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Dear Wetlanders,

Last week the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) held its annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination meeting at the National Conservation Training Center outside of Shepherdstown, W.V. It was a really great meeting this year and a much needed opportunity for wetland managers, scientists, regulators, policy makers and others to congregate, share knowledge, and offer emotional support in a challenging political climate.

It’s always a small meeting with only about 100 +/- folks who attend each year and it’s designed to provide for open and honest discussions about ways to improve wetland science, policy and permitting activities. You can imagine our surprise on the morning of Day 2 to see a news story with direct quotes from some of the meeting presentations in E&E News. Those of us who work in the field of wetland science and policy often perceive that wetlands don’t get nearly enough attention for all the wonderful benefits that they provide. Perhaps we were wrong….

Regardless, the meeting was very inspirational due to all the presentations showing incredibly innovative approaches to wetland science, policy and management. With all the negative news out there, I’d like to keep the happy buzz going and highlight some inspiring news from around the nation. For example, in State News, there is a story about how ospreys are making a comeback in Delaware.  In Clermont, Florida, the $9.5M Victory Pointe Wetland Park has just received the green light for funding from the City Council and it sounds like a really innovative integrated project that provides solutions for stormwater, recreation, education and economic development.

In Iowa, a recent poll showed that numerous soil and water conservation best management practices are being widely used by Iowa farmers and more are being considered. That’s good news for Midwestern ecosystems, not to mention the Gulf of Mexico. Also in the Midwest, the Michigan Municipal Wetland Alliance (MMWA) is developing a wetlands mitigation bank system using Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property as bank sites. The goal for this state and local government partnership is to make wetlands mitigation cheaper for local governments. In fact you’ll find a few stories in the State News section which highlight a variety of stormwater projects that are using constructed wetlands to reach their TMDL goals. Although there is a healthy debate regarding the efficacy of constructed wetlands, these efforts are promising for urban areas.

In Wetland Science News, you’ll find a story about a recent study performed by the University of Exeter which found that phytoplankton can rapidly adapt to global warming. That’s good news for aquatic life. And in the Resources & Publications section you’ll find out about the Delaware Department of Natural Resources’ new outreach effort which includes an online tool that residents can use to locate wetlands on their property.

There truly is an amazing amount of good work being done around the country. Please feel free to share your successes with ASWM so that we can share them with our members and friends.

Happy Spring!

Marla J. Stelk
Editor
Wetland Breaking News
   
             
             

EPA to use 2 rulemakings to repeal and replace WOTUS

By Ariel Wittenberg –  E&E News – April 12, 2017
U.S. EPA plans to repeal and replace the Clean Water Rule with two separate rulemaking processes, an EPA official told the Association of State Wetland Managers yesterday. In a talk to the association's annual winter meeting, Mindy Eisenberg, acting director of the EPA wetlands division, said that the agency plans to first rescind the Obama administration's contentious regulation and then work on a new definition for "waters of the United States," according to multiple people who attended the meeting. "This is an attempt to repeal and replace, but in this case the EPA has decided that it can repeal the regulation now and replace it later," said Stephen Samuels, a former Department of Justice attorney who spoke to the association's meeting right before Eisenberg did. For full story, click here.

Tens of thousands marched for science. Now what?

By Sarah Kaplan – The Washington Post – April 23, 2017
Just hours after the Washington March for Science dispersed, organizers sent an email to demonstrators with the subject line, “What's next?” “Our movement is just starting,” the message read. It went on to urge marchers to take part in a “week of action,” a set of coordinated activities that range from signing an environmental voting pledge to participating in a citizen science project. They will provide postcards for participants to send to their political leaders and a calendar of events recommended by the march's partner groups. The march website was also overhauled Saturday night to include a new page on the organization's vision for the future. For full story, click here.

Defying Trump, Supreme Court will continue with WOTUS case

By Robert Walton – Utility DIVE – April 5, 2017
As the fight over President Trump's Supreme Court nominee heads for a Senate showdown later this week, the high court delivered a setback to the administration's environmental plans. On Tuesday, the court denied a motion to hold the briefing schedule in abeyance. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to take the WOTUS case last year, but the National Association of Manufacturers has argued it belongs in District court. The WOTUS rule was an attempt to clarify which smaller waterways and wetlands should be regulated under the Clean Water Act because they feed into larger bodies already covered by the law. Previously, the definition had been left to state authorities to determine. For full story, click here.

Trump Administration Proposes Additional Budget Cuts at U.S. EPA

By Andrea Wortzel and Kevin G. Desharnais – Environmental Law & Policy Monitor – March 30, 2017
Continuing its call for reduced spending at U.S. EPA, the Trump administration proposed additional budget cuts at the agency for the remaining 6 months of fiscal year 2017. The administration proposal calls for reductions in spending at EPA totaling $247 million. For full story, click here.

 

Battle over landmark law already raging out of public eye

By Corbin Hiar – E&E News – April 17, 2017
With most of Washington focused on fights over government funding, Obamacare and Russian meddling, a few congressional aides and outside advocates are quietly preparing for what could be an epic battle over the Endangered Species Act. The contentious conservation law was protected by President Obama's veto from Republican efforts to ease restrictions on farmers, energy companies and developers. But with Republicans now controlling Capitol Hill and the White House for the first time since 2004, the endangered species law — which hasn't been significantly updated since 1988 — appears vulnerable. For full story, click here.

EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry

By Juliet Eilperin – The Washington Post – April 16, 2017
Just days after taking office, President Trump invited American manufacturers to recommend ways the government could cut regulations and make it easier for companies to get their projects approved. Industry leaders responded with scores of suggestions that paint the clearest picture yet of the dramatic steps that Trump officials are likely to take in overhauling federal policies, especially those designed to advance environmental protection and safeguard worker rights. For full story, click here.

Public is asked to help pick rules for chopping block

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News – Governors’ Biofuels Coalition – April 13, 2017
U.S. EPA’s regulatory task force is looking for suggestions on what rules should be repealed, replaced or modified. A Federal Register notice posted yesterday asks the agency’s program offices to collect public comments on — among other things — rules that eliminate jobs, are outdated or ineffective, impose costs that outweigh benefits, or implement now-repealed executive orders.  For full story, click here.

Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants

By Brady Dennis – The Washington Post – April 13, 2017
The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants into public waterways. “I have decided that it is appropriate and in the public interest to reconsider the rule,” Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, wrote this week in a letter to groups that had petitioned the agency to revisit the rule, which was finalized in 2015. For full story, click here.

What state records reveal about potential sell-offs

By Jennifer Yachnin – E&E News – April 11, 2017
When Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) renewed his long-running effort to sell 3.3 million federal acres earlier this year, hunters and anglers launched an aggressive social media campaign to kill the bill, arguing that states in turn would auction off the lands. For full story, click here.

West Coast senators lead bipartisan bid to save Sea Grant program from Trump

By Joel Connelly – Seattle PI – April 11, 2017
A key senior Republican senator has joined Democrats in seeking to save the National Sea Grant Program, used as a tool by the University of Washington and schools in 31 states to keep oceans healthy and fisheries sustainable. The $73 million program, important to coastal towns on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts, is marked for elimination in President Trump's FY 2018 budget.  For full story, click here.

Local programs get the biggest hit in proposed EPA budget

By Denise Lu and Armand Emamdjomeh – The Washington Post – April 11, 2017
A draft budget proposal obtained by The Washington Post details how the Trump administration seeks to cut more than 31 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. The spending plan emphasizes a focus on the EPA’s “core legal requirements,” withdrawing from state and local projects and avoiding any efforts the administration considers to be extraneous within the EPA or other agencies. For full story, click here.

Report: Governments need to step up Great Lake protection

By Lisa Xing – CBC News – April 10, 2017 – Video
Canadian and U.S. governments should be doing much more to protect the Great Lakes from chemicals, invasive species and algae blooms, according to the latest draft report from a group that monitors shared waters between the two countries. The International Joint Commission outlines the damaging threats to the Great Lakes, such as chemicals, invasive species and algae blooms and recommends they be dealt with in a much more robust way. For full story and to view video, click here.

Critics say HONEST Act undercuts EPA’s use of science

By Scott Tong – MarketPlace – April 10, 2017
A bill with a sunny-sounding name, the HONEST Act, quietly passed the U.S. House of Representatives in late March, a development that science advocacy group’s fear could gut the essential workings of the Environmental Protection Agency if it were to become the law.  The changes could undermine a host of the EPA’s current and future rules on clean air, lead and drinking water, according to science and university groups opposing the bill. For full story, click here.

Interior Dept. agency changes website from family visiting park to a giant pile of coal

By Andrew Freedman – Mashable – April 6, 2017
Even the smallest of symbolic details can't escape the changes of life in Trump's America. The government agency responsible for overseeing a staggering 258 million acres of land, including ecologically vital conservation areas, has changed the image on its homepage from a scenic park vista to a massive, tall pile of coal. The website change, which happened in the past 24 hours, is in keeping with the Trump administration's push to drill for oil, natural gas, and minerals on public lands. For full story, click here.

At Trump’s EPA, Less Science and More Industry

By Lauren Coleman-Lochner – Bloomberg – April 4, 2017
Congress and the Trump administration are planning sweeping changes in how science is used to govern public health. Controversy over climate change may be getting all the attention right now, but legislation under consideration would transform the way the Environmental Protection Agency combats pollution, identifies harmful pesticides and classifies everyday toxins, such as laundry detergent, window cleaner and clothing dye. For full story, click here.

Trump Plan to Slash EPA Budget Goes Even Deeper, New Memo Shows

By Marianne Lavelle – InsideClimate News – April 3, 2017
In addition to halting regulatory action on climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency would stop studying the science and would end all industry partnerships to curb emissions as part of the Trump administration's plan to slash the agency's budget 31 percent, a new document shows. The detailed budget draft, first reported on Saturday by the Washington Post, shows how EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his team propose to slice $2.5 billion from the agency's spending next year and lay off 25 percent of its employees.  For full story, click here.

EPA scientific integrity office reviewing Pruitt's comments on carbon

By Emily Flitter – Reuters – March 31, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's scientific integrity watchdog is reviewing whether EPA chief Scott Pruitt violated the agency's policies when he said in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global climate change, according to an email seen by Reuters on Friday. For full story, click here.

Trump Leaves Science Jobs Vacant, Troubling Critics

By Cecilia Kang and Michael D. Shear – The New York Times – March 30, 2017
On the fourth floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the staff of the White House chief technology officer has been virtually deleted, down from 24 members before the election to, by Friday, only one. Scores of departures by scientists and Silicon Valley technology experts who advised President Trump’s predecessor have all but wiped out the larger White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For full story, click here.

EPA's Pruitt facing challenge from conservatives

By Rene Marsh – CNN – March 28, 2017 – Video
Scott Pruitt's first weeks leading the Environmental Protection Agency have been marked by infighting among competing factions, three sources tell CNN, including a group that believes Pruitt may not go far enough to reshape the agency and pare back regulations. Some conservatives both inside and outside the agency are concerned their dream of reigning in Obama-era EPA regulations and gutting the agency in a more wholesale fashion will not come to fruition. For full story, click here.

How eliminating two EPA programs could affect large parts of America

By Denise Lu and Tim Meko – The Washington Post – March 24, 2017
President Trump proposed to slash the Environmental Protection Agency ’s budget by 31 percent, the biggest cut of any federal agency, in addition to eliminating a fifth of its workforce. Efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes are among the more than 50 programs that would be eliminated. Although the requested cuts are not likely to pass, the proposal would return the responsibility of both these efforts back to state-level and local entities. However, without a federal agency tasked with holding states accountable, many goals may not be met. For full story, click here.

