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VT: State restores lost wetlands to protect Lake Champlain

By Candace Page – Burlington Free Press – August 27, 2010
Farmer Bob Forrest used heavy equipment in the 1970s to gouge a network of 5-foot-deep drainage ditches through swampy, low-lying land on the banks of Otter Creek. Muscling Mother Nature did not work very well. “That land floods three, four times a year. I used to plant corn down there and lose it every year. The water would be right over top of the corn,” Forrest groused last week. For full story, go to:
ME: Engineer: Plugging a hole, culvert to fix wetlands

By Mechele Cooper – Kennebec Journal – August 26, 2010
Plugging a hole in a berm and replacing a culvert under a driveway will restore damaged wetlands on Windsor Road, an engineer says. Jim Coffin of E.S. Coffin Engineering & Surveying Inc. in Chelsea has designed a restoration plan to repair wetlands drained during a project meant to prevent the road from flooding. For full story, go to:
NC: Wading through the wetlands

By Barbara Hootman – Black Mountain News – August 26, 2010
“Wading through Wetlands” was a recent program presented at the Swannanoa Library and the Black Mountain Library for young children. The program is the traveling North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, with the mission of bringing the museum to the people. For full story, go to:
MD: Navy vow to aid Chesapeake Bay cleanup

By Alex Dominguez – Associated Press – August 26, 2010
Military leaders pledged Wednesday to do their part in using more hybrid vehicles and reduce polluting runoff from big bases near the Chesapeake Bay, vowing to lead by example on a federally mandated cleanup of the waterway. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Gov. Martin O'Malley joined commanders of Bay area bases at the Naval Academy on Wednesday to brainstorm on a call for federal government entities to play a prominent role in the cleanup. For full story, go to: For a story about bacteria in Chesapeake Bay, see: Bacteria in bay cause skin and blood infections, intestinal illness
MT: MATL wants OK to work near wetlands

By Karl Puckett – Great Falls Tribune – August 26, 2010
The developer of a high-voltage power line that was awarded a state permit almost two years ago is seeking an amendment allowing construction activity within 50 feet of wetlands, which the state says would increase its environmental impact. For full story, go to:
NC: Ducks Unlimited & Partners Complete North Carolina Coastal Wetlands Project – August 26, 2010
Ducks Unlimited and partners recently completed wetlands restoration work in east-central North Carolina funded in part by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.
“This project focuses on enhancing emergent estuarine habitat, a decreasing wetland type,” said Craig LeSchack, Ducks Unlimited director of conservation programs. “These wetlands provide feeding habitat for many wetland-dependent species including migrating and wintering waterfowl in the Atlantic Flyway, neotropical migrants and other migratory and non-migratory waterbirds.” For full article, go to: north-carolina-coastal-wetlands-project/
NY: EPA Issues Order to Tonawanda Coke for Clean Water Act Violations

Contact: Elias Rodriguez – EPA News ReleaseAugust 26, 2010
In its ongoing efforts to require Tonawanda Coke Corporation (TCC) to comply with environmental regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the coke manufacturing facility to comply with its Clean Water Act permit.  Among other violations, TCC is discharging industrial wastewater containing cyanide in excess of its permit limits into the town of Tonawanda’s sanitary sewer system, which ultimately discharges into the Niagara River from the town’s wastewater treatment facility. Cyanide is a toxic chemical compound, and excessive amounts may adversely impact human health, fish and wildlife. EPA is also ordering TCC to properly monitor and treat the wastewater that results from the coke-making process. For more information, go to:
OH: Guest Column: Visiting Beaver Marsh through scientists' eyes

By Jennie Vasarhelyi - Cuyahoga Valley National Park – August 25, 2010
This summer, when you visit the Beaver Marsh in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, you may see staff or volunteer citizen scientists collecting data as part of major initiative to measure "vital signs" at national parks around the country.
Measuring vital signs involves taking inventory and monitoring. While the inventory provides a snapshot of the natural resources, monitoring tracks the health of the natural resources across time. For full story, go to:
NJ: Opinion: Loss Of Nature Threatens Area Neighborhoods

By Jun Zhong – NJ Today – August 25, 2010
I am writing to express my outrage that one of the few nature areas we have left is being paved over. The woods and wetlands comprising much of the D’Annunzio property in the Dismal Swamp are being bulldozed for more overdevelopment. The surrounding neighborhood along Park Avenue in South Plainfield and Edison has already seen flooding drastically increase over the past decade every time a new development is built. The State of New Jersey recognizes this importance of the Dismal Swamp and designated the entire area as New Jersey’s newest Preservation Area. Yet the Borough of South Plainfield is going against this new law and allowing its zoning board to hear this proposal.  For full opinion, go to:
MN: Op: Should Congress strengthen the Clean Water Act? Yes: Clean water is a priority

By Darrell Gerber – Opinion – Deluth News Tribune – August 25, 2010
Watching the tall ships float through the Duluth-Superior Harbor this summer reminded me of how much we depend on our natural environs. The wind that filled the ship’s sails and the water on which they rode are critical but fickle partners in their journey. The large sailing ships may be no more than a novelty today, but the health of Lake Superior is still critical for our communities. For full opinion, go to:
VA: State opposed to wetlands scheme

By Cortney Langley – The Virginia Gazette – August 25, 2010
Virginia’s environmental agency has joined more than 200 citizens opposed to banking the wetlands at Lake Powell. The Army Corps of Engineers recently solicited public comment on the wetlands bank. Around 200 citizens filed more than 400 pages of opposition, compared to only one letter of support. The opposition was bolstered by the official stance of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The agency is concerned that the lake owners no longer own all of the land that they want to bank, since the lake is drained. Homeowners have seized on a 1996 court ruling that the boundaries of the lake are based on where “the water ordinarily and usually” meets the surrounding lot. Since the lake has receded, some homeowners are claiming extensions of their lots. For full story, go to:
MN: 7,504 Acres of Wetlands and Grasslands to be Restored

The Farmer – August 24, 2010
Private landowners working with their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and NRCS offices will be busy restoring 7,504 acres of wetlands and grasslands in Minnesota through the RIM-WRP program. A total of $8.37 million in state funds was available, including $6.895 million from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, based on a recommendation by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Those state dollars made it possible to leverage $13.75 million in federal dollars through the NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program.

Court of Appeals of Washington, Division Two – August 24, 2010
PTI, a soil processing company, owns property on Smith Island in Snohomish County. Smith Island has large areas of historically documented wetlands. A wetland study previously performed on Smith Island described it as a "mosaic of wetlands." Pacific Topsoils, Inc. (PTI) appeals from a Pollution Control Hearings Board (Board) order upholding fines assessed against PTI by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) for filling wetlands without proper permits. For full case, go to:

IA: Weather-related disasters: The new normal?

By Richard Doak – Des Moines Register – August 22, 2010
People have noticed that "100-year floods" seem to be soaking Iowa every couple of years lately. If there was any doubt that we are living through an extraordinary era in the Earth's history, this extraordinary year should dispel it. When what is supposed to happen on average once a century begins to happen every other year, something has changed. Welcome to post-climate-change Iowa. In Iowa after climate change, torrential summer downpours are the usual, not the exception.


LA DNR Coastal Zone Boundary Study Released

CSO Weekly Report – August 2010
On August 18, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Office of Coastal Management released the results of a science-based study on the inland boundary of the state’s coastal zone with recommendations on changes to the boundary to ensure it meets the coastal zone management needs of the state and its people. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, at the direction of the state Legislature, authorized the comprehensive study and evaluation of the coastal zone boundary by DNR’s Office of Coastal Management in 2009. According to Louis Buatt, Assistant Secretary with DNR’s Office of Coastal Management, the recommended coastal zone boundary changes more accurately reflect the most up-to-date scientific understanding of the complex systems that shape Louisiana’s coast. For more information about the study and recommendations, including the full report, executive summary, and presentation, visit:

LA: Vanishing marshes dwarf Gulf oil spill

By Ken Wells – Washington Post – August 20, 2010
Claude Luke throttles down his 21-foot aluminum work boat. Off to the left, the snout of an alligator disappears near the mouth of a watery gash in the Louisiana marshland. The 51-year-old Cajun crab fishermen is touring the epicenter of an unfolding environmental disaster that dwarfs the BP spill and predates it by decades, according to state scientists and environmentalists. If unchecked, the destruction threatens to undermine the world’s seventh largest estuary and one of the nation’s most important energy corridors. For full story, go to:
FWS Proposes Reintroduction of Nonmigratory Whooping Cranes into Southwest Louisiana

FWS News Release – August 19, 2010
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today in the Federal Register it is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to reintroduce the endangered whooping crane into habitat in its historic range on the state-owned White Lake Wetland Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. The Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will attempt to establish a non-migratory flock that lives and breeds in the wetlands, marshes and prairies of southwestern Louisiana. If this proposal is approved, the reintroduction effort could begin during early 2011. For more information, go to:
WA: Ecology helps communities plan for rising sea level

By Curt Hart – Washington Dept. of Ecology – August 19, 2010
For the next two years, coastal and Puget Sound communities in Washington will have help available to plan for the long-term effects of rising sea level. Through a partnership of state and federal agencies, Kate Skaggs, a recipient of the prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Management Fellowship, is working for The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) shorelands and environmental assistance program as a resource for local governments wanting and needing help with coastal planning. For full press release, go to:

AK: Line drawn: Decision limits federal reach into urban wetlands

Fairbanks Daily News Miner – Editorial – August 15, 2010
A Fairbanks company won an important victory earlier this summer that helps set a reasonable high water mark on the federal government’s power to limit development in certain wetlands in Alaska’s communities. Several years ago, Great Northwest Inc. started a tussle with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about whether the company needed a permit to continue pulling gravel from its land in south Fairbanks. In June, the company won — hands down. No “dredge and fill” permit is necessary, the court said. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline issued a summary judgment, meaning the facts of the matter were so clear that he didn’t need a long exchange of arguments to explore the conflict. The corps and the U.S. Department of Justice should dismiss any thought of appeal. Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Line drawn Decision limits federal reach into urban wetlands


LA: Many problems linked by one theme - degradation of coastal wetlands

By Bob Marshall – Times-Picayune – August 15, 2010
At first glance, three issues percolating in the local outdoor community last week had little in common. An algae bloom that looked like dispersed oil was racing across Breton and Chandeleur sounds. A plan to flood rice fields for ducks in southwest Louisiana made some hunters wonder "Why?" A stiff west wind was pushing water over some roads in Plaquemines Parish. But like almost every story causing concern in coastal Louisiana, when you scratched below the surface, they were linked by a common thread: The destruction and degradation of our coastal wetlands. For full story, go to:

KS: A new decision impacting migratory birds

Birding Community E-bulletin – August 8, 2010
A federal court decision over dead birds in Kansas oil fields has redefined the coverage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. As a result of this decision violators no longer need to intentionally kill the birds to be convicted. The MBTA makes it illegal to hunt, capture, or kill protected migratory birds. Violators can currently be subject to a maximum penalty of $15,000 and six months in prison for a misdemeanor conviction. Apollo Energies, Inc., and Dale Walker were accused of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act after bird remains were found in both companies' heater-treaters. These devices are used to distill oil pumped from wells. Both companies had appealed convictions for the deaths of a few birds, including Northern Flicker and Common Grackle. Apollo Energies was fined $1,500 and Walker $500. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in late July affirmed these two convictions, one against Apollo and another against Walker. The court ruled that the potential violators could be held responsible even if they didn't intentionally kill any birds. In upholding the conviction against Apollo Energies, the appeals court emphasized that the company acknowledged that it failed to cover some potentially dangerous exhaust pipes as wildlife regulators had suggested following a 2005 inspection. For full Birding Community E-bulletin, go to:
MI: MI Oil Spill: Media Availability: First Rehabilitated Wildlife to be Released

FWS News Release – August 2, 2010
Two rehabilitated soft-shell turtles will be released today into their new home at Binder Park Zoo. The turtles were recovered by wildlife crews as part of the Kalamazoo River/Enbridge oil spill response and stabilized at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Marshall, Mich. For full press release, go to:
La. marshes damaged by oil, but surprisingly resilient

By Rick Jervis – USA Today – August 2, 2010

Eddie Adams has meandered through the dark-green marshes of eastern Barataria Bay, 40 miles south of New Orleans, for most of his life, fishing for speckled trout or guiding other anglers through the shallow waterways and bayous. These days, the salt marshes appear as if in intensive care. Rings of white absorbent boom circle islets stained by oil. Each day, teams of workers replace oiled boom, darkened by waves of crude from the troubled well in the Gulf of Mexico. Miles of smooth cordgrass and other marsh plants lie flat and blackened by the steady pummeling of oil. Full story, go to:
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MI: Michigan oil leak polluting Kalamazoo River; Governor declares disaster area

By Tim Martin – Christian Science Monitor – July 28, 2010
Southern Michigan residents are learning that devastating oil spills aren't limited to the Gulf Coast.
Crews were working Wednesday to contain and clean up an estimated 877,000 gallons of oil that coated birds and fish as it poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, one of the state's major waterways. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm toured the area by helicopter Tuesday night and said she wasn't satisfied with the response to the spill. The leak in the 30-inch pipeline, which was built in 1969 and carries about 8 million gallons of oil daily from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, was detected early Monday. For full story, go to:
VA: Va. officials better prepared because of gulf spill

By Michael Martz,
– Richmond Times-Dispatch – July 28, 2010
A month after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig erupted in flames and began spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Steve Parker sat down with federal officials to talk about how to protect fragile marshes along Virginia's Eastern Shore. The five-hour meeting, convened in Nassawaddox in late May, gave Parker an opportunity to consider what could happen if crude oil spilled into the Atlantic Ocean and washed into the barrier islands that include the Virginia Coast Reserve. For full story, go to:

OR: A reprieve for the land-use system

By Oregonian Editorial Board – July 27, 2010
When lawyers describe a judicial ruling as a novel interpretation of the law, they aren't paying the judge a compliment. Novelty is not what judges are going for. But until a ruling is appealed, and the appeal is resolved, it's hard to know how novel is novel. This month, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, in effect, that federal Judge Owen Panner's interpretation of property-rights Measure 37 is too novel to stand. In eight sentences, the judges knocked it flat. For full editorial, go to:

For the case, go to: A Ninth Circuit U.S. Ct. of Appeals panel unanimously reversed a ruling that Oregon Measure 37 waivers were contracts CITIZENS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL FAIRNESS v. JACKSON COUNTY, No. 09-35653 (9 TH Cir. July 20, 2010) At



Michigan Oil Spill Among Largest In Midwest History: Kalamazoo Spill SOAKS Wildlife (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post – July 27, 2010
As the Gulf Coast deals with the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, the Midwest is now facing an oil spill of its own. A state of emergency has been declared in southwest Michigan's Kalamazoo County as more than 800,000 gallons of oil released into a creek began making its way downstream in the Kalamazoo River, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports. For full story, go to:  For related story, go to: Oil From Michigan Spill Could Threaten Important Wetlands

WI: Moses Creek redirection begins in Schmeeckle Reserve

By B.C. Kowalski – Wausau Daily Herald – July 27, 2010
Construction began Monday on a project that would restore a portion of Moses Creek, which runs through Schmeeckle Reserve, to its original form. Or at least as close as crews can get it. For full story, go to:
LA: Wetland conservation groups ask for navy secretary's help

Shreveport Times – July 27, 2010
The America's Wetland Foundation and its environmental and conservation group partners are supporting U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus' position on what to do to protect the Mississippi River Delta region after the BP oil spill is cleaned.
CT: Blumenthal: Logger damaging wetlands

By Keith Loria – Legal Newsline – July 26, 2010
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is seeking an injunction against a logger over alleged illegal tree harvesting, his office announced on Monday. Blumenthal, in coordination with the Department of Environmental Protection, is seeking a court order against Scott Lee, who has contracts to harvest trees at properties in Bethel, Pomfret and Putnam, but allegedly doesn't have the proper permits to do the work. "We are seeking an immediate court order to stop logging that has already destroyed trees, soil and stream channels on nearly 100 acres of land," Blumenthal said. For full story, go to:
AL/GA/MS: Five Star Program Awards Nine Wetland Restoration Grants

PR Newswire – July 26, 2010
Southern Company (NYSE: SO), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the National Association of Counties and the Wildlife Habitat Council today announced that nine new wetland, riparian and coastal conservation grants have been awarded in the Southeast through the Five Star Restoration Program. This year, Southern Company provided $238,303 in grants and, combined with partner matching funds, a total of more than $1,458,000 to restore more than 21 wetland acres and 4,019 feet of riparian buffer across nine projects in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. Cumulatively, since 2006, Southern Company has contributed $1,058,513 through 50 grants across its service area, which will result in an on-the-ground conservation impact of $3.58 million to restore more than 10,000 acres of wetlands and nearly 50,000 feet of riparian buffer in the Southeast. For full article, go to:
MD: Releasing Exotic Species to Fight Invasive Species: Gambling With Mother Nature?

