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Dear Wetlanders,

Spring has sprung, although it sure doesn’t feel like it in Maine. Yesterday we had a high of 18 degrees Fahrenheit. Right now as I type it is snowing again and more snow showers are predicted over the next week. It’s hard to think about spring planting season when we still have a few feet of snow piled here and there on the ground from the blizzards and noreasters earlier this year. But I am grateful for it at the same time. More snow means more water to feed our lakes, our crops and our wells.

Much of Maine is rural and this past election cycle has really made me focus more on rural America, including farmers, outdoor sportsmen and women and the like. I grew up in the biggest farming county in Ohio so rural America is in my blood – I get easily overwhelmed in big population centers and although I love all the arts and culture that cities offer, I’m really just a country mouse. Many political analysts have proffered the theory that Trump was elected because rural America felt neglected by previous White House Administrations and he talked about the issues they cared about. But from what I can see, it’s not so black and white – as things typically are not.

In this issue of Wetland Breaking News, I have included several articles that cover stories from rural America and which show that the issues facing that demographic are complex. Under Editor’s Choice, you’ll see a story about the potential for a new dust bowl in the Great Southern Plains. You’ll also find an article about Trump’s proposed budget that would eliminate $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department.

In State News, you’ll find an article on the final conclusion of the lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works against three counties agricultural drainage districts. And a story about Lancaster, PA farmers who are applauding Trump for his Executive Order (EO) that could potentially derail the Clean Water Rule (an article about that EO can be found in National News) that was crafted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. At the same time, in Editor’s Choice, you’ll find a story about how hunting and fishing groups are against Trump’s EO. You’ll also find a story about how the EPA selected the National Rural Water Association as the Environmental Finance Center to serve EPA’s Region 8 which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming – a part of the county which is very rural and facing a water quantity crises.

Bottom line is it’s complicated. But we do our best at the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) to provide a balanced perspective that focuses on the critical need to protect and restore America’s wetlands, no matter what side of the political fence you’re on. We look forward to continuing our work with all of you as we persist in our efforts to promote application of sound science to wetland management efforts and to provide training and education for our members and the public.

Happy Spring!
Marla J. Stelk, Editor, Wetland Breaking News

   
             
             

Farm Policy in Age of Climate Change Creating Another Dust Bowl, Critics Say

InsideClimate News March 22, 2017
Over the past decade, farmers in the Great Southern Plains have suffered the worst drought conditions since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. They've battled heat, dust storms and in recent weeks, fires that devoured more than 900,000 acres and killed thousands of cattle. These extreme conditions are being fueled by climate change. But a new report from an environmental advocacy group says they're also being driven by federal crop insurance policy that encourages farmers to continue planting crops on compromised land, year after year. For full story, click here.

Trump wants to slash $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department — and rural America could suffer the most

By P.J. Huffstutter and Jo Winterbottom, Reuters – Busines Insider – March 16, 2017
President Donald Trump has proposed halting funding for rural clean water initiatives and reducing county-level staff, for a 21% drop in discretionary spending at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to a White House budget document. The $4.7 billion in cuts would leave USDA with a budget of $17.9 billion after cutting some statistical and rural business services and encouraging private sector conservation planning. Farm groups warned that farmers and rural communities could suffer. For full story, click here.

National Rural Water Assn. Selected as an Environmental Finance Center

Storm Water Solutions March 7, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the National Rural Water Assn. as the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) to support technical assistance and training for municipalities within the jurisdiction of EPA Region 8, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. For full story, click here.

Hunting and Fishing Groups Leery of Weakening Clean Water Act

By Ben Long – OutdoorLife – March 7, 2017
Take the water out of a freestone trout stream and you’ll be casting to a bunch of rocks. Drain the wetlands of America’s prairie pothole “duck factory” and you’ve got empty skies come hunting season. That’s why groups like Trout Unlimited are worried about a move in Washington D.C. that would gut the Clean Water Act’s ability to conserve headwaters and seasonal wetlands. For full blog post, click here.

 


Trump is Not the Only One Cutting Puget Sound Funding

By Adiel Kaplan – InvestigateWest – March 24, 2017
President Trump’s proposed $28 million cut of Puget Sound restoration funding has provoked an outcry. But Gov. Jay Inslee himself is proposing a $29 million cut to the program. Loss of federal funding for Puget Sound restoration is not the only cause for concern. State funding, which pays for a much larger share of the restoration costs, also is facing cuts. For full story, click here.

Latest Roundup lawsuits rope a new defendant into the fray

By Bryce Gray – St. Louis Post Dispatch – March 24, 2017
A fresh round of lawsuits against the herbicide Roundup also target a new locally based defendant: St. Louis advertising firm Osborn Barr, which marketed the product for years. The 231 cases filed last week in the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis are among the latest to emerge against Monsanto, the Creve Coeur-based agribusiness company that developed the weedkiller and is listed as a co-defendant with Osborn Barr. The filings echo hundreds of other active cases alleging that glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is carcinogenic and tied to cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma — an association Monsanto strongly disputes and that is also the topic of competing findings of scientific groups assessing cancer risk. For full story, click here.

U.S. State Department Issues Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline

By Jeff Brady and Jason Slotkin – WGCU – March 24, 2017
The U.S. State Department has signed and issued a presidential permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. That reverses former President Barack Obama's 2015 decision to reject the controversial pipeline. Pipeline company TransCanada says that in conjunction with the Trump administration signing off on its pipeline, it will drop a claim for more than $15 billion that it filed under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The company also says it will drop a lawsuit that claimed Obama's decision was unconstitutional. For full story, click here.

Supreme Court Reins in President's Appointment Powers

By Daniel Wiessner and Lawrence Hurley U.S. News Reuters March 21, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put new restrictions on presidential powers, limiting a president's authority to staff certain top government posts in a case involving an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board. The court decided 6-2 to uphold a lower court's ruling that then-President Barack Obama exceeded his legal authority with his temporary appointment of an NLRB general counsel in 2011. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court said that under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, a person cannot serve as the acting head of a federal agency once the president nominates him or her to permanently serve in the role if it is a position that requires U.S. Senate confirmation. For full story, click here.

Union Chief Strikes Back at the ‘Insanity’ of Trump’s Budget Cuts at the EPA

By Diane ToomeyYale Environment 360 March 21, 2017
The Trump administration’s proposed budget contains drastic cuts to many government departments, but few are being hit as hard as the Environmental Protection Agency, which is slated for a funding reduction of 31 percent. A host of programs would be significantly pared back, including the enforcement of pollution laws, climate change research, the cleanup of Superfund sites, and the repair and construction of facilities that provide clean drinking water to U.S. towns and cities. The list of programs that would be completely eliminated includes the cleanup of the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, the Clean Power Plan, the Energy Star energy efficiency program, and the Office of Environmental Justice. For full article, click here.

These Cities Are Pulling Billions From the Banks That Support the Dakota Access Pipeline

By Jimmy Tobias The Nation March 20, 2017
Last September, as water protectors faced down militarized police in North Dakota’s rural riverlands, activists in Seattle set out to withdraw municipal money from banks backing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Above all, they sought to cut their city’s ties to Wells Fargo, the Wall Street leviathan that has generously financed and serviced the pipeline’s parent companies. From the start, the Seattle agitators saw their effort as the spark that might ignite a nationwide divestment drive. They meant to be a model. For full story, click here.

People are sending EPA employees chocolate chip cookies and thank you cards

By Brady Dennis The Washington Post March 17, 2017
The cookies showed up Monday morning, hundreds of them packed tightly in cardboard boxes, and made their way to offices throughout the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in downtown Washington. “To: EPA Staff. From: America,” the labels read. “Thank you so much for all you do. You save lives. You make the world better.” On the back of the cookie wrappers were personal stories from people around the country who see the EPA as a force for good. For full story, click here.

DOI Announces $3.74 Million to 12 States for Species Recovery

U.S. Department of the Interior March 17, 2017
The Department of the Interior today announced that through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI) more than $3.74 million is being committed to nine projects across 12 states to help recover some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges. “We are targeting our work where it will do the most good for America’s resources,” said FWS Acting Director Jim Kurth. “This initiative is a unique way to engage in conservation work with states and partners, giving the taxpayer a good return on investment.” Species to benefit from CRI funding include the Miami blue butterfly, ocelots, Puritan tiger beetles, masked bobwhite and spectacled eiders. For full press release, click here.

Trump bid to axe Bay restoration funding draws fire

By Timothy B. Wheeler – Bay Journal – March 17, 2017
President Trump’s budget outline proposing to defund the Bay Program and slash other programs aiding the Chesapeake restoration drew expressions of dismay Thursday from those engaged in the long-running effort, along with vows from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to resist such deep cuts. Trump’s proposed spending plan, if enacted, would eliminate funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Bay Program Office — from $73 million last year to nothing in fiscal 2018. It would be part of a recommended 31 percent reduction in the budget for the agency, with only the State Department targeted for deeper cuts. For full article, click here.

Trump budget cuts Great Lakes restoration, Sea Grant programs

By Elizabeth Miller – Great Lakes Echo – March 17, 2017
The Trump Administration’s proposed budget is out – and it eliminates the $300 million in annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which finances environmental projects all over the region. The budget also zeroes out the $250 million allotted to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grants, including 33 Sea Grant programs nationwide. Based at universities, Sea Grant programs focus on educating the public, outreach and research. For full story, click here.

Trump’s budget takes a sledgehammer to the EPA

By Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin – The Washington Post – March 16, 2017 – Video
The Trump administration plans to take a sledgehammer to the Environmental Protection Agency. Thursday’s proposal by the White House would slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent — nearly one third — from its current level of $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. It would cut 3,200 positions, or more than 20 percent of the agency’s current workforce of about 15,000. For full story and to view video, click here.

Dakota Access cleared to move oil next week after judge rules against tribes

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times March 15, 2017
A federal judge has denied a last-minute plea to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, allowing the $3.8 billion oil pipeline to begin operating as early as next week. U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg ruled Tuesday that the Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux are unlikely to prevail on the merits of their challenge to his March 7 decision, saying the court “believes that Plaintiff does not have a strong case on appeal.” A status report filed Monday by Dakota Access LLC said oil is expected to start flowing through the North Dakota section of the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline sometime from Monday through Wednesday, “depending upon the success of the testing.” For full story, click here.

Gorsuch's environmental record not easy to define

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

House Republicans' Group Launches Effort to Tackle Climate Change

By Sabrina Shankman InsideClimate News March 15, 2017
A group of 17 House Republicans introduced a resolution on Wednesday that calls for the House to commit to working on climate change solutions that keep in mind the health of the economy. The resolution makes the argument that it is a conservative principle to "protect, conserve and be good stewards of the environment, responsibility plan for all market factors, and base our policy decisions in science and quantifiable fact." For full story, click here.

EPA’s environmental justice head resigns

By Timothy Cama – The Hill – March 9, 2017
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency program aimed at protecting minority populations from pollution has resigned. Mustafa Ali, who has worked at the EPA for 24 years, is leaving as the Trump administration is proposing to completely defund environmental justice efforts at the EPA. Ali submitted a resignation letter Wednesday to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in which he implored the agency's new leader to take seriously the concerns of minority communities, which often bear the brunt of air and water pollution and live in areas near major industrial centers. For full story, click here.

House committee passes two EPA science bills

By Devin Henry – The Hill – March 9, 2017
The House Science Committee on Thursday approved two bills to reform how the Environmental Protection Agency conducts scientific research. The committee, led by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), approved a bill requiring the EPA to publicly release scientific research it uses to write regulations. For full story, click here.

House panel votes to urge federal agencies to consider locating outside of D.C. area

By Daniel J. Sernovitz – Business Journal – March 8, 2017
If it's a federal government of the people, by the people, and for the people, why isn't it located close to the people? Republicans in a key House committee passed a nonbinding resolution Wednesday morning getting at the very heart of that question, but only after a heated debate that fell largely along party lines. That led Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to call for a roll call vote expected to be held later in the day. For full story, click here.

E.P.A. Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics

By Coral Davenport The New York Times March 7, 2017
Days after the Senate confirmed him as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference and was asked about addressing a group that probably wanted to eliminate his agency. “I think it’s justified,” he responded, to cheers. “I think people across the country look at the E.P.A. the way they look at the I.R.S.” In the days since, Mr. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, has moved to stock the top offices of the agency with like-minded conservatives — many of them skeptics of climate change and all of them intent on rolling back environmental regulations that they see as overly intrusive and harmful to business. For full story, click here.

