Wetland Breaking News - March 2018

             


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Dear Wetlanders,


Springtime is always full of surprises and unpredictable by nature. But four nor’easters in three weeks were a bit much. And to throw one at us on the first day of spring was kind of a cruel joke. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to be done with ice and snow for a while.

But the weather gets more unpredictable each year – what we do know is to expect the unexpected and to brace ourselves for more extreme weather events. According to NOAA, the U.S. is expected to see “moderate flooding and warmer-than-normal temperatures this spring. You can read their forecast article in this month’s Editor’s Choice section. And a new study published in Environmental Research Letters (see our Wetland Science News section) claims that flood risks across the U.S. are seriously underestimated. We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us.

Good news is we have a federal budget! I have included two articles in Editor’s Choice with information on what is included (or not included) in the budget. And more good news, apparently there is a new safe and effective (and according to the article, cheap) method of dealing with harmful algal blooms that uses hydrogen peroxide. My spouse will be thrilled – in our house, the household cleaning regiment (dare I say doctrine?) is that all you need to clean is hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and vinegar. If you have all 3 ingredients, apparently you can tackle just about anything.

And just because I’m a huge lifelong Star Trek fan and I particularly dislike attempts to discredit the field of science by creating and dispersing fake scientific articles, I had to include a recent story about a fake research paper based on Star Trek Voyager’s absolutely worst episode ever that was published in a predatory “scientific journal.” It is truly a strange, strange world that we live in…


Marla J. Stelk
Editor
Wetland Breaking News

   
             


$1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill Passes After GOP Drops Anti-Environment Riders

By Marianne Lavelle – InsideClimate News – March 23, 2018
Congress passed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill early Friday following negotiations in which Republicans, in order to garner needed Democratic support, agreed to remove a slew of provisions that would have gutted environmental and campaign finance laws. The congressional negotiators also agreed not to impose the draconian spending cuts President Donald Trump wanted in a variety of clean energy and environmental enforcement programs, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In fact, the latter saw an increase. Read full story here.

4 small details to know about from the 2018 omnibus 

By Nicole Ogrysko – Federal News Radio – March 23, 2018
President Donald Trump has signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package for fiscal 2018 several hours ahead of the midnight deadline, thereby ending another threat of a government shutdown. The Senate passed the budget early Friday, sending the bill to the president’s desk. In a Tweet early this morning, the president threatened to veto the omnibus spending package. “I looked very seriously at the veto,” Trump said at Friday’s press conference. “I was thinking about doing the veto, but because of the incredible gains that we’ve been able to make for the military, that overrode any of our thinking.” Trump ultimately reversed course, but he said he won’t do it again. Read full story here.

Spring Outlook: U.S. to see moderate flooding, warmer-than-normal temperatures

NOAA – March 15, 2018
NOAA issued its three-month U.S. Spring Outlook today, highlighting a moderate risk of flooding in the Ohio River Valley basin and lower Mississippi River where streamflows and soil moisture are well above normal after major flooding from recent heavy rainfall. Drought is forecast to persist or worsen in the southern and central Plains, Southwest and California, according to the NOAA forecast as warmer and drier-than-normal weather is likely to engulf the region this spring. Read full story and view video here.

New solution to harmful algal blooms raises hope of economic and environmental benefits

Contact: Adrian Galvin – John Innes Centre – March 16, 2018
A cheap, safe and effective method of dealing with harmful algal blooms is on the verge of being introduced following successful field and lab tests. Moves to adopt use of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as an effective treatment against toxic algae are already underway following the results of new research by a team from the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia (UEA). Read full story here

Fake Research Paper Based on Star Trek: Voyager's Worst Episode Was Published by a Scientific Journal

James Whitbrook – Gizmodo – February 15, 2018
“Threshold” is one of the most infamous Star Trek episodes ever. You know what’ we’re talking about—the one with Warp 10 and the weird evolved amphibians. Well, it was also the recent subject of a fake scientific research paper submitted in a test to expose the ever-growing problem of “predatory” scientific journals. Read full story here. 

 

 

 

Federal Duck Stamp Theme Will Celebrate the Conservation Achievement of Waterfowl Hunters in 2018

Contact: Vanessa Kauffman – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – March 20, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that the theme of the 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp will be “Celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage.” This theme requires entrants in the 2018 Duck Stamp Contest to include one or more visual elements that reflect the contributions waterfowl hunters make to habitat conservation. The theme is part of a broader effort under Executive Order 13443 and Secretary of the Interior’s Order 3356 to “support and expand hunting and fishing, enhance conservation stewardship, improve wildlife management and increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.” Read press release here. Duck Stamp Contest & Event Information. 

10 Billion Oysters: A Splashy Goal to Restore Chesapeake Bay 

By Ian Evans – News Deeply – March 16, 2018
A new partnership in the Chesapeake Bay region has an ambitious goal: Plant 10 billion oysters in the Bay and its tributaries by 2025. The Chesapeake 10 Billion Oysters Partnership is made up of 31 organizations around Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the National Aquarium, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and several aquaculture companies such as Harris Creek Oyster Co. It officially launched in February, but Chris Moore, a senior regional ecosystem scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, says that many of the organizations have already been planting oysters – both for aquaculture and conservation purposes – for years. Read full story here. 

Trump's FEMA Ignores Climate Change in Strategic Plan for Disaster Response

By Georgina Gustin – InsideClimate News – March 16, 2018
Despite a disaster-stricken 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency dropped discussions of climate change from its strategic plan, the document intended to guide the agency's response to hurricanes, flooding and wildfires through 2022. The plan projects that "rising natural hazard risk" will drive increased disaster costs, but it fails to connect last year's record-setting disasters to the changing climate and does not mention that natural disasters exacerbated by global warming are expected to become more frequent and severe as temperatures rise, a conclusion made unequivocally in last year's Climate Science Special Report, part of the National Climate Assessment. Read full story here. 

Growing Need for Urban Forests as Urban Land Expands

Contact: Jane Hodgins – U.S. Forest Service – March 14, 2018
A new USDA Forest Service study projects that urban land in Lower 48 states will more than double between 2010 and 2060, which will affect forest and agricultural lands that are being converted to urban uses as well as expand the importance of urban forests in relation to environmental quality and human well-being. Read full news release here.

Study shows market-based strategies for ecosystem conservation are surging

By Daniel Melling – Phys.org – March 13, 2018
Programs in which people pay landholders to support natural systems that provide benefits like flood protection, biodiversity and carbon storage, are expanding around the world, according to a new UCLA-led study. The paper, published today in Nature Sustainability, is the first peer-reviewed, global assessment of "payments for ecosystem services" mechanisms. Leading the study were James Salzman, Donald Bren, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at UCLA School of Law and the Bren School of the Environment at UC Santa Barbara, and researchers at Ecosystem Marketplace, an initiative of the non-profit Forest Trends. Read full story here.

U.S. Scientists Begin Tracking Local Sea Level Rise in Annual Report Cards

YaleEnvironment 360 – March 13, 2018
Scientists have launched a new initiative to create annual “report cards” on sea level rise at 32 localities along the U.S. coast, from Maine to Alaska. The reports, which will be updated each January, will use tide-gauge data to track yearly rise at each site, provide revised region-specific projections through 2050, and explain the processes affecting local sea-level change. To date, most sea level rise reports have focused on long-term or global changes. But such data isn’t useful to local policymakers, businesses, or coastal residents making immediate decisions on things like where to build roads or homes, or where to improve resiliency. Read full story here.

Federal plan calls for phosphorus reductions to improve Lake Erie water

By David Parch – The Blade – March 7, 2018 – Video
A “final” version of a federal Action Plan for reducing phosphorus loading into Lake Erie reiterates a goal of reducing it 40 percent by 2025 and describes an array of potential measures to get there. But critics said the report includes no consequences should the 40 percent goal not be met, rendering it toothless. Read more and view video here.

Ninth Circuit Holds Discharging to Groundwater Wells Requires Clean Water Act Permit

By Meline Maccurdy – Marten Law – March 6, 2018
A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit, Hawaii Wildlife Fund. v. County of Maui, held that discharging sewage into groundwater wells requires a permit under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), where those wells are hydrologically connected to the Pacific Ocean. The Ninth Circuit reached this ruling not because the groundwater was itself a regulated water body under the CWA, which has long been within the sole control of state regulators. Nor was there a dispute that the sewage indeed reached the Pacific Ocean via the groundwater injection wells. Rather, the issue turned on whether a discharge to wells that eventually migrates to the Pacific Ocean through groundwater constitutes a “point source” that requires a permit under the CWA. In holding that it does, the Ninth Circuit focused on the well at the point of discharge, concluding that it is a clear “discrete conveyance,” and held that the discharge need not be “directly” to navigable waters, where the discharge to the “discrete conveyance” is “fairly traceable” to the ocean. Read full story here.

Environmental Groups Urge Ohio River Commission to Resist Weakening Clean Water Protections, Maintain Pollution Control Standards

Environmental Law & Policy Center – February 28, 2018
A coalition of environmental groups from states along the Ohio River is calling for a multi-state commission to resist weakening clean water protections along the 900-mile long river. The decision to scuttle 60-year-old protections would impact millions of people in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. For full press release, click here.

