Trump’s executive order to roll back the reach of the Clean Water Act. That rollback would strip federal protection from seasonal streambeds, isolated pools and other transitory wetlands, exposing them to damage, pollution or destruction from housing developments, energy companies and farms. Read full story here.

FL: Scientists, volunteers rescue about 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles

U.S. Geological Survey – January 19, 2018
On the icy cold shores of Florida’s St. Joseph Bay, a team of volunteers and wildlife experts have rescued an estimated 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles since January 2 in what is believed to be Florida’s second-largest mass cold-stunning event of the 21st century, according to U.S. Geological Survey research biologist Margaret Lamont. Read full story here.

FL: Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

Tampa Bay Times – Associated Press – December 16, 2017
With burrowing iguanas showing up in people’s toilets and damaging expensive sewer lines, Florida wildlife managers are stepping up efforts to control the state’s booming population of the wild, invasive reptiles. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has hired a trapper to try and control the iguana population on public land in the Florida Keys. It is also holding workshops to teach homeowners how to trap and ward off the reptiles, the Miami Herald reported. Read full story here.

FL: Invasive Python Parasites Are Infecting Florida’s Native Reptiles

By Jake Buehler – Earther – December 15, 2017
Invasive Burmese pythons have become the ravenous, ever-multiplying scourge of South Florida. But new research suggests that the snakes have brought more than just their teeth and appetites to the Sunshine State. They’ve also brought along their own parasites, which are now infecting native snakes. Read full story here.

LA: Louisiana plan could move thousands from coast

By Christopher Flavelle – Portland Press Herald – December 22, 2017
Louisiana is finalizing a plan to move thousands of people from areas threatened by the rising Gulf of Mexico, effectively declaring uninhabitable a coastal area larger than Delaware. A draft of the plan, the most aggressive response to climate-linked flooding in the U.S., calls for prohibitions on building new homes in high-risk areas, buyouts of homeowners who live there now and hikes in taxes on those who won’t leave. Commercial development would still be allowed, but developers would need to put up bonds to pay for those buildings’ eventual demolition. Read full story here.

MD: Hogan announces MD will join state coalition to fight climate change

By Timothy B. Wheeler – Bay Journal – January 10, 2018
Declaring that the need for states to work together to fight climate change “grows stronger every day,” Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that Maryland would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a mostly Democratic coalition of states committed to reducing greenhouse gases. The move, disclosed in a letter released by Hogan’s office, represents a shift for the Republican governor, who had remained noncommittal to pleas last year for Maryland to join the alliance, saying he wasn’t sure what the group’s intentions were. Read full article here.

MD: Maryland selects companies for dredging test project at Conowingo Dam

By Pamela Wood – The Baltimore Sun – December 30, 2017
Maryland has selected a pair of companies to dredge a small amount of the sediment that’s built up in the Susquehanna River behind the Conowingo Dam as part of a pilot program officials hope could lead to a larger solution. At an August press conference along the banks of the Susquehanna, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state’s intention to tackle the problem of built-up sediment behind the dam. Read full story here.

MD: $21 million available for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects

The Democrat Star – December 29, 2017
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites local governments and nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to help restore the Chesapeake Bay and improve water quality. Through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, the department plans to allocate and award about $21 million to local projects aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution caused by excess nutrients and sediment. Read full story here. 

MI: Hartig retiring as Wildlife Refuge manager

By Dean Cousino – The Monroe News – January 9, 2018
An open house will be held Jan. 23 honoring John Hartig, who is leaving to accept a Fulbright Scholarship to study conservation efforts to restore the health of the Great Lakes. John Hartig, manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge for the past 14 years, is retiring this month after accepting a Fulbright Scholarship to study the effectiveness of decades-long conservation efforts to restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes. Hartig, 65, is retiring from the post as an employee of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Read full story here.

MO: City Considers Wetland Development

By Shawnna Robinson – Daily Journal – December 26, 2017
Farmington city officials are preparing to submit a proposal for a project for the development of a wetlands area. The approximately 30-acre privately-owned property, located south of the Farmington West Sewer Treatment plant at Perrine Road and U.S. 67, is adjacent to St. Francois River. Farmington City Administrator Greg Beavers said the suggestion has been made for the property to be acquired by the city and then converted into a wetland area. Read full story here.

NH: NHDES 'had its way' with island camp owner says senator seeking Wetlands Bureau audit

By Bea Lewis – Union Leader – January 9, 2018
A local senator who railed against the state’s enforcement of shoreline protection laws on Lake Winnipesaukee said he plans to review the Wetlands Bureau of the Department of Environmental Services. Sen. Bob Giuda, R-Warren, said a Meredith island owner’s long-running battle with the state over what landowners are allowed to do near public water bodies is bigger than the tiny isle that sparked it. Read full story here.

NY: New York Rejects a Natural Gas Pipeline, and Federal Regulators Say That's OK

By Phil McKenna – InsideClimate News – January 16, 2018
In a setback for the fossil fuel industry, federal energy regulators rejected a petition from the Constitution Pipeline Company to overturn New York State's denial of a water permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline. Without the permit, the pipeline can't be built. In a decision on Jan. 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied the request from the company to revive the proposed 125-mile Constitution Pipeline from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania to Upstate New York. Read full story here.

NY: New York City Sues Oil Companies over Climate Change, Says It Plans to Divest

By Nicholas Kusnetz – InsideClimate News – January 11, 2018
New York City is suing five of the largest oil companies over the billions of dollars it spends protecting the city from the effects of climate change, and it plans to divest its pension funds' $5 billion in assets involving fossil fuel producers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. As head of the nation's largest city, de Blasio is throwing significant weight behind a movement by local governments to directly target fossil fuel companies for the role their products play in fueling global warming. Read full story here.

OH: Cleveland Metroparks' biggest state grant will restore water and wetlands in Strongsville's Bonnie Park

By Grant Segall – The Plain Dealer – Cleveland.com – January 9, 2018
Near an 1800s hamlet where John D. Rockefeller briefly lived, Cleveland Metroparks leaders plan to use their biggest state grant ever to replace some of a 1936 stone dam and restore about three acres of wetlands nearby. The Metroparks announced a $1.88 million grant today from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to improve the water, foliage and wildlife in Strongsville's Bonnie Park, a popular part of Mill Stream Run Reservation. Read full story here.

PA: Buffer Building Becomes Business

By Philip Gruber – Lancaster Farming – December 29, 2017
Forested strips improve the ecosystem along stream banks, but until recently, planting a buffer meant taking land out of production. Two years ago, Pennsylvania started encouraging people to plant riparian areas with crops like berries and nuts that can be harvested without disturbing the soil. That got Austin Unruh excited. The Morgantown resident was working on an online master’s degree in agroforestry through the University of Missouri, so he had already been thinking about ways to use trees to combine conservation and commercial production. Now he saw a business opportunity. Read full story here.

TN: $5 million contributed to wetland conservation efforts

News Herald – January 21, 2018
Ducks Unlimited (DU) has announced a $5 million contribution by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) in support of wetland conservation efforts in Ohio and Louisiana. ETP’s operations overlap several of DU’s priority landscapes and provide excellent opportunities to support DU’s conservation work. “Wetland conservation work supported by ETP will have positive impacts for waterfowl, other wildlife and their habitats, as well as on water quality and other ecological outcomes that benefit people and communities,” said Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited. DU and ETP developed this program because of a shared commitment to environmental stewardship and ETP’s focus on giving back to the communities across the country in which its employees live and work. Read full story here.

TN: Wolf River wetland 'bank' will restore swamps to offset damage

By Tom Charlier – Commercial Appeal – December 27, 2017 – Video
On a Fayette County tract that generations of farmers painstakingly cleared and drained to grow crops, a team of scientists and natural resource consultant’s plans to spend the next several years deliberately undoing all that work. Drainage ditches will be plugged, filled-in areas dug out and earthen terraces constructed to hold water, not get rid of it. On large fields long ago cleared, native trees -- 361 per acre -- will be planted. It's all part of the proposed Wolf River Mitigation Bank II, a 666-acre site where developers and government agencies can pay to have wetlands restored, preserved or enhanced to mitigate, or compensate, for damage done by construction projects. Buyers purchase credits, which represent units of land on which the work is conducted. Read full story here.

VT: Wetland reclassification moves ahead

By Mark Kobzik – Shelburne News – January 18, 2018
Shelburne’s Laplatte River marsh recently moved one step closer to getting stricter environmental protections. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources recently found the wetland, “exceptional or irreplaceable in its contribution to Vermont’s natural heritage, and therefore merits the highest level of protection.” A petition filed by the Vermont National Resources Council in March 2017 prompted a review of the wetlands’ classification. Read full story here.

VA: Like Florida, Virginia seeks offshore drilling exemption

George Copeland Jr. – Capital News Service – Inside Nova – January 11, 2018
Gov.-elect Ralph Northam asked Thursday that Virginia be exempt from the Trump administration’s plan to open almost all of America’s offshore waters to drilling. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Northam cited his childhood growing up on the Eastern Shore as testament to the region’s worth to Virginia and the country at large. “The Chesapeake Bay and the Commonwealth’s ocean and coastal resources are every bit as ecologically and economically valuable as those of Florida,” Northam said. Last week, Zinke proposed allowing offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all coastal waters of the United States. But on Tuesday, following objections from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Zinke said Florida would be exempt from the plan. Read full story here.