Trump’s Agriculture Pick Vows To Fight For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Despite Budget Cuts

By Alexander C. Kaufman – The Huffington Post – March 23, 2017 – Video
Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue on Thursday vowed to defend efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, even though the White House has proposed eliminating funding for its cleanup. If confirmed, the former Georgia governor would not have power over the Environmental Protection Agency’s $73 million initiative targeting runoff from farming fertilizer, the chief source of the nitrogen and phosphorus contaminating the Chesapeake Bay. But he said his Department of Agriculture would continue to work with farmers to reduce pollution. For full story and to view video, click here.

EPA Chief: Agency Will be States’ Partner in Addressing Environmental Issues

FB News – March 23, 2017
Just days into his tenure as EPA chief, Administrator Scott Pruitt was at President Donald Trump’s side as the president signed an executive order repealing the Waters of the U.S. rule. In an exclusive interview with the American Farm Bureau, Pruitt said the WOTUS repeal is ushering in a new era at EPA, one in which states have primacy and private property owners have certainty.  For full story, click here.

Four PLJV ConocoPhillips Grants Support Wetland Habitat

Playa Lakes – Joint Venture – March 21, 2017
The PLJV Management Board awarded $88,000 in PLJV ConocoPhillips grants this year. All four of the funded projects will contribute to the conservation of bird habitat in the region through wetland habitat restoration, enhancement or preservation. Read more here.

Gorsuch’s Environmental Record Not Easy to Define

By Holbrook Mohr and Mitch Weiss – AP News Archive – March 15, 2017
Many conservation groups say U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is too conservative and too much like the man he would replace, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, to be considered a friend of the environment. But when it comes to Gorsuch's judicial record on issues like pollution and environmental regulation, he can't be painted as someone who always finds in favor of businesses, according to an Associated Press review of his rulings. For full story, click here.

With E.P.A. Cuts, States Would Lose Help in Emergencies

By Coral Davenport – The New York Times – March 16, 2017
Late one Friday night in 2014, Ohio’s environmental agency received word of a frightening test result from Toledo’s water supply: A toxic greenish substance had rendered the drinking water of half a million Toledo residents unsafe to drink. “Immediately we reached out to the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Craig Butler, the director of Ohio’s environmental agency. “Because of the scale of the problem, and the technical knowledge required, we needed their expertise.” For full story, click here.

Trump’s Order May Foul U.S. Drinking Water Supply

By Annie Sneed – Scientific American – March 10, 2017
Pres. Donald Trump insists he wants clean water. In a speech to Congress last week, he vowed to “promote clean air and clean water.” And in an interview with The New York Times last November, he said, “Clean water, crystal clean water is vitally important.” Ironically, though, the president just signed an executive order that could pollute many Americans’ drinking water sources. For full article, click here.

 



 

 

AZ: No Environmental Impact Study? No Border Wall, Lawsuit Says

By Ferinanda Santos – The New York Times – April 13, 2017
An environmental group and an Arizona congressman have sued to block the construction of President Trump’s wall along the southern border, threatening to derail one of his marquee projects well before it gets off the ground. The Center for Biological Diversity and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Tucson that the Trump administration had failed to study the wall’s environmental impact before gearing up for its construction. For full story, click here.

CA: Lending Aesthetic Weight to Restoration

Erika Gavenus and Mary O'Brien – MAHB – March 30, 2017
Adobe Creek runs through the heart of California’s Silicon Valley Redwood Grove Park. Since 2013, a deep green thicket of sprouting willows secures one of the creek banks. One might not easily recognize this as art, but this bank of native willow bushes has its origin through the hands of hundreds of local volunteers—neighbors, Boy Scouts, school children, even tourists— under the direction of two California artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien and their studio, Watershed Sculpture. Tasked with replacing vegetation on a deeply eroded creek bank that once nurtured the highly invasive, exotic giant cane (Arundo donax) the artist team worked with the Santa Clara Valley Water District and site stewards Grassroots Ecology to design a remedial sculpture that would contain the erosive soil when the invasive plants were removed. For full story, click here.

CA: Big Pine Paiute Tribe Pressures LADWP into Fixing Broken Pipeline 

By Valerie Taliman Indian Country Today March 28, 2017
The Big Pine Paiute Tribe won an important battle last week in its five-year struggle with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to repair a broken pipeline that has cost the tribe half its irrigation water during a deep drought. Failure to repair the pipeline resulted in losses of more than $1.26 million in irrigation water in 2015 and 2016, according to data supplied by LADWP. For full story, click here.

CA: Battle looms as Trump ally crusades for dam construction

By Jeremy P. Jacobs E&E News March 27, 2017 – Part Three
At a large campaign rally last May in California's agricultural hub, the Central Valley, Donald Trump told farmers he would solve their water supply problems — even during droughts.
"If I win," Trump said, "believe me, we're going to start opening up the water."
His promise hooked Tony Azevedo, a 45-year-old farmer who had seen water deliveries to his 11,000 acres slow to a trickle, forcing him to take 2,000 acres out of production. Trump became his candidate. For full story, click here. Part 1; Part 2.

CA: California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

By Hiroko Tabuchi The New York Times March 24, 2017
California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s plan to reduce planet-warming gases. The vote, by the California Air Resources Board, is the boldest indication yet of California’s plan to stand up to President Trump’s agenda. Leading politicians in the state, from the governor down to many mayors, have promised to lead the resistance to Mr. Trump’s policies. For full story, click here.

DE: Ospreys make a comeback in Delaware, and that's good for environment

By Molly Murray Delaware Online March 27, 2017 Video
At the Lewes Little League Park, a pair of osprey showed up last week -- among the first of more than 200 nesting pairs expected to return to Delaware to mate, lay eggs and produce young between now and September. This nesting pair is part of a remarkable recovery. Scientists last did comprehensive sampling of osprey in the Delaware estuary and Inland Bays in 2002 and there were barely a couple dozen nests. They revisited that work in 2015 and are just beginning to review the findings. For full story and to view video, click here.

FL: Donald Trump's budget would eliminate key program testing Everglades water

By Ledyard King – USA Today – April 12, 2017 – Video
A system that tracks the health of the Everglades is among the environmental programs President Trump wants to abolish.
For more than 20 years, the little-known South Florida Geographic Initiative has been monitoring the threat of phosphorous, mercury and other damaging nutrients seeping into the ecologically fragile region — sometimes with dramatic results.
The data it collected for the Environmental Protection Agency and Florida agencies was key to a massive court-ordered settlement in 2012 to protect the River of Grass from encroaching pollution.
The initiative is now among more than 50 EPA programs the administration has proposed eliminating in an effort to return “the responsibility for funding local environmental efforts and programs to state and local entities, allowing EPA to focus on its highest national priorities,” according to Trump’s budget outline released last month. For full story and to view video, click here.

FL: Clermont’s $9.5M Victory Pointe Wetland Park on the way

By Roxanne Brown – Daily Commercial – March 16, 2017
More than two years in the works, Victory Pointe Wetland Park is on its way to fruition after the Clermont City Council this week approved a $9.5 million contract for construction.
James Kinzler, Clermont’s director of capital planning, called the project exciting but said it’s part of a larger plan. As the initial master plan project, Victory Pointe is a game changer and the foundation of our master plan implementation. We are very excited to be moving forward with it,” Kinzler said. Victory Pointe, on the surface, is a regional stormwater project, but incorporated within it, is a unique wetland filter marsh system that will channel highly filtered, clean water out into Lake Minneola, boardwalks, trails, benches and an observation tower for a passive park. For full story, click here.

HI: As sea level rises, much of Honolulu and Waikiki vulnerable to groundwater inundation

University of Hawaii News – March 26, 2017 – Video
New research from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa reveals a large part of the heavily urbanized area of Honolulu and Waikīkī is at risk of groundwater inundation—flooding that occurs as groundwater is lifted above the ground surface due to sea level rise. Shellie Habel, lead author of the study and doctoral student in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), and colleagues developed a computer model that combines ground elevation, groundwater location, monitoring data, estimates of tidal influence and numerical groundwater-flow modeling to simulate future flood scenarios in the urban core as sea level rises three feet, as is projected for this century under certain climate change scenarios. For full story and to view video, click here.

IA: Iowa Survey Shows Conservation Being Prioritized

Pork Network – March 24, 2017
A new poll shows numerous soil and water conservation best management practices are widely used by Iowa farmers and more are being considered. The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is an annual survey of Iowa farmers that collects and disseminates information on issues of importance to farmers and agricultural stakeholders across Iowa and the Midwest. For full story, click here.

KS: Burying Their Cattle, Ranchers Call Wildfires ‘Our Hurricane Katrina’

By Jack Healy – The New York Times – March 20, 2017 – Video
Death comes with raising cattle: coyotes, blizzards and the inevitable trip to the slaughterhouse and dinner plate. But after 30 years of ranching, Mark and Mary Kaltenbach were not ready for what met them after a wildfire charred their land and more than one million acres of rain-starved range this month. For full story and to view video, click here.

MD: Maryland’s fracking ban is fodder for campaigns against industry in Pa., Va.

By Scott Dance The Baltimore Sun April 8, 2017
When Gov. Larry Hogan signed a state fracking ban into law Tuesday, the stroke of his pen might have sent ripples beyond Maryland’s borders. Environmentalists in Virginia, Pennsylvania and elsewhere are hoping that the action spurs decision makers in those states to give the controversial gas-harvesting practice a second thought. For full story, click here.

MD: MD Assembly votes to block opening oyster sanctuaries to harvest

By Timothy B. Wheeler – Bay Journal – March 28, 2017
Maryland lawmakers voted Tuesday to temporarily block any changes to the state’s oyster sanctuaries, effectively halting a move by the Hogan administration to open some of them to commercial harvest next fall. By a vote of 32 to 14, the Senate gave final approval to a bill barring adjustments to sanctuary boundaries until the Department of Natural Resources finishes an assessment of the state’s oyster population, expected late next year. For full article, click here.

MA: It’s Not Too Late to Conserve Water Resources in Rapidly Urbanizing Areas of Eastern Massachusetts

Contact: Janet Lathrop – UMass Amherst – March 28, 2017
As climate change and population pressure both intensify in suburban areas northwest of Boston in th¬e coming decades, a new study by watershed scientist Timothy Randhir of the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that threats to the area’s watershed such as water shortages and poor quality can be met if managers begin to act now. For full story, click here.

MI: Wetlands mitigation may get cheaper for local governments

By Chao Yan – Capital News Service – March 24, 2017
A new partnership of state and local agencies is working to set aside state land to make it easier for public entities with expansion needs to fulfill wetlands replacement requirements. Because wetlands play a vital role in the health of the state’s environment and its tourism economy, the Wetlands Protection Act requires damage to wetlands that happens under a permit be compensated by creating a wetland someplace else. The Michigan Municipal Wetland Alliance (MMWA) is developing a wetlands mitigation bank system using Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property as bank sites. For full story, click here.

MN: Pets, lawn fertilizer pose big threats to Mississippi River in Twin Cities

By Kirsti Marohn – MPR News – April 3, 2017
A new study from the University of Minnesota suggests that household fertilizer and pet waste are the major sources of nutrients polluting Twin Cities lakes, streams and rivers. The study was the first comprehensive look at the sources of nitrogen and phosphorus in the Twin Cities watershed and how quickly the nutrients move across the land, ending up in the Mississippi River. For full story, click here.

NC: North Carolina is Latest in State CAFO Battles  

By Catherine Clabby – North Carolina Health News – April 13, 2017
The number of livestock farms converting to densely populated concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) has grown in recent decades. So have state laws written to shield the farms from interference by neighbors who oppose the odors and other conditions the farms can create. The latest effort to do so in North Carolina comes as evidence has increased that CAFOs may sometimes pose health risks to people living nearby, such as respiratory problems, increased blood pressure,  and increased stress. For full story, click here.