DOI Reverses Opinion - Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does NOT Prohibit Incidental Take

Wetlands – Field Notes – February 23, 2018
The Department of the Interior (DOI) recently released M-37050: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Prohibit Incidental Take, formally defining its position that the penalties for pursuing, hunting, taking, capturing, killing, or attempting to do the same apply only to intentional actions, and do NOT apply to incidental or accidental take of migratory birds. M-37050 permanently withdraws and replaces M-37041 Incidental Take Prohibited Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which means project developers no longer face the threat of prosecution for accidentally killing migratory birds during tree-clearing or construction. Read full article here. 

An unusual First Amendment fight on the Chesapeake Bay

By Jon Allsop – Columbia Journalism Review – February 22, 2018
Journalists across America are gripping the First Amendment tightly; toting their constitutional protection from an administration that publicly slams reporters and routinely threatens to expand libel laws and amp up leak investigations. The Bay Journal—a free, nonprofit newspaper that reports on environmental issues in states bordering the Chesapeake Bay—however, is embroiled in a First Amendment fight of a different nature: to reassert its financial ties to the federal government. Read full story here. 

West Coast Wetlands Could Nearly Disappear in 100 Years

By Chelsea Harvey – E&E News, Scientific America – February 22, 2018
The Pacific Coast could see several feet of sea-level rise by the end of this century, and one of its most unique and valuable ecosystems—its salt marshes—may all but disappear in the process. By the year 2110, all the existing marshland in California and Oregon could be underwater, according to new research in the journal Science Advances. And more than two-thirds of all the wetlands in Washington state could meet the same fate. That's assuming about 4 feet of sea-level rise by the end of the century—what recent reports predict for the region under moderate to severe future climate change. Read full article here.

Zinke moving forward with plan to reorganize Interior Dept boundaries: report

By Max Greenwood – The Hill – February 14, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is moving forward with a plan to dramatically reorganize the Interior Department, despite concerns from some lawmakers and governors in western states, The Associated Press reported Wednesday. The plan would move hundreds of federal employees across the country, and would create a new organizational map based on natural features, instead of state lines. Read full story here.

Why Are 11 US States Suing The EPA And Army Corps Over Water Quality?

By Steve Swick – Ecosystem Marketplace – February 13, 2018
Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman filed suit against the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to block the Trump administration’s suspension of guidance on clean water. In this three-part series, we examine the convoluted history of water regulation in the United States. Read full story here.

Court Sides with Arctic Seals Losing Their Sea Ice Habitat to Climate Change

By Sabrina Shankman – InsideClimate News – February 13, 2018
A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that Arctic ringed seals must be protected under the Endangered Species Act because of their reliance on the sea ice, which is rapidly disappearing as the planet warms. The seals—named for the light-colored circles that dot their coats—build lairs on the surface of the sea ice to birth and protect their young. That puts them, like other species that rely on the ice, in a precarious position as it vanishes. Read full story here.

Trump infrastructure plan could put river towns at risk, critics fear

By Alex B. Heeb – The Telegraph – February 13, 2018
Tucked deep inside President Donald Trump’s new infrastructure plan is a proposal that would strip the Army Corps of Engineers of their authority to regulate levees along the Mississippi River. For many levee district leaders, who have been clamoring to add extra height to their levees, the proposal is a major step towards victory. But opponents say levee raises push floodwaters onto their neighbors, endangering communities with lower levels of protection. Read full story here.

 

  

AK: How an Alaskan Earthquake Caused Fish to Spawn in Death Valley

By Matthew L. Miller – Cool Green Science – February 13, 2018
Conservationists are fond of saying that everything is connected, so fond that the idea has become a bit of a cliché. Just how connected is the natural world? Consider this story. Recently, an earthquake off the coast of Alaska caused one of the world’s rarest fish to spawn, thousands of miles away in Death Valley National Park, Nevada. Read full blog post here.

AK: Alaska's Bering Sea Lost a Third of Its Ice in Just 8 Days

By Sabrina Shankman – InsideClimate News – February 17, 2018
In just eight days in mid-February, nearly a third of the sea ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska's west coast disappeared. That kind of ice loss and the changing climate as the planet warms is affecting the lives of the people who live along the coast. At a time when the sea ice should be growing toward its maximum extent for the year, it's shrinking instead—the area of the Bering Sea covered by ice is now 60 percent below its average from 1981-2010. Read full story here.

CA: How A Dying Lake In California Factors Into The Colorado River’s Future

By Luke Runyon – KUNC Radiolab – March 13, 2018
The biggest lake in California is shrinking. The Salton Sea occupies a hot, desert basin a short drive from the Mexico border and it’s been evaporating for years. From the air the lake is pear-shaped, bordered by an intense concentration of farms growing winter vegetables on its south end, and date palms, citrus and brussels sprouts to the north. It’s sustained by the Colorado River water that passes through these farms as irrigation before flowing into the 350 square mile lake. The fact the lake is disappearing isn’t a shock. Its ever-widening shoreline is tied to a deal billed as the single largest transfer of agricultural water to a municipal area in history. For at least 15 years, authorities in California have known this would happen. Read full story here.

CA: Four kinds of algal toxins found in San Francisco Bay shellfish

By Tim Stephens – University of California – Santa Cruz – March 12, 2018
Researchers monitoring San Francisco Bay for algal toxins have found a surprising array of different toxins in the water and in mussels collected from the bay. Four different classes of toxins, including one produced in freshwater environments, occur regularly throughout the bay, according to a study led by UC Santa Cruz researchers and published March 10 in Harmful Algae. "The bay is acting as a big mixing bowl where toxins from both fresh and marine water are found together," said senior author Raphael Kudela, the Lynn Professor of Ocean Health at UC Santa Cruz. "A big concern is that we don't know what happens if someone is exposed to multiple toxins at the same time." Read full story here.

CA: Incredible images of Los Angeles when it was covered in wetlands

By Leanna Garfield – Business Insider – March 3, 2018
Before Los Angeles became the center of the film industry, it was covered in wetlands and farmland.
The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project recently began mapping LA’s lost Ballona Creek watershed, which once spanned thousands of acres and ranged from freshwater ponds to marshes to meadows for several centuries. European colonists later came and formed the city’s first street grid, destroying around a third of these wetlands. Archival photos from the USC Libraries show what LA looked like before it became a modern municipality. Read more and view photos here.

FL: Wood storks having good nesting year at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, but threats remain

By Greg Stanley Naples – Daily News – March 23, 2018 – Video
Deep in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, under the shade of ancient cypress trees, a colony of wood storks has taken up residence. The gangly and stark-white birds wade in the shallow water, shuffling their hooked and almost prehistoric beaks from side to side, waiting for the moment a fish bumps into them before snapping shut. It's been a good year for the storks, after a long string of bad years. More than 400 nests have been built, and chicks have started to try their wings. But biologists are worried that years like this may prove to be more of an aberration than a rule, that the sight of young storks and nests in their age-old breeding ground of Corkscrew and the western Everglades will become increasingly rare or nonexistent. Read full story and view video here.

FL: Orlando airport parking firm faces wetland fines for 'jumping the gun'

By Kevin Spear Orlando – Sentinel March 18, 2018 – Video
One of Central Florida’s most penalized businesses for environmental violations faces a new state fine of at least $10,000, coupled with further punishment to be determined for what the owner called “jumping the gun” in bulldozing 5 acres of wetlands. The St. Johns River Water Management District disclosed today that it is on track to establish fines and other penalties by next month for wetlands destruction by Park, Bark and Fly, an off-airport parking company just north of Orlando’s airport. Read full story and view video here.

FL: Environmentalists lose DEP-Long Bar wetland challenge

By Kathy Prucnell – The Islander – March 13, 2018
A developer is a step closer to operating a wetland mitigation bank on Sarasota Bay — the first of its kind in Florida. The next challenge may be with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judge March 6 issued an order to the state Department of Environmental Protection recommending the approval of Long Bar Pointe LLLP’s 260.80-acre mitigation bank permit on the bayfront south and east of Cortez. The parties had 15 days as of March 6 to submit written exceptions to the DOAH order, after which the DEP is expected to issue a final order on the permit. Read full story here.

FL: One extra in case others have been used before

By Dave Roos – HowStuffWorks – March 1, 2018
In the weeks after the horrific Parkland, Florida school shooting, Marjory Stoneman Douglas became a household name for all the wrong reasons. But her name was given to the high school because of her legendary 50-year crusade to save the Florida Everglades. Born in Minneapolis in 1890 and educated at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Douglas moved to South Florida in 1915 after a brief and disastrous marriage to join her father, editor and founder of a newspaper that would become the Miami Herald. She was an accomplished journalist, short story writer and an outspoken advocate for women's suffrage, anti-poverty campaigns, and ultimately the cause that would make her famous, the Everglades. Read full story here.

IN: Indiana Supreme Court rules Lake Michigan shoreline belongs to all Hoosiers

By Dan Carden – Northwest Indiana Times – February 14, 2018
The Indiana Supreme Court declared Wednesday in a landmark decision that Lake Michigan's shoreline is open to all, and adjacent property owners cannot exercise exclusive control of the beach between their homes and the water. The 4-0 ruling by the state's high court definitively sets the ordinary high water mark as the boundary between the state-owned land under Lake Michigan and the interests of private property owners. Read full story here.

LA: On the Louisiana Coast, A Native Community Sinks Slowly into the Sea

By Ted Jackson – YaleEnvironment 360 – March 15, 2018
Spring arrived early this year for Isle de Jean Charles. The southern gulf breeze is refreshing after an atypical freeze here deep in the Louisiana marsh. It’s late February and the thick vegetation is already sprouting a bright, luxuriant green. The birdsong threatens to drown out conversation. In a matter of weeks, shrimp, speckled trout, and redfish will be running. For members of this tribe of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, this is nothing short of paradise. So why is everyone moving away? Of the 35 residential structures left on the island, many stand empty, slowly rotting back into the landscape. Due to unprecedented soil subsidence, sea level rise, and the thousands of oil and gas canals that have allowed saltwater intrusion and erosion, the once-wooded landscape is slowly disappearing beneath the sea. Read full story here.