VA: Longleaf pine restoration takes root with recent tree-planting in Virginia Beach

By Eric Hodies – The Virginian-Pilot – December 26, 2017
It’s going to be a long road to recovery for the longleaf pine.
Two centuries ago, the species dominated the forests of the southeastern part of the country, but farming and its value as a timber tree brought it to the brink of extinction. At one point, as few as 200 trees remained in Virginia, according to The Nature Conservancy. The effort to restore the longleaf pine continued on Dec. 14, when volunteers dug holes and planted more than 150 trees at Mount Trashmore and Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area. The project was a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, Virginia Natural Gas, Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Beach Department of Parks & Recreation. Read full story here.

WA: Columbia River Treaty talks offer hope for river, native peoples

By John Rosenberg and LeeAnne Beres – The Seattle Times – January 7, 2018
On Dec. 7, the U.S. State Department announced that formal negotiations with Canada over the Columbia River Treaty will begin early this year. Modernizing the treaty is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore one of the world’s great rivers. As religious leaders, we call upon our elected leaders to protect and restore the Columbia River for the common good. Read the full opinion here.

WV: 3 Chesapeake Bay grant programs to implement W.Va. watershed plans

By John McVey – The Journal – December 27, 2017
There are three different funding sources available to local agencies and organizations to be put toward nutrient and sediment reduction projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, according to Matt Pennington, Region 9 Planning and Development Council environmental program coordinator. “The good news is the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is looking for projects,” Pennington said in a recent interview. “But the money must be spent by Dec. 31, 2019. It’s the last call before new funding levels are set for 2019-25.” Read full story here.

WI: New law and proposed legislation would affect wetland permitting in Wisconsin

The National Law Review – January 11, 2018
A new state law (signed by Gov. Walker on Nov. 30, 2017) and two proposed state bills aim to greatly influence wetland permitting laws in Wisconsin. This newsletter provides an overview of the new law and proposed bills, as well as their impacts on existing state law. Read full story here.

WI: Milwaukee County wetland monitoring program seeks volunteers

By Paul A. Smith – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – January 29, 2018
The Milwaukee County Parks Department will hold an orientation workshop Feb. 7 for people interested in participating in its wetland monitoring program. Now in its fourth year, the citizen-based program enlists volunteers to look for and document the presence and distribution of sensitive wildlife populations such as salamanders, frogs, toads, crayfish and fairy shrimp. Participants collect data from ephemeral wetlands throughout the park system, including the Oak Creek and Root River watersheds. Information gathered helps guide habitat management on the public properties, said Julia Robson, assistant natural areas coordinator. Read full story here.

WI: First environmental exemption clears Foxconn to fill 26 acres of wetlands

By Steven Verburg – Lee Newspapers – The Journal Times – January 4, 2018
Wisconsin’s decision to lift restrictions on filling state-protected wetlands for Foxconn Technology Group is already paying off for the company in the early stages of its plan for a sprawling manufacturing complex. Under a state law enacted last year, Foxconn has no obligation to avoid or minimize its impact on a pond and 42 wetlands that cover about 26 acres within the first parcels of land the company is readying for construction in southwest Mount Pleasant. Construction on that land won’t be delayed by laws that require efforts to preserve wetlands, although Foxconn will be required to pay into a program designed to create up to three new wetland acres for each one that is eliminated. Read full story here.

 


 

 Gulf of Maine lobster population past its peak, study says, and a big drop is due

By Penelope Overton – Portland Press Herald – January 22, 2018
The Gulf of Maine lobster population will shrink 40 to 62 percent over the next 30 years because of rising ocean temperatures, according to a study published Monday. As the water temperature rises – the northwest Atlantic Ocean is warming at three times the global average rate – the number of lobster eggs that survive their first year of life will decrease, and the number of small-bodied lobster predators that eat those that remain will increase. Those effects will cause the lobster population to fall through 2050, according to a study by researchers at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the University of Maine and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read full story here.

2017 One of Hottest Years on Record, and Without El Niño

By Nicholas Kusnetz – InsideClimate News – January 19, 2018
The year 2017 was one of the planet's three warmest years on record—and the warmest without El Niño conditions that give rising global temperatures an extra boost, U.S. and UK government scientists announced on Thursday. The year was marked by disasters around the globe of the kind expected in a warming climate: powerful hurricanes tore up the islands of the Caribbean and the Texas and Florida coasts; Europe experienced a heat wave so severe it was nicknamed "Lucifer"; record-breaking wildfires raged across California, Portugal and Chile; and exceptional rainfall flooded parts of South Asia and the U.S. Midwest and triggered landslides that killed hundreds of people in Africa. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual State of the Climate: Global Climate Report has been documenting the warming of the planet and the effects of those rising temperatures. Read full story here.

Scientists Unlock Key Information About the World’s Soil Microbes

YaleEnvironment 360 – January 19, 2018
Scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder have created the first worldwide atlas of soil microbes, mapping 500 of the most common kinds of bacteria found in soil across the globe, from deserts to grasslands to wetlands. “It is amazing how much we still don’t know about even the most dominant microorganisms found in soil,” Noah Fierer, co-author of the new study and a research fellow at CU Boulder, said in a statement. “Now that we have this list, we can really focus our research efforts to categorize these major groups and see where they are and what they do.” Read full story here. 

Why Iceland Is Turning Purple

By Egill Bjarnason – Hakai Magazine – January 16, 2018
The term “lunar landscape” is popular among today’s tourists when captioning images of boundless Icelandic deserts, shaped by volcanic eruptions, covered in different shades of lava. In the foreground of those photographs, however, is often a peculiar purple alien: the Alaskan lupine. This plant arrived on the landscape not long after the astronauts, and was embraced as an efficient cover for eroded land. But the experiment blew up in Iceland’s face and left a permanent purple mark. Considered an invasive plant today, the lupine threatens not only the existing flora but also the barren volcanic interior, often described with words echoing Buzz Aldrin’s first observation about the scenery on the moon: “magnificent desolation.” Read full article here.

Snowpack Near Record Lows Spells Trouble for Western Water Supplies

By Bob Berwyn – InsideClimate – January 15, 2018
Months of exceptionally warm weather and an early winter snow drought across big swaths of the West have left the snowpack at record-low levels in parts of the Central and Southern Rockies, raising concerns about water shortages and economic damage. Drought spread across large parts of the Western United States this month, and storms that moved across the region in early January made up only a small part of the deficit. Runoff from melting snow is now projected to be less than 50 percent of average in key river basins in the central and southern Rockies. Read full story here.

Behind the Blubber

By Larry Pynn – Hakai Magazine – January 12, 2018
Talk to salmon fishermen and they’ll tell you there are too many harbor seals on British Columbia’s Pacific coast. Since protection in the early 1970s by Canada and the United States, harbor seal numbers in the Strait of Georgia have grown from a few thousand to 40,000, the highest density in the world. At the same time, the southern resident killer whale and salmon populations are crashing, and fingers are being pointed at the charismatic and copious seals. Read full article here.

With invasives on the menu, an endangered bird thrives

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – January 12, 2018
In the Florida Everglades lives the northernmost population of snail kites, a slender tropical raptor who until recently fed exclusively on aquatic apple snails. As farmers and municipalities diverted water from that vast wetland, the snails’ numbers collapsed; so did snail kites, and by the early years of the 21st century, just a few hundred survived. Read full story here.

The negative impact of climate change on freshwater bodies

By Julia Weiler – Ruhr-Universität Bochum – January 12, 2018
A lot of research is being conducted into the acidification of the world’s oceans. A recent study has proved that freshwater bodies are likewise affected. Rising carbon dioxide levels could upset the balance of species. Oceans are not the only bodies of water that acidify due to man-made climate change; freshwater systems are likewise affected – and this, in turn, could have an impact on the organisms living in them. This is the conclusion drawn by biologists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum following an analysis of long-term data from a number of freshwater reservoirs across Germany and controlled lab experiments with freshwater organisms. The results are published by the team headed by Dr. Linda Weiss, Leonie Pötter and Prof Dr. Ralph Tollrian from the Department of Animal Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity in Bochum in the journal “Current Biology” on 22nd of January 2018, which is already available online. For full press release, click here.

Sea Level Rise Is Unlocking Decades-Old Pollution

By Roberta Kwok – Hakai Magazine – January 10, 2018
In 2015, Kate Tully visited farms near the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. She was investigating whether sea level rise had caused brackish water to move upland, a process called saltwater intrusion—evidence of which she found in the form of increased salinity in the fields and surrounding ditches. When the researchers viewed the sites on Google Earth, they could even see white rings around the farms where water had evaporated and left salt. Read full article here.

The Unsolved Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

By Eric Wagner – Hakai Magazine – January 9, 2018
On the rolling seas two kilometers off the central Oregon coast, the early-morning doldrums shatter when the radio squawks to life: “We have a bird. We’re coming to you.” It’s close to 3:00 a.m. aboard the RV Pacific Storm, a trawler from Oregon State University (OSU). Read full article here.