By Tom Pelton – Chesapeake Bay Foundation – July 26, 2010
Up and down the street in Prince George’s County, Maryland, ash trees are dead or dying.  The stately hardwoods are being killed by a shiny green beetle from Asia called the emerald ash borer. It’s an invasive species that has wiped out more than 30 million trees since it hitchhiked from China on a shipping crate more than a decade ago. For full story, go to:
OH: Cullen Park group opposed to Corps of Engineers plans

By Aliyya Swaby – Toledo Blade – July 26, 2010
Behind the small lighthouse replica marking the entrance to Cullen Park in Point Place are weeds several feet high, blocking the view of a scenic bay. A community group, Visions for Cullen Park, is trying to persuade the city to get rid of the weeds and extend the adjacent pedestrian pathway to boost the park's tourism appeal, group founder Vee Stader said. For full story, go to:
LA: Environmentalists link oil spill response, coastal restoration

By Mark Schleifstein - The Times-Picayune – July 26, 2010
Speed the reconstruction of Louisiana's coastal wetlands by tapping offshore oil revenue and dedicating a significant share of any penalties levied against BP, a group of influential national and local environmental groups urged Navy Secretary and Gulf Coast oil spill recovery leader Ray Mabus in a letter published in The Times-Picayune, the Advocate of Baton Rouge, Washington-based Roll Call magazine, and the online publication Politico. For full story, go to:
WA: Ecology approves city of Spokane’s updated Shoreline Master Program

Spokesman-Review/Washington Dept. of Ecology – July 26, 2010
Washington Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Director Ted Sturdevant has approved the city of Spokane’s newly updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP) that will protect valuable shorelines for the public and future generations to enjoy. So far, Spokane is the largest city in Washington to have an updated SMP. This approval puts the final stamp on a landmark effort that will significantly increase protection and restoration of water quality in the Spokane River and Hangman Creek. For full press release, go to: 
MD: Agricultural and environmental groups launch new farm stewardship certification program

By Ike Wilson – Frederick News Post – July 26, 2010
A new farm stewardship program offers farmers one more avenue to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Members of the agricultural and environmental communities launched the Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program recently and recognized two farmers who are certified in the program. The program recognizes farmers who are good stewards of their natural resources and are using appropriate best management practices to protect the Chesapeake Bay. For full story, go to:
HI: Sen. Inouye: Climate change requires change

July 20, 2010 - From the office of Sen. Daniel Inouye: Climate change affects the well-being of our people, the strength of our economy, and the health of our ecosystems. Where we build, what food we grow, and how we maintain our national security are all affected by gradual changes in our climate spurred by natural and man-made causes. Two years ago, I chaired a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Honolulu on “Climate Change Impacts and Responses in Island Communities.” The increasing pressures of climate change are evident in Hawaii – from rising sea levels to changes in fish populations and coral reefs. We are both vulnerable and susceptible. For full statement, go to:  
LA: Louisiana constructing islands in the gulf to aid in oil cleanup

By David A. Fahrenthold Washington Post – July 19, 2010
ON SAND BERM E-4 IN THE GULF OF MEXICO -- In theory, Louisiana's plan to hold back the BP oil spill sounds awe-inspiring, like an ancient myth made possible with oil-company money: To keep out an offshore invader, the state wants to make new land rise from the sea. To read full article, go to:
AK: Anchorage developer fined for destroying wetlands

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – July 17, 2010
An Anchorage developer has been fined for destroying wetlands and streams on his property, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. David D'Amato has been fined $177,500. The EPA says beginning in 2005, he used heavy equipment at the Hunter Heights subdivision to illegally excavate 1,300 feet of streams. He then filled nearly an acre of wetlands on the 29-acre property in the Bear Valley area with the stream material. For full story, go to: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Anchorage developer fined for destroying wetlands
VA: Wetlands cleanup becomes controversial

By Oren Liebermann – WAVY – TV News – July 16, 2010
On the banks of the Lafayette River, the spot for a wetlands clean-up will be the scene of a neighborhood dispute. The city approved the area for the Promenade Pointe complex, and developers are bringing in volunteers to clean the environment. "Unfortunately it's out of sight, out of mind," said Dwight Dunton, President of Bonaventure Realty, the developer building the complex. "It's a very beautiful area back there, but it's been neglected." For full story, go to:
TX: TX Lace Waco Wetlands Go Dry for Improvements

By Bonnie Gonzalez – Channel 8 Austin News – July 16, 2010
Even with no water in sight, there is still sounds of life at the Lake Waco Wetlands. Not only are the crickets chirping, but plants are green despite the lack of water in the area. The wetlands' dry environment was created intentionally. For full story, go to:
MO: Landowners strengthen Missouri wetlands to help birds affected by Gulf spill

By Alison Reber – Kansas City Environmental News Examiner – July 16, 2010
Missouri landowners have until Aug. 1 to join a federal initiative to help migratory birds whose winter habitat has been damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently unveiled the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI). For full story, go to:
NJ & DE Series: Program worth Watching

By Susan Kennedy – – July 2nd  – 18, 2010
To better understand the level of protection being afforded the Delaware Bayshorearea, the Coastal Ocean Coalition recently sponsored a detailed analysis of the Delaware Bay and Estuary. Released two weeks ago and available for download at the analysis recognizes the ecological significance of the  Delaware Bay and Estuary, provides an overview of the state and federal statutes that mandate the protection of this resource, and engages in a comprehensive review of the programs put in place by the states of New Jersey and Delaware to carry out these mandates.
Programs that Need Fixing: Part I
Programs that Need Fixing: Part II
MN: Moist soils project provides beneficial wetland habitat for ducks, shorebirds

By Brad Dokken – Grand Forks Herald – July 10, 2010
Trying to practice conventional farming on low ground is a challenge during wet years, so managers of the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area in northwestern Minnesota are working to turn the negative into a positive by making the land more attractive for ducks and shorebirds. The 75,000-acre WMA has established a half-dozen “moist soils” habitat sites on 110 acres near refuge headquarters that in recent years has been too wet to grow crops. For full article, go to:
HI:  New Pamphlet & Poster on Hawaii’s Wetlands

July 1, 2010 - The Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resource’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife has recently released the first wetland information pamphlet and poster for Hawaii.  Designed to inform the public and schoolchildren about Hawaii’s unique but threatened wetlands, the pamphlet is engaging and informative.  It includes a definition of wetlands, wetland types found in Hawaii, native wetland species, threats to wetlands, and action steps for protection.  The wetland posters contain some of the brochure information in a visual format that’s ideal for school classrooms and public places.  These new informational materials were funded by the Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV) and developed with assistance from the Hawaii Wetland Joint Venture, the state arm of the PCJV.  Access to the materials can be viewed, and downloaded, on the PCJV website at:  To learn more about the conservation role of the PCJV go directly to
NY: Suit Challenging Wetlands Law Ends

By Matt Dalen – Lewisboro Ledger – June 11, 2010
One of the most prominent lawsuits in the history of the town of Lewisboro has ended, not with a bang, but with a whimper, as the so-called “wetlands lawsuit,” which had challenged the constitutionality of the town’s wetlands law, missed the opportunity for a final appeal last month. Plaintiffs missed their deadline to apply for Supreme Court review, ending a five-year-long ordeal that had played a prominent role in Lewisboro politics. For full story, go to:
IN: Daniels adds to wetlands preservation plan

By Mary Beth Schneider – Indiana Star – June 11, 2010
For the second day in a row, Gov.
Mitch Daniels has announced a major effort to preserve more Indiana wetlands. This morning, Daniels said the state would target more than 25,600 acres along the Muscatatuck River in Scott, Jackson and Washington counties. For full story, go to:
CT: Norton rejects wetlands law again

By Michael Gelbwasser – Sun Chronicle – June 11, 2010
Voters have sunk a local wetlands protection bylaw for the second time. Wednesday night's annual town meeting vote followed a heated debate in which conservation officials insisted that critics were misleading the public about the bylaw's implications. Commissioners contend the bylaw would better protect Norton's drinking water, groundwater and wildlife habitats. For full story, go to:
MD: Raising Awareness of the Bay Through Open Water Swimming

On June 13, 2010, approximately 600 swimmers of all ages will once again attempt to swim across the Chesapeake Bay. The annual event is one of the premier open water events in the United States covering a 4.4 mile course swum mostly between the two spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. In addition to providing a venue for a top open water event, the Bay Swim also provides a platform to raise awareness of the Chesapeake Bay and to promote efforts to aide in its restoration.
 For full story, go to:
SD: Greater threat to wetlands is development

By Jeannette Eichacker-McVay – Argus Leader – June 9, 2010
It was interesting to note in John Pollmann's column in the June 2 Argus Leader regarding installing drain tile in farm ground that there was no mention of non-agricultural development usurping wetlands. Just look in any direction around Sioux Falls and note building expansion going on - in swamps. The same is true of Tea and its surrounding developments. For full opinion, go to:
CA: Trade for Degraded Wetlands Complete

By Harry Saltzgaver - Grunion Gazette – June 9, 2010
Long Beach now is the proud owner of 34 acres of degraded wetlands property in east Long Beach. Friday saw the close of escrow in a land trade that gave the city the property south of Second Street and east of the Pacific Coast Highway in exchange for 11 acres in industrial west Long Beach that was part of the city's public service yard on San Francisco Avenue. For full story, go to:
IA: UNI wetlands slow to take root

By Jon Ericson – WCF Courier – June 8, 2010
A year after native species were planted at the new flood retention/nature area north of the UNI-Dome, the same questions get asked. The most general query runs along the lines of "what the heck is it?" But others stem from a misperception that the flood control/wetlands project would be shaped into a traditional park. "There's still the notion out there where people wonder where's the swingset and playground equipment?" said Paul Meyermann, head of facilities planning at the University of Northern Iowa. For full story, go to:
WA: Dept of Ecology seeks public input about state’s aquatic plant and algae permit

Washington Dept. of Ecology – June 8, 2010
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is holding an open house in Tacoma to gather input about what works and doesn’t work with the state’s current aquatic plants and algae permit. The open house marks the beginning of a public process to update the permit. The Aquatic Plant and Algae Management General Permit covers the discharge of products used to control aquatic plants and algae in Washington lakes. The permit also allows treatment of nuisance emergent plants along roadsides and ditch banks. For full article, go to:
FL: BP oil spill clean up: Fearful Florida authorities take matters into their own hands to save beaches

By Maryann Tobin – Hernando County Examiner – June 8, 2010
In the Panhandle city of Destin, Florida, community leaders fearing an invasion of oily tar balls on their white sand beaches, have taken matters into their own hands. City tourism director Dawn Molentaro had asked BP for help in protecting Destin's white sand beaches 3 weeks ago, but her requests fell on deaf ears. So community leaders took matters into their own hands and set up their own booms. For full story, go to:
LA: Despite Leak, Louisiana Is Still Devoted to Oil

By Campbell Robertson – New York Times – May 22, 2010
In a state that is particularly sensitive to the health of its coastal wetlands, which serve as a barrier against hurricanes, such an attitude might seem odd — even self-defeating. To read full article, go to:
WI: Two Wetland Bills Pass Legislation

May 19, 2010 – Wisconsin Wetlands Association
On May 18, 2010, Governor Doyle signed two important wetland bills into law. One will help reduce unauthorized wetland fill, while the other will help Wisconsin leverage more federal funding for wetland restoration projects. Both address long-standing wetland problems. For full story, go to:
CT: Lack of training a continuing problem for some town wetland boards

By Matthew Brown – Connecticut Mirror – May 17, 2010
Having an application pending before a municipal inland wetlands commission can be an exercise in pure frustration. At times, simple requests to build a deck, a shed or a garage on one's own property can turn into protracted, off topic discussions or arguments over the development of what a property owner may consider a wet piece of property of little value, but a commission considers a vernal pool. And by 2006, according to the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, the headaches and misunderstandings were becoming too frequent and painful to ignore. For full story, go to:
CA: Dwindling visitor population doesn't stop wetlands docents

By Louis Sahagun
– Los Angeles Times – May 16, 2010
At this month's open house, only a handful show up to see the Ballona Wetlands' rare wildlife and scenic vistas. "Most people don't know this place even exists. But they should," a volunteer says. A dozen conservationists gathered at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve on Saturday to introduce visitors to the natural rhythms of life in some 600 acres of restored marshlands that are laced with brackish rivers and hiking trails. For full story, go to:,0,3525129.story
NY: Refuge a great place to observe, enjoy nature

By Leo Roth – Democrat & Chronicle – May 16, 2010
The Montezuma Wetlands Complex, historically known as the Montezuma Marsh, has lost 70 percent of its original habitat due to development and agriculture. Still, it provides a major staging, resting and feeding area for thousands of migratory waterfowl, shore and songbirds along the Atlantic Flyway. For full story, go to:
DE: Native Delaware: Benefits of designed wetland are many

By Margo McDonough – Native Delaware – May 16, 2010
Several times a week, Chad Nelson begins his workday with a trek through a wetland near his Townsend Hall office on UD's Newark campus. With spring in full swing, he enjoys the sight of the butterflies, migratory songbirds, mallard ducks and their ducklings, frogs and tadpoles that make the wetland their warm-weather home. For full story, go to:
SC: Wetlands species presents ID challenge to botanists

By John Nelson – Aiken Standard – May 15, 2010
Wetlands are natural habitats featuring, obviously, some water. Sometimes a lot of water. They come in many varieties, and they provide home for a huge array of plant and animal species.
Across North America, unfortunately, many kinds of wetlands are becoming increasingly rare, as they have commonly fallen victim to urbanization and landscape manipulation. Of course, when wetlands are sufficiently disturbed or destroyed, their resident plants and animals also suffer, commonly disappearing. In the last two decades, more research has focused on the plight of wetlands and to efforts protecting them. We would do well to make sure that legislation and public awareness remain to safeguard these precious habitats, in all their diversity. For full article, go to:
IN: Notebook: View nature up-close at Camp Scott wetlands

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (blog) – May 14, 2010
Fort Wayne’s Camp Scott wetlands will be open to the public on Thursday, May 20, from 2:00 – 7:00 PM with activities for all ages. Visitors can wander the wetlands or go on a wildflower identification walk, see a demonstration of water quality testing, learn to make compost or participate in other activities. Camp Scott is located at 3615 Oxford Street. The Camp Scott constructed wetlands stores stormwater during rainy periods then releases it to the Maumee River after the storm sewer system has emptied. In addition to providing stormwater storage, the wetlands provide habitat for fish and wildlife. Wildlife seen at Camp Scott includes owls and other birds of prey such as hawks and falcons. For full blog, go to:
WA: State asks, what are the most popular saltwater beaches?

Dept. of Ecology News Release – May 14, 2010
What are Washington's most popular saltwater beaches? The state wants to know so it can test the water for pollution-caused bacteria that can make people sick. The state BEACH (Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication and Health) Program notifies the public when bacteria results are high, and educates people about what they can do to avoid getting sick from playing in saltwater. The program is jointly coordinated by the Departments of Ecology and Health. It is implemented by local health agencies, tribal nations and volunteers. This summer, the federally funded program proposes to monitor 52 of the state's most popular saltwater beaches. The number is down from 70 beaches it monitored last year and 53 the year before. For full story, go to:
LA: Work continues aimed at keeping slick out of wetlands

By John DeSantis – Daily Comet – May 13, 2010
A 200-yard streak of oil was confirmed on a Terrebonne Parish barrier island Wednesday, and authorities are trying to confirm whether information about oil on two other Louisiana islands is correct. The confirmation of oil on Whiskey Island brings to three the areas where oil has been confirmed by assessment teams in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The others are South Pass, off Plaquemines Parish, and the Chandeleur Islands, near the state's eastern border. For full article, go to:
DE: Wetland program reaches milestone

By Nick Roth – Delmarva Daily Times – May 13, 2010
Twenty years after its start, the Adopt-A-Wetland program has inspired more than 3,000 people to get involved and improve water quality throughout the state. Marlene Mervine of the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said the program recently recorded its 100th adoption. "It's just a wonderful opportunity for people to feel as though they're making a difference for Delaware," she said. For full story, go to:
NY: Toxic threat to nature's nursery?

By Allie Wilkinson – LI Herald – May 13, 2010
Part one of a two-part series. Imagine building an incinerator next to a hospital nursery. That, critics say, is about what the Village of Freeport would be doing if it were to build a $550 million waste-to-energy incinerator alongside a wetland in south Freeport, near the Merrick border. Plans for the facility appear in doubt (see related story, "What's up with Freeport's incinerator plans?"). But if eventually approved, the project could have serious consequences for the local environment and human health. Full story,
TN: Cumberland River Crest Highest in 73 Years

Contact: Rodney Knight – USGS News – May 13, 2010
throughout middle Tennessee crested at record high levels last week.  They exceeded previous highs at many streamgages by as much as 14 feet, according to preliminary estimates released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).   The highest flood levels were recorded on May 2 and 3, from Nashville west toward Jackson, extending about 40-miles north and south of Interstate 40, and affecting major tributaries to the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. For full article, go to: For a related article, go to: In-depth report: Army Corps of Engineers struggled with dams, forecasts
LA: River water pours into wetlands to avert oil

Associated Press – May 13, 2010
There's now enough Mississippi River water pouring into Louisiana's wetlands to fill the Superdome once an hour, in hopes of avoiding oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill. Authorities opened all eight gates at the Bayou Lamoque freshwater diversion in Plaqemines Parish on Thursday. Seven diversion projects, created to rebuild wetlands with silt, now funnel fresh water into wetlands in hope of pushing away oil that might enter them. Bayou Lamoque spreads into wetlands next to Black Bay and Breton Sound at the rate of 12,500 cubic feet - or 93,500 gallons - every second. That alone could fill the Superdome in less than three hours. About 34,550 cubic feet of water per second are flowing through the seven projects in St. Charles, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. For a link to this story, go to:
IN: Wetland mitigation improves Jordan River

By Hannah Spencer – Indiana Daily Student – May 12, 2010
The expansion of the Eigenmann Hall parking lot is not only diminishing the time students will spend circling parking lots, but also part of the Jordan River, which runs through where the new pavement is set to be poured. To help compensate for this loss of the natural wetlands, IU has hired local sub-contractor Eco Logic to design a stream mitigation project along the Jordan River near the Wright Education Building and the Jordan Avenue Garage. According to IU Environmental Health and Safety Specialist Michael J. Dorsett, it is a requirement for the University to mitigate the stream disturbance. The mitigation site is already blooming, and Eco Logic is confident the local ecosystem will continue to thrive. For full article, go to:
TN: Calvin Donaldson Dedicates 'Wetlands' Living Classroom

By Jose Ocando – Chattarati – May 12, 2010
Community members gathered Tuesday at Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy (CDESA) to dedicate the newly completed Wetlands living classroom. Becky Coleman, CDESA principal, thanked members of the community who were instrumental in the building of the project, including the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Partners in Education, the Hamilton County School Board — particularly board members Linda Mosley and George Ricks — the Hamilton County Water Quality Program, Chattanooga State, Earthscapes, and Engineered Verdant Solutions (EVS). For full story, go to:
CA: Wetlands defender honored after death

By Britney Barnes – Daily Pilot – May 11, 2010
Jan Vandersloot, a founding member of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, will be honored posthumously for his dedication to preserving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. The late Newport Beach resident on Sunday will be recognized as an outstanding wetlands community leader by the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. The award is part of the National Wetlands Awards Program that honors six individuals who have contributed to the preservation of the country’s wetlands through education, restoration or activism. For full story, go to:

CA: Bill to fund efforts to restore bay's wetlands

By Carolyn Jones – San Francisco Chronicle – April 23, 2010

A 20-year wish list of San Francisco Bay wetlands restoration projects would finally receive funding under a $1 billion federal bill introduced by a Bay Area congresswoman. The San Francisco Bay Improvement Act of 2010 by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, would fund the restoration of thousands of acres of bay marshes that were filled in or destroyed by levees and other projects in the last century. For full story, go to:\

FL: County considers wetland guidelines

By Jim Waymer – Florida Today – April 20, 2010
Brevard County commissioners today plan to discuss lifting density restrictions on commercial and industrial development along the St. Johns River, freshwater lakes and freshwater tributaries to the Indian River Lagoon. For full story, go to:
LA: New Baton Rouge Area Mitigation Bank Now Online – Over 185 Acres of Wetlands Conserved and Protected

Contact Kate Wilson – Resource Environmental Solutions/Business Wire – April 20, 2010
First Louisiana Resource, L.L.C. (FLR) a subsidiary of Resource Environmental Solutions L.L.C. (RES), has received approval of the Comite Properties mitigation project located in the Baton Rouge area. The Comite Properties Wetlands Mitigation Bank covers two tracts of land and permanently conserves 185.3 acres in East Baton Rouge Parish, east of Zachary, Louisiana adjacent to the intersection of Milldale Road and Peairs Road. The mitigation bank primarily services the USGS Cataloging Unit 08070202 which covers more than 1,281 square miles and includes portions of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, and St. Helena parishes. For full press release, go to:
UT: Opinion: McEntee: Let's not lose the wetlands

By Peg McEntee – Salt Lake Tribune – April 20, 2010
Stop on the side of I-80 west of the airport and take a look northward at what seems like a whole lot of nothing dotted with cattle and the occasional broadcast tower. What you won't see from that vantage are birds -- from avocets to harrier hawks, ducks and geese and swans and stately herons -- and the bugs that keep them coming. Right now, this sliver of the Central Flyway is a vast maternity ward, where young are hatched and educated before the great migration south is completed. And Salt Lake City wants to build a mini-SLC out here? At least 70,000 people (just eight miles from downtown!) atop alkaline mud, nasty old landfills and the dust from Kennecott mine tailings. And all too close to the Great Salt Lake, which during the floods of the early 1980s broached the freeway. For full opinion, go to:
OR: Projects to help offset impacts to wetlands from development

Contact: Dana Hicks – Oregon Department of State Lands – April 20, 2010
Oregon’s work to gain federal recognition of a new wetland mitigation option has paid off with the approval of two new projects recently started on the Salmon River near Lincoln City and on a working farm near Forest Grove.  Oregon was the first state in the nation to receive federal approval for the In-Lieu Fee Program (ILF) under 2008 federal mitigation rules.  Impacts to wetlands and other waters in Oregon are often co-regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL).  The ILF program is administered by DSL. The state has a policy of “no net loss” of wetlands.  When projects such as housing, bridges and retail developments will impact more than 50 cubic yards of material in wetlands, project proponents must apply for a removal-fill permit from DSL.  Permit conditions include replacing – or mitigating – lost wetland functions.  For full press release, go to:
WV: Volunteers help beautify Williamstown’s wetlands