LA: Winter freeze did little to halt wetland plague killing roseau cane in Louisiana

By Tristan Baurick – NOLA.com – The Times-Picayune – March 8, 2018 – Video
While winter's freakishly cold weather shut down roads and burst water pipes, a few Louisiana scientists rejoiced. They hoped the freezing temperatures would give them an edge in a losing battle against a plague of insects sucking the life out of roseau cane, a wetland plant that holds large areas of the coast together. "We thought the freezes would kill them," Louisiana State University biologist Rodrigo Diaz said. "But guess what? They're still alive." Read full story and view video here.

LA: Insects Feast on Louisiana Wetlands, Inviting the Gulf In

By Tristan Baurick – The New York Times – February 24, 2018
Louisiana’s coast was already facing deadly threats: drowning from rising seas, beatings from hurricanes, poisoning from oil spills. Now it is being eaten alive. Vast stands of marsh grass have been transformed into empty mud flats and open water, and scientists believe that a plague of foreign insects is largely to blame. The tiny invaders have an insatiable hunger for roseau cane, a tall and hardy reed that binds together some of Louisiana’s most delicate stretches of coastline. Read full story here.

MD: Restoring Freshwater Mussels to Maryland Streams

Maryland Department of Natural Resources – February 28, 2018
The presence of freshwater mussels indicates a healthy stream, with the bivalves acting as natural filters – removing excess nutrients and sediment from the water and then slowly releasing food for other aquatic life. However, the once-plentiful mussels have been on a decline in Maryland streams due to a number of factors. To help restore the state’s mussel population, Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist Matt Ashton and Chesapeake Conservation Corps member Jennifer Tam are working to produce and rear freshwater mussels, with assistance of the Joseph Manning Hatchery in Brandywine. Read full story here.

MD: Maryland Considering Significant Forest Conservation Act Changes

Wetland Field Notes – February 15, 2018
Public and private development projects in Maryland will be facing much tougher forest conservation measures if the state legislature adopts changes to the Forest Conservation Act under Senate Bill (SB) 610. This bill is currently in committee and is scheduled for a hearing the week of February 19. If SB 610 is enacted, Maryland will see a significant increase in the amount of existing forest in the state that is classified as “priority retention area”, an increased justification requirement for clearing those areas, and a notable jump in the amount of reforestation to mitigate for doing so. This could significantly slow or inhibit development throughout the state. Read full article here.

MA: STEM Academy Teachers Say Wetland Would Be Valuable To Lesson Plan

By Katie Goers – The Sandwich Enterprise – Februay 23, 2018
A group of Sandwich STEM Academy teachers are working to create a wetland at the entrance to the school that would be used as a learning space to help teach students an array of lessons ranging from earth science to art. The teachers want to create a special kind of seasonal wetland called a vernal pool. Known as spring ponds, ephemeral wetlands, coastal bays, or even whale wallows by some, vernal pools are basically depressions in a landscape that fill temporarily with water sometime between autumn and springtime. These pools of water serve as a critical habitat to many species such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, ribbon snakes and even some species of turtles. The creation of the vernal pool is awaiting final approval by the Sandwich School Committee. Read full story here.

MI: Michigan offers wetland lessons for middle school classrooms

By Associated Press – WILX.com – February 26, 2018
Teachers looking for a way to work Michigan's animals and plants into their lessons have a new option to choose from. The state Department of Natural Resources has developed a curriculum called Michigan's Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl. It's intended for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades and will provide information about the importance of local wetland ecosystems. Read full story here.

NH: Wetlands Stakeholders Unpack State's Proposed Rule Changes

By Annie Ropeik – New Hampshire Public Radio – March 2, 2018
The state Department of Environmental Services is on the road this week and next, taking feedback on a complex draft of new rules for development around wetlands. This is the first total rewrite of the state wetlands code since the 1990s, and it's been in the works since 2014. DES says its goal is to speed up the permitting process for lower-impact projects and make everything clearer. The proposed rules for tidal areas also account for climate change and sea level rise. Read full story here. 

NJ: Teterboro Airport expansion could have 'unacceptable impact' on Meadowlands, EPA says

By Rodrigo Torrejon and Kristie Cattafi – NorthJersey.com – February 21, 2018 – Video
The Environmental Protection Agency claims that a project to fill in 11 acres of wetlands and add three hangars to Teterboro Airport could have an unacceptable impact on the Meadowlands. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Signature Flight Support, one of the airport's tenants, want to fill in acres of wetlands to make way for hangars and ramp space. The project would eliminate most of the wetlands at the 827-acre airport. Read full story and view video here.

NM: Invaders get ax to help local wetlands

By Andy Stiny – Santa Fe New Mexican – February 28, 2018
One man’s shade tree is another’s dark villain. Consider, then, the Russian olive. “Russian olive is a nasty plant,” said Albuquerque-based state biologist Santiago Misquez, with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service. “It’s impossible to control it any longer, not just in New Mexico but throughout the West.” The best that can be done is to try and control the nonnative tree in small preserves, he said. And that’s exactly what’s being done south of Santa Fe at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. Read full story here.

NY: Hempstead Town to get $3.7M for bulkheads, wetland restoration

By John Asbury – Newsday – March 11, 2018
Hempstead Town officials are planning to use $3.7 million in state storm grants to add new bulkheads and to raise shorelines in Valley Stream. The town is using the funds from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, to build new vinyl bulkheads along Brook Road Park and restore tidal wetlands and marshes to create a natural flood prevention barrier along the coastline. Read full story here.

OR: Wetland restoration gets go-ahead

By Bennett Hall – Corvallis Gazette-Times – February 20, 2018
The Benton County Board of Commissioners signed off on the next round of restoration work at the Jackson-Frazier Wetland — assuming a state grant application is approved. At a meeting on Tuesday, the commissioners voted 3-0 to green-light phase 2 of the restoration plan put forward by the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department. In phase 1, scheduled for this summer, the department plans to remove reed canary grass and other invasive plants from a 50-acre section of the 147-acre natural area just east of Highway 99W on the northern fringe of Corvallis. Read full story here.

PA: A growing respect: Plain Sect become more involved in Bay conversation

By Donna Morelli – Bay Journal – March 14, 2018
A small stream flows out of the mountains in Lancaster County, PA, near the Berks County border, with water as clear as a freshly wiped window pane. It winds through woods and over stones, shaded by trees and embraced by undeveloped land. As recently as 2012, the stream ran brown once it hit pasture. It was often lined with up to 250 cows, from the first pasture to the last, about 40 from each farm. Their manure, combined with soil from eroding banks, entered the stream. Read full article here.

PA: Invasive insect spreads beyond Pennsylvania farms and orchards to backyards

By Alan Yu – WHY.org – March 5, 2018 – Video
Add another invader to the list of destructive insects that have infiltrated Pennsylvania: The spotted lanternfly has joined the ranks of emerald ash borers and brown marmorated stink bugs. Marianne Lieberman, the owner of Maple Springs Vineyard in Southeastern Pennsylvania, has been dealing with the spotted lanternflies for more than a year. We could have 100 to 200 spotted lanternflies feeding on the trunk of a vine,” she said. “Its epidemic, and the numbers are amazing.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be sending the state $17.5 million to stop the lanternflies from spreading. Part of that money will go toward research to study the lanternflies. Read full story and view video here. 

PA: PA’s Environmental Rights Amendment grows some teeth

By Donna Morelli – Bay Journal – February 18, 2018
For all of its natural bounty, Pennsylvania has environmental woes aplenty. Take your pick — 19,000 miles of impaired streams, 5,500 of them from abandoned coal mines; state environmental agencies and programs starved of funds as Pennsylvania fails to do its part to maintain safe drinking water and clean up the Chesapeake Bay; and state forests carved up by drilling pads and pipelines. But the state does have an Environmental Rights Amendment. Since 1971, Pennsylvania’s constitution has guaranteed that the people have a right to clean air, pure water and the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. The amendment also says that the state’s natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come, and that the state shall conserve and maintain them. Until lately, those high-sounding words have been just that, without any real impact on what happens in the state. Read full article here.

VA: Coal ash pollution case to be hard by federal appeals court

By Denise Lavoie – The Washington Post – March 19, 2018
A legal battle over the storage of more than 3 million tons of coal ash in Virginia is headed to a federal appeals court in a case closely watched by environmentalists and energy companies. The case pits the Sierra Club against the state’s largest electric utility, Dominion Energy. A federal judge ruled last year that arsenic is illegally flowing from one of the sites where the utility stores coal ash — the heavy metal-laden byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity — and is polluting surrounding waters. Read full story here.

VA: Expanded measures to protect clean water

CBS 19 News – March 19, 2018
Virginia's ability to protect clean water has been expanded. Governor Ralph Northam announced two bills from the Virginia Senate, SB698 and SB699, that establish processes for stop work orders on all or part of land-disturbing activities associated with national gas pipeline construction. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality would be able to issue such orders if it determines the activities caused or will imminently cause a substantial adverse impact to water quality. Read full story here.