Pharmaceuticals are triggering microbial resistance in urban streams

By Brooks Hays – UPI – January 9, 2018
Microbial communities in urban streams are developing resistance to drugs as a result of pharmaceutical pollution. When a team of researchers measured pollution levels in a group of streams as part of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, they found urban streams hosted a greater variety and larger concentration of drugs than suburban streams. Read full story here.

Study finds rivers, streams are becoming saltier and more alkaline

By Martin Finucane – Boston Globe – January 8, 2018
In the wake of last week’s snowstorm, Massachusetts roads are covered with salt. Where does it go once the snow is all melted? Too often it’s making its way into rivers and streams. That’s according to a new national study that found that rivers and streams across America are becoming saltier and more alkaline. The study, led by University of Maryland researchers, looked at data recorded at 232 U.S. Geological Survey monitoring sites over the past 5o years, the university said in a statement. The study found that 37 percent of the drainage area of the contiguous United States experienced a significant increase in salinity. Ninety percent of the drainage area of the country saw an increase in alkalinity, caused by salts and other factors, researchers said. Read full story here.

Researchers use ‘global thermometer’ to track temperature extremes, droughts and melting ice

Oregon State University – January 3, 2018
Large areas of the Earth’s surface are experiencing rising maximum temperatures, which affect virtually every ecosystem on the planet, including ice sheets and tropical forests that play major roles in regulating the biosphere, scientists have reported. An analysis of records from NASA’s Aqua satellite between 2003 and 2014 shows that spikes in maximum surface temperatures occurred in the tropical forests of Africa and South America and across much of Europe and Asia in 2010 and in Greenland in 2012. The higher temperature extremes coincided with disruptions that affected millions of people: severe droughts in the tropics and heat waves across much of the northern hemisphere. Maximum temperature extremes were also associated with widespread melting of the Greenland ice sheet. Read full story here.

Sowing corals: A new approach paves the way for large-scale coral reef restoration

Secore International – January 3, 2018
Scientists pioneer in developing a novel approach to simply sow coral recruits onto degraded reefs like farmers scatter seedlings on a field. With this innovation, formerly costly and time-consuming handling can be minimized, and may allow for effective large-scale reef restoration. The study led by SECORE International was recently published. The troubling loss of coral reefs worldwide has prompted scientists and conservationists to assist the reefs’ recovery through active restoration approaches. Read full story here.

Genetic Changes Help Mosquitoes Survive Pesticide Attacks

By Sarah Nightingale – UCR Today – January 2, 2018
For decades, chemical pesticides have been the most important way of controlling insects like the Anopheles mosquito species that spreads malaria to humans. Unfortunately, the bugs have fought back, evolving genetic shields to protect themselves and their offspring from future attacks. Read full story here.

Alabama Salamander Gains Endangered Species Act Protection

Contact: Tierra Curry – Center for Biological Diversity – January 2, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected Black Warrior waterdog salamanders under the Endangered Species Act, with 420 river miles of protected “critical habitat.” The rare salamanders, found only in one river basin in Alabama, are on the brink of extinction because of ongoing habitat destruction and water pollution from agricultural and industrial operations. Read full news release here.

Wetland erosion from rising lake levels could create new source of carbon emissions

By Tony Briscoe – Chicago Tribune – January 1, 2018 Video
As scientists seek solutions to curb the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the planet could be losing one of its greatest natural allies against climate change. Fast-growing wetland plants are among the most efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide through photosynthesis, and their soils are known to sequester carbon underground for hundreds of thousands of years, researchers say. Even though these so-called “carbon sinks” occupy only 5-8 percent of the Earth's surface, they hold about 20-30 percent of the Earth’s carbon. Globally, wetlands are rapidly disappearing due to rising oceans and ramped-up erosion, which are unearthing these age-old stockpiles of carbon. But bodies of freshwater are also a concern. Read full story here.

Algae on Greenland Ice Sheet Significantly Hasten Its Melting

YaleEnvironment 360 – December 28, 2017
Naturally occurring algae on Greenland’s massive ice sheet absorb large amounts of the sun’s energy and speed up the melting of the ice sheet even more than black carbon and mineral dust, according to a new study. An international team of scientists found that algal darkening of Greenland’s ice is responsible for 5 to 10 percent of the total ice sheet melt each summer, and the researchers said that rapidly warming temperatures in Greenland could increase algal growth in the future. The Greenland Ice Sheet is losing an estimated 270 billion tons of ice each year. Read full story here.

A New Tool for Planning Biodiversity in Small Spaces

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – December 27, 2017
Behind London’s Natural History Museum is a tranquil spot treasured by the city’s nature-lovers: a one-acre wildlife garden in which some 2,600 species of plants and animals have been documented. It’s an oasis amidst the urban bustle, and when museum administrators announced in 2015 that the garden would be redeveloped in order to add a new entrance, public uproar followed. More than 38,000 people signed a petition urging the museum to reconsider their plan, which would run a concrete path through the garden and replace its pond. The museum declined, countering that the total amount of natural area would be expanded. And in a study published in PeerJ, researchers from the museum say the new grounds should contain more life than before. “The proposed plans,” they write, “are estimated to result in a net gain in average biodiversity.” Read full story here.

In Mussels Across the Globe, Evidence of the Spread of Plastic Pollution

YaleEnvironment 360 – December 26, 2017
Scientists have discovered tiny bits of plastic in mussels in oceans across the globe, from supposedly pristine Arctic waters near Norway to the coasts of China, Chile, Canada, Britain, and Belgium, Reuters reported. The findings from several recent surveys are the latest evidence that plastic pollution isn’t just ending up in marine environments, but also in the food we eat. Read full story here.

Warming Seas Double Snowfall Around North America’s Tallest Peaks

Darthmouth – December 19, 2017
December 19, 2017 – Snowfall on a major summit in North America’s highest mountain range has more than doubled since the beginning of the Industrial Age, according to a study from Dartmouth College, the University of Maine, and the University of New Hampshire. The research not only finds a dramatic increase in snowfall, it further explains connections in the global climate system by attributing the record accumulation to warmer waters thousands of miles away in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans. Read full story here.

Mussels on Acid

By Ashley Braun – Hakai Magazine – December 6, 2017
Imagine sitting in a pool of water that seesaws between too hot and too cold and being unable to control your body temperature. Now substitute temperature with acidity. Congratulations, you’re a mussel—and you’re stressed out. The acidity of ocean water can vary due to tides, location, and the time of day or year. But the shallow water along the coast is more susceptible to ups and downs in acidity than the open ocean. And recently, scientists, including marine biologist Ceri Lewis at the University of Exeter, in the United Kingdom, have been paying more attention to how this variability in acidity may affect marine life now and in the increasingly acidic ocean of the future. Read full article here.

 

 


Buyer Beware: A Warning to Consumers about the Restoration Industry

Trout Headwater, Inc. – December 9, 2017
Before you start that fisheries enhancement project, wetland restoration, or erosion control effort, you need to ask the right questions. Trout Headwaters’ free consumer report “Buyer Beware: A Warning to Consumers about the Restoration Industry” will give you the Top 10 Questions to ask any aquatic resource consultant or ecological restoration contractor. Read more and order the report here.

Sustainable and resilient coastal communities: A comprehensive coastal hazard mitigation strategy

Preventionweb – 2017
This report outlines strategies coastal communities in New Jersey, U.S., can take to respond to the impacts of rising seas and increased flooding. The report is a product of the Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Communities project funded by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning. The goal of the project was to evaluate the state’s current rules for designating development centers along the coast and how the boundaries of such centers should be redefined based on future projections of coastal flood risk and sea-level rise. Read more and download the report here.



The world’s biggest worries are environmental disasters, not economic collapse

By Eshe Nelson – Quartz – January 17, 2018
For the second year running, business and political leaders think the world’s biggest threat is extreme weather, according to the latest Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) published today. In recent years, economic risks such as market collapses, fiscal crises, and systemic financial failures, have dropped down the list of concerns, replaced with fears about the environment. WEF, which runs the annual conference in Davos for global elites, found that three of the five most likely global risks for 2018 were environmental—extreme weather, natural disasters, and failure to mitigate climate change. Read full story here.

Can we speed up the creation of ancient forests?

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – January 17, 2018
Perhaps one percent of the forests that covered America just a few centuries ago still stand. The same can be said of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Earth in an age of human domination is woefully short of ancient woodlands, and many centuries if not millennia must pass before they rise again — unless, perhaps, ancientness can be engineered. Read full article here.

Hurricane Aid Package Includes Poison Pills

By Rob Moore – NRDC.org – January 10, 2018
The U.S. Senate must act on a supplemental disaster aid package for areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in the Western U.S. The House of Representatives passed an $81 billion disaster aid package in December, but that bill contains “poison pills” that NRDC and other organizations are not willing to swallow. We hope the Senate will do what’s right and do away with these provisions and focus on providing much needed disaster aid. Read full story here.

Assembling the pieces for ‘landscape-scale’ conservation investments

By David Bank – ImpactAlpha – January 9, 2018 – Video
More than $3 billion in committed capital that has already been raised for investments in food and agriculture, habitat protection, clean water initiatives and other conservation projects was sitting on the sideline waiting for attractive deals last year. That presents an enticing opportunity for developers who can package conservation projects that deliver both environmental and financial returns. The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and other major conservation organizations are stepping up to stock that deal pipeline. Read full story here.

Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

By Richard Conniff – YaleEnvironment360 – January 3, 2018
One morning not long ago, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, I traveled with a Wildlife Conservation Society biologist on a switchback route up and over the high ridge of the Western Ghats. Our itinerary loosely followed the corridor connecting Bhadra Tiger Reserve with Kudremakh National Park 30 miles to the south. Read full story here.

Fish Feel Pain. Now What?

By Ferris Jabr – Hakai Magazine – January 2, 2018
When Culum Brown was a young boy, he and his grandmother frequented a park near her home in Melbourne, Australia. He was fascinated by the park’s large ornamental pond wriggling with goldfish, mosquitofish, and loaches. Brown would walk the perimeter of the pond, peering into the translucent shallows to gaze at the fish. One day, he and his grandmother arrived at the park and discovered that the pond had been drained—something the parks department apparently did every few years. Heaps of fish flapped upon the exposed bed, suffocating in the sun. Read full article here.

A Response for People Using Record Cold U.S. Weather to Refute Climate Change

By Marshall Shepherd – Forbes – December 28, 2017
If you are reading or watching the news, winter weather is the current headline. Negative wind chills, feet of lake effect snow in the Great Lakes region, and possibly the coldest New Year’s Eve ball drop in almost a half century are on tap. Forecasts are suggesting that temperatures will be in the teens and wind chills below 0 degrees F as the famed ball descends from the New York City skyline. The top 3 coldest temperatures were: 1 degree F in 1917, 11 degrees in 1962, and 15 degrees in 1976/1996, respectively. Like clockwork, you will also start seeing tweets and posts refuting climate change even though 2017 will end as one of the top 3 warmest years on record. It is very common to see statements like“those climate scientists are full of it, I have 30 inches of global warming in my yard.” These moments are perfect opportunities to increase science literacy. Here is a template for how I often explain cold weather within the context of a warming climate. Read full story here.

Changing Behaviors vs. Changing Values: An Argument over How to Save Nature

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – December 20, 2017
In order to protect species from extinction, habitats from destruction, and prevent the impoverishment of Earth’s nonhuman life, is it necessary to change people’s values — or should nature-loving citizens work within existing value systems, seeking pragmatic rather than radical transformations? Read full article here.

The Eighties Called and Wants Its Wetland Mitigation Back

Trout Headwaters, Inc. – December 3, 2017
Recognizing the importance of wetland protection, in 1988 the H.W. Bush Administration endorsed the goal of “no net loss” for U.S. wetlands. Specifically, it directed that the filling of wetlands should be avoided, or minimized when it cannot be avoided. It further directed that where impacts are permitted, compensatory mitigation must be undertaken; that is, specific types of wetlands must be restored, created, enhanced, and preserved, to replace the permitted loss of the type of wetland, in area and function, such as water quality improvement within the watershed. Unfortunately, despite all that has been learned under the Clean Water Act about the true costs of our nation’s ongoing wetland losses, some in the environmental restoration industry are currently insisting on reinvigorating a tried and failed idea. Read full story here.

  

 

 

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

 

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

 

WEBINARS
       
 JANUARY 2018  
       
January 31, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Planning Information Exchange Webinar: Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts  
       
January 31, 2018
3:00 p.m. ET
  Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Mapping tidal wetlands and their losses on the U.S. West Coast: New methods, new insights   
       
FEBRUARY 2018  
       
February 6, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET 
  River Network Webinar: Celebrating Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th: Spark Community Engagement!  
       
February 7, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
 
  CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Developing and Utilizing Stormwater’s “Big” Dataset  
       
February 8, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
 
  Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe): Engaging governments, businesses, and the public in the fight against marine plastic litter: the #CleanSeas campaign   
       
February 8, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Building Capacity for Increased Interactions between Modelers and Empiricists   
       
February 14, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
 
  CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Enabling “Smarter” Urban Watersheds   
       
February 14, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Webinar: Water Conflict Management & Diplomacy    
       
February 21, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Urban Hydrology and the National Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management (NCIMM)  
       
February 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  River Network Webinar: EPA’s Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit for Stormwater Management  
       
February 28, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Reef Resilience Network and the EBM Tools Network Webinar: Insuring nature: An insurance policy for the Mesoamerican Reef  
       
February 28, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Watershed-scale Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure  
       
MARCH  
       
March 8, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Global Patterns in Stream Energy and Nutrient Cycling  
       
March 8, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network Webinar: Conservation Connections: Species and Places, NOAA's Partnerships for Transboundary Protection Program by Lisamarie Carrubba and TBD of NOAA   
       
March 22, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  EBM Tools Network Webinar: Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) by Peter Hawthorne of the University of Minnesota and the Natural Capital Project  
       
APRIL  
       
April 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Scaling Up Productivity Responses to Changes in Biodiversity   
       
MEETINGS
 
JANUARY 2018  
       
January 31-February 1, 2018
Wilmington, DE
  2018 Delaware Wetlands Conference

 
       
FEBRUARY 2018  
       
February 1-4, 2018
Princess Royal
Ocean City, MD  
  Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education: Expand Your Influencce! Empowering Citizens Action for the Environment   
       
February 5-7, 2018
Denver, CO
  International LiDAR Mapping Forum  
       
February 6-8, 2018
Grand Junction, CO
  Tamarisk Coalition: Riparian Restoration Conference
 
       
February 7-8, 2018
Saskatoon, SK
  2018 Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop: Look to the Future, Learn from the Past  
       
February 11-16, 2018 
Portland, OR
  2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting

 
       
February 13-17, 2018 
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  Society for Ecological Restoration Meeting: Restoration for Resilience Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century  
       
February 19-22, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
  World Aquaculture Society: Aquaculture America 2018  
       
February 20-22, 2018
Oconomowoc, WI  
  Wisconsin Wetlands Association: Wetland Science Conference  
       
February 21-22, 2018
Oakland, CA
  Restore America's Estuarie: 2nd National Linving Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop  
       
February 21-22, 2018
Houston, TX
  North American Shale Water Management 2018 Conference: Reducing the Cost of Water Recycling & Reuse
 
       
February 24, 2018
Pasadena, MD 
  Watershed Stewards Academy Annual Conference: Spring into Action   
       
February 28-March 1, 2018
Toronto, Canada
  ICWMM: International Conference on Water Management Modeling

 
       
February 28-March 2, 2018
Denver, CO
  Climate Leadership Conference  
 
MARCH 2018  
       
March 3, 2018
Worcester, MA
  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Annual Environmental Conference  
       
March 5-7, 2018
Edmonton, Canada
  Sustainable Development Solutions Network: 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference  
       
March 6-8, 2018
Chapel Hill, NC
  2018 Southeast Biodiversity Conservation Forum  
       
March 6-8, 2018
Washington, DC
  2018 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day
 
       
March 7-9, 2018 
Riviera Maya, Mexico
  World Ocean Summit   
       
March 8-9, 2018
University of Denver Sturm College
  Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute: 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces. Proposal deadline is August, 25, 2018  
       
March 8-9, 2018
Appleton, WI
  American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 42nd Annual Meeting: Working Together for Wisconsin's Water: Balancing Industry, the Environment and Public Health  
       
March 9-11, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI
  14th Annual University of Michigan Early Career Scientists Symposium  
       
March 14-15, 2018
Raleigh, NC
  Water Resources Research Institute Conference

 
       
March 14-16, 2018
Chattanooga, TN
  Southeast Regional Conference for Community and Land Conservation   
       
March 16-18, 2018
Montgomery, AL
  14th North American Arctic Goose Conference    
    Alabama River Alliance: Alabama Water Rally  
       
March 18-21, 2018
Scottsdale, AZ
  21st Annual NFDA Conference  
       
March 18-23, 2018
Brasilia, Brazil
  World Water Council: World Water Forum  
       
March 19-21, 2018
UK
  University of Hull: 14th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference  
       
March 20-24, 2018
Riederalp, Switzerland
 
  Riederalp 2018 Workshop on Disasters and Societies: Exposure, vulnerability and resilience of human societies to climate- and weather-related disasters from the Holocene to the Anthropocene   
       
March 21, 2018
Seattle Washington
  2018 Washington Botanical Symposium  
       
March 21-22, 2018
Ames, IA
  Iowa State University: Iowa Water Conference  
       
March 21-22, 2018
Singapore City, Singapore
  International Convention on Global warming and Climate Change  
       
March 23, 2018
Plymouth, NH
  Plymouth State University: 2018 NH Water & Watershed Conference

 
       
March 25-28, 2018
Seattle, WA
  American Water Works Association: Sustainable Water Management Conference  
       
March 26-30, 2018
Norfolk, VA
  Wildlife Management Institute: 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference  
       
March 29, 2018
University of California, San Diego
  Southwest Extreme Precipitation Symposiuim  
       
APRIL 2018  
       
April 3-4, 2018
San Diego, CA
  P3 Water Summit: Solving Water Challenges Through Partnerships  
       
