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Dear Wetlanders,

The Spring Equinox is just about a month away, and things are finally starting to thaw a bit here in Maine. Just this past Saturday night into Sunday morning we had about 6-8 inches of fresh snow fall - and just as quickly, it all melted away. The remnants of past snow events still linger in frozen, somewhat dingy piles and across the ground, but the earth is visibly emerging and the smell of freshness and new beginnings is strong.

The staff at the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) is busy planning our annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting, to be held April 11-12, 2018 at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center (TDCC) in Silver Spring, MD. As many of you know, this is a new venue for us this year as our normal location, the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), was fully booked. The TDCC will be a much more urban setting – perhaps fitting for this year’s World Wetlands Day theme of “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future.”

The unfolding Administrative actions and associated lawsuits regarding the Waters of the U.S. continue to make headlines this month. ASWM recently held another Hot Topics webinar on “What's next for Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)?” with Royal Gardner, Stetson University College of Law, and Stephen Samuels, Retired from the U.S. Department of Justice. The recording is now available on our website for free download. In this edition of Wetland Breaking News, you will find stories about the Administration’s Infrastructure package and Budget which could provide both challenges and opportunities for wetland managers. You’ll also see stories in this issue showcasing how states and tribes continue to make great strides in improving wetland protection and restoration despite what at times seem to be insurmountable obstacles. All of us at ASWM are continually humbled by the perseverance, flexibility and innovation shown by all of you on a daily basis.

We hope you all enjoy your last few weeks of winter as you start to gear up for springtime field season!

Best regards,

Marla J. Stelk
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Wetland Breaking News

   
             


Trump's 2019 budget plan would again target regional water cleanup programs

CBS News – February 13, 2018
For a second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. Trump's proposed 2019 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency released Monday would cut funding by 90 percent for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — an Obama-era plan for dealing with pervasive pollution in the world's biggest surface freshwater system — and a similar program for Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary. Read full story here.

Trump budget seeks 23 percent cut at EPA, eliminating dozens of programs

By Brady Dennis – The Washington Post – February 12, 2018 – Video
The White House is seeking to cut more than $2.5 billion from the annual budget of the Environmental Protection Agency — an overall reduction of more than 23 percent. The fiscal 2019 proposal released Monday marks the Trump administration’s latest attempt to shrink the reach of an agency the president once promised to reduce to “little tidbits.” The EPA already has lost hundreds of employees to buyouts and retirements over the past year, and its staffing is now at Reagan-era levels. Read more and view video here.

States, greens sue Trump over Obama EPA water rule delay

By Timothy Cama – The Hill – February 6, 2018
Ten Democratic states and a coalition of environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday for delaying enforcement of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule meant to protect waterways. Led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the challengers say EPA head Scott Pruitt violated required legal processes and ignored his legal obligation to protect water supplies when he pushed off the Clean Water Rule. Read full story here.

Sentencing case may set course for Clean Water Act battles

By Amanda Reilly – E&E News – February 6, 2018
The next big Supreme Court decision affecting the scope of the Clean Water Act may come from an unlikely source: a plaintiff's fight to reduce a prison sentence for drug and weapons possession charges. On its face, the case currently pending at the Supreme Court asks justices to resolve whether criminal plaintiffs can request lighter prison sentences in response to changes in federal sentencing guidelines. But Hughes v. United States also centers on how lower courts interpret fractured Supreme Court decisions in which five of the court's nine justices fail to come to an agreement. Some experts think the court's answer could provide some clarity on an issue that has muddied water law and policy for more than a decade: How should lower courts and the federal government interpret Rapanos v. United States, an infamously murky 2006 decision on Clean Water Act jurisdiction? Read full story here.

Cooperative Federalism in the Trump Era: Can the Sovereigns Collaborate in Gains?

Environmental Law Institute – January/February 2018
Since its establishment 47 years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has had overarching enforcement responsibility for most of the nation’s federal environmental laws. But over the decades, states have developed the expertise and capacity for ensuring environmental protection. With the Trump administration’s proposed downsizing of EPA’s budget and staffing and renewed focus on states, decisionmakers and stakeholders have a timely opportunity to rethink the paradigm of cooperative federalism and envrionmental protection. Read full story here.

 

President Proposes $1.2 Billion FY 2019 Budget for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Department of the Interior – February 12, 2018
President Donald Trump today proposed an $11.7 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Department of the Interior that includes a legislative proposal to establish the Public Lands Infrastructure Fund. The Fund will provide up to $18 billion to address Interior’s deferred maintenance backlog in national parks, national wildlife refuges and Bureau of Indian Education schools through funding from energy leasing revenues. The legislation complements the President’s national infrastructure investment proposal and recognizes the importance of a long-term investment in America’s treasures. Read full press release here.

Budget deal a windfall for mitigating sea-level rise

By Arianna Skibell – E&E News – February 9, 2018
While the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers are loathe to mention global warming, there is consensus that "future risks" must be addressed, and the government is now putting taxpayer money where its mouth is. The broad, two-year budget deal that Congress passed overnight and President Trump signed this morning includes almost $100 billion in supplemental funding for disaster recovery, with the largest set aside in history for "mitigation activities." The legislation also sets up a cost-share program to reward states that are actively mitigating. Read full story here. 

Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

By Fred Pearce – YaleEnvironment 360 – February 6, 2018
The world is using nitrogen fertilizer less and less efficiently. A greater proportion than ever before is washing into rivers and oceans. An environmental catastrophe looms, nitrogen scientists say, and the world urgently needs to develop strategies to prevent it. Post-war physicists fearing nuclear apocalypse came up with the Doomsday Clock. In the 1980s, biologists contemplating ecological meltdown began talking about “biodiversity” loss as a way to tag and measure the crisis. Soon after, climate scientists recast concern over global warming with a warning that within a century it would lead to temperatures greater than any in human history. Now, it is nitrogen’s turn. Read full story here.

Trump to Withdraw Nomination of Climate Skeptic as Top Environmental Adviser

By Lisa Friedman – The New York Times – February 4, 2018
The Trump administration plans to withdraw its nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White, a climate change skeptic, to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, a White House official said. President Trump in October appointed Ms. White, a former Texas environmental regulator who has said that carbon dioxide should be considered the “gas of life” rather than a pollutant, to be the White House senior environmental adviser. Carbon dioxide emissions contribute to global warming. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Ms. White on a party-line vote, but her nomination languished at the end of 2017. That was in part, lawmakers acknowledged, because of Ms. White’s performance at her hearing in which she not only espoused controversial views on climate change but also stumbled over science questions. Read full story here.

4 climate questions for Trump on infrastructure

By Adam Aton – E&E News – February 2, 2018
President Trump's State of the Union address offered few details on his infrastructure plan, and he gave even fewer yesterday in his speech at the Republican retreat. So as Republicans huddle in West Virginia to game out their agenda, they're working within some pretty broad parameters: Federal spending will constitute only a fraction of the $1.5 trillion package. Regulatory and permitting changes to speed construction will be a main feature. And Trump seems focused on roads. Read full story here.

TU criticizes BLM for excluding sportsmen voices from public lands planning

Contacts: Andy Rasmussen and Randy Scholfield – Press Release Point – February 2, 2018
The Trump administration announced Thursday an end to the Bureau of Land Management’s oil and gas leasing reforms—a move that Trout Unlimited criticized as rolling back efforts to protect sensitive fish and wildlife habitat and involve local communities, sportsmen’s groups and others in public land planning. “This is a step backward in efforts to balance energy develop with sporting opportunity,” said Steve Kandell, director of Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project. “The scrapping of master leasing plans dramatically reduces opportunities for public involvement and shuts out the voices of local stakeholders, including sportsmen and women, in the management of their favorite places to fish and hunt.” He added, “This move clearly establishes oil and gas development as the priority use of public lands for this administration.” For full press release, go here. 

Climate change, extreme weather already threaten 50% of U.S. military sites

By Sammy Roth – USA Today – January 31, 2018
Military leaders are sounding another alarm about the dangers of climate change, saying in a new report that half of U.S. military sites have already been affected by floods, wildfires, droughts and other weather extremes that are exacerbated by rising global temperatures. Following a request from Congress, the Defense Department studied climate risks to all 3,500 U.S. military sites around the world. It found nearly 800 had been affected by droughts, 350 by extreme temperatures, 225 by storm surge-related flooding and more than 200 by wildfires, among other weather events. Climate scientists say those types of extreme weather events have already become more common as global temperatures increase. Read full story here

For Puerto Ricans Living On Public Wetland, No FEMA Help To Rebuild

By Jeff Cohen – WNPR – January 31, 2018 – Video
Valle Hill is a neighborhood in Puerto Rico that shouldn’t exist. It is a village of private homes on a public wetland. When it rains, it floods. Residents who have water or power probably have it illegally. Few if any residents here have title to their properties. And the water project that was to help the residents? It’s stalled, and so is the effort to build a dike to stop the floodwaters from rising again. Read full story and view video here.

Gov. Rejects Shutdown of Great Lakes Oil Pipeline That's Losing Its Coating

By Phil McKenna – InsideClimate News – January 31, 2018
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has rejected the recommendation of an independent pipeline safety advisory board to shut down an aging crude oil pipeline that has been losing sections of its protective coating where it crosses beneath the Great Lakes. The board called for an immediate, temporary shutdown of the 65-year-old pipeline in December after Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns and operates the line, notified the board that sections of anti-corrosion coating had come off the dual pipelines that run along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5 has had more than two dozen leaks over its lifetime, and there have been concerns about the pipeline's outer coatings, but as recently as March, company officials said the pipelines were in as good of condition as the day they were installed. Read full story here.