WA: Ecology opposes federal proposal to allow offshore drilling on Washington’s coast

Washington Department of Ecology – March 9, 2018
This week, Ecology Director Maia Bellon submitted an official letter to the U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke strongly opposing a federal proposal to allow offshore oil and natural gas leasing on Washington’s outer continental shelf for the first time in 30 years. Director Bellon told Zinke there was “no reasonable, rational justification” to open our coast to petroleum exploration, development and production. Read full story here.

WI: Assembly in 11th-hour move votes again to give environmental exemptions to Wisconsin sand plant

By Lee Bergquist – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – March 23, 2018
For a second time in the past month, the Assembly approved a measure in an end-of-the-night vote to give environmental exemptions for a controversial $70 million sand processing development in western Wisconsin under challenge by environmental groups. The Assembly added an amendment to a bill at the end of Thursday night's session to benefit Meteor Timber, an Atlanta-based company that is planning to build a sand-processing plant and rail spur near I-94 in Monroe County catering to the frac sand industry. Read full story here.

WI: Former DNR chief criticizes Monroe County wetland permit, legislative end run for frac project

By Chris Hubbuch – LaCrosse Tribune – March 3, 2018
The former head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources criticized the agency’s decision to allow a Georgia company to build a frac sand operation on Monroe County wetlands and legislative attempts to exempt the project from the appeals process. George Meyer, who served as DNR secretary from 1993 to 2003, testified on behalf of the nonprofit conservation group he now heads at a hearing Friday on a permit allowing Meteor Timber to fill in 16¼ acres of wetlands — including more than 13 acres of white pine and red maple swamp that DNR ecologist called “exceptional” and “irreplaceable” — in order to build the $70 million processing and loading terminal near the town of Millston. Read full story here.

WI: Wisconsin is becoming wetter as lawmakers move to weaken rules for flood-preventing wetland

By Lee Bergquist – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – February 14, 2018 – Video
As Wisconsin becomes a wetter place, lawmakers are pushing ahead with controversial rules to weaken protections of wetlands. These ecologically important landscapes are currently protected by state and federal laws for a variety of reasons, including their ability to hold storm water and protect against flooding. The Republican-sponsored legislation — which comes before the Assembly on Thursday — has sparked sharp divisions between business groups and environmental and conservation organizations. Read full story and view video here.



 

 

New pheromone insight may help predict mountain pine beetle outbreaks

Environmental News Network – March 20, 2018
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have shed new light on how mountain pine beetles produce an important pheromone called trans-verbenol, which could aid in efforts to better predict outbreaks. In recent years, mountain pine beetles have destroyed more than 25 million hectares of pine forests in western North America. In a study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists have uncovered previously unknown reservoirs of trans-verbenol in the bodies of juvenile mountain pine beetles. Read full story here.

New genetic test detects manatees' recent presence in fresh or saltwater

U.S. Geological Survey – March 19, 2018
U.S. Geological Survey scientists have developed the first laboratory test that can pick up traces of manatees’ genetic material in the waterways where they live. Using a water sample collected in the field, the innovative environmental DNA test can reveal whether one or more of the elusive marine mammals has been in the area within the past month. The test can detect the presence of manatees where other methods won’t work, help scientists identify the habitats manatees use and the patterns of their seasonal movements, and inform efforts to bring back wild manatee populations that are considered close to extinction, such as in Brazil or West Africa, said USGS research geneticist Margaret Hunter. Read full story here.

After a Flood, How Do Insects and Other Invertebrates Recover?

Entomology Today – March 15, 2018
After a 100-year flood struck south central Oklahoma in 2015, a study of the insects, arthropods, and other invertebrates in the area revealed striking declines of most invertebrates in the local ecosystem, a result that researchers say illustrates the hidden impacts of natural disasters. Researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Cameron University compared the invertebrate community before and after the flood and found a 93 percent decrease in abundance, a 60 percent decrease in species presence, and a 64 percent decrease in biomass among insects and other invertebrates nine months post-flood. They also found the differences between above-ground and below-ground invertebrates to be largely erased. Only those creatures well-adapted to recolonizing a disturbed environment were quick to return. Read full story here.

When It Comes to Climate Change, the Ocean Never Forgets

By Ramin Skibba – Hakai Magazine – March 15, 2018
If climate change were just a flirtation with disaster—that is, the world acted decisively and cut emissions, and the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide fell tomorrow to preindustrial levels—the planet would respond quickly. Within decades, land temperatures would return to normal. The ocean, however, would bounce back more slowly. Much more slowly. If greenhouse gas emission plummeted, the surface ocean—the top few hundred meters—would exchange heat with the atmosphere and recover relatively quickly, taking a few decades to improve.* But the deep ocean is like a roast in the oven, remaining hot long after the heat’s been turned off. “The ocean doesn’t forget,” says Kirsten Zickfeld, a climate scientist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. “If we don’t cut emissions now, there’s a huge legacy in the marine environment.” Read full story here.

Why are big, insect-eating birds disappearing? Maybe we’re running low on bugs.

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – March 14, 2018
No guild of North American birds is declining so rapidly as aerial insectivores: acrobatic marvels whose maneuvers make our hearts soar, and who provide a vital ecosystem service. Why are their numbers plummeting? A leading explanation is a widespread decline in insect populations — a troubling possibility, hinted at by many studies but also one difficult to pin down. There are few records of historical insect numbers against which to compare our own. Read full article here.

Warm Arctic? Expect Northeast Blizzards: What 7 Decades of Weather Data Show

By Bob Berwyn – InsideClimate News – March 13, 2018
The warmer the Arctic, the more likely the Northeast will be clobbered by blizzards, says a team of researchers who analyzed winter weather patterns going back to 1950. Citing disruptive storms like Snowzilla (2016), Snowmaggedon (2010) and Snowpocalypse (2009), the climate scientists wrote that "heavy snowfalls are generally more frequent since 1990, and in many cities the most extreme snowfalls have occurred primarily during recent decades." Read full story here.

Climate Change Threatens Thousands of Species in Our Lifetime

By Sabrina Shankman – InsideClimate News – March 13, 2018
Without action to stave off climate change, up to half of the plant and animal species in some of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems could become locally extinct by the end of the century, according to a new report. Imagine coastal East Africa missing seven out of 10 amphibians, six out of 10 birds and more than half of its mammals. Or the Amazon missing two-thirds of every kind of species living there today. Read full story here.

 

VIMS study shows seas rising faster than thought

By Chris Horne – March 13, 2018 – Video
A new study from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows how much our sea level is expected to rise in the next 30 years. The VIMS study predicts a rise of nearly 20 inches at Sewell’s Point by the year 2050. ODU Oceanographer Larry Atkinson reviewed the study, and says its chief author is one of the best authorities on sea level rise in the world. Read full story and view video here.

The Turtle Extinction Crisis: Nearly half of all freshwater turtles and tortoises are at risk of disappearing forever, a new report warns

By John R. Platt – The Revelator – March 12, 2018
It’s not easy to be a turtle in the 21st century. A new report warns that freshwater turtles and tortoises are among the world’s most threatened groups of species, with more than 40 percent at risk of extinction due to habitat loss, the illegal pet trade, and consumption for food and traditional medicine. Among the most threatened species are the Yangtze giant Asian softshell (Rafetus swinhoei), which is down to its last three individuals in China and Vietnam; the ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) of Madagascar, which fetches enormous prices in the illegal pet trade and could disappear from the wild as soon as this year; and the three-striped box turtle (Cuora trifasciata), ownership of which “has become a financial investment and status symbol in China,” according to the report. Also considered highly at risk: the Nubian flapshell turtle (Cyclanorbis elegans), not seen in the wild in at least 15 years and feared extinct by some conservationists. All told about half of all tortoise and freshwater turtle species and subspecies are threatened or at risk of extinction. Read full story here.
 

Eyelash-sized plants reveal climate change—and citizen scientists help identify them

The Field Museum – March 9, 2018
A botanist, a retired businesswoman, and a high school student walk into a bar. Or, maybe not a bar, what with the high school student. A museum. They and their team have a common problem—too many plant photos to analyze—and they find a solution: creating an online tool that lets regular, non-scientist people help do that analysis. Read full story here.

Melting Glaciers Do More Than Raise Sea Levels

By Amorina Kingdon – Hakai Magazine – March 9, 2018
Novels and blockbuster movies that tackle climate change gravitate toward the dramatic, especially when it comes to melting ice. In these stories, mountainous glaciers crumble and cities flood as the sea rises. But a lot more happens in between the mountains and the sea, as meltwater passes through the liminal space of the coast. Here are five ways the slow, non-dramatic drip of melting ice changes our coastlines and oceans. Read full article here.

Wildlife conservation in North America may not be science-based after all

By Justin Wong – Simon Fraser University – March 7, 2018
A study led by recent SFU PhD alumnus Kyle Artelle has unveiled new findings that challenge the widespread assumption that wildlife management in North America is science-based. He conducted the study with SFU researchers John Reynolds and Jessica Walsh, as well as researchers from other institutions. Read full story here.

Today's storm surge is tomorrow's high tide, new report predicts

By Brandon Miller – CNN – March 7, 2018 – Video
For the second time in just five days, the Northeast is facing a major coastal storm, or nor'easter, which is pushing ocean water over storm walls and into the streets of many coastal cities. The flooding comes as a major report released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration highlights a growing threat facing coastal communities in all parts of the United States. As sea levels rise due to global warming, the kind of flooding currently experienced only in storms will happen during normal high tides. It's known as "sunny day flooding." Read full story and view video here.