April 8-12, 2018
Chicago, IL 
  US-IALE 2018 Annual Meeting  
       
April 10, 2018
Online or
Linthicum Heights, MD
Fairfax County, VA
  Center for Watershed Protection: 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference
 
       
Aptil 210-11, 2018
Watkins Glen, NY
  New York State Wetlands Forum Conference and Meeting: Growth and Resources – Finding the Balance  
       
April 13-15, 2018
Burlington, VT
  The Northeast Natural History Conference
Abstract deadline: February 26, 2018
 
       
April 18-20, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
  2018 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention & Water Action Volunteers Symposium   
       
April 20-21, 2018
University of California at Berkeley
  Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network: 2018 Special Focus: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change  
       
April 20-21, 2018
Thompsonville, MI 
  Michigan Lake and Stream Association, Inc. 57th Annual Conference: Preserving Your Freshwater Gem: The Essentials of Lake Stewardship  
       
April 20-22, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
 
  Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration: 2018 Annual Chapter Meeting  
       
April 22-25, 2018
Orlando, FL
  2018 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference; GIS & Water Resources X: Spatial Analysis of Watersheds: Ecological, Hydrological, and Societal Responses  
       
April 23-24, 2018
Albany, NY
  Land Trust Alliance: 2018 New York Land Trust Symposium: Investing in Healthy Communities   
       
April 23-25, 2018
Rochester, NY
  New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association: 18th Annual Meeting  
       
April 23-26, 2018
Coral Springs, FL
  University of Florida: 12th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands  
       
April 24-26, 2018
Forat Collings, CO
  Instream Flow Council: Flow 2018 Managing Rivers, Reservoirs and Lakes in the Face of Drought: Practical Tools and Strategies for Sustaining and Protecting Ecological Values of Water  
       
April 25-26, 2018
Glens Falls, NY
  NEIWPCC: 29th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference  
       
April 29-May 2, 2018
Olympic Valley, CA
  River Network: River Rally 2018  
 
MAY 2018  
       
May 5-8, 2018
Tours, France
  International Conference Climate Change & Water  
       
May 7-8, 2018
Atlanta, GA 
  Water Environment Reuse Foundation: 2018 Research Conference: Advancing Reuse & Integrated Water  
       
May 8-11, 2017
Louisville, KY 
  National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Invest in the Environment   
       
May 9-11, 2018
Sandusky, OH
  Ohio Stormwater Association: 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference  
       
May 9-12, 2018
Agricultural Campus, Dallhousie
University Truro, Nova Scotia
  12th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop
Deadline to submit abstracts is January 31, 2018
 
       
May 14-17, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI
  National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium
 
       
May 15-17, 2017
Strömstad, Sweden
  Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology at University of Gothenburg Conference: Marine Evolution 2018  
       
May 15-18, 2018
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  Laukahi: Hawai‘i Plant Conservation Network: Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference 2018   
       
May 17, 2018
Linthicum Heights, MD
  Maryland Environmental Trust: 2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference
Proposals are due by January 31, 2018
 
       
May 19-26, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ
  Northern Arizona University Mini-Symposium and Short Training Course: New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling  
       
May 20-24, 2018
Detroit, MI
  Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Navigating Boundaries in Freshwater Science  
       
May 22-23, 2018
Lancaster, PA
  Choose CleanWater Coalition: 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference   
       
May 24-25, 2018
Montreal, Canada
  ICEWW 2018: 20th International Conference: Environment, Water and Wetlands  
       
May 24-26, 2018
St. Jon's, Newfoundland
  Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society: ACCESS 2018  
       
May 29-June 1, 2018
Denver, CO
  Society of Wetland Scientists 2018 Annual Meeting: Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice and Policy - An Exchange of Expertise   
       
May 30-June 1, 2018
San Antonio, TX
  Resource Institute, Inc: Southwest Stream & Wetland Restoratoin Conference  
       
 JUNE 2018  
       
June 4-6, 2018
Berkeley, CA 
  Berkeley Natural History Museums, the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, and iDigBio Second Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference  
       
June 4-8, 2018
Washington, DC
  4th International Symposium: Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans  
       
June 10-13, 2018
Washington, DC
  National Flood Conference   
       
June 10-15, 2018
Victoria, B.C., Canada 
  ASLO (Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography) 2018 Summer Meeting  
       
June 12-13, 2018
Lansing, MI 
  Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: 2018 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference  
       
June 12-15, 2018
Jyväskylä, Finland
  Scientific Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology Europe Section's 5th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ECCB 2018)  
       
June 13-15, 2018
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
  Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative  
       
June 17-22, 2018 
Phoenix, AZ
  Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference: Managing Floods Where Mountains Meet the Desert  
       
June 18-21, 2018 
Cape Town, South Africa
  5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference  
       
June 18-22, 2018
Toronto, Canada
  IAGLR 2018: Great Science for Tomorrow's Solutions
 
 
JULY 2018  
       
July 8-11, 2018
Broomfield, CO
  Natural Hazards Center: 2018 Natural Hazards Workshop  
       
July 9, 2018
UC Davis Conference Center
  California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation   
       
July 9-11, 2018
Fort Worth, TX
  American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater  
       
July 10-12, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
  US Water Alliance: One Water Summit  
       
July 15-19, 2018
St. John’s Newfoundland
 
  Coastal Zone Canada Association 2018 Conference: Seeking Practical Solutions to Real Issues; Communities Adapting to a Changing World   
       
July 21-26, 2018
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB): Conservation Science, Policy, & Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild
 
       
July 23-26, 2018
Shepherdstown, WV
  Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future
Submit an abstract by February 1, 2018
 
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 5-10, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  2018 ESA Annual Meeting
Abstracts due by February 22, 2018
 
       
August 13-16, 2018
Asheville, NC
  North Carolina State University: EcoStream Conference

 
    Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018   
       
August 19-23, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 20th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference   
       
August 26-30, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER)

 
       
August 26-31, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden
  SIWI: World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development  
       
SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 24-30, 2018
New York, NY
  Climate Week NYC  
       
OCTOBER 2018   
October 7-11, 2018
Cleveland, OH
  The Wildlife Society's 25 Annual Conference  
       
October 21-29, 2018
Dubai
  13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands  
 
DECEMBER 2018   
       
December 8-13, 2018
Long Beach, CA
  Restore America’s Estuaries Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management  
       
TRAINING  
       
JANUARY 2018   
       
January 31, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Groundwater Law and Hydrology   
       
January 31-February 1, 2018
Pensacola, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
FEBRUARY 2018   
       
February 5-6, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species - 16 hours (lecture)  
       
February 5-8, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Delineation Training  
       
February 5-8, 2018
Seagoville, TX 
  The Swamp School Course: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training  
       
February 5-9, 2018
Sand Diego, CA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation   
       
February 5-April 30, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
February 5-April 30, 2018 
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist  
       
Febryar 7-8, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
February 8-9, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Successful CEQA Compliance: An Intensive Two-Day Seminar   
       
February 8-9, 2018
Washington, DC 
  American Law Institute Course: Environmental Law 2018
 
 
       
February 12-13, 2018
San Diego, CA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
February 12-13, 2018
San Diego, CA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018   
       
February 12-13, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  EUCI Course: Endangered Species Act, Wetlands, Stormwater & Floodplain Regulatory Compliance for Energy and Utilities  
       
February 12-23, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology
 
       
February 12-26, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals 2018
 
       
February 15, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Overview of California Water Law and Policy   
       
February 19-March 19, 2018 
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Phase 1 Environmental Assessments 2018  
       
February 21-22, 2018
Oakland, CA
  National Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop  
       
February 22-23, 2018
Austin, TX
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
February 26-27, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain (16 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
February 26-March 2, 2018
Houston, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
February 26-March 2, 2018
Harrisville, WV
 
  WVU Natural History Museum Course: Freshwater Mussels of West Virginia: Life History and Identification     
February 28, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Endangered Species Regulation and Protection   
       
February 28-March 1, 2018
Mt. Vernon, WA
  Washington Department of Ecology Course: Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats   
       
MARCH 2018   
       
March 1-31, 2018
Online
  Duke University Marine Robotics and Remote sensing Lab Course: Drones for Conservation Research  
       
March 2, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: CEQA Update, Issues and Trends   
       
March 5-6, 2018
Houston, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
March 5-6, 2018
Houston, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
March 5-May 28, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Botanist  
       
March 5-May 28, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Course: Principles of Wetland Design  
       
March 5-May 28, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
March 6-7, 2018
East Lansing, MI
Field Day: June 13, 2018 
  2018 Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) Certified Natural Shoreline Professional (CNSP) Training and Certificate Program   
       
March 7-8, 2018
Seattle, WA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
March 8-9, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law   
       
March 9, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainable Transportation   
       
March 12-16, 2018
Asheville, NC
  Resource Institute: Level 1 - Applied Fluvial Morphology  
       
March 12-26, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans  
       
March 12-April 27,. 2018
Online
  Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Writing for Environmental Professionals  
       
March 14, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Using Specific Plans to Create Great Communities   
       
March 14-18, 2018
Bermuda
  Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability Course: Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda  
       
March 16, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: LAFCO: Planning and Regulating the Boundaries and Service Areas of Cities and Special Districts in California   
       
