WBN June 2018

                

 


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EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

NATIONAL NEWS

STATE NEWS

WETLAND SCIENCE

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

POTPOURRI

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

INDEX

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WBN June 2018 - Editor's Note

Dear Wetlanders,

Summer solstice is right around the corner although many of you have already started your busy summer field season. While most of you are experiencing long days out mucking about we will also be busy at the Association of State Wetland Managers’ office doing our best to keep you abreast of the daily (hourly?) federal policy changes and rulemakings happening in Washington D.C. and in states around the country.

In my Editor’s Choice section this month you can find two important news stories regarding new changes to EPA grant review policies and proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act. Also Pruitt’s EPA has given the first state – Oklahoma – approval for the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants. States continue to weigh in on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and we expect to have more updates on WOTUS any day now.

You will also find a very thought provoking Washington Post article in Editor’s Choice regarding Trump’s move to redefine WOTUS and the potential impact on the wetland mitigation banking industry. And in National News, you can read about the proposed EPA rule that would change the way the agency calculates the costs and benefits of regulations. This kind of change could have significant impacts on efforts to use ecosystem service valuation studies as a component and/or consideration in cost-benefits analyses.

As I write this, I am in Phoenix at the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) National Annual Conference talking with folks about ASWM’s work on integrating wetland and riparian functional mapping data and techniques into floodplain mapping programs to improve land use decisions and reduce risk. Hurricane season is imminent, and wetlands are a huge piece of the resiliency puzzle. We therefore strongly believe that wetlands can and should be part of the solution for both inland and coastal systems. Of course, the devil is in the details, but we continue to explore this timely and critical area of research and policy. We recently held an American Wetlands Month webinar on the cost-effectiveness of nature-based infrastructure solutions and the recording can be viewed on our website by clicking here.

I hope all of you have an enjoyable field season and as always, thank you for doing all you do to protect and restore wetlands!

Best regards,

Marla J. Stelk
Editor
Wetland Breaking News

 
   
              


WBN June 2018 - Editor's Choice

Trump admin floats changes to environmental review standards

By Timothy Cama – The Hill – June 19, 2018
The Trump administration is considering major changes to the regulations that government how federal agencies analyze the potential environmental impacts of their decisions. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the White House agency responsible for coordinating compliance with the National Environmental Quality Act (NEPA), put out a notice Tuesday soliciting input on the matter from the public. Read full story here.

EPA stops policy of having press aide review grants

By Timothy Cama – The Hill – June 18, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rescinded a policy last month that had a political appointee in the press office review the agency’s grants before they could be approved. The EPA replaced the controversial policy with a new system in which relevant regional administrators or assistant administrators — most of whom are also political appointees — will review and approve grants. Read full story here.

EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time

By Ellen Knickmeyer - Washington (AP) – June 18, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. Coal ash is the residue left after burning coal to generate power. Utilities around the country have reported groundwater contamination with arsenic, radium and other pollutants at coal-burning power plants, where landfills and man-made ponds have been used for decades as dumping grounds for coal ash, according to data released by plant owners. Read full story here.

Trump's move to redefine water rule threatens wetlands banks

By Jason Dearen – The Washington Post – June 15, 2018
A private firm is making big money selling promises about some gator-infested Florida swampland. The Panther Island Mitigation Bank isn’t another land boondoggle, but part of a federal system designed to restore wetlands across the United States. Panther Island’s owners preserved one of the nation’s last stands of virgin bald cypress, 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) on the western edge of the Everglades where they cleared away invasive plants and welcomed back wood storks, otters and other native flora and fauna. Banks like this sell “wetlands mitigation credits” to developers for up to $300,000 apiece, offsetting the destruction of marshes by construction projects elsewhere. It’s a billion-dollar industry that has slowed the loss of U.S. wetlands, half of which are already gone. Read full story here. 

Federalism and Water rules: The States weigh in

By William C. Schillaci – EHS Daily Advisor – June 7, 2018
The current administration’s two-part rulemaking to first rescind and then replace the prior administration’s Clean Water Rule to define the Clean Water Act (CWA) term Waters of the United States ((WOTUS rule), June 29, 2015, Federal Register (FR)) derives from two positions. First, the administration and the two agencies charged with the rulemaking—the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)—assert that the WOTUS rule provided a definition that included types of waters that Congress did not intend to fall under federal jurisdiction (that is, those that are not “relatively permanent, standing or continuously flowing bodies of water”). Second, the EPA/Corps assert that the 2015 rule deviates from federalism, the principle whereby the federal government and the state’s share governance. Read full story here.

 

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WBN June 2018 - National News

Why are America's wetlands being destroyed in the name of renewable energy?

By Rachel Fritts – Pacific Standard magazine – June 14, 2018
Stretching across the southeastern United States, wetland forests provide ecosystem services totaling $500 billion, according to a 2018 report by environmental watchdog group Dogwood Alliance. Today, America's natural wetland forests exist in pockets, covering just a fraction of their former range. However, even in their depleted state, they provide crucial services. These highly biodiverse ecosystems are some of the most carbon-rich in the country, serving as a buffer against climate change. They also benefit the health and well-being of local communities, filtering air and water and providing aesthetic and recreational value. But conservation organizations like Dogwood Alliance say that, despite their ecological importance, U.S. wetland forests are currently being drained, logged, burned, shipped across the Atlantic, and converted to monoculture pine plantations—all in the name of renewable energy. Read full story here.

Scott Pruitt, under fire, plans to initiate a big environmental rollback

By Coral Davenport – The New York Times – June 14, 2018
Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is expected on Friday to send President Trump a detailed legal proposal to dramatically scale back an Obama-era regulation on water pollution, according to a senior E.P.A. official familiar with the plan. It is widely expected to be one of his agency’s most significant regulatory rollback efforts. Read full story here.

Researches argue proposed EPA changes could cause 80,000 more deaths a decade

By Eric Roston – Bloomberg – June 13, 2018
Two Harvard social scientists, writing an opinion column in a prominent medical journal, have put forward “an extremely conservative estimate” that some 80,000 more Americans could die each decade if proposed changes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are implemented. The essay, which was not a formal peer-reviewed study, has only added to the debate about how the agency utilizes scientific research. Read full story here.

Lawsuit challenges Trump Administration push to slash protections for waterways, wetlands

Contact: Kelly Hunter Foster, Hannah Connor, Adam Keats, and Todd Steiner – Center for Biological Diversity – June 13, 2018
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging two regulations that weaken Clean Water Act protections for rivers, streams, wetlands and other waterways, including a Trump administration decision to delay the 2015 Clean Water Rule for two years. Today’s lawsuit also challenges portions of the 2015 rule that arbitrarily removed clean-water safeguards in place since the 1970s for certain types of critically important waterways. By defining the term “waters of the United States,” or what’s known as WOTUS, the 2015 rule prescribes what kinds of waterways and water bodies are protected under the Act. Read full story here.

No refuge for wildlife in some US wildlife refuges

By Adam Wernick – PRI Public Radio – June 9, 2018
A new report from the Center for Biological Diversity finds that chemical pesticides, totaling half a million pounds, are sprayed annually within some United States national wildlife refuges. About 560 national wildlife refuges cover more than 150 million acres across the country, with some areas completely off-limits to humans and others open for hunting and fishing. But a number of national wildlife refuges also allow commercial agriculture, which exposes migrating birds and other wildlife in those refuges to yearly spraying of pesticides. Read or listen to full story here. 

Senate Ag Committee releases draft farm bill text

By Philip Brasher – Agri-Pluse – June 8, 2018
The Senate Agriculture Committee’s draft farm bill would make additional improvements for dairy producers and the Agriculture Risk Coverage program while expanding the Conservation Reserve Program and renewing funding for a research foundation and other popular programs that are slated to run out of money. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the text of which was released Friday afternoon, also would legalize the production of industrial hemp, a top priority for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Read full story here.

Scott Pruitt proposes changing how EPA evaluates cost of carbon pollution

By Josh Siegel – Washington Examiner – June 7, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule Thursday that would change the way the agency calculates the costs and benefits of regulations. The agency issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, allowing it to weigh public input on whether it should establish new agency-wide standards for how regulations are assessed. Some conservatives have argued that the EPA in the past overstated the benefits of cutting carbon emissions when making regulations. Read full story here.

House of Representatives Passes 2018 Waterways Bill

The Maritime Executive – June 7, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the recurring bill for waterways policy and project funding. In an unusual show of bipartisan support, the measure passed by a vote of 408 to 2, a margin of 99.5 percent. The bill contains funding authorizations for eight major projects across the country, including $2 billion for storm risk reduction along Texas' Gulf Coast and $700 million for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Read full story here. 