Bay breathing easier? Scientists credit Chesapeake cleanup for tripling of underwater grasses critical to bay health

By Scott Dance – The Baltimore – March 6, 2018
Researchers say Chesapeake Bay cleanup initiatives have triggered a major resurgence of the underwater grasses that are at the center of the estuary's fragile food web. Scientists from across Maryland and Virginia say that from 1984 to 2014, concentrations of nitrogen in the bay fell by 23 percent while the acreage of areas covered with submerged vegetation more than tripled, to nearly 100 square miles. Read full story here.

Soil Health Practices for Mitigating Natural Disasters

By Elizabeth Creech – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – February 28, 2018
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that more than 25 million Americans – almost 8 percent of the population – were affected by major disasters in 2017. From severe flooding in Puerto Rico and Texas to mudslides and wildfires in California, major natural disasters in 2017 cost over $306 billion nationally. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information, this is a new annual record. Read full story here.

New Study Shows Flood Risks Across the U.S. are Underestimated (in a Big Way)

By Cara Byington – Cool Green Science – February 28, 2018
A new paper publishing today in Environmental Research Letters has some sobering news for people living in the Lower 48 states: you may be at risk from river flooding and not even know it until the waters start to rise. In fact, the study, “Estimates of present and future flood risk in the conterminous United States,” found that 41 million U.S. residents – about 13 percent of the entire population of the study area – are at risk from flooding along rivers. That’s about three times more than current estimates based on the regulatory flood maps produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which primarily map the areas at risk for 1-in-100-year floods in populous river basins. Read full blog post here.

First Infestation of Tree-Killing Emerald Ash Borer Found In Vermont

By Steve Zind – VPR – February 27, 2018
It’s been a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’: For years state officials have been expecting the destructive emerald ash borer to turn up in Vermont. Tuesday, the state announced it has found an infestation of the insect in part of the town of Orange. Emerald ash borer has already infested forests in 31 other states, including those bordering Vermont and in the Province of Quebec. The result has been a widespread decline in ash species and the loss of hundreds of millions of trees in North America. Read full story here.

USGS and NASA Team Up to Help Scientists Study the “Social Networks” of Wildlife

U.S. Geological Survey – February 22, 2018
In the future of wildlife tracking, sea otters have their own social network. Whereas we might carry cell phones or tablets, each sea otter has a small, solar-powered tag clipped carefully to one of its flippers. When the sea otters gather to nap at the ocean’s surface, their tags boot up, and check in with one another. Who else did the sea otter interact with today, where, and when? Read full story here.

New USGS-Led Study Could Help Pacific Wetlands Adapt to Sea Level Rise

Contact: Karen Thorne – USGS – February 21, 2018
A new study published Wednesday in Science Advances introduces an innovative tool to help resource managers preserve Pacific coastal wetlands from rising sea levels. According to the article, even the lowest predicted rates of sea level rise could cause significant losses of Pacific tidal wetlands by the end of the century. Tidal wetlands provide many services for growing coastal communities. Their habitats filter water, sequester carbon, provide habitat for endangered species, protect communities from storm surges, and support local fisheries. To measure the vulnerability of these environments to sea level rise, researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of California, Los Angeles, Oregon State University, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Queen’s University led a comprehensive study along the Pacific coast. Read full story here.

How Crushed Volcanic Rock in Farm Soil Could Help Slow Global Warming — and Boost Crops

By Georgina Gustin – InsideClimate News – February 20, 2018
Pulverizing volcanic rock and spreading the dust like fertilizer on farm soils could suck billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere and boost crop yields on a warming planet with a growing population. In a paper published this week in the scientific journal Nature Plants, an international team of researchers lays out the prospects for "enhanced rock weathering"—a process that uses pulverized silicate rocks, like basalt, to speed the ability of minerals to store carbon in soil.  Read full story here.

Seaweed and Seagrass Buffer the Acidity of the Nearby Ocean

By Rachel Nuwer – Hakai Magazine – February 15, 2018
Ocean acidification is already threatening marine life around the world, and conditions are only expected to worsen in the coming years. But for certain shoreline environments, there may be a workaround. Researchers have discovered that marine vegetation such as seaweed and seagrass exert such a strong mitigating effect on local water acidification that they could alleviate some of the impacts on coastal ecosystems. Read full article here.

Small lakes and temporary ponds release CO2 into the atmosphere even when they are dry

University of Barcelona – February 14, 2018
Temporary lakes and ponds emit CO₂ during all year –even when they are dry-, and dry areas are the ones emitting a larger amount of carbon to the atmosphere. This phenomenon, described now for the first time, could have an impact on the global carbon cycle that controls Earth’s climate, according to a study led by the lecturer Biel Obrador, form the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona, and Núria Catalán, from the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA). The new article, published in the journal Scientific Reports, changes the classic paradigm on the role of temporary lakes and ponds as emitters of carbon to the atmosphere and their impact on the planet’s greenhouse effect. Read full story here.

Mangroves Protect Coastlines, store carbon – and are expanding with Climate Change

By Samantha Chapman – The Conversation – February 9, 2018 – Video
With the help of technology, humans can traverse virtually every part of our planet’s surface. But animals and plants are less mobile. Most species can only live in zones where temperature and rain fall within specific ranges. As regions become warmer due to climate change, plants and animals in those areas will either move to more appropriate climates or be replaced by newcomers who are well-suited to the new conditions. These changes are already occurring. For example, many plants, animals and birds in the Northern Hemisphere have shifted their ranges northward. Read full story and view video here.

Winter heat wave bakes the Southwest, bringing renewed worries of severe drought

By Ian James – The Desert Sun – January 30, 2018 – Video
The pear trees are already blooming in Celeste Cantú’s garden. She usually sees the blossoms appear in late February, but this winter’s extreme warmth triggered the bloom a full month early. As the thermometer hit 80 degrees in her garden, she snapped a photo of the blossoms and posted it on Facebook with the question: “Do you think the three weeks of winter are over in So Ca?" Read full story and view video here 

 

 

2018 State of the Mitigation Markets Report

EcoBluAnalyst.com – March 7, 2018
The latest comprehensive State of the Markets report for Wetland, Stream and Species Conservation Banking showing ecosystem market size, market trends, regional breakdowns, credit transactions, permitting information and more has been released for this fast-growing industry. The report provides charts, graphs and maps detailing the mitigation and conservation banking industry across the U.S. from 2000 - 2017. The Report costs $499.00 and can be downloaded here. 

Native Village of Georgetown: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

By Marni Koopman – Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) – December 31, 2017
This climate change vulnerability assessment documents climate change impacts and trends that have been observed along the Kuskokwim River. It was commissioned by the Georgetown Tribal Council to help inform their efforts to re-settle the Native Village of Georgetown, and to provide a starting place for working with neighboring communities to plan for climate change. Download the report here.

Resilience in Land Management Planning: Policy Mandates, Approaches, and Resources

By Thomas Timberlake Courtney Schulta, and Jesse Abrams – Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) – 2017
The Resilience Alliance has produced a workbook that offers a useful approach to planning for social-ecological resilience, and various other resources, approaches, and data sources are available for a range of contexts, including human communities and specific places. They propose suggestions for how to plan for resilience. Partnerships drawing on scientists, managers across different agencies, and local communities play an important role in planning and executing resilience actions. Download document here 

Holistically Analyzing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure

Environmental Finance Center – October 2017
The University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center recently published a report, Holistically Analyzing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure. This document is intended to help smaller local governments, particularly those with MS4 stormwater programs, to evaluate the benefits of green infrastructure. It details how combining green and gray infrastructure systems allows local governments to lower costs, solve systemic water challenges and enhance a community's quality of life.



Private Flood Insurance Market Is Getting Bigger, More Competitive, Less Profitable

By Ray Lehmann – Insurance Journal – March 18, 2018
The U.S. market for privately written flood insurance grew by 51.2 percent last year, with state-level markets growing both more competitive and less profitable, according to 2017 statutory insurance filings compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Comparing S&P’s data with the National Flood Insurance Program’s written premium in force, as reported in January 2018 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, private cover now represents nearly 15 percent of all flood premiums nationwide. There was $623.8 million of private flood insurance written in 2017, up from $412.6 million in 2016. By contrast, the NFIP had $3.57 billion of in-force premium as of January. Read full story here. 

Senate must stop ignoring the National Flood Insurance Program

By John Huff – Washington Examiner – March 5, 2018
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have increasingly relied on do-or-die deadlines to advance critical legislation and keep the government running. But this isn't the case when it comes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The Senate continues to kick the can down the road on fixing this already-expired program, leaving millions of policyholders at risk when future storms strike. The one-size-fits-all National Flood Insurance Program, which has long been the only option for homeowners to purchase flood coverage, expired last fall and has needed more than $40 billion in taxpayer funds just to remain afloat. Read full story here. 

Northam Must Act to Protect Clean Water from Pipelines

By Amy Mall – NRDC – February 26, 2018
A new report issued today, prepared by experts in water quality on behalf of NRDC, outlines the severe threats to clean water posed by construction and operation of fracked gas pipelines. The report discusses the significant threats to waterbodies crossed by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. It provides technical details and maps illustrating the potential harms to drinking water supplies for cities like Norfolk and Roanoke, native trout, communities of color like Emporia and Franklin, wetlands like the Great Dismal Swamp, streams that are already polluted, and the Chesapeake Bay. Read full blog post here.