March 16-17, 2018
Nashville, TN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
March 19-23, 2018
Asheville, NC 
  Resource Institute: Level II - River Morphology and Application    
       
March 19-April 16, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 2018  
       
March 19-June 11, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques  
       
March 20-21, 2018
New Brunswick, NJ
 
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Ecological Risk Assessment   
March 20-23, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D&D WEST Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
March 21-23, 2018
Golden, CO
 
  CUAHSI and the Colorado School of Mines Course: Beyond Groundwater Modeling: Integrated Simulation of Watershed Systems Using ParFlow  
       
March 22, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Mitigation and Conservation Bankin  
       
March 23, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Annual Land Use Law Review and Update  
       
March 24, 2018
Rockport, MA
  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Course: Fundamentals of Wetlands Enforcement  
 
APRIL 2018  
       
April 2-June 25, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
April 2-June 25, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School: Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator 2018  
       
April 3-4, 2018
Savannah, GA
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain - 16 hours (field)
 
       
April 9-May 7, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School: Online Course: Ecological Risk Assessment 2018  
       
April 11-12, 2018
State College, PA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
April 12-13, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law   
       
April 16-20, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
April 16-20, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: Communication and Facilitation Skills for Conservation Managers  
       
April 20, 2018
Hillsborough, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Pond Design, Management and Maintenance  
       
April 23-24, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
April 23-24, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
April 23-26, 2018
Aliquippa, PA
  The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training
 
       
April 23-May 21, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Phase 1 Environmental Assessments 2018  
       
April 30 - May 4, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
April 30-May 28, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment 2018  
       
April 30-June 8, 2018
Online
  Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Podcasting for Environmental Communications  
       
MAY 2018   
       
May 2-3, 2018
Anchorage, AK
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
May 3-4, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species - 16 hours (lecture)  
       
Mary 7-10, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
May 7-11, 2018
Great Bend, KS
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
May 7-July 30, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
May 7, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Botanist  
       
May 13-26, 2018
Castleton, VT
  Northeast Section, The Wildlife Society: Wildlife Field Course  
       
May 14-Sepatember 2018 Session
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator  
       
May 15-17, 2018
Poolesville, MD
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology eSession with Field Practicum – 2018  
       
May 16-17, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North    
       
May 16-18, 2018
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Tutorial, Applications of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling  
       
May 18, 2018
Hillsborough, NJ
 
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Restoration Ecology: Using Mitigation and Sustainable Design Techniques to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Increase Storm Resiliency  
       
May 21-25, 2018   Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Natural Areas Field Course: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
May 21-June 18, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets    
       
May 22, 2018
Charleston area, SC
  D & D West Course: Endangered Species Identification - 8 hours (field)   
       
May 22-24, 2018
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
Grand Chenier, LA
  McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers  
       
May 27-June 2, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens  
       
May 27-June 2, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology  
       
May 28-29, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Coastal Plain - 16 hours (field)  
       
JUNE 2018  
       
June 3-9, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled  
       
June 4-9, 2018
Copper Harbor MI and vicinity
  Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Plant I.D. Workshop  
       
June 4-August 27, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018    
       
June 4-August 27, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist   
June 10-16, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification  
       
June 11-12, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain- 16 hours (field)  
       
June 11-14, 2018
Teatown Lake Reservation
Westchester County, NY
  The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – New York    
       
June 11-15, 2018
Annapolis, MD
  National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Course: Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling: June 2018  
       
June 11-15, 2018
Mesquite, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
June 11-17, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec  
       
June 11-22, 2018
University of Utah
  University of Utah IsoCamp Course: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology  
       
June 11-22, 2018
University of Utah 
  University of Utah Course: Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry  
       
June 11-July 9, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment  
       
June 12-15, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands  
       
June 13, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Introduction to Wetland Identification  
       
June 13-14, 2018
Champaign, IL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
June 14-28, 2018
Fordham University's Biological Field Station
Armonk, NY
  Louis Calder Center: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop   
       
June 17-23, 2018
Steuben, ME  
  Eagle Hill Institute: Scientific Illustration with Pen and Ink and Color Pencil   
       
June 17-23, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Freshwater and Diadromous Fishes of New England  
       
June 18-July 2, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans     
       
June 24-30, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Lichens and Lichen Ecology  
       
June 24-30, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology  
       
June 24-30, 2018
Kellogg Biological
Station
Michigan State University
  EDAMAME : Explorations in Data Analyses for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology    
       
June 25-29, 2018
Shepherdstown, WV
  The Conservation Fund Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Conservation Ecology  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Environmental Sensors: Designing, Building and Deploying the Field  
       
June 25-July 20, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management  
       
June 27-28, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
June 28-29, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
June 28-29, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
JULY 2018  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Grasses: Identification and Ecology  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil  
       
July 2-September 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
July 8-14, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology  
       
July 8-14, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, Identification and Conservation   
       
July 9-20, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Landscape Ecology  
       
July 9-20, 2018
University of Montana 
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
 
 
July 9-October 1, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques   
July 9-October 1, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design  
July 10-11, 2018
Laramie, WY
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
July 10-11, 2018
Laramie, WY
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
July 11-12, 2018
St. Paul, MN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training   
       
July 15-19, 2018
Kirtland, OH 
  Phys-Fest II Course: Plant Ecophysiology  
       
July 15-21, 2018
Steuben, ME  
  Eagle Hill Institute: Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology   
       
July 15-21, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Photographing Plants and Plant Habitats: Classical and Modern Techniques  
       
July 16-19, 2018
Beaver County Conservation Service Aliquippa, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – Pennsylvania    
       
July 16-20, 2018
Boston, University 
  Summer Course: Ecological Forecasting
 
 
       
July 22-28, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Maine Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany  
       
July 22-28, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History  
       
July 23, 2018
Sharon Hollow, Washtenaw County, MI
 
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plant Identification and Hike with Ellen  
July 23 - 26, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes  
July 23-27, 2018 
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Field Methods in Ornithology
 
 
       
July 23-August 3, 2018 
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Alpine Ecology  
       
July 23-August 3, 2018
University of Montana 
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Lake Ecology
 
       
July 23-August 6, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals    
       
July 234-25, 2018
St. Ignace, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plants of the Eastern Upper Peninsula   
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: The Eastern Maine Ice Age Landscape as a Record Hemispheric Climate Change: The Last Deglaciation: The Pineo Ridge Moraine and Emerged Delta Complex  
       
July 31-August 2, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar – 2018  
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 5-11, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sphagnum Mosses and Ecology  
       
August 5-11, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Aquatic Entomology  
       
August 6-9, 2018
Savannah, GA 
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)   
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Stream Ecology  
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
 
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
 
       
August 6-October 29, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
August 8-9, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Witness to Nature: A Creative Writing Workshop  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Plant Anatomy and Microtechnique  
       
Augut 13-14, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Eastern Mountains/Piedmont - 16 hours (field)
 
August 14-15, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
 
  Environmental Concern Course: Wetland Plant ID  
August 15-16, 2018
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
August 15-16, 2018
Arlington, WA 
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018   
       
Augut 19-25, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Microscopy: An Exploration of the Intricate Microscopic World of Mushrooms  
       
Augut 19-25, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Banding Songbirds and Raptors: Livetrapping, In-hand Aging and Sexing, and Data Collection for Research  
       
August 20-24, 2018
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
August 20-September 17, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment   
       
August 20-September 17, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets | 2018  
Augut 26-September 1, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Orthotrichaceae of Maine  
       
Augut 26-September 1, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Independent Study: Pyrenolichens
 
 
       
August 29-30, 2018
Lansing, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands (MiRAM)    
       
August 31-September 1, 2018
Denver, CO
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
 SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 6-7, 2018
Whitefish, MT
 
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum   
       
September 6-7, 2018
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
September 10-14, 2018
St. Michaels, MD 
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation    
       
September 10, 2018-December 3, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
September 11-12, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes - 16 hours (field)  
       
September 12-13, 2018
Kansas City, MO 
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
September 17-18, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
September 17-18, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
September 17-28, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: The Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds  
       
September 17-October 14, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments    
       
September 19-20, 2018
Washtenaw County, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Asters and Goldenrods in Michigan Wetlands  
       
September 24 - 25, 201
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field   
       
September 24-28, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Aliquippa, PA
  The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 28-29, 2018
Baton Rouge, LA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
OCTOBER 2018  
       
October 1-December 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
October 8- November 5, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets    
       
October 8-December 31, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator  
       
October 9-12, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
October 10-11, 2018
Marquette, MI
 
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Hydric Soils Identification    
October 10-11, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
October 10-11, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
October 22-November 5, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans  
October 23-24, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species - 16 hours (lecture)  
       
NOVEMBER 2018  
       
November 5-8, 2018
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
Seagoville, TX
  The Swamp School CourseWetland Delineation Training  
       
November 5, 2018-January 28, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
November 5, 2018-January 28, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist    
       
November 7-8, 2018
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
November 7-8, 2018
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
November 12-13, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology – Piedmont - 16 hours (field)  
       
November 12, 2018-February 4, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design    
       