NC: Cape Fear Pollution Fix: Call It a ‘Swamp?’

By Kirk Ross – Coastal Review Online – April 10, 2017
The stretch of the Cape Fear River from Navassa to Snow’s Cut, the part fronted by downtown Wilmington and the state port here, is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the term “swamp water.” Traffic on this section of the river, which has a 50-foot-deep channel, includes both commercial shipping and pleasure craft and the river’s current is legendary as the name of the cape itself. But a change in environmental rules pending in Raleigh would officially classify this roughly 12 miles of river as “swamp water,” thereby lowering the water quality standards and reducing requirements on local businesses and governments with discharge permits. For full story, click here.

NC: Back to nature: UNCG installs wetlands on campus

By John Newsom – News & Record – March 22, 2017 – Video
A few centuries ago, the part of the city that’s now the UNC-Greensboro campus was largely a marshy area populated by all types of trees, plants and animals that prefer wet land to dry. The area was later drained to be farmland, leveled to become a college campus and now — on two small slivers of campus, anyway — being returned to its naturally swampy state. UNCG employees and students are using an excavator and shovels this week to create two wetlands on the north side of campus near West Market Street. For full story and to view video, click here.

PA: Scientists fighting to prevent invasive lanternfly from coming to Western PA

By Dillon Carr – Tribe Live – March 28, 2017
A significant portion of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry is in the hands of scientists as they fight the westward spread of an invasive insect: the spotted lanternfly. “It's not there yet, and we hope it never gets there,” said Emelie Swackhammer, spokeswoman for Penn State Extension in Montgomery County. The pest first arrived in Pennsylvania — and the United States — in September 2014 when it showed up in Berks County. It now is found in 75 municipalities across six counties in eastern Pennsylvania, which have been quarantined and where strict measures have been implemented to kill the insect. For full story, click here.

PA: Bumble bee once common in Lancaster County now an endangered species

By Ad Crable – Lancaster Online – March 27, 2017
If you’ve lived in Lancaster County the last 20 years or so, there’s a good chance you saw a rusty patched bumble bee lazily humming around the garden or buried in the head of a flower. As of March 21, those bees are an endangered species. The rusty patched is the first mainland United States bee ever to make the endangered list. And it’s a worrisome sign as bumble bees and honey bees so important to pollinating much of our food continue a precipitous and still largely mysterious freefall. For full story, click here.

TN: Bill would roll back Tennessee's factory farm regulations

By Mike Reicher and Anita Wadhwani – The Tennessean – April 5, 2017
Most of Tennessee’s factory farms would no longer need state permits that regulate animal waste disposal, under the terms of a bill before the state legislature. If it passes, only animal farms that actually pollute groundwater or waterways would be subject to oversight. For full story, click here.

UT: Appeals Court Restores Utah Prairie Dog Protections, Upholds Endangered Species Act

Contact: Noah Greenwald – Center for Biological Diversity – March 29, 2017
In a major victory for the nation’s endangered species, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today the federal government does have authority to protect the Utah prairie dog and other endangered species occurring in a single state.  In a stinging rebuke to extreme private-property-rights advocates, Judge Holmes, a Republican appointee writing for the three-judge panel, concluded that eliminating protections for “purely intrastate species” would “leave a gaping hole” and “undercut the conservation purposes” of the Endangered Species Act. For full story, click here.

VT: Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent

By Wilson Ring – Associated Press – The Spokesman-Review – April 15, 2017
The bird population in Vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, scientists with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies say.  The Norwich-based environmental research group says other factors for the decline include acid rain and the fragmentation of forestland caused by humans.  For full story, click here.

VA:  review of coal ash at Dominion Power's Chesapeake site may leave out most of the ash

By Dave Mayfield – The Virginian-Pilot – April 6, 2017
State lawmakers this week agreed to stretch out a regulatory review of Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to permanently store coal ash at four sites, including in Chesapeake. Environmental groups are hoping the extra time will enable a closer look at pollution risks from keeping the ash in place and at alternatives like recycling or moving it to lined landfills. But assessments planned by Dominion to help state regulators decide next year if the cap-in-place proposals are still sound may not include most of the ash stored at the Chesapeake site, the company has indicated. For full story, click here.

VA: Federal judge finds arsenic from Dominion coal ash violated Clean Water Act

By Robert Zullo – Richmond Times-Dispatch – March 23, 2017
A federal judge has ruled that arsenic seeping into the Elizabeth River from ash ponds at Dominion Virginia Power’s now-shuttered Chesapeake Energy Center violates the federal Clean Water Act, but he opted not to impose penalties or dictate how the violation should be addressed.  For full story, click here.

VA: Trump budget would cut funding at Va. Institute of Marine Science

13 News Now - Associated Press – March 20, 2017
President Trump's budget proposal would slash funding by 25 percent at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Associate Dean Mark Luckenbach says the impact would be felt throughout the Tidewater region.. For full story, click here.

VA: An award-winning wetland

By Michelle L. Mitchell – The News Virginian – March 19, 2017
What used to be a boggy, grassy field in Waynesboro has been transformed into a 10-acre wetland with pools and ponds. The project, known as the Waynesboro Jefferson Park Constructed Wetland, helps reduce polluted runoff, and, for its efforts, was recently recognized with the 2017 Best Urban BMP (Best Management Practices) project. For full story, click here.

WA: Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage 

Yahoo Finance – March 26, 2017
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into the United States' second-largest estuary since a massive sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle's waste. The county-run facility has been hobbling along at about half-capacity since the Feb. 9 electrical failure resulted in catastrophic flooding that damaged an underground network of pumps, motors, electric panels and other gear. For full story, click here.

WV: WV Senate OKs bill that could increase water pollution

By Ken Ward Jr. – Charleston Gazette-Mail – March 28, 2017
Legislation that could allow increased discharge of toxic chemicals into West Virginia’s rivers and streams won final approval from the state Senate on Tuesday, giving business and industry lobbyists a major victory on a long-sought change in the way water pollution permit limits are calculated. Senators voted 20-13 in favor of House Bill 2506 and sent the measure to Gov. Jim Justice, who is all but certain to sign it into law. For full story, click here.

WI: Wisconsin takes aim at outdoors magazine, subscribers erupt

By Todd Richmond – New Jersey Herald – April. 9, 2017
Twenty years of back issues in Jim Stroschein's attic attest to his love of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' magazine. Since 1919, the publication has featured stories and photos highlighting Wisconsin's natural splendor, from where to hunt, fish, hike and camp to what it's like to own a north woods cabin. If Republican Gov. Scott Walker gets his way, this will be the magazines last year. Even though it is sustained entirely by subscribers — it had nearly 84,000 as of December — Walker's proposed budget would end it next February. He argues that the state shouldn't be in the publishing business and that the DNR can reach more people through social media. For full story, click here.

WI: Farmers Try New Ways to Fight Manure Runoff, But Federal Spending Cuts Loom 

By Chuck Quirmbach – Wisconsin Public Radio – March 23, 2017
The melting of snow across much of Wisconsin means it's time for farmers to get ready for spring planting, which for many means increasing manure spreading on their fields. But it's also a risky time because some of that animal waste can run off the soil and into groundwater, streams and lakes. In some parts of Wisconsin, growers have enrolled in government-organized demonstration projects that use newer runoff reduction methods to try to keep more soil and manure on the land. For full story, click here.

 

 

Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

By Hannah Devlin – The Guardian – April 17, 2017
An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of the Slims River, which spanned up to 150 metres at its widest points, is the first observed case of “river piracy”, in which the flow of one river is suddenly diverted into another. For full story, click here.

Study tracks startling salinization trend in U.S. lakes

Summit County Citizens Voice – April 15, 2017
Lakes from New England to the Midwest are getting saltier from the massive use of chemicals to melt ice on roads, as well as from urban development. Under the current trend, many North American lakes will surpass EPA-recommended chloride levels in 50 years, spelling trouble for aquatic ecosystems. The majority of the lakes (284) were located in a North American Lakes Region that includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Ontario, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. For full story, click here.

EPA Chief Pruitt: U.S. Should 'Exit' Paris Climate Agreement

By Marianne Lavelle – InsideClimate News – April 13, 2017 – Video
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday that the United States should exit the Paris climate agreement. The comments are his strongest yet on a question that has divided the Donald Trump administration, even as it seeks to roll back the nation's commitment to act on climate change. For full story and to view video, click here.

Democrats Condemn Climate Change Skeptics for Targeting Teachers

By Katie Worth – PBS – WGBH – Frontline – April 12, 2017
Three top Democrats have urged a libertarian think tank to stop mailing climate change skeptical classroom materials to teachers across America.  The ranking Democrats on the House committees overseeing education, natural resources and science condemned the group’s mass-mailing campaign and counseled teachers to throw away the materials when they arrive. For full story, click here.

Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.

By Alexandra E. Petri – National Geographic – April 11, 2017
Water is life, yet climate change and certain public policies may be endangering its future in America, a nonprofit group warns in a new report. The stakes are high, with the current presidential administration having proposed budget cuts that may eliminate some safeguards for clean drinking water and rivers nationwide. That’s according to American Rivers, a Washington, D.C.-based conservation group, which released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers on Tuesday. The list outlines rivers that the group warns face an urgent threat or critical decision point in the coming year. For full article, click here.

Loss of coral reefs caused by rising sea temperatures could cost $1 trillion globally

By  Ben Doherty and Christopher Knaus – The Guardian – April 11, 2017 – Video
The loss of coral reefs caused by rising sea temperatures could cost $1 trillion globally, a report from Australia’s Climate Council has projected, with the loss of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef alone costing that region 1m visitors a year, imperiling 10,000 jobs and draining $1bn from the economy. The longest global coral bleaching event on record, which began in 2014 and has affected some reefs in consecutive years, has given reefs little chance to recover, and should be a “wake-up call” to act to save the natural and economic assets, the Climate Council’s Lesley Hughes said. For full story and to view video, click here.

VIDEO: In Chesapeake Bay cleanup, a larger ecosystem at stake

By Julia Wall, Logan Jaffee and Guglielmo Mattiol – The New York Times-The Daily 360 – April 11, 2017 – Video
To view video,
click here.

NASA Is Digging in the Snow to Help the West Manage Its Water

By Christie Aschwanden – FiveThirtyEight – April 10, 2017
When kids dream of growing up to work for NASA, they generally imagine themselves piloting rocketships or exploring Mars, not tromping around in the snow. But for three weeks this winter, you could find a bunch of NASA-funded scientists digging snow caves and measuring snowpack density on a frosty plateau in western Colorado. Although NASA may be best known for studying other worlds, its exploration of the universe begins with our home planet, and NASA’s satellites and other space-age technologies have proved vital to understanding Earth. For full story, click here.

Women landowners sought for conservation

By Chris Kick – Farm and Dairy – April 7, 2017
While the majority of U.S. farms are operated by men, many of those same farms are owned by women who, in turn, lease their farmland to male operators. The trend toward female ownership is difficult to track because most data only records the gender of farm operators, and the amount of farmland that is leased. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, only about 14 percent of farms are operated by women, but the number of farms owned by a woman is presumably much higher. For full story, click here.

Climate change hits Alaska’s rural water and sewer systems

By Rachel Waldholz – Alaska Public – Media April 6, 2017
For decades, Alaska has struggled to get running water and sewer systems to its rural communities. An estimated 3,000 households — or about 10,000 people — still lack both. Now, that job may be getting harder, as climate change exacerbates old problems and creates new ones. For full story, click here.