What Trump’s new travel ban means for science

By Sara Reardon Nature March 6, 2017
US President Donald Trump has signed a revised version of his controversial travel ban. The policy, issued on 6 March, exempts citizens of Iraq and people who were issued US visas before 27 January — including those with green cards. Like the first order, which Trump signed on 27 January, the revised policy bars citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days. Trump administration officials told reporters today that the ban is intended to protect the United States from terrorism, but it is not clear whether that reasoning will stand up to legal scrutiny. The first travel ban has been blocked indefinitely by federal courts, pending an ongoing lawsuit, and the revised ban seems certain to face similar challenges. For full story, click here.

Zinke vows to fight Trump over Interior budget cuts

By John Siciliano – Examiner – March 3, 2017
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is promising President Trump a "fight" over the proposed budget cuts that are being considered for his agency. "I looked at the budget," Zinke said. "I'm not happy," he said in addressing Interior Department employees during his second day on the job. "But we're going to fight about it," he said. "And I think I'm going to win at the end of the day, and make sure that our values are articulated ... and make sure that the administration understands." For full story, click here.

Former EPA scientists to Trump: ‘Evidence does not change when the administration changes’

By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post – March 2, 2017
The Trump administration’s proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency is looking dramatic indeed. The plans call for laying off thousands of staff, eliminating entire programs and making deep cuts to the agency’s research office, the Office of Research and Development (ORD), according to recent reporting by The Washington Post. That’s not to say all of this will happen — or that any of it will. Congress makes the final decisions on funding the government. But it’s a stunning proposal to researchers familiar with the workings of the EPA. For full story, click here.

Trump's EPA budget proposal targets climate, lead cleanup programs

By Timothy Gardner and Valerie Volcovici – Reuters – March 2, 2017 – Video
The White House is proposing to slash a quarter of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's budget, targeting climate-change programs and those designed to prevent air and water pollution like lead contamination, a source with direct knowledge of the proposal said on Thursday. President Donald Trump has long signaled his intention to reverse former Democratic President Barack Obama's climate-change initiatives. But the Republican president has vowed his planned overhaul of green regulation would not jeopardize America's water and air quality. For full story and to view video, click here.

CEQ staff instructed to pack up main building

By Robin Bravender – E&E News – February 23, 2017
Staffers in the White House's environmental shop have been directed to move out of the building that has long served as the agency's headquarters. Career staff in the Council on Environmental Quality were told to remove their things from 722 Jackson Place, which has been considered CEQ's public home, according to Christy Goldfuss, who led that agency during the Obama administration. The townhouse across the street from the White House is one of several that CEQ has occupied, with staff also spread out into other buildings on Jackson Place and in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The staff shuffle was first reported today by The Washington Post. For full story, click here.

Proposed Policies Could Make America Overfished Again

By Ben Goldfarb – Hakai Magazine – February 22, 2017
The United States is one month into its 115th Congress and it has already earned a reputation for dismantling environmental laws. Rules governing methane flaring and stream protection have already bitten the dust; a bill to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency is floating around the House of Representatives; and the Senate is holding hearings to overhaul the Endangered Species Act. And while Congress has so far kept its focus terrestrial, it may soon set its sights on the nation’s main marine fisheries law: the Magnuson-Stevens Act, often referred to as the “fish bill.” For full article, click here.

How the EPA Became A Victim Of Its Own Success

NPR – February 17, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency has a pretty simple mission in principle: to protect human health and the environment. It's a popular purpose too. Nearly three out of four U.S. adults believe the country "should do whatever it takes to protect the environment," according to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center. Political support for the EPA, though, is less effusive. For full story, click here.

Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Administrator, E. Scott Pruitt, and the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Douglas W. Lamont, signed the following document on February 28, 2017, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). While we have taken steps to ensure the accuracy of this Internet version of the document, it is not the official version. Please refer to the official version in a forthcoming FR publication, which will appear on the Government Printing Office’s FDsys website. To download the Notice, click here.

New Bipartisan Congressional Caucus Formed to Support Our Nation's Estuaries

Restore Americas Estuaries
U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Rick Larsen (D- WA) have founded and will serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Estuary Caucus in the 115th Congress. The new caucus will give our nation’s estuaries a stronger voice and presence in Washington by uniting lawmakers from across the country in support of these critical ecosystems. For years Congress has worked in bipartisan fashion to implement and support initiatives aimed at protecting the many unique estuaries in the United States. To date, a total of 27 House Members from around the nation have joined the new Congressional Estuary Caucus. Read more here.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AK: Another Cook Inlet Pipeline Feared to Be Vulnerable, As Gas Continues to Leak

By Sabrina Shankman InsideClimate News March 21, 2017
As the wait continues for the ice to melt in Alaska's Cook Inlet so a months-long underwater natural gas pipeline leak can be halted, federal regulators are now raising concerns about an adjacent pipeline owned by the same company. That one carries an even bigger environmental threat: oil. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) warned that a 52-year-old oil pipeline could be vulnerable to the same forces that caused the natural gas pipeline to crack and start leaking in late December. The agency ordered the company to conduct inspections beyond its regular oversight and shut down the oil pipeline if deemed unsafe. For full story, click here.

CA: For the first time in almost 100 years, a rare frog population is having sex in the Santa Monica Mountains

By Joseph Serna Los Angeles Times March 22, 2017
A rare species of frog that all but disappeared from the Santa Monica Mountains nearly 100 years ago has been found breeding on its own again in the coastal range, officials announced Wednesday. National Park Service rangers and scientists who surveyed the mountains’ mossy, muddy creeks on March 14 found nine egg masses belonging to the California red-legged frog, a species popularized by Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” in 1865, Park Service officials said. For full story, click here.

CA: California Legislators Gird up Their Laws

By Molly Peterson and Judith Lewis Mernit – Laws & Nature – February 23, 2017 Video
Democratic lawmakers in California have announced their intention to guard against federal interference in the state’s environmental and worker protection laws. On air quality, water, endangered species, and worker safety, they’ve introduced three bills that would empower state agencies to enforce the standards in place now. The laws are necessary, said De León at a press conference this morning, because “the Trump administration has launched an attack on science,” the likes of which “we have never witnessed before.” For full story and to view video, click here.

CA: Lessons from Oroville: Resilience for Scarcity and Abundance

By James Brasuell – Planetizen – February 15, 2017 – Video
Is anyone feeling resilient enough to talk about resilience? To add to the overwhelming evidence that 2017 has not been a good year for the resilience cause, those of us who live and work in California got a stark reminder of vulnerability this week, when crisis came in the form of stormwater at Lake Oroville in Northern California. For full blog post and to view video, click here.

CO: Colorado appeals court says state must protect health and environment before allowing oil and gas drilling

By Bruce Finley – The Denver Post – March 23, 2017
The Colorado Court of Appeals sided with a group of teenagers Thursday, reversing a lower court and elevating protection of public health and the environment to “a condition that must be fulfilled” by the state before oil and gas drilling can be done. The ruling by appeals court judges — in a case that drew heavy state and industry legal opposition — reinterprets the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to require more than balancing industry interests with protection of people and the environment. For full story, click here.

IL: Illinois rivers project could get new life with Trump infrastructure push

By Patrick M. O'Connell Chicago Tribune March 13, 2017 Video
Often overlooked in an age of air travel and superhighways, infrastructure on the Midwest's major rivers may be poised for an upgrade. Seven locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, which allow barges carrying 22 million tons of commodities each year to travel between St. Louis, Chicago and the Twin Cities, are included on a list of projects under consideration by President Donald Trump's administration. For full story and to view video, click here.

IA: Judge dismisses Des Moines lawsuit over nitrates in water

The State – Associated Press March 18, 2017
A federal judge has dismissed a Des Moines water utility's lawsuit against three counties that accuses them of allowing agricultural drainage districts to send nitrate pollution into the rivers the water utility uses for drinking water. The judge on Friday dismissed all of Des Moines Water Works' claims against drainage districts in Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties, ruling that water pollution is an issue for the Iowa legislature to address. For full story, click here.

IA: Des Moines council to vote Monday on water works bill

By MacKenzie Elmer Des Moines Register March 18, 2017
Des Moines city leaders will vote Monday on whether to support controversial legislation that would dismantle Des Moines Water Works and other central Iowa water utilities. The vote comes weeks after lobbyists working on behalf of the city signed on in support of the legislation, and after complaints from residents that city leaders are backing the issue without first holding a public discussion. The legislation that would place water utilities under the control of local city councils and hand over the utilities' assets to cities has passed Iowa House and Senate committees and is eligible for floor debate in both chambers. For full story, click here.

IA: Pipeline owner reaches milestone in Iowa: 28 spills since 2000

By Kevin Hardy USA Today March 6, 2017 Video
The company whose pipeline dumped more than 46,000 gallons of diesel on northern Iowa farmland in January has had more spills than any other pipeline operator in the state over the past 16 years, according to a Des Moines Register analysis. Magellan Midstream Partners pipelines leaked 27 times in Iowa between 2000 and 2016, spewing tens of thousands of gallons of hazardous products, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources data. Magellan's spills are nearly double the 14 of Enterprise Products Offering, the second most frequent offender. For full story and to view video, click here.

LA: Louisiana’s Largest Coastal Project Officially Unveiled

Dredging Today March 22, 2017
Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards yesterday unveiled the newly-completed restoration of the Caminada Headlands, a 13-mile stretch of beach and dune running from the Belle Pass outlet of Bayou Lafourche eastward to Caminada Pass at the end of Elmer’s Island. “This is the largest single ecosystem restoration the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has ever undertaken, and the results are outstanding,” said Gov. Edwards. For full story, click here.

LA: Oil companies not to blame for Louisiana wetland destruction, court rules

RT – March 7, 2017
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of almost 100 multinational energy-extraction companies, sued by a Louisiana levee board blaming major erosion of the state's wetlands on decades of oil and gas development. A three-judge panel with the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday to uphold a 2015 federal court decision on a lawsuit filed by the New Orleans-based Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) in 2013. Shell, Chevron and BP are among the major industry defendants named in the suit, along with 94 other oil and gas companies the SLFPA-E blames for widespread destruction of the state's coastal wetlands through the construction of exploration and production canals. For full story, click here.

ME: Bill Introduced In Maine Would Protect Climate Change Doubters

CBS Sacramento – March 22, 2017
Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person’s beliefs about climate change to that list. Rep. Larry Lockman has introduced a bill that would limit the attorney general’s ability to investigate or prosecute people based on their political speech, including their views on climate change. It would also prohibit the state from discriminating in buying goods or services or awarding grants or contracts based on a person’s “climate change policy preferences.” For full story, click here.

MD: House passes bill to ban fracking in Maryland for first time with bipartisan support

The Bay Net – March 11, 2017
The Maryland House of Delegates passed a milestone fracking ban bill today with unprecedented bipartisan support. House Bill 1325, which passed by a vote of 97 to 40, would ban hydraulic fracturing statewide. Public opposition to the practice has grown over the past year, as over a dozen counties and cities across the state have already passed local resolutions and ordinances to ban fracking and more than 1,000 Marylanders marched through the state capital last week to demand a fracking ban. For full story, click here.

MA: Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less

By David Abel – Boston Globe – March 9, 2017
Over the past decade, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s enforcement of air and water quality rules has fallen off sharply, as the agency’s workforce shrunk by nearly a third, according to a Globe review of state records. Enforcement actions for serious violations have dropped by more than half, statistics show, as inspections also declined. Fines collected from violators plummeted during the same period by nearly 75 percent. For full story, click here.

MI: New videos showcase the economic and environmental impacts of GLRI restoration projects in Michigan

NOAA – March 16, 2017
Videos were released this month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) highlighting the economic and environmental impact of restoration work in Muskegon, Michigan, and at the Little Rapids portion of the St. Marys River. The GLC and NOAA are working together to restore the Muskegon Lake and St. Marys River Areas of Concern (AOCs) — two Great Lakes “toxic hotspots.” To read more and to view videos, click here.

MI: Three area residents among winners of Wetland Wonders Challenge

The Midland Daily News – March 11, 2017
Three Midland-area residents were among the seven winners of the DNR’s 2016 Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy. Matthew Gross of Auburn, Alek Poirer of Essexville, and Bruce E. Schuster of Saginaw were among seven drawn to receive prize packages worth about $1,500 each, including a shotgun, custom duck and goose calls, premium decoys, other waterfowl hunting gear, and a non-reserved first-choice blind pick at a managed waterfowl hunting area this fall. For full story, click here.