Email shows industry doubt about Trump admin strategy

By Ariel Wittenberg – E&E News – January 26, 2018
Days before U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's visit to the state, the Iowa Corn Growers Association privately told the governor's office that it had doubts about the Trump administration's plan to redefine which wetlands and small waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are working to repeal the Obama administration's 2015 Clean Water Rule, also known as Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS. They plan to replace the regulation with one inspired by a 2006 opinion from the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Read full story here.

Trump EPA revives Obama proposal to block controversial Alaska mine

By Timothy Cama – The Hill – January 26, 2018
The Trump administration is reviving a controversial Obama administration proposal to block a massive gold mine proposed in Alaska after previously saying it would revive the proposal. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt announced the surprise reversal late Friday, saying that the EPA now believes that the Pebble Mine project would be unacceptably harmful to Bristol Bay and its tributaries. Read full story here.

Scientific group sues EPA over advisory boards

By David Abe – Boston Globe – January 25, 2018
A Cambridge advocacy group that represents thousands of scientists across the country filed a federal lawsuit this week against the Environmental Protection Agency, arguing that its administrator broke the law by banning scientists who receive EPA research grants from serving on its advisory boards. Read full story here.

Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018

USDA Department of Agriculture – January 24, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. “Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map – they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require.” Read full press release here.

Supreme Court Hops Into Case about a Frog and Property Rights

By Todd Ruger – Roll Call – January 23, 2018
The Supreme Court jumped into a case about the government’s power to designate private land as critical habitat for an endangered frog species, but is staying out of another case seeking to protect the bearded seal from future threats of climate change. The justices announced Monday they will hear oral arguments about the dusky gopher frog and a 1,500-acre tract of Louisiana forestry land that could lose $34 million in development value because of the Fish and Wildlife Service designation under the 1973 endangered species law. The arguments will likely be scheduled for the next Supreme Court term that starts in October. Read full story here.

  

CA: Is California's Drought Returning? Snowpack Nears 2015's Historic Lows

By Georgina Gustin – InsideClimate News – February 1, 2018
The snowpack that's essential for California's water supply is at critically low levels again this year—approaching the historic lows of the state's prolonged drought, which officially ended in 2016. On Thursday, researchers from the state's Department of Water Resources headed into the Sierra Nevada to measure water content and snow levels at the Phillips Station near Lake Tahoe. The annual event, while something of a photo op, is an opportunity to alert California residents if they'll need to conserve water in the coming months. "This year it's going to be pretty stark," said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. "There's not going to be a lot of snow on the ground." Read full story here.

CA: Nearly Half of California’s Vegetation at Risk from Climate Stress

By Kat Kerlin – UC Davis – January 25, 2018
Current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are putting nearly half of California’s natural vegetation at risk from climate stress, with transformative implications for the state’s landscape and the people and animals that depend on it, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. However, cutting emissions so that global temperatures increase by no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.2 degrees Fahrenheit) could reduce those impacts by half, with about a quarter of the state’s natural vegetation affected. Read full story here.

FL: Florida developer pays $350K fine for filling in wetland

The Eagle – February 10, 2018
A Florida developer will pay a $350,000 fine for illegally filling in more than an acre of wetlands for a condominium project. The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday said in a news release that it had settled the case with Lodge/Abbott Investments Associates LLC, who filled in tidal areas in Naples for a "high-end" condo tower. Read full story here.

FL: Robinson Preserve gets boost from oil spill money

By Hannah Morse – Brandenton Herald – January 26, 2018
Converting old abandoned farmland into functioning wetlands takes a lot of work and a lot of dough. But one of the biggest oil spill disasters is helping pay for it. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council on Wednesday approved nearly $1.8 million to fund the restoration of 118 acres of coastal habitat in Robinson Preserve’s expansion area. The funds were made available through one of three pots of money held by the Restore Act, which was established in 2012 to help fund projects related to the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 and subsequently spilled 210 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Read full story here.

LA: Louisiana’s wetlands worth $79 billion, study says

By Holly Duchmann –Daily Comet – February 6, 2018
Louisiana’s wetland forests are worth $79 billion, according to a study released last week by an environmental nonprofit. Dogwood Alliance, based in North Carolina, released its report “Treasures of the South: The True Value of Wetland Forests” Friday, which was also World Wetlands Day. The report highlights and places values on services that wetlands provide to communities across the South. Read full story here. 

LA: Nicholls professor awarded $533K grant to study Deepwater Horizon oil spill's impact on wetlands

By Nick Gremillion – WAFB – January 23, 2018
A Nicholls State University professor and his research team have been awarded over $533,000 to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s long-term impacts on wetlands. The Gulf of Mexico Research Imitative awarded the money to Professor Dr. Sean Graham and his research team. Graham, who is an assistant professor of biology at Nicholls, will be leading a team of researchers from institutions across the U.S., including Louisiana State University, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Atkins North America and Research Planning, Inc. “This research will synthesize data across multiple ecosystem components to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the factors that control the long-term sustainability of coastal wetlands impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” Dr. Graham said in a news release. Read full story here.

MD: Commission nixes controversial Critical Area project in South County

By E. B. Furgurson, III – Capital Gazette – February 10, 2018
Maryland’s Critical Area Commission has effectively halted a controversial south county waterfront development and ordered Anne Arundel County to correct problems in its program to enforce Critical Area development rules. The commission voted Wednesday to make the county correct deficiencies in its planning and zoning procedures that allowed the preliminary approval of the previously denied project along Deep Cove Creek in Churchton. Read full story here.

MD: 195 Acres Permanently Protected in Washington County

Maryland Department of Natural Resources – February 7, 2018
The Board of Public Works unanimously approved two Maryland Department of Natural Resources items today that will permanently protect 195 acres in Washington County through the department’s Rural Legacy and Conservation Reserve Enhancement permanent easement programs. Read full story here.

MD: Massive project restores Pocomoke River wetlands

By Dani Bozzini – WMDT News-47 ABC – January 24, 2018 – Video
Hidden away in a forest of trees, surrounded by the calming sounds of nature, is something you would never expect. "This is the largest restoration project in Maryland's history." It doesn't look like much passing by, but these full swamplands filled from the 73 mile long Pocomoke River are what wetland biologists have been waiting for since 2010. Read more and view video here.

MN: Trump Administration Downgrades Study of Mining Impact

The Cultural Landscape Foundation – February 7, 2018
On January 26, 2018, the U.S. Forest Service announced that it will conduct an environmental assessment of risks related to sulfide-ore mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, abandoning its plans to complete a much more stringent environmental impact statement (EIS). The more thorough EIS was initiated by the Obama Administration late in 2016. Read full story here.

MN: Researchers use wild rice to predict health of Minnesota lakes and streams

University of Minnesota – January 23, 2018
By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that sulfate in waterways is converted into toxic levels of sulfide and increases other harmful elements. This includes methylmercury, the only form of mercury that contaminates fish. Read full story here.

MS: New MSU study evaluates wetland restoration efforts along Gulf of Mexico

Contact: Karen Brasher – Mississippi State University – February 7, 2018
A new Mississippi State research project will study a wetland restoration approach along the Gulf of Mexico, and findings will help improve future environmental restoration efforts. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the organization’s Gulf Research Program recently announced that the MSU project is among five newly funded projects focused on enhancing environmental restoration outcomes, along with two others focused on improving information about public health risks resulting from oil spills. Read full story here.

TX: City in a Swamp: Houston’s Flood Problems Are Only Getting Worse

By Sammy Feldblum – Scalawag Magazine – InsideClimate News – January 25, 2018
In a corner office in City Hall last July, Stephen Costello ticked off Houston's recent floods from memory: Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 dumped on the northeastern part of town. A storm in 2009 hit the west side. 2015 saw Memorial Day flooding swamp the northwest closer to downtown, while Halloween rains slammed the south side. The Tax Day floods of 2016, the worst since Allison, spread across the city; Memorial Day that year saw the county northwest of Houston underwater. Then came Hurricane Harvey, and everywhere turned to soup. Read full story here.

WA: Lawmakers approve $60 million to continue Chehalis Basin Strategy

Contact: Curt Hart and Chrissy Bailey – Washington State Department of Ecology – January 26, 2018
The Washington Legislature has approved $60 million in state and federal funding to continue implementing projects to reduce damage from catastrophic floods and restore critical aquatic habitat in the Chehalis River basin.The Chehalis Basin Strategy is an integrated approach for reducing flood damage and restoring aquatic habitat in Washington’s second-largest river basin, where salmon runs are in decline and major floods are getting larger and more frequent. The Legislature created the Office of Chehalis Basin within the Washington Department of Ecology to aggressively pursue solutions to these challenges. Read full story here.

WI: Wisconsin Senate Committee OKs Wetland Exemptions Bill

By Shawn Johnson – Wisconsin Public Radio – February 8, 2018
Republicans on a state Senate panel voted 3-2 Thursday to pass a scaled-back version of a bill that would let developers fill more state wetlands without permits. While hunting and fishing groups are hardly embracing the plan, some are no longer fighting it after it was changed to protect "rare and high quality" wetlands and require permits for larger construction projects. Read full story here. 


 

 Sea Level Rise Accelerating

Contacts: Steve Nerem and Katie Weeman – CIRES – February 12, 2018
Global sea level rise is not cruising along at a steady 3 mm per year, it’s accelerating a little every year, like a driver merging onto a highway, according to a powerful new assessment led by CIRES Fellow Steve Nerem. He and his colleagues harnessed 25 years of satellite data to calculate that the rate is increasing by about 0.08 mm/year every year—which could mean an annual rate of sea level rise of 10 mm/year, or even more, by 2100. Read full story here.