Report: US high-tide flooding twice what it was 30 years ago

By Wayne Parry – Associated Press – ABC News – June 6, 2018
A new report finds that high-tide flooding is happening across the United States at twice the rate it was just 30 years ago and predicts records for such flooding will continue to be broken for decades as sea levels rise. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that high-tide flooding, sometimes called sunny-day or "nuisance flooding," tied or set records last year in more than a quarter of the 98 places the agency monitors around the country. Read full story here.

Wetlands protected as landmark conservation bill receives royal assent

GlobeNewswire – June 5, 2018
The Manitoba government has shown sound leadership by tabling and passing legislation to protect wetlands for the benefit of all Manitobans, says Ducks Unlimited Canada. DUC, the nation’s leader in wetland conservation, says the Sustainable Watersheds Act forms the foundation to protect the province’s wetlands and their significant ecological and economic advantages. Read full story here.

Despite sea change at White House, Pentagon steps up climate change preparations

By Ben Wolfgang – The Washington Times – June 3, 2018
In San Diego, the Navy has launched an effort to monitor and prepare for a sea level rise along the California coast. At the Marine Corps’ iconic Parris Island training facility in South Carolina, military leaders say they will consider building a sea wall to ward off rising tides. Air Force officials say they are looking at “climate vulnerability” as they plan and construct bases. Read full story here.

Sea level rise is pushing coastal property owners to move to higher ground

By Terry L. Anderson – CNN – June 3, 2018
Despite the apocalyptic drumbeat from climate scientists, most Americans remain skeptical that climate change is the "most urgent threat facing our entire species," as actor Leonardo DiCaprio argues. According to a 2017 Yale poll, only 20% of Americans were "very worried" about global warming. Moreover, a Pew survey found that only 39% of Americans trust scientists "a lot" for "full and accurate information about the causes of global climate change." Read full story here

USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

U.S. Department of Agriculture – June 1, 2018
As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018. Read full news release here. 

Missing Paris Climate Goals Could Cost Trillions

By Prachi Patel – Anthropocene Magazine – May 31, 2018
Researchers at Stanford University have calculated that meeting the targets of the Paris climate agreement could save the world 20 trillion dollars. The benefits of hitting the climate targets are 40 times larger than the costs of achieving those goals, the researchers show in their Nature study. And meeting the goals would benefit the economies of nearly all countries, from the poorest to the wealthiest. The U.S. is the only country in the world that has refused to sign on to the Paris agreement, which aims to limit world warming to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The Trump administration’s rationale for pulling out was that the agreement hurts the U.S. economy. But the Stanford team finds that missing the most ambitious Paris targets would cost the U.S. economy $6 trillion in today’s dollars. Read full article here.

U.S. conservationists sue Trump administration over migratory bird policy

Reuters – May 24, 2018
A coalition of conservation groups sued the Trump administration on Thursday, accusing the government of slashing protections for migratory birds. At issue is the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which the National Audubon Society and other plaintiffs say has been undermined. In the past, the act helped hold parties responsible for actions that killed or injured migratory birds. But in December, the Trump administration said energy companies and other businesses that accidentally kill migratory birds will no longer be criminally prosecuted. Read full story here.

Little-Known Accounting Policy Could Fuel Green Infrastructure Surge

By Tara Lohan – News Deeply – May 23, 2018
In the years to come, we’re likely to see a lot more “green” and distributed infrastructure projects from water utilities, like permeable pavement, rainwater capture and efficiency rebates. That’s because coming up with the money needed to scale these projects just got a lot easier. In the water world, most big infrastructure projects like treatment facilities and pipelines are usually financed by water agencies selling bonds, which can help them raise millions of dollars for a project that only needs to be paid off a little bit at a time over many years. That’s because these projects are owned by the agencies and are considered an asset on which they can capitalize. Read full story here.

Environmentalists: Paper mills likely major source of chemical pollution in waterways

By Miranda Green – The Hill – May 21, 2018
A number of U.S. paper mills are expected to discharge hundreds of pounds of a controversial chemical into rivers — a reality that the federal government is aware of and has signed off on, according to internal Federal Drug Administration (FDA) documents. Chemical companies Daikin America and Chemours alerted the FDA in its environmental assessments from 2009 to 2010 that paper mills using their chemical known as perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) would likely distribute hundreds of pounds of the chemical in wastewater discharge per day. Read full story here.

Innovative Financing for Cities: Pay for Results, Not Process

By Eric Letsinger – Meeting of the Minds – May 22, 2018
As cities face funding shortages for critical resilience and infrastructure projects, they are looking to new sources of capital—including impact investors. From large multinational banks to traditional institutional asset owners, to foundations and family offices, investors are looking to put their capital to work in ways that generate financial as well as social and environmental returns. The bottom line is: there is no shortage of the impact capital needed to finance innovative, nature-based solutions. Read full story here.

Pruitt’s Own Scientist Appointees Challenge EPA Science Restrictions

By Marianne Lavelle – InsideClimate News – May 17, 2018
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt faces harsh criticism from members of the agency's Science Advisory Board (SAB)—including from some he named to the panel himself—over his plan to restrict the types of scientific evidence the agency can use in writing EPA rules. Ten members of an SAB work group, in a signed memorandum, called for the full board to scrutinize Pruitt's proposal at a meeting on May 31, saying his approach was designed without necessary input from the scientific community. Leading national science organizations have mounted a campaign to reject Pruitt's approach. Read full story here.  


  

WBN June 2018 - State News

AK: No offsets, no problem as Army Corps OKs wetland projects

By Ariel Wittenberg – E&E News – May 29, 2018
The Army Corps of Engineers is greenlighting development in thousands of acres of Alaskan wetlands without requiring companies to offset resource damage, according to an E&E News analysis of five years of Clean Water Act permits. As the permitting agency for development in wetlands, the Army Corps is supposed to require "compensatory mitigation" — restoring or preserving wetlands and streams to offset damage done by projects. That changed in 2015 after Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) convinced officials in the Army Corps' Alaska District to relent on mitigation, helping mining and oil interests by lowering the cost of energy development. After the Murkowski meeting, the agency greenlighted more wetland projects without requiring mitigation. Read full story here. Read second part of this story here and the third part here.

CA: Conservation and agriculture coexist with new plan

By Julia Millon – Winters Express – May 24, 2018
Land development in the state endangers the habitat and continued existence of native species in the area, leading to policy efforts to protect them. However, preservation has historically worked against the preservation of another open land use at the heart of Yolo County—agriculture. After a long, choppy journey across the uncertain waters of local, state and federal government beginning in 1993, the Yolo Habitat Conservancy finally has a document ready to protect 12 endangered species in the county, while preserving habitat on working agricultural land, allowing agriculture and wildlife to succeed in partnership. Read full story here.

ME: Regulators apply brakes to offshore wind power project led by UMaine

By Tux Turkel – Portland Press Herald – June 13, 20 18
Longstanding efforts to establish an offshore wind energy industry in Maine suffered a setback Tuesday when state utility regulators voted to reopen a previously negotiated power contract to test a patented technology for deep-water floating wind farms. Since January, supporters of the Maine Aqua Ventus project had expressed concern that action by the Public Utilities Commission to alter a power-rate contract set in 2014 could doom the University of Maine-led venture just as it’s reaching the critical stages for financing and permits. But following the vote, leaders of the effort took a step back. The UMaine professor heading the project, Habib Dagher, expressed confidence that Maine Aqua Ventus could answer questions raised by the PUC commissioners and keep the project moving ahead. Read full story here.

ME: 'No discharge zone' fight comes to Acadia region

By Colin Woodard – Portland Press Herald – June 12, 2018
When cruise ships anchor outside Bar Harbor, you can see them from most every dock and cove on Frenchman Bay, the great embayment on Mount Desert Island’s eastern flank, with Cadillac Mountain on one side, Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula unit on the other, and fishing hamlets, modest villages, and tasteful summer colonies in between. Residents and cottage owners in these towns don’t see crowds of passengers and the money they spend, but on most summer and fall days they do have cruise ships in their front yards, some over a thousand feet long, 17 stories high, and nearly 10 times as massive as a World War II aircraft carrier, with exhaust plumes rising from their funnels.But it’s what they might release into the bay that has Renata Moise and many of her neighbors around the bay worried. Read full story here. 