By Jolene Craig – Parkersburg News & Sentinel – April 19, 2010
The Williamstown Wetlands project is coming along with a walking trail and observation deck built as members of Boy Scout Troop and Pack 47 helped plant trees Saturday. The troop has been helping with the wetlands project next to DaVinci's Restaurant on Highland Avenue for several months to learn some of the aspects of Boy Scouts. In November they picked up trash and debris from the wetlands. For full story, go to:
WI: Volunteers rise early to count cranes

By Karen Madden – Central Wisconsin Daily Tribune – April 18, 2010
Bird-watchers fanned out across central Wisconsin's wetlands to participate in a statewide count of sandhill cranes. When the annual count, sponsored by the International Crane Foundation, began about 25 years ago, there were 25 pairs of nesting cranes in Wisconsin, said Gloria Zager, Wood County count coordinator. Last year, about 550 sandhill cranes were spotted in Wood County alone during the annual count. Currently, authorities believe the county has 90 pairs of the birds. For full story, go to:
AK: Meet the Migration

By Abby Lowell – Juneau Empire – April 16, 2010
The Mendenhall Wetlands are like a truck stop for migrating birds. They exit off their airborne interstate to take advantage of the snacks, of both the vertebrate and invertebrate variety, the lodgings and the opportunity to just refuel. They arrive in waves by the thousands, beginning in early April and lasting into May. Some stay for only a day, others nest and raise young. For all, this nationally recognized important bird habitat is vital to their ability to thrive.  For full story, go to:
MD: Chesapeake Bay’s crab population up 60 percent

By Timothy Wheeler – Baltimore Sun – April 14, 2010
The Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population has bounced back from dangerously low levels, Maryland officials announced Wednesday, reporting that a newly completed survey of the crustaceans counted more than have been seen in more than a decade. A jubilant Gov. Martin O'Malley heralded the news from the waterfront deck of a seafood restaurant here, saying the winter crab survey justified the steps he and his counterpart in Virginia took two years ago to clamp down on the commercial catch. Both states shortened the season, slashing watermen's income, and Virginia banned its traditional practice of dredging slumbering female crabs from the bottom during winter. For full story, go to:,0,5207295.story
AK: Landowners Ordered to Restore Salmon Stream and Wetlands near Haines, Alaska

Contact: Mark Jen – EPA News Release – April 14, 2010
Robert and Nancy Loomis of Kilgore, Texas, have been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency to repair damaged wetlands, restore a salmon stream and better manage stormwater runoff on their property located near Haines, Alaska. The Loomis’ received the Order after EPA alleged they discharged fill material, consisting of mud, dirt, gravel and rock, to this valuable fish and wildlife habitat.
TX: There's plenty of water available for North Texas

Editorial by Staff – Texas Star Telegram – April 12, 2010
Don't worry about ever reaching for the faucet on your kitchen sink and finding no water there. It's never going to happen to your kids or your grandkids or their grandkids, either. Never. They will make sure you always have a reliable source of clean water. Take it for granted. Who's they? You know, the people who do that sort of thing. […] They detailed where they plan to get the water that 16 North Central Texas counties will need between now and 2060. That's a whole lot of water, but thank goodness plenty of it is available. The list starts with rivers and reservoirs and wells and wetlands like those the region uses now, and it goes all the way to taking the salt out of the virtually limitless water of the Gulf of Mexico and piping it all the way up here for you. For full editorial, go to:
ME: Sierra Club fights CMP project

By Tux Turkel - Portland Press Herald – March 25, 2010
Central Maine Power Co.'s proposal to upgrade the reliability of its transmission system faces a new threat: wetlands. The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club says the $1.6 billion project would destroy 385 acres of wetlands and 1,200 linear feet of streams. In a letter dated March 15, it told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the agency can't approve construction if there are alternatives that reduce the impact on the environment.A strict standard under the Clean Water Act says the corps cannot issue wetlands permits for any project if a "less environmentally damaging, practicable alternative" exists. In the Sierra Club's view, CMP could meet the objectives of its new line with non-transmission alternatives. The group says it will take legal action, if needed, to enforce the law. For full article, go to:

DE: New public participation guidebook provides actions to protect Delaware's wetlands

Delmarva – March 20, 2010
A new guidebook is now available that will help Delawareans protect and conserve our state’s vital wetlands. Just released, the Wetlands Public Participation Guidebook is a comprehensive resource developed to educate and inspire citizens to take actions to protect the health and productivity of the more than 350,000 acres of wetlands that cover our state. For full story, go to:
VA: Wetlands group fights challenge with challenge

By Scott Harper – Virginian-Pilot – March 20, 2010
First, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a legal challenge to a key federal finding that greenhouse gases are public health threats, contribute to climate change and should be regulated. Now, a Norfolk-based environmental group, Wetlands Watch, has filed a challenge to Cuccinelli's challenge, calling his actions "dangerous" and "a stall tactic" against government attempts to tackle global warming. For full article, go to:

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ME: Sierra Club fights CMP project

By Tux Turkel - Portland Press Herald – March 25, 2010
Central Maine Power Co.'s proposal to upgrade the reliability of its transmission system faces a new threat: wetlands. The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club says the $1.6 billion project would destroy 385 acres of wetlands and 1,200 linear feet of streams. In a letter dated March 15, it told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the agency can't approve construction if there are alternatives that reduce the impact on the environment.A strict standard under the Clean Water Act says the corps cannot issue wetlands permits for any project if a "less environmentally damaging, practicable alternative" exists. In the Sierra Club's view, CMP could meet the objectives of its new line with non-transmission alternatives. The group says it will take legal action, if needed, to enforce the law. For full article, go to:

DELAWARE: New public participation guidebook provides actions to protect Delaware's wetlands

Delmarva – March 20, 2010
A new guidebook is now available that will help Delawareans protect and conserve our state’s vital wetlands. Just released, the Wetlands Public Participation Guidebook is a comprehensive resource developed to educate and inspire citizens to take actions to protect the health and productivity of the more than 350,000 acres of wetlands that cover our state. For full story, go to:


VA: Wetlands group fights challenge with challenge

By Scott Harper – Virginian-Pilot – March 20, 2010
First, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a legal challenge to a key federal finding that greenhouse gases are public health threats, contribute to climate change and should be regulated. Now, a Norfolk-based environmental group, Wetlands Watch, has filed a challenge to Cuccinelli's challenge, calling his actions "dangerous" and "a stall tactic" against government attempts to tackle global warming. For full article, go to:

NY: NT set to fight DEC over wetlands

By Neal Gulley - Tonawanda News – March 18, 2010
The Department of Environmental Conservation has declared its intent to designate roughly 120 acres of newly protected wetlands in and around the City of North Tonawanda. Elected officials past and present have fought for years to keep this day from coming. But their inherent interest has always been in keeping the newly proposed wetlands — located in five separate irregular-shaped areas between Ruie Road south to the canal — open for development. Millions of dollars in tax-funded infrastructure like roads and sewers has been installed in the area and will be wasted, they say. For full story, go to:
NM: NM panel to hear outstanding waters petition

By Susan Montoya Bryan – Business Week – March 18, 2010
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's administration is pushing ahead with a plan to give special protection to hundreds of miles of rivers and streams and thousands of acres of wetlands despite concern from some farmers and ranchers. Richardson has been seeking a sweeping Outstanding National Resource Waters designation under the federal Clean Water Act since 2008. With the end of his second four-year term looming, he's now one step closer. For full story, go to:
LA: Federal flood insurance program extension endorsed by House

By Bruce Alpert – Times-Picayune – March 18, 2010
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday for another one-month extension of the federal flood insurance program, along with the temporary continuation of expiring unemployment insurance and federal health insurance subsidies for jobless Americans. The measure, adopted by a voice vote, is the latest in a series of temporary extensions in programs as the House and Senate have been unable to resolve differences about longer term authorizations. The Senate is likely to take up the temporary extension before it recesses next week. For full story, go to:
IA: A wetlands benefit for taxpayers, too

Opinion by
Michael Burkart – Des Moines Register – March 17, 2010
I was pleased to read good news in the Feb. 26 Iowa View, "Farm Drainage Proposal Based on Sound Science." The best news for taxpayers is that, "Once the pilot project is over, they [drainage and wetlands] would be installed with money from the landowners, not the government." This will start to reverse the historical destruction of wetlands using government funds and benefiting only landowners. The other good news for taxpayers and scientists is that the plan will include wetland monitoring by institutions engaged in objective science. For full story, go to:
NH: Panel wants to take closer look at wetlands

By Harrison Haas – The Citizen of Laconia – March 17, 2010
The Conservation Commission will be researching the idea of forming a subcommittee to address the modification of the town's wetlands conservation district ordinance. A petitioned article was recently voted down by residents that would have rewritten the current wetlands ordinance. The proposed ordinance called for a 50-foot protective buffer setback on all properties in town. Although the article did not originate with the commission, board members did support it because it was attempting to put regulations in place to help protect the natural resources in town, such as wildlife and the lakes. For full story, go to:
NY: North Tonawanda mayor’s e-mails assailed

By Aaron Besecker – Buffalo News – March 16, 2010
Mayor Robert G. Ortt has drawn criticism for what some consider an attempt to get the city’s Environmental Committee to “rubber stamp” a proposed street extension. Ortt wrote an e-mail earlier this month to Brian P. Murphy, committee chairman, seeking the backing of the seven-member advisory board for extending Meadow Drive.  For full story, go to:
MN: DNR, watersheds discuss ways to clean up lakes

By: Julie BuntjerDaily Globe – March 16, 2010
Representatives of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local watershed districts gathered in Worthington Monday afternoon to discuss the state of the state’s waters and the work needed to improve or reduce the growing number of impaired lakes, rivers and streams.Skip Wright, DNR regional hydrologist, said roughly 40 percent of the state’s waters are impaired. In southwest Minnesota, it’s closer to 90 percent. For full story, go to:
LA: Disappearing birds a troubling omen

Editorial – Houma Today – March 16, 2010
Often lost in our thoughts and discussion of wetlands loss is the impact it has on the animals that share this land with us.
But just as important is the significant losses those wildlife effects can signal for us. Prime examples are Louisiana's coastal birds, among some of the nation's at-risk because of climate changes and the loss of habitat. That is the disturbing word that came from “The State of the Birds: 2010 Report on Climate Change,” released last week by the U.S. Department of the Interior. For full story, go to:
WI: Wetlands bill targets construction conflicts

By Paul Snyder – Daily Reporter – March 11, 2010
Disputes between the state and builders over construction projects near wetlands have prompted a lawmaker’s attempt to force better communication between the sides. State Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, has introduced a bill requiring the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provide information about wetlands to landowners, builders and local governments that issue building permits. The bill would establish a $50 fee a landowner can pay for a DNR wetlands map of the property and a $300 fee for a DNR employee to visit a property and mark off wetlands.
NH: Proposed 50-foot wetland buffer prompts debate

By Lauren Tiner – Winnisquam Echo – March 3, 2010
The Conservation Commission has put forth petitioned warrant Article 10, asking that the existing Article 15, that establishes the wetlands district ordinance, be replaced with regulations that include a 50-feet wetland buffer – standards not everyone can agree on. This protective buffer setback would be adjacent to wetlands under certain conditions, and would allow for certain uses and activities by special exception applications. This proposed ordinance would also create standards for mitigation, erosion and sedimentation plans. For full story, go to:
KY: Applications now being accepted for Wetlands Reserve Program

By Dave Baker – Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources – March 2, 2010
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is now accepting applications for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). The Wetlands Reserve Program offers landowners the opportunity to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their property. Through this voluntary program, NRCS has provided Kentucky landowners with over $29 million to restore more than 17,000 acres of cropland, pastureland and other altered lands to their original wetland conditions. For full story, go to:
UT: State plans burn for invasive reed on lake shore

Salt Lake Tribune – March 2, 2010
State crews in Utah hope to burn about 300 acres infested by an invasive reed near the shore of the Great Salt Lake. The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands plans the prescribed burn near Farmington Bay for Tuesday morning, if weather conditions cooperate. The fire is aimed at destroying phragmites, a tall, nonnative reed that crowds out native vegetation and alters the natural state of the wetlands around the lake. Thousands of acres around the lake are infested with phragmites. The burn is part of a larger state plan to eliminate the invasive reed so the wetlands can be restored. The reeds in the area of the burn were treated with an herbicide last year. For full story, go to:
WA: Vancouver wetland bank first to be certified under new Ecology rules

Contact: Curt Hart – WA Dept. of Ecology – March 1, 2010
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has used its new rule establishing an approval process for wetland mitigation banks to certify the proposed Columbia River Wetland Mitigation Bank at the Port of Vancouver. State and federal laws prohibit the loss of wetlands due to development. In September 2009, Ecology adopted a rule establishing criteria and a certification process for wetland mitigation banks across the state. The Vancouver wetland is the first to be certified under the new rule. It is also the second to be certified under a new federal rule established by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency. For full story, go to:
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MN: Farm tax jump jeopardizes woods, wetlands, bluffsides

By Sarah Elmquist – Winona Post - February 28, 2010
Winona County Board members sounded off Tuesday on state legislation that will multiply property taxes on thousands of acres of rural land under the newest changes to the Green Acres tax program. The board is expected to approve a resolution stating its opposition to the changes at its meeting Tuesday, when it will hear an update from Winona County Assessor Steve Hacken. Hacken has reportedly been working with the Legislature to try to reduce the higher, state-imposed values on vacant land that he will soon be forced to apply to landowner tax statements.  For full story, go to:
ME: Popham Beach Disappearing as Erosion Takes Toll

By Tom Porter – MPBN – February 25, 2010
Popham Beach, near Bath, is one of Maine's most popular state parks, visited by an estimated 175,000 people every year. In recent years though, there's been increasingly less beach to visit, especially where the Morse River flows into the ocean. Since 2007, the sea has advanced more than 200 feet in parts, and many local residents are worried. For full story, go to:
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A week later, after another storm, this news story stated that the beach is growing because the Morse River split:
River Shift Is Great News For Popham Beach The State of Maine passed legislation in April 2009 to address climate change impacts, including sea level rise. For details, go to:
IA: Wetland Easements Will Help Reduce Flooding in Iowa This Spring

Wallace’s Farmer – February 25, 2010
Flooding will be reduced this spring thanks to the Iowa farmers who are voluntarily restoring nearly 3,000 acres of frequently-flooded cropland to wetlands through the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service. The cost-sharing funds are provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or ARRA. The easements are valued at nearly $9 million, said Rich Sims, State Conservationist with NRCS in Iowa. "As spring approaches, these acres will protect communities and farm ground by helping to reduce the potential of downstream flooding near the easement areas," says Sims. For full article, go to:
VA: Wonder Wetlands Cleans, Protects, Educates and Looks Good

By Jennifer McManamay – Sweet Briar College - February 18, 2010
About 60 area engineers and government workers attended a Stormwater Wetlands Design Workshop at Sweet Briar College on Thursday, Feb. 18. The course was coordinated by the Robert E. Lee Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with the College, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The group spent part of the morning indoors focusing on pending state stormwater management regulations aimed at reducing runoff pollution from development. They also learned about innovative techniques for meeting the new rules, including wetlands construction as an alternative to traditional methods. For full story, go to:
MI: Permits Drag on U.S. Mining Projects

By Robert Guy Matthews – Wall Street Journal – February 8, 2010
Obtaining the permits and approvals needed to build a mine in the U.S. takes an average of seven years, among the longest wait time in the world. So despite having vast underground stores of raw materials, the U.S. is one of the last places miners go to start a project. At the proposed Kennecott Eagle nickel mine in Michigan's sparsely populated Upper Peninsula, the wait is at seven years and growing. Global miner Rio Tinto says the project would fill a raw-material gap in the U.S. economy, but the company has yet to produce an ounce of nickel there. For full story, go to:
MA: Protecting wetlands in wind turbine siting bill

Gate House News Service – February 7, 2010
Legislation adopted last week by the state Senate that streamlines the permitting process for large-scale wind turbine projects includes language proposed by Sen. Robert L. Hedlund that preserves local control over wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. For full story, go to:
VT: Government, nonprofits move to restore wetlands

By Candace Page – Burlington Free Press – February 7, 2010
An unusual public-private coalition is on a search for landowners willing to turn their marginal, boggy farm fields back into wetlands. Time is running out, at least for this year. By March 1, the Vermont office of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service must commit up to $2.5 million to wetlands restoration, or lose access to the money. In 2009, the local office was able to use only $1.5 million of the $6 million available to it.
WA: Tides rechanneling Nisqually River

By Mike Archbold – News Tribune – February 6, 2010
The tides are back and change is afoot at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. No one knows that better than Jean Takekawa, who manages the 3,000-acre refuge southwest of Tacoma. She is in charge of returning 762 acres of the refuge to a saltwater marsh or estuary after more than 100 years as farmland and freshwater wetlands. For full story, go to:
TN: Legislators must reverse trend, preserve land, water

Opinion – The Tennessean – February 5, 2010
As feared, the Tennessee General Assembly has veered from the serious governance of the special session to the antic policymaking of the 2009 regular session. Legislators slid from raising educational standards to pushing an unnecessary constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to hunt and fish. But they could stop the fall into provincialism by focusing on two areas: the budget and the environment. For full story, go to:
FL: Christmas Bird Count Documents 99 Species at Everglades Treatment Wetlands

By South Florida Water Management District – Treasure Coast Palm – February 4, 2010
An Everglades restoration project maintained its status as a national bird watching destination as volunteers with the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society partnered with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to document 99 species and nearly 106,000 individual birds during the 110th Christmas Bird Count this January. Known as "citizen science," bird counts are vital to studies of the long-term health and status of bird populations. For full story, go to:
VA: Forest, tidal wetlands to be protected forever

By Rusty Dennen – Fredericksburg News – February 4, 2010
Virginia has been fertile ground for conservation easements, but none can compare to one announced yesterday by The Nature Conservancy. The conservation group purchased 13,350 acres of forest within the Dragon Run and Mattaponi watersheds west of U.S. 17 and the Rappahannock River. Though the parcels are not all contiguous, together they encompass about 20 square miles in Essex, King and Queen, and Middlesex counties. The seller was the Hancock Timber Resource Group. Immediately after the purchase, The Nature Conservancy sold the property to the The Forestland Group, which acquires and manages timberland investments for institutions, families and individuals.
CA: Wetlands map, guide highlights local areas

The Times-Standard – February 4, 2010
Friends of the Dunes has announced the release of the “2010 Humboldt Bay Beaches, Dunes and Wetlands Map and Guide.” The free map and guide highlights natural areas where people can enjoy a variety of coastal habitats while providing in-depth information about local natural history and the importance of conserving the beauty and diversity of the coast. For full story, go to:
MN/ND: Environment, wildlife among top concerns

By Helmut Schmidt – Inforum – February 4, 2010
Environmental and wildlife concerns tied to building a Red River flood diversion channel in Minnesota or North Dakota were among the top concerns discussed in a meeting Wednesday in Fargo. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said they heard no serious objections from experts representing both states and several federal agencies on plans to mitigate any problems caused by the diversions. For full story, go to:
LA: In Obama's Budget, a Trickle of Money for Louisiana's Disappearing Coast

By Harry Shearer – Huffington Post – February 3, 2010
I've been rather consistently critical of the Obama administration's largely MIA stance toward New Orleans, with the singular exception of the appointment of a new FEMA administrator who, by all reports, has cut the red tape and started the long-appropriated funds finally flowing to fix the damage caused by the failure of the federal levees. So it's only fair to acknowledge a small, halting step towards progress in Washington. For full story, go to:

ELI has developed a report titled, In-Lieu Fee Mitigation: Model Instrument Language and Resources

The report offers model language that could be incorporated into in-lieu fee program instruments being developed by state agencies and non-profit organizations and was designed to comply with the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule.  It was developed using the best available information and uses examples from the approved and draft in-lieu fee instruments that were available as of December 2009. The model language should not, however, be seen as a prescriptive approach to the development of in-lieu fee program instruments. The model language offered does not represent official guidance from federal agencies, nor does it eliminate the necessity of working closely with the appropriate Corps district and Interagency Review Team to seek approval for an in-lieu fee program. The report can be downloaded for free here:


USA Today Examines Shortages in State Budgets

USA Today on February 3 featured a front-page article on state environmental agency budget issues. (See

SC: Catawba makes endangered list

By John Marks – Lake Wylie Pilot – February 2, 2010
Different year, different group, same conclusion – the Catawba River is in danger. According the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Catawba ranks among the Top 10 Endangered Places 2010 along with rivers, wetlands, ocean stretches and natural areas from six states. The Cape Fear wetlands in North Carolina and South Carolina’s freshwater wetlands also make the list. According to, the group chose the Catawba because threats from “a low-flow scheme for hydroelectric dams that would restrict the flow of water essential to a healthy river system, and the lack of an overarching and coherent plan to protect the ecological integrity of the river and prevent over-allocation of its waters.” For full story, go to:
FL: Proposed Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida's Lakes and Flowing Waters

EPA has proposed numeric nutrient water quality standards for lakes and flowing waters, including canals, within the State of Florida and has proposed regulations to establish a framework for Florida to develop “restoration standards” for impaired waters. EPA issued this proposed rule pursuant to a determination that EPA made on January 14, 2009, under section 303(c)(4)(B) of the Clean Water Act. For full press release, proposed standards and other information, go to:
WA: Ecology partnership, federal award save coastal wetland habitat

Washington Department of Ecology – February 2, 2010
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has secured five federal grants worth a total of nearly $4 million to help return 1,100 acres of coastal wetlands and connected freshwater and upland habitat areas in Jefferson, Pacific, Thurston and Whatcom counties back to natural conditions. Ecology is working in close partnership with the Lummi Nation, Columbia Land Trust, Capitol Land Trust, Jefferson County Land Trust, Cascade Land Conservancy, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to ensure the acquisitions will be restored and protected. Details about the five wetland restoration and preservation projects on Washington’s outer coast and in Puget Sound are available at:
SC: Court's ruling protects S.C. wetlands

By Sammy Fretwell – The State – February 2, 2010
The S.C. Supreme Court dealt a smashing blow Monday to developers who have tried for years to overturn state rules that safeguard coastal freshwater wetlands from unchecked development. The decision, much anticipated by environmentalists and developers, overturns a 2008 lower-court verdict that declared invalid state rules protecting freshwater wetlands along the coast. For full story, go to:
MI: Humbug Marsh Will Become Michigan's First Wetland of International Importance Under the Ramsar Convention

Contact: Tracy Collin – Michigan Department of Natural Resources Press Release – February 2, 2010
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. National Ramsar Committee are pleased to announce that Humbug Marsh will become Michigan's first Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. For more information, go to:
and for full press release, go to:,1607,7-135-7251_7253-231028--RSS,00.html
CT: Army Corps: Railroad did not fill Hawleyville wetlands

By Melissa Bruen – Stamford Advocate – February 2, 2010
The results are in. After a January site survey of the Housatonic Railroad Co.'s Hawleyville facility, the Army Corps of Engineers ruled no violation of federal law took place on the property. "We have made reasonable inquiry into allegations from other parties that wetlands on the subject property were illegally filled; however, no substantive evidence has been offered," wrote Robert Desista, the chief of the Permits and Enforcement of the Regulatory Division of the Army Corps of Engineers in a Jan. 26 letter to the railroad. For full story, go to:
WA: Environmentalists worry about proposed light rail through wetlands

By Marlee GinterKomo News – February 1, 2010
Light rail could slice right through a cherished wildlife sanctuary in Bellevue. The city council wants Sound Transit to look at a plan that critics say will drive away wildlife. Right in Bellevue's city limits are more than 320 acres of wildlife habitat along with 7 miles of trails and several bird species. For full story, go to:
MI: Experts: Preserve Great Lakes wetlands

By Chenqi Guo – Traverse City Record-Eagle – February 1, 2010
The Great Lakes face another serious environmental threat besides Asian carp, experts warn: coastal wetlands disturbance. "The development of coastal wetlands is the biggest problem," said James Clift, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council. "People are coming in and they need places for water fun development. As a result, we are losing wetlands."
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NY: Hyde Park board ready to repeal wetlands law

By John Davis – Poughkeepsie Journal – January 25, 2010
Residents can sound off today on the town's plan to repeal the wetlands protection law enacted in August. The newly seated Republican Town Board says the previous Democratic administration did not fully comply with state municipal law in enacting the water resource protection law. For full story, go to:
Comments Sought on Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

GreatLakesNews – January 2010
Comments are now being accepted by the Canadian and United States Governments on Governance issues as input to the binational negotiations to amend the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). In addition to the comments already provided through the 2006-7 Review of the GLWQA, we invite you to provide new ideas or suggestions concerning the issue of Governance within the context of binational cooperation in the Great Lakes basin. If you would would like to provide additional input, please submit your comments in writing using the comment feature at
If you are unfamiliar with the findings and recommendations of the 2006-7 Review process, we encourage you to consult the key reference reports online at
Additional comments on Governance are due no later than February 14, 2010
TX: Scope of oil spill's damage, cause still a mystery

By Jennifer Latson, – Houston Chronicle – January 25, 2010
As cleanup efforts of Texas' worst oil spill in more than a decade continued today, Coast Guard officials were examining radio transmissions to find out what went wrong in the moments before an 800-foot tanker collided with a barge carrying chemicals off Port Arthur. Saturday morning's collision ripped a 15-by-8-foot hole in the hull of the Eagle Otome, which was loaded with Mexican crude oil intended for a Beaumont Exxon refinery. The crash dumped 462,000 gallons of oil into the intracoastal waterway in what Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said was the biggest Texas oil spill since 1994. For full story, go to:
TX: Breathing life into wetlands: Linking healthy marshes to flood control may help Galveston proposal pass

By Harvey Rice – Houston Chronicle – January 24, 2010
The destruction of environmentally sensitive wetlands during one of the most recent and largest residential construction projects on Galveston Island galvanized Alice Anne O'Donell. O'Donell watched in dismay as workers surrounded each bit of wetlands with orange plastic fencing. For full article, go to:
New Hampshire Aquatic Resource Mitigation Program Extends Grant Application Deadline for the Winnipesaukee River Watershed

The New Hampshire Aquatic Resource Mitigation Program at the Department of Environmental Services has extended the grant application deadline for funding projects within the Winnipesaukee River Watershed. The DES Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund provides an in-lieu fee payment alternative for permit applicants to consider when striving to meet state and federal wetland mitigation requirements. NHDES is pleased to announce that up to $153,000 is available through the ARM Fund for eligible projects within the Winnipesaukee River Watershed. Extended Application Submission Deadline – One hard copy and one copy in PDF format of the completed application and all associated documentation are due at the DES Wetlands Bureau office ( address below ) no later than 4 p.m. on April 30, 2010. Please note DES cannot accept documents larger than 10 MB in size. The application form with instructions is available at;
just click on the “A to Z LIST,” select “Wetlands Bureau,” and look for “Mitigation” under “Related Programs” (or see
FL: EPA Proposes Standards to Protect Florida’s Waters

This action would decrease the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution in Florida waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing water quality standards to protect people’s health, aquatic life and the long term recreational uses of Florida’s waters, which are a critical part of the state’s economy. In 2009, EPA entered into a consent decree with the Florida Wildlife Federation to propose limits to this pollution. The proposed action, released for public comment and developed in collaboration with the state, would set a series of numeric limits on the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen, also known as “nutrients,” that would be allowed in Florida’s lakes, rivers, streams, springs and canals. EPA will accept public comments on the proposed standards for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. EPA will also hold three public hearings on the proposed rule in Florida to obtain input and comments on the direction of EPA’s rulemaking. These hearings are scheduled for February 16, 17 and 18, 2010 in Tallahassee, Orlando, and West Palm Beach, respectively. For more on the proposed rule and public hearings, visit:
NY: Editorial: Wetlands need some protection

Editorial staff - Poughkeepsie Journal – January 22, 2010
Hyde Park's plan to scrap a wetlands protection law is a dangerous move without a firm back-up proposal in place. The newly seated Town Board should give the matter far more consideration. At bare minimum, if it does repeal the law as expected next week, the new supervisor must make good on his promise to "start from scatch" and put in place some legal protections for these critically important water bodies. For full story, go to:
MN: Committee formed to explore white cedar wetland mitigation

By Laurel Beager – International Falls Daily Journal – January 21, 2010
A new committee to be formed by Koochiching County will explore whether white cedar stands may be managed to serve as wetland credits. The committee, made up of resource managers, commissioners from Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties, a state forester, and land surveyors, will develop a plan that would outline management techniques that would allow some or all of the county’s 13,000 acres of white cedar to be used as credits when governments need to mitigate disturbances to wetlands through development. For full story, go to:
MT: Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) 2010 Application Deadline Approaching

Liberty County Times – January 21, 2010
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the 2010 offer values for Wetland Reserve Program easements. WRP is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and Tribes to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agriculture. For full story, go to:
DE: Delaware Needs Working Wetlands

By Molly Murray – News Journal – January 21, 2010
The Nanticoke River watershed, one of the most pristine in the state, has lost thousands of acres of wetlands since Colonial times and about 80 percent of its natural streams have been channelized. Some 28 percent of the wetlands that remain are highly fragmented and most are moderately or severely stressed, said Amy Jacobs, an environmental scientist with the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. For full story, go to:
LA: Coastal restoration effort moves into higher gear

By Mark Schleifstein - The Times-Picayune – January 21, 2010
Embarking on its 20th year of building small to moderate-sized coastal restoration projects, the Breaux Act Task Force on Wednesday added four new projects to its list of 144 active projects and moved five more from design into construction. The decisions will result in more than $115 million being spent on the nine projects, some of which could see construction begin within a few months. For full story, go to:
OR: Airplane Crash Claims Lives of Two Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Biologists

FWS News Release – January 19, 2010
Two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists died in the crash of their small aircraft on January 17th in western Oregon. Pilot-biologist Vernon Ray (Ray) Bentley, 52, from Blodgett, Oregon, and David Sherwood (Dave) Pitkin, 49, from Bandon, Oregon, died when their plane went down west of Philomath, Oregon. The two were returning from Newport, Oregon, after a day spent flying over estuaries along the Oregon coast, counting ducks, geese and swans for the Service’s annual mid-winter waterfowl survey. For full press release, go to:
CA: 'Outside the box'

By Virginie Boone – Press Democrat – January 16, 2010
Ever since he was a boy, Tim Thornhill has looked for ways to do what others have told him can't be done. Case in point: A partner in Mendocino Wine Co. in Ukiah, Thornhill recently built his own wetlands to recycle the winery's wastewater, pulling from his years of experience as an arborist and horticulturist who gained fame for his ability to move gigantic heritage trees that would otherwise have been gone forever. For full story, go to:
MS: EPA fines man for wetlands violation: Waveland resident accused of illegally filling property

By Donna Melton - The Sun Herald – January 16, 2010
A Waveland man has been fined $100,000 for illegally filling wetlands on his property near Edwards Bayou. The Environmental Protection Agency issued the fine against Rodney O. Corr for a violation against the federal Clean Water Act. The EPA charges that in 2004, Corr, or those acting on his behalf, illegally discharged fill material into about 14 acres of wetlands while clearing a site for commercial development at Mississippi 603 and Favre Lane. The area is adjacent to Edwards Bayou, a tributary to the Jourdan River in Hancock County. For full article, go to:
LA: Students to catalog area's vanishing culture

By Nikki Buskey – Houma Today – January 16, 2010
Remembrances of life when the landscapes of Terrebonne and Lafourche were radically different will soon be collected and stored alongside some of New Orleans' most-important historical artifacts. Teachers from Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes attended a workshop Thursday at The Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter to begin a project aimed at gathering stories of the area's vanishing bayou communities from the people who lived them. For full story, go to:
FL: Everglades still in decline, group says – January 14, 2010
The subtropical Florida Everglades wetlands are still deteriorating a decade after Washington began a multibillion-dollar plan to restore them, advocates say.
The Everglades, a victim of a half-century of environmental damage, remains unhealthy, with few species of wildlife other than birds still there and a growing number of invasive species like iguanas, Brazilian pepper plants and Australian pine trees, retired biologist Allen Trefrey told The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post. For full article, go to:
WA: Man concerned with bushes becoming refuge for criminal activity

By Candice Boutilier – Columbia Basin Herald – January 14, 2010
Attorney Harold Moberg informed Moses Lake City Council of an area near his law office he says has become a refuge for the homeless and sex offenders. The area is next to his law office on East Riviera Avenue. It’s comprised of thick Russian olive trees and other shrubs. Vagrants have made a home out of the brush complete with an entrance door and pathways. The area is covered in garbage and a broken chair. The area is designated as a protected wetland. For full article, go to:
NY: Architects Plan 'Amphibious Landscape' for New York City

By Nathaniel Gronewold – New York Times – January 11, 2010
What would New York's waterfront look like after a sea level rise of 2 feet or more? Most officials paint a nightmare scenario -- huge swaths of expensive real estate permanently flooded, with frequent storms and the resultant storm surge routinely forcing mass evacuations every few years. But several architects are now painting a more positive picture, and their visions for a post-climate-change new New York have city planners interested. For full story, go to:
AK: Rational plan in place to retain, develop wetlands

By Chris Stephens – Anchorage Daily News – January 9, 2010
I recently met with an expert on development and preservation of wetlands. Wetlands are protected under federal laws because they are important for flood control, water quality, recreation and animal habitat. For full story, go to:
MN: Dennis Anderson: Past reborn for duck hunting?

By Dennis Anderson (Opinion) – Minneapolis Star Tribune – January 9, 2010
The DNR announced Saturday a new tack in its attempt to return ducks to the state. Chief Seattle and George Bird Grinnell, keystones in the foundation of the American conservation movement, would have smiled had they been in Brooklyn Center on Saturday afternoon. Theodore Roosevelt, too. For full opinion article, go to:
ID: Boise's innovative plan to build wetlands is being watched across the country

By Bethann Stewart – Idaho Statesman – January 9, 2010
Tucked along the Dixie Drain - about four miles from Notus, Wilder and Parma - sits a piece of land that is perfect for so many things. Dean Goodner bought the 49 acres about 14 years ago for duck hunting. His Texas longhorns cluster around hay bales near a trout pond on one side of the drain, which runs to the Boise River. On the other, a pasture waits for spring. But the city of Boise now owns the property - purchased for a totally different reason. For full story, go to:
SD: Farmers Fear Expansion of Wetlands Protection

By Thom Gabukiewicz – Argus Leader – January 9, 2010
Conservation groups are asking Congress to restore Clean Water Act protection to small wetlands, especially those in the Prairie Pothole region of the Upper Plains. Yet other groups, including property rights and farm and ranching interests, fear the legislation will result only in a federal land grab. The bill, SB 787 or the Clean Water Restoration Act, is at the heart of the debate. The legislation, which would remove the word "navigable" from the Clean Water Act, is awaiting debate on the Senate floor this year. For full story, go to:
MI: Plant, not humans, threatening Detroit River wetlands

By David Paulk – The Eastern Echo – January 6, 2010
The wetlands along the Detroit River are in danger, and the enemy is a crafty one. Hiding among its prey like a chameleon on the prowl, this invader is relentless. Usually, the greatest enemies of wetlands are humans, famous for draining or filling them in. But this time, that is not the case. For full story, go to:
MI: Editorial: Yes to Greenseams

Journal Sentinel - January 1, 2010
Want less flooding, fewer sewer overflows, fewer bypasses into Lake Michigan? Let nature do its job. That's the idea behind a program of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District that preserves green space upstream to prevent flooding downstream in area waterways. It's an idea that deserves support - and copying by municipalities and other sewerage districts. Development can often mean additional flooding for area waterways as water-soaking ground is replaced with concrete. And additional water pouring into sewers can overwhelm a sewage system, resulting in flooded basements and overflows. For full editorial, go to:
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MA: Unclogging the bog

y Robert Knox – Boston Globe – December 27, 2009
In a signature effort for the state’s environmental restoration campaign, workers have begun restoring the headwaters of the Eel River, a 5-mile coastal waterway that flows past tourist mecca Plimoth Plantation and into Plymouth Harbor through some of the town’s choicest countryside. Public and private environmental agencies say the ambitious project to return the Eel to its natural state will be good for fish, native plants, and other creatures that depend on a coastal river environment, as well as for people who fish, watch birds, and take nature walks. For full story, go to:
NH: Wetlands need better protection

Concord Monitor – December 27, 2009
In a 2006 decision involving a wetlands permit for a subdivision in Greenland, the New Hampshire Supreme Court drew a firm line that may have been on the right side of the law but was on the wrong side of the welfare of the environment. It is a ruling that lawmakers should remedy in the coming legislative session. For full story, go to:
TX: Wetlands Reserve Program benefits Navarro County

Corsicana Daily Sun – December 26, 2009
During a time of possible operational transition for landowners throughout north-central Texas, many have selected conservation programs from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help sustain their land use and the rural landscape so vital to the success of their ranches. For full story, go to:
FL: Wildlife drama plays out on pristine Panhandle island

By Kevin Spear – Orlando Sentinel – December 25, 2009
The bloodstained dirt, the tracks of perhaps a half-dozen attackers and the lethal wounds to an enormous beast spoke of a methodical killing that Thomas Lewis has never forgotten. The federal biologist came across the scene a few years ago in the Florida Panhandle, on an island where antlered creatures five times bigger than native deer spend their days munching lily pads — until they are devoured by a top predator once declared extinct. For full story, go to:
LA: YouTube video brings attention to state's coastal conservation

By Daniel McBride – Daily Comet – December 24, 2009
In three minutes, Spring Gaines is hoping to save Louisiana's coast. The 24-year-old Nicholls State University graduate recently posted a video on YouTube, a Web site that showcases millions of videos, many of them user-submitted, to viewers around the world. In the video, Gaines calls upon her audience to take an active role to protect Louisiana's rapidly disappearing wetland. For full story, go to:
OH: With dam breach deal, Brentwood’s losing its lake

By Brad Dicken – the Chronicle-Telegram – December 23, 2009
A dam at Brentwood Lake in Carlisle Township that state officials have warned was “in danger of catastrophic failure” will be breached by Feb. 1, according to the terms of a settlement reached Tuesday. Spitzer Hardware & Supply Co., which owns the lake, will share the cost of the $60,000 to $70,000 project with the township and the county. Spitzer, a division of Spitzer Management, will pay for engineering and other costs, while the county and township will provide much of the manpower and equipment needed for the project. For full story, go to:
AZ: S.787 – The Clean Water Restoration Act and its potential impact in Arizona

Editorial By Gregory McKim – Phoenix Environmental News Examiner – December 21, 2010
A new bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the United States over waters of the United States has been proposed by Senator Russell Feingold of Wisconsin and currently has 24 co-sponsors in the senate. The bill was introduced and referred to the Environment and Public Works Committee on April 2nd, of 2009. The Open Congress web site dedicated to providing citizens information about the laws being made in Washington D.C. gives the following official summary of the bill. For full article, go to:
FL: Editorial: Destroying the Everglades at 25 Cents Per Ton

By Alan Farago – Counter Punch – December 21, 2009
In early December, on an unseasonably hot and humid Florida day, I sat under a large tent in a crowd of hundreds at the edge of a man-made canal draining the Everglades. On stage, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, deputy assistant secretary of the Army ‘Rock’ Salt who oversees the Corps of Engineers, Gary Guzy, deputy director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and assorted dignitaries to celebrate the decision by the Obama White House and Congress to invest in the elevation of the roadway—one mile of Tamiami Trail—allowing fresh water to flow and hopefully nourish parts of the Everglades that remain as a pale reminder of spectacular biodiversity. For full editorial, go to:
VT: Ruling may clear way for upgrade of Route 2

By Peter Hirschfeld  - Times Argus/Vermont Press Bureau – December 21, 2009
Transportation officials say a recent ruling by environmental regulators could clear the way for the first phase of a long-planned upgrade of Route 2, Vermont's major east-west traffic corridor. But opponents of the project say they'll continue to challenge a plan that they believe threatens wetlands and recreational areas in central Vermont. A decade-old proposal to widen and improve three sections of Route 2 between Cabot and Danville was delayed earlier this year when the District 5 Environmental Commission – responsible for ensuring Act 250 compliance – said the Agency of Transportation's plan for wetlands mitigation didn't meet regulatory muster. For full story, visit:
NJ: West Milford considers wetlands land swap for doomed lake

By Barbara Williams – North Jersey – December 20, 2009
Its days are numbered for sure, given the state’s plan to drain it down to a dank swamp. But West Milford Lake may still have a chance to be an asset to the community. Anthony Patire, who owns the 14-acre site including the lake and its shoreline off Marshall Hill Road, wants to turn the property into a mitigation area — where an individual or group pays money to maintain it as an environmentally sensitive area in exchange for disturbing wetlands on their own property. The project must be approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection. For full story, go to:
CA: Lagoons replenish nature’s splendor

By Janet Lavelle – San Diego Union-Tribune – December 20, 2009
Look closely at the string of lagoons along coastal North County and you’ll see it: crisp, bright days of winter promising renewal. It’s at this time of year that bird populations explode in the six lagoons, as migratory fowl wing south along the Pacific Flyway in an inexorable call of breeding and survival. For full story, go to:
New Oregon Wetlands Geodatabase Website Launched!