Slinging Sediment

By Evan Lubofsky – Hakai Magazine – February 7, 2018
Seagrass meadows take up less than 0.1 percent of the world’s oceans; nevertheless, they are considered a huge carbon sink. Seagrass draws carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, using it to fuel its own growth through photosynthesis. When the seagrass dies, much of this carbon is locked away in the sediment. Estimates from more than a decade of what’s called “blue carbon” research suggest seagrass beds store as much as 83,000 metric tonnes of carbon per square kilometer—three times as much as forests—and lock it away for millennia. These dramatic rates of carbon storage have caused scientists, conservationists, and others to champion seagrass beds as a way to mitigate climate change. But there’s one problem: the numbers may be wrong. Read full article here.

Volcanoes Get a Kick from Climate Change

By Michael Tennesen – Hakai Magazine – February 2, 2018
When I meet up with geophysicist Magnus Guðmundsson in April 2017, the volcano Katla has been rumbling all week, creating a steady drumroll of small earthquakes. Guðmundsson, head of the earth science department at the University of Iceland, appears exhausted. The volcano’s activity has made him something of a pop star, and the local media have been hounding him for updates. We’re standing on craggy, rocky soil, just off the main road from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, and about 30 kilometers from where Katla’s mouth hides beneath an enormous cap of ice. Guðmundsson had been up in a small plane that morning, inspecting the huge plug of ice jammed into Katla’s crater. Read full article here. 

America’s Coastlines Are Turning Into ‘Dead Zones’

By Lyndsey Gilpin – Daily Beast – February 1, 2018
When it rains in the Midwest, runoff from fertilizers laced with nitrogen and phosphorus leak into streams and creeks, many of them eventually dumping into the Mississippi River. The chemicals float hundreds of miles south into the Gulf of Mexico, then out to sea where they begin to spur algae and microbe growth. As the algae decomposes, oxygen disappears. The water starts to suffocate. They become low-oxygen areas, often called “dead zones.”. Read full story here.

Blue Accounting launches major effort to protect sources of drinking water in the Great Lakes region

Great Lakes Commission – February 1, 2018
Today, the Blue Accounting initiative launched an effort to protect the waters that serve as the source of drinking water for 48 million people within the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin. The Great Lakes Commission (GLC), which co-leads Blue Accounting in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, has worked with a binational coalition of water professionals since May 2017 to identify five shared goals for protecting sources of drinking water in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin. The coalition includes representatives from state, provincial, and federal agencies, local governments and suppliers of water, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector. These goals, along with metrics for measuring progress toward achieving the goals, were released on the Blue Accounting website today. Read full story here.

Ozone at Lower Latitudes is Not Recovering, Despite Antarctic Ozone Hole Healing

By Hayley Dunning – Imperial College London – February 2018
Global ozone has been declining since the 1970s owing to certain man-made chemicals. Since these were banned, parts of the layer have been recovering, particularly at the poles. However, the new result, published today in the European Geosciences Union journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, finds that the bottom part of the ozone layer at more populated latitudes is not recovering. The cause is currently unknown. Read full story here.

Arctic lakes are releasing relatively young carbon, UCI-led study discovers

UCI News – January 31, 2018
When Arctic permafrost soil thaws, greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, but most of the carbon currently escaping from lakes in northern Alaska is relatively young, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine. “This finding is crucial, because much of the biomass stored underground in the Arctic is ancient, dating back to the Pleistocene Epoch, which ended more than 11,500 years ago,” said Claudia Czimczik, UCI associate professor of Earth system science, who led the study appearing this week in Nature Climate Change. “When the bulk of that very old carbon is recycled and released, we will be looking at a massive net increase in emissions of the gases that worsen global warming.” But researchers using carbon-14 dating techniques have determined that the carbon being emitted by these Arctic lakes accumulated in recent decades and centuries, versus several millennia, which means that there will be less of an impact on the climate. Read full story here.

The potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on streams

ACS – January 31, 2018
Concerns over hydraulic fracturing, an oil and gas extraction method that injects millions of gallons of freshwater and chemicals into shale, have largely focused on potential impacts on water quality. But, as scientists report in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology, “fracking” operations could have impacts on water quantity because they are withdrawing these large amounts of water from nearby streams, which house aquatic ecosystems and are used by people for drinking and recreation. Read full story here.

More cities jettison road salt in favor of beets, beer and brine

By Michael Casey – Associated Press – Portland Press Herald – January 31, 2018
Looking to strike a balance between ice-free roads and clean waterways, public works departments around the country are working to cut their salt use in winter by slathering the roadways with beet juice, molasses and even beer waste to make them safer. Rock salt for decades has provided the cheapest and most effective way to cut down on traffic accidents and pedestrian falls during winter storms. But researchers cite mounting evidence that those tons of sodium chloride crystals – more than 20 million nationwide each year – are increasing the salinity of hundreds of lakes, especially in the Northeast and Midwest. That is putting everything from fish and frogs to microscopic zooplankton at risk. Read full story here.

Coastal Water Absorbing More Carbon Dioxide, UD Researcher Reports

By Karen B. Roberts – University of Delaware – January 31, 2018
As we chug down the road in our cars and inch the thermostat upward to warm our homes in winter, carbon dioxide is released into the air. This has been happening since the Industrial Revolution. As more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere, the global ocean soaks up much of the excess, storing roughly 30 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions coming from human activities. In this sense, the ocean has acted as a buffer to slow down the greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere and, thus, global warming. However, this process also increases the acidity of seawater and can affect the health of marine organisms and the ocean ecosystem. Read full story here.  

This is how quickly and unpredictably we might barrel past climate thresholds

By Sarah DeWeerdt – Anthropocene Magazine – January 30, 2018
The hottest year on record was 2014. Then 2015 came along. And then 2016….2017 is likely to have been a smidge cooler. Still, global average temperature reaching new highs three years in a row is virtually unprecedented in data going back to 1850, researchers report in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. “Our paper is the first one to quantify this jump and identify the fundamental reason for this jump,” said lead author Jianjun Yin, associate professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona, in a press release. The analysis also indicates that if carbon emissions remain unchecked, such multi-year record temperature surges – and their accompanying storms, droughts, polar ice melting, and coral bleaching events – are likely to become routine by the end of the century. Read full article here.

Wetlands provide landscape-scale reduction in nitrate pollution

ScienceDaily – January 29, 2018
A study by University of Minnesota researchers provides new insights to demonstrate that multiple wetlands or 'wetland complexes' within a watershed are extremely effective at reducing harmful nitrate in rivers and streams. These wetlands can be up to five times more efficient per unit area at reducing nitrate than the best land-based nitrogen mitigation strategies. Read full story here 

Once started, geoengineering may be dangerous to stop

By Prachi Patel – Anthropocene Magazine – January 25, 2018
According to new research published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, once we start the process of geoengineering, it would be dangerous to stop. Abruptly stopping geoengineering would cause a sudden spike in global temperatures, causing havoc on ecosystems and inflicting more harm on biodiversity than climate change itself. Read full article here.

Phosphorus Pollution Reaching Dangerous Levels Worldwide, New Study Finds

AGU – January 25, 2018
Man-made phosphorus pollution is reaching dangerously high levels in freshwater basins around the world, according to new research. A new study published in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, estimated the global amount of phosphorus from human activities that entered Earth’s freshwater bodies from 2002 to 2010. Read full story here.

Rewilding Reptiles to Eco-Engineer the Anthropocene

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – January 24, 2018
In the southeastern United States, burrows dug by gopher tortoises are used for shelter by no fewer than 200 other species of animals, from owls to rabbits and rattlesnakes. Gopher tortoises are exceptional in this regard, but hardly unique: many reptiles dig holes used by other species. Yet they’re rarely regarded as ecosystem engineers — an oversight that’s repeated often when it comes to reptiles, and limits our vision of just how ecologically important they’ve been and how important they might yet be again. Read full article here.

Cougars Officially Declared Extinct in Eastern U.S., Removed from Endangered Species List

YaleEnvironment 360 – January 23, 2018
Eastern cougars once roamed every U.S. state east of the Mississippi, but it has been eight decades since the last confirmed sighting of the animal. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has officially declared the subspecies extinct and removed it from the U.S. endangered species list. Read full story here. 

 

 

Treasures of the South – The True Value of Wetland Forests 2018

By Sam L. Davis, PhD Dogwood Alliance
On World Wetlands Day, a new report from Dogwood Alliance, “Treasures of the South: The True Value of Wetland Forests,” highlights and places values on the important services that forested wetlands provide to protect and build communities across the Southern US. Conservative estimates place the value at over $500 billion in the 14 state region stretching from Virginia to Texas. Read press release here. Read more here. Read full report here.



Stanford researchers reveal limited scope of corporate approaches to social and environmental issues

By Rob Jordan – Stanford News – February 12, 2018
You want chocolate. You scan the market shelf for a bar with a Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance certification because you don’t want your indulgence to drive labor abuse and deforestation. It’s the right thing to do, right? But buying ethically sourced products is not as straightforward as it might seem, according to Stanford researchers who undertook the first large-scale analysis of sustainable sourcing practices. While more than half of the global companies surveyed apply sustainability practices somewhere in their supply chain, according to the study, these efforts tend to have a much more limited reach than consumers might imagine given media attention to the issue and the proliferation of sustainable product labeling. Read full story here.

Catherine O'Riordan to Become ESA's Executive Director

By Lisa Leser – ESA – February 8, 2018
The ESA Governing Board announced today that Dr. Catherine O’Riordan, interim co-CEO and chief operating officer of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), will join the Society’s staff as its new executive director on April 16. O’Riordan, an ocean scientist and highly accomplished association executive, will be only the third executive director in ESA’s 100+ year history. Read full story here.