Investors and Philanthropists Can Partner to Finance Conservation

By Nathalie Woolworth – Conservation Finance Network – February 21, 2018
LegacyWorks Group was founded to help donors and investors who are interested in achieving community and conservation goals to mobilize their capital in highly collaborative, impactful ways. In this interview, LegacyWorks Group’s founder, Carl Palmer, discusses the mindsets that allow philanthropic giving and impact investing to expand their horizons, accelerate their results, and reach broader goals. Read full interview here. 

Great Blue Heron Return To Chesapeake Conservancy's Eastern Shore Webcam Early

National Parks – Traveler – February 20, 2018 – Video
They're back, two weeks early, to nest along the Chesapeake Bay. This webcam operated by the Chesapeake Conservancy is focused on a nest the great blue herons hopefully will raise some young in this spring. Read full story and view video here.

Plants colonized Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought

Science Daily – February 19, 2018
For the first four billion years of Earth's history, our planet's continents would have been devoid of all life except microbes. All of this changed with the origin of land plants from their pond scum relatives, greening the continents and creating habitats that animals would later invade. The timing of this episode has previously relied on the oldest fossil plants which are about 420 million years old. New research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that these events actually occurred a hundred million years earlier, changing perceptions of the evolution of the Earth's biosphere. Read full story here.

ArtPlace America and US Water Alliance Partner to Deploy Arts and Cultural Strategies in the Water Sector

U.S. Water Alliance – February 16, 2018
Today, ArtPlace America and the US Water Alliance launched a partnership that will bring together water experts and arts and cultural leaders to foster collaboration on our nation’s thorniest water challenges. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment when it comes to securing our nation’s water future. Our supplies of clean, dependable, and affordable water are more fragile now than at any other time in our recent history. Long term trends like population growth, economic development, changing weather patterns, new energy supply strategies, growing income inequality, and the needs of endangered ecosystems are threatening to overwhelm both the physical infrastructure and management systems that have previously met our water needs. Acute crises like that in Flint, Michigan, the trio of deadly storms in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and wildfires and drought in the Western states, are just a few visible examples of the water challenges we face. Read full story here.

Water is Connected to Every Major Global Risk We Face

By Cora Kammeyer – Pacific Institute – February 2, 2018
Water crises have been among the top five global risks in each of the last seven years, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). This year is no exception. ‘Water Crises’ is listed as the fifth-most impactful risk for 2018. In addition to being a major risk in its own right, water is also linked to many other of the most significant risks, social and environmental, confronting our society today. Read full story here.

Outcome-based contracting is about to reach a whole new level. Here’s why.

By Shannon Cunniff – Environmental Defense Fund – February 1, 2018
Even though it’s set to receive billions in settlement dollars after the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Louisiana will fall short of what’s needed to fully implement critical wetland restoration projects to better protect its fragile coast. Rather than scaling back ambition, however, the state is trying a new and emerging procurement approach – pay-for-performance contracting – to stretch the dollars. Read full blog post here.

 

   

 

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

 

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

 

WEBINARS  
   
MARCH 2018  
       
March 29, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  Webinar: Drought & Climate Galleries  
       
APRIL 2018  
       
April 5, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  River Network Webinar: Wild and Scenic Rivers: Plug-and-Play River Celebration Opportunities  
       
April 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Scaling Up Productivity Responses to Changes in Biodiversity   
       
April 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Webinar: Discussing Climate Change with Agriculture and Natural Resources Audiences: Professional Perspectives

 
       
April 13, 2018
12:00 p.m. ET
  CUAHSI Cyberseminar Series Webinar: CUAHSI Water Data Services for Supporting Scientific Research and Education - Data Archiving and Dissemination Tools to Support Water Science Research  
       
April 18, 2018
1:30 p.m. ET
  Webinar: How Federal Facilities Can Thrive in an Era of Billion Dollar Weather Events   
       
April 20, 2018
12:00 p.m. ET
  CUAHSI Cyberseminar Series Webinar: CUAHSI Water Data Services for Supporting Scientific Research and Education - Cloud-hosting Water Science Data for Collaborative Research  
       
April 27, 2018
12:00 p.m. ET
  CUAHSI Cyberseminar Series Webinar: CUAHSI Water Data Services for Supporting Scientific Research and Education - Cyberinfrastructure to Support Water Science Education and Reproducible Science  
       
MAY 2018  
       
May 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Works Association Webinar: Integrated Monitoring for Harmful Algal Blooms  
       
SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Works Association Webinar: Utility Tools and Strategies for Climate Change Planning  
       
MEETINGS  
   
MARCH 2018  
       
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 6-8, 2018 
Hickory Corners, MI
  Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference  
       
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
 
       
April 10-11, 2018
Denver, CO
  Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network: Great Plains Grassland Summit  
       
April 10-11, 2018
Watkins Glen, NY
  New York State Wetlands Forum Conference and Meeting: Growth and Resources – Finding the Balance  
       
April 11, 2018
Hillsborough, NJ
  New Jersey Invasive Species strike Team 10th Annual Conference  
       
April 13-15, 2018
Burlington, VT
  The Northeast Natural History Conference
Abstract deadline: February 26, 2018
 
       
April 14, 2018
Boulder, CO
  River Network: 2nd Annual Earth Day Rain Barrel Workshop    
       
April 16-18, 2018
Tucson, AZ
  Maris Water Conference

 
       
April 16-20, 2018
Ponte Vedra, FL
  American Meteorological Society: 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology  
       
April 17-19, 2018
Geneva, Switzerland
  GIS for a Sustainable World  
       
April 18-20, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
  2018 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention & Water Action Volunteers Symposium   
       
April 19, 2018
Alexandria, VA
  National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network: Understanding Our Ocean Connections  
       
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 25-27, 2018
Washington, DC
  National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program  
       
April 26-28, 2018
Bonn, Germany
  Resilient Cities 2018   
       
April 29-May 2, 2018
Olympic Valley, CA
  River Network: River Rally 2018  
       
April 30-May 2, 2018
Manchester, NH
  Antioch University: 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference
 
 
MAY 2018  
       
May 4-6, 2018
Sierra Nevada Research Station Yosemite National Parks
  8th Annual Yosemite Symbiosis Workshop

 
       
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 8-10, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
  Climate Adaptation Conference 2018   
       
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  
       
May 19-20, 2018
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference (MMBC)

 
       
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 Clean Water 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 3-7, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
  World Environmental & Water Resources Congress  
       
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 8-9, 2018
Lake Ariel, PA
  Lacawac Ecology Symposium  
       
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 11-13, 2018
Annapolis, MD
  National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center International Symposium: Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research   
       
June 11-14, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
  American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Innovating the Future of Water  
       
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 16-21, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  Resources for Future Generations  
 
       
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
 
       
June 19-22, 2018
Penn State University
University Park, PA
  21st Biennial Penn State Plant Biology Symposium:"Wild and Tamed Phyobiomes"

 
       
June 21-22, 2018
Paris, France
  World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming  
 
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 15-18, 2018
Monterey, CA
  2018 Society for Conservation GIS Annual Conference

 
       
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 15-20, 2018
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
  9th International Symbiosis Society Congress

 
       
July 16-20, 2018
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KY
  Science Education Resource Center: Earth Educators' Rendezvous

 
       
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 21-27, 2018
University of New England
Biddeford, ME
  Gordon Research Seminar: Unifying Ecology Across Scales   
       
July 23-26, 2018
Shepherdstown, WV
  Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future
 
       
July 29 to August 2, 2018
Brunswick, ME
  Bowdoin College Clonal Plants in Context Symposium    
       
July 30-August 3, 2018
Universidad Andrés Bello
Viña del Mar, Chile
  11th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies (IsoEcol 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

 
       
August 19-22, 2018
Montpellier, France
  Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018   
       
August 19-23, 2018
Atlantic City, NJ
  American Fisheries Society Meeting: Communicating the Science of Fisheries Conservation to Diverse Audiences  
       
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  
       
August 27-29, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  California Adaptation Forum  
       
SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 5-9, 2018
Tulcea, Romania
  Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 4th International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”    
       
September 17-19, 2018
Columbia, SC
  2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Jena, Germany
  10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics    
       
September 24-30, 2018
New York, NY
  Climate Week NYC  
       
OCTOBER 2018   
       
October 5-7, 2018
Miami, FL
  2018 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference (SEEC)   
       
October 7-11, 2018
Cleveland, OH
  The Wildlife Society's 25 Annual Conference  
       
October 18-21, 2018
Antalya, Turkey
  International Marine & Freshwater Sciences Symposium (MarFresh2018)
 
       
October 21-29, 2018
Dubai
  13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands  
       
October 22-26, 2018
Stowe, VT
  American Meteorological Society: 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms  
       
October 23-25, 2018
Bloominton, IN
  Natural Areas Conference: Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas   
       
October 24-25, 2018
Miami Beach, FL
  Southeast Florida Regional Compact: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit  
       
October 28-31, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference  
       
October 30-November 2, 2018
Galveston, TX
  American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 National Coastal Conference: Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides  
 
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  
 
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 4, 2018
Falmouth, ME
  Maine Audubon: Growing Up WILD and Integrating Science and Literacy   
       
April 9-May 7, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School: Online Course: Ecological Risk Assessment 2018  
       
April 10-12, 2018
Portland State University
  Portland State University Course: River Restoration, Part II: Ecological Processes  
       
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 14, 2018
Chico, CA
  Chico Creek Nature Center: Aquatic Wild & Project Wet: Educator Workshop    
       
April 16-20, 2018
Moss Landing, CA
  CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) 5-Day General Training with riverine and depressional wetland field examples  
       