Wetland Breaking News - SponsorshipME: A Fish Called Rockweed

By Ben Goldfarb – Hakai Magazine – May 29, 2018
We are accustomed to thinking of seaweed as a stage, the undulant backdrop against which play the dramas of more charismatic fish and shellfish. Today, however, rockweed stars as lead actor in one of Maine’s strangest resource conflicts. Although seaweed harvesting is hardly a new industry—New England’s farmers have nourished their fields with “sea manure” for centuries—rockweed has lately become a valuable commercial product, an ingredient in everything from fertilizers to pet foods to nutritional supplements. In 2017, Maine’s rockweeders gathered nearly nine million kilograms and raked in over US $600,000, roughly four times the haul in 2001. Read full article here.

MA: Barnstable high school environmental club builds wetland 'living laboratory'

By Susan Vaughn – The Barnstable Patriot – June 13, 2018
Can a wetland appear in one day? Yes, it can if you have the leadership of two ecology experts, a small group of dedicated high school seniors, and dozens of intermediate school students. That’s what happened June 6 in a small wooded area behind the Barnstable Intermediate School. The digging by an excavator began at 7 a.m. By noon, the members of the Barnstable High School Environmental Club were raking smooth the shallow hole with the help of the younger students, who came at different times with their classes. By 12:30 p.m., the students -- at the direction of Tom Biebighauser, a wetland ecologist and wildlife biologist, and Ian Ives, director of the Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Center in Barnstable -- had laid in place three layers of fabric and plastic to seal the space that will become a vernal pool designed to be 24-inches deep and 40 feet in diameter. The final touch was covering the sheets with soil. Read full story here.

MI: After Flint, Michigan Pushes Toughest Lead Water Rules in the Country

By Daniel C. Vock – Governing – May 29, 2018
Four years after the start of the Flint water crisis, Michigan state regulators are on the verge of approving some of the strictest rules in the country to reduce the risk of water-based lead poisoning. But local governments warn that the rules are needlessly expensive, likely unconstitutional and won’t necessarily improve public health. Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) drafted the rules, which could officially take effect in the next two weeks. The most ambitious aspect of the regulations would require water utilities to replace all lead service lines (the pipes that connect water mains to buildings) within the next 20 years. Utilities would have to do the work and pay the costs for doing so, even if all or part of the line is privately owned, as most are. Read full story here. 

MN: Minnesota's Line 3 oil pipeline proposal: The basics

By Cody Nelson – MPR News – June 18, 2018
If you've been following the news in Minnesota lately, you've probably heard about an oil pipeline called Line 3. Another boring energy infrastructure project? Think again. There's a lot at play here: Economic benefits versus the environment. A worldwide thirst for oil versus the threat of climate change. Read full story here.

MN: Gov. Mark Dayton vetoes bill that gave Enbridge's new pipeline fast-track approval

By Mike Hughlett – Star Tribune – May 21, 2018
As expected, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed legislation that would have allowed Enbridge to build a controversial new oil pipeline without getting regulatory approval. The legislation would have terminated a three-year process before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that is nearly complete. The PUC is slated next month to decide if Enbridge's new Line 3 across northern Minnesota is needed, and if so, what route it should take. Read full story here.

MN: The Midwest Is Getting Drenched, And It’s Causing Big Problems

By Ella Koeze – FiveThirtyEight – May 17, 2018
Minnesota is getting wetter. Over the last 100 years, the state has seen more storms that produce heavy rainfall, and its strongest storms have grown more intense. One of the more dramatic changes is the increasing number of “mega-rain” events — rainstorms during which at least 6 inches of rain falls over at least 1,000 square miles and the center of the storm drops more than 8 inches of rain. Minnesota has had 11 mega-rains since 1973,1 and eight of them have come since 2000. Two mega-rains swept through in 2016, which is only the third time the state experienced more than one mega-rain in a year. (It also happened in 1975 and 2002.) Read full story here.

MT: Montana's Blackfeet tribe, Zinke put water deal into effect

By Matthew Brown – Associated Press – The Washington Times – June 12, 2018
Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was decades in the making for the northwestern Montana American Indian tribe. Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed documents in Washington, D.C., that set the stage for the government to begin paying for drinking water and irrigation projects envisioned in the agreement. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed the documents last week. The settlement gives the tribe control over 95 percent of the water on its 2,340-square mile (6,060-square kilometer) reservation, Barnes told The Associated Press. Read full story here.

NH: Something Wild: NH's wildest neighborhood...Peatlands

By Dave Anderson and Andrew Parrella – New Hampshire Public Radio – May 18, 2018
Here at Something Wild we love all things wild (even blackflies!) but sometimes it can be helpful to look beyond a single species and consider how many species interact within a given environment. In our periodic series, New Hampshire’s Wild Neighborhoods, we endeavor to do just that and this time we’re looking at peatlands. Read or listen to full story here.

NJ: New Jersey Shields Its Fragile Shoreline Ecosystems

Kat Friedrich – Conservation Finance Network – May 21, 2018
Among the piping plovers and marsh grasses of New Jersey’s scenic coast, environmentalists and communities are busy creating green infrastructure to shield the shorelines from storm damage while supporting local economies. The Coastal Resilience Collaborative, the New Jersey Resilient Coastlines Initiative, and the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance are bringing financial and tactical resources to bear on restoring reefs, wetlands, marshes and dunes. Read full story here.

OR: Metro to acquire 280 acres at Smith and Bybee Wetlands through land exchange with Port of Portland

By Elayna Yussen – Metro News – June 14, 2018
The Metro Council on Thursday signed off on a land exchange with the Port of Portland. In the exchange, Metro will gain approximately 280 acres at Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area from the Port of Portland, and the port will acquire approximately 200 acres on Government Island from Metro. Smith and Bybee Wetlands cover nearly 2,000 acres, making it one of the largest protected wetlands within an American city. Read full story here.

PR: Hurricanes lead to resilience: Good news follows bad for Puerto Rico's tropical forests

By Cheryl Dybas – National Science Foundation – June 11, 2018
With fierce winds and flooding rains, hurricanes can be disasters for people -- and for ecosystems. These devastating storms may have major effects on tropical forests, demolishing forest canopies and leaving behind debris that piles up on forest floors. But new research suggests that the ecological disturbances caused by hurricanes may -- in the long-term -- have positive impacts on tropical forests. Scientists at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) co-located Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) and Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites in Puerto Rico evaluated the impacts of a decade or more of landfalling hurricanes. Read full story here.

UT: Utah desert wetlands abundant with migrating birds

By David Frey – The Wildlife Society – June 14, 2018
As the water in Utah’s Pariette Wetlands evaporates in the June heat, manager Darren Williams wonders what its future holds. Encompassing 9,204 acres, including 2,529 classified as wetlands or riparian, Pariette is the Bureau of Land Management’s largest wetland development in Utah, but tucked out of the way in the desert, even many locals have never seen this marshy expanse. Read full story here.

WA: Supreme Court Tie Favors Indian Tribes in Washington State

The Seattle Times – June 11, 2018
Washington State must restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a lower court order. The justices divided 4-4 in the long-running dispute that pits the state against Northwest Indian tribes and the federal government. The tie serves to affirm a lower court ruling. At issue is whether the state must pay billions to fix or replace hundreds of culverts — large pipes that allow streams to pass beneath roads but can block migrating salmon if they become clogged or if they’re too steep to navigate. Read full story here.

WA: New permit for wineries helps protect water quality

Washington Department of Ecology – May 17, 2018
Washington’s wineries and the Department of Ecology have collaborated to develop the first statewide water quality permit that will help the industry prevent pollution and protect water quality. The new Winery General Permit adopted this week establishes practices that help wineries manage their wastewater. The general permit will benefit both the state and permittees by providing broad, efficient, and consistent coverage for wineries across the state. The permit is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2019. The delayed start gives winemakers time to assess their facilities and develop a compliance strategy that best suits their business. Read full news release here.

WI: Ecology Expert: man-made wetlands fall short of natural ones

By Elizabeth Dohms – Wisconsin Public Radio – June 5, 2018
Despite statewide efforts to restore and replace wetlands that are filled in or disturbed during development projects, those man-made solutions don't match up to the real thing, one ecology expert says. "The attempt to compare something that humans created or restored to something natural has shown a shortfall in the outcome," said Joy Zedler, professor emerita of botany and restoration ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Some functions and some magnitude of functions fall short of what would be present in the same kind of wetland in the same place if it were left in its natural condition." Read or listen to full story here.

WI: How the growing “One Water” movement is not only helping the environment but also saving millions of dollars

Erica Gies – Ensia – May 8, 2018
The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District in Wisconsin had a problem. Due to tightening state and federal regulations, it had to help decrease the amount of phosphorus in the 540-square-mile (1,400-square-kilometer) Yahara River watershed. It was already removing 95 percent of the phosphorus from its wastewater effluent; new phosphorus level limits would require the equivalent of 96 percent removal. Read full story here.