Disaster Aid Is Part of Bi-Partisan Budget Bill

By Rob Moore – NRDC – February 8, 2018
A bi-partisan budget bill includes some encouraging provisions that should improve rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Not only are there tens of billions of dollars in much-needed disaster aid, but there are also several provisions that will help ensure that the nation rebuilds in a way that makes us better prepared for future disasters. Read full story here.

Poll Shows Nationwide Support for Feds to Boost Rebuilding Standards

By Laura Lightbody – The PEW Charitable Trusts – February 1, 2018
More than 7 in 10 registered voters across the U.S. support policies that will enable communities and the nation to better prepare for and respond to floods, according to a survey released Feb. 1. The poll, conducted by the research firm Public Opinion Strategies for The Pew Charitable Trusts, found that a vast majority of voters across the political spectrum support policies aimed at reducing the risk posed by flood-related disasters, including requirements that have a potential cost impact. Read full story here. 

The Clean Water Act Blog: January 22, 2017

By Mark Ryan – Ryan & Kuehler, PLLC – February 1, 2018
In a 9-0 ruling, the Supreme Court today reversed the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the WOTUS litigation, holding that section 509 of the CWA does not give the Sixth Circuit the authority to hear the challenges to the 2015 WOTUS rule. The challenges, the Court ruled, should be heard in the district courts. National Assoc. of Manuf’s v. Dept. of Def., No. 16-299 (January 22, 2017). This is not a surprising result. The underlying Sixth Circuit decision was fractured, and the court in that case was clearly working hard to shoehorn the review of the WOTUS rule into section 509 language that did not really fit. Read full blog post here.

New Jersey, Virginia Take Steps Toward Joining East Coast Carbon Market

By Phil McKenna – InsideClimate News – January 29, 2018
With federal policies to control greenhouse gas emissions in limbo, more states are taking steps toward putting a price on carbon pollution. In New Jersey, newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed an executive order Monday directing the state's environment agency and public utilities board to begin the process of rejoining the East Coast's carbon cap-and-trade system—the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. Murphy's predecessor, Chris Christie, had pulled the state out of RGGI as he positioned himself to run for the Republican presidential nomination. Murphy had promised to bring New Jersey back in. Read full story here.

In using wastewater to fight sea level rise, will beer be an additional benefit?

By Dave Mayfield – The Virginian- Post – January 25, 2018
It’s not enough for Ted Henifin to lead a billion-dollar project that just might lessen the threat of sea level rise in Hampton Roads. He’d like also to create some delicious beer in the process. Henifin is general manager of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, which every day treats more than 100 million gallons of our wastewater into a discharge that’s clean enough to pump into rivers. Read full story here.

Effective response to climate change depends on hope, not fear

By Sarah DeWeerdt – Anthropocene Magazine – January 23, 2018
Last summer, David Wallace-Wells published a terrifying article about climate change in New York magazine. (The first sentence: “It is, I promise, worse than you think.”). The article touched off a debate not just about the accuracy of its dire predictions, but also whether terrifying people quite so thoroughly is a good strategy. Some people posited that we need to be scared into action against climate change. Others argued that scaring people is counterproductive because it will just paralyze us. One reason for the debate is that there’s been relatively little research on the psychology of climate change. It’s clear that climate change-related natural disasters impact the mental health of people who are directly affected. But what about the effects of an everyday awareness of climate change as a slow-moving, planetary-scale threat? Read full article here.

Restoring a Wetland

Ocean Wise – aquablog
Leave the land better than you found it: that’s a motto to live by for Terry Halleran and his wife, Michele. Together they restored nearly eight hectares of natural wetlands, protecting all manner of species. Terry and Michele live in Meadow Creek, British Columbia, where the 40-hectare Halleran property dates back generations, to Terry’s grandfather in the 1920’s. It is also home to a wide variety of wetland species, including five-centimetre Pacific chorus frogs to 450-kilogram grizzly bears. Together they form a very unique ecological community, but before the restoration, many of these species were struggling to make a living. Read full story here.

Blue Carbon: A Story from the Snohomish Estuary

Restore America’s Estuaries
Restore America’s Estuaries Video: What is Blue Carbon? Blue carbon is the ability of tidal wetlands and seagrass habitats to capture and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Check out blue carbon science in action in our new blue carbon short, filmed in the Snohomish Estuary in Puget Sound, WA, with local member group EarthCorps. Read full story here.

   

 

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

 

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

 

WEBINARS
       
FEBRUARY 2018  
       
February 21, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Urban Hydrology and the National Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management (NCIMM)  
       
February 21, 2018
3:00 p.m. ET 
  Association of State Wetland Managers Invasive Species Webinar: Phragmites australis: Current Research and Experiments in Control Strategies for Wetland Habitat Recovery   
       
February 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  River Network Webinar: EPA’s Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit for Stormwater Management  
       
February 27, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  River Network Webinar: Advocacy vs. Organizing in Your Community as a 501c3 (Premium Webinar: Ready, Set, Engage: How to Grow Civic Support- Session 1)   
       
February 28, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Reef Resilience Network and the EBM Tools Network Webinar: Insuring nature: An insurance policy for the Mesoamerican Reef  
       
February 28, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Watershed-scale Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure  
       
February 28, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET 
  New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society Webinar: The Guiteras Green Infrastructure Community School Project   
       
MARCH 2018  
       
March 1, 2018
3:00 p.m. ET
  Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A Scientist-Manager National Network   
       
March 6, 2018
3:00 p.m. ET
  Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar: Green Infrastructure Resources for Coastal Flood Risk Management  
       
March 8, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Global Patterns in Stream Energy and Nutrient Cycling  
       
March 8, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network Webinar: Conservation Connections: Species and Places, NOAA's Partnerships for Transboundary Protection Program by Lisamarie Carrubba and TBD of NOAA   
       
March 13, 2018
6:00 p.m. ET
  Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange Webinar: Understanding Ocean Acidification-Using NOAAs New Educational Tools  
       
March 22, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  EBM Tools Network Webinar: Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) by Peter Hawthorne of the University of Minnesota and the Natural Capital Project  
       
March 29, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  Webinar: Drought & Climate Galleries  
       
APRIL 2018  
       
April 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Scaling Up Productivity Responses to Changes in Biodiversity   
       
April 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Webinar: Discussing Climate Change with Agriculture and Natural Resources Audiences: Professional Perspectives

 
       
MAY 2018  
       
May 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Works Association Webinar: Integrated Monitoring for Harmful Algal Blooms  
       
SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Works Association Webinar: Utility Tools and Strategies for Climate Change Planning  
       
MEETINGS
 
FEBRUARY 2018  
       
February 21-22, 2018
Oakland, CA
  Restore America's Estuarie: 2nd National Linving Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop  
       
February 21-22, 2018
Houston, TX
  North American Shale Water Management 2018 Conference: Reducing the Cost of Water Recycling & Reuse
 
       
February 24, 2018
Pasadena, MD 
  Watershed Stewards Academy Annual Conference: Spring into Action   
       
February 28-March 1, 2018
Toronto, Canada
  ICWMM: International Conference on Water Management Modeling

 
       
February 28-March 2, 2018
Denver, CO
  Climate Leadership Conference  
 
MARCH 2018  
       
March 3, 2018
Worcester, MA
  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Annual Environmental Conference  
       
March 4-6, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Virginia Floodplain Management Association (VFMA): 2018 Virginia Water Conference  
       
March 5-7, 2018
Edmonton, Canada
  Sustainable Development Solutions Network: 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference  
       
March 5-8, 2018
Great Falls, MT
  19th Annual Association of Montana Floodplain Managers (AMFM) Floodplain Conference  
       
March 6-8, 2018
Chapel Hill, NC
  2018 Southeast Biodiversity Conservation Forum  
       
March 6-8, 2018
Washington, DC
  2018 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day
 
       
March 7-9, 2018 
Riviera Maya, Mexico
  World Ocean Summit   
       
March 8-9, 2018
University of Denver Sturm College
  Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute: 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces. Proposal deadline is August, 25, 2018  
       
March 8-9, 2018
Appleton, WI
  American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 42nd Annual Meeting: Working Together for Wisconsin's Water: Balancing Industry, the Environment and Public Health  
       
March 9-11, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI
  14th Annual University of Michigan Early Career Scientists Symposium  
       
March 12-14, 2018
Myrtle Beach, SC
  South Carolina Association for Hazard Mitigation (SCAHM) Conference    
       
March 14-15, 2018
Raleigh, NC
  Water Resources Research Institute Conference

 
       
March 14-16, 2018
Chattanooga, TN
  Southeast Regional Conference for Community and Land Conservation   
       
March 14-17, 2018
Lincoln, NE
  14th North American Arctic Goose Conference    
       
March 16-18, 2018
Montgomery, AL 
  Alabama River Alliance: Alabama Water Rally  
       
March 16-25, 2018
Asheville, NC
  ClimateCon 2018

 
       
March 17, 2018
Delaware, OH
  Ohio Vernal Pool Network: Vernal Pool Workshop  
       
March 18-21, 2018
Scottsdale, AZ
  21st Annual NFDA Conference  
       
March 18-23, 2018
Brasilia, Brazil
  World Water Council: World Water Forum  
       
March 19-21, 2018
Portland, OR 
  Design-Build Institute of America Conference: Design-Build for Water/Wastewater  
       
March 19-21, 2018
UK
  University of Hull: 14th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference  
       