MN: Blaine neighborhood decries felled trees in wetland sanctuary

By Hannah Covington – Star Tribune – March 1, 2017
For homeowners in an upscale neighborhood in Blaine, pink ribbons looped around trees now portend trouble. Last month, the ribbons popped up in the wooded area behind their homes, which hug the western edge of a wetland sanctuary. Then, trees started falling. The ribbons marked trees to be left standing, with the others cleared out as part of wetland restoration work in 192 acres of city land. City officials admit they aren’t sure how many trees they took down, but some residents estimate it was at least 1,000. For full story, click here.

NY: To the City, a Pollution Fighter. To Some Residents, an Eyesore

By Sarah Maslin Nir – The New York Times – March 23, 2017
Camera in hand, Carmine Famiglietti faced off with a crew from the city in front of his house late last year. City workers were on his corner in Flushing, Queens, to construct a bioswale, a pit dug into the sidewalk that is filled with rocky soil and topped by shrubbery, designed to absorb polluted storm water otherwise running into the sewer system, some eventually seeping into waterways like Flushing Creek. The bioswales, or rain gardens, are part of the city’s effort to take pressure off an aging sewer system that can be easily overwhelmed by the more frequent storms rolling in as a result of climate change. For full story, click here.

NC: Back to nature: UNCG installs wetlands on campus (Video)

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

ND: Oil spill in creek originally underestimated, making it one of largest in ND history

By Amy Dalrymple – InForum – March 23, 2017
An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a tributary of the Little Missouri River last December is now estimated to be three times larger than originally thought, making it one of the most significant pipeline spills in North Dakota history. Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. reports about 12,615 barrels, or 529,830 gallons, of oil spilled as a result of a pipeline leak the company now believes started on Dec. 1 and was discovered by a landowner on Dec. 5, said spokeswoman Wendy Owen. For full story, click here.

OR: How to create your own backyard miniature wetland

By Kris Wetherbee – The Oregonian/OregonLive – February 25, 2017
Wetlands provide the ideal environment for moisture-loving plants. From grasses and ferns, to flowering perennials, shrubs, and trees, wetlands also serve as a valuable source of food, shelter, and nesting sites for winged wildlife like butterflies and hummingbirds, and especially dragonflies and damselflies. While few backyards have the space for the types of large wetlands found in nature, you may already have a prime location for setting up a smaller wetland garden. Potential prime areas include a soggy spot that drains poorly, a depression in the landscape that holds water, or any naturally occurring damp area in your yard. The site may have standing water year-round, or only during the rainy season. For full story, click here.

OR: Bills propose to dispel Oregon wetland uncertainties

Mateusz Perkowski – Capital Press – February 22, 2017
Oregon landowners don’t have a simple, reliable method to find out whether their property is considered a wetland. That’s potentially a big problem if a structure is built on a parcel that state authorities later determine is a wetland, thus making the landowner liable for costly mitigation measures. Jesse Bounds, a hay exporter near Junction City, Ore., learned that lesson the hard way. Upon trying to rebuild two barns that had burned down last summer, Bounds was told by Oregon’s Department of State Lands the construction was unlawful because he hadn’t obtained a fill-removal permit. The permit is required when disturbing wetlands. For full story, click here.

PA: Lancaster County farmers applaud Trump for returning water protection responsibilities to states

Ad Crable Lancaster – Online – March 3, 2017
Farmers across Pennsylvania, including Lancaster County, are applauding President Donald Trump for taking action this week to throw out or significantly revise what they see as a cumbersome federal rule. Trump’s executive order on Tuesday said it would return the main responsibility for protecting water in all its forms to states. At issue is the 2015 Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States. The rule sought to pinpoint which waters could be protected by the federal government beyond navigable waters. For full story, click here.

TX: ‘Hog Apocalypse’: Texas has a new weapon in its war on feral pigs. It’s not pretty.

By Avi Selk – The Washington Post – February 23, 2017
Securing a Texan’s right to shoot wild pigs from a helicopter may have been Sid Miller’s best-known accomplishment before this week. The state’s agricultural commissioner hangs a boar’s head and toy chopper outside his office to remind people of the law he got passed, the Austin American-Statesman reports. But Miller has never stopped searching for better ways to kill some 2 million feral hogs in Texas that the commissioner accuses of eating newborn lambs, uprooting crops and “entire city parks,” trampling across highways and causing more than $50 million in damage a year. The search is over, Miller announced Tuesday: “The ‘Hog Apocalypse’ may finally be on the horizon.” For full story, click here.

VT: Vermont gets nearly $300,000 in EPA grant for Champlain cleanup

Coastal News Today – March 9, 2017
EPA has awarded $3.3 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands, including $287,000 to Vermont. The Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, tribes, and nonprofit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetlands programs. While monies for these projects came from 2015 and 2016 allotments, EPA will soon release a request for projects to be funded with 2017 and 2018 funding. For full story, click here.

VA: Virginia governor proposes moratorium on coal ash permits

By Whitney Pipkin – Bay Journal – March 22, 2017
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday proposed a moratorium until 2018 on any new permits for coal ash disposal until a study is finished of its risks and possible alternatives. McAuliffe announced that he was proposing amendments to a bill passed by the General Assembly that requires Dominion Virginia Power to study and report on the costs and benefits, risks and recycling options for coal ash now stored in drained lagoons at the company’s power plants. For full article, click here.

WA: Summer jobs for Central Washington teens:
Ecology Youth Corps offers work experience and protects Washington’s environment

Washington Department of Ecology News – March 10, 2017
The Washington Department of Ecology’s Central Regional Office in Union Gap plans to hire 72 teenagers throughout Central Washington this summer as part of the Ecology Youth Corps. In 2015, Ecology Youth Corps crews picked up 1.1 million pounds of litter and cleaned 5,244 miles of roads statewide. Since 1975, the program has hired more than 12,000 Washington teens, offering them work experience, a summer job, and the chance to preserve Washington’s natural beauty and protect our state’s environment. For full news release, click here.

WI: Justices to Hear Property Rights Dispute Over Family's Land

By SAM HANANEL – Beloit Daily News – March 19, 2017
The Murr family's path to the Supreme Court began on the scenic banks of Wisconsin's St. Croix River, when a group of siblings tried to sell one of two waterfront plots. The idea was to use the money from the vacant lot to pay for improvements on a rustic cabin that sits on the parcel next door. But county officials nixed the sale for violating local conservation rules and treated the lots as a single property that can't be split up. For full story, click here.

 


Zika mosquito genome mapped – at last

By Cassandra Willyard – Nature – March 23, 2017
As the Zika virus raced across the Western Hemisphere in 2015 and 2016, geneticists eager to battle the outbreak felt crippled. The genome sequence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads Zika was incomplete and consisted of thousands of short DNA fragments, hampering research efforts. For full story, click here.

Saving Coral Reefs Requires ‘War’ on Global Warming: Study

By Kristen Gelineau – Insurance Journal – March 23, 2017
Reducing pollution and curbing overfishing won’t prevent the severe bleaching that is killing coral at catastrophic rates, according to a study of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In the end, researchers say, the only way to save the world’s coral from heat-induced bleaching is with a war on global warming. Scientists are quick to note that local protection of reefs can help damaged coral recover from the stress of rising ocean temperatures. But the new research shows that such efforts are ultimately futile when it comes to stopping bleaching in the first place. For full article, click here.

In America's Coal Country, States Emboldened to Ditch Efficiency

By Chris Martin and Ryan Collins – Bloomberg.com – March 22, 2017 – Video
Efforts to cut America’s use of energy are coming under attack, both in Washington and in at least two states. Ohio lawmakers held hearings this week on a bill that would scale back programs designed to shrink energy demand. Kentucky regulators began a review last month of its own energy efficiency programs after the state’s utility said their costs to consumers jumped 20-fold last year. This all comes as President Donald Trump is proposing to cut billions in federal funding for such conservation programs. For full story, click here.

Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar 'heatwaves'

By Damian Carrington – The Guardian – March 22, 2017
The extent of Arctic ice has fallen to a new wintertime low, as climate change drives freakishly high temperatures in the Polar Regions. The ice cap grows during the winter months and usually reaches its maximum in early March. But the 2017 maximum was 14.4m sq km, lower than any year in the 38-year satellite record, according to researchers at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) and Nasa. For full story, click here.

Sea ice has hit new record lows at both poles

By Agence France-Presse – PRI – March 22, 2017
The sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record, US government scientists said Wednesday. In March, the Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest, but on March 7 the ice cover reached "a record low wintertime maximum extent," said a statement by the US space agency NASA. Data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, also showed that on March 3, "sea ice around Antarctica hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere." For full story, click here.

Not ‘fake news’: Scientists report climate change findings honestly

By Sarah DeWeerdt – Anthropocene Magazine – March 21, 2017
Researchers don’t hide findings that fail to support the prevailing view of human-caused, CO2-based climate change, according to the first large study to look for so-called publication bias in this branch of the scientific literature. Even so, they may spin results in subtle ways. Reviews of various scientific disciplines have found that researchers are less likely to report—and journal editors are less likely to publish—studies with negative or non-significant results. This bias may make the public distrust science, particularly in the case of controversial topics such as climate change. For full article, click here.

New flame retardant threat documented in Great Lakes

By Lucy Schroeder Great Lakes Echo March 21, 2017
A flame retardant has been discovered in sediment of the Great Lakes for the first time, and researchers say it may be here to stay. Researchers sampled sediment from lakes Michigan, Ontario and Superior to track organophosphate esters, a group of chemicals that are used as flame retardants. All three locations showed that the concentration of one of them—TCPP—has increased rapidly since 2000. It has replaced a more toxic flame retardant that was phased out. For full story, click here.

We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost?

By Steph Yin – The New York Times – March 20, 2017
With enough determination, money and smarts, scientists just might revive the woolly mammoth, or some version of it, by splicing genes from ancient mammoths into Asian elephant DNA. The ultimate dream is to generate a sustainable population of mammoths that can once again roam the tundra. But here’s a sad irony to ponder: What if that dream came at the expense of today’s Asian and African elephants, whose numbers are quickly dwindling because of habitat loss and poaching? For full story, click here.

Natural measures to prevent floods are not a 'silver bullet'

University of Oxford – March 16, 2017
Oxford Martin School research says claims that natural flood management can improve the worst floods are not supported by scientific evidence. Their research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A concludes that natural measures to manage flooding from rivers can play a valuable role in flood prevention. However, a lack of monitoring means their true potential remains unclear. For full story, click here.

President Trump’s Proposed Budget is a Blow to Fighting Climate Change. And it’s Not Just the EPA

By Justin Worland – Time.com – March 16, 2017 – Video
The budget proposal submitted to Congress by President Donald Trump, if enacted, would effectively eliminate the federal government's role addressing man-made climate change with budget cuts targeting key programs at several federal agencies. The largest cuts to climate programs by dollar value occur at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but other reductions at the Energy, State and Treasury departments would also harm the ability for the federal government to combat global warming Considered together, the reductions deal a blow to domestic greenhouse gas reduction efforts, clean energy development and international diplomacy centered on climate change. For full story and to view video, click here.

Black rail population sinking fast as rising sea level drowns its habitat

By Karl Blankenship – Bay Journal – March 12, 2017
Getting to know the Eastern black rail has always been tough. The sparrow-size bird lives deep in marshes that are hard to access, and it is most active in the wee hours of the morning. Even then, it tends to scamper through dense vegetation, rather than fly — some call it a “feathered mouse.” “We know almost nothing about this species,” said ornithologist Bryan Watts, director of the Center for Conservation Biology in Virginia. “It’s very tiny and incredibly secretive. Even most bird watchers have never seen this species before.” Now, even hearing their call is unlikely. Its habitat, a delicately balanced zone deep within coastal marshes, is being flooded by the rising waters. And the Eastern black rail is disappearing fast — potentially becoming the first victim of sea level rise around the Chesapeake Bay and other areas of the East Coast. For full story, click here.

These creatures faced extinction. The Endangered Species Act saved them.

By Darryl Fears – The Washington Post – March 11, 2017 – Video
The federal Endangered Species Act has been called the world’s gold standard for environmental protection. Passed in 1973, it strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans, including bald eagles, humpback whales and California condors. But the act has faced opposition from those who believe it unfairly protects animals that sometimes poach livestock and that it unfairly restricts land use. For full story and to view video, click here.

The US has one inspector for every 5,000 miles of pipeline—or twice the length of the country

By Zoë Schlanger – Quartz – March 10, 2017
There are 2.7 million miles of pipeline snaked across the US. Some of the pipes carry hazardous chemicals, others carry crude oil, and still others carry highly pressurized natural gas. And when it comes to safety, all of them are under the care of 528 government inspectors. That’s more than 5,000 miles of pipeline or more than twice the length of the United States, per inspector. For full story, click here.

EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not 'primary contributor' to climate change

By Eugene Scott CNN Politics March 10, 2017 Video
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency administrator said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming -- a stance at odds with leading climate scientists. Scott Pruitt made the comment to CNBC's Joe Kernen when he was asked if he believes that carbon dioxide "is the primary control knob for climate." For full story and to view video, click here.

How water swaps help the West manage a precious resource

Zack Colman The Christian Science Monitor March 8, 2017
When a market for trading water rights opened in central Nebraska last year, one of the initial bidders wasn’t a corn farmer, or even a water user at all in the traditional sense. It was the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, a conservation group investing to replenish the region's major river, the Platte. By buying some water and then not using it, the group is allowing more to stay in the river. The move bucked tradition, for sure. Typically, water rights aren’t traded at all or they are swapped among farmers. But the West may be at the dawn of a new era in water management. For full story, click here.

EPA halts inquiry into oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis – The Washington Post – March 2, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced it was withdrawing a request that operators of existing oil and gas wells provide the agency with extensive information about their equipment and its emissions of methane, undermining a last-ditch Obama administration climate change initiative. The EPA announcement was a first step towards reversing an Obama administration effort – which only got underway two days after Donald Trump’s election – to gather information about methane, a short-lived but extremely powerful climate pollutant which is responsible for about a quarter of global warming to date. For full story, click here.

In California, a Move to Ease the Pressures on Aging Dams

By Henry Fountain – The New York Times – February 28, 2017
Until a few weeks ago, the McCormack-Williamson Tract in the California Delta was an island of low-lying farmland, more than two square miles protected from the surrounding rivers and sloughs by earthen levees. Today the tract is an immense lake, up to 15 feet deep, with fish prowling the water and ducks skimming the surface. The adjacent Mokelumne River, swollen by the intense storms that have drenched the state this winter, caused a levee to break, allowing the water to rush in. For full story, click here.

Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people

By Dan Elliott – ABC News – February 23, 2017
Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say. The river's volume has dropped more than 19 percent during a drought gripping the region since 2000, and a shortage of rain and snow can account for only about two-thirds of that decline, according to hydrology researchers Brad Udall of Colorado State University and Jonathan Overpeck of the University of Arizona. In a study published last week in the journal Water Resources Research, they concluded that the rest of the decline is due to a warming atmosphere induced by climate change, which is drawing more moisture out of the Colorado River Basin's waterways, snowbanks, plants and soil by evaporation and other means. For full story, click here.

Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds

Utrecht University – February 22, 2017
Plant populations in wetland areas face increasing isolation as wetlands are globally under threat from habitat loss and fragmentation. Erik Kleyheeg and Merel Soons of Utrecht University show that the daily movement behavior of wintering mallards is highly predictable from the landscape they live in and that their daily flights contribute to maintaining the connections between wetland plant populations across increasingly fragmented landscapes. The researchers and co-authors are publishing their results today in the academic journal Journal of Ecology. For full story, click here.

Fracking Well Spills Poorly Reported in Most Top-Producing States, Study Finds

By Nicholas Kusnetz – InsideClimate News – February 21, 2017
The nation's regulation of oil and gas development is a mish-mash of disjointed state oversight that makes it difficult to quantify the environmental impacts of drilling. A new study highlights just how inconsistent spill reporting is, showing that the range in requirements makes it impossible to compare states or come up with a comprehensive national picture. The research, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, pulled together some of the disparate data and found there have been about 5 spills each year for every 100 wells that have been hydraulically fractured. Of the states examined, North Dakota had the highest rate of spills while Colorado companies reported just 11 spills per 1,000 wells annually. For full story, click here.

Saving the Silverspot

By Rebecca Heisman – Hakai Magazine – February 21, 2017 – Video
The FedEx guy for the Oregon Zoo in Portland must never run out of stories to tell at parties. On this particular July morning, amid the chaos of children arriving for day camp as the zoo gates open, he’s picking up a box of chimp feces on its way to a primatologist in Chicago. In its place, he’s leaving something precious—Oregon silverspot butterfly pupae, carefully packed and shipped overnight from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo for their release on the Oregon coast. For full article and to view video, click here.

 


Reducing Environmental Impacts through Runoff Risk Decision Support

NOAA
NOAA’s Central Region Collaboration Team recently completed a full length video and short trailer on first-of-its-kind decision support information and related tools to address the challenge of nutrient runoff from farm fields. Many of the nation’s lakes and streams suffer from water quality degradation caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients can eventually concentrate in coastal areas such as the Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico, contribute to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia, and result in both economic and

environmental impacts. Read more and to download video, click here.

Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary 2nd Edition

Plant identification employs an extensive and complex terminology. Professional botanists often need several years in the field to master this terminology, and it presents a daunting obstacle to the student of botany. The meaning of most botanical terms, however, is immediately apparent when an illustration is available. That is the purpose of this volume. Plant Identification Terminology provides over nineteen hundred clear illustrations of terms used in plant identification keys and descriptions. It also includes definitions for more than twenty-seven hundred taxonomic terms. To order, click here.

 


World Water Day: one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040

By Ben Quinn and Saeed Kamali Dehghan – The Guardian – March 21, 2017
One in four of the world’s children will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 as a result of climate change, the UN has warned. Within two decades, 600 million children will be in regions enduring extreme water stress, with a great deal of competition for the available supply. The poorest and most disadvantaged will suffer most, according to research published by the children’s agency, Unicef, to mark World Water Day on Wednesday. For full story, click here.

Ships Struggle To Battle Invasive Species as Global Trade Surges

By Kristen Minogue – Shorelines – March 20, 2017 – Video
In the battle against invasive species, giant commercial ships are fighting on the front lines. But even when they follow the rules, one of their best weapons is coming up short, marine biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) discovered in a new study published in PLOS ONE Monday. As ships move goods around the world, they often inadvertently ferry invasive species as well. These new species can come over in the ships’ ballast water—the water ships pump on board for stability, to keep them from becoming top-heavy. But when the ships arrive to port, they often discharge their ballast water from distant global regions, along with the unseen, unwanted hitchhikers. For full blog post, click here.

We don’t really need to double food production by 2050. Here’s why.

By Emma Bryce – Anthropocene Magazine – March 17, 2017
It sounds daunting: by 2050 we’ll have to double our food production in order to satisfy the appetite of the planet’s rapidly expanding population. This statistic has become so deeply-ingrained, in fact, that it’s being used to shape future agricultural policy. But a group of researchers, publishing in the journal BioScience, have challenged that influential estimate, arguing that it’s due for a significant upgrade to bring it in line with recent data. For full article, click here.

The Trump Skinny Budget and Federal Flood Protection

By Julie Minerva, Scott L. Shapiro and Andrea P. Clark – The Levee Was Dry – March 16, 2017
This morning the Trump Administration released its America First Budget (aka the Skinny Budget) for FY18. The text of the document contains much of the same rhetoric you heard in the President’s inaugural address as the budget proposes to focus on advancing the safety and security of the American people. Overall the budget proposes to increase spending for the Department of the Defense by $54B and it does this by eliminating or reducing most domestic discretionary budget items by an equivalent amount. For some agencies the America First Budget cuts straight into the bone. For the potential impact to flood protection programs, read on! For full blog post, click here.

Lessons from Oroville: Resilience for Scarcity and Abundance

By James Brasuell – Planetizen – February 15, 2017 – Video
Is anyone feeling resilient enough to talk about resilience? To add to the overwhelming evidence that 2017 has not been a good year for the resilience cause, those of us who live and work in California got a stark reminder of vulnerability this week, when crisis came in the form of stormwater at Lake Oroville in Northern California. For full blog post and to view video, click here.

How the Environment Got Political

WNYC – March 10, 2017
The Trump administration has proposed slashing the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by 25%, eliminating some 3,000 jobs, and cutting funding to states. GOP lawmakers deem the agency a job killer that does nothing but burden businesses with regulations. In the eyes of the American public, the environment ranks low on the list of priorities the government should address. For full story, click here.

Why the Headwaters Matter for Natural Infrastructure

By Julie Fair – American Rivers Blog – March 10, 2017
When most people think about water infrastructure, they picture reservoirs, canals, and levees. However, the forests, meadows, and snowy mountain peaks above are critical components of water infrastructure, as well. These lands form the headwater source areas that supply the water to our rivers and reservoirs. Historically, this natural infrastructure has gone unrecognized, to the detriment of rivers and water users downstream. Luckily, managers and decision makers have begun to recognize the importance of maintaining and improving this natural infrastructure, but there is still a long way to go to catch up on overdue maintenance and to utilize natural infrastructure for maximum benefit. For full blog post, click here.

What Slashing the EPA’s Budget by One-Quarter Would Really Mean

By Marinanne Lavelle – InsdieClimate News – March 10, 2017
The Trump Administration’s proposed slashing of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget threatens to reduce the agency’s resources to levels not seen since its formative days, long before demands from Congress and the public expanded the scope of the agency’s missions. Spending reductions of nearly 25 percent and layoffs of thousands of employees have been floated. Climate change-related programs have been targeted for outright elimination. But that’s also enough to cripple some of the agency’s core activities, according to experienced agency veterans and outside experts. For full story, click here.

A Lesson Trump and the E.P.A. Should Heed

By William D. Ruckelshaus – The New York Times – March 7, 2017
In March 1983, President Ronald Reagan asked me to return to Washington to run the Environmental Protection Agency. I had been the E.P.A.’s first administrator, from 1970 to 1973, and over the agency’s first 10 years, it made enormous progress in bringing the country’s worst pollution problems under control despite resistance from polluting industries and their lobbyists. A worried and outraged public had demanded action, and the government responded. For full story, click here.

The Meaning of Water: Trump Orders a Review of Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

By Judith Lewis Mernit – Laws and Nature – March 1,, 2017
As Molly reported on Sunday, “regulatory certainty” is the top priority at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency these says. The agency’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt, extolled it in his speech to staff; he considers it the key to industry’s ability to work within environmental constraints. But with yet another executive order signed today,the “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule,” President Trump took a decisive swipe at what little regulatory certainty exists around at least one of the laws Pruitt is tasked with enforcing, the 1972 Clean Water Act. Read more here.

The infrastructure opportunity nobody is talking about – yet

By Steve Cochran – EDF Voices: People on the Planet – February 28, 2017
In the divisive political atmosphere of 2017, there is one issue that leaders across the spectrum agree on: The immediate and compelling need to rebuild America’s worn and damaged infrastructure. Governors from 49 states have already sent a list of more than 400 projects they want President Trump to target with his promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which the president is expected to address in a speech tonight. With so much urgent work to choose from, how do we know which investments give us most bang for the buck? For full blog post, click here.

Study finds public will tolerate scientists as advocates

By Scott Waldman – E&E News – February 28, 2017
Scientists are planning their second march on Washington in as many months to protest what they feel is the Trump administration’s devaluation of their work, and new research suggests the public won’t think any less of them because of it. For some researchers, used to long hours in the lab or classroom, advocating for their work is a new and uncomfortable role. It’s one that has already caused rifts, with some arguing that scientists should stick to research and stay out of politics and others arguing that they need to defend their work at a time when it is under attack. But a study published last week in the journal Environmental Communication finds that advocacy may not diminish the way the public perceives the work of scientists. In fact, scientists may have more freedom than they think to speak out. For full story, click here.

Society of Wetland Scientist Youth Art Contest – Deadline is April 2, 2017

Society of Wetland Scientist
The Society of Wetland Scientist is sponsoring the 2017 World Wetlands Day Art Contest. For grades 1 - 5, the drawing should be an image of the student’s favorite wetland. Students in grades 6 - 12 should submit a drawing, photograph or combination of both that reflects the theme Wetlands for Protecting and Serving People. Finalists will be announced in May for American Wetlands Month and will be judged at the SWS Annual Meeting in June. For more information, click here. Deadline to apply is April 2, 2017.

Gulf of Maine Council Annual Recognition Awards – Deadline March 31, 2017

Gulf of Maine Council on the Environment
The Gulf of Maine Council seeks nominations for 2017 awards to recognize volunteers, professionals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts to promote a healthy Gulf of Maine ecosystem through their efforts in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. With your help, the Gulf of Maine Council will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of unsung heroes working to protect Gulf of Maine resources for future generations. Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, June 7th in Portland, Maine. For more information, click here.

Infrastructure Investment? Time for some Integrated Thinking

By Katherine Baer– River Network – January 30, 2017
Eight years ago, Congress invested big-time in infrastructure, including water infrastructure through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Investing in our crumbling water infrastructure creates jobs and generates money throughout the economy. Already, there are the beginnings of infrastructure proposals on the table from both Democrats and the Trump Administration. Undoubtedly lots of fighting ahead about what exactly to invest in and how to pay for it. For full blog post, click here.