A statewide wetlands geodatabase containing wetland mapping and hydric soils mapping based on NWI and SSURGO, but enhanced with extensive additional mapping from state, federal, and local governments, NGOs, nonprofits, and academia. Other datasets include FEMA flood zones, sites in the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program, existing wetland mitigation banks, boundaries of local wetland inventories, and recommended priority sites for use in wetland conservation, enhancement, and mitigation. The Oregon Explorer website is at:

IN: Upping the ante on waterway relief

By Erika Smith – Indiana Star – December 18, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been asked to play referee in an escalating fight over the way Indiana protects its waterways from pollution. On Thursday, the Hoosier Environmental Council, Environmental Law & Policy Center and Sierra Club filed a joint petition pushing the EPA to step in and force the state's Department of Environmental Management to change the way it enforces the federal Clean Water Act. For full story, go to:


MD: Opinion: Allan Lichtman: Global warming: a state problem?

By Allan Lichtman – Maryland Gazette – December 18, 2009
Maryland is one of the most vulnerable of the American states to the devastating effects of global warming. According to Chesapeake Climate Action Network, "The effects of global warming will cause massive changes. Maryland, with over 3,100 miles of coastline, is the third most vulnerable state to sea level rise — after Louisiana and Florida. With just a small rise in sea level rise, Maryland's Chesapeake Bay culture and much of the Eastern Shore will be dramatically impacted."

CA: Help restore salt ponds to wetlands

By Meenu Gupta – Tri-City Voice – December 16, 2009
Driving over the Dumbarton Bridge and the South Bay shoreline, the salt ponds of the area are clearly visible. These manmade salt ponds were created to harvest salt occurring naturally in the Bay. Material from the Bay floor is dredged up to build the levees and create the salt ponds. For full story, go to:
CT: Brighton committee recommends wetland access for birders

By Bill Tremblay – Northumberland News – December 15, 2009
Birders may soon be able to access Brighton's constructed wetlands. Brighton's committee of the whole agreed to recommend to council the creation of a permit for birders to access the wetlands, at its Dec. 14 meeting. The permits will cost $5. The committee of the whole agreed to recommend the permit-generated funds be used to increase environmental education of the wetlands. For full story, go to:
VT: Circumferential Highway Gets New Design

By John Dillon – Vermont Public Radio – December 16, 2009
The state Transportation Agency is changing the design of the Circumferential Highway in an effort to win approval from federal agencies. Officials have re-designed the roadway to avoid destroying some wetlands. The change came after the Environmental Protection Agency opposed the original plan for a limited access highway. For full story, go to: 
CT: Late Material on Application Causes Problem for Wetlands

By Ann Compton – Voices – December 16, 2009
In spite of careful revisions made last year to its regulations, the Inland Wetlands Commission has been handed another hot potato regarding the Wykeham Rise property, the 27-acre site of a former private school at 101 Wykeham Road. The commission closed the public hearing on an application submitted by Wykeham developer Matthew Klauer on November 24 due to statutory time constraints. For full story, go to:

FL: Kissimmee River making comeback

By Kevin Lollar – News-Press – December 14, 2009
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series looking at the Everglades Restoration project and its effect on Lee County. An almost day-and-night biological change met passengers last week as the pontoon boat entered the restored section of the Kissimmee River from the C-38 canal. While the 300-foot-wide, laser-straight C-38 was dull and lifeless, the 25- to 50-foot-wide, serpentine, restored river channel exploded with wildlife, especially birds.
Among the busy, often-noisy cast were great blue, little blue and tri-color herons, ospreys, wood storks and lots of alligators.
NH: N.H. sees increase in shoreland violations

By Eric Parry – The Eagle Tribune – December 13, 2009
Maggie Osborn has had state inspectors at her Valcat Lane home three times since she started construction last year. The Department of Environmental Services has come to make sure she didn't violate shoreland protection laws by cutting down too many trees and letting silt wash into Big Island Pond during construction. "We've been targeted for everything," she said. For full story, go to:
KS: Duck season set to go green

By Marc Murrell – Topeka-Capital Journal – December 12, 2009
Christmas is just around the corner. But if you're a duck hunter you might think Christmas has come early if you know where to look for some outstanding duck hunting opportunities this month. December in Kansas can provide some of the best waterfowling of the season. Waterfowlers armed with a bit of knowledge set up in the right location come sunrise might find they have a limit of ducks hanging on their duck strap in short order. For full story, go to:
OK: Weekly Wildlife Report/Outdoor Calendar

Bixby Bulletin – December 11, 2009
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation recently recognized Tillman County Commissioner Joe Don Dickey for his role in the construction of an access road and parking lot at the Hackberry Flat Center. Following Dickey's recognition, the Commission heard a presentation from Melynda Hickman, wildlife diversity biologist for the Wildlife Department, and Alan Stacey, wetland development biologist for the Wildlife Department, on the significance of Hackberry Flat and the on-site Hackberry Flat Center, as well as the success and significance of wetland restoration projects statewide. For full report, go to:
OR: Viewing opportunities elevated at wetlands

By Dick Mason – The Observer – December 11, 2009
Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area bird watchers are in for a treat. A new wooden viewing platform and walkway is giving visitors a bird’s-eye view of the Tule Lake Public Access Area of Ladd Marsh, 1.25 miles north of Highway 203 on Peach Road. The platform and walkway, mounted on concrete pillars, stand over a over a portion of Ladd Marsh, which is now an expansive sheet of ice. The area under the platform and walkway is almost impossible to walk through without ice skates or cleats. It is equally difficult to get through in the spring and summer when people have to slosh through thick mud and vegetation. For full story, go to:
CT: Bristol company fined for violating Clean Water Act

By Diane Church – Bristol Press – December 11, 2009
A Bristol construction company was fined $21,600 for violating the Clean Water Act when it allowed unpermitted fill and sediment to enter wetlands in town. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District issued a Class 1 Administrative Penalty against Carpenter Realty Co. of Bristol. The company was issued a permit in May of 2005 authorizing it to place fill material in 999 square feet of wetlands as it built a road for access to an industrial subdivision off Queen Street. For full story, go to:
MO: What's with the ducks

By Staff – Constitution Tribune – December 10, 2009
As we enter the last two weeks of the Missouri 2009 North Zone duck season, area waterfowlers are wondering, "What's with the ducks?" Despite reports of a near-record fall flight, based on last May's U.S. Fish & Wildlife nesting ground census, duck hunting in north central Missouri's wetlands could best be termed "spotty." Perhaps we duck hunters had too great an expectation, what with the reported huge numbers of waterfowl poised to come down, and coming off a darn good season last year, even though duck numbers weren't as high. For full story, go to:
CA: How California Is Taking Climate Change Seriously

Gina-Marie CheesemanTriplepunditDecember 10, 2009
California, the most populous state in the Union, takes climate change seriously. Last week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a
map of what climate change might do to California. The California Energy Commission and paid the Stockholm Environment Institute to develop maps with Google Earth so Californians can see what the possible impacts of climate change might be, and how the state will need to adapt. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also released a video last week in which he argued that reducing California’s carbon dioxide levels is not enough. “We must also be prepared for some continued climate change, which is now inevitable,” he said. For full story, go to:
KS: Dec. 15 Approval Date Set for Wetland Applications

Kansas Farmer – December 10, 2009
An approval date of Dec. 15 has been set for applications to the Wetlands Reserve Program. Eric Banks, state conservationist for the National Resources Conservation Service, said those applicants that have been determined eligible and have already had site visits will be considered for FY 2010 funding on Dec. 15. There will be a second approval ldate on Feb. 19, 2010 for additional applications. Fields subject to frequent flooding, had drainage systems installed prior to 1985, or ponded water for a period of time may be eligible for WRP.  WRP also has a requirement of land ownership for a period of seven years prior to making application.  For full story, go to:
NJ: EPA clears sensitive wetlands deemed off-limits to owner

By Steve Prisament – Shore News – December 9, 2009
James Del Cane is not allowed to cut down a single tree on his two acres of wetlands off Pomona Road. Yet, about a month ago, the federal Environmental Protection Agency plowed out about a three-quarter-mile path and installed two wells, according to Del Cane, clearing portions of land where he has spent thousands of dollars on studies about the tree frog, barred owl, copper hawk and pine snake. Del Cane said he received a notice in the mail in early October stating the EPA’s intentions. “I called the guy right away, but he was on vacation,” he said. “I left a message, but he never returned my call.” For full story, go to:
NC: State digs into wetlands program

By Dan Kane – News Observer – December 9, 2009
State leaders said Tuesday that they have ordered reviews of an environmental program that critics say allows double dipping from funds to replace wetlands and streams damaged by development. Gov. Bev Perdue has told her panel assigned to reform the state budget to dig into the state Ecosystem Enhancement Program, while Senate leader Marc Basnight sent the work to the legislature's Program Evaluation Division. Both Democrats said through spokespeople that they are concerned about how the program is operating. For full article, go to:
NY: Wingdale development's environmental review process is in final stages

By Michael Woyton – Poughkeepsie Journal – December 9, 2009
Six years after the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center was purchased from the state, the Dover Town Board will begin final steps in the environmental review process Wednesday. Supervisor Ryan Courtien said the board would review the final environmental impact study created for the Knolls of Dover project, a proposal to build a transit-oriented development with homes, stores, offices and recreational facilities on the 931-acre site in Wingdale. For full story, go to:
NH: Concord NRC to hold hearing on wetlands regulations

Concord Journal – December 9, 2009
The Concord Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10, to present a draft of the wetlands regulations for approval at Town Meeting 2010. The meeting will be held in the Hearing Room at the Town House, 22 Monument Square, at 7:30 p.m. At Town Meeting 2009, the NRC presented and voters passed a Non-Zoning Wetlands Bylaw to improve the town’s ability to protect Concord’s wetlands and riverfront areas. The bylaw focused on three main areas: protection of certified vernal pools and the 25-foot no disturb zone, and compliance. For full story, go to:
NY: Editorial: What ‘Talking Gardens’ say

Editorial Staff – Democrat Herald – December 10, 2009
U.S. Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn were having fun with the federal stimulus program in their latest report, and you can see why Albany’s wastewater wetlands project got on their list of questionable spending of taxpayer dollars. […] It is questionable because it is the result of questionable regulations under the federal Clean Water Act. Regulations based on the act demand that the city do something about the “heat” of its wastewater. This wetlands project is expensive, but city officials say other solutions — cooling towers, for example — would cost even more. For full editorial, go to:
CA: Panel OKs permit for soil cap on wetlands site

By Joe Segura – Long Beach Press Telegram – December 3, 2009
The city's Planning Commission approved a special permit for the capping of a Los Cerritos Wetlands habitat area Thursday night. The commission, however, added the requirement that the area be restored with plants and trees. The unanimous vote, following three hours of testimony, includes instructions to the city staff to outline options on the level of restoration. Commissioner Donita Van Horik made the motion to require the restoration. "At this point, we need to say, `Enough is enough,"' she said. For full story, go to:
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CO: Protection Sought for Colorado River Cutthroat Trout under the Endangered Species Act

Noah Greenwald – ENN – November 24, 2009
"The Colorado River cutthroat trout has been lost from most of its range and needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act," said Noah Greenwald, endangered species program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. "The only reason the trout was denied protection was because of a Bush policy that called for ignoring a species' lost historic range when determining whether a species is endangered."  For full story, go to:
OH: New Wetlands a Legacy to Late Waterfowler

By Steve Pollick – Toledo Blade – November 24, 2009
Sometimes wetlands conservationists, faced with the daunting task of restoring and rebuilding the nation's vanishing marshes and wet prairies and woodlands, must feel like the mythical Little Dutch Boy - thumb in the dike, holding back the angry North Sea. Then comes a golden late-autumn afternoon in the sleepy countryside hard by Sandusky Bay, and suddenly prospects for the low-lying world where land and water merge looks a mite brighter. For full story, go to:
RI: Mistake in Mapping Results in Wetlands Violation by Provincetown

By Kevin Mullaney – Wicked Local Provincetown – November 23, 2009
An alleged mapping error by the town is being blamed for the clearing of vegetation within the 100-foot buffer zone of a wetland along Route 6 without permission from the town’s conservation commission, an error that has infuriated some residents, the board of selectmen and the conservation commission. The issue was brought before selectmen last Monday by Miriam Collinson, owner of the Dunes Edge Campground, on the south side of Route 6. For full story, go to:
LA: State Asks Feds to Use Dredged Sediment for Wetland Repairs

By Scott Satchfield – WWLTV News – November 23, 2009
Louisiana officials believe the key to saving the state's coastal wetlands sits along the bottom of the Mississippi River. Problem is, instead of using river sediment for our benefit, officials point out that the Army Corps of Engineers discards it. "The corps dredges millions of cubic yards each year -- sediment that should be going to restore our coast, instead is being washed out into the gulf," said Scott Angelle, who heads up the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. For full story, go to:
WA: Salmon Center Embraces New Belfair Farm Home

By Christopher Dunagan – Kitsap Sun – November 22, 2009
Growing crops and rearing alpacas have been added to the list of programs being conducted by Pacific Northwest Salmon Center, which recently moved into its new home near the Belfair wetlands. For the first time in years, staffers from the salmon center and Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group are located together in offices and laboratories at a single location — specifically the old Jack Johnson farm, which was acquired with state grants and local contributions. An open house has been scheduled for Dec. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the center, which is located at the end of Roessel Road in Belfair. “It’s been a long path,” said salmon center President Fred Barrett, “but we’re finally here.” Read more:
NY: Town's Lax Tree Laws Fuel Anger

By Sandra Tan – Buffalo Times – November 22, 2009
William Huntress has spent much of the last three years cutting down thousands of trees, filling in wetlands and digging drainage ditches on property he owns near Wehrle Drive in Amherst — all in violation of town and federal law. Yet flouting the community and the law has come fairly cheaply: a $1,000 fine. "This is really a joke, and Huntress knows it's a joke," said Ann Suchyna, one of Huntress' most outspoken critics. "It's such an insult to the taxpayers, the Amherst residents. He basically has wiped out the forest." For full story, go to:
NJ: Kinnelon Acquires Wetlands

By Scott Fallon – North Jersey Record – November 21, 2009
The Borough Council approved the purchase and preservation of a 169-acre tract of wetlands and forest Thursday night for $2.8 million, ending a long debate over its future. Known as the Weber Tract, the land was the last large developable parcel in the borough. The property, adjacent to Silas Condict Park, near Maple Lake and Kinnelon roads, was slated for a 150-unit town house development for seniors. However, the 2004 Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act effectively smothered the proposal with new regulations aimed at protecting key water-generating lands. For full story, go to:
KS: Fall Family Field Trip to Wakarusa Wetlands

Opinion by Alison Reber – Kansas City Environmental News Examiner – November 20, 2009
Take a fall break family field trip to Baker Wetlands (Lawrence), one of the regions most celebrated habitat restoration and outdoor education sites.   Baker University Wetlands, south of Lawrence, along with adjacent wetlands on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus are but small remenants of what was once a vast wetland complex along the Wakarusa River.   Over the last 100 years, wetlands in the Wakarusa River watershed have been largely drained and altered for agricultural and development purposes. However, intensive farming was abandoned in the Haskell Bottoms area nearly 35 years ago and habitat restoration efforts began in the mid-'80s. For full story, go to:
NC: When is Credit Stacking a Souble Dip?

By Alice Kenny – Ecosystem Marketplace – November 16, 2009 In North Carolina's Neuse River Basin, where stunning vistas of overhanging birch branches and sandstone bluffs compete with a river tainted by polluted runoff, two titans of the mitigation banking industry wage a battle for the conscience, credibility –and cash – of the emerging mitigation banking business. Call it the Battle of the Georges – George Kelly, that is, founder of Environmental Banc and Exchange, or EBX, and current president of the National Mitigation Banking Association; and George Howard, former director of the association and co-founder and president of Restoration Systems. For full story, go to:
LA: Coastal restoration projects demand unified effort, Louisiana leaders say

by Bruce Alpert – Louisiana Politics – November 4, 2009
The Obama administration should quickly establish a system to coordinate hundreds of millions of dollars in anticipated federal financing for coastal restoration, Louisiana political and business leaders said Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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DE: Green light for dredging of Delaware

By Thomas Fitzgerald – Philidelphia Inquierer – October 26, 2009
The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to allow dredging to deepen the shipping channel of the Delaware River despite objections from Delaware state officials, clearing the way for a project long sought to benefit ports in the Philadelphia region. Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant Army secretary for civil works, decided Friday to continue to rely on her predecessor's determination that a permit from Delaware was not needed to proceed, according to officials familiar with the issue. "It's a giant matter of jobs," said Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.), who took the lead in pushing for the decision with Gov. Rendell and Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.). "I think the merits are pretty plain, and there are no environmental downsides." For full story, go to:
FL: Wetland Mitigation Bank Acknowledged by Ramsar

The Wetlandsbank Group is proud to be acknowledged for another milestone reached by the Mitigation Banking Industry.  The associated Panther Island Mitigation Bank project has become the first wetland mitigation bank to be certified as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in its association with Audubon of Florida's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, home of the largest stand of Bald Cypress trees in the world. For more information, visit:
MD: Beaver dam removal prompts concern over wetland

By Andrea Noble – Business Gazette – October 22, 2009
Bill Greene used to enjoy the tranquility of the pond that once backed up to his and about 20 other houses in the Olde Stage Knolls neighborhood in Bowie. The pond, which was there before the housing development was built more than 18 years ago, was made by a beaver dam, said Greene and his neighbor, Jeanette Rodkey. But the beavers and the dam were removed and the pond consequently drained in March at the request the Olde Stage Homeowners Association, HOA president David Perroto said. For full story, go to:
MD: Nutria Control Legislation Presented

By Greg Latshaw – Delmarva Daily Times – October 22, 2009
Nutria are pudgy, semi-aquatic rodents who aren't native to Maryland but have made their presence known because of their appetite for wetland plants. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Frank M. Kratovil, D-1st-Md., and Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., took aim at them by introducing the Nutria radication and Control Act of 2009. The bill would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to fund programs that coastal states are using to control nutria populations. For full story, go to:
MD: Senator discusses conflict between farming and watershed

By Jack Brubaker – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal – October 21, 2009
Can Lancaster County's farmers help clean up the Chesapeake Bay's watershed without damaging the agricultural economy? State Sen. Mike Brubaker asked nearly 100 people attending the county's first agricultural summit how many think that dual goal is impossible.