March 20-22, 2018
Washington, DC
  American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 Coastal Summit: Working Together: Science & Policy for Resilient Coasts  
       
March 20-24, 2018
Riederalp, Switzerland
 
  Riederalp 2018 Workshop on Disasters and Societies: Exposure, vulnerability and resilience of human societies to climate- and weather-related disasters from the Holocene to the Anthropocene   
       
March 21, 2018
Seattle Washington
  2018 Washington Botanical Symposium  
       
March 21-22, 2018
Ames, IA
  Iowa State University: Iowa Water Conference  
       
March 21-22, 2018
Singapore City, Singapore
  International Convention on Global warming and Climate Change  
       
March 23, 2018
Plymouth, NH
  Plymouth State University: 2018 NH Water & Watershed Conference
 
       
March 24, 2018
Brukner Nature Center
Troy, OH
  Ohio Vernal Pool Network: Vernal Pool Workshop  
       
March 25-28, 2018
Seattle, WA
  American Water Works Association: Sustainable Water Management Conference  
       
March 26-30, 2018
Norfolk, VA
  Wildlife Management Institute: 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference  
       
March 27-30, 2018
Corpus Christi, TX
  Benthic Ecology Meeting Society

 
       
March 29, 2018
University of California, San Diego
  Southwest Extreme Precipitation Symposiuim  
       
APRIL 2018  
       
April 3-4, 2018
San Diego, CA
  P3 Water Summit: Solving Water Challenges Through Partnerships  
       
April 8-12, 2018
Chicago, IL 
  US-IALE 2018 Annual Meeting  
       
April 10, 2018
Online or
Linthicum Heights, MD
Fairfax County, VA
  Center for Watershed Protection: 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference
 
       
Aptil 210-11, 2018
Watkins Glen, NY
  New York State Wetlands Forum Conference and Meeting: Growth and Resources – Finding the Balance  
       
April 13-15, 2018
Burlington, VT
  The Northeast Natural History Conference
Abstract deadline: February 26, 2018
 
       
April 16-18, 2018
Tucson, AZ
  Maris Water Conference

 
       
April 16-20, 2018
Ponte Vedra, FL
  American Meteorological Society: 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology  
       
April 17-19, 2018
Geneva, Switzerland
  GIS for a Sustainable World  
       
April 18-20, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
  2018 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention & Water Action Volunteers Symposium   
       
April 20-21, 2018
University of California at Berkeley
  Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network: 2018 Special Focus: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change  
       
April 20-21, 2018
Thompsonville, MI 
  Michigan Lake and Stream Association, Inc. 57th Annual Conference: Preserving Your Freshwater Gem: The Essentials of Lake Stewardship  
       
April 20-22, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
  Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration: 2018 Annual Chapter Meeting  
       
April 22-25, 2018
Orlando, FL
  2018 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference; GIS & Water Resources X: Spatial Analysis of Watersheds: Ecological, Hydrological, and Societal Responses  
       
April 23-24, 2018
Albany, NY
  Land Trust Alliance: 2018 New York Land Trust Symposium: Investing in Healthy Communities   
       
April 23-25, 2018
Rochester, NY
  New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association: 18th Annual Meeting  
       
April 23-26, 2018
Coral Springs, FL
  University of Florida: 12th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands  
       
April 24-26, 2018
Forat Collings, CO
  Instream Flow Council: Flow 2018 Managing Rivers, Reservoirs and Lakes in the Face of Drought: Practical Tools and Strategies for Sustaining and Protecting Ecological Values of Water  
       
April 25-26, 2018
Glens Falls, NY
  NEIWPCC: 29th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference  
       
April 26-28, 2018
Bonn, Germany
  Resilient Cities 2018   
       
April 29-May 2, 2018
Olympic Valley, CA
  River Network: River Rally 2018  
       
April 30-May 2, 2018
Manchester, NH
  Antioch University: 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference
 
 
MAY 2018  
       
May 4-6, 2018
Sierra Nevada Research Station Yosemite National Parks
  8th Annual Yosemite Symbiosis Workshop

 
       
May 5-8, 2018
Tours, France
  International Conference Climate Change & Water  
       
May 7-8, 2018
Atlanta, GA 
  Water Environment Reuse Foundation: 2018 Research Conference: Advancing Reuse & Integrated Water  
       
May 8-10, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
  Climate Adaptation Conference 2018   
       
May 8-11, 2017
Louisville, KY 
  National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Invest in the Environment   
       
May 9-11, 2018
Sandusky, OH
  Ohio Stormwater Association: 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference  
       
May 9-12, 2018
Agricultural Campus, Dallhousie
University Truro, Nova Scotia
  12th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop
Deadline to submit abstracts is January 31, 2018
 
       
May 14-17, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI
  National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium
 
       
May 15-17, 2017
Strömstad, Sweden
  Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology at University of Gothenburg Conference: Marine Evolution 2018  
       
May 15-18, 2018
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  Laukahi: Hawai‘i Plant Conservation Network: Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference 2018   
       
May 17, 2018
Linthicum Heights, MD
  Maryland Environmental Trust: 2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference  
       
May 19-26, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ
  Northern Arizona University Mini-Symposium and Short Training Course: New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling  
       
May 20-24, 2018
Detroit, MI
  Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Navigating Boundaries in Freshwater Science  
       
May 22-23, 2018
Lancaster, PA
  Choose Clean Water Coalition: 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference   
       
May 24-25, 2018
Montreal, Canada
  ICEWW 2018: 20th International Conference: Environment, Water and Wetlands  
       
May 24-26, 2018
St. Jon's, Newfoundland
  Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society: ACCESS 2018  
       
May 29-June 1, 2018
Denver, CO
  Society of Wetland Scientists 2018 Annual Meeting: Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice and Policy - An Exchange of Expertise   
       
May 30-June 1, 2018
San Antonio, TX
  Resource Institute, Inc: Southwest Stream & Wetland Restoratoin Conference  
       
 JUNE 2018  
       
June 3-7, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
  World Environmental & Water Resources Congress  
       
June 4-6, 2018
Berkeley, CA 
  Berkeley Natural History Museums, the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, and iDigBio Second Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference  
       
June 4-8, 2018
Washington, DC
  4th International Symposium: Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans  
       
June 10-13, 2018
Washington, DC
  National Flood Conference   
       
June 10-15, 2018
Victoria, B.C., Canada 
  ASLO (Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography) 2018 Summer Meeting  
       
June 11-13, 2018
Annapolis, MD
  National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center International Symposium: Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research   
       
June 11-14, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
  American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Innovating the Future of Water  
       
June 12-13, 2018
Lansing, MI 
  Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: 2018 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference  
       
June 12-15, 2018
Jyväskylä, Finland
  Scientific Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology Europe Section's 5th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ECCB 2018)  
       
June 13-15, 2018
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
  Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative  
       
June 16-21, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  Resources for Future Generations  
 
       
June 17-22, 2018 
Phoenix, AZ
  Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference: Managing Floods Where Mountains Meet the Desert  
       
June 18-21, 2018 
Cape Town, South Africa
  5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference  
       
June 18-22, 2018
Toronto, Canada
  IAGLR 2018: Great Science for Tomorrow's Solutions
 
       
June 21-22, 2018
Paris, France
  World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming  
 
JULY 2018  
       
July 8-11, 2018
Broomfield, CO
  Natural Hazards Center: 2018 Natural Hazards Workshop  
       
July 9, 2018
UC Davis Conference Center
  California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation   
       
July 9-11, 2018
Fort Worth, TX
  American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater  
       
July 10-12, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
  US Water Alliance: One Water Summit  
       
July 15-19, 2018
St. John’s, Newfoundland
 
  Coastal Zone Canada Association 2018 Conference: Seeking Practical Solutions to Real Issues; Communities Adapting to a Changing World   
       
July 15-20, 2018
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
  9th International Symbiosis Society Congress

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

 
       
July 21-26, 2018
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB): Conservation Science, Policy, & Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild
 
       
July 23-26, 2018
Shepherdstown, WV
  Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future
 
       
July 30-August 3, 2018
Universidad Andrés Bello
Viña del Mar, Chile
  11th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies (IsoEcol 2018)  
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 5-10, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  2018 ESA Annual Meeting
Abstracts due by February 22, 2018
 
       
August 13-16, 2018
Asheville, NC
  North Carolina State University: EcoStream Conference

 
       
August 19-22, 2018
Montpellier, France
  Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018   
       
August 19-23, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 20th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference   
       
August 26-30, 2018
New Orleans, LA
  National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER)

 
       
August 26-31, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden
  SIWI: World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development  
       
August 27-29, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  California Adaptation Forum  
       
SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 5-9, 2018
Tulcea, Romania
  Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 4th International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”    
       
September 17-19, 2018
Columbia, SC
  2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference  
       
September 24-30, 2018
New York, NY
  Climate Week NYC  
       
OCTOBER 2018   
       
October 7-11, 2018
Cleveland, OH
  The Wildlife Society's 25 Annual Conference  
       
October 21-29, 2018
Dubai
  13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands  
       
October 22-26, 2018
Stowe, VT
  American Meteorological Society: 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms  
       
October 24-25, 2018
Miami Beach, FL
  Southeast Florida Regional Compact: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit  
       
October 28-31, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference  
       
October 30-November 2, 2018
Galveston, TX
  American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 National Coastal Conference: Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides  
 
DECEMBER 2018   
       
December 8-13, 2018
Long Beach, CA
  Restore America’s Estuaries Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management  
       