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 WBN June 2018 - Wetland Science News
Nutria don't just destroy wetlands, they're also raiding bird nests, scientists say

By Tristan Baurick – NOLA – The Times- Picayume – June 14, 2018 – Video
Eva Windhoffer had to lay down and “question life” after she saw the footage. In a grainy nighttime video from a remote camera trained on a colony of nesting shorebirds, a scraggly nutria waddles into the frame. Then the shy, plant-eating rodent does the unthinkable. “It tore a bird off its nest," said Windhoffer, a biologist who was conducting research on Raccoon Island, a barrier island on Louisiana’s coast. “Then it takes an egg and runs off.” She thought it was an anomaly, but the same thing happened again and again throughout the night. Nutria were systematically raiding nests and chowing down on the eggs. Read full story and view video here.

Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool

By Ben Goldfarb – Science Magazine – June 7, 2018 – Video
In 1836, an explorer named Stephen Meek wandered down the piney slopes of Northern California's Klamath Mountains and ended up here, in the finest fur trapping ground he'd ever encountered. This swampy basin would ultimately become known as the Scott Valley, but Meek's men named it Beaver Valley after its most salient resource: the rodents whose dams shaped its ponds, marshes, and meadows. Meek's crew caught 1800 beavers here in 1850 alone, shipping their pelts to Europe to be felted into waterproof hats. More trappers followed, and in 1929 one killed and skinned the valley's last known beaver. The massacre spelled disaster not only for the beavers, but also for the Scott River's salmon, which once sheltered in beaver-built ponds and channels. As old beaver dams collapsed and washed away, wetlands dried up and streams carved into their beds. Gold mining destroyed more habitat. Today, the Scott resembles a postindustrial sacrifice zone, its once lush floodplain buried under heaps of mine tailings. "This is what we call ‘completely hosed,’" sighed Charnna Gilmore, executive director of the Scott River Watershed Council in Etna, California, as she crunched over the rubble on a sweltering June morning last year. Read full article and view video here.

Study links wastewater on roads to water pollution

By Sara Jerome – Water Online – June 7, 2018
A new research study links the use of oil and gas wastewater to the spread of air and water pollution. Currently, 13 states allow the use of oil and gas wastewater to suppress dust on unpaved roads or to deice in cold weather, Science Ticker reported. The practice is common in rural communities with small budgets for road maintenance. But a new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology suggests that may not be advisable. Read full story here.

Hurricanes are lingering longer: that makes them more dangerous

By Kendra Pierre-Louis – The New York Times – June 6, 2018
With wind speeds that can top 180 miles per hour, hurricanes are not usually thought of as slow. Yet tropical cyclones, which include hurricanes, have grown more sluggish since the mid-20th century, researchers say. That may mean bad news for people residing in their path. A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature focuses on what is known as translation speed, which measures how quickly a storm is moving over an area, say, from Miami to the Florida Panhandle. Between 1949 and 2016, tropical cyclone translation speeds declined 10 percent worldwide, the study says. The storms, in effect, are sticking around places for a longer period of time. Read full story here.

High-Acidity Reefs a “Desert” of Weed-Like Algae

By Yao-Hua Law – Hakai Magazine – June 5, 2018
It’s now well established that the oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb the huge amounts of carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels. Using laboratory experiments, scientists have shown that acidification will hamper many marine organisms—from corals to oysters to fish. But the artificial settings used in most experiments mask more complex natural responses. It’s possible, even likely, that many of the consequences of ocean acidification discovered in the lab will not play out the same way in the wild. Read full article here. 

Urgent Climate Action Required to Protect Tens of Thousands of Species Worldwide, New Research Shows

By John H. Cushman, Jr. and Neela Banerjee Bob Berwyn – InsideClimate News – May 17, 2018
Humanity can powerfully improve the survival odds of tens of thousands of species, but only if nations dramatically raise their ambitions in the fight against climate change, according to new research published on Thursday in the journal Science. One key to salvaging plant and vertebrate habitat and protecting the world's biodiversity is to limit warming to the most challenging benchmark established under the 2015 Paris treaty—1.5 degrees Celsius of warming—not to the treaty's less stringent 2 degree guardrail, the study found. Read full story here.

Fish Species Forecast to Migrate Hundreds of Miles Northward as U.S. Waters Warm

By Bob Berwyn – InsideClimate News – May 16, 2018
Global warming will drive many of North America's fish species hundreds of miles northward, potentially costing coastal fishing communities billions of dollars over the next few decades, new research shows. In New England, the centuries-old cod fishery is at risk, with East Coast habitat for Atlantic cod expected to decline 90 percent by 2100. Off the Pacific Northwest, rockfish that have been prized by Native American communities for centuries are moving toward Alaska as the oceans warm. Read full story here.

Arctic Heat Surges Again, and Studies Are Finding Climate Change Connections

By Sabrina Shankman – InsideClimate News – May 8, 2018
As temperatures at the North Pole approached the melting point this week and the Arctic ice thins toward the vanishing point, new research suggests that the extraordinary records being set year after year are a manifestation of manmade climate change. One new study, published last week in the journal Weather and Climate Extremes, found that unusual heat that hit the Arctic in 2016 could not have happened without the increases in greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution, which has set off a feedback loop of rising temperatures and dwindling sea ice. It is a classic prediction of climate theory that's playing out more vividly than ever before. Read full story here.

 

WBN June 2018   Resources and Publications

Underwater Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate

Union of Concerned Scientists – June 2018
Along nearly 13,000 miles of coastline of the contiguous United States, hundreds of thousands of buildings lie in the path of rising seas: schools, hospitals, churches, factories, homes, and businesses. Long before these properties and infrastructure are permanently underwater, millions of Americans living in coastal communities will face more frequent flooding, as the tides inch higher and reach farther inland. As sea levels rise, persistent high-tide flooding of homes, yards, roads, and business districts will begin to render properties effectively unlivable, and neighborhoods—even whole communities—financially unattractive and potentially unviable. Yet property values in most coastal real estate markets do not currently reflect this risk. And most homeowners, communities, aninvestors are not aware of the financial losses they may soon face. Read more and download report here. 

Conservation of Wetlands and Other Coastal Ecosystems: a Commentary on their Value to Protect Biodiversity, Reduce Disaster Impacts, and Promote Human Health and Well-Being

By Ariana E. Sutton-Grier and P.A. Sandifer – Springer.com – May 11, 2018
There is substantial, growing literature that details positive human health effects, psychological and physiological, of exposure to “nature,” including “green” and “blue space,” with evidence suggesting that diversity of species or environments may have specific positive human health benefits. These health benefits are important ecosystem services provided by healthy ecosystems. In this paper, we discuss several critical ecosystem services provided by wetlands including disaster risk reduction, with an emphasis on benefits to human health and well-being. Impacts to human health via damage to ecosystem services from disasters have rarely been considered in disaster planning or mitigation, nor have the health benefits been part of the framework for planning urban greenspaces and land-use. Read full article here.

The Environmental Protection Agency in the Early Trump Administration: Prelude to Regulatory Capture

By Lindsey Dillon American – Public Health Association – April 26, 2018
We explore and contextualize changes at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the first 6 months of the Trump administration, arguing that its pro-business direction is enabling a form of regulatory capture. We draw on news articles, public documents, and a rapid response, multi-sited interview study of current and retired EPA employees to (1) document changes associated with the new administration, (2) contextualize and compare the current pro-business makeover with previous ones, and (3) publicly convey findings in a timely manner. Read full story here. 


WBN June 2018 - Potpouri

To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift

By Kaitlyn Gaynor – CNN – June 14, 2018
For their first 100 million years on planet Earth, our mammal ancestors relied on the cover of darkness to escape their dinosaur predators and competitors. Only after the meteor-induced mass extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago could these nocturnal mammals explore the many wondrous opportunities available in the light of day. Fast forward to the present, and the honeymoon in the sun may be over for mammals. They're increasingly returning to the protection of night to avoid the Earth's current terrifying super-predator: Homo sapiens. Read full story here.

Solar has overtaken gas and wind as biggest source of new US power

By Chris Martin – Bloomberg – June 12, 2018
Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter. Developers installed 2.5 gigawatts of solar in the first quarter, up 13 percent from a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. That accounted for 55 percent of all new generation, with solar panels beating new wind and natural gas turbines for a second straight quarter. Read full story here.