Mystery pest wiping out wetlands at the mouth of the Mississippi River

By Tristan Baurick – NOLA.com - Times-Picayune – April 4, 2017
An unprecedented invasion of tiny bugs near the mouth of the Mississippi River is killing vast swaths of wetland grass considered critical to the health of Louisiana's coast. State and university scientists are scrambling to figure out how and why the pest, which could be a European or Asian import, arrived in south Louisiana, and what can be done to halt its progress. Since fall, marshlands in south Plaquemines Parish have suffered large-scale die-offs of Roseau cane, a tall-growing grass that's native to Louisiana and prime habitat for fish and other wildlife. The cane's roots hold marshlands in place. Its disappearance could speed the already rapid erosion of the coastline. For full story, click here.

Large grain stocks revive debate over US land retirement

By Chuck Abbott – Successful Farming – April 3, 2017
Three years ago, Congress voted as part of the 2014 farm law to wind down the CRP to a maximum of 24 million acres, its smallest size since 1988. Enrollment in the long-term land-idling program was down by 30% from its 2007 peak as farmers chased profits in the commodity boom, so the cap was a painless step that incidentally helped lawmakers meet their target for budget savings. Land retirement is on the table again as Congress prepares for the new Farm Bill. This time, the argument is whether to divert U.S. cropland from production in the face of large grain inventories worldwide. For full story, click here.

On many farms, reducing pesticides probably won’t hurt profit or yields

By Emma Bryce – Anthropocene Magazine – March 31, 2017
The dependence of modern agriculture on pesticides is a growing environmental problem, causing soil and water contamination, threatening wildlife, and severely harming human health. Increasingly, experts are pondering whether we really need to be applying pesticides with such reckless abandon to our crops. A group of researchers now says no: in fact, we could significantly reduce pesticide use and still maintain current productivity on most farms, they assert. For full article, click here.

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity 

By Damian Carrington– The Guardian – March 30, 2017
Global warming is reshuffling the ranges of animals and plants around the world with profound consequences for humanity, according to a major new analysis. Rising temperatures on land and sea are increasingly forcing species to migrate to cooler climes, pushing disease-carrying insects into new areas, moving the pests that attack crops and shifting the pollinators that fertilize many of them, an international team of scientists has said. For full story, click here.

Manatees taken off U.S. endangered list, conservationists cry foul

By Ian Simpson – Reuters – March 30, 2017
Manatees were taken off the U.S. Interior Department's list of endangered species on Thursday and reclassified as threatened, a move condemned by conservationists who say it weakens protections for the giant marine mammal, also known as a sea cow. The relisting recognizes a population rebound by the West Indian manatee, a native of the Florida coastline whose range extends from the southeastern United States through the Caribbean basin. Its numbers have soared to more than 6,600 in Florida alone from a few hundred in the 1970s, the Interior Department said. For full story, click here.

Vatican says Trump risks losing climate change leadership to

By Philip Pullella – Reuters – March 30, 2017
The Vatican urged U.S. President Donald Trump to listen to "dissenting voices" and reconsider his position on climate change on Thursday, saying the United States risked losing its environmental protection leadership to China. Pope Francis has made defense of the environment a key plank of his papacy, strongly backing scientific opinion that global warming is caused mostly by human activity. "This is a challenge for us," said Cardinal Peter Turkson, the pope's point man for the environmental, immigration and development, when asked about Trump's executive order dismantling Obama-era climate change regulations and his immigration policies. For full story, click here.

Where Levees Fail in California, Nature Can Step in to Nurture Rivers

By Lauren Sommer – NPR – March 29, 2017
After millions of dollars of flood damage and mass evacuations this year, California is grappling with how to update its aging flood infrastructure. Some say a natural approach might be part of the answer. For full story, click here.

Good intentions alone won’t grow new mangroves

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene – March 29, 2017
Perhaps no single ecosystem is more emblematic of nature’s benefits to humans than mangrove forests. Lining tropical and subtropical coastlines worldwide, they’re nurseries for countless species and protect inland areas from hurricanes and storms. They’re an environmental feature beyond our wildest technical capacities. In just the last half-century, though, more than half of all mangrove forests were lost to development. For full article, click here.

Climate Action Will Thrive on State and Local Level, Leaders Vow After Trump Order

By Marianne Lavelle – InsideClimate News – March 29, 2017
President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday he is returning power over environmental regulation to the states, with his executive order lifting restrictions on the fossil fuel industry. "States and communities know what's best for them," he said. "They understand it. They get it." But leaders of some of the nation's biggest states and local governments say what they need is strong federal policy. The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which formed in 2015 to support U.S. policy in the run-up to the Paris climate talks, was one of the coalitions that responded immediately with a vow to use their powers to fend off the White House assault on environmental regulation. For full story, click here.

Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood

By Misti Crane – The Ohio State University – March 28, 2017
Forests play a complex role in keeping the planet cool, one that goes far beyond the absorption of carbon dioxide, new research has found. Trees also impact climate by regulating the exchange of water and energy between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere, an important influence that should be considered as policymakers contemplate efforts to conserve forested land, said the authors of an international study that appears in the journal Nature Climate Change. For full story, click here.

Cattle associated antibiotics disturb soil ecosystems

By Ed Gebert – PHYS.org – March 28, 2017
Manure from cattle administered antibiotics drastically changes the bacterial and fungal make-up of surrounding soil, leading to ecosystem dysfunction, according to a Virginia Tech research team.  The team analyzed soil samples from 11 dairy farms in the United States, and found that the amount of antibiotic resistant genes was 200 times greater in soil near manure piles compared with soil that wasn't. For full story, click here.

Trump scraps Clean Power Plan: What that means for Earth

By Laura Geggel – CBS News - Livescience.com – March 28, 2017
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. The plan, which President Barack Obama’s administration put into effect in 2015, was designed to cut power plant emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that is warming the planet. The Clean Power Plan requires that, by 2030, the power sector’s CO2 emissions be brought down to 32 percent below their 2005 levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For full story, click here.

EPA seeks source of element in waterways: Phosphorous studied

By Ed Gebert – The Daily Standard – March 24, 2017
Scientists are trying to determine the cause of rising phosphorus levels in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a webcast on Thursday to discuss the issue. Data from the EPA's National Lakes Assessment and the National Rivers and Streams Surveys indicate increasing amounts of phosphorus in bodies of water, especially in areas that had previously shown almost no phosphorus. For full story, click here.

The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests

University of Exeter – March 21, 2017
Phytoplankton, which also act as an essential food supply for fish, can increase the rate at which they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen while in warmer water temperatures, a long-running experiment shows. Monitoring of one species, a green algae, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, after ten years of them being in waters of a higher temperature shows they quickly adapt so they are still able to photosynthesise more than they respire. For full story, click here.

Boulder scientist teams on study probing implications of ice sheet's demise

By Charlie Brennan Daily Camera March 20, 2017
Flying over the remote area during research at the Barnes Ice Cap on Baffin Island in 2009, a Boulder scientist saw dark where there should have been white. Closer inspection revealed that what Gifford Miller spotted was the remnants of a 1963 geological camp that had been buried for decades by snow and ice. Long-abandoned tents and snowmobiles were being unveiled by melting of the ice cap, and that helped inspire a study that suggests a disturbing climate change signal. For full story, click here.

Super sponge promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more

University of Minnesota – March 16, 2017
Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences (CFANS) Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds. Thanks to the application of nanotechnology, the team developed a sponge with outstanding mercury adsorption properties where mercury contaminations can be removed from tap, lake and industrial wastewater to below detectable limits in less than 5 seconds (or around 5 minutes for industrial wastewater). The sponge converts the contamination into a non-toxic complex so it can be disposed of in a landfill after use. The sponge also kills bacterial and fungal microbes. For full story, click here.

 

DNREC launches new online tool available to help Delaware landowners locate wetlands on their property

Contact: Michael Globetti – Deleware.gov – April 17, 2017
DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program today announced the launch of the Delaware Freshwater Wetland Toolbox, a new online tool that aids Delaware landowners in locating wetlands that may exist on their property.  “Delaware is rich in wetlands – no matter where you stand in the state you’re probably no more than a mile away from a wetland,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “Identifying and conserving these natural wetland resources is key to protecting the important functions wetlands provide, and technology such as the new online tool can make such information more readily available to us.” For full story, click here.

Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – 2017
This training module is designed to increase your understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges water resource managers are facing. The course contains three parts which will take about 45 minutes to complete. Optional supplementary information on climate change impacts in the United States is included at the end of the course if you are interested in more details. This module is one of the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program. To learn more and to take the course, click here.

 

Dam Busters

By Paul Greenberg – Hakai Magazine – April 4, 2017
In staid New England, if a younger man drives onto the property of an elderly woman and threatens to knock something down, you expect pushback: an argument, a call to the authorities, and the subsequent removal of the man from the premises. But on a cool November morning in Colchester, Connecticut, quite the opposite is occurring. Here, on the banks of a midsized watercourse called the Jeremy River, Steve Gephard, a fisheries biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection, has arrived with Sally Harold of the Nature Conservancy and a backhoe-mounted jackhammer. They direct workmen to rip down a dam on the property of 84-year-old Yankee matriarch Nan Wasniewski. As the jackhammer bashes through the concrete, and water begins flowing unimpeded downstream for the first time in almost three centuries, Wasniewski, dressed in a crisp blue windbreaker, can only shake her head at the spectacle. She sold the dam to the town for a dollar. In return, she earned the chance to bring a river back to life. For full article, click here.

Nixing EPA's climate-change plan will cost lives, expert says

By Alice Kantor, and David Heath – CNN – April 4, 2017 – Video
A scientist who coauthored some of the most influential studies on air pollution says President Trump's recent executive order to thwart the Environmental Protection Agency's climate-change plan will ultimately cut short thousands of American lives. President Obama's "Clean Power Plan" is intended to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but it would also reduce harmful soot and smog, says Douglas Dockery, a department chairman at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that when implemented, the plan would prevent 3,600 premature deaths a year. In addition, the agency said, it would prevent 1,700 heart attacks, 90,000 asthma attacks and 300,000 missed days of work or school a year. For full story, click here.

Can Oysters, Coastal Restoration Create Jobs?

By Ashita Gona – Coastal Review Online – March 30, 2017
When European settlers first arrived in North Carolina’s sounds, historical accounts indicate that the water was so clear a dropped coin could be seen falling to the bottom of the sound. The waters once teemed with so many oysters that their reefs were a navigational hazard. These days, the water looks murkier, and regular shellfish harvesting closures illustrate the impact humans have made on the health of the state’s estuarine systems. For full story, click here.

Circular Economy Could Annually Save 11% of Water

The Water Network
Adapting the principles of circular economy to water management could result in saving 11% of annual global water demand, according to the research of the Dutch multinational banking group ING. Unlike linear economy which practices the ‘take, make, dispose’ model, circular economy is focused on reusing materials and generally reducing waste. It aims at greater productivity of resources in industry, reducing waste and preventing pollution. For full article, click here.

EPA CAFO Info Release Scope Narrowed Under Settlement

By Todd Neeley – KTIC Radio – March 29, 2017
Information released to environmental groups about concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, will be scaled back under a settlement reached Monday in a multi-year legal dispute between a number of agriculture interest groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The EPA decided to end the dispute. . For full story, click here.

Thousands of pollution deaths worldwide linked to western consumers – study

By Hannah Devlin – The Guardian – March 29, 2017
Western consumers who buy cheap imported toys, clothes and mobile phones are indirectly contributing to tens of thousands of pollution-related deaths in the countries where the goods are produced, according to a landmark study. Nearly 3.5 million people die prematurely each year due to air pollution, the research estimates, and about 22% of these deaths are associated with goods and services that were produced in one region for consumption in another. For full story, click here.