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 24-27, 2018
Gainesville, FL 
  CUAHSI Workshop: Field Experiences in Microwave Remote Sensing for Agricultural Hydrology  
       
April 24-27, 2018
Gainesville, FL  
  Staff of Moffatt & Nichol (John Dorney), Axiom Environmental (Sandy Smith), and the NC Department of Transportation (LeiLani Paugh) course organized by the NC Association of Environmental Professionals (NC AEP): North Carolina Wetland Assessment Method    
       
April 30-May 4, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
April 30-May 12, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology and Conservation of Birds  
       
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 1-3, 2018
Rockin, CA
  3-day Vernal Pool CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) Training  
       
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 7-19, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies   
       
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 8, 2018
Lacey, WA
  Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs  
       
May 8-10, 2018
Boulder, UT
  Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch Wetland and Stream Restoration Workshop  
       
May 13-26, 2018
Castleton, VT
  Northeast Section, The Wildlife Society: Wildlife Field Course  
       
May 14-26, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Conservation Genetics of Salamanders   
       
May 14-July 26, 2018
Online
  University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering  Wetland Design Course  
       
May 14-September 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 21-22, 2018
Portland State University
  Portland State University Course: Wetland Hydrology Indicators and Problem Situations  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Richmond, KY
  Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Natural Areas Field Course: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Lansing Area, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Delineation Training  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
May 21-June 2, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mammals   
       
May 21-June 11, 2018
Klawock, AK
  Tatoosh School  Course: Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place   
       
May 21-June 15, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Biology of Fishes  
       
May 21-June 18, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets    
       
May 21-August 1, 2018
Klawock, AK
  Tatoosh School Course: Community Ecology; independent travel; Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology; and, Politics of Place  
       
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 25-June 8, 2018
Appledore Island, ME
  Shoals Marine Laboratory Course: Field Ornithology  
       
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)  
       
May 28-June 9, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology of Southern Appalachian Salamanders  
       
May 29-June 15, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Herpetology    
       
JUNE 2018  
       
June 3-9, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled  
       
June 3-9, 2018
University of New Mexico
Sevilleta Field Station

New Mexico
  Remote Data Acquisition (RDA) Sensor Training Workshop

 
       
June 4-9, 2018
Copper Harbor MI and vicinity
  Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Plant I.D. Workshop  
       
June 4-16, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Fish of Southern Appalachians

 
       
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 5-7, 2018
St. Louis, MO
  Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Missouri Botanical: R Basics Workshop  
       
June 6, 2018
Mt. Vernon, WA
  Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration   
       
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 18-22, 2018
Myuna Bay, New South Wales 2264 Australia
  Course: Structural Equation Modelling for Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (SEMR02)  
       
June 18-23, 2018
Harvy Mudd College
Claremont, CA
  Wicked Problems: Investigating real world problems in the biology classroom (SW 2018)   
       
June 18-30, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Ecology of Global Change

 
       
June 18-July 2, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans     
       
June 18-July 6, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Wildlife Disease Ecology   
       
June 19, 2018
Canaan Valley WV
  WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Educator Workshop  
       
June 20-August 1, 2018
Klawock, AK
  Tatoosh School Course: Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology + Politics of Place  
       
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
Portland State University
  Portland State University Course: Wetland Plants of the Pacific Northwest  
       
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
Milford, IA
  Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Ecology of Algae Blooms  
       
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  
       
June 28-July 16, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Comparative Temperate-Tropical Biogeography  
       
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 2-14, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Conservation of Lichens   
       
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
Milford, IA
  Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Paleolimnology  
       
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 9-21, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau   
       
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
Lansing/East Lansing, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association: Aquatic Plant Identification

 
       
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 16-21, 2018
University of Virginia
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Bryophyte Identification

 
       
July 16-20, 2018
Boston, University 
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Stream Ecology  
       
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 4, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies  
       
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 30-August 3, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Humboldt State University Course: Teaching Individual/Agent-based Modeling  
       
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)   
       
August 6-11, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Rock Outcrop and Cliff Face Communities  
       
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 8-19, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Introductory Ecology    
       
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 13-18, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southeastern Grasslands: Ecology and Conservation    
       
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 20-25, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Grasses of the Southern Appalachians   
       
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 7-9, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Asters and Goldenrods  
       
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 14-16, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Current Issues in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation    
       
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 21-23, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review Process   
       
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  
       
September 28-30, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Fall Maine Mushroom  
       
OCTOBER 2018  
       
October 1-December 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
October 5-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop:  Columbus Day Weekend Retreat  
       
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 12-14, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts   
       
October 19-21, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages   
       
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)  
       
October 26-28, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Crustose and Foliose Lichens    
       
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 8-11, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Tree and Shrub Identification Using Twigs and Other Winter Characteristics    
       
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  
       
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 2018   American Wetlands Month  
       
May 12, 2018   World Migratory Bird Day  
       
May 17-20, 2018
Cape May, NJ
  Cape May Spring Festival: So. Many. Birds.  
       
May 30, 2018
Cuyahoga Heights, OH
  Cleveland Metroparks - Discovery Days - Wetland Walk  
       

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill Passes After GOP Drops Anti-Environment Riders
  • 4 small details to know about from the 2018 omnibus
  • Spring Outlook: U.S. to see moderate flooding, warmer-than-normal temperatures
  • New solution to harmful algal blooms raises hope of economic and environmental benefits
  • Fake Research Paper Based on Star Trek: Voyager's Worst Episode Was Published by a Scientific Journal

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Federal Duck Stamp Theme Will Celebrate the Conservation Achievement of Waterfowl Hunters in 2018
  • 10 Billion Oysters: A Splashy Goal to Restore Chesapeake Bay
  • Trump's FEMA Ignores Climate Change in Strategic Plan for Disaster Response
  • Growing Need for Urban Forests as Urban Land Expands
  • Study shows market-based strategies for ecosystem conservation are surging
  • U.S. Scientists Begin Tracking Local Sea Level Rise in Annual Report Cards
  • Federal plan calls for phosphorus reductions to improve Lake Erie water
  • Ninth Circuit Holds Discharging to Groundwater Wells Requires Clean Water Act Permit
  • Environmental Groups Urge Ohio River Commission to Resist Weakening Clean Water Protections, Maintain Pollution Control Standards
  • DOI Reverses Opinion - Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does NOT Prohibit Incidental Take
  • An unusual First Amendment fight on the Chesapeake Bay
  • West Coast Wetlands Could Nearly Disappear in 100 Years
  • Zinke moving forward with plan to reorganize Interior Dept boundaries: report
  • Why Are 11 US States Suing The EPA And Army Corps Over Water Quality?
  • Trump infrastructure plan could put river towns at risk, critics fear

STATE NEWS

  • AK: How an Alaskan Earthquake Caused Fish to Spawn in Death Valley
  • AK: Alaska's Bering Sea Lost a Third of Its Ice in Just 8 Days
  • CA: How A Dying Lake In California Factors Into The Colorado River’s Future
  • CA: Four kinds of algal toxins found in San Francisco Bay shellfish
  • CA: Incredible images of Los Angeles when it was covered in wetlands
  • FL: Wood storks having good nesting year at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, but threats remain
  • FL: Orlando airport parking firm faces wetland fines for 'jumping the gun'
  • FL: Environmentalists lose DEP-Long Bar wetland challenge
  • FL: One extra in case others have been used before
  • IN: Indiana Supreme Court rules Lake Michigan shoreline belongs to all Hoosiers
  • LA: On the Louisiana Coast, A Native Community Sinks Slowly into the Sea
  • LA: Winter freeze did little to halt wetland plague killing roseau cane in Louisiana
  • LA: Insects Feast on Louisiana Wetlands, Inviting the Gulf In
  • MD: Restoring Freshwater Mussels to Maryland Streams
  • MD: Maryland Considering Significant Forest Conservation Act Changes
  • MA: STEM Academy Teachers Say Wetland Would Be Valuable To Lesson Plan
  • MI: Michigan offers wetland lessons for middle school classrooms
  • NH: Wetlands Stakeholders Unpack State's Proposed Rule Changes
  • NJ: Teterboro Airport expansion could have 'unacceptable impact' on Meadowlands, EPA says
  • NM: Invaders get ax to help local wetlands
  • NY: Hempstead Town to get $3.7M for bulkheads, wetland restoration
  • OR: Wetland restoration gets go-ahead
  • PA: A growing respect: Plain Sect become more involved in Bay conversation
  • PA: Invasive insect spreads beyond Pennsylvania farms and orchards to backyards
  • PA: PA’s Environmental Rights Amendment grows some teeth
  • VA: Coal ash pollution case to be hard by federal appeals court
  • VA: Expanded measures to protect clean water
  • WA: Ecology opposes federal proposal to allow offshore drilling on Washington’s coast
  • WI: Assembly in 11th-hour move votes again to give environmental exemptions to Wisconsin sand plant
  • WI: Former DNR chief criticizes Monroe County wetland permit, legislative end run for frac project
  • WI: Wisconsin is becoming wetter as lawmakers move to weaken rules for flood-preventing wetland