 

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

 

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 
WEBINARS
       
MARCH 2017
       
March 29, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Safeguarding Wildlife From Climate Change Web Conference Series: Corals & Climate Adaptation Planning: Adaptation Design Tool  
       
March 29, 2017
1:30 p.m. EDT
  EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Branch and the USDA Forest Service National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team Webinar: The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: Flexible Funding for the Urban Tree Canopy
 
       
March 29, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT
  EPA's Office of Research and Development: Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program Webinar: Upcoming Research on the Impacts of Water Conservation on Water Quality in Premise Plumbing  
       
March 30, 20174
2:00 p.m. EDT
  Land Trust Alliance Webinar New President, New Congress ... New Policies for Land Trusts?  
       
March 30, 20174
2:00 p.m. EDT
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Restoration Webinar Series: Aligning Coastal Habitat Restoration with the Carbon Markets: New Tools for Project Developers
 
       
March 30, 20174
4:00 p.m. EDT
  Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Webinar: Living Shorelines 101  
       
APRIL 2017
       
April 11, 2017
3:00 p.m. EDT
  EPA Tribal Science 2017 Webinar Series: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs): Research, Collaborations, and Other Activities  
       
April 12, 2017
12:00 p.m. EDT
  Land Use Webinar Series: Winter/Spring 2017: Planning with School Districts: A Neighborhood Model Approach  
       
April 13, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org): Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs  
       
April 13, 2017
1:30 p.m. EDT
  EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Branch and the USDA Forest Service National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team Webinar: Sponsorship: A Unique Tool for Funding Land Conservation Projects with the CWSRF  
       
April 13, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT
  National Water Quality Monitoring Council Webinar: Volunteer Monitoring: Starting Strong
 
       
April 14, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Webinar: The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project: Overview, Preliminary Results, and Online Web Access  
       
April 19, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  AWRA Webinar: High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater
 
       
April 20, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Canadian Water Recourses Association Webinar: Wetland Vegetation and Urban Runoff: A Case Study in Enhanced Landscape Environmental Performance  
       
MAY 2017
       
May 2, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM: Using the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches Globally  
       
May 11, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve  
       
May 17, 2017
12:00 p.m. EDT
  Land Use Webinar Series: Winter/Spring 2017: Using Reverse Fiscal Impact Analysis in Pre-Disaster Planning  
       
May 17, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  AWRA Webinar: Groundwater Governance and Management in the U.S.  
       
May 17, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Nutrient Trading  
       
May 17, 2017
3:00 p.m. EDT
  Association of State Wetland Managers Webinar:
Improving Crediting of Wetland and Stream Mitigation
 
       
May 18, 2017
3:00 p.m. EDT
  Future Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) Webinar: The Naturally Resilient Communities Project: Siting Guide and Case Studies for the Mainstreaming of Natural Infrastructure to Address Coastal and Riverine Flooding  
       
JUNE 2017
       
June 1 and 8, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT
  Forester University Live Webinar: Stream Restoration Basics & Techniques  
       
June 14, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Creating an 'American Nile': Policy, Engineering, and Recreation in the Colorado River Basin & Abroad
 
       
June 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. EDT
  Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Making Urban Tress Count  
       
June 21, 2017
2:00 p.m. EDT
  Network or Landscape Conservation Webinar: Scaling Up: Conservation, Wetland, and NPS Banking  
       
MEETINGS
 
MARCH 2017
       
March 29-30, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: 2017 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference
 
       
March 29-April 1, 2017
Montgomery, AL
  Association of Southeastern Biologist: 2017 Annual Meeting
 
       
APRIL 2017
       
April 3-7, 2017
Boston, MA
  CUAHSI - NASA Remote Sensing Hydrology Workshop. Application Deadline: February 15, 2017.  
       
April 4, 2017
Online and remote
hub locations
  Center for Watershed Protection Association 2017 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference
 
       
April 4-6, 2017
Front Royal, VA
  EcoAgriculture Partners: Landscape Leadership 3-Day Intensive Workshop  
       
April 4-7, 2017
Montréal, Canada
  International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference: Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change
 
       
April 5-7, 2017
Stevens Point, WI
  Minding Our Waters: 2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention & Water Action Volunteers Symposium  
       
April 5-9, 2017
Boston, MA
  American Association of Geographers meeting: Decolonizing Water: Indigenous water politics, resource extraction, and settler colonialism. Proposals due by October 20, 2016.  
       
April 7, 2017
Washington, DC
  AWRA: National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium
 
       
April 9-11, 2017
Norfolk, VA
  Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies: 73rd Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference  
       
April 9-13, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
  NatureServe Canada: Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2017
 
       
April 9-13, 2017
Baltimore, MD
  US-International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE): 2017 Annual Meeting, People, Places, Patterns: Linking Landscape Heterogeneity and Socio-Environmental Systems. Abstracts due by December 18, 2016  
       
April 10, 2017
Ann Arbor, MI
  Great Lakes Seminar Series: Lake Superior: A Warming Ecosystem. Webinar participation available.  
       
April 12-13, 2017
Northampton, MA
  NEIWPCC: 28th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference  
       
April 13, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI
  Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds: Grand River Annual Spring Forum  
       
April 15, 2017
Keene, NH
  12th Annual Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation Symposium: New Approaches to Conservation Conflicts  
       
April 15-20, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
  International Sea Turtle Society 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation  
       
April 17-21, 2017
Coral Springs, FL
  Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER 2017) Conference  
       
April 18-20, 2017
Coral Springs, FL
  Southeast Region of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials 2017 Regional Conference  
       
April 20-22, 2017
San Diego, CA
  Sponsored by USA National Science Foundation: Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) 17: A Symposium That Advance the Science of ABM
 
       
April 21-22, 2017
Thompsonville, MI
  2017 Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) Training will be held on in. In conjunction with the 2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Annual Conference, MiCorps will also be offering training on the lake monitoring techniques used in the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP).  
       
April 21-22, 2017
Thompsonville, MI

  Michigan Lake and Stream Association, Inc.: 2017 Annual Conference
 
       
April 21-23, 2017
Washington, DC
  Smithsonian Conservation Commons: Earth Optimism Summit
 
       
April 21-23, 2017
Cromwell, CT
  Eagle Hill Institute: 2017 Northeast Natural History Conference
 
       
April 21-23, 2017
Galloway, NJ
  Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference: Biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic: Present and Future  
       
April 21-23, 2017
Stillwater, OK
  Central Ecology and Evolution Conference (CEEC)  
       
April 25-26, 2017
Suffern, NY
  New York State Wetlands Forum, Inc. & Society of Wetland Scientists-Mid-Atlantic Chapter 2017 Joint Annual Conference and Meeting: Our Wetland Future: Resiliency in Uncertain Times
 
       
April 26-27, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Green Technology: Green California Summit  
       
April 27, 2017
Hyde Park, NY
  Hudson River on the Rise: Waterfront Planning for Communities and Nature Conference  
       
April 29, 2017
Washington, DC
  People's Climate Movement  
       
April 30-May 3, 2017
Snowbird, UT
  2017 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference: Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity
 
       
April 30-May 5, 2017
Kansas City, MO
  2017 ASFPM Conference: Flood Risk Management in the Heartland  
       
MAY 2017
       
May 4-6, 2017
Lancaster, PA
  2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference: Where Land Meets Water: Protecting Our Farmland, Natural Lands, and Waterways  
       
May 5-6, 2017
Biddeford, ME
  Society of Wetland Scientist New England Chapter Annual Meeting and Field Trip  
       
May 7-11, 2017
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada
  Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Meeting 2017.  
       
May 9-11, 2017
Saint Paul, MN
  National Adaptation Forum  
       
May 9-12, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Invest in the Environment
 
       
May 15-19, 2017
Detroit, MI
  IAGLR's 60th Annual Conference: From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems
 
       
May 16-18, 2017
Covington, LA
  2017 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice. Abstracts due by April 14, 2017  
       
May 17-18, 2017
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
  Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society (ACCESS)’s 2017 Conference. Deadline for abstracts in April 21 at 11:00PM ET.  
       
May 17-20, 2017
Saint Paul, MN
  Citizen Science Association: CitSci2017
 
       
May 20-25, 2017
Makuhari Messe
Chiba, Japan
  Japan Geoscience Union-American Geophysical Union (JpGU-AGU) Joint Meeting  
       
May 21-25, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Environmental & Water Resources Institute of ASCE: World Environmental & Water Resources Congress  
       
May 23-24, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
  Stockholm Environment Institute Workshop: Emerging Complexity of Climate Adaptation Governance in a Globalizing World
 
       
May 29-June 2, 2017
Cancun, Mexico
  International Water Resources Association: World Water Congresses: Bridging Science and Policy  
       
May 31–June 1, 2017
Champaign, IL
  The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant: Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference
 
       
May 31-June 1, 2017
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
  River Institute: Assessing River Ecosystem Challenges in a Changing Environment. Please register by April 20, 2017.  
       
May 31-June 2, 2017
Detroit, MI
  Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference: Integrated Stormwater Management from Duluth to Quebec  
       
May 31-June 3, 2017
Browns Summit, NC
  4th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology: Making urban stream rehabilitation a co-evolutionary process  
       
JUNE 2017
       
June 4-9, 2017
Raleigh, NC
  Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Designing Our Freshwater Futures
 
       
June 5-8, 2017
Olympic Valley, CA
  National Hydrologic Warning Council 2017 Conference  
       
June 5-8, 2017
San Juan, Puerto Rico
  Society of Wetland Scientists’ 2017 Annual Meeting: Celebrating Wetland Diversity Across the Landscape: Mountains to Mangroves
 
       
June 11-14, 2017
Philadelphia PA
  American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting The World Of Water  
       
June 12-14, 2017
Binghamton, NY
  New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association 017 An2nual Meeting. Abstract deadline is February 10, 2017.  
       
June 12-16, 2017
Boulder, CO
  Computational & Information Systems Lab: 4th Annual Graduate Workshop on Environmental Data Analytics  
       
June 15-16, 2017
San Antonio, TX
  Land Trust Alliance: Sixth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation  
       
June 16-18, 2017
Hangzhou, China
  3rd Conference on Soil and Water Conservation & Ecological Restoration  
       
June 18-21, 2017
Duluth, MN
  9th International Charr Symposium
 
       
June 19-21, 2017
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
  International Conference: Engineering and Ecohydraulics for Fish Passage  
       
June 19-22, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  University of Alberta: 11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop  
       
June 20-22, 2017
Kamloops, BC
  Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC): Invasive Species Research Conference - Turning Science into Action at TRU  
       
June 23-27, 2017
Portland, OR
  American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists: Evolution 2017  
       
June 25-28, 2017
Tysons, VA
  2017 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management
 
       
June 27-29, 2017
New Orleans LA
  US Water Alliance: One Water Summit 2017  
       
JULY 2017
       
July 10-14, 2017
New York, NY
  World Climate Research Program: Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference  
       
July 11, 2017
Davis, CA
  Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation . Abstracts due by April 11, 2017.  
       
July 21-24, 2017
Franklin County, OH
  National Association of Counties: 2017 Annual Conference
 
       
July 25-27, 2017
Duluth, MN
  Michigan Technological University workshop: Science and Management of Ash Forests after Emerald Ash Borer
 
       
AUGUST 2017
       
August 6-11, 2017
Portland, OR
  2017 ESA Annual Meeting: Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world
 
       
August 14-17, 2017
Iselin, NJ
  Association of State Floodplain Managers: The National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop
 
       
August 20-23, 2017
Bergen, Norway
  3rd International Workshop on Trait-based Approaches to Ocean Life  
       
August 20-23, 2017
Tampla, FL
  American Fisheries Society 147th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Ecosystems: Uplands to Oceans  
       
August 21-25, 2017
Beijing, China
  12th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL 2017 Beijing): Ecology and Civilization in a Changing World
 
       
August 22-26, 2017
Big Sky, MT
  7th International Symposium: Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control (WETPOL)  
       
August 24-26, 2017
Corum, Montpellier, France
  Biodiversity and Ecosystem Scenarios Network (ScenNet): Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Support of Decision Making  
       
August 27-September 1, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
  SIWI World Water Week: Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’. Abstract deadline is January 22, 2017.  
       