How the U.S. Protects the Environment, From Nixon to Trump

By Robinson Meyer – The Atlantic –March 29, 2017
A little less than 50 years ago, President Richard Nixon united with a Democratic Congress to pass laws that altered the everyday experience of almost everyone living in the United States. These laws arose from a flurry of legislating—nearly all emerged in the same two-year period—and they had astonishingly large goals. They sought to restrict toxic air pollution nationwide, clean up hundreds of streams and rivers, and erect a permanent, federally empowered Environmental Protection Agency. For full story, click here.

For water users on Colorado River, a mind-set of shared sacrifice

By Zack Colman – The Christian Science Monitor – March 27, 2017
Jason Tucker’s job title is facility manager at the Glen Canyon Dam. But you could also say he’s also a kind of banker. Colorado River water flows into his bank – the reservoir behind the dam. He can then loan it out to create electricity. Some even call the dam here a kind of “savings account,” tapped as needed to replenish Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, which lie past the Grand Canyon to the west. But the currency here is, of course, water – a lifeblood of any community and particularly precious here in the arid American West. Mr. Tucker marvels when ponders the role that this one river plays. For full story, click here.

Icahn Raises Ethics Flags With Dual Roles as Investor and Trump Adviser

By Eric Lipton – The New York Times – March 26, 2017
Since Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, was named by President Trump as a special adviser on regulatory matters, he has been busy working behind the scenes to try to revamp an obscure Environmental Protection Agency rule that governs the way corn-based ethanol is mixed into gasoline nationwide. For full story, click here.

Can insurance markets jump-start resilience?

By Jeff Byles – Doggerel – March 16, 2017
Whether it’s Superstorm Sandy, an earthquake in Nepal, or runaway California wildfires, natural catastrophes take an enormous economic toll — upwards of $100 billion every year. You might think that sum is largely covered by global insurance markets, with their various products to hedge against risk. Not so. “If you add up the total cost of disasters globally, only about 30% are insured,” said Alex Kaplan, senior vice president of global partnerships for reinsurer Swiss Re. “The overwhelming majority of those uninsured economic losses fall on the back of government.” For full article, click here.

How the United States Looked Before the EPA

By Kacy Burdette – Fortune – February 28, 2017
Back in 1970, then-President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. Just after its creation, the EPA created a photo-documentary project called "Project Documerica." Its purpose? To "record the state of the environment and efforts to improve it." For full story, click here.

 

 

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

 

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 
WEBINARS
       
APRIL 2017
       
April 27, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Webinar: Innovative State Water Agency Practices: Working Toward Resilience
 
       
MORE APRIL WEBINARS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
MAY 2017
       
May 2, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM: Using the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches Globally  
       
May 4 and 11, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT 
  Forester University Live Webinar: Fluvial Geomorphology 101    
       
May 5, 2017
12:00 p.m. EDT 
  Hosted by Meridian Institute in collaboration with Pisces Foundation Webinar: Using Advanced Water Quality Monitoring Technologies to Address Water Pollution
 
       
May 11, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve  
       
May 11, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT
 
  EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is hosting a stormwater finance webinar series in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation. DC Water’s Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) Webinar   
       
May 17, 2017
12:00 p.m. EDT
  Land Use Webinar Series: Winter/Spring 2017: Using Reverse Fiscal Impact Analysis in Pre-Disaster Planning  
       
May 17, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  AWRA Webinar: Groundwater Governance and Management in the U.S.  
       
May 17, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Nutrient Trading  
       
May 17, 2017
3:00 p.m. EDT
  Association of State Wetland Managers Webinar:
Improving Crediting of Wetland and Stream Mitigation
 
       
May 18, 2017
3:00 p.m. EDT
  Future Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) Webinar: The Naturally Resilient Communities Project: Siting Guide and Case Studies for the Mainstreaming of Natural Infrastructure to Address Coastal and Riverine Flooding  
       
May 23, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT
  EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is hosting a stormwater finance webinar series in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation. Washington DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program Webinar  
       
May 30, 2017
TBD
  EPA Webinar: Water Systems Partnerships  
       
May 30, 2017
3:00 p.m. EDT
  Association of State Wetland Managers Hot Topics Webinar: Attracting Local People into Wetland Sites  
       
MORE MAY WEBINARS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
JUNE 2017
       
June 1 and 8, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT
  Forester University Live Webinar: Stream Restoration Basics & Techniques  
       
June 14, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Creating an 'American Nile': Policy, Engineering, and Recreation in the Colorado River Basin & Abroad
 
       
June 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Making Urban Tress Count  
       
June 21, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT
  Network or Landscape Conservation Webinar: Scaling Up: Conservation, Wetland, and NPS Banking  
       
MORE JUNE WEBINARS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
MEETINGS
 
APRIL 2017
       
April 26-27, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Green Technology: Green California Summit  
       
April 27, 2017
Hyde Park, NY
  Hudson River on the Rise: Waterfront Planning for Communities and Nature Conference  
       
April 29, 2017
Washington, DC
  People's Climate Movement  
       
April 30-May 3, 2017
Snowbird, UT
  2017 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference: Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity  
       
April 30-May 5, 2017
Kansas City, MO
  2017 ASFPM Conference: Flood Risk Management in the Heartland  
       
MORE APRIL MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
MAY 2017
       
May 4-6, 2017
Lancaster, PA
  2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference: Where Land Meets Water: Protecting Our Farmland, Natural Lands, and Waterways  
       
May 5-6, 2017
Biddeford, ME
  Society of Wetland Scientist New England Chapter Annual Meeting and Field Trip  
       
May 7-11, 2017
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada
  Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Meeting 2017.  
       
May 8-11, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI
  River Network's River Rally 2017  
       
May 9-11, 2017
Saint Paul, MN
  National Adaptation Forum  
       
May 9-12, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Invest in the Environment  
       
May 11, 2017
Ann Arbor, MI
  CILER: Great Lakes Seminar: Finding and Tracking the “Goldilocks Zone” for Carbon Cycling in a Great Lakes Watershed. Remote participation  
       
May 15-19, 2017
Detroit, MI
  IAGLR's 60th Annual Conference: From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems  
       
May 16-18, 2017
Covington, LA
  2017 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice  
       
May 17-18, 2017
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
  Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society (ACCESS)’s 2017 Conference  
       
May 17-20, 2017
Saint Paul, MN
  Citizen Science Association: CitSci2017  
       
May 18, 2017
Richmond, CA
  Bay Area Open Space Council Conference: Eyes on the Horizon, Boots on the Trail  
       
May 20-25, 2017
Makuhari Messe
Chiba, Japan
  Japan Geoscience Union-American Geophysical Union (JpGU-AGU) Joint Meeting  
       
May 21-25, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Environmental & Water Resources Institute of ASCE: World Environmental & Water Resources Congress  
       
May 23-24, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
  Stockholm Environment Institute Workshop: Emerging Complexity of Climate Adaptation Governance in a Globalizing World
 
       
May 29-June 2, 2017
Cancun, Mexico
  International Water Resources Association: World Water Congresses: Bridging Science and Policy  
       
May 31–June 1, 2017
Champaign, IL
  The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant: Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference
 
       
May 31-June 1, 2017
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
  River Institute: Assessing River Ecosystem Challenges in a Changing Environment. Please register by April 20, 2017.  
       
May 31-June 2, 2017
Detroit, MI
  Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference: Integrated Stormwater Management from Duluth to Quebec  
       
May 31-June 3, 2017
Browns Summit, NC
  4th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology: Making urban stream rehabilitation a co-evolutionary process  
       
MORE MAY MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
JUNE 2017
       
June 1-2, 2017
Seattle, WA
  Law Seminars International Fourth Annual Conference: Tribal Water in the Pacific Northwest   
       
June 4-9, 2017
Raleigh, NC
  Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Designing Our Freshwater Futures
 
       
June 5-8, 2017
Olympic Valley, CA
  National Hydrologic Warning Council 2017 Conference  
       
June 5-8, 2017
San Juan, Puerto Rico
  Society of Wetland Scientists’ 2017 Annual Meeting: Celebrating Wetland Diversity Across the Landscape: Mountains to Mangroves
 
       
June 8, 2017
Reisterstown, MD
  2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference  
       
June 11-14, 2017
Philadelphia PA
  American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting The World Of Water  
       
June 12-14, 2017
Binghamton, NY
  New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association 017 An2nual Meeting   
       
June 12-16, 2017
Boulder, CO
  Computational & Information Systems Lab: 4th Annual Graduate Workshop on Environmental Data Analytics  
       
June 13-15, 2017
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
  2017 UCOWR/NIWR Conference: Water in a Changing Environment  
       
June 15-16, 2017
San Antonio, TX
  Land Trust Alliance: Sixth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation  
       
June 16-18, 2017
Hangzhou, China
  3rd Conference on Soil and Water Conservation & Ecological Restoration  
       
June 18-21, 2017
Duluth, MN
  9th International Charr Symposium
 
       
June 19-21, 2017
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
  International Conference: Engineering and Ecohydraulics for Fish Passage  
       
June 19-22, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  University of Alberta: 11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop  
       
June 20-22, 2017
Kamloops, BC
  Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC): Invasive Species Research Conference - Turning Science into Action at TRU  
       
June 22, 2017
Traverse City, MI
  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District Forum: Corps’ Regulatory Program  
       
June 23-27, 2017
Portland, OR
  American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists: Evolution 2017  
       
June 25-28, 2017
Tysons, VA
  2017 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management
 
       
June 27-29, 2017
New Orleans LA
  US Water Alliance: One Water Summit 2017  
       
MORE JUNE MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
JULY 2017
       
July 9-13, 2017
Worcester, MA
 

North American Echinoderm Conference

 
 
       
July 10-14, 2017
New York, NY
  World Climate Research Program: Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference  
       
July 11, 2017
Davis, CA
  Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation  
       
July 18-19, 2017
Santa Fe, NM
  Law Seminars International 2017 Santa Fe Advanced Natural Resource Damages Conference  
       
July 21-24, 2017
Franklin County, OH
  National Association of Counties: 2017 Annual Conference
 
       
July 25-27, 2017
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, A
  CUAHSI 2017 Conference: Hydroinformatics: Swimming in Data without Drowning in the Deluge  
       
July 25-27, 2017
Duluth, MN
  Michigan Technological University workshop: Science and Management of Ash Forests after Emerald Ash Borer
 
       
MORE JULY MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
AUGUST 2017
       
August 6-11, 2017
Portland, OR
  2017 ESA Annual Meeting: Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world
 
       
August 14-17, 2017
Iselin, NJ
  Association of State Floodplain Managers: The National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop
 
       
August 20-23, 2017
Bergen, Norway
  3rd International Workshop on Trait-based Approaches to Ocean Life  
       
August 20-23, 2017
Tampla, FL
  American Fisheries Society 147th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Ecosystems: Uplands to Oceans  
       
August 21-25, 2017
Beijing, China
  12th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL 2017 Beijing): Ecology and Civilization in a Changing World
 
       
August 22-26, 2017
Big Sky, MT
  7th International Symposium: Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control (WETPOL)  
       
August 24-26, 2017
Corum, Montpellier, France
  Biodiversity and Ecosystem Scenarios Network (ScenNet): Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Support of Decision Making  
       
August 27-September 1, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
  SIWI World Water Week: Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’  
       
MORE AUGUST MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
SEPTEMBER 2017
       
September 5-7, 2017
University of Leeds, UK
  7th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7)  
       
September 5-8, 2017
Long Beach, CA
  Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference: Creating Partnerships through Integration: Water, Environment, People  
       
September 16-17, 2017
Toonton, Candad
  Sixth International Conference: Climate Change Adaptation 2017 (CCA 2017). Abstracts due by April 30, 2017.  
       