TRAINING  
       
FEBRUARY 2018   
       
February 22-23, 2018
Austin, TX
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
February 26-27, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain (16 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
February 26-March 2, 2018
Houston, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
February 26-March 2, 2018
Harrisville, WV
 
  WVU Natural History Museum Course: Freshwater Mussels of West Virginia: Life History and Identification     
February 28, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Endangered Species Regulation and Protection   
       
February 28-March 1, 2018
Mt. Vernon, WA
  Washington Department of Ecology Course: Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats   
       
MARCH 2018   
       
March 1-31, 2018
Online
  Duke University Marine Robotics and Remote sensing Lab Course: Drones for Conservation Research  
       
March 2, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: CEQA Update, Issues and Trends   
       
March 5-6, 2018
Houston, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
March 5-6, 2018
Houston, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
March 5-May 28, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Botanist  
       
March 5-May 28, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Course: Principles of Wetland Design  
       
March 5-May 28, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
March 6-7, 2018
East Lansing, MI
Field Day: June 13, 2018 
  2018 Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) Certified Natural Shoreline Professional (CNSP) Training and Certificate Program   
       
March 7-8, 2018
Seattle, WA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
March 8-9, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law   
       
March 9, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainable Transportation   
       
March 12-16, 2018
Asheville, NC
  Resource Institute: Level 1 - Applied Fluvial Morphology  
       
March 12-26, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans  
       
March 12-April 27,. 2018
Online
  Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Writing for Environmental Professionals  
       
March 13-15, 2018
Portland State University
  Portland State University  Course: River Restoration, Part I: Physical Processes; Part II - April 10-12, 2018  
       
March 14, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Using Specific Plans to Create Great Communities   
       
March 14-18, 2018
Bermuda
  Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability Course: Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda  
       
March 16, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: LAFCO: Planning and Regulating the Boundaries and Service Areas of Cities and Special Districts in California   
       
March 16-17, 2018
Nashville, TN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
March 19-23, 2018
Costa Mesa, CA 
  CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) 5-Day General Training with riverine and depressional wetland field examples  
       
March 19-23, 2018
Asheville, NC 
  Resource Institute: Level II - River Morphology and Application    
       
March 19-23, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Accelerated Online Wetland Delineation Workshop  
       
March 19-April 16, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 2018  
       
March 19-June 11, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques  
       
March 20-21, 2018
New Brunswick, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Ecological Risk Assessment   
       
March 20-23, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D&D WEST Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
March 21-23, 2018
Golden, CO
 
  CUAHSI and the Colorado School of Mines Course: Beyond Groundwater Modeling: Integrated Simulation of Watershed Systems Using ParFlow  
       
March 22, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Mitigation and Conservation Bankin  
       
March 23, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Annual Land Use Law Review and Update  
       
March 24, 2018
Rockport, MA
  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Course: Fundamentals of Wetlands Enforcement  
 
APRIL 2018  
       
April 2-June 25, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
April 2-June 25, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School: Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator 2018  
       
April 3-4, 2018
Savannah, GA
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain - 16 hours (field)
 
       
April 9-May 7, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School: Online Course: Ecological Risk Assessment 2018  
       
April 10-12, 2018
Portland State University
  Portland State University Course: River Restoration, Part II: Ecological Processes  
       
April 11-12, 2018
State College, PA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
April 12-13, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law   
       
April 16-20, 2018
Moss Landing, CA
  CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) 5-Day General Training with riverine and depressional wetland field examples  
       
April 16-20, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
April 16-20, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: Communication and Facilitation Skills for Conservation Managers  
       
April 20, 2018
Hillsborough, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Pond Design, Management and Maintenance  
       
April 23-24, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
April 23-24, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
April 23-26, 2018
Aliquippa, PA
  The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training
 
       
April 23-May 21, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Phase 1 Environmental Assessments 2018  
       
April 24-27, 2018
Gainesville, FL 
  CUAHSI Workshop: Field Experiences in Microwave Remote Sensing for Agricultural Hydrology  
       
April 30-May 4, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
April 30-May 12, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology and Conservation of Birds  
April 30-May 28, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment 2018  
       
April 30-June 8, 2018
Online
  Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Podcasting for Environmental Communications  
       
MAY 2018   
       
May 1-3, 2018
Rockin, CA
  3-day Vernal Pool CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) Training  
       
May 2-3, 2018
Anchorage, AK
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
May 3-4, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species - 16 hours (lecture)  
       
Mary 7-10, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
May 7-11, 2018
Great Bend, KS
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
May 7-19, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies   
       
May 7-July 30, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
May 7, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Botanist  
       
May 8, 2018
Lacey, WA
  Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs  
       
May 8-10, 2018
Boulder, UT
  Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch Wetland and Stream Restoration Workshop  
       
May 13-26, 2018
Castleton, VT
  Northeast Section, The Wildlife Society: Wildlife Field Course  
       
May 14-26, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Conservation Genetics of Salamanders   
       
May 14-July 26, 2018
Online
  University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering  Wetland Design Course  
       
May 14-September 2018 Session
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator  
       
May 15-17, 2018
Poolesville, MD
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology eSession with Field Practicum – 2018  
       
May 16-17, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North    
       
May 16-18, 2018
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Tutorial, Applications of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling  
       
May 18, 2018
Hillsborough, NJ
 
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Restoration Ecology: Using Mitigation and Sustainable Design Techniques to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Increase Storm Resiliency  
       
May 21-22, 2018
Portland State University
  Portland State University Course: Wetland Hydrology Indicators and Problem Situations  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Richmond, KY
  Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Natural Areas Field Course: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Lansing Area, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Delineation Training  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
May 21-June 2, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mammals   
       
May 21-June 15, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Biology of Fishes  
       
May 21-June 18, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets    
       
May 22, 2018
Charleston area, SC
  D & D West Course: Endangered Species Identification - 8 hours (field)   
       
May 22-24, 2018
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
Grand Chenier, LA
  McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers  
       
May 27-June 2, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens  
       
May 27-June 2, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology  
       
May 28-29, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Coastal Plain - 16 hours (field)  
       
May 28-June 9, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology of Southern Appalachian Salamanders  
       
May 29-June 15, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Herpetology    
       
JUNE 2018  
       
June 3-9, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled  
       
June 3-9, 2018
University of New Mexico
Sevilleta Field Station

New Mexico
  Remote Data Acquisition (RDA) Sensor Training Workshop

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

 
       
June 4-August 27, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018    
       
June 4-August 27, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist   
June 10-16, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification  
       
June 6, 2018
Mt. Vernon, WA
  Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration   
       
June 11-12, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain- 16 hours (field)  
       
June 11-14, 2018
Teatown Lake Reservation
Westchester County, NY
  The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – New York    
       
June 11-15, 2018
Annapolis, MD
  National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Course: Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling: June 2018  
       
June 11-15, 2018
Mesquite, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
June 11-17, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec  
       
June 11-22, 2018
University of Utah
  University of Utah IsoCamp Course: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology  
       
June 11-22, 2018
University of Utah 
  University of Utah Course: Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry  
       
June 11-July 9, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment  
       
June 12-15, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands  
       
June 13, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Introduction to Wetland Identification  
       
June 13-14, 2018
Champaign, IL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
June 14-28, 2018
Fordham University's Biological Field Station
Armonk, NY
  Louis Calder Center: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop   
       
June 17-23, 2018
Steuben, ME  
  Eagle Hill Institute: Scientific Illustration with Pen and Ink and Color Pencil   
       
June 17-23, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Freshwater and Diadromous Fishes of New England  
       
June 18-30, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Ecology of Global Change

 
       
June 18-July 2, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans     
       
June 18-July 6, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Wildlife Disease Ecology   
       
June 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
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Conservation Ecology  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Environmental Sensors: Designing, Building and Deploying the Field  
       
June 25-July 20, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management  
       
June 27-28, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
June 28-29, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
June 28-29, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
June 28-July 16, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Comparative Temperate-Tropical Biogeography  
       
JULY 2018  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Grasses: Identification and Ecology  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil  
       
July 2-14, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Conservation of Lichens   
       
July 2-September 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
July 8-14, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology  
       
July 8-14, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, Identification and Conservation   
       
July 9-20, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Landscape Ecology  
       
July 9-20, 2018
University of Montana 
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
 
 
       
July 9-21, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau   
       
July 9-October 1, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques   
       
July 9-October 1, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design  
       
July 10-11, 2018
Laramie, WY
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
July 10-11, 2018
Laramie, WY
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
July 11-12, 2018
Lansing/East Lansing, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association: Aquatic Plant Identification

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

 
       
July 16-20, 2018
Boston, University 
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Stream Ecology  
       
July 22-28, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Maine Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany  
       
July 22-28, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History  
       
July 23, 2018
Sharon Hollow, Washtenaw County, MI
 
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plant Identification and Hike with Ellen  
July 23 - 26, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes  
       
July 23-27, 2018 
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Field Methods in Ornithology
 
 
       
July 23-August 3, 2018 
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Alpine Ecology  
       
July 23-August 3, 2018
University of Montana 
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Lake Ecology
 
       
July 23-August 4, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies  
       
July 23-August 6, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals    
       
July 234-25, 2018
St. Ignace, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plants of the Eastern Upper Peninsula   
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: The Eastern Maine Ice Age Landscape as a Record Hemispheric Climate Change: The Last Deglaciation: The Pineo Ridge Moraine and Emerged Delta Complex  
       
July 31-August 2, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar – 2018  
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 5-11, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sphagnum Mosses and Ecology  
       
August 5-11, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Aquatic Entomology  
       
August 6-9, 2018
Savannah, GA 
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)   
       