SEPTEMBER 2017
       
September 5-7, 2017
University of Leeds, UK
  7th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7). Submit abstract by January 31, 2017  
       
September 5-8, 2017
Long Beach, CA
  Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference: Creating Partnerships through Integration: Water, Environment, People  
       
September 16-17, 2017
Toonton, Candad
  Sixth International Conference: Climate Change Adaptation 2017 (CCA 2017). Abstracts due by April 30, 2017.  
       
September 20-22, 2017
Baltimore, MD
  Rhode Island Resource Institute: 8th Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference. Abstracts due by January 31, 2017.  
       
September 28-29, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
  1st International Conference on Community Ecology (ComEc)  
       
OCTOBER 2017
       
October 10-12, 2017
Collins, CO
  Natural Areas Association: Natural Areas Conference

 
       
October 11-13, 2017
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
  Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners: 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science. Abstracts due by April 1, 2017.  
       
October 12-13, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference: Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions. Abstracts due by March 27, 2017.  
       
October 17-19, 2017
University of California, Davis
  California Department of Water Resources, Urban Streams Restoration Program, Riparian Habitat Joint Venture: 2017 Riparian Summit - Confluence to Influence  
       
October 19-21, 2017
University of Oklahoma
  4th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference  
       
October 19-21, 2017
Rome, Italy
  4th World Conference on Climate Change: Today's Progress and Tomorrow's Climate Challenges  
       
October 24-26, 2017
Atlantic City, NJ
  2017 NJAFM Annual Conference  
       
October 26-28, 2017
Denver, CO
  Land Trust Alliance: Rally 2017 National Land Conservation Conference  
       
NOVEMBER 2017
       
November 5-9, 2017
Portland, OR
  2017 AWRA Annual Conference  
       
November 8-9, 2017
Manhattan, KS
  Kansas Water Office Governor's Conference: Future of Water in Kansas  
       
TRAINING
       
APRIL 2017
       
April 3-6, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School: Wetland Delineation Training  
       
April 3-7, 2017
Boston, MA
  CUAHSI: NASA Remote Sensing Hydrology Workshop. Application Deadline: February 15, 2017.  
       
April 3-7, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Stream Habitat Measurement Techniques  
       
April 3-June 25, 2017
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Delineator  
       
April 3-June 25, 2017
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design  
       
April 3-June 25, 2017
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
April 4-5, 2017
St. Louis Park, MN
  Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management  
       
April 4-5, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands, and Hydrology (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)  
       
April 4-5, 2017
Hilliard, OH
  MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands  
       
April 6, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation  
       
April 6-7, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law
 
       
April 6-7, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Streambank Assessment and Restoration  
       
April 8, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern: Rain Gardens: Landscaping for Water Quality  
       
April 8, 2017
Rock Creek, OH
  Ohio Wetlands Association: Vernal Pool Workshop Northeast Ohio  
       
April 10-14, 2017
Sacramento Area, CA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
 
       
April 8, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Applied Fluvial Geomorphology  
       
April 10-14, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Macroinvertebrate Ecology and Identification  
       
April 10-May 14, 2017
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments  
       
April 10-May 14, 2017
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment  
       
April 10-May 15, 2017
Online
  UC Davis Extension Online Course: CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach  
       
April 11, 2017
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL
  Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists (FAESS): 2017 Hydric Soil Workshop
 
       
April 11, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Endangered Species Act Overview  
       
April 11, 2017
Bloomfield Hills, MI
  Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership: Michigan Shoreline Educator Network Training  
       
April 12-13, 2017
Duck Creek Conservation Area
Puxico, MO
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Bottomland Hardwood Ecology; $425/person  
       
April 17-20, 2017
Hilliard, OH
  MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Wetland Delineation  
       
April 17-21, 2017
Houston, TX
  Whitenton Group, Inc.: Wetland Delineation & Corps Permits Training Course. This course has been pre-approved by the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program and qualifies for 2.5 credit points towards certification/renewal as a Professional Wetland Scientist or Wetland Professional in Training. See details/information here.  
       
April 18-20, 2017
Fairfax, VA
  NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management Course  
       
April 20, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Hydric Soils Basics  
       
April 20-21, 2017
Prairie Wetland Center
Fergus Falls, MN
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Invertebrate Ecology; $425/person  
       
April 20-21, 2017
Dalla, TX
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
 
       
April 21, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act  
       
April 24-26, 2017
Prairie Wetland Center
Fergus Falls, MN
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Waterfowl Ecology & Management (short course); $525/person  
       
April 24-28, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
April 24-28, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: River Morphology and Applications  
       
April 25, 2017
Richmond, CA
  1-day General CRAM Refresher Course  
       
April 25-28, 2017
Dallas Area, TX
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy – 2017
 
       
April 26-27, 2017
Hilliard, OH
  MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training  
       
April 26-28, 2017
San Diego, CA
  3-day Vernal Pool CRAM Training  
       
April 27, 2017
Belvedere Tiburon, CA
  San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Workshop: Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process for Wetland Projects in the San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast
 
       
April 27-28, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Urban Planning and Design Studio  
       
MAY 2017
       
May 1-2, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
May 1-5, 2017
Vicksburg, MS
  Stream Mechanics Workshop: Assessing and Restoring Low Gradient Streams  
       
May 1-5, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Wildflowers and Waterfalls  
       
May 2-4, 2017
Boulder, CO
  CUAHSI Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System  
       
May 3-5, 2017
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
  NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World  
       
May 8-11, 2017
Spartanburg, SC
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Identifying Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes  
       
May 8-13, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Creatively Communicating Biology & Ecology  
       
May 8-18, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: River Assessment and Monitoring (Wildland Hydrology)  
       
May 8-20, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Darwin and the Origin of Species: A Field Course  
       
May 8-June 5, 2017
Online
  UC Davis Extension Online Course: Introduction to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)  
       
May 9-10, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Environmental and Toxics Laws and Regulations  
       
May 9-10, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain)  
       
May 11-12, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Community Involvement and Communication in Planning  
       
May 15-19, 2017
Rolla, MO
 

Institute of Botanical Training: Ozarks Flora Workshop

 
       
May 15-19, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Climate-Smart Conservation with Scenario Planning  
       
May 15-27, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Landscape Conservation of Amphibians  
       
May 16-17, 2017
Hilliard, OH
  MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity (AmphIBI)  
       
May 16-18, 2017
Raleigh, NC
  North Carolina State University Stream Restoration River Course: Stream Morphology Assessment  
       
May 16-19, 2017
Flagstaff, AZ
  CUAHSI Course: Water Sustainability in a Global Economy Master Class  
       
May 18, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Endangered Species Identification  
       
May 18-19, 2017
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
Los Banos, CA
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-Soil Management for Maintenance Staff; $425/person  
       
May 18-19, 2017
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017  
       
May 19, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Redesigning the Zoning Ordinance  
       
May 20, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Basic Wetland Plant ID

 
       
May 21-27, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Crustose Lichens of the Acadian Forest  
       
May 21-27, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology  
       
May 22-23, 2017
Omaha/Lincoln, NE
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017  
       
May 22-23, 2017
State College, PA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017  
       
May 22-24, 2017
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
Los Basos, CA
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Waterfowl Ecology & Management (short course); $525/person  
       
May 22-25, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments  
       
May 23-26, 2017
Gray Summit, MO
  Institute of Botanical Training: Wetland Flora Workshop  
       
May 22-26, 2017
Steuben, ME
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Advanced Plant ID: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Composites  
       
May 23-26, 2017
Hays, KS
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Graminoid Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators  
       
May 24-25, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Chemicals and Product Stewardship  
       
May 25, 2017
Tacoma, WA
  Washington Department of Ecology: Coastal Training Program Course: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration  
       
May 25-26, 2017
Lake Ariel, PA
  Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station Workshop: Ecological Functional Genomics  
       
May 28-June 3, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History  
       
May 28-June 3, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil  
       
May 28-June 3, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: A-B-C's of Birding: Introduction to Coastal Maine Bird Identification  
       
May 29-June 3, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Identification of Ferns  
       
May 30-June 2, 2017
Little Rock, AR
  Institute of Botanical Training: Wetland Flora Workshop  
       
JUNE 2017
       
June 1-2, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Urban Planning and Design Studio  
       
June 1-2, 2017
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Stormwater Detention System Design  
       
June 2, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation  
       
June 4-10, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens  
       
June 4-10, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies – Natural History of Freshwater Fishes  
       
June 5-10, 2017
Poolesville, MD
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology  
       
June 5-10, 2017
Houghton, MI
  Isle Royale National Park: Plant I.D. Workshop  
       
June 5-17, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Flora of the Blue Ridge  
       
June 7, 2017
Padilla Bay Reserve
Mt. Vernon, WA
  Washington Department of Ecology: Coastal Training Program Course: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
 
       
June 7, 2017
Online
  UC Davis Extension Online Course: NEPA Case Law and Policy Update  
       
June 7-9, 2017
San Diego, CA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Coastal Southern California  
       
June 8, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  UC Davis Extension Course: Endangered Species Regulation and Protection  
       
June 11-17, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification  
       
June 11-17, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Systematics, Biology, and Ecology of Important Lotic and Lentic Aquatic Insects: Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddisflies, Odonata, and Coleoptera, and Identification  
       
June 12-24, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: General Ecology  
       
June 13-16, 2017
Indianapolis, IN
  Institute of Botanical Training: Wetlands and Weeds Workshop
 
       
June 14-16, 2017
St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO
  National Science Foundation and Saint Louis University: GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop  
       
June 18-24, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Bogs and Fens: Maine Peatlands  
       
June 18-24, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Exploring Medicinal Plants of Maine (and Beyond)  
       
June 19, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands  
       
June 19-23, 2017
Willows, CA
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management. This course will also be held on August 21-25, 2017 in Alexandria Bay NY.  
       
June 19-23, 2017
Indianapolis, IN
  Institute of Botanical Training: Plants of the Upper Midwest
 
       
June 19-23, 2017
Bellingham, WA
  Pacific Ecological Consultants, LLC, Western Washington University Course: Wetland Identification & Delineation
 
       
June 20-21, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management  
       
June 20-23, 2017
State College, PA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands  
       
June 21-22, 2017
Williamsport, PA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
June 23, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Wetland Plant ID: Know ‘Em and Grow ‘Em  
       
June 25-July 1, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Liverworts and Liverwort Ecology  
       
June 25-July 1, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Moths and Butterflies: Identification, Specimen Preparation, and Taxonomy  
       
June 26-27. 2017
Anchorage, AK
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
 
       
June 26-30, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Endangered Species Recovery Planning and Implementation  
       
June 26-30, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  Conservation Leadership Network Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams  
       
June 26-July 7, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Conservation Ecology  
       
June 26-July 8, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Conservation Biology in the Field  
       
June 26-July 20, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Field Ecology  
       
June 26-July 21, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management  
       
June 28-29, 2017
Anchorage, AK
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017  
       
JULY 2017
       
July 2-8, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Lichens and Lichen Ecology  
       
July 2-8, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology  
       
July 2-8, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification  
       
July 9-15, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Native Bees as Pollinators: Diversity, Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement  
       
July 9-15, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Finding Words in Nature: Creative Writing for Aspiring Authors ... Study Retreat  
       
July 9-15, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Nature Journaling: Black and White Illustration Techniques  
       
July 10-14, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Gardening with Native Plants in Highlands  
       
July 10-21, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Landscape Ecology  
       
July 10-21, 2017
Santa Barbara, CA
  National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Training: Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program  
       
July 12-13, 2017
Laramine, WY
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
July 12-14, 2017
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar  
       
July 15, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: An Introduction to Living Shorelines
 
       
July 16-22, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Boletes and Other Fungi of New England  
       
July 16-22, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Survey of Grasses: Their Structure, Identification, and Ecology  
       
July 17-18, 2017
Denver, CO
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017  
       
July 17-21, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Restoration Policy, Planning, and Partnering  
       
July 17-29, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fungi  
       
July 23-29, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Wetlands Identification, Delineation, and Ecology  
       
July 23-29, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology  
       
July 23-29, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Lichens, Biofilms, and Stone  
       
July 24-August 4, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Stream Ecology  
       
July 24-August 4, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Alpine Ecology  
       
July 24-August 5, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Forest Ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians  
       
July 25-27, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Keweenaw Plant I.D. Workshop  
       
July 25-28, 2017
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators  
       
July 27, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: BMP Options for Stormwater Runoff  
       
July 30-August 5, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms  
       
July 30-August 5, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Art and Science of Photographing Insects and their Kin  
       
July 31-August 12, 201
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies  
       
AUGUST 2017
       
August 1-2, 2017
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017  
       
August 6-12, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Submersed and Floating Aquatic Plants  
       