November 13-15, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Winter Woody Plant ID   
       
November 26-December 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment   
       
DECEMBER 2018  
       
December 3-31, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets  
       
December 3, 2018-February 25, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018    
       
December 7-8, 2018
Tampa, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
December 10-11, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement – Eastern Mountains/Piedmont) - 16 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
December 10, 2018-April 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator  
       
December 17-31, 2018 
Charleston, SC
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals  
   
SPECIAL EVENTS  
       
February 2, 2018   World Wetlands Day: Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future   
       
February 10, 2018
Kendall-Frost Marsh
San Diego, CA 
  San Diego Audubon Society and the UC Natural Reserve System: 2018 Love Your Wetlands Day   
       
February 17, 2018   Orlando Wetland Festival  
       
February 22-25, 2018
Port Aransas, TX 
  Whooping Crane Festival  
February 26-March 2, 2018
 
  National Invasive Species Awareness Week  
April 21, 2018   World Fish Migration Day: Working together for happy fish  
       
April 22, 2018   Earth Day  
       
April 26-29, 2018   22nd Annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend  
       
May 30, 2018
Cuyahoga Heights, OH
  Cleveland Metroparks – Discovery Days – Wetland Walk  
       

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Clean Water Rule: Supreme Court says litigation belongs in district court
  • EPA Sends WOTUS Applicability Date Rule to OMB
  • Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Long-Running State Water Disputes
  • Extreme hurricanes and wildfires made 2017 the most costly U.S. disaster year on record
  • How to build a city that doesn’t flood? Turn it into a sponge.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • How this small Houston community survived Hurricane Harvey when other parts didn’t
  • EPA official: government must plan for climate change
  • Study: White House abandoning science advice at unprecedented levels
  • Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration
  • 106 Lawmakers Urge Trump: Restore Climate Change in National Security Strategy
  • Bill introduced to provide money to measure conservation program outcomes
  • Chesapeake 'Bay Barometer' reports improving health
  • USDA Investing Millions in Wildfire Mitigation and Water Quality Projects Through Joint Chiefs Partnership
  • Offshore Drilling Plan Under Fire: Zinke May Have Violated Law, Senator Says
  • Disaster Mitigation Targeted by Trump Saves $6 for Every $1 Spent, Report Says
  • Interior puts grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars through political review
  • Interior rescinds climate, conservation policies because they’re ‘inconsistent’ with Trump’s energy goals
  • Group hopes new deal will help shrink Gulf dead zone
  • Department of the Interior Revises Interpretation of Migratory Bird Take Prohibition
  • Wildlife watching continues to lure Americans outdoors

STATE NEWS

  • CA: U.S. EPA awards $2.1 million to protect, restore California wetlands and streams
  • CA: California is preparing to defend its waters from Trump order
  • FL: Scientists, volunteers rescue about 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles
  • FL: Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas
  • FL: Invasive Python Parasites Are Infecting Florida’s Native Reptiles
  • LA: Louisiana plan could move thousands from coast
  • MD: Hogan announces MD will join state coalition to fight climate change
  • MD: Maryland selects companies for dredging test project at Conowingo Dam
  • MD: $21 million available for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects
  • MI: Hartig retiring as Wildlife Refuge manager
  • MO: City Considers Wetland Development
  • NH: NHDES 'had its way' with island camp owner says senator seeking Wetlands Bureau audit
  • NY: New York Rejects a Natural Gas Pipeline, and Federal Regulators Say That's OK
  • NY: New York City Sues Oil Companies over Climate Change, Says It Plans to Divest
  • OH: Cleveland Metroparks' biggest state grant will restore water and wetlands in Strongsville's Bonnie Park
  • PA: Buffer Building Becomes Business
  • TN: $5 million contributed to wetland conservation efforts
  • TN: Wolf River wetland 'bank' will restore swamps to offset damage
  • VT: Wetland reclassification moves ahead
  • VA: Like Florida, Virginia seeks offshore drilling exemption
  • VA: Longleaf pine restoration takes root with recent tree-planting in Virginia Beach
  • WA: Columbia River Treaty talks offer hope for river, native peoples
  • WV: 3 Chesapeake Bay grant programs to implement W.Va. watershed plans
  • WI: New law and proposed legislation would affect wetland permitting in Wisconsin
  • WI: Milwaukee County wetland monitoring program seeks volunteers
  • WI: First environmental exemption clears Foxconn to fill 26 acres of wetlands

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Gulf of Maine lobster population past its peak, study says, and a big drop is due
  • 2017 One of Hottest Years on Record, and Without El Niño
  • Scientists Unlock Key Information About the World’s Soil Microbes
  • Why Iceland Is Turning Purple
  • Snowpack Near Record Lows Spells Trouble for Western Water Supplies
  • Behind the Blubber
  • With invasives on the menu, an endangered bird thrives
  • The negative impact of climate change on freshwater bodies
  • Sea Level Rise Is Unlocking Decades-Old Pollution
  • The Unsolved Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet
  • Pharmaceuticals are triggering microbial resistance in urban streams
  • Study finds rivers, streams are becoming saltier and more alkaline
  • Researchers use ‘global thermometer’ to track temperature extremes, droughts and melting ice
  • Sowing corals: A new approach paves the way for large-scale coral reef restoration
  • Genetic Changes Help Mosquitoes Survive Pesticide Attacks
  • Alabama Salamander Gains Endangered Species Act Protection
  • Wetland erosion from rising lake levels could create new source of carbon emissions
  • Algae on Greenland Ice Sheet Significantly Hasten Its Melting
  • A New Tool for Planning Biodiversity in Small Spaces
  • In Mussels Across the Globe, Evidence of the Spread of Plastic Pollution
  • Warming Seas Double Snowfall Around North America’s Tallest Peaks
  • Mussels on Acid 

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • Buyer Beware: A Warning to Consumers about the Restoration Industry
  • Sustainable and resilient coastal communities: A comprehensive coastal hazard mitigation strategy

POTPOURRI

  • The world’s biggest worries are environmental disasters, not economic collapse
  • Can we speed up the creation of ancient forests?
  • Hurricane Aid Package Includes Poison Pills
  • Assembling the pieces for ‘landscape-scale’ conservation investments
  • Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World
  • Fish Feel Pain. Now What?
  • A Response for People Using Record Cold U.S. Weather to Refute Climate Change
  • Changing Behaviors vs. Changing Values: An Argument over How to Save Nature
  • The Eighties Called and Wants Its Wetland Mitigation Back 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Webinars

 January

  • Planning Information Exchange Webinar: Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Mapping tidal wetlands and their losses on the U.S. West Coast: New methods, new insights

February

  • River Network Webinar: Celebrating Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th: Spark Community Engagement!
  • CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics 
    Developing and Utilizing Stormwater’s “Big” Dataset 
  • Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe): Engaging governments, businesses, and the public in the fight against marine plastic litter: the #CleanSeas campaign
  • National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Building Capacity for Increased Interactions between Modelers and Empiricists
  • CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Enabling “Smarter” Urban Watersheds
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Webinar: Water Conflict Management & Diplomacy 
  • CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series:
  • Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics
  • Urban Hydrology and the National Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management (NCIMM)
  • River Network Webinar: EPA’s Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit for Stormwater Management
  • Reef Resilience Network and the EBM Tools Network Webinar: Insuring nature: An insurance policy for the Mesoamerican Reef
  • CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Watershed-scale Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure

March

  • National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Global Patterns in Stream Energy and Nutrient Cycling
  • NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network Webinar: Conservation Connections: Species and Places, NOAA's Partnerships for Transboundary Protection Program by Lisamarie Carrubba and TBD of NOAA
  • EBM Tools Network Webinar: Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) by Peter Hawthorne of the University of Minnesota and the Natural Capital Project

April

  • National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Scaling Up Productivity Responses to Changes in Biodiversity

Meetings

January

  • 2018 Delaware Wetlands Conference

February

  • Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education Expand Your Influence! Empowering Citizens Action for the Environment
  • International LiDAR Mapping Forum
  • Tamarisk Coalition: Riparian Restoration Conference
  • 2018 Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop: Look to the Future, Learn from the Past
  • Maryland Stream Restoration Association Winter Meeting
  • 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • Society for Ecological Restoration Meeting: Restoration for Resilience Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century
  • World Aquaculture Society: Aquaculture America 2018
  • Wisconsin Wetlands Association: Wetland Science Conference 
  • Restore America’s Estuaries: 2nd National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop
  • North American Shale Water Management 2018 Conference: Reducing the Cost of Water Recycling & Reuse
  • Watershed Stewards Academy Annual Conference: Spring into Action
  • ICWMM: International Conference on Water Management Modeling
  • Climate Leadership Conference