September 20-22, 2017
Baltimore, MD
  Rhode Island Resource Institute: 8th Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference  
       
September 28-29, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
  1st International Conference on Community Ecology (ComEc)  
       
MORE SEPTEMBER MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
OCTOBER 2017
       
October 10-12, 2017
Collins, CO
  Natural Areas Association: Natural Areas Conference

 
       
October 11-13, 2017
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
  Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners: 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science  
       
October 12-13, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference: Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions  
       
October 17-19, 2017
University of California, Davis
  California Department of Water Resources, Urban Streams Restoration Program, Riparian Habitat Joint Venture: 2017 Riparian Summit - Confluence to Influence  
       
October 19-21, 2017
University of Oklahoma
  4th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference  
       
October 19-21, 2017
Rome, Italy
  4th World Conference on Climate Change: Today's Progress and Tomorrow's Climate Challenges  
       
October 24-26, 2017
Atlantic City, NJ
  2017 NJAFM Annual Conference  
       
October 26-28, 2017
Denver, CO
  Land Trust Alliance: Rally 2017 National Land Conservation Conference  
       
MORE OCTOBER MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
NOVEMBER 2017
       
November 5-9, 2017
Portland, OR
  2017 AWRA Annual Conference  
       
November 6-9, 2017
Green Bay, WI
  International Association for Great Lakes Research: State of Lake Michigan Conference  
       
November 8-9, 2017
Manhattan, KS
  Kansas Water Office Governor's Conference: Future of Water in Kansas  
       
MORE NOVEMBER MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
TRAINING
       
APRIL 2017
       
April 26-27, 2017
Hilliard, OH
  MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training  
       
April 26-28, 2017
San Diego, CA
  3-day Vernal Pool CRAM Training  
       
April 27, 2017
Belvedere Tiburon, CA
  San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Workshop: Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process for Wetland Projects in the San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast
 
       
April 27-28, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Urban Planning and Design Studio  
       
April 27-28, 2017
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Urban Channel Design and Stream Rehabilitation  
       
MORE APRIL TRAINING CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
MAY 2017
       
May 1-2, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
May 1-5, 2017
Vicksburg, MS
  Stream Mechanics Workshop: Assessing and Restoring Low Gradient Streams  
       
May 1-5, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Wildflowers and Waterfalls  
       
May 2-4, 2017
Boulder, CO
  CUAHSI Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System  
       
May 3-5, 2017
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
  NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World  
       
May 5, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainable Erosion Control: Effective Best of the BMPs  
       
May 8-11, 2017
Spartanburg, SC
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Identifying Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes  
       
May 8-13, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Creatively Communicating Biology & Ecology  
       
May 8-18, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: River Assessment and Monitoring (Wildland Hydrology)  
       
May 8-20, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Darwin and the Origin of Species: A Field Course  
       
May 8-June 5, 2017
Online
  
  UC Davis Extension Online Course: Introduction to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)    
       
May 9-10, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Environmental and Toxics Laws and Regulations  
       
May 9-10, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain)  
       
May 11-12, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Community Involvement and Communication in Planning  
       
May 15-19, 2017
Rolla, MO
 

Institute of Botanical Training: Ozarks Flora Workshop

 
       
May 15-19, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Climate-Smart Conservation with Scenario Planning  
       
May 15-27, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Landscape Conservation of Amphibians  
       
May 16-17, 2017
Hilliard, OH
  MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity (AmphIBI)  
       
May 16-18, 2017
Raleigh, NC
  North Carolina State University Stream Restoration River Course: Stream Morphology Assessment  
       
May 16-19, 2017
Flagstaff, AZ
  CUAHSI Course: Water Sustainability in a Global Economy Master Class  
       
May 18, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Endangered Species Identification  
       
May 18-19, 2017
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
Los Banos, CA
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-Soil Management for Maintenance Staff;
 
       
May 18-19, 2017
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017  
       
May 19, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Redesigning the Zoning Ordinance  
       
May 20, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Basic Wetland Plant ID

 
       
May 21-27, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Crustose Lichens of the Acadian Forest  
       
May 21-27, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology  
       
May 22-23, 2017
Omaha/Lincoln, NE
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017  
       
May 22-23, 2017
State College, PA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017  
       
May 22-24, 2017
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
Los Basos, CA
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Waterfowl Ecology & Management (short course); $525/person  
       
May 22-25, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments  
       
May 22-26, 2017
Moss Point, MS
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Advanced Plant ID: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Composites  
       
May 22-26, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Basic Wetland Delineation. The course will also be held on October 2 - 6, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  
       
May 22-27, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Grasses (Poaceae) of the Southern Appalachians  
       
May 23, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Principle of Green Chemistry  
       
May 23-24, 2017
McClellan, CA
  Floodplain Management Association: Stormwater BMPs Workshop  
       
May 23-26, 2017
Hays, KS 
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Graminoid Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators   
       
May 23-26, 2017
Gray Summit, MO
  Institute of Botanical Training: Wetland Flora Workshop  
       
May 24-25, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Chemicals and Product Stewardship  
       
May 25, 2017
Tacoma, WA
  Washington Department of Ecology: Coastal Training Program Course: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration  
       
May 25-26, 2017
Lake Ariel, PA
  Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station Workshop: Ecological Functional Genomics  
       
May 28-June 3, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History  
       
May 28-June 3, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil  
       
May 28-June 3, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: A-B-C's of Birding: Introduction to Coastal Maine Bird Identification  
       
May 29-June 3, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Identification of Ferns  
       
May 29-June 16, 2017
Chauvin, LA
  Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium's (LUMCON) Summer Course: Coastal Biogeochemistry  
       
May 30-June 2, 2017
Little Rock, AR
  Institute of Botanical Training: Wetland Flora Workshop  
       
MORE MAY TRAINING CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
JUNE 2017
       
June 1-2, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Urban Planning and Design Studio  
       
June 1-2, 2017
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Stormwater Detention System Design  
       
June 2, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation  
       
June 4-10, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens  
       
June 4-10, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies – Natural History of Freshwater Fishes  
       
June 5-10, 2017
Poolesville, MD
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology  
       
June 5-10, 2017
Houghton, MI
  Isle Royale National Park: Plant I.D. Workshop  
       
June 5-17, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Flora of the Blue Ridge  
       
June 7, 2017
Padilla Bay Reserve
Mt. Vernon, WA
  Washington Department of Ecology: Coastal Training Program Course: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
 
       
June 7, 2017
Online
  UC Davis Extension Online Course: NEPA Case Law and Policy Update  
       
June 7-9, 2017
San Diego, CA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Coastal Southern California  
       
June 8, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Endangered Species Regulation and Protection  
       
June 9, 2017
Sacramento, CA 
  UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainability Through Native American Stewardship  
       
June 9, 2017
Sacramento, CA 
  UC Davis Extension Course: Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation  
       
June 11-17, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification  
       
June 11-17, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Systematics, Biology, and Ecology of Important Lotic and Lentic Aquatic Insects: Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddisflies, Odonata, and Coleoptera, and Identification  
       
June 12-13, 2017
Denver, CO
  EUCI Course: Endangered Species Act, Wetlands, Stormwater & Floodplain Regulatory Compliance for Energy and Utilities  
       
June 12-24, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: General Ecology  
       
June 13-16, 2017
Indianapolis, IN
  Institute of Botanical Training: Wetlands and Weeds Workshop
 
       
June 14-16, 2017
St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO
  National Science Foundation and Saint Louis University: GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop  
       
June 18-24, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Bogs and Fens: Maine Peatlands  
       
June 18-24, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Exploring Medicinal Plants of Maine (and Beyond)  
       
June 19, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands  
       
June 19-23, 2017
Willows, CA
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management. This course will also be held on August 21-25, 2017 in Alexandria Bay NY.  
       
June 19-23, 2017
Indianapolis, IN
  Institute of Botanical Training: Plants of the Upper Midwest
 
       
June 19-23, 2017
Bellingham, WA
  Pacific Ecological Consultants, LLC, Western Washington University Course: Wetland Identification & Delineation
 
       
June 20-21, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management  
       
June 20-23, 2017
State College, PA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands  
       
June 21, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Land Use and Environmental Planning in the Era of Climate Change  
       
June 21-22, 2017
Williamsport, PA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
June 22-23, 2017
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute Class: Watershed Modeling Using CUHP-SWMM  
       
June 23, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Wetland Plant ID: Know ‘Em and Grow ‘Em  
       
June 25-July 1, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Liverworts and Liverwort Ecology  
       
June 25-July 1, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Moths and Butterflies: Identification, Specimen Preparation, and Taxonomy  
       
June 26-27. 2017
Anchorage, AK
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
 
       
June 26-30, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Endangered Species Recovery Planning and Implementation  
       
June 26-30, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  Conservation Leadership Network Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams  
       
June 26-July 7, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Conservation Ecology  
       
June 26-July 8, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Conservation Biology in the Field  
       
June 26-July 20, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Field Ecology  
       
June 26-July 21, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management  
       
June 28, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Development Agreements, Public-Private Partnerships and Redevelopment 2.0  
       
June 28-29, 2017
Anchorage, AK
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017  
       
MORE JUNE TRAINING CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
JULY 2017
       
July 2-8, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Lichens and Lichen Ecology  
       
July 2-8, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology  
       
July 2-8, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification  
       
July 9-15, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Native Bees as Pollinators: Diversity, Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement  
       
July 9-15, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Finding Words in Nature: Creative Writing for Aspiring Authors ... Study Retreat  
       
July 9-15, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Nature Journaling: Black and White Illustration Techniques  
       
July 10-13, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Principles of Wetland Design  
       
July 10-14, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Gardening with Native Plants in Highlands  
       
July 10-21, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Landscape Ecology  
       
July 10-21, 2017
Santa Barbara, CA
  National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Training: Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program  
       
July 11, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Endangered Species Act Overview  
       
July 12, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Special Status Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern California   
       
July 12-13, 2017
Laramine, WY
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
July 12-14, 2017
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar  
       
July 13, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Wetlands Regulation and Mitigation  
       
July 15, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: An Introduction to Living Shorelines
 
       
July 16-22, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Boletes and Other Fungi of New England  
       
July 16-22, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Survey of Grasses: Their Structure, Identification, and Ecology  
       
July 17-18, 2017
Denver, CO
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017  
       
July 17-21, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Restoration Policy, Planning, and Partnering  
       
July 17-21, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Plant Identification  
       
July 17-29, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fungi  
       
July 18-20, 2017
Raleigh, NC
  North Carolina University Stream Restoration Program River Course: 302 HEC-RAS for Stream Restoration  
       
July 23-28, 2017
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
  Course: Making Meaning through Modeling: Problem solving in Biology  
       
July 23-29, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Wetlands Identification, Delineation, and Ecology  
       
July 23-29, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology  
       
July 23-29, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Lichens, Biofilms, and Stone  
       
July 24-August 4, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Stream Ecology  
       
July 24-August 4, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Alpine Ecology  
       
July 24-August 5, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Forest Ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians  
       
July 25-27, 2017
Copper Harbor, MI
  Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Keweenaw Plant I.D. Workshop  
       
July 25-28, 2017
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators  
       
July 27, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: BMP Options for Stormwater Runoff  
       
July 30-August 5, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms  
       
July 30-August 5, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Art and Science of Photographing Insects and their Kin  
       
July 31-August 4, 2017
Loga, UT


  Utah State University, S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design  
       