August 6-12, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Independent Studies: Interesting and Challenging Saxicolous Lichens of North America  
       
August 7-8, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)  
       
August 7-11, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  The Conservation Fund: Conservation Banking Training Course  
       
August 7-11, 2017
Shepherdstown, WV
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Conservation Biology of Freshwater Mussels  
       
August 7-12, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Wetland Plant Communities  
       
August 7-18, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands  
       
August 7-18, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
 
       
August 7-18, 2017
Polson, MT
  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Course: Lake Ecology  
       
August 13-19, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Field Botany and Plant Ecology of the Eastern Maine Coast  
       
August 14-17, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes  
       
August 14-18, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Mushrooms of the Carolinas  
       
August 14-20, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Tidal Marsh Restoration: A Traveling Course from Rhode Island to Maine  
       
August 15-18, 2017
Hays, KS
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators  
       
August 20-26, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Identification, Biology, and Natural History of Ferns and Lycophytes  
       
August 20-26, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Banding/research Techniques for Studying Songbirds and Raptors  
       
August 21-22, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field  
       
August 21-25, 2017
Alexandria Bay, NY
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management  
       
August 24-25, 2017
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Floodplain Delineation using 2D HEC RAS Model  
       
August 27-September 2, 2017
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Better Birding: Passerines and Seabirds for Advancing Birders  
       
August 28-29, 2017
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
SEPTEMBER 2017
       
September 6-7, 2017
Duck Creek Conservation Area
Puxico, MO
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-soil Management for Biologists and Managers; $425/person  
       
September 7-8, 2017
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
September 11-15, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 12-13, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes  
       
September 13-14, 2017
McNary National Wildlife Refuge
Burbank, WA
  Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-Soil Management for Maintenance Staff; $425/person
 
       
September 14-15, 2017
San Diego, CA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Riparian Habitat Restoration for the Arid Southwest  
       
September 18-19, 2017
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
September 14-15, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species  
       
September 19-20, 2017
Arlington, VA
  Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management.  
       
September 20-21, 2017
Sacramento, CA
  Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Habitat Site Restoration  
       
September 21-22, 2017
Poolesville, MD
  Wwetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum - 2017  
       
September 28, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Exploring Wetland Wildlife  
       
OCTOBER 2017
       
October 2-5, 2017
Hilliard, OH
  MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Wetland Delineation  
       
October 2-6, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
October 14-17, 2017
Iselin, NJ
  National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop  
       
October 18-19, 2017
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
October 18-19, 2017
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Tree Identification  
       
October 26, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Building Stream Buffers  
       
October 26-27, 2017
Denver, CO
  Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Stormwater Green Drainage Design Using EPA SWMM-LID  
       
NOVEMBER 2017
       
November 2-3, 2017
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
November 6-9, 2017
Columbus, OH
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc.: ACOE Wetland Delineation, Waters of the US and Regional Supplement Training  
       
November 8, 2017
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Workshop: Wetland Pollinators  
       
November 13-14, 2017
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands, and Hydrology (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)  
       
SPECIAL EVENTS
       
April 22, 2017  

Earth Day

 
       
April 22, 2017
Ann Arbor, MI
  Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC): River Roundup
 
       
May 13, 2017   International Migratory Bird Day  
       
May 19, 2017   Endangered Species Day  
       
June 24, 2017
Rapids, MI
  2017 Grand River Water Festival  
       
September 12-16, 2017
Bloomfield Hills, NI
  Rouge River Water Festival  
       
October 13-15, 2017
Houma, LA
  2017 Voice of Wetlands Festival  
       
For more wetland events, meetings, conferences, and courses nationwide, visit the ASWM calendar.
       

       
INDEX      


EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Farm Policy in Age of Climate Change Creating Another Dust Bowl, Critics Say
  • Trump wants to slash $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department — and rural America could suffer the most
  • National Rural Water Assn. Selected as an Environmental Finance Center
  • Hunting and Fishing Groups Leery of Weakening Clean Water Act

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Trump is Not the Only One Cutting Puget Sound Funding
  • Latest Roundup lawsuits rope a new defendant into the fray
  • U.S. State Department Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline
  • Supreme Court Reins in President's Appointment Powers
  • Union Chief Strikes Back at the ‘Insanity’ of Trump’s Budget Cuts at the EPA
  • These Cities Are Pulling Billions from the Banks That Support the Dakota Access Pipeline
  • People are sending EPA employees chocolate chip cookies and thank you cards
  • DOI Announces $3.74 Million to 12 States for Species Recovery
  • Trump bid to axe Bay restoration funding draws fire
  • Trump budget cuts Great Lakes restoration, Sea Grant programs
  • Trump’s budget takes a sledgehammer to the EPA
  • Dakota Access cleared to move oil next week after judge rules against tribes
  • Gorsuch's environmental record not easy to define
  • House Republicans' Group Launches Effort to Tackle Climate Change
  • EPA’s environmental justice head resigns
  • House committee passes two EPA science bills
  • House panel votes to urge federal agencies to consider locating outside of D.C. area
  • E.P.A. Head Stacks Agency with Climate Change Skeptics
  • What Trump’s new travel ban means for science
  • Zinke vows to fight Trump over Interior budget cuts
  • Former EPA scientists to Trump: ‘Evidence does not change when the administration changes’
  • Trump's EPA budget proposal targets climate, lead cleanup programs
  • CEQ staff instructed to pack up main building
  • Proposed Policies Could Make America Overfished Again
  • How The EPA Became A Victim Of Its Own Success
  • Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule
  • New Bipartisan Congressional Caucus Formed to Support Our Nation's Estuaries

STATE NEWS

  • AK: Another Cook Inlet Pipeline Feared to Be Vulnerable, As Gas Continues to Leak
  • CA: For the first time in almost 100 years, a rare frog population is having sex in the Santa Monica Mountains
  • CA: California Legislators Gird up Their Laws
  • CA: Lessons from Oroville: Resilience for Scarcity and Abundance
  • CO: Colorado appeals court says state must protect health and environment before allowing oil and gas drilling
  • IL: Illinois rivers project could get new life with Trump infrastructure push
  • IA: Judge dismisses Des Moines lawsuit over nitrates in water
  • IA: Des Moines council to vote Monday on water works bill
  • IA: Pipeline owner reaches milestone in Iowa: 28 spills since 2000
  • LA: Louisiana’s Largest Coastal Project Officially Unveiled
  • LA: Oil companies not to blame for Louisiana wetland destruction, court rules
  • ME: Bill Introduced In Maine Would Protect Climate Change Doubters
  • MD: House passes bill to ban fracking in Maryland for first time with bipartisan support
  • MA: Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less
  • MI: New videos showcase the economic and environmental impacts of GLRI restoration projects in Michigan
  • MI: Three area residents among winners of Wetland Wonders Challenge
  • MN: Blaine neighborhood decries felled trees in wetland sanctuary
  • NY: To the City, a Pollution Fighter. To Some Residents, an Eyesore
  • NC: Back to nature: UNCG installs wetlands on campus (Video)
  • ND: Oil spill in creek originally underestimated, making it one of largest in ND history
  • OR: How to create your own backyard miniature wetland
  • OR: Bills propose to dispel Oregon wetland uncertainties
  • PA: Lancaster County farmers applaud Trump for returning water protection responsibilities
  • TX: ‘Hog Apocalypse’: Texas has a new weapon in its war on feral pigs. It’s not pretty.
  • VT: Vermont gets nearly $300,000 in EPA grant for Champlain cleanup
  • VA: Virginia governor proposes moratorium on coal ash permits
  • WA: Summer jobs for Central Washington teens: Ecology Youth Corps offers work
  • experience and protects Washington’s environment
  • WI: Justices to Hear Property Rights Dispute Over Family's Land

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Zika mosquito genome mapped – at last
  • Saving Coral Reefs Requires ‘War’ on Global Warming: Study
  • In America's Coal Country, States Emboldened to Ditch Efficiency
  • Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar 'heatwaves'
  • Sea ice has hit new record lows at both poles
  • Not ‘fake news’: Scientists report climate change findings honestly
  • New flame retardant threat documented in Great Lakes
  • We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost?
  • Natural measures to prevent floods are not a 'silver bullet'
  • President Trump’s Proposed Budget Is a Blow to Fighting Climate Change. And It’s Not Just the EPA
  • Black rail population sinking fast as rising sea level drowns its habitat
  • These creatures faced extinction. The Endangered Species Act saved them.
  • The US has one inspector for every 5,000 miles of pipeline—or twice the length of the country, each
  • EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not 'primary contributor' to climate change
  • How water swaps help the West manage a precious resource
  • EPA halts inquiry into oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas
  • In California, a Move to Ease the Pressures on Aging Dams
  • Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people
  • Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds
  • Fracking Well Spills Poorly Reported in Most Top-Producing States, Study Finds
  • Saving the Silverspot

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • Reducing Environmental Impacts through Runoff Risk Decision Support
  • Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary 2nd Edition

POTPOURRI

  • World Water Day: one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040
  • Ships Struggle To Battle Invasive Species As Global Trade Surges
  • We don’t really need to double food production by 2050. Here’s why.
  • The Trump Skinny Budget and Federal Flood Protection
  • How the Environment Got Political
  • Why the Headwaters Matter for Natural Infrastructure
  • What Slashing the EPA’s Budget by One-Quarter Would Really Mean
  • A Lesson Trump and the E.P.A. Should Heed
  • The Meaning of Water: Trump Orders a Review of Obama-Era WOTUS Rule
  • The infrastructure opportunity nobody is talking about – yet
  • Study finds public will tolerate scientists as advocates
  • Society of Wetland Scientist Youth Art Contest – Deadline is April 2, 2017
  • Gulf of Maine Council Annual Recognition Awards – Deadline March 31, 2017
  • Infrastructure Investment? Time for some Integrated Thinking

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WEBINARS, MEETINGS, TRAINING

Webinars

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Safeguarding Wildlife From Climate Change Web Conference
  • Series: Corals & Climate Adaptation Planning: Adaptation Design Tool
  • EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Branch and the USDA Forest Service National Urban
  • Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team Webinar: The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: Flexible Funding for the Urban Tree Canopy
  • EPA Webinar: Upcoming Research on the Impacts of Water Conservation on Water Quality in Premise Plumbing
  • Land Trust Alliance Webinar New President, New Congress ... New Policies for Land Trusts?
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Restoration Webinar Series Aligning Coastal Habitat Restoration with the Carbon Markets: New Tools for Project Developers
  • Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Webinar: Living Shorelines 101
  • EPA Tribal Science 2017 Webinar Series: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs): Research, Collaborations, and Other Activities
  • Land Use Webinar Series: Winter/Spring 2017: Planning with School Districts: A Neighborhood Model Approach
  • Webinar: Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs
  • EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Branch and the USDA Forest Service National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team Webinar: Sponsorship: A Unique Tool for Funding Land Conservation Projects with the CWSRF
  • National Water Quality Monitoring Council Webinar: Volunteer Monitoring: Starting Strong
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Webinar: The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project: Overview, Preliminary Results, and Online Web Access
  • AWRA Webinar: High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater
  • Canadian Water Recourses Association Webinar: Wetland Vegetation and Urban Runoff: A Case Study in Enhanced Landscape Environmental Performance
  • Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM: Using the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches Globally
  • Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Land Use Webinar Series: Winter/Spring 2017: Using Reverse Fiscal Impact Analysis in Pre-Disaster Planning
  • AWRA Webinar: Groundwater Governance and Management in the U.S.
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Nutrient Trading
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Webinar: Improving Crediting of Wetland and Stream Mitigation
  • Forester University Live Webinar: Stream Restoration Basics & Techniques
  • Creating an 'American Nile': Policy, Engineering, and Recreation in the Colorado River Basin & Abroad
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Making Urban Tress Count
  • Network or Landscape Conservation Webinar: Scaling Up: Conservation, Wetland, and NPS Banking