March

  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Annual Environmental Conference
  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network: 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference
  • 2018 Southeast Biodiversity Conservation Forum
  • 2018 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day
  • World Ocean Summit
  • Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute: 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 42nd Annual Meeting: Working Together for Wisconsin's Water: Balancing Industry, the Environment and Public HealthWater Resources Research Institute Conference
  • 14th Annual University of Michigan Early Career Scientists Symposium
  • Water Resources Research Institute Conference
  • Southeast Regional Conference for Community and Land Conservation
  • 14th North American Arctic Goose Conference
  • Alabama River Alliance: Alabama Water Rally
  • 21st Annual NFDA Conference
  • World Water Council: World Water Forum
  • University of Hull: 14th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference
  • Riederalp 2018 Workshop on Disasters and Societies: Exposure, vulnerability and resilience of human societies to climate- and weather-related disasters from the Holocene to the Anthropocene
  • 2018 Washington Botanical Symposium
  • Iowa State University: Iowa Water Conference
  • International Convention on Global warming and Climate Change
  • Plymouth State University: 2018 NH Water & Watershed Conference
  • American Water Works Association: Sustainable Water Management Conference
  • Wildlife Management Institute: 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
  • Southwest Extreme Precipitation Symposium

April

  • P3 Water Summit: Solving Water Challenges Through Partnerships
  • US-IALE 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Center for Watershed Protection: 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference
  • New York State Wetlands Forum Conference and Meeting: Growth and Resources – Finding the Balance
  • The Northeast Natural History Conference
  • 2018 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention & Water Action Volunteers Symposium
  • Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network: 2018 Special Focus: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change
  • Michigan Lake and Stream Association, Inc. 57th Annual Conference: Preserving Your Freshwater Gem: The Essentials of Lake Stewardship
  • Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration: 2018 Annual Chapter Meeting
  • 2018 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference; GIS & Water Resources X: Spatial Analysis of Watersheds: Ecological, Hydrological, and Societal Responses
  • Land Trust Alliance: 2018 New York Land Trust Symposium: Investing in Healthy Communities
  • New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association: 18th Annual Meeting
  • University of Florida: 12th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands
  • Instream Flow Council: Flow 2018
  • NEIWPCC: 29th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
  • River Network: River Rally 2018

May

  • International Conference Climate Change & Water
  • Water Environment Reuse Foundation: 2018 Research Conference: Advancing Reuse & Integrated Water
  • National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Invest in the Environment
  • Ohio Stormwater Association: 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference
  • 12th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop
  • National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium
  • Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology at University of Gothenburg Conference: Marine Evolution 2018
  • Laukahi: Hawai‘i Plant Conservation Network: Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference 2018
  • Maryland Environmental Trust: 2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference
  • Northern Arizona University Mini-Symposium and Short Training Course: New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling
  • Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Navigating Boundaries in Freshwater Science
  • Choose CleanWater Coalition: 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference
  • ICEWW 2018: 20th International Conference: Environment, Water and Wetlands
  • Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society: ACCESS 2018
  • SWS 2018 Annual Meeting: Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice and Policy - An Exchange of Expertise
  • Resource Institute, Inc.: Southwest Stream & Wetland Restoration Conference

June

  • Berkeley Natural History Museums, the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, and iDigBio Second Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference
  • 4th International Symposium: Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans
  • National Flood Conference
  • ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: 2018 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference
  • Scientific Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology Europe Section's 5th European Congress for Conservation Biology
  • Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference: Managing Floods Where Mountains Meet the Desert
  • 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference
  • IAGLR 2018: Great Science for Tomorrow’s Solutions

July

  • Natural Hazards Center: 2018 Natural Hazards Workshop
  • California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater
  • US Water Alliance: One Water Summit
  • Coastal Zone Canada Association 2018 Conference: Seeking Practical Solutions to Real Issues; Communities Adapting to a Changing World
  • North American Congress for Conservation Biology: Conservation Science, Policy, & Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild
  • Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future

August

  • 2018 ESA Annual Meeting
  • North Carolina State University: EcoStream Conference
  • Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 20th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference
  • National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) 
  • SIWI: World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development

September

  • Climate Week NYC

October

  • The Wildlife Society’s 25 Annual Conference
  • 13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

December

  • Restore America’s Estuaries Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management

TRAINING

January

  • UC Davis Extension Course: Groundwater Law and Hydrology
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training

February

  • D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School Course: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Successful CEQA Compliance: An Intensive Two-Day Seminar
  • American Law Institute Course: Environmental Law 2018
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • EUCI Course: Endangered Species Act, Wetlands, Stormwater & Floodplain Regulatory Compliance for Energy and Utilities
  • Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals 2018
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Overview of California Water Law and Policy
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Phase 1 Environmental Assessments 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment 2018
  • National Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain)
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • WVU Natural History Museum Course: Freshwater Mussels of West Virginia: Life History and Identification
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Endangered Species Regulation and Protection
  • Washington Department of Ecology Course: Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats

March

  • Duke University Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab Course: Drones for Conservation Research
  • UC Davis Extension Course: CEQA Update, Issues and Trends
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Botanist
  • The Swamp School Course: Principles of Wetland Design
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • 2018 Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) Certified Natural Shoreline Professional (CNSP) Training and Certificate Program
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainable Transportation
  • Resource Institute: Level 1 - Applied Fluvial Morphology
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans
  • Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Writing for Environmental Professionals
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Using Specific Plans to Create Great Communities
  • Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability Course: Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda
  • UC Davis Extension Course: LAFCO: Planning and Regulating the Boundaries and Service Areas of Cities and Special Districts in California
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training
  • Resource Institute: Level II - River Morphology and Application
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Ecological Risk Assessment
  • D&D WEST Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • CUAHSI and the Colorado School of Mines Course: Beyond Groundwater Modeling: Integrated Simulation of Watershed Systems Using ParFlow
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Mitigation and Conservation Banking
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Annual Land Use Law Review and Update
  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Course: Fundamentals of Wetlands Enforcement

April

  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School: Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator 2018 
  • D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain
  • The Swamp School: Online Course: Ecological Risk Assessment 2018
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law 
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: Communication and Facilitation Skills for Conservation Managers
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Pond Design, Management and Maintenance
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Phase 1 Environmental Assessments 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment 2018
  • Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Podcasting for Environmental Communications

May

  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species 
  • D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Botanist
  • Northeast Section, The Wildlife Society: Wildlife Field Course
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology eSession with Field Practicum – 2018
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North
  • National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Tutorial, Applications of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Restoration Ecology: Using Mitigation and Sustainable Design Techniques to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Increase Storm Resiliency
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Natural Areas Field Course: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets
  • D & D West Course: Endangered Species Identification
  • McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology
  • D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Coastal Plain

June

  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled
  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Plant I.D. Workshop
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist 
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification
  • D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain
  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – New York
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Course: Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling: June 2018
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec
  • University of Utah IsoCamp Course: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology
  • University of Utah Course: Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Introduction to Wetland Identification
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Louis Calder Center: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Scientific Illustration with Pen and Ink and Color Pencil
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Freshwater and Diadromous Fishes of New England
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans 
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Lichens and Lichen Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology
  • EDAMAME : Explorations in Data Analyses for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology
  • The Conservation Fund Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Conservation Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Environmental Sensors: Designing, Building and Deploying the Field
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018

July

  • Eagle Hill Institute: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Grasses: Identification and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, Identification and Conservation
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Landscape Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Phys-Fest II Course: Plant Ecophysiology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Photographing Plants and Plant Habitats: Classical and Modern Techniques
  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – Pennsylvania
  • Summer Course: Ecological Forecasting
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Maine Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plant Identification and Hike with Ellen
  • Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Field Methods in Ornithology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Alpine Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Lake Ecology
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plants of the Eastern Upper Peninsula
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates
  • Eagle Hill Institute: The Eastern Maine Ice Age Landscape as a Record Hemispheric Climate Change: The Last Deglaciation: The Pineo Ridge Moraine and Emerged Delta Complex
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar – 2018

August

  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sphagnum Mosses and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Aquatic Entomology 
  • D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Stream Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Witness to Nature: A Creative Writing Workshop
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Plant Anatomy and Microtechnique 
  • D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Eastern Mountains/Piedmont 
  • Environmental Concern Course: Wetland Plant ID
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Microscopy: An Exploration of the Intricate Microscopic World of Mushrooms
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Banding Songbirds and Raptors: Livetrapping, In-hand Aging and Sexing, and Data Collection for Research
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment 
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets | 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Orthotrichaceae of Maine
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Independent Study: Pyrenolichens
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands (MiRAM)
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training

September

  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • D & D West Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes 
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: The Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Asters and Goldenrods in Michigan Wetlands
  • Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field 
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training

October

  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator
  • D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Hydric Soils Identification
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans
  • D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species

November

  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018 
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist 
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology – Piedmont
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design
  • Environmental Concern Course: Winter Woody Plant ID
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

December

  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018 
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training
  • D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement – Eastern Mountains/Piedmont) 
  • The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals

SPECIAL EVENT

  • World Wetlands Day: Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future
  • San Diego Audubon Society and the UC Natural Reserve System: 2018 Love Your Wetlands Day
  • Orlando Wetland Festival
  • Whooping Crane Festival 
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week
  • World Fish Migration Day: Working together for happy fish
  • Earth Day
  • 22nd Annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend
  • Cleveland Metroparks – Discovery Days – Wetland Walk

 

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 working 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.The items presented in Wetland Breaking News do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or of the Association of State Wetland Managers. Send your news items, comments, corrections, or suggestions to .

"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

All photos by Jeanne Christie, ASWM

 

     
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