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • New pheromone insight may help predict mountain pine beetle outbreaks
  • New genetic test detects manatees' recent presence in fresh or saltwater
  • After a Flood, How Do Insects and Other Invertebrates Recover?
  • When It Comes to Climate Change, the Ocean Never Forgets
  • Why are big, insect-eating birds disappearing? Maybe we’re running low on bugs.
  • Warm Arctic? Expect Northeast Blizzards: What 7 Decades of Weather Data Show
  • Climate Change Threatens Thousands of Species in Our Lifetime
  • VIMS study shows seas rising faster than thought
  • The Turtle Extinction Crisis: Nearly half of all freshwater turtles and tortoises are at risk of disappearing forever, a new report warns
  • Eyelash-sized plants reveal climate change—and citizen scientists help identify them
  • Melting Glaciers Do More Than Raise Sea Levels
  • Wildlife conservation in North America may not be science-based after all
  • Today's storm surge is tomorrow's high tide, new report predicts
  • Bay breathing easier? Scientists credit Chesapeake cleanup for tripling of underwater grasses critical to bay health
  • Soil Health Practices for Mitigating Natural Disasters
  • New Study Shows Flood Risks Across the U.S. are Underestimated (in a Big Way)
  • First Infestation of Tree-Killing Emerald Ash Borer Found In Vermont
  • USGS and NASA Team Up to Help Scientists Study the “Social Networks” of Wildlife
  • New USGS-Led Study Could Help Pacific Wetlands Adapt to Sea Level Rise
  • How Crushed Volcanic Rock in Farm Soil Could Help Slow Global Warming — and Boost Crops
  • Seaweed and Seagrass Buffer the Acidity of the Nearby Ocean
  • Small lakes and temporary ponds release CO2 into the atmosphere even when they are dry
  • Mangroves Protect Coastlines, store carbon – and are expanding with Climate Change
  • Winter heat wave bakes the Southwest, bringing renewed worries of severe drought

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • 2018 State of the Mitigation Markets Report
  • Native Village of Georgetown: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
  • Resilience in Land Management Planning: Policy Mandates, Approaches, and Resources
  • American Rivers has released a new report to help protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region.
  • Holistically Analyzing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure

POTPOURRI

  •  Private Flood Insurance Market Is Getting Bigger, More Competitive, Less Profitable
  • Senate must stop ignoring the National Flood Insurance Program
  • Northam Must Act to Protect Clean Water from Pipelines
  • Investors and Philanthropists Can Partner to Finance Conservation
  • Great Blue Heron Return To Chesapeake Conservancy's Eastern Shore Webcam Early
  • Plants colonized Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
  • ArtPlace America and US Water Alliance Partner to Deploy Arts and Cultural Strategies in the Water Sector
  • Water is Connected to Every Major Global Risk We Face
  • Outcome-based contracting is about to reach a whole new level. Here’s why.
     

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Webinars

March

  • Webinar: Drought & Climate Galleries

April

  • River Network Webinar: Wild and Scenic Rivers: Plug-and-Play River Celebration Opportunities
  • National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Scaling Up Productivity Responses to Changes in Biodiversity
  • Webinar: Discussing Climate Change with Agriculture and Natural Resources Audiences: Professional Perspectives
  • CUAHSI Cyberseminar Series: CUAHSI Water Data Services for Supporting Scientific Research and Education - Data Archiving and Dissemination Tools to Support Water Science Research
  • Webinar: How Federal Facilities Can Thrive in an Era of Billion Dollar Weather Events
  • CUAHSI Cyberseminar Series: CUAHSI Water Data Services for Supporting Scientific Research and Education - Cloud-hosting Water Science Data for Collaborative Research
  • CUAHSI Cyberseminar Series: CUAHSI Water Data Services for Supporting Scientific Research and Education - Cyberinfrastructure to Support Water Science Education and Reproducible Science

May

  • American Water Works Association Webinar: Integrated Monitoring for Harmful Algal Blooms

September

  • American Water Works Association Webinar: Utility Tools and Strategies for Climate Change Planning

Meetings

April

  • P3 Water Summit: Solving Water Challenges Through Partnerships
  • Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference
  • US-IALE 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Center for Watershed Protection: 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference
  • Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network: Great Plains Grassland Summit
  • New York State Wetlands Forum Conference and Meeting: Growth and Resources – Finding the Balance
  • New Jersey Invasive Species strike Team 10th Annual Conference
  • The Northeast Natural History Conference
  • River Network: 2nd Annual Earth Day Rain Barrel Workshop
  • Maris Water Conference
  • American Meteorological Society: 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology
  • GIS for a Sustainable World
  • 2018 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention & Water Action Volunteers Symposium
  • National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network: Understanding Our Ocean Connections
  • 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
  • National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program
  • Resilient Cities 2018
  • River Network: River Rally 2018
  • Antioch University: 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference

May

  • 8th Annual Yosemite Symbiosis Workshop
  • International Conference Climate Change & Water
  • Water Environment Reuse Foundation: 2018 Research Conference: Advancing Reuse & Integrated Water
  • Climate Adaptation Conference 2018
  • 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
  • Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference (MMBC)
  • 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

  • World Environmental & Water Resources Congress
  • 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
  • Lacawac Ecology Symposium
  • National Flood Conference
  • ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center International Symposium: Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research
  • American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Innovating the Future of Water
  • 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
  • Resources for Future Generations
  • 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
  • 21st Biennial Penn State Plant Biology Symposium: "Wild and Tamed Phyobiomes"
  • World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming

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
  • 2018 Society for Conservation GIS Annual Conference
  • Coastal Zone Canada Association 2018 Conference: Seeking Practical Solutions to Real Issues; Communities Adapting to a Changing World
  • 9th International Symbiosis Society Congress
  • Science Education Resource Center: Earth Educators' Rendezvous
  • North American Congress for Conservation Biology: Conservation Science, Policy, & Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild
  • Gordon Research Seminar: Unifying Ecology Across Scales
  • Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future
  • Bowdoin College Clonal Plants in Context Symposium
  • 11th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies (IsoEcol 2018)

August

  • 2018 ESA Annual Meeting
  • North Carolina State University: EcoStream Conference
  • Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018
  • American Fisheries Society Meeting: Communicating the Science of Fisheries Conservation to Diverse Audiences
  • 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
  • California Adaptation Forum

September

  • Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 4th International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”
  • 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference
  • 10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics
  • Climate Week NYC

October

  • 2018 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference (SEEC)
  • The Wildlife Society’s 25 Annual Conference
  • International Marine & Freshwater Sciences Symposium (MarFresh2018)
  • 13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • American Meteorological Society: 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms
  • Natural Areas Conference: Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas
  • Southeast Florida Regional Compact: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
  • American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference
  • American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 National Coastal Conference: Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides

December

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

Training

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
  • Maine Audubon: Growing Up WILD and Integrating Science and Literacy
  • The Swamp School: Online Course: Ecological Risk Assessment 2018
  • Portland State University Course: River Restoration, Part II: Ecological Processes
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law
  • Chico Creek Nature Center: Aquatic Wild & Project Wet: Educator Workshop
  • CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) 5-Day General Training with riverine and depressional wetland field examples
  • 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
  • CUAHSI Workshop: Field Experiences in Microwave Remote Sensing for Agricultural Hydrology
  • North Carolina Wetland Assessment Method
  • Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology and Conservation of Birds
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment 2018
  • Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Podcasting for Environmental Communications

May

  • 3-day Vernal Pool CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) Training
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Botanist
  • Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
  • Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch Wetland and Stream Restoration Workshop
  • Northeast Section, The Wildlife Society: Wildlife Field Course
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Conservation Genetics of Salamanders
  • University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering Wetland Design Course
  • The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator
  • 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
  • Portland State University Course: Wetland Hydrology Indicators and Problem Situations
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mammals
  • Tatoosh School Course: Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Biology of Fishes
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets
  • Tatoosh School Course: Community Ecology; independent travel; Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology; and, Politics of Place
  • 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
  • Shoals Marine Laboratory Course: Field Ornithology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology
  • D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Coastal Plain
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology of Southern Appalachian Salamanders
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Herpetology

June

  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled
  • Remote Data Acquisition (RDA) Sensor Training Workshop
  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Plant I.D. Workshop
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Fish of Southern Appalachians
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist
  • Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Missouri Botanical: R Basics Workshop
  • Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration
  • 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
  • Course: Structural Equation Modelling for Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (SEMR02)
  • Wicked Problems: Investigating real world problems in the biology classroom (SW 2018)
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Ecology of Global Change
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Wildlife Disease Ecology
  • WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Educator Workshop
  • Tatoosh School Course: Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology + Politics of Place
  • 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
  • Portland State University Course: Wetland Plants of the Pacific Northwest
  • The Conservation Fund Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams
  • Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Ecology of Algae Blooms
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Comparative Temperate-Tropical Biogeography

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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Conservation of Lichens
  • 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
  • Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Paleolimnology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Landscape Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau
  • 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
  • Michigan Wetlands Association: Aquatic Plant Identification
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Bryophyte Identification
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Stream Ecology
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies
  • 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
  • Humboldt State University Course: Teaching Individual/Agent-based Modeling
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Rock Outcrop and Cliff Face Communities
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Introductory Ecology
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southeastern Grasslands: Ecology and Conservation
  • 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
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Grasses of the Southern Appalachians
  • 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
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Asters and Goldenrods
  • 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
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Current Issues in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
  • 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
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Fall Maine Mushroom

October

  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Columbus Day Weekend Retreat
  • 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
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans
  • D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Crustose and Foliose Lichens

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
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Tree and Shrub Identification Using Twigs and Other Winter Characteristics
  • 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 Fish Migration Day: Working together for happy fish
  • Earth Day
  • 22nd Annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend
  • American Wetlands Month
  • World Migratory Bird Day
  • Cape May Spring Festive: So. Many. Birds.
  • 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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