Meetings

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: 2017 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference
  • Association of Southeastern Biologist: 2017 Annual Meeting
  • CUAHSI - NASA Remote Sensing Hydrology Workshop
  • Center for Watershed Protection Association: 2017 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference
  • EcoAgriculture Partners: Landscape Leadership 3-Day Intensive Workshop
  • International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference: Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change
  • Minding Our Waters: 2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention & Water Action Volunteers Symposium
  • American Association of Geographers meeting: Decolonizing Water: Indigenous water politics, resource extraction, and settler colonialism
  • AWRA: National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium
  • Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies: 73rd Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference
  • NatureServe Canada: Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2017
  • US-International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE): 2017 Annual Meeting, People, Places, Patterns: Linking Landscape Heterogeneity and Socio-Environmental Systems
  • Great Lakes Seminar Series: Lake Superior: A Warming Ecosystem
  • NEIWPCC: 28th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
  • Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds: Grand River Annual Spring Forum
  • 12th Annual Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation Symposium: New Approaches to Conservation Conflicts
  • International Sea Turtle Society 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation
  • Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER 2017) Conference
  • Southeast Region of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials 2017 Regional Conference
  • Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) 17: A Symposium That Advance the Science of ABM
  • 2017 Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) Training
  • Michigan Lake and Stream Association, Inc.: 2017 Annual Conference
  • Smithsonian Conservation Commons: Earth Optimism Summit
  • Eagle Hill Institute: 2017 Northeast Natural History Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference: Biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic: Present and Future
  • Central Ecology and Evolution Conference (CEEC)
  • New York State Wetlands Forum, Inc. & Society of Wetland Scientists-Mid-Atlantic Chapter 2017
  • Joint Annual Conference and Meeting: Our Wetland Future: Resiliency in Uncertain Times
  • Green Technology: Green California Summit
  • Hudson River on the Rise: Waterfront Planning for Communities and Nature Conference
  • People’s Climate Movement
  • 2017 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference: Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity
  • 2017 ASFPM Conference: "Flood Risk Management in the Heartland"
  • 2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference: Where Land Meets Water: Protecting Our Farmland, Natural Lands, and Waterways
  • Society of Wetland Scientist New England Chapter Annual Meeting and Field Trip
  • Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Meeting 2017
  • National Adaptation Forum
  • National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Invest in the Environment
  • IAGLR's 60th Annual Conference: From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems
  • 2017 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice
  • Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society (ACCESS)’s 2017 Conference
  • Citizen Science Association: CitSci2017
  • Japan Geoscience Union-American Geophysical Union (JpGU-AGU) Joint Meeting
  • World Environmental & Water Resources Congress
  • Stockholm Environment Institute Workshop: Emerging Complexity of Climate Adaptation Governance in a Globalizing World
  • International Water Resources Association: World Water Congresses: Bridging Science and Policy
  • The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference
  • River Institute: Assessing River Ecosystem Challenges in a Changing Environment
  • Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference: Integrated Stormwater Management from Duluth to Quebec
  • 4th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology: Making urban stream rehabilitation a co-evolutionary process
  • Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Designing Our Freshwater Futures
  • National Hydrologic Warning Council 2017 Conference
  • Society of Wetland Scientists’ 2017 Annual Meeting: Celebrating Wetland Diversity Across the Landscape: Mountains to Mangroves
  • American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition: Uniting The World Of Water
  • New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association 2017 Annual Meeting
  • Computational & Information Systems Lab: 4th Annual Graduate Workshop on Environmental Data Analytics
  • Land Trust Alliance: Sixth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
  • 3rd Conference on Soil and Water Conservation & Ecological Restoration
  • 9th International Charr Symposium
  • International Conference: Engineering and Ecohydraulics for Fish Passage
  • University of Alberta: 11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop
  • Invasive Species Research Conference - Turning Science into Action at TRU
  • American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists: Evolution 2017
  • 2017 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management
  • US Water Alliance: One Water Summit 2017
  • World Climate Research Programme: Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference
  • Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation
  • National Association of Counties: 2017 Annual Conference
  • Michigan Technological University workshop: Science and Management of Ash Forests after Emerald Ash Borer
  • 2017 ESA Annual Meeting: Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers: The National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop
  • 3rd International Workshop on Trait-based Approaches to Ocean Life
  • American Fisheries Society 147th Annual Meeting: Fisheries Ecosystems: Uplands to Oceans
  • 12th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL 2017 Beijing): Ecology and Civilization in a Changing World
  • 7th International Symposium for Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control (WETPOL)
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Scenarios Network (ScenNet): Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Support of Decision Making
  • SIWI World Water Week: Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse
  • 7th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7)
  • Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference: Creating Partnerships through Integration: Water, Environment, People
  • Sixth International Conference: Climate Change Adaptation 2017 (CCA 2017)
  • Rhode Island Resource Institute: 8th Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference
  • 1st International Conference on Community Ecology (ComEc)
  • Natural Areas Association: Natural Areas Conference
  • Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners: 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science
  • 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference: Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions
  • California Department of Water Resources, Urban Streams Restoration Program, Riparian Habitat
  • Joint Venture: 2017 Riparian Summit - Confluence to Influence
  • 4th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference
  • 4th World Conference on Climate Change: Today's Progress and Tomorrow's Climate Challenges
  • 2017 NJAFM Annual Conference
  • Land Trust Alliance: Rally 2017 National Land Conservation Conference
  • 2017 AWRA Annual Conference
  • Kansas Water Office Governor's Conference: Future of Water in Kansas

Training

  • The Swamp School: Wetland Delineation Training
  • CUAHSI: NASA Remote Sensing Hydrology Workshop
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlfie Course: Stream Habitat Measurement Techniques
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Delineator
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands, and Hydrology (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)
  • MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Planning and Environmental Law
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Streambank Assessment and Restoration
  • Environmental Concern: Rain Gardens: Landscaping for Water Quality
  • Ohio Wetlands Association: Vernal Pool Workshop Northeast Ohio
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Applied Fluvial Geomorphology
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Macroinvertebrate Ecology and Identification
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
  • UC Davis Extension Online Course: CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach
  • Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists (FAESS): 2017 Hydric Soil Workshop
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Endangered Species Act Overview
  • Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership: Michigan Shoreline Educator Network Training
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Bottomland Hardwood Ecology
  • MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Wetland Delineation
  • Whitenton Group, Inc.: Wetland Delineation & Corps Permits Training Course
  • NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management Course
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Hydric Soils Basics
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Invertebrate Ecology
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Waterfowl Ecology & Management
  • Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: River Morphology and Applications
  • 1-day General CRAM Refresher Course
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy – 2017
  • MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training
  • 3-day Vernal Pool CRAM Training
  • San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Workshop: Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process for Wetland Projects in the San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Urban Planning and Design Studio
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Stream Mechanics Workshop: Assessing and Restoring Low Gradient Streams
  • Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Wildflowers and Waterfalls
  • CUAHSI Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System
  • NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Identifying Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Creatively Communicating Biology & Ecology
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: River Assessment and Monitoring (Wildland Hydrology)
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Darwin and the Origin of Species: A Field Course
  • UC Davis Extension Online Course: Introduction to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Environmental and Toxics Laws and Regulations
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain)
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Community Involvement and Communication in Planning
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Ozarks Flora Workshop
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Climate-Smart Conservation with Scenario Planning
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Landscape Conservation of Amphibians
  • MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity (AmphIBI)
  • North Carolina State University Stream Restoration River Course: Stream Morphology Assessment
  • CUAHSI Course: Water Sustainability in a Global Economy Master Class
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Endangered Species Identification
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-Soil Management for Maintenance Staff
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Redesigning the Zoning Ordinance
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Basic Wetland Plant ID
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Crustose Lichens of the Acadian Forest
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Waterfowl Ecology & Management
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Wetland Flora Workshop
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Advanced Plant ID: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Composites
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Graminoid Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Chemicals and Product Stewardship
  • Washington Department of Ecology: Coastal Training Program Course: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration
  • Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station Workshop: Ecological Functional Genomics
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: A-B-C's of Birding: Introduction to Coastal Maine Bird Identification
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Identification of Ferns
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Wetland Flora Workshop
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Urban Planning and Design Studio
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Stormwater Detention System Design
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Undergraduate Field Studies – Natural History of Freshwater Fishes
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology
  • Isle Royale National Park: Plant I.D. workshop
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Flora of the Blue Ridge
  • Washington Department of Ecology: Coastal Training Program Course: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
  • UC Davis Extension Online Course: NEPA Case Law and Policy Update
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Coastal Southern California
  • UC Davis Extension Course: Endangered Species Regulation and Protection
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification
    Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Systematics, Biology, and Ecology of Important Lotic and Lentic Aquatic Insects: Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddisflies, Odonata, and Coleoptera, and Identification
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: General Ecology
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Wetlands and Weeds Workshop
  • National Science Foundation and Saint Louis University: GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Bogs and Fens: Maine Peatlands
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Exploring Medicinal Plants of Maine (and Beyond)
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management
  • Institute of Botanical Training: Plants of the Upper Midwest
  • Pacific Ecological Consultants, LLC, Western Washington University Course: Wetland Identification & Delineation
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Wetland Plant ID: Know ‘Em and Grow ‘Em
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Liverworts and Liverwort Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Moths and Butterflies: Identification, Specimen Preparation, and Taxonomy
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Endangered Species Recovery Planning and Implementation
  • Conservation Leadership Network Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Conservation Ecology
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Conservation Biology in the Field
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Field Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Lichens and Lichen Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Native Bees as Pollinators: Diversity, Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Finding Words in Nature: Creative Writing for Aspiring Authors ... Study Retreat
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Nature Journaling: Black and White Illustration Techniques
  • Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Gardening with Native Plants in Highlands
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Landscape Ecology
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Training: Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: An Introduction to Living Shorelines
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Boletes and Other Fungi of New England
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Survey of Grasses: Their Structure, Identification, and Ecology
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Restoration Policy, Planning, and Partnering
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fungi
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Wetlands Identification, Delineation, and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Lichens, Biofilms, and Stone
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Stream Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Alpine Ecology
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Forest Ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians
  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Keweenaw Plant I.D. Workshop
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetland Delineators
    Environmental Concern Workshop: BMP Options for Stormwater Runoff
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Art and Science of Photographing Insects and their Kin
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Advanced Hydric Soils – 2017
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Submersed and Floating Aquatic Plants
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Independent Studies: Interesting and Challenging Saxicolous Lichens of North America
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Hydrophytic Vegetation (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)
  • The Conservation Fund: Conservation Banking Training Course
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Conservation Biology of Freshwater Mussels
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Wetland Plant Communities
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana Course: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
  • University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station Course: Lake Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Field Botany and Plant Ecology of the Eastern Maine Coast
  • Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Mushrooms of the Carolinas
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Tidal Marsh Restoration: A Traveling Course from Rhode Island to Maine
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Plant Identification for Wetlands and Wetland Delineators
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Identification, Biology, and Natural History of Ferns and Lycophytes
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Banding/research Techniques for Studying Songbirds and Raptors
  • Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Course: Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Floodplain Delineation using 2D HEC RAS Model
  • Eagle Hill Institute Seminar: Better Birding: Passerines and Seabirds for Advancing Birders
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – WA
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-soil Management for Biologists and Managers
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum - MT
  • Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Wetland Management and Educational Services, Inc. Workshop: Moist-Soil Management for Maintenance Staff
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Riparian Habitat Restoration for the Arid Southwest
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum –LA
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management
  • Northwest Environmental Training Center Course: Habitat Site Restoration
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – 2017
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Exploring Wetland Wildlife
  • MBI (Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Wetland Delineation
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc.: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – VA
  • Highlands Biological Station Workshop: Tree Identification
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Building Stream Buffers
  • Urban Watersheds Research Institute Workshop: Stormwater Green Drainage Design Using EPA SWMM-LID
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Basic: Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum – SC
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc.: ACOE Wetland Delineation, Waters of the US and Regional Supplement Training
  • Environmental Concern Workshop: Wetland Pollinators
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands, and Hydrology (Coastal Plain or Piedmont)

SPECIAL EVENT

  • Earth Day
    • Oakland Earth Day– April 22, 2017
    • Panhandle Earth Day Celebration – April 22, 2017
    • Charles River Cleanup – April 29, 2017
  • Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC): River Roundup
  • International Migratory Bird Day
  • Endangered Species Day
  • 2017 Grand River Water Festival
  • Rouge River Water Festival
  • 2017 Voice of Wetlands Festival
       
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The Association of State Wetland Managers' Wetland Breaking News (WBN) is a monthly e-newsletter. Wetland Breaking News is an edited compilation of wetland-related stories and announcements submitted by readers and gleaned from listservs, press releases and news sources from throughout the United States. WBN chronicles the legislative, national and state news relevant to wetland science and policy, wetland regulations and legal analysis of Supreme court cases from the past month; it also links to new publications and resources available to wetland professionals as well as events and training opportunities for those working in water resources and related fields. Wetland Breaking News has been published Wetland Breaking News - January 2017for over fifteen years and ASWM has been a think-tank and source for wetland science and policy news and discussion for over 30 years.The items presented in Wetland Breaking News do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or of the Association of State Wetland Managers. Send your news items, comments, corrections, or suggestions to .

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