July 31-August 12, 201
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies  
       
MORE JULY TRAINING CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
AUGUST 2017
       
August 1-2, 2017
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017  
       
August 2-3, 2017
Davis, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: GIS for Watershed Analysis: Intermediate  
       
August 6-12, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Submersed and Floating Aquatic Plants  
       
August 6-12, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Independent Studies: Interesting and Challenging Saxicolous Lichens of North America  
       
August 7-8, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)  
       
August 7-11, 2017
Sagehen Field Station near
Lake Tahoe, CA
  UC Berkeley Course: Geomorphic & Ecological Fundamentals of River & Stream Restoration  
       
August 7-11, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  The Conservation Fund: Conservation Banking Training Course  
       
August 7-11, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Conservation Biology of Freshwater Mussels  
       
August 7-12, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Wetland Plant Communities  
       
August 7-18, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands  
       
August 7-18, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
 
       
August 7-18, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Course: Lake Ecology  
       
August 8, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Overview of Environmental Statistics  
       
August 9-11, 2017
Davis, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Using GIS to Manage, Analyze and Promote Sustainability  
       
August 13-19, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Field Botany and Plant Ecology of the Eastern Maine Coast  
       
August 14-17, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes  
       
August 14-18, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Mushrooms of the Carolinas  
       
August 14-20, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Tidal Marsh Restoration: A Traveling Course from Rhode Island to Maine  
       
August 15-18, 2017
Hays, KS
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators  
       
August 17, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Mitigation on Tribal Lands  
       
August 20-26, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Identification, Biology, and Natural History of Ferns and Lycophytes  
       
August 20-26, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Banding/research Techniques for Studying Songbirds and Raptors  
       
August 21-22, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field  
       
August 21-25, 2017
Alexandria Bay, NY
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management  
       
August 24-25, 2017
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Floodplain Delineation using 2D HEC RAS Model  
       
August 25, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements  
       
August 27-September 2, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Better Birding: Passerines and Seabirds for Advancing Birders  
       
August 28-29, 2017
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
MORE AUGUST TRAINING CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
SEPTEMBER 2017
       
September 6-7, 2017
Duck Creek Conservation Area
Puxico, MO
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-soil Management for Biologists and Managers  
       
September 7-8, 2017
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
September 11-15, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 12-13, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes  
       
September 13-14, 2017
McNary National Wildlife Refuge
Burbank, WA
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-Soil Management for Maintenance Staff
 
       
September 14-15, 2017
San Diego, CA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Riparian Habitat Restoration for the Arid Southwest  
       
September 18-19, 2017
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
September 14-15, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species  
       
September 19-20, 2017
Arlington, VA
  Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management  
       
September 20-21, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Habitat Site Restoration  
       
September 21-22, 2017
Poolesville, MD
  Wwetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum - 2017  
       
September 28, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Exploring Wetland Wildlife  
       
MORE SEPTEMBER TRAINING CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
OCTOBER 2017
       
October 2-5, 2017
Hilliard, OH
  MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Wetland Delineation  
       
October 2-6, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
October 9-13, 2017
Barcelona, Spain
  Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel, Crusafont and the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica Course: Comparative Approaches in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Science    
       
October 14-17, 2017
Iselin, NJ
  National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop  
       
October 18, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Planning Tools to Create Healthy Communities  
       
October 18-19, 2017
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
October 18-19, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Tree Identification  
       
October 26, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Building Stream Buffers  
       
October 26-27, 2017
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Stormwater Green Drainage Design Using EPA SWMM-LID  
       
MORE OCTOBER TRAINING CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
NOVEMBER 2017
       
November 2-3, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
November 6-9, 2017
Columbus, OH
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc.: ACOE Wetland Delineation, Waters of the US and Regional Supplement Training  
       
November 7-9, 2017
Gainseville, FL
  CUAHSI and the University of Florida 3-day Training Workshop: Using In-Situ Water Quality Sensors - Lagrangian and Eulerian Applications  
       
November 8, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Wetland Pollinators  
       
November 13-14, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands, and Hydrology (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)  
       
MORE NOVEMBER TRAINING CAN BE FOUND ON THE ASWM CALENDAR
       
SPECIAL EVENTS
       
May   American Wetlands Month  
       
May 13, 2017   International Migratory Bird Day  
       
May 19, 2017   Endangered Species Day  
       
June 24, 2017
Rapids, MI
  2017 Grand River Water Festival  
       
September 12-16, 2017
Bloomfield Hills, NI
  Rouge River Water Festival  
       
October 13-15, 2017
Houma, LA
  2017 Voice of Wetlands Festival  
       
For more wetland events, meetings, conferences, and courses nationwide, visit the ASWM calendar.
       

       
INDEX      


EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • EPA to use 2 rulemakings to repeal and replace WOTUS
  • Tens of thousands marched for science. Now what?
  • Defying Trump, Supreme Court will continue with WOTUS case
  • Trump Administration Proposes Additional Budget Cuts at U.S. EPA

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Battle over landmark law already raging out of public eye
  • EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry
  • Public is asked to help pick rules for chopping block
  • Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants
  • What state records reveal about potential sell-offs
  • West Coast senators lead bipartisan bid to save Sea Grant program from Trump
  • Local programs get the biggest hit in proposed EPA budget
  • Report: Governments need to step up Great Lake protection
  • Critics say HONEST Act undercuts EPA’s use of science
  • Interior Dept. agency changes website from family visiting park to a giant pile of coal
  • At Trump’s EPA, Less Science and More Industry
  • Trump Plan to Slash EPA Budget Goes Even Deeper, New Memo Shows
  • EPA scientific integrity office reviewing Pruitt's comments on carbon
  • Trump Leaves Science Jobs Vacant, Troubling Critics
  • EPA's Pruitt facing challenge from conservatives
  • How eliminating two EPA programs could affect large parts of America
  • Trump’s Agriculture Pick Vows To Fight For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Despite Budget Cuts
  • EPA Chief: Agency Will be States’ Partner in Addressing Environmental Issues
  • Four PLJV ConocoPhillips Grants Support Wetland Habitat
  • Gorsuch’s Environmental Record Not Easy to Define
  • With E.P.A. Cuts, States Would Lose Help in Emergencies
  • Trump’s Order May Foul U.S. Drinking Water Supply

STATE NEWS

  • AZ: No Environmental Impact Study? No Border Wall, Lawsuit Says
  • CA: Lending Aesthetic Weight to Restoration
  • CA: Big Pine Paiute Tribe Pressures LADWP into Fixing Broken Pipeline
  • CA: Battle looms as Trump ally crusades for dam construction
  • CA: California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump
  • DE: Ospreys make a comeback in Delaware, and that's good for environment
  • FL: Donald Trump's budget would eliminate key program testing Everglades water
  • FL: Clermont’s $9.5M Victory Pointe Wetland Park on the way
  • HI: As sea level rises, much of Honolulu and Waikiki vulnerable to groundwater inundation
  • IA: Iowa Survey Shows Conservation Being Prioritized
  • KS: Burying Their Cattle, Ranchers Call Wildfires ‘Our Hurricane Katrina’
  • MD: Maryland’s fracking ban is fodder for campaigns against industry in Pa., Va.
  • MD: MD Assembly votes to block opening oyster sanctuaries to harvest
  • MA: It’s Not Too Late to Conserve Water Resources in Rapidly Urbanizing Areas of Eastern Massachusetts
  • MI: Wetlands mitigation may get cheaper for local governments
  • MN: Pets, lawn fertilizer pose big threats to Mississippi River in Twin Cities
  • NC: North Carolina is Latest in State CAFO Battles
  • NC: Cape Fear Pollution Fix: Call It a ‘Swamp?’
  • NC: Back to nature: UNCG installs wetlands on campus
  • PA: Scientists fighting to prevent invasive lanternfly from coming to Western PA
  • PA: Bumble bee once common in Lancaster County now an endangered species
  • TN: Bill would roll back Tennessee's factory farm regulations
  • UT: Appeals Court Restores Utah Prairie Dog Protections, Upholds Endangered Species Act
  • VT: Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent
  • VA: review of coal ash at Dominion Power's Chesapeake site may leave out most of the ash
  • VA: Federal judge finds arsenic from Dominion coal ash violated Clean Water Act
  • VA: Trump budget would cut funding at Va. Institute of Marine Science
  • VA: An award-winning wetland
  • WA: Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage
  • WV: WV Senate OKs bill that could increase water pollution
  • WI: Wisconsin takes aim at outdoors magazine, subscribers erupt
  • WI: Farmers Try New Ways to Fight Manure Runoff, But Federal Spending Cuts Loom

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days
  • Study tracks startling salinization trend in U.S. lakes
  • EPA Chief Pruitt: U.S. Should 'Exit' Paris Climate Agreement
  • Democrats Condemn Climate Change Skeptics for Targeting Teachers
  • Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.
  • Loss of coral reefs caused by rising sea temperatures could cost $1 trillion globally
  • VIDEO: In Chesapeake Bay cleanup, a larger ecosystem at stake
  • NASA is Digging in the Snow to Help the West Manage Its Water
  • Women landowners sought for conservation
  • Climate change hits Alaska’s rural water and sewer systems
  • Mystery pest wiping out wetlands at the mouth of the Mississippi River
  • Large grain stocks revive debate over US land retirement
  • On many farms, reducing pesticides probably won’t hurt profit or yields
  • Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity
  • Manatees taken off U.S. endangered list, conservationists cry foul
  • Vatican says Trump risks losing climate change leadership to China
  • Where Levees Fail in California, Nature Can Step in to Nurture Rivers
  • Good intentions alone won’t grow new mangroves
  • Climate Action Will Thrive on State and Local Level, Leaders Vow After Trump Order
  • Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood
  • Cattle associated antibiotics disturb soil ecosystems
  • Trump scraps Clean Power Plan: What that means for Earth
  • EPA seeks source of element in waterways: Phosphorous studied
  • The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests
  • Boulder scientist teams on study probing implications of ice sheet's demise
  • Super sponge promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more 

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • DNREC launches new online tool available to help Delaware landowners locate wetlands on their property
  • Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources

POTPOURRI

  • Dam Busters
  • Nixing EPA's climate-change plan will cost lives, expert says
  • Can Oysters, Coastal Restoration Create Jobs?
  • Circular Economy Could Annually Save 11% of Water
  • EPA CAFO Info Release Scope Narrowed Under Settlement
  • Thousands of pollution deaths worldwide linked to western consumers – study
  • How the U.S. Protects the Environment, From Nixon to Trump
  • For water users on Colorado River, a mind-set of shared sacrifice
  • Icahn Raises Ethics Flags With Dual Roles as Investor and Trump Adviser
  • Can insurance markets jump-start resilience?
  • How the United States Looked Before the EPA

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WEBINARS, MEETINGS, TRAINING

Webinars

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Webinar: Innovative State Water Agency Practices: Working Toward Resilience
  • Webinar: Using the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches Globally
  • Forester University Live Webinar: Fluvial Geomorphology 101
  • Webinar: Using Advanced Water Quality Monitoring Technologies to Address Water Pollution
  • Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • EPA Webinar: DC Water’s Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) Webinar
  • Land Use Webinar Series: Winter/Spring 2017: Using Reverse Fiscal Impact Analysis in Pre-Disaster Planning
  • AWRA Webinar: Groundwater Governance and Management in the U.S.
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Nutrient Trading
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Webinar: Improving Crediting of Wetland and Stream Mitigation
  • Webinar: The Naturally Resilient Communities Project: Siting Guide and Case Studies for the Mainstreaming of Natural Infrastructure to Address Coastal and Riverine Flooding
  • EPA Webinar: Washington DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program Webinar
  • EPA Webinar: Water Systems Partnerships
  • Association of State Wetland Mangers Hot Topics Webinar: Attracting Local People into Wetland Sites
  • Forester University Live Webinar: Stream Restoration Basics & Techniques
  • Creating an 'American Nile': Policy, Engineering, and Recreation in the Colorado River Basin & Abroad
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Making Urban Tress Count
  • Network or Landscape Conservation Webinar: Scaling Up: Conservation, Wetland, and NPS Banking