Vacant lots are full of nature. How do we keep them that way?

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – June 6, 2018
Vacant lots are islands of wildness in the urban jungle: small and scraggly yet bountiful and biodiverse, a place to enjoy nearby nature and a home to city creatures. Yet there’s a tension inherent to them. Unless people protect vacant lots, they’ll eventually be developed — and they are “often considered a neighborhood eyesore, a place for crime and trash,” write researchers in the journal Sustainability. “Vacant lots are usually deemed a local problem for neighborhood residents.” How, then, to cultivate natural richness while also satisfying the needs and wishes of people living nearby? Read full article here

The tremendous benefits provided by just one beaver family

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – May 30, 2018
People already know that beavers are keystone species whose activities shape landscapes in broadly beneficial ways. If such descriptions sound a bit abstract, though, consider the observations of scientists who followed the activities of a single beaver pair living in the British countryside. Read full article here

Making the Most of the Watershed Approach

By James M. McElfish, Jr. – Vibrant Environment – Environmental Law Institute – May 30, 2018
The Oil Pollution Act and CERCLA allow for the recovery of more than just cleanup costs following an oil spill or the release of hazardous substances. These laws also provide for the recovery of damages to restore or replace natural resources to the conditions that would have existed prior to the spill or release, as well as to compensate for interim losses of ecological services. Natural resource trustees—states and tribes acting on behalf of the public—are tasked (along with federal trustees) with planning and implementing the restoration of these lost natural resources and services. In Natural Resource Damages, Mitigation Banking, and the Watershed Approach, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) explains how natural resource trustees can integrate natural resource damage (NRD) restoration with the Clean Water Act (CWA) §404 compensatory mitigation program. Read full blog post here.

The Importance of Wetlands: The 2018 National Wetlands Awards

By Kathryn R. Campbell – Environmental Law Institute – Vibrant Environment Blog – May 21, 2018
“These places hold the world together,” said National Wetlands Awardee Latimore M. Smith of wetlands during his award acceptance speech. Simple words spoken to him early in his career as he explored a Louisiana bog, they continue to hold profound meaning and inspire him to this day. At the National Wetlands Awards ceremony that took place on May 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C., each of the six awardees shared stories about what inspired them in their efforts to protect and preserve wetlands. Read full blog post here.

The ghosts of nature’s past are making a comeback

Wetland Breaking NewsBy Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – May 16, 2018
Alligators live in fresh water. They can handle a few hours of saltwater, maybe a day at most, but fresh is their natural home. Its textbook biology — yet people keep finding alligators where they’re not supposed to be. In the Florida Keys, for example, they’re regularly observed in mangrove creeks and saltwater canals. Are these creatures strays who’ve lost their way or been driven into marginal habitat by human pressures? Read full article here.

How the Blob Killed Thousands of Tiny Seabirds

By Dustin Patar – Hakai Magazine – May 16, 2018
For Cassin’s auklets, robin-sized seabirds of the northeast Pacific, the winter of 2014 was a disaster. Over the course of a few months, more than 9,000 washed up on beaches from British Columbia to California. Almost immediately, scientists hypothesized that the deaths were somehow related to a massive marine heatwave, known as the Blob that went on to ravage the coastal ecosystem from 2013 to 2015. Read full article here. 

   

 Wetland Breaking News June 2018 - Calendar of Events

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

 

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

 

WEBINARS  
   
 JUNE 2018  
       
June 21, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
 
  The Swamp School Webinar: Field Identification of Wetland Sedges, Grasses and Rushes  
 
 
June 25, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  North Central Region Water Network Webinar: Understanding the influence of climate information on farm decision-making

 
       
June 27, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Webinar: What’s new with the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative  
       
June 27, 2018
3:00 p.m. ET
 
  Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Helping Wetland Restoration Decision-Making with EPA’s Recovery Potential Screening Tool    
       
JULY 2018  
       
July 10, 2018
3:00 p.m. ET
  Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar: Floodplain Policies for Flood Survivors - A Conversation   
       
July 11, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar:  A Collaborative Web Resource for Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections   
       
July 31, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  EBM Tools Network Webinar: The NOAA Digital Coast: Turning Coastal Data and Tools into Actionable Information    
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar: Hydrologic Modeling for Austin's Integrated Water Resources Plan 
 
       
SEPTEMBER 2018   
       
September 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Works Association Webinar: Utility Tools and Strategies for Climate Change Planning  
       
OCTOBER 2018  
       
October 3, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET 
  EBM Tools Network Webinar: Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Networks (MACAN and NECAN) Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships  
       
October 10, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar: Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations Improve Water Management    
       
October 10, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Center for Watershed Protection Webcast: Innovations in Stream Restoration Design and Construction   
       
NOVEMBER 2018  
       
November 14, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar: Setting Up a Water Bank: From the Ground(water) Up   
       
MEETINGS  
 
 JUNE 2018  
       
June 21-22, 2018
Paris, France
  World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming  
       
June 26-28, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
  Universities Council of Water Resources: 2018 Annual Water Resources Conference    
       
June 27, 2018
Rochester, MN
  City of Rochester: Citizen Engagement and Watershed Protection Stormwater Speaker Series    
 
JULY 2018  
       
July 8-11, 2018
Broomfield, CO
  Natural Hazards Center: 2018 Natural Hazards Workshop  
       
July 9, 2018
UC Davis Conference Center
  California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation   
       
July 9-11, 2018
Fort Worth, TX
  American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater  
       
July 10-11, 2018
Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA
  Natural Areas Association Workshop: Lake Erie Ecosystems   
       
July 10-12, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
  US Water Alliance: One Water Summit  
       
July 15-18, 2018
Monterey, CA
  2018 Society for Conservation GIS Annual Conference

 
       
July 15-19, 2018
St. John’s, Newfoundland 
  Coastal Zone Canada Association 2018 Conference: Seeking Practical Solutions to Real Issues; Communities Adapting to a Changing World   
       
July 15-20, 2018
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
  9th International Symbiosis Society Congress

 
       
July 16-18, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
  Green Chemistry and Green Engineering   
       
July 16-20, 2018
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KY
  Science Education Resource Center: Earth Educators' Rendezvous

 
       
July 21-26, 2018
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB): Conservation Science, Policy, & Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild
 
       
July 21-27, 2018
University of New England
Biddeford, ME
  Gordon Research Seminar: Unifying Ecology Across Scales   
       
July 23-26, 2018
Shepherdstown, WV
  Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future
 
       
July 29-August 1, 2018
Albuquerque, NM
  Soil and Water Conservation Society: 73rd International Annual Conference: Culture, Climate, and Conservation    
       
July 29-August 1, 2018
Shepherdstown, WV
  CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium: Hydrologic Connections:
Climate, Food, Energy, Environment, and Society
 
       
July 29 to August 2, 2018
Brunswick, ME
  Bowdoin College Clonal Plants in Context Symposium    
       
July 30-August 3, 2018
Baltimore, MD
  36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering  
       
July 30-August 3, 2018
Universidad Andrés Bello
Viña del Mar, Chile
  11th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies (IsoEcol 2018)  
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 5-10, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  2018 ESA Annual Meeting

 
       
August 13-16, 2018
Asheville, NC
  North Carolina State University: EcoStream Conference

 
       
August 19-20, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada 
  Waterbird Society/International Ornithological Congress: 42nd Annual Conference and General Meeting  
       
August 19-22, 2018
Montpellier, France
  Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018   
       
August 19-23, 2018
Atlantic City, NJ
  American Fisheries Society Meeting: Communicating the Science of Fisheries Conservation to Diverse Audiences  
       
August 19-23, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 20th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference   
       
August 26-30, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER)

 
       
August 26-31, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden
  SIWI: World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development  
       
August 27-29, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  California Adaptation Forum  
       
SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 5-9, 2018
Tulcea, Romania
  Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 4th International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”    
       
September 10-12, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  San Francisco Estuary Partnership: 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference: Our Estuary at an Intersection    
       
September 17-19, 2018
Columbia, SC
  2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference  
       
September 17-21, 2018
Gothic CO
  MtnClim 2018: Anticipating climate change impacts in mountains: Embracing variability  
Abstract deadline: July 2, 2018
 
       
September 18-20, 2018
Cadiz, KY
  Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers Conference   
       
September 18-20, 2018
Camp Hill, PA
  Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association: 25th Annual Environmental Conference & Tradeshow   
       
September 19-21, 2018
Boulder, CO
  National Center for Atmospheric Research: 8th International Workshop on Climate Informatics  
       