August 6-11, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Rock Outcrop and Cliff Face Communities  
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Stream Ecology  
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
 
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
 
       
August 6-October 29, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
August 8-19, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Introductory Ecology    
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Witness to Nature: A Creative Writing Workshop  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Plant Anatomy and Microtechnique  
       
Augut 13-14, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Eastern Mountains/Piedmont - 16 hours (field)
 
       
August 13-18, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southeastern Grasslands: Ecology and Conservation    
       
August 14-15, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
 
  Environmental Concern Course: Wetland Plant ID  
August 15-16, 2018
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
August 15-16, 2018
Arlington, WA 
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018   
       
Augut 19-25, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Microscopy: An Exploration of the Intricate Microscopic World of Mushrooms  
       
Augut 19-25, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Banding Songbirds and Raptors: Livetrapping, In-hand Aging and Sexing, and Data Collection for Research  
       
August 20-25, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Grasses of the Southern Appalachians   
       
August 20-24, 2018
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
August 20-September 17, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment   
       
August 20-September 17, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets | 2018  
Augut 26-September 1, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Orthotrichaceae of Maine  
       
Augut 26-September 1, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Independent Study: Pyrenolichens
 
 
       
August 29-30, 2018
Lansing, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands (MiRAM)    
       
August 31-September 1, 2018
Denver, CO
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
 SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 6-7, 2018
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum   
       
September 6-7, 2018
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
September 10-14, 2018
St. Michaels, MD 
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation    
       
September 10, 2018-
December 3, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
September 11-12, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes - 16 hours (field)  
       
September 12-13, 2018
Kansas City, MO 
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
September 17-18, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
September 17-18, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
September 17-28, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: The Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds  
       
September 17-October 14, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments    
       
September 19-20, 2018
Washtenaw County, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Asters and Goldenrods in Michigan Wetlands  
       
September 24 - 25, 201
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field   
       
September 24-28, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Aliquippa, PA
  The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 28-29, 2018
Baton Rouge, LA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
OCTOBER 2018  
       
October 1-December 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
October 8- November 5, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets    
       
October 8-December 31, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator  
       
October 9-12, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
October 10-11, 2018
Marquette, MI
 
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Hydric Soils Identification    
October 10-11, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
October 10-11, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
October 22-November 5, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans  
October 23-24, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species - 16 hours (lecture)  
       
NOVEMBER 2018  
       
November 5-8, 2018
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
Seagoville, TX
  The Swamp School CourseWetland Delineation Training  
       
November 5, 2018-
January 28, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
November 5, 2018-January 28, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist    
       
November 7-8, 2018
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
November 7-8, 2018
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
November 12-13, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology – Piedmont - 16 hours (field)  
       
November 12, 2018-February 4, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design    
       
November 13-15, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Winter Woody Plant ID   
       
November 26-December 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment   
       
DECEMBER 2018  
       
December 3-31, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets  
       
December 3, 2018-
February 25, 2019

Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018    
       
December 7-8, 2018
Tampa, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
December 10-11, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement – Eastern Mountains/Piedmont) - 16 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
December 10, 2018-April 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator  
       
December 17-31, 2018 
Charleston, SC
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals  
   
SPECIAL EVENTS  
       
February 22-25, 2018
Port Aransas, TX 
  Whooping Crane Festival  
       
February 26-March 2, 2018
 
  National Invasive Species Awareness Week  
April 21, 2018   World Fish Migration Day: Working together for happy fish  
       
April 22, 2018   Earth Day  
       
April 26-29, 2018   22nd Annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend  
       
May 2018   American Wetlands Month  
       
May 12, 2018   World Migratory Bird Day  
       
May 30, 2018
Cuyahoga Heights, OH
  Cleveland Metroparks - Discovery Days - Wetland Walk  
       

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Trump's 2019 budget plan would again target regional water cleanup programs
  • Trump budget seeks 23 percent cut at EPA, eliminating dozens of programs
  • States, greens sue Trump over Obama EPA water rule delay
  • Sentencing case may set course for Clean Water Act battles
  • Cooperative Federalism in the Trump Era: Can the Sovereigns Collaborate in Gains?

NATIONAL NEWS

  • President Proposes $1.2 Billion FY 2019 Budget for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Budget deal a windfall for mitigating sea-level rise
  • Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?
  • Trump to Withdraw Nomination of Climate Skeptic as Top Environmental Adviser
  • 4 climate questions for Trump on infrastructure
  • TU criticizes BLM for excluding sportsmen voices from public lands planning
  • Climate change, extreme weather already threaten 50% of U.S. military sites
  • For Puerto Ricans Living On Public Wetland, No FEMA Help To Rebuild
  • Gov. Rejects Shutdown of Great Lakes Oil Pipeline That's Losing Its Coating
  • Email shows industry doubt about Trump admin strategy
  • Trump EPA revives Obama proposal to block controversial Alaska mine
  • Scientific group sues EPA over advisory boards
  • Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018
  • Supreme Court Hops Into Case about a Frog and Property Rights

STATE NEWS

  • CA: Is California's Drought Returning? Snowpack Nears 2015's Historic Lows
  • CA: Nearly Half of California’s Vegetation at Risk from Climate Stress
  • FL: Florida developer pays $350K fine for filling in wetland
  • FL: Robinson Preserve gets boost from oil spill money
  • LA: Louisiana’s wetlands worth $79 billion, study says
  • LA: Nicholls professor awarded $533K grant to study Deepwater Horizon oil spill's impact on wetlands
  • MD: Commission nixes controversial Critical Area project in South County
  • MD: 195 Acres Permanently Protected in Washington County
  • MD: Massive project restores Pocomoke River wetlands
  • MN: Trump Administration Downgrades Study of Mining Impact
  • MN: Researchers use wild rice to predict health of Minnesota lakes and streams
  • MS: New MSU study evaluates wetland restoration efforts along Gulf of Mexico
  • TX: City in a Swamp: Houston’s Flood Problems Are Only Getting Worse
  • WA: Lawmakers approve $60 million to continue Chehalis Basin Strategy
  • WI: Wisconsin Senate Committee OKs Wetland Exemptions Bill

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Sea Level Rise Accelerating
  • Slinging Sediment
  • Volcanoes Get a Kick from Climate Change
  • America’s Coastlines Are Turning Into ‘Dead Zones’
  • Blue Accounting launches major effort to protect sources of drinking water in the Great Lakes region
  • Ozone at Lower Latitudes is Not Recovering, Despite Antarctic Ozone Hole Healing
  • Arctic lakes are releasing relatively young carbon, UCI-led study discovers
  • The potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on streams
  • More cities jettison road salt in favor of beets, beer and brine
  • Coastal Water Absorbing More Carbon Dioxide, UD Researcher Reports
  • This is how quickly and unpredictably we might barrel past climate thresholds
  • Wetlands provide landscape-scale reduction in nitrate pollution
  • Once started, geoengineering may be dangerous to stop
  • Phosphorus Pollution Reaching Dangerous Levels Worldwide, New Study Finds
  • Rewilding Reptiles to Eco-Engineer the Anthropocene
  • Cougars Officially Declared Extinct in Eastern U.S., Removed from Endangered Species List

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • Treasures of the South – The True Value of Wetland Forests 2018

POTPOURRI

  • Stanford researchers reveal limited scope of corporate approaches to social and environmental issues
  • Catherine O'Riordan to Become ESA's Executive Director
  • Disaster Aid Is Part of Bi-Partisan Budget Bill
  • Poll Shows Nationwide Support for Feds to Boost Rebuilding Standards
  • The Clean Water Act Blog: January 22, 2017
  • New Jersey, Virginia Take Steps Toward Joining East Coast Carbon Market
  • In using wastewater to fight sea level rise, will beer be an additional benefit?
  • Effective response to climate change depends on hope, not fear
  • Restoring a Wetland
  • Blue Carbon: A Story from the Snohomish Estuary   

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Webinars

February

  • CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Urban Hydrology and the National Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management (NCIMM)
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Invasive Species Webinar: Phragmites australis: Current Research and Experiments in Control Strategies for Wetland Habitat Recovery
  • River Network Webinar: EPA’s Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit for Stormwater Management
  • River Network Webinar: Advocacy vs. Organizing in Your Community as a 501c3 (Premium Webinar: Ready, Set, Engage: How to Grow Civic Support- Session 1)
  • Reef Resilience Network and the EBM Tools Network Webinar: Insuring nature: An insurance policy for the Mesoamerican Reef
  • CUAHSI's 2018 Winter Cyberseminar Series: Urban Stormwater Hydroinformatics Watershed-scale Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure
  • New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society Webinar: The Guiteras Green Infrastructure Community School Project

March

  • Webinar: Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A Scientist-Manager National Network
  • Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar: Green Infrastructure Resources for Coastal Flood Risk Management
  • National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Global Patterns in Stream Energy and Nutrient Cycling
  • NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network Webinar: Conservation Connections: Species and Places, NOAA's Partnerships for Transboundary Protection Program by Lisamarie Carrubba and TBD of NOAA
  • Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange Webinar: Understanding Ocean Acidification-Using NOAAs New Educational Tools
  • EBM Tools Network Webinar: Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) by Peter Hawthorne of the University of Minnesota and the Natural Capital Project
  • Webinar: Drought & Climate Galleries

April

  • National Science Foundation LTER Network Webinar: Scaling Up Productivity Responses to Changes in Biodiversity
  • Webinar: Discussing Climate Change with Agriculture and Natural Resources Audiences: Professional Perspectives