Meetings

  • Green Technology: Green California Summit
  • Hudson River on the Rise: Waterfront Planning for Communities and Nature Conference
  • People’s Climate Movement
  • 2017 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference: Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity
  • 2017 ASFPM Conference: "Flood Risk Management in the Heartland"
  • 2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference: Where Land Meets Water: Protecting Our Farmland, Natural Lands, and Waterways
  • Society of Wetland Scientist New England Chapter Annual Meeting and Field Trip
  • Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Meeting 2017
  • River Network’s River Rally 2017 National Adaptation Forum
  • National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Invest in the Environment
  • CILER: Great Lakes Seminar Series: Finding and Tracking the “Goldilocks Zone” for Carbon Cycling in a Great Lakes Watershed
  • IAGLR's 60th Annual Conference: From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems
  • 2017 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice
  • Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society (ACCESS)’s 2017 Conference
  • Citizen Science Association: CitSci2017
  • Bay Area Open Space Council Conference: Eyes on the Horizon, Boots on the Trail
  • Japan Geoscience Union-American Geophysical Union (JpGU-AGU) Joint Meeting
  • World Environmental & Water Resources Congress
  • Stockholm Environment Institute Workshop: Emerging Complexity of Climate Adaptation Governance in a Globalizing World
  • International Water Resources Association: World Water Congresses: Bridging Science and Policy
  • The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference
  • River Institute: Assessing River Ecosystem Challenges in a Changing Environment
  • Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference: Integrated Stormwater Management from Duluth to Quebec
  • 4th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology: Making urban stream rehabilitation a co-evolutionary process
  • Law Seminars International Fourth Annual Conference: Tribal Water in the Pacific Northwest
  • Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Designing Our Freshwater Futures
  • National Hydrologic Warning Council 2017 Conference
  • Society of Wetland Scientists’ 2017 Annual Meeting: Celebrating Wetland Diversity Across the Landscape: Mountains to Mangroves
  • 2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference
  • American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting The World Of Water
  • New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association 2017 Annual Meeting
  • Computational & Information Systems Lab: 4th Annual Graduate Workshop on Environmental Data Analytics
  • 2017 UCOWR/NIWR Conference: Water in a Changing Environment
  • Land Trust Alliance: Sixth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
  • 3rd Conference on Soil and Water Conservation & Ecological Restoration
  • 9th International Charr Symposium
  • International Conference: Engineering and Ecohydraulics for Fish Passage
  • University of Alberta: 11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop
  • Invasive Species Research Conference - Turning Science into Action at TRU
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District Forum: Corps’ Regulatory Program
  • American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists: Evolution 2017
  • 2017 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management
  • US Water Alliance: One Water Summit 2017
  • North American Echinoderm Conference
  • World Climate Research Program: Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference
  • Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation
  • Law Seminars International 2017 Santa Fe Advanced Natural Resource Damages Conference
  • National Association of Counties: 2017 Annual Conference
  • CUAHSI 2017 Conference: Hydroinformatics: Swimming in Data without Drowning in the Deluge
  • Michigan Technological University workshop: Science and Management of Ash Forests after Emerald Ash Borer
  • 2017 ESA Annual Meeting: Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers: The National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop
  • 3rd International Workshop on Trait-based Approaches to Ocean Life
  • American Fisheries Society 147th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Ecosystems: Uplands to Oceans
  • 7th International Symposium for Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control (WETPOL)
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Scenarios Network (ScenNet): Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Support of Decision Making
  • SIWI World Water Week: Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’
  • 7th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7)
  • Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference: Creating Partnerships through Integration: Water, Environment, People
  • Sixth International Conference: Climate Change Adaptation 2017 (CCA 2017)
  • Rhode Island Resource Institute: 8th Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference
  • 1st International Conference on Community Ecology (ComEc)
  • Natural Areas Association: Natural Areas Conference
  • Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners: 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science
  • 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference: Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions
  • California Department of Water Resources, Urban Streams Restoration Program, Riparian Habitat
  • Joint Venture: 2017 Riparian Summit - Confluence to Influence
  • 4th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference
  • 4th World Conference on Climate Change: Today's Progress and Tomorrow's Climate Challenges
  • 2017 NJAFM Annual Conference
  • Land Trust Alliance: Rally 2017 National Land Conservation Conference
  • 2017 AWRA Annual Conference
  • International Association for Great Lakes Research: State of Lake Michigan Conference
  • Kansas Water Office Governor's Conference: Future of Water in Kansas

Training

  • MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training
  • 3-day Vernal Pool CRAM Training
  • San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Workshop: Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process for Wetland Projects in the San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Urban Planning and Design Studio
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Urban Channel Design and Stream Rehabilitation
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Stream Mechanics Workshop: Assessing and Restoring Low Gradient Streams
  • Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Wildflowers and Waterfalls
  • CUAHSI Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System
  • NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainable Erosion Control: Effective Best of the BMPs
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Identifying Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Creatively Communicating Biology & Ecology
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: River Assessment and Monitoring (Wildland Hydrology)
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Darwin and the Origin of Species: A Field Course
  • UC Davis Extension Online Course: Introduction to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Environmental and Toxics Laws and Regulations
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain)
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Community Involvement and Communication in Planning
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Ozarks Flora Workshop
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Climate-Smart Conservation with Scenario Planning
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Landscape Conservation of Amphibians
  • MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity (AmphIBI)
  • North Carolina State University Stream Restoration River Course: Stream Morphology Assessment
  • CUAHSI Course: Water Sustainability in a Global Economy Master Class
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Endangered Species Identification
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-Soil Management for Maintenance Staff
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Redesigning the Zoning Ordinance
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Basic Wetland Plant ID
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Crustose Lichens of the Acadian Forest
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Waterfowl Ecology & Management
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Advanced Plant ID: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Composites
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Grasses (Poaceae) of the Southern Appalachians
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Principles of Green Chemistry
  • Floodplain Management Association: Stormwater BMPs Workshop
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Graminoid Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Wetland Flora Workshop
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Chemicals and Product Stewardship
  • Washington Department of Ecology: Coastal Training Program Course: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration
  • Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station Workshop: Ecological Functional Genomics
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: A-B-C's of Birding: Introduction to Coastal Maine Bird Identification
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Identification of Ferns
  • Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium's (LUMCON) Summer Course: Coastal Biogeochemistry
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Wetland Flora Workshop
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Urban Planning and Design Studio
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Stormwater Detention System Design
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies – Natural History of Freshwater Fishes
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology
  • Isle Royale National Park: Plant I.D. workshop
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Flora of the Blue Ridge
  • Washington Department of Ecology: Coastal Training Program Course: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
  • UC Davis Extension Online Course: NEPA Case Law and Policy Update
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Coastal Southern California
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Endangered Species Regulation and Protection
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainability Through Native American Stewardship
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Systematics, Biology, and Ecology of Important Lotic and Lentic Aquatic Insects: Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddisflies, Odonata, and Coleoptera, and Identification
  • EUCI Course: Endangered Species Act, Wetlands, Stormwater & Floodplain Regulatory Compliance for Energy and Utilities
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: General Ecology
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Wetlands and Weeds Workshop
  • National Science Foundation and Saint Louis University: GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Bogs and Fens: Maine Peatlands
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Exploring Medicinal Plants of Maine (and Beyond)
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Plants of the Upper Midwest
  • Pacific Ecological Consultants, LLC, Western Washington University Course: Wetland Identification & Delineation
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Land Use and Environmental Planning in the Era of Climate Change
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute Class: Watershed Modeling Using CUHP-SWMM
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Wetland Plant ID: Know ‘Em and Grow ‘Em
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Liverworts and Liverwort Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Moths and Butterflies: Identification, Specimen Preparation, and Taxonomy
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Endangered Species Recovery Planning and Implementation
  • Conservation Leadership Network Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Conservation Ecology
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Conservation Biology in the Field
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Field Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Development Agreements, Public-Private Partnerships and Redevelopment 2.0
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Lichens and Lichen Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Native Bees as Pollinators: Diversity, Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Finding Words in Nature: Creative Writing for Aspiring Authors ... Study Retreat
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Nature Journaling: Black and White Illustration Techniques
  • The Swamp School Course: Principles of Wetland Design
  • Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Gardening with Native Plants in Highlands
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Landscape Ecology
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Training: Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Endangered Species Act Overview
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Special Status Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern California
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Wetlands Regulation and Mitigation
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: An Introduction to Living Shorelines
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Boletes and Other Fungi of New England
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Survey of Grasses: Their Structure, Identification, and Ecology
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Restoration Policy, Planning, and Partnering
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Plant Identification
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fungi
  • North Carolina University Stream Restoration Program River Course: 302 HEC-RAS for Stream Restoration
  • Course: Making Meaning through Modeling: Problem solving in Biology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Wetlands Identification, Delineation, and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Lichens, Biofilms, and Stone
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Stream Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Alpine Ecology
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Forest Ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians
  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Keweenaw Plant I.D. Workshop
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: BMP Options for Stormwater Runoff
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Art and Science of Photographing Insects and their Kin
  • Utah State University, S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • UC Davis Extension Course: GIS for Watershed Analysis: Intermediate
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Submersed and Floating Aquatic Plants
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Independent Studies: Interesting and Challenging Saxicolous Lichens of North America
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)
  • UC Berkeley Course: Geomorphic & Ecological Fundamentals of River & Stream Restoration
  • The Conservation Fund: Conservation Banking Training Course
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Conservation Biology of Freshwater Mussels
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Wetland Plant Communities
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
  • University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station Course: Lake Ecology
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Overview of Environmental Statistics
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Using GIS to Manage, Analyze and Promote Sustainability
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Field Botany and Plant Ecology of the Eastern Maine Coast
  • Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Mushrooms of the Carolinas
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Tidal Marsh Restoration: A Traveling Course from Rhode Island to Maine
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Mitigation on Tribal Lands
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Identification, Biology, and Natural History of Ferns and Lycophytes
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Banding/research Techniques for Studying Songbirds and Raptors
  • Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Floodplain Delineation using 2D HEC RAS Model
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Better Birding: Passerines and Seabirds for Advancing Birders
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – WA
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-soil Management for Biologists and Managers
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum - MT
  • Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-Soil Management for Maintenance Staff
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Riparian Habitat Restoration for the Arid Southwest
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Habitat Site Restoration
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017 – MD
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Exploring Wetland Wildlife
  • MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Wetland Delineation
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Course: Comparative Approaches in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Science
  • National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Planning Tools to Create Healthy Communities
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – VA
  • Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Tree Identification
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Building Stream Buffers
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Stormwater Green Drainage Design Using EPA SWMM-LID
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Basic: Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – SC
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc.: ACOE Wetland Delineation, Waters of the US and Regional Supplement Training
  • CUAHSI and the University of Florida 3-day Training Workshop: Using In-Situ Water Quality Sensors - Lagrangian and Eulerian Applications
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Wetland Pollinators
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands, and Hydrology (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)

SPECIAL EVENT

  • American Wetlands Month
  • International Migratory Bird Day
  • Endangered Species Day
  • 2017 Grand River Water Festival
  • Rouge River Water Festival
  • 2017 Voice of Wetlands Festival
       
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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 Wetland Breaking News - January 2017for 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
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