September 20-23, 2018
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
  Center for Integrative Conservation Research: Integrative Conservation Conference

 
       
September 24-28, 2018
Jena, Germany
  10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics    
       
September 24-30, 2018
New York, NY
  Climate Week NYC  
       
OCTOBER 2018   
       
October 2-3, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
  2018 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting  
       
October 5-7, 2018
Miami, FL
  2018 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference (SEEC)   
       
October 7-11, 2018
Cleveland, OH
  The Wildlife Society's 25 Annual Conference  
       
October 9-12, 2018
Houghton, MI
  2018 State of Lake Superior Conference    
       
October 11-12, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
  Land Trust Alliance: Rally 2018 National Land Conservation Conference   
       
October 17-18, 2018
Detroit, MI
  Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition: Great Lakes Restoration Conference    
       
October 18-21, 2018
Antalya, Turkey
  International Marine & Freshwater Sciences Symposium (MarFresh2018)
 
       
October 20, 2018
Leominster, MA
  MACC Fall Conference   
       
October 21-29, 2018
Dubai
  13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands  
       
October 22-26, 2018
Stowe, VT
  American Meteorological Society: 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms  
       
October 23-25, 2018
Bloominton, IN
  Natural Areas Conference: Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas   
       
October 24-25, 2018
Miami Beach, FL
  Southeast Florida Regional Compact: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit  
       
October 28-31, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference  
       
October 30-November 2, 2018
Cincinnati, OH 
  38th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society: Now Trending: Innovations in Lake Management    
       
October 30-November 2, 2018
Galveston, TX
  American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 National Coastal Conference: Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides  
       
NOVEMBER 2018   
       
November 4-7, 2018
Baltimore, MD
 
  American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Canadian Society of Agronomy: 2018 International Annual Meeting: Enhancing Productivity in a Changing Climate   
       
November 9-11, 2018
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
  Sustainability and Development Conference
Abstracts due on July 15, 2018
 
       
November 13-16, 2018
Chicago, IL
  Lincoln Park Zoo 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference  
 
DECEMBER 2018   
       
December 8-13, 2018
Long Beach, CA
  Restore America’s Estuaries Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management  
       
TRAINING  
   
JUNE 2018  
       
June 21-22, 2018
Portage, WI 
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
June 24-30, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Lichens and Lichen Ecology  
       
June 24-30, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology  
       
June 24-30, 2018
Kellogg Biological Station
Michigan State University
  EDAMAME : Explorations in Data Analyses for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology    
       
June 25-29, 2018
Portland State University
  Portland State University Course: Wetland Plants of the Pacific Northwest  
       
June 25-29, 2018
Shepherdstown, WV
  The Conservation Fund Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
Milford, IA
  Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Ecology of Algae Blooms  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Conservation Ecology  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Environmental Sensors: Designing, Building and Deploying the Field  
       
June 25-July 20, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management  
       
June 26-29, 2018
Chicago, IL
  Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineator Training
 
       
June 27-28, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI 
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training   
       
June 28-29, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
June 28-July 16, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Comparative Temperate-Tropical Biogeography  
       
June 29-30, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
June 29-30, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
  University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop: Wetland Plant Identification and Sampling Techniques  
       
JULY 2018  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Grasses: Identification and Ecology  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil  
       
July 2-14, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Conservation of Lichens   
       
July 2-September 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
July 7, 2018
Framingham, MA
  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC): Wetland Shrubs  
       
July 8-14, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology  
       
July 8-14, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, Identification and Conservation   
       
July 9-20, 2018
Milford, IA
  Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Paleolimnology  
       
July 9-20, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Landscape Ecology  
       
July 9-20, 2018
University of Montana 
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
 
 
       
July 9-21, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau   
       
July 9-October 1, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques   
       
July 9-October 1, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design  
       
July 9-October 7, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator   
       
July 10-11, 2018
Laramie, WY
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
July 10-11, 2018
Laramie, WY
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
July 10-13, 2018
State College, PA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands  
       
July 11-12, 2018
Lansing/East Lansing, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association: Aquatic Plant Identification

 
       
July 11-12, 2018
St. Paul, MN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training   
       
July 15-19, 2018
Kirtland, OH 
  Phys-Fest II Course: Plant Ecophysiology  
       
July 15-21, 2018
Steuben, ME  
  Eagle Hill Institute: Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology   
       
July 15-21, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Photographing Plants and Plant Habitats: Classical and Modern Techniques  
       
July 16-19, 2018
Beaver County Conservation Service Aliquippa, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – Pennsylvania    
       
July 16-20, 2018
Boston, University 
  Summer Course: Ecological Forecasting
 
 
       
July 16-21, 2018
University of Virginia
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Bryophyte Identification

 
       
July 16-August 3, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Stream Ecology  
       
July 17-20, 2018
Portage, WI 
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators
 
       
July 18-19, 2018
Irvine, CA
  University of California, Irvine Workshop: Strengthening Coasts for a Resilient Future    
       
July 18-19, 2018
Boston, MA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training    
       
July 22-28, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Maine Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany  
       
July 22-28, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History  
       
July 23, 2018
Manchester, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plant Identification and Hike with Ellen  
       
July 23-26, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes  
       
July 23-27, 2018 
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Field Methods in Ornithology
 
 
       
July 23-August 3, 2018 
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Alpine Ecology  
       
July 23-August 3, 2018
University of Montana 
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Lake Ecology
 
       
July 23-August 4, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies  
       
July 23-August 6, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals    
       
July 24-25, 2018
St. Ignace, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plants of the Eastern Upper Peninsula   
       
July 25-26, 2018
Orlando, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
 
       
July 25-August 14, 2018
Boulder, CO
  Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Course  
       
July 28-29, 2018
Amherst Junction, WI
  University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop:  Prairie Plant Identification and Sampling  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: The Eastern Maine Ice Age Landscape as a Record Hemispheric Climate Change: The Last Deglaciation: The Pineo Ridge Moraine and Emerged Delta Complex  
       
July 30-August 3, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Humboldt State University Course: Teaching Individual/Agent-based Modeling  
       
July 30-August 3, 2018
Logan, UT
  Utah State University Course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design  
       
July 31-August 2, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar – 2018  
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 5-11, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sphagnum Mosses and Ecology  
       
August 5-11, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Aquatic Entomology  
       
August 6, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Botanist   
       
August 6-9, 2018
Savannah, GA 
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)   
       
August 6-10, 2018
Truckee, CA
  River Lab, University of California – Berkeley Course: Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration  
       
August 6-11, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Rock Outcrop and Cliff Face Communities  
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Stream Ecology  
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
 
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
 
       
August 6-October 29, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
August 8-19, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Introductory Ecology    
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Witness to Nature: A Creative Writing Workshop  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Plant Anatomy and Microtechnique  
       
Augut 13-14, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Eastern Mountains/Piedmont - 16 hours (field)
 
       
August 13-17, 2018
Online and Field
Raleigh, NC
  The Swamp School Blended Online and Field Wetland Delineation Workshop  
       
August 13-18, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southeastern Grasslands: Ecology and Conservation    
       
August 14-15, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Wetland Plant ID  
       
August 14-17, 2018
Hays, KS
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators  
       
August 15, 2018
Boylston, MA 
  Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists Workshop: Late Season Grasses     
       
August 15-16, 2018
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
August 15-16, 2018
Arlington, WA 
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018   
       
August 17, 2018
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Plant ID – Familiarization for New Wetland Delineators  
       
Augut 19-25, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Microscopy: An Exploration of the Intricate Microscopic World of Mushrooms  
       
Augut 19-25, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Banding Songbirds and Raptors: Livetrapping, In-hand Aging and Sexing, and Data Collection for Research  
       
August 20-24, 2018
Arlington, WA 
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation   
       
August 20-25, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Grasses of the Southern Appalachians   
       
August 20-September 17, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment   
       
August 20-September 17, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets | 2018  
       
August 22-24, 2018
Hillsborough, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Wetland Construction: Principles, Planning and Design  
       
Augut 26-September 1, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Orthotrichaceae of Maine  
       
Augut 26-September 1, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Independent Study: Pyrenolichens
 
 
       
August 28-31, 2018
Annapolis, MD
  National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Workshop: Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Skill Building, Proposal Writing,  Collaborating    
       
August 29-30, 2018
Denver, CO 
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training   
       
August 29-30, 2018
Lansing, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands (MiRAM)    
       
August 31-September 1, 2018
Denver, CO
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
 SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 6-7, 2018
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum   
       
September 6-7, 2018
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
September 7-9, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Asters and Goldenrods  
       