May

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

September

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

Meetings

February

  • Restore America’s Estuaries: 2nd National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop
  • North American Shale Water Management 2018 Conference: Reducing the Cost of Water Recycling & Reuse
  • Watershed Stewards Academy Annual Conference: Spring into Action
  • ICWMM: International Conference on Water Management Modeling
  • Climate Leadership Conference

March

  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Annual Environmental Conference
  • Virginia Floodplain Management Association (VFMA): 2018 Virginia Water Conference
  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network: 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference
  • 19th Annual Association of Montana Floodplain Managers (AMFM) Floodplain Conference
  • 2018 Southeast Biodiversity Conservation Forum
  • 2018 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day
  • World Ocean Summit
  • Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute: 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 42nd Annual Meeting: Working Together for Wisconsin's Water: Balancing Industry, the Environment and Public HealthWater Resources Research Institute Conference
  • 14th Annual University of Michigan Early Career Scientists Symposium
  • South Carolina Association for Hazard Mitigation (SCAHM) Conference  
  • Water Resources Research Institute Conference
  • Southeast Regional Conference for Community and Land Conservation
  • 14th North American Arctic Goose Conference
  • Alabama River Alliance: Alabama Water Rally
  • ClimateCon 2018
  • Ohio Vernal Pool Network: Vernal Pool Workshop 
  • 21st Annual NFDA Conference
  • World Water Council: World Water Forum
  • Design-Build Institute of America Conference: Design-Build for Water/Wastewater
  • University of Hull: 14th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference
  • American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 Coastal Summit: Working Together: Science & Policy for Resilient Coasts
  • Riederalp 2018 Workshop on Disasters and Societies: Exposure, vulnerability and resilience of human societies to climate- and weather-related disasters from the Holocene to the Anthropocene
  • 2018 Washington Botanical Symposium
  • Iowa State University: Iowa Water Conference
  • International Convention on Global warming and Climate Change
  • Plymouth State University: 2018 NH Water & Watershed Conference
  • Ohio Vernal Pool Network: Vernal Pool Workshop
  • American Water Works Association: Sustainable Water Management Conference
  • Wildlife Management Institute: 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
  • Benthic Ecology Meeting Society
  • Southwest Extreme Precipitation Symposium

April

  • P3 Water Summit: Solving Water Challenges Through Partnerships
  • US-IALE 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Center for Watershed Protection: 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference
  • New York State Wetlands Forum Conference and Meeting: Growth and Resources – Finding the Balance
  • The Northeast Natural History Conference
  • Maris Water Conference
  • American Meteorological Society: 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology
  • GIS for a Sustainable World
  • 2018 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention & Water Action Volunteers Symposium
  • Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network: 2018 Special Focus: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change
  • Michigan Lake and Stream Association, Inc. 57th Annual Conference: Preserving Your Freshwater Gem: The Essentials of Lake Stewardship
  • Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration: 2018 Annual Chapter Meeting
  • 2018 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference; GIS & Water Resources X: Spatial Analysis of Watersheds: Ecological, Hydrological, and Societal Responses
  • Land Trust Alliance: 2018 New York Land Trust Symposium: Investing in Healthy Communities
  • New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association: 18th Annual Meeting
  • University of Florida: 12th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands
  • Instream Flow Council: Flow 2018
  • NEIWPCC: 29th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
  • Resilient Cities 2018
  • River Network: River Rally 2018
  • Antioch University: 2018 Local Solutions:  Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference 

May

  • 8th Annual Yosemite Symbiosis Workshop
  • International Conference Climate Change & Water
  • Water Environment Reuse Foundation: 2018 Research Conference: Advancing Reuse & Integrated Water
  • Climate Adaptation Conference 2018
  • National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Invest in the Environment
  • Ohio Stormwater Association: 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference
  • 12th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop
  • National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium
  • Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology at University of Gothenburg Conference: Marine Evolution 2018
  • Laukahi: Hawai‘i Plant Conservation Network: Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference 2018
  • Maryland Environmental Trust: 2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference
  • Northern Arizona University Mini-Symposium and Short Training Course: New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling
  • Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Navigating Boundaries in Freshwater Science
  • Choose CleanWater Coalition: 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference
  • ICEWW 2018: 20th International Conference: Environment, Water and Wetlands
  • Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society: ACCESS 2018
  • SWS 2018 Annual Meeting: Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice and Policy - An Exchange of Expertise
  • Resource Institute, Inc.: Southwest Stream & Wetland Restoration Conference

June

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

July

  • Natural Hazards Center: 2018 Natural Hazards Workshop
  • California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater
  • US Water Alliance: One Water Summit
  • Coastal Zone Canada Association 2018 Conference: Seeking Practical Solutions to Real Issues; Communities Adapting to a Changing World
  • 9th International Symbiosis Society Congress
  • Science Education Resource Center: Earth Educators' Rendezvous
  • North American Congress for Conservation Biology: Conservation Science, Policy, & Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild
  • Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future
  • 11th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies (IsoEcol 2018)

August

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

September

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

October

  • The Wildlife Society’s 25 Annual Conference
  • 13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • American Meteorological Society: 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms
  • Southeast Florida Regional Compact: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
  • American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference
  • American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 National Coastal Conference: Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides

December

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

TRAINING

 

February

  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement (Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain)
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • WVU Natural History Museum Course: Freshwater Mussels of West Virginia: Life History and Identification
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Endangered Species Regulation and Protection
  • Washington Department of Ecology Course: Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats

March

  • Duke University Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab Course: Drones for Conservation Research
  • UC Davis Extension Course: CEQA Update, Issues and Trends
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Botanist
  • The Swamp School Course: Principles of Wetland Design
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • 2018 Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) Certified Natural Shoreline Professional (CNSP) Training and Certificate Program
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainable Transportation
  • Resource Institute: Level 1 - Applied Fluvial Morphology
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans
  • Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Writing for Environmental Professionals
  • Portland State University  Course: River Restoration, Part I: Physical Processes; Part II - April 10-12, 2018
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Using Specific Plans to Create Great Communities
  • Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability Course: Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda
  • UC Davis Extension Course: LAFCO: Planning and Regulating the Boundaries and Service Areas of Cities and Special Districts in California
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training
  • CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) 5-Day General Training with riverine and depressional wetland field examples
  • Resource Institute: Level II - River Morphology and Application
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Accelerated Online Wetland Delineation Workshop
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Ecological Risk Assessment
  • D&D WEST Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • CUAHSI and the Colorado School of Mines Course: Beyond Groundwater Modeling: Integrated Simulation of Watershed Systems Using ParFlow
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Mitigation and Conservation Banking
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Annual Land Use Law Review and Update
  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Course: Fundamentals of Wetlands Enforcement

April

  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School: Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator 2018 
  • D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain
  • The Swamp School: Online Course: Ecological Risk Assessment 2018
  • Portland State University Course: River Restoration, Part II: Ecological Processes  
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law 
  • CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method) 5-Day General Training with riverine and depressional wetland field examples
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: Communication and Facilitation Skills for Conservation Managers
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Pond Design, Management and Maintenance
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Phase 1 Environmental Assessments 2018
  • CUAHSI  Workshop: Field Experiences in Microwave Remote Sensing for Agricultural Hydrology
  • Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology and Conservation of Birds
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment 2018
  • Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Course: Podcasting for Environmental Communications

May

  • 3-day Vernal Pool CRAM (California Rapid Assessment Method)  Training
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species 
  • D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies 
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Botanist
  • Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
  • Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch Wetland and Stream Restoration Workshop
  • Northeast Section, The Wildlife Society: Wildlife Field Course
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Conservation Genetics of Salamanders 
  • University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering  Wetland Design Course 
  • The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator 
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology eSession with Field Practicum – 2018
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North
  • National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Tutorial, Applications of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Restoration Ecology: Using Mitigation and Sustainable Design Techniques to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Increase Storm Resiliency
  • Portland State University Course: Wetland Hydrology Indicators and Problem Situations
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Natural Areas Field Course: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mammals 
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Biology of Fishes
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets
  • D & D West Course: Endangered Species Identification
  • McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology
  • D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Coastal Plain
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology of Southern Appalachian Salamanders
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Herpetology

June

  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled
  • Remote Data Acquisition (RDA) Sensor Training Workshop 
  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Plant I.D. Workshop
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Fish of Southern Appalachians
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist 
  • Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration 
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification
  • D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain
  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – New York
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Course: Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling: June 2018
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec
  • University of Utah IsoCamp Course: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology
  • University of Utah Course: Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Introduction to Wetland Identification
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Louis Calder Center: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Scientific Illustration with Pen and Ink and Color Pencil
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Freshwater and Diadromous Fishes of New England
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Ecology of Global Change
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans 
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Wildlife Disease Ecology 
  • 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
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Conservation Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Environmental Sensors: Designing, Building and Deploying the Field
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Comparative Temperate-Tropical Biogeography

July

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

August

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

September

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

October

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

November

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

December

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

SPECIAL EVENT

  • Whooping Crane Festival 
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week
  • World Fish Migration Day: Working together for happy fish
  • Earth Day
  • 22nd Annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend
  • American Wetlands Month
  • World Migratory Bird Day
  • Cleveland Metroparks – Discovery Days – Wetland Walk

 

Wetland Breaking News - March 2016

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

"WETLAND BREAKING NEWS" Compiled and Edited by Marla Stelk, Editor; Laura Burchill and Sharon Weaver, Assistant Editors. Executive Director: Jeanne Christie. Association of State Wetland Managers, 32 Tandberg Trail, Ste. 2A, Windham, ME 04062. Telephone: 207-892-3399 Fax: 207-892-3089

All photos by Jeanne Christie, ASWM 

     
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