September 10, 2018
Boston, MA
  Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research, Inc.: Wetlands and Their Borders Course  
       
September 10-14, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 10-14, 2018
St. Michaels, MD 
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation    
       
September 10-December 3, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist    
       
September 10, 2018-
December 3, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
September 11-12, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes - 16 hours (field)  
       
September 11-14, 2018
Boston, MA 
  Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineator Training  
       
September 12-13, 2018
Kansas City, MO 
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
September 13-14, 2018
San Diego, CA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Riparian Habitat Restoration for the Arid Southwest
 
       
September 14, 2018
Boylston, MA
  Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists Workshop: Late Season Sedges  
       
September 14-16, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Current Issues in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation    
       
September 17-18, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
September 17-18, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
September 17-28, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: The Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds  
       
September 17-October 14, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments    
       
September 19-20, 2018
Washtenaw County, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Asters and Goldenrods in Michigan Wetlands  
       
September 20-22, 2018
Laramie, WY
  CUAHSI: Near Surface Geophysics for Hydrology Workshop   
       
September 21, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Plant ID – Familiarization for New Wetland Delineators   
       
September 21-23, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review Process   
       
September 24-25, 201
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field   
       
September 24-28, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Aliquippa, PA
  The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 26-27, 2018
Baton Rouge, LA 
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
 
       
September 28-29, 2018
Baton Rouge, LA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
September 28-30, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Fall Maine Mushroom  
       
OCTOBER 2018  
       
October 1-December 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
October 5-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop:  Columbus Day Weekend Retreat  
       
October 8- November 5, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets    
       
October 8-December 31, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator  
       
October 9-12, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
October 9-12, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands  
       
October 10-11, 2018
Marquette, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Hydric Soils Identification    
October 10-11, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
October 10-11, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
October 12-14, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts   
       
October 17-18, 2018
San Diego, CA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
 
       
October 19-21, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages   
       
October 22-November 5, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans  
October 23-24, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species - 16 hours (lecture)  
       
October 26-28, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Crustose and Foliose Lichens    
       
October 31-November 1, 2018
Tampa, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
NOVEMBER 2018  
       
November 5-8, 2018
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
Seagoville, TX
  The Swamp School CourseWetland Delineation Training  
       
November 5, 2018-
January 28, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
November 5, 2018-January 28, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist    
       
November 7-8, 2018
Columbus, OH
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training   
       
November 7-8, 2018
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
November 7-8, 2018
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
November 8-11, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Tree and Shrub Identification Using Twigs and Other Winter Characteristics    
       
November 12-13, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology – Piedmont - 16 hours (field)  
       
November 12, 2018-
February 4, 2019

Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design    
       
November 13-15, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Winter Woody Plant ID   
       
November 26-December 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment   
       
DECEMBER 2018  
       
December 3-31, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets  
       
December 3, 2018-
February 25, 2019

Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018    
       
December 5-6, 2018
Tampa, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training   
       
December 7-8, 2018
Tampa, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
December 10-11, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement – Eastern Mountains/Piedmont) - 16 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
December 10, 2018-April 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator  
       
December 12-13, 2018
Houston, TX 
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
December 17-31, 2018 
Charleston, SC
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals  
   
SPECIAL EVENTS  
       
September 22, 2018
Viera, FL
  The Avenue Viera: Wild About Nature

 
       
October 12-14, 2018
Houma, LA
  2018 Voice of the Wetlands Festival    
       
October 14 and 28, 2018
Bath, ME
  Maine Maritime Museum: Birding on the Bay  
 
       

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Trump admin floats changes to environmental review standards
  • EPA stops policy of having press aide review grants
  • EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time
  • Trump's move to redefine water rule threatens wetlands banks
  • Federalism and Water rules: The States weigh in

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Why are America's wetlands being destroyed in the name of renewable energy?
  • Scott Pruitt, under fire, plans to initiate a big environmental rollback
  • Researchers argue proposed EPA changes could cause 80,000 more deaths a decade
  • Lawsuit challenges Trump Administration push to slash protections for waterways, wetlands
  • No refuge for wildlife in some US wildlife refuges
  • Senate Ag Committee releases draft farm bill text
  • Scott Pruitt proposes changing how EPA evaluates cost of carbon pollution
  • House of Representatives Passes 2018 Waterways Bill
  • Report: US high-tide flooding twice what it was 30 years ago
  • Wetlands protected as landmark conservation bill receives royal assent
  • Despite sea change at White House, Pentagon steps up climate change preparations
  • Sea level rise is pushing coastal property owners to move to higher ground 
  • USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment
  • Missing Paris Climate Goals Could Cost Trillions
  • U.S. conservationists sue Trump administration over migratory bird policy
  • Little-Known Accounting Policy Could Fuel Green Infrastructure Surge
  • Environmentalists: Paper mills likely major source of chemical pollution in waterways
  • Innovative Financing for Cities: Pay for Results, Not Process
  • Pruitt’s Own Scientist Appointees Challenge EPA Science Restrictions

STATE NEWS

  • AK: No offsets, no problem as Army Corps OKs wetland projects CA: Elkhorn Slough scientist Kerstin Wasson honored as 'wetland hero'
  • CA: Conservation and agriculture coexist with new plan
  • ME: Regulators apply brakes to offshore wind power project led by UMaine
  • ME: 'No discharge zone' fight comes to Acadia region
  • ME: A Fish Called Rockweed
  • MA: Barnstable high school environmental club builds wetland 'living laboratory'
  • MI: After Flint, Michigan Pushes Toughest Lead Water Rules in the Country
  • MN: Minnesota's Line 3 oil pipeline proposal: The basics
  • MN: Gov. Mark Dayton vetoes bill that gave Enbridge's new pipeline fast-track approval
  • MN: The Midwest Is Getting Drenched, And It’s Causing Big Problems
  • MT: Montana's Blackfeet tribe, Zinke put water deal into effect
  • NH: Something Wild: NH's wildest neighborhood...Peatlands
  • NJ: New Jersey Shields Its Fragile Shoreline Ecosystems
  • OR: Metro to acquire 280 acres at Smith and Bybee Wetlands through land exchange with Port of Portland
  • PR: Hurricanes lead to resilience: Good news follows bad for Puerto Rico's tropical forests
  • UT: Utah desert wetlands abundant with migrating birds
  • WA: Supreme Court Tie Favors Indian Tribes in Washington State
  • WA: New permit for wineries helps protect water quality
  • WI: Ecology Expert: man-made wetlands fall short of natural ones
  • WI: How the growing “One Water” movement is not only helping the environment but also saving millions of dollars

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Nutria don't just destroy wetlands, they're also raiding bird nests, scientists say
  • Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool
  • Study links wastewater on roads to water pollution
  • Hurricanes are lingering longer: that makes them more dangerous
  • High-Acidity Reefs a “Desert” of Weed-Like Algae
  • Urgent Climate Action Required to Protect Tens of Thousands of Species Worldwide, New Research Shows
  • Fish Species Forecast to Migrate Hundreds of Miles Northward as U.S. Waters Warm
  • Arctic Heat Surges Again, and Studies Are Finding Climate Change Connections Wetland Breaking News June 2018

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • Underwater Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate
  • Conservation of Wetlands and Other Coastal Ecosystems: a Commentary on their Value to Protect Biodiversity, Reduce Disaster Impacts, and Promote Human Health and Well-Being
  • The Environmental Protection Agency in the Early Trump Administration: Prelude to Regulatory Capture

POTPOURRI

  • To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift
  • Solar has overtaken gas and wind as biggest source of new US power
  • Vacant lots are full of nature. How do we keep them that way?
  • The tremendous benefits provided by just one beaver family
  • Making the Most of the Watershed Approach
  • The Importance of Wetlands: The 2018 National Wetlands Awards
  • The ghosts of nature’s past are making a comeback
  • How the Blob Killed Thousands of Tiny Seabirds

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Webinars

June

  • The Swamp School Webinarl: Field Identification of Wetland Sedges, Grasses and Rushes
  • North Central Region Water Network Webinar: Understanding the influence of climate information on farm decision-making
  • Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Webinar: What’s new with the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative?
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Wetland Webinar: Helping Wetland Restoration Decision-Making with EPA’s Recovery Potential Screening Tool
  • Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar: Floodplain Policies for Flood Survivors - A Conversation
  • American Water Resources Association Webinar: A Collaborative Web Resource for Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections
  • EBM Toolsl Network Webinar: The NOAA Digital Coast: Turning Coastal Data and Tools into Actionable Information

July

  • Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar: Floodplain Policies for Flood Survivors - A Conversation
  • American Water Resources Association Webinar: A Collaborative Web Resource for Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections
  • EBM Toolsl Network Webinar: The NOAA Digital Coast: Turning Coastal Data and Tools into Actionable Information

August

  • American Water Resources Association  Webinar: Hydrologic Modeling for Austin's Integrated Water Resources Plan 

September

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

October

  • EBM Tools Network Webinar: Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Networks (MACAN and NECAN) Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships
  • American Water Resources Association Webinar: Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations Improve Water Management
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast: Innovations in Stream Restoration Design and Construction

November

  • American Water Resources Association  Webinar: Setting Up a Water Bank: From the Ground(water) Up

Meetings

June

  • World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming
  • Universities Council of Water Resources: 2018 Annual Water Resources Conference 
  • City of Rochester: Citizen Engagement and Watershed Protection Stormwater Speaker Series 

July

  • Natural Hazards Center: 2018 Natural Hazards Workshop
  • California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater
  • Natural Areas Association Workshop: Lake Erie Ecosystems
  • US Water Alliance: One Water Summit
  • 2018 Society for Conservation GIS Annual Conference
  • Coastal Zone Canada Association 2018 Conference: Seeking Practical Solutions to Real Issues; Communities Adapting to a Changing World
  • 9th International Symbiosis Society Congress
  • Science Education Resource Center: Earth Educators' Rendezvous
  • Green Chemistry and Green Engineering
  • North American Congress for Conservation Biology: Conservation Science, Policy, & Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild
  • Gordon Research Seminar: Unifying Ecology Across Scales
  • Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society: 73rd International Annual Conference: Culture, Climate, and Conservation
  • CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium: Hydrologic Connections: Climate, Food, Energy, Environment, and Society
  • Bowdoin College Clonal Plants in Context Symposium
  • 11th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies (IsoEcol 2018)

August

  • 2018 ESA Annual Meeting
  • North Carolina State University: EcoStream Conference
  • Waterbird Society/International Ornithological Congress: 42nd Annual Conference and General Meeting
  • Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018
  • American Fisheries Society Meeting: Communicating the Science of Fisheries Conservation to Diverse Audiences
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 20th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference
  • National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER)
  • SIWI: World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development
  • California Adaptation Forum

September

  • Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 4th International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”
  • San Francisco Estuary Partnership: 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference: Our Estuary at an Intersection 
  • 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference
  • MtnClim 2018: Anticipating climate change impacts in mountains: Embracing variability 
  • Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers Conference  
  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association: 25th Annual Environmental Conference & Tradeshow
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research: 8th International Worshop on Climate Informatics
  • Center for Integrative Conservation Research: Integrative Conservation Conference
  • 10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics
  • Climate Week NYC

October

  • 2018 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting
  • 2018 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference (SEEC)
  • The Wildlife Society’s 25 Annual Conference
  • 2018 State of Lake Superior Conference
  • Land Trust Alliance: Rally 2018 National Land Conservation Conference
  • Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition: Great Lakes Restoration Conference
  • International Marine & Freshwater Sciences Symposium (MarFresh2018)
  • MACC Fall Conference
  • 13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • American Meteorological Society: 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms
  • Natural Areas Conference: Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas
  • Southeast Florida Regional Compact: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
  • American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference
  • 38th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society: Now Trending: Innovations in Lake Management
  • American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 National Coastal Conference: Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides

November

  • American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Canadian Society of Agronomy: 2018 International Annual Meeting: Enhancing Productivity in a Changing Climate
  • Sustainability and Development Conference
  • Lincoln Park Zoo 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference

December

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

Training

June

  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Lichens and Lichen Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology
  • EDAMAME : Explorations in Data Analyses for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology
  • Portland State University Course: Wetland Plants of the Pacific Northwest
  • The Conservation Fund Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams
  • Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Ecology of Algae Blooms
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Conservation Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Environmental Sensors: Designing, Building and Deploying the Field
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management
  • Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineator Training
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Comparative Temperate-Tropical Biogeography
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop: Wetland Plant Identification and Sampling Techniques

July

  • Eagle Hill Institute: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Grasses: Identification and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Conservation of Lichens
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC): Wetland Shrubs 
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, Identification and Conservation
  • Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Paleolimnology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Landscape Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands
  • Michigan Wetlands Association: Aquatic Plant Identification
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Phys-Fest II Course: Plant Ecophysiology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Photographing Plants and Plant Habitats: Classical and Modern Techniques
  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – Pennsylvania
  • Summer Course: Ecological Forecasting
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Bryophyte Identification
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Stream Ecology
  • University of California, Irvine Workshop: Strengthening Coasts for a Resilient Future
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Maine Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plant Identification and Hike with Ellen
  • Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Field Methods in Ornithology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Alpine Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Lake Ecology
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plants of the Eastern Upper Peninsula
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Course
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop: Prairie Plant Identification and Sampling
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates
  • Eagle Hill Institute: The Eastern Maine Ice Age Landscape as a Record Hemispheric Climate Change: The Last Deglaciation: The Pineo Ridge Moraine and Emerged Delta Complex
  • Humboldt State University Course: Teaching Individual/Agent-based Modeling
  • Utah State University Course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar – 2018

August

  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sphagnum Mosses and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Aquatic Entomology
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Botanist
  • D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • River Lab, University of California – Berkeley Course: Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Rock Outcrop and Cliff Face Communities
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Stream Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Introductory Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Witness to Nature: A Creative Writing Workshop
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Plant Anatomy and Microtechnique
  • D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Eastern Mountains/Piedmont
  • The Swamp School: Blended Online and Field Wetland Delineation Workshop
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southeastern Grasslands: Ecology and Conservation
  • Environmental Concern Course: Wetland Plant ID
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators
  • Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists Workshop: Late Season Grasses 
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Plant ID - Familiarization for New Wetland Delineators
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Microscopy: An Exploration of the Intricate Microscopic World of Mushrooms
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Banding Songbirds and Raptors: Livetrapping, In-hand Aging and Sexing, and Data Collection for Research
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Grasses of the Southern Appalachians
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets | 2018
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Wetland Construction: Principles, Planning and Design
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Orthotrichaceae of Maine
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Independent Study: Pyrenolichens
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Workshop: Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Skill Building, Proposal Writing, Collaborating
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands (MiRAM)
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training

September

  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Asters and Goldenrods
  • Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research, Inc.: Wetlands and Their Borders Course
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • D & D West Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineator Training
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Riparian Habitat Restoration for the Arid Southwest
  • Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists Workshop: Late Season Sedges
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Current Issues in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: The Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Asters and Goldenrods in Michigan Wetlands
  • CUAHSI: Near Surface Geophysics for Hydrology Workshop
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Plant ID – Familiarization for New Wetland Delineators
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review Process
  • Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Fall Maine Mushroom

October

  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Columbus Day Weekend Retreat
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator
  • D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands 
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Hydric Soils Identification
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages 
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans
  • D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Crustose and Foliose Lichens
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training

November

  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Tree and Shrub Identification Using Twigs and Other Winter Characteristics
  • D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology – Piedmont
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design
  • Environmental Concern Course: Winter Woody Plant ID
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

December

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

SPECIAL EVENT

  • The Avenue Viera: Wild About Nature
  • 2018 Voice of the Wetlands Festival
  • Maine Maritime Museum: Birding on the Bay
     

 

Wetland Breaking News - March 2016

The Association of State Wetland Managers' Wetland Breaking News (WBN) is a monthly e-newsletter. Wetland Breaking News is an edited compilation of wetland-related stories and announcements submitted by readers and gleaned from listservs, press releases and news sources from throughout the United States. WBN chronicles the legislative, national and state news relevant to wetland science and policy, wetland regulations and legal analysis of Supreme court cases from the past month; it also links to new publications and resources available to wetland professionals as well as events and training opportunities for those working in water resources and related fields. Wetland Breaking News has been published for over fifteen years and ASWM has been a think-tank and source for wetland science and policy news and discussion for over 30 years.The items presented in Wetland Breaking News do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or of the Association of State Wetland Managers. Send your news items, comments, corrections, or suggestions to .

"WETLAND BREAKING NEWS" Compiled and Edited by Marla Stelk, Editor; Laura Burchill and Sharon Weaver, Assistant Editors. Executive Director: Jeanne Christie. Association of State Wetland Managers, 32 Tandberg Trail, Ste. 2A, Windham, ME 04062. Telephone: 207-892-3399 Fax: 207-894-7992

All photos by Jeanne Christie, ASWM 

     
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