No hands went up in the air. Brubaker was "preaching to the choir," as someone later characterized the county commissioners, township supervisors, planners, farmers, agri-business representatives and others attending the summit. For full story, go to:
CT: Railroad environmentalist acknowledges wetlands

By Melissa Bruen – Danbury News-Times – October 21, 2009
An environmentalist hired by Housatonic Railroad identified three areas of wetland and a Pond Brook tributary on the railroad's Hawleyville property -- where the railroad wants to expand its waste transfer facility -- in addition to a primary wetland on a neighboring site. "What is important to this process is the fact that regardless of the outcome of the permit process now before the (Department of Environmental Protection), our railroad, like the trucks we compete with, must serve its customers and must meet its common carrier obligations," F. Colin Pease, vice president of the railroad, said at the Oct. 14 Inland Wetlands Commission hearing. […] Stevens noted the possibility this area may support obligate vernal pool species -- meaning wood frogs, spotted salamanders and fairy shrimp -- but that cannot be determined at this time of year. "The dominant wetland functions provided by this small, isolated wetland area…” For full article, go to:
CA: Menlo Park to consider a stand on Cargill project

By Shaun Bishop – San Jose Mercury News – October 21, 2009
Menlo Park should consider taking a stand on the controversial proposal to build a massive development on the Cargill salt lands, even though the project is located in Redwood City, city council members said Tuesday. The council voted 4-1 to place on a future council agenda a resolution opposing the Cargill project, which includes up to 12,000 homes on 1,436 acres of land just north of Menlo Park's Bayfront Park. Council members Andy Cohen and Kelly Fergusson proposed the resolution, which says in part that the proposal "seeks to reverse long-standing regional and local policies to protect the Bay and its wetlands." For full story, go to:
LA: Study: The Big Muddy can save coastal Louisiana

By Cain Burdeau – Houston Chronicle – October 20, 2009
A study released Tuesday estimates that there is enough sediment in the Mississippi River to save large areas of coastal Louisiana from sinking into the Gulf of Mexico if half of the river's muddy waters were diverted into the disappearing wetlands on either side of the river. The study, in a publication by the American Geophysical Union, predicted that between 271 square miles and 470 square miles of land could be built in a century by diverting 45 percent of the Mississippi's flow into two badly degraded basins south of New Orleans. For full story, go to:
FL: Wetlands buffer relaxed; environmentalists peeved

By Will Hobson – News Herald – October 21, 2009
The Bay County Commission approved an amended comprehensive plan Tuesday which relaxed the buffer requirements set around wetlands. Local environmental activists said this could further erode land preservation laws, which they say are already inadequate. Representatives of the St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association protested a change to the comprehensive plan’s 30-foot buffer zone, which requires 30 feet of untouched land between a development and wetlands. For full story, go to:
MA: Study Points to Potentially Harmful Increase in Golf Course Stream Temperatures

Contact: Evan Lubofsky – Onset Computer Corporation Press Release – October 20, 2009
The green movement impacts many aspects of the golfing industry, and has led to a heightened focus on the role courses have on local environments. While researchers have traditionally looked at the impact of course runoff and potential non-point source pollution on stream chemistry, significantly less work has been done on studying their effects on physical characteristics like stream water temperature. Kevin Ashman, a researcher with Georgia Southern University, and his team recently studied a comparative analysis of stream water temperatures at six different golf courses in Greenville, South Carolina. For full press release, go to:   For a photo of the researchers doing the study, go to:
MN: Families learn during Wildlife Refuge Week

By Tom Hintgen – Fergus Falls Daily Journal – October 19, 2009
Grandparents hosting children and grandchildren over the weekend knew that a visit to the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week, was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. “This was well worth the half hour drive,” said Nelsene McGinn who lives at East Lost Lake. Her daughter, Adrienne Hawkinson, and grandsons Gavin and Jack, enjoyed taking part in several activities Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the wetlands learning center on the south side of Fergus Falls. For full story, go to: For more information on events that occurred around the nation for Wildlife Refuge Week, go to:
Obama Told Only "Robust and Effective Federal Effort" Can Ensure "Coastal Louisiana's Survival"

ENN – October 14, 2009
On the eve of President Obama's visit to New Orleans on Thursday, Louisiana elected officials, local, state and national group leaders today sent the president a letter advising him that "a robust and effective federal necessary" to ensure "coastal Louisiana's survival." The letter signers include Governor Bobby Jindal, U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise, Joseph Cao, Charlie Melancon, and Charles Boustany, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp, National Audubon Society President John Flicker and National Wildlife Federation President Larry Schweiger, among others. For full story, go to:
VA: Biologists, company work together to save wetlands, mole salamander

By Liz Barry – Lynchburg News & Advance – October 12, 2009
There’s an eerie silence at the edge of the quarry, where barren rock meets the forest’s end. About 20 feet back, under a canopy of willow oaks and red maples, lies the breeding ground of one of Virginia’s rarest amphibians: the mole salamander. In 15 to 20 years, as the Boxley Materials Company mines rock for sidewalks and roads, the quarry edges in Nelson County will extend into the forest, swallowing the wetlands where the salamanders reproduce. For full story, go to:
NY: DEC Proposes Tidal Wetlands Guidance Documents

Contact: Bill Fonda – New York DEC  News Release – October 9, 2009
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced the availability of a new set of guidance documents to assist the public and DEC in the preparation and review of tidal wetlands permits. "The guidance documents are intended to help give the public a better understanding of the requirements and terminology used in the tidal wetlands permitting process," Commissioner Grannis said. "If applicants and other landowners know up-front what will be considered during a DEC permit review, they will be better able to design their projects to meet the standards contained in state regulations and ultimately help in maintaining our wetlands as productive, cleansing, and protective ecosystems." Public Comment Period on the Proposed Changes Runs Until Nov. 6, 2009. For full news release, go to:
NY: Invasives a growing threat to Adirondacks

By Martha Foley – North Country Public Radio – October 9, 2009
Adirondack Park Agency commissioners were given a status report yesterday on what’s considered to be the biggest threat to the ecology of the Adirondacks. Invasive species like milfoil and phragmities are spreading fast throughout the Park, clogging waterways and taking over wetlands. Hillary Smith is director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. “This threat of invasive species is worsening,” she said. “I saw a real window of opportunity in the Adirondacks and even in my short time here that window is closing. There still are lots of opportunities for us. But the reality is the situation is very much an urgent one and it’s a growing problem.” For full story, go to:
Queen of the marsh

By Jennifer Anderson – Sustainable Life – October 8, 2009
As executive director of The Wetlands Conservancy, a statewide nonprofit based in Tualatin, Lev is one of the region’s prominent conservationists, known for her standout people skills. Over the past 18 years, Lev has worked to restore and preserve ’s wetlands – marshy areas that provide vital wildlife habitat and the potential to forestall climate change. “A lot of being effective in any area is the ability to have big ideas, get other people inspired by big ideas,” says Jeanne Christie, executive director of the New York-based Association of State Wetland Managers. “I think Esther’s demonstrated that many times over the years.” For full article, go to:
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Ecology adopts wetland mitigation banking rule

Othello Outlook – September 24, 2009
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has adopted a new rule that establishes criteria and a certification process for wetland mitigation banks across the state. Lauren Driscoll, who oversees Ecology’s wetland mitigation banking program, said the final rule contains provisions to ensure mitigation bank sites comply with and support local shoreline regulations, as well as support local salmon recovery, surface water recovery and watershed management plans. For full article, go to:

IN: New Geology Course Takes Learning to Next Level with Wetlands Research
By Bailee SouderIndiana State University – September 18, 2009
Two charter buses filled with Indiana State University students headed into West Terre Haute Saturday (Sept. 12) to get down and dirty with wetlands research. Upon arrival, the students of the newly added geology course, Introduction to Environmental Science, headed out into the woods to take on a day of hands-on learning and a few mosquito bites. Walking down small, underdeveloped trails and stomping through mud in Vigo County's wetlands to collect water and soil samples was part of the day-long learning experience for the students. Jim Speer and Jennifer Latimer, assistant professors in the department of geography, geology and anthropology, received funding for the trip from the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement. For full story, go to:
CO: Garfield County continues to debate resolution on DeGette's FRAC Act
By David Williams – Real Vale – September 18, 2009
“[The Colorado rule] is going to allow those leases to be developed and eviscerate the Thompson Creek roadless area, which is Carbondale’s backyard and a Colorado watershed,” Shoemaker told last year.
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CA: Wetlands numbers already for birds
By Peter Ottesen – Stockton Record – September 16, 2009
With elegant silhouettes that blacken the sky, and calls and whistles that break the early-morning silence, the fall migration of millions of waterfowl into California's Central Valley brings solace to outdoors enthusiasts that all is well with the natural world. At least the world of ducks and geese. At a time when there is so much wrong with our environment, these amazing birds, some of which fly 2,000 miles and more without stopping to rest, are proof that hunter-conservationists and habitat managers do make a difference. A huge difference. For full story, go to:
VA: 'Learning Barge' ready to teach about wetlands on the river
By Scott Harper – Virginian Pilot – September 15, 2009
It looks like a giant floating garden - big, wide and gray - with marsh plants growing on its deck amid walkways and oyster shells. Among its features: solar panels, compost toilets, sun-powered lights shaped like little fish, recycled water spouts, and two wind turbines whirling on top. This quirky behemoth is called the Learning Barge, a $1.2 million vessel dedicated to environmental education and designed for a zero ecological footprint. For full story, go to:
MS: Delta wetlands project approved
Sun Herald – September 15, 2009
More than $921,000 in grants will be provided for a public-private project to protect 2,800 acres of wetlands in Mississippi's Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says the funds were approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. Cochran, a commission member, says the funds will be matched with almost $2.5 million in private money from Ducks Unlimited, Wetlands American Trust, Walker Foundation, and three private landowners. The private sector participants are contributing 1,952 acres. Another 840 acres is part of Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge.  For full story, go to:
OK: A Return to Dry Land
Wide Angles – National Wildlife Refuge System – September 10, 2009
More than sixty-five years ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Washita River in southern Oklahoma, submerging much of the 13,000-acre Washita Farm beneath Lake Texoma. Today, rooftops of the former agricultural showplace poke through the lake — evocative features of Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, one of very few refuges to boast an underwater ghost town. But the land is fighting back. The lake is silting so heavily that it could disappear in 25 to 50 years. And that worries some local residents, who’ve come to depend on it for fishing (they use the rooftops to cast for crappie, white bass and catfish). It also poses a conservation challenge for the refuge, created to protect migratory birds.

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MA: New wetlands bylaw proposed in Norton
By Merideth Holford – Norton Mirror – September 9, 2009
Pamphlets explaining a proposed wetlands bylaw, which will strengthen the restrictions that safeguard the town’s water supply, are available at the conservation office. Town conservation agent Jennifer Carlino told selectmen, however, the bylaw, an expansion of regulations already mandated by the state, will not halt development. More than half of Massachusetts communities have wetlands protection bylaws specific to that town, but Norton so far has gotten by with setback and buffer zone protections that, although rarely appealed, offer the town little real legal protection. For full story, go to:
LA: Corps issues permit for I-12 interchange near Mandeville
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch - The Times-Picayune – September 8, 2009
The Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday granted a permit that clears the way for construction of a long-awaited interchange at Interstate 12 and Louisiana 1088 near Mandeville. The $20 million project has been in the works for nearly two decades, initially spurred by traffic concerns in rapidly growing St. Tammany Parish. Finally, its need was exacerbated by the Aug. 7 opening of the new Lakeshore High School along Louisiana 1088 north of I-12. St. Tammany Parish schools Superintendent Gayle Sloan had hoped the interchange would be in place for the school's opening. Instead, students and employees have had to take a circuitous route to get to the $47 million school. For full story, go to:
CA: Wetlands backers race against time
By Joe Segura – Long Beach Press-Telegram – September 8, 2009
Environmentalists hope to beat a Thursday deadline to keep the door open for future reviews on the potential impacts of projects at the Los Cerritos Wetlands. City Hall officials have repeatedly expressed support for efforts to restore the sensitive habitat, but during the heated debate over a proposed land swap deal they filed for a categorical exemption to environmental impact reviews - drastically blocking future examinations, unless a challenge is filed by Thursday. Deputy City Attorney Mike Mais said the exemption is allowed if there is simply a preservation of a space or natural area. "The purpose is to preserve the wetlands," he said Tuesday. For full story, go to:
Are Bonaire’s Mangroves Slipping Away? Can they be Restored?

By Pauline Kayes – Bonaire Reporter – September 4, 2009
Roy “Robin” Lewis, wetland ecologist, offered a frank assessment of the condition of the mangrove forest at Lac Bay recently “It is in big trouble. Many mangroves have died because of the impact of animals (mostly goats) and humans. Left alone it will die. It needs recovery yesterday!” This grim verdict follows marine biologist Brian La Pointe’s statement two years ago that Bonaire’s reefs were at the “point of no return.” For full story, go to:

WA: Washington Department of Ecology Adopts New Wetland Banking Rule
By Ashley DeForest – Washington Dept. of Ecology – September 4, 2009
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) adopted a new rule establishing criteria and a certification process for wetland mitigation banks across the state according to a press release issued yesterday. Lauren Driscoll, who oversees Ecology’s wetland mitigation banking program, said the final rule contains provisions to ensure mitigation bank sites comply with and support local shoreline regulations, as well as support local salmon recovery, surface water recovery and watershed management plans. For full press release, go to:
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OH: Filling of wetlands continues as developers protest proposed rules
More than 477 acres have been covered since plan stalled in 2006
By Spencer Hunt – Columbus Dispatch – August 30, 2009
A state plan to better protect streams and wetlands from development stalled three years ago after business groups complained that it would cost too much to comply. In the meantime, from 2006 to 2008, more than 477 acres of wetlands and 106 miles of streams were filled in, according to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records. "It's become more and more frustrating," said Trent Dougherty, staff attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council. "We're still living under rules that ultimately aren't as protective as these new rules would be.
LA: Opinion: Four years after Katrina, a mix of progress and inertia
USA Today – August 28, 2009
Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast four years ago, was an eye-opener for all Americans. The inability of New Orleans to cope was shocking. The levees built to protect the city were failures. The follies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency were maddening. Surely a tragedy of this scale (more than 1,600 deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi), a humiliation of this magnitude, would prompt officials to prepare better for the next major hurricane. With Tropical Storm Danny threatening the Northeast this weekend, and other storms potentially to come this hurricane season, it would be nice to believe that Katrina's lessons have been learned. For full editorial, go to:
FL: Discharge: Where IP stands
Pensacola News Journal – August 17, 2009
The main question about Perdido Bay-area residents’ challenge to a proposed wastewater discharge permit for the International Paper Co. mill in Cantonment? Whether it really matters. Critics — who have carried challenges through two administrative hearings — say the ultimate problem is that Perdido Bay is too small to handle the approximately 20 million gallons a day of wastewater expected. Today, they say, the mill — opened in 1941 — couldn’t get a permit to dump wastewater into the bay. For full story, go to:
UT: Snowbird Owner Threatens Own Resort, All Skiing, With Alaska Coal Mine Proposal
Contact: Bruce Baizel – Earthworks – August 17, 2009
A huge coal strip-mining operation proposed on Alaska's Chuitna River by the owner of the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah has drawn the ire of groups concerned about the mine's contribution to global warming. Richard Bass, who owns the prominent Utah resort, has partnered with William H. Hunt to form PacRim Coal LLC, which has submitted permit applications to build a coal mine directly on top of 11 miles of prime salmon fisheries feeding the Cook Inlet. Nearly all the coal excavated from the mine, located about 45 miles from Anchorage, would be exported to coal markets in China and other Pacific Rim countries. The Chuitna mine would produce more than 12 million tons of coal annually, which when burned, would emit more than 27 million tons of carbon dioxide. For full article, go to:
NY: Plan to protect wetlands presses on in Hyde Park
By John Davis – Poughkeepsie Journal – August 17, 2009
Some in town applaud revisions to a proposed wetlands protection law as making it less burdensome to landowners. Others say the ordinance would still be too restrictive or unfair. Supporters and critics of the latest draft of the water resources protection law sounded off last week at a town hall hearing. "We've come up with a law maybe not everyone is crazy about, but one which everyone can live with," Michael Rubbo, a member of the Hyde Park Conservation Advisory Council, said at the town hall hearing last week. For full story, go to:
NV: Union Pacific Agrees to Restore Nevada Streams, Wetlands
ENS – August 17, 2009
Union Pacific Railroad Company has agreed to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act in Nevada by restoring 122 acres of mountain desert streams and wetlands at an estimated cost of $31 million. As part of the settlement, the railroad will also implement stormwater controls at its construction sites and pay an $800,000 civil penalty. The settlement resolves a complaint filed August 6 by the United States against Union Pacific alleging multiple violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from the railroad's activities in Clover Creek and Meadow Valley Wash in 2005. For full story, go to:
CA: Friends of Ballona Wetlands receives SCE grant
Daily Breeze – August 17, 2009
Friends of Ballona Wetlands received a $40,000 grant Monday from Southern California Edison to help fund community outreach and education programs, the nonprofit group announced. "People need to understand how important these remaining wetlands are to the entire region," said Lisa Fimiani, co-executive director of Friends of Ballona Wetlands, which was created in 1978 to protect the roughly 600 acres of wetlands that are home to hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. For full article, go to:
VA: Opinion: Ann Jennings and William Street: Stormwater Regs Will Help Save the Bay
By Ann Jennings and William Street - Richmond Times-Dispatch – August 16, 2009
Cleanup of Virginia's rivers and the Chesapeake Bay is being overwhelmed by stormwater pollution -- the water that runs off rooftops, lawns, parking lots, and streets into state waterways whenever it rains. Stormwater runoff often contains dirt, bacteria, fertilizers, and chemicals and is a major reason why more than 9,000 miles of state rivers and streams and the Bay are so polluted they are deemed not "fishable and swimmable" by Virginia and the federal EPA. For full story, go to:
MI: Opinion: Senator's idea could save wetlands act
South Bend Tribune – August 16, 2009
Few goals are as important to Michigan as ensuring the health of its unique and fragile eco-system. Any other time, a compromise on wetlands protection would be unthinkable. This year, state Sen. Patricia Birkholz's proposal to save Michigan's program is worth exploring. Facing a $1.6 billion budget deficit, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has proposed repeal of Michigan's Wetlands Protection Act and returning regulatory duties to the federal government. For full story, go to:
TN: Effect on wetlands from Tenn. 385 expands costs
By Tom Charlier – Memphis Commercial Appeal – August 16, 2009
To build the last 7.7-mile stretch of the Tenn. 385 highway loop around Memphis, the state will pay for more than just asphalt, concrete and steel. Because the project will cause the most environmental damage of any area road in recent memory, the Tennessee Department of Transportation also must invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in efforts to restore wetlands and streams. For full story, go to:
VA: King William Reservoir: How did Newport News spend $51.2M?
By Sabine Hirschauer – Daily Press – August 16, 2009
As of June 2, the city has purchased 38 pieces of land totaling 821.86 acres and has eight pieces of land under contract, according to city records. This accounts for about 20 percent of all the land needed for the reservoir, said Dave Morris, the project manager. The land includes property needed to build the reservoir, as well as land to mitigate the loss of more than 400 acres of wetlands. In many instances, the city paid much more than appraised value to avoid court battles, Morris said. For full story, go to:,0,6367601.story
MD: Our Bay: Dredging dilemma
By Pamela Wood – The Capital – August 15, 2009
Any attempt to bring back the Chesapeake Bay's flagging oyster population requires a key ingredient: oyster shells. The shells are a key part of the recipe for growing and planting oysters: baby oysters created in a lab attach to old shells; the shells are used to build up the base of sanctuary oyster reefs; and they're the centerpiece of a controversial shell-moving program called repletion that benefits watermen. For full story, go to:
VA: VIMS Wants to use Federal Grant to Buy Marshy Island
By Matt Sabo – Newport News – August 15, 2009
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is poised to buy 455 acres of marshy York River islands from a developer in order to safeguard years of ongoing research in what could be a $1.45 million deal for land that's already protected by a conservation easement. For full story, go to:,0,5735219.story
IA: Saving wetlands may fall to waterfowlers
By Tim Ackarman – Globe Gazette – August 15, 2009
The Waterfowl Association of Iowa (WAI) held its fifth annual Iowa Waterfowl Summit in North Iowa last Saturday. Wildlife biologist Greg Hanson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) led a tour of Union Hills Waterfowl Production Area south of Clear Lake. The area features more than 2,000 acres including prairie potholes, uplands, food plots and limited production agriculture. For full story, go to:
NJ: Beetles feasting on pretty weeds threatening N.J. wetlands
By Brian Murray – The Star-Ledger – August 14, 2009
Purple loosestrife has raised its pretty head again this summer. But agricultural officials say the invasive and troublesome swamp plant that once threatened to choke off Garden State wetlands does not stand a chance of getting past a tiny army of weed killers New Jersey agricultural agents are releasing. While the hue of the loosestrife's magenta blooms may occasionally taint roadside ditchess and wetlands, it has faded on the landscape because of thousands of tiny beetles munching away at the weeds. For full story, go to:
MS:  Mississippi River Gulf Outlet wetlands restoration topic of discussion in Chalmette
By Times-Picayune – August 11, 2009
The "MRGO Must GO" coalition held a community forum in Chalmette on August 11th to discuss wetlands restoration. The Army Corps of Engineers recently shut down the controversial
Mississippi River Gulf Outlet with a rock barrier at Bayou La Loutre. Part of the corps' closure plan includes restoration of some of the wetlands destroyed by the MRGO.  For full story, go to:
FL: Florida Cabinet OK's first new nuclear plant in 33 years
By Shannon Colavecchio – Miami Herald – August 11, 2009
Critics have complained about the site the company picked. In many places, the water table on the site is above ground for half the year or longer, according to documents the company filed with the NRC. Most of the site lies in the 100-year floodplain, meaning after heavy rain, it is likely to remain inundated for some time. ``Any hurricane event would inundate the vicinity of the plant with storm surge,'' the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council noted in a report. ``On-site, the plant and associated facilities may be especially vulnerable to flood hazard.''  For full story, go to:
WY: Caution: Elk Playing Jackstraw
Wild Angles (National Wildlife Refuge System) – August 10, 2009
Can a variation on a kids’ game keep rapacious elk from devouring bird and fish habitat? Conservationists at National Elk Refuge, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, have embarked on a three-year experiment to find out. On a recent June weekend, representatives from the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife, Wyoming Wetlands Society and Trout Unlimited converged on the banks of Flat Creek to launch an experiment, while restoring willow on the refuge. For details, go to:
LA: Taking Down Levees
By Samara Freemark – The Environment Report – August 10, 2009
Man made levees line the banks of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. They protect towns and they allow farmers to plow the bottomlands. But levees come at a price: habitat destruction and worse flooding downstream. Now, more people are calling for taking down levees and returning floodplain areas to their natural state. Samara Freemark reports from Louisiana - the end of the line for the water that drains from the middle of the nation: The Mollicy Farms site in Northern LA provides a striking example of just how dramatically a levee can remake a landscape. For full story, go to:
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VA: Woman finally protects her land
By Frank Delano – Fredericksburg Freelance Star – August 10, 2009
Like many people in the Northern Neck, Sharon Faina loves her land. Now she has helped create a new way to protect it forever. She calls her 23 acres on Lancaster Creek in Richmond County "a true environmentalist dream property: a bluff overlooking the waterfront, a tidal pond, marsh, swamp, upland wooded area and former cropland now planted in pine trees." But when she started exploring ways to protect the property with a conservation easement, she found little interest from state agencies or conservation groups. For full story, go to:
MI: Slither This Way
Wild Angles – (National Wildlife Refuge System) – August 10, 2009
It may not be your idea of a dream assignment, but it suits Kile R. Kucher. The graduate student at Central Michigan University is deep into his second year of field work at nearby Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge following a species that the state lists as threatened and that the refuge hopes to better integrate into its habitat management program. In other words, says Kucher, “I’m tromping around in marsh water that’s sometimes up to my waist or higher tracking Eastern fox snakes.” For full story, go to:
LA Updated maps help document wetland loss in Louisiana
Daily Comet – August 8, 2009
Scientists in Lafayette are creating updated, super-detailed maps to help show how land loss has changed wetlands all along the Louisiana coast. The U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center is developing the maps with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetland Inventory, a program that maps wetland and aquatic habitats. The information is provided to governments, universities and private companies for coastal restoration research and planning. The National Wetland Inventory mapped wetlands across the country, including Louisiana, in 1978 and again in 1988. The data hasn’t been updated for 21 years until now. For full story, go to:
OH: MetroParks plow toward wetlands-restoration goal
By Jon Moffett -  Youngston Vindicator – August 7, 2009
Dirt is being moved around along Western Reserve Road, but the construction workers are “undeveloping” land to bring it back to its original condition as a thriving ecosystem. The Mill Creek MetroParks system is restoring 48 acres of farmland, formerly Orvets Sod Farm, to its original wetland environment. The project began early last month and should be completed by mid-October. “There are two goals with this project,” said Justin Rogers, project manager and landscape architect for the park system. “The restorations itself will provide additional habitat for native plant and animal species and will also improve the water quality in the surrounding environment.” For full story, go to:
NJ: Protecting New Jersey’s Rahway River Wetlands with Diamondback Terrapins
by Rhishja Larson – EcoWorthy – August 7, 2009
One of the residents of this marsh habitat is the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), listed as a species of special concern. Nonprofit group National Biodiversity Parks (NBP) hopes to protect and conserve this highly threatened area by studying its diamondback terrapin population. For full article, go to:
NE: Nebraska tests grazing option in new wetland applications
By North Platte Bulletin Staff – August 7, 2009
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is testing landowner interest in a new Wetlands Reserve Program option to reserve grazing rights on contracted wetland acres.
Applications are being accepted statewide from Aug. 10-21 at local NRCS offices. NRCS State Conservationist Steve Chick said this is a new option that applies only to Wetlands Reserve Program applications received during this signup period, but it will apply to permanent or 30-year easement contracts. Landowners would retain the rights to graze land entered into a Wetlands Reserve Program contract. Compensation normally paid through WRP for permanent or 30-year easements would be reduced by the value of the grazing. For full article, go to:
MO: EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes to List of Impaired Waters for Missouri
Contact: Kris Lancaster – EPA News Release – August 6, 2009
EPA has released its proposed decision on Missouri’s 2008 list of impaired waters. EPA is approving Missouri’s listing of 273 waters as impaired, and the delisting of 10 water bodies. The Agency is requesting public comment on its proposed decision to add or restore a total of 17 water bodies and corresponding pollutants to Missouri’s 2008 impaired waters list. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted its 2008 impaired waters list to EPA for review and approval. The Clean Water Act and federal regulations require EPA to review the state’s list to determine if the state reasonably considered existing and readily available water quality-related data and information, and reasonably identified waters to be listed. For full press release, go to:
CO: Merrick Collects LiDAR Data for 17,677-Square-Mile Rainwater Basin Project

Merrick & Co. American Surveryor August 5, 2009
Merrick & Company, working for Optimal Geomatics under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is collecting light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data over a 17,677-square-mile area in order to create a digital elevation model.  The digital elevation model will be used in natural resources,  agricultural planning and management, and to update the flood maps in the area.  More specifically, it will serve as part of the wetland restoration index, a tool that is being used to prioritize habitat protection and restoration activities to achieve the greatest wetland biological return for the habitat investment dollar and for stream restoration on the Platte River as part of the Platte…for full story, go to:

LA: Mississippi River Gulf Outlet wetlands restoration topic of discussion in Chalmette this week
The Times-Picayune -- August 4, 2009
The "MRGO Must GO" coalition will hold a community forum in Chalmette next week to discuss wetlands restoration. The event will be Aug. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive. The Army Corps of Engineers recently shut down the controversial Mississippi River Gulf Outlet with a rock barrier at Bayou La Loutre. Part of the corps' closure plan includes restoration of some of the wetlands destroyed by the MRGO. For details, go to:
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LA: Louisiana Tribes' lands swallowed by Gulf of Mexico
By Kari Lydersen – San Francisco Chronicle – July 26, 2009
"Every morning is like Christmas morning" during shrimping season, says Whitney Dardar, 73, a Houma Indian who loves fishing in the bayous of southwestern Louisiana as his forebears have done for two centuries. For full article, go to:
WI: Outdoors: No outcry to close trout fishing
By Jim Lee – Daily Tribune – July 26, 2009
Streams, lakes and wetlands in north central Wisconsin are showing the effects of an unshakeable summer drought that has gripped the region for the past several years. However, unlike 20 years ago when the region's rivers faced a similar situation, there has been no call to suspend or curtail trout fishing. "The Prairie River is running the lowest water levels in more than 80 years of records," Dave Seibel, Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist at Antigo, said prior to this past week's scattered precipitation. For full story, go to:
TX: Alligator numbers fall in aftermath of Ike
By Shannon Tompkins – Houston Chronicle – July 25, 2009
As experts predicted, recently completed research shows the number of alligators in the coastal marshes and other wetlands along the upper Texas coast this year is down considerably as the reptiles and their habitat struggle with Hurricane Ike's lingering impact. Researchers conducting aerial surveys of alligator nesting activity in Jefferson, Chambers and Orange counties, the most alligator-rich in Texas, counted barely 10 percent the number of alligator nests they saw a year ago. For full story, go to:
ID: Idaho Landowner Ordered to Restore Wetlands and Streams on Lamb Creek
Contact: Carla Fromm – EPA News Release – July 23, 2009
Jack Barron of Bonner County, Idaho must remove fill material and restore wetlands and stream channels on his property near Nordman, Idaho, according to an order issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The order alleges that Barron placed rock and other fill material into four acres of wetlands and stream channels near Lamb Creek without necessary permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Barron filled the wetlands in preparation to build a house on his property. Lamb Creek is a tributary of Priest Lake, which supports many recreational activities including boating, fishing and camping. For full press release, go to:
AK: Supreme Court declines Fairbanks wetlands permafrost case
Associated Press – June 23, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a Fairbanks case focused on whether land with permafrost is subject to federal wetlands review. The Fairbanks North Star Borough in 2006 wanted to build a park on two acres west of Fairbanks. The Army Corps of Engineers said the borough needed a wetlands permit. Borough officials, with help from a private lands right group, challenged the Corps' jurisdiction. Attorney Daniel Schiff of the Pacific Legal Foundation says the decision Monday is a disappointment for property owners who will be precluded from getting a day in court. Corps' officials praised the decision. Spokeswoman Pat Richardson says the agency position is that jurisdictional determinations are not subject to judicial review.
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MA: Massachusetts Releases Draft Ocean Management Plan
CSO Weekly Report – July 2009
This month, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs released a draft ocean management plan of the state for public comment.  The plan is intended to balance natural resource preservation with new and traditional uses, including renewable energy.  The draft plan establishes three management categories for Massachusetts coastal waters: prohibited areas, multiuse areas, and renewable energy areas.  The draft plan also identifies two proposed wind energy areas adjacent to federal waters.  The plan was required by the Massachusetts Oceans Act, which was signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in May 2008.  The state plans to hold a series of public hearings on the proposal in the first two weeks of September, and will subsequently accept public comments for a period of 60 days.  To read the plan:
UT: IBA news: Great Salt Lake, selenium, and birds
Audubon IBA News – July 2009
Great Salt Lake in Utah is sufficiently significant as a focus for Important Bird Area status that no less than five major bays on the lake (i.e., Farmington, Ogden, Bear River, Gilbert [or South Arm] and Gunnison [or North Arm]) are considered IBAs unto themselves.  Consequently, ongoing developments pertaining to selenium limits at the lake deserve notice. Selenium is a naturally occurring mineral which also turns up in sewage discharge and industrial operations; at high enough levels it can cause deformities among birds. When the State of Utah formed an advisory panel to develop a limit to the amount of selenium in Great Salt Lake, they settled on a regulation for a selenium level that kills about 10 percent of Mallard embryos.   The Fish and Wildlife Service has now sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking that EPA reject the new selenium regulatory level, because the destruction of these Mallard eggs is in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - a taking or killing prohibited by the MBTA. This unusual situation may actually represent the first time that the Fish and Wildlife Service has invoked the MBTA to fight water discharge regulations. For more on Utah IBAs, see:     
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MN: Minnesota Breeding Ducks Decline
Sebeka Review Messenger – July 2009
Minnesota’s breeding duck population has dropped to an estimated 507,000 birds, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This number is 31 percent lower than last year and 19 percent below the long-term average of 626,000. The population estimate is based on the DNR’s May aerial waterfowl survey. “Though population swings are normal, it’s always disappointing when numbers decline,” said Dennis Simon, DNR wildlife chief. “Our goal is to build a breeding population of 1 million birds.” Steve Cordts, the DNR waterfowl specialist who conducted the survey, said the mallard breeding population was estimated at 236,000. This is 6 percent above the long-term average of 224,000 breeding mallards, but 21 percent below last year and 19 percent below the recent 10-year average. For full story, go to:
IA: Northey: 11 more water quality wetlands to be built this summer
KMEG TV News – July 2009
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently announced that eleven more water quality wetlands will be built throughout North Central Iowa this summer through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).  One of wetlands will be built during 2009 Midwest Construction Expo & Field Day in Melbourne on July 15-16. Northey will attend a construction kickoff ceremony at the expo, ½ mile east of Melbourne on 290th St., at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.“The water quality wetlands are strategically built to have the greatest improvement in water quality while also impacting the smallest area,” Northey said. For full article, go to:
FL: Rock for the Wetlands II (Event: July 19, 2009)
By Jamie Laughlin – Broward Palm Beach New Times – July 2009
In the United States’ master timeline, South Florida hasn’t been settled for long. Any long-term resident will tell you about how it used to be: back before massive highways baked in the sun and the reflective sides of high rises blocked out all views of the ocean. Back then, Florida was wild and nature was what surrounded you. A group of Coconut Creek residents get it, so they’re fighting to retain a plot of green space. Inhabited by both endangered and native wildlife, the 43 acre piece of property sits at the northwest corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Lyons Road, but that might all change soon. Plans to develop the space into (surprise!) a strip mall of big box stores have brought community activists together. These green go-getters are raising funds for their preservation efforts today at Rock for the Wetlands II, a fundraiser filled with live music by Assassin, Billy Sansone, and rock-country group the Rodeo Clowns. A $5 cover gets you into this full day of activist action at Korrigan’s (2301 W. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach).
ME: Novel pavement means cleaner runoff near mall
By Edward Murphy – Portland Press Herald – July 15, 2009
Motorists fuming at tie-ups caused by work on the Maine Mall Road this summer can take solace in the fact that the street will be greener come fall. The state is tearing up nearly half a mile of the road in front of the mall to put down a layer of sand, gravel and porous pavement that should result in cleaner runoff heading into nearby Long Creek. "It's the first step in terms of trying to address the issues raised on water quality in the watershed," said Erik Carson, South Portland's assistant city manager. Peter Newkirk, project manager for the Maine Department of Transportation, said work will begin Monday. The contract calls for paving to be done by Oct. 1 and all work to be completed by Nov. 7. At least two lanes should stay open throughout. For full story, go to:
CO: EPA announces more than $27 million in Recovery Act funds for Water Infrastructure projects in Colorado to boost economy, create jobs and protect public health
Contact: Karin Tatum – EPA Press Release – July 14, 2009
“EPA is pleased to provide more than $27 million in Recovery Act funds for much needed improvements to Colorado’s water infrastructure that will benefit the state for decades to come,” said Carol Rushin, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator in Denver. “This funding will protect public health and improve water quality while creating hundreds of jobs in Colorado.” For full press release, go to:
OK: EPA Announces $31 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Water Infrastructure Projects in Oklahoma to Boost Economy, Create Jobs and Protect Public Health
Contact Dave Bary – EPA Press Release – July 14, 2009
EPA has awarded over $31 million to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.
“Investing in the economy and the environment is a win-win,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Lawrence E. Starfield. “These funds will not only help our economic recovery, but they will help provide safe, clean drinking water for communities throughout Oklahoma.” For full press release, go to:
VA: Students build a floating classroom
Staunton News Leader – July 14, 2009
About 10 University of Virginia students, along with a handful of alumni, two faculty members and consultants, put in another 16-hour workday Thursday at a Norfolk shipyard. Their mission: to prepare a floating classroom, dubbed the "Learning Barge," for its September launch date. Thanks in part to a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the students are spending six weeks living in two Virginia Beach townhouses while constructing the classroom, bathrooms, demonstration wetland habitat and breezeway on the solar-powered barge. For full article, go to:
UT: EPA announces more than $20 million in Recovery Act funds for Water Infrastructure projects in Utah to boost economy, create jobs and protect public health
Contact: Diane Sanelli – EPA News Release – July 14, 2009
“EPA is pleased to provide more than $20 million in Recovery Act funds for much needed improvements to Utah’s water infrastructure that will benefit the state for decades to come,” said Carol Rushin, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator in Denver. “This funding will protect public health and improve water quality while creating hundreds of jobs in Utah.” For full press release, go to:
CA: Wetlands Restoration Project Adds Visitor Service
Business Wire – July 14, 2009
As the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project enters its final stages, project team members Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) have agreed to fund a new ranger service to be managed by the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. Uniformed rangers are being added to patrol the almost 500 acre site, providing education for the public, maintaining the new trail system and directing people to approved areas in order to protect sensitive habitats. The additional project feature is an outgrowth of the growing number of visitors to the site. An unexpectedly large number of people are using the new trails and viewing the flourishing wildlife even though the project will not be complete until later this year. For full story, go to:
NM: EPA Announces $19.5 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Water Infrastructure Projects in New Mexico to Boost Economy, Create Jobs and Protect Public Health
Contact Dave Bary – EPA News Release – July 14, 2009
EPA has awarded $19.5 million to the New Mexico Finance Authority. This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state. “Investing in the economy and the environment is a win-win,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Lawrence E. Starfield. “These funds will not only help our economic recovery, but they will help provide safe, clean drinking water for communities throughout New Mexico.” For full press release, go to:
LA: EPA Announces $27 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Water Infrastructure Projects in Louisiana to Boost Economy, Create Jobs and Protect Public Health
Contact Dave Bary – EPA News Release – July 14, 2009
“Investing in the economy and the environment is a win-win,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Lawrence E. Starfield. “These funds will not only help our economic recovery, but they will help provide safe, clean drinking water for communities throughout Louisiana.” For full press release, go to:
WA: Piping project will save water, support fish and wetlands
By Sandra Hughes - Ecology News Release – July 14, 2009
A groundbreaking ceremony held at Barker Ranch near West Richland today launched a major conservation project funded by the Washington Department of Ecology Office of Columbia River that will keep more than 6,400 acre-feet of water in the Yakima River. Last year, Barker Ranch was awarded a $5.6 million grant to replace three miles of an open-earth irrigation canal with a closed pipe system, reducing water losses due to leaks and evaporation. For full press release, go to: for more information, see
IN: EPA announces more than $121 million in Recovery Act Funds for water infrastructure projects in Indiana to boost economy, create jobs and protect public health
Contact: Phillippa Cannon – EPA Press Release – July 14, 2009
- In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies, improve aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and protect human health and the environment for people in the State of Indiana, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $121 million to the Indiana Finance Authority.  This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state. “EPA is pleased to provide more than $121 million in Recovery Act funds for much needed improvements to Indiana's aging drinking water and waste water infrastructure, including sewer systems," said Bharat Mathur, Acting Regional Administrator.  "This money will protect human health and improve water quality while helping to create good jobs in the state." The Recovery Act funds will go to the state's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds programs. For full press release, go to:
FL: Property insurance illusions could turn into harsh reality
By Jackie Bueno Sousa – Miami Herald – July 13, 2009
Magicians will tell you that one of the keys to a successful illusion is the willingness of the audience to believe that what it is seeing is real. The building really is levitating. The elephant really is walking on water. But, of course, it's not real, which is why the show always must end. You can sustain trickery for only so long. And so it is with Florida's property insurance market. We want to believe that rates can be controlled, that government can permanently suppress free-market forces, that most of us can afford to live in coastal areas. But sooner or later reality takes hold.  That's exactly what's happening as Citizens Property Insurance announces rate hikes that could lead to a doubling of premiums in the next five years. In 2008, the Legislature prevented Citizens from raising rates until 2010, and now the state-run insurer must make up for lost time and lost premiums. For full story, go to:
AK: Alaska Landowner Ordered To Restore Wetland Habitat
Contact Rebecca Chu  - EPA News Release – July 13, 2009
Clifford Walker, former owner of Whitestone Logging, Inc., has been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency to remove unauthorized fill material in wetlands and intertidal areas at his property in Southeast Alaska and to restore the site to its original pre-disturbance conditions. The site is adjacent to Game Creek, an important salmon bearing creek that flows into Port Frederick. According to the EPA compliance order, Walker violated the federal Clean Water Act by failing to obtain required permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the construction of access roads and foundation pads between 2003 and 2005. Walker allegedly used heavy equipment to place 3,000 cubic yards of fill material, including shot rock and gravel, into one acre of wetlands and intertidal areas of Port Frederick. For full press release, go to:
NJ: New Jersey Receives $1.6 Million in Economic Recovery Funds to Improve Water Quality, Create Jobs
Contact John Senn - EPA News Release – July 13, 2009
In an effort to improve water quality and create jobs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1,617,600 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A total of $39 million will be awarded nationally to states for Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) grants, which will keep and create jobs to help prevent water pollution and protect human health and the environment.
VA: James River Runoff Rundown raises $26,000 for conservation
By Sarah Watson – The News & Advance – July 12, 2009
The James River just upstream from the dam in Big Island slows to a crawl. The only hazards come from a few low-hanging Sycamore trees lining the banks and the occasional branch near the stream’s edge. Paddling upstream, it takes at least two miles before the river starts to move swiftly and the rocky bottom becomes visible. But, David Sligh said, just as the James becomes a river again, another dam — one in Snowden producing electricity — impounds the water, turning the river back into a moving reservoir. For full article, go to:
NY: Wetlands law is the right step
Poughkeepsie Journal – July 11, 2009
Hyde Park officials should not waver on passing a wetlands ordinance that will provide important environmental protections, especially when the law will prove to be less onerous than some landowners apparently believe. For full article, go to:
NJ: NJ using $10.6M stimulus funds to restore wetlands
Associated Press – July 10, 2009
New Jersey will use a $10.6 million federal stimulus grant to help restore wetlands along the Hackensack River in Jersey City.
Gov. Jon Corzine announced the grant Friday, saying it would create a wildlife habitat in a highly urbanized area and provide recreational opportunities. The project is expected to provide about 100 construction-related jobs. The state Department of Environmental Protection is completing the final design and will provide $3.5 million for the project. It will be carried out by private-sector contractors. Construction is expected to begin in the fall. The project involves removing bulky debris and other wastes from a 35-acre section of an old landfill and restoring daily tidal flows. For full story,
Michigan urged to keep wetland power
By Jim Lynch – Detroit News - July 8, 2009
Michigan would be better served by keeping wetlands protection in state hands, rather than turning that responsibility over to the federal government, according to a report released Tuesday by regional environmental groups. For full article, go to:
ME: Turtles Tangle with Traffic Along Maine’s Coast
Associated Press – July 8, 2009
Turtles are on the move in Maine, just when tourist traffic puts them at greatest risk of becoming roadkill. This is the time of year when turtles migrate back and forth between wetlands and dry areas where they nest and lay eggs. As the Portland Press Herald reports, many of them are trying to cross roads, ending up in a slow-motion game of chicken with passing cars and trucks. For full article, go to:
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FL: Circuit Judge finds flaws in Wakulla wetlands ordinance in ruling against county
By Will Brown – Tallahassee Democrat – July 8, 2009
Circuit Court judge N. Sanders Sauls ruled a temporary injunction against Wakulla County and the county’s code enforcement board Wednesday in reference to applying a 2006 wetlands ordinance against the Crum and Tucker families. Ronald and Eloise Crum and Larry and Patricia Tucker filed suit against the county and the code enforcement board June 19 after they were cited for allegedly dredging and filling wetlands without proper permitting by code enforcement. For full story, go to:
Great Lakes Wetlands at Risk Due to Gaps in State, Federal Policy
National Wildlife Federation (press release) July 7, 2009
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ND: Judge upholds ND anti-corporate farming law
By Dale Wetzel – Bemidji Pioneer – June 16, 2009
North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law does not violate the U.S. Constitution, even though similar laws have been invalidated by federal courts in Nebraska and South Dakota, a state district judge says. Southeast District Judge James Bekken's ruling also gave a partial victory to Crosslands Inc., a nonprofit organization that owns land in three North Dakota counties, saying the state law cannot be used to force the sale of about 1,700 acres managed as a wildlife preserve. For full story, go to: 
CA: California Receives $2.8 Million in Economic Recovery Funds to Improve Water Quality, Create Jobs
Contact: Francisco Arcaute – EPA News Release – June 15, 2009
In an effort to improve water quality and create jobs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2.8 Million to the California State Water Resources Control Board under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A total of $39 million will be awarded nationally to states for Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) grants, which will keep and create jobs to help prevent water pollution and protect human health and the environment. For full press release, go to:
WV: EPA Announces $15.6 Million Recovery Act Funds for Water Infrastructure Projects in West Virginia to Boost the Economy, Create Jobs and Protect Public Health
Contact Bonnie Smith – EPA News Release – June 15, 2009
In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies, improve aging water infrastructure and protect human health and the environment for the people in the State of West Virginia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $15.6 million to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state. For full press release, go to:
OH: Ohio receives more than $2 million in economic recovery funds to improve water quality
Contact: Phillippa Cannon – EPA News Release – June 15, 2009
In an effort to improve water quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $2,228,800 to Ohio EPA under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A total of $39 million will be awarded nationally to states for Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) grants that will keep and create jobs to help prevent water pollution and protect human health and the environment. For full press release, go to:
MA: EPA Announces More Than $185 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Projects
Contact: David Deegan – EPA News Release – June 15, 2009
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today held a joint press conference with Massachusetts Public Officials to announce more than $185 million in Recovery Act funding to improve drinking water quality and waste water infrastructure across the state. For full press release, go to:
CA: New plan for housing on S.F. Bay is reckless
By David Lewis – San Francisco Chronicle – June 14, 2009
Rampant development had shrunk San Francisco Bay by one-third before a citizen revolution halted the destruction 50 years ago, and now the whole region cherishes the natural treasure we've protected and restored. But every few years another misguided developer proposes to fill in the bay, and the latest arrogant plan is a whopper. For full story, go to:
FL: CF promises ‘stewardship’ in new mine
By Greg Martin – Charlotte Sun Herald – June 14, 2009
CF Industries, on its next phosphate mine, will be required to preserve as much of the natural streams and wetlands as feasible and replace those resources destroyed acre-for-acre, according to a Florida Department of Environmental Protection official. And CF Industries, which is planning to strip out 1,475 acres of wetlands on its 7,500-acre proposed South Pasture Extension mine, understands the importance of following those guidelines, according to Richard Ghent, CF director of community affairs. For full story, go to:
CA: 'Saltworks' plan - that's smart growth
By Peter Calthorpe – San Francisco Chronicle – June 14, 2009
After too many decades of sprawl, many people are embracing a much different approach to urban planning: smart growth. This simple, environmentally sound approach to growth would put new homes close to the Bay Area's job centers in mixed-use, walkable communities served by transit. I believe one of the most compelling smart growth proposals is the "Saltworks 50-50 Balanced Plan" in Redwood City. Today, this privately owned site is a 1,400-acre moonscape, a century-old industrial salt "factory without a roof" that could continue to make salt indefinitely. For full story, go to:
TX: Outdoors: No ducking the hard truth
By Shannon Tompkins – Houston Chronicle – June 14, 2009
A mama mottled duck trailed by eight black/yellow fuzzballs bobbled and chugged on the choppy water near the mouth of the Trinity River last Tuesday morning. Despite a running current and stiff wind, the furiously paddling little ducklings kept up just fine with mom, who almost certainly was leading the recently hatched bundles of feathers to a nearby freshwater flat, where the kids could gorge and grow on a high-protein diet of minnows, scuds, insects and maybe a stray crawfish or two while the senna bean, bullrush and other aquatic vegetation provided cover and escape from predators. For full story, go to:
NY: Hearing on tap on wetlands proposal
By John Davis – Poughkeepsie Journal – June 14, 2009
Residents can comment on a proposed local wetlands protection law at 7 p.m. Monday in town hall. The law is intended to ensure wetlands and other bodies of water in town are adequately protected. The benefits of added wetlands protection are flood prevention, ground water recharge, erosion and sediment control and preservation of plant and animal habitats. For full story, go to:
WI: Mother Nature's mess
By Helen Clark – Herald Times Reporter– June 14, 2009
The same rainstorm that a year ago washed away houses on the shores of Lake Delton also left homeless many of the ducks, cranes and fish that frequent the Little Manitowoc River wetland. The storm hit Manitowoc on June 12, 2008, dumping about 4 inches of rain on the city and raising the river 4½ feet in less than 24 hours, forcing heavy rocks off the riverbed and onto its banks. Homes and streets also were reported flooded. For full story, go to:
LA: Dredged mud can save Louisiana coast, state says
By Mark Schleifstein – Times Picayune – June 13, 2009
Each year, the Army Corps of Engineers and private companies dredge about 63 million tons of dirt from Louisiana's coastal areas, primarily to service the needs of shipping and petroleum interests. The corps constantly dredges the river to ensure ships can pass, and oil and gas companies cut and maintain canals to service their facilities and lay pipelines through Louisiana's fragile wetlands. For full story, go to:
OH: $50K needed to open rare wetland site to public
By Steve Bennish – Dayton Daily News – June 12, 2009
Wanted: A $50,000 donation to enable a unique parkland to be opened to the general public. That’s what it will cost for Five Rivers MetroParks to install a trail and boardwalk system as part of the final stages to complete Woodman Fen, a green carpet of sedges, wildflowers and other native wetland plants sprouting from a groundwater-fed wetland. The fen, which dates to the last Ice Age, is the only one of its kind in Montgomery County. It is wedged between Woodman Drive and a residential neighborhood by Belmont Park. For full story, visit:
MD: Around the Park: SP girl's essay on bay grasses wins student Naturalist Award
By Leslie Hunt – The Capital – June 11, 2009
Alexandra Day, 16, of Severna Park, was one of 12 recipients of the American Museum of Natural History's Young Naturalist Award. The program challenges youngsters to embark on their own scientific investigations and to document their research, observations, and analyses of the natural world. Alexandra submitted a 2,500-word essay titled "Chesapeake Bay Grasses as a Solution to Nutrient Pollution." The essay included her research findings and analysis on the grasses, their impact on the Chesapeake Bay and generic historical facts about the country's largest estuary. For full story, go to: For a list of the 2009 winners, go to:
IA: County looks at wetland mitigation
Independence Bulletin Journal – June 10, 2009
Buchanan County may soon acquire property east of Fairbank to convert into wetlands. The move comes as the county looks to comply with legal mandates for wetland mitigation as the D22 road project between Independence and Jesup moves ahead. According to Buchanan County Engineer Brian Keierleber, crossroad culverts that are being updated as part of the project have been classified by the state as “wetlands.” For full story, go to:
VA: New conservation area to explore
By Mark Battista – Chesterfield Observer – June 10, 2009
Chesterfield County residents now have a new site to hike and explore. Named the John J. Radcliffe Appomattox River Conservation Area, the site bears the name of its former owner. Though only 80 acres, the land contains interesting habitats, geology, history and wildlife. This purchase marks the third conservation area to be acquired and managed by the Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Department. The Dutch Gap and Brown and Williamson sites are the other two. For full story, go to:
OH: Granger residents hear wetlands plans
By Ariel Marks – Akron Ohio Community News – June 10, 2009
Plans to develop a Wetlands Mitigation Bank on a 150-acre parcel of land in central Granger Township resulted in a packed house at the Administration Building June 8. In response to a request from the Granger Township Board of Trustees, Vince Messerly, the landowner and president of the Ohio Wetlands Foundation (OWF), attended the meeting to answer residents’ questions and concerns about the project. Messerly said he purchased the land in December 2006 with the intention of restoring approximately 90 acres of wetlands, and he recently applied to the Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to go forward on the project. For full story, go to:
WA: Council delays critical areas ordinance
By Tara Nelson – The Northern Light – June 10, 2009
Following heated testimony from landowners, developers and environmental groups on Monday, Blaine City Council voted down a critical areas ordinance (CAO) 4-3 that would increase buffer zones around wetlands, and scheduled a work session to amend the ordinance in what some councilors called an attempt to balance environmental protections with property rights.
The work session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 15 at council chambers. The hearing is open to the public but public comment will not be allowed at that time. Council members Jason Overstreet, Scott Dodd, John Liebert and Bonnie Onyon voted no on the ordinance, citing that the new regulations were overly cumbersome for current landowners who might wish to subdivide their property compared to the rules in place when they purchased it. For full story, go to:
FL: Power shift might affect Florida water wars
By Kevin Spear – Orlando Sentinel – June 10, 2009
The board that watches over water and wetlands policy for Central Florida is preparing to give up a big share of its authority and a measure of public comment on some of the most controversial issues under its jurisdiction. It's part of a new law passed by the state Legislature that strips state water-management boards of their role in granting permits to those who want to tap water supplies or to destroy wetlands. The board of the St. Johns River Water Management District now rules over water policy in an area that extends from Vero Beach, across most of Central Florida and to the Georgia state line. Members routinely have public hearings before voting on the often-contentious issues before them. For full story, go to:,0,1193636.story
MI: Michigan Promotes Clean Boats, Clean Waters through Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week
Contact:  Robert McCann – Michigan DEQ – June 10, 2009
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has proclaimed June 13-21, 2009, as Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Awareness Week to raise awareness about the need for citizens to take action to stop new introductions and control the spread of AIS.  Michigan is defined by t he Great Lakes and its vast inland waters, which draw millions of tourists and recreational users every year, making it critical that they are protected from the growing threat of AIS. For AIS Awareness Week information, the Governor's proclamation, event listings, activities and more, visit the OGL's AIS Web site at ; or contact the OGL at 517‑335‑4056.
GA: Corps of Engineers to ease permit rules
WBTV Savannah Morning News – June 10, 2009
The Savannah district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking the initiative to be the first to streamline permits for publicly funded projects by increasing the threshold for impact to wetlands. The Environmental Protection Agency and at least 16 environmental groups fear the Corps might jeopardize ecologically important streams and wetlands to speed up projects such as bridges, roads and schools for the sake of economic recovery. For full story, go to: For a related story, go to:
CA: Wetlands mosquito spraying starts
By City News Service – June 9, 2009
Vector Control officials on Tuesday began using a helicopter to drop larvicide on about 1,000 acres of heavily vegetated areas in the San Diego area to reduce mosquito breeding. The areas include Carmel Creek, the San Diego Polo Grounds, Derby Downs, the eastern part of San Elijo Lagoon and fresh water portion of Penasquitos Lagoon. For full story, go to:
FL: Swamp-seeing down south
By REVATHI MURUGAPPAN – The Star – June 6, 2009
Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the largest sub-tropical wetlands in the world where alligators abound. America’s southern state of Florida probably draws millions of tourists yearly, thanks largely to Orlando’s Walt Disney World and Miami’s white coral South Beach (SoBe) area where the thumping nightlife continues till dawn. Not only is sunny Florida a haven for retirees and beach bums, it is one huge outdoor playground for all ages except during hurricane season when the mighty winds can cause major destruction. For full story, go to:
WI: Wisconsin Wetlands Association Announces 100 Wetland Gems

By Katie Beilfuss – Wisconsin Wetlands Association – June 1, 2009
Today, with a backdrop of Cherokee Marsh and the Yahara River and amidst calls of Sandhill cranes, Wisconsin Wetlands Association announced its statewide list of 100 Wetland Gems. 

 “Wisconsin is lucky to be home to thousands of acres of wetlands, and we hope these Wetland Gems will help the people of Wisconsin get to know the wonderful diversity and extraordinary beauty of these natural communities,” said Becky Abel, Wisconsin Wetlands Association Executive Director. Wetland Gems are high quality habitats that represent the wetland riches—marshes, swamps, bogs, fens, and more—that historically made up a quarter of Wisconsin’s landscape.  Located throughout the state of Wisconsin, the Wetland Gems are high-quality representatives of each type of wetland found in each part of the state.  For more information and full press release, go to:

MS: U.S. Designates Upper Mississippi River Floodplains a Wetland of International Importance

Contact: Vanessa Kauffman – US Fish & Wildlife Service – June 1, 2009

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced approval of portions of the Upper Mississippi River, including the Midwest's largest national wildlife refuge, as a Wetland of International Importance. In making the announcement, Secretary Salazar said, "The ecological, social, and economic values of the Upper Mississippi River make it one of the crown jewels of this nation's wetlands. This marks the 27th U.S. wetland designated under the Convention on Wetlands. For full press release, go to:

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OR: The Oregon Rapid Wetland Assessment Protocol
The Oregon Rapid Wetland Assessment Protocol (ORWAP) is ready to use for assessing wetlands in Oregon.  ORWAP will be used primarily for assessing wetlands and developing compensatory mitigation plans for state Removal-Fill Law and federal Section 404 permit applications, but was designed to be suitable for other purposes, as well.  ORWAP is suitable for assessing all types of wetlands statewide; thus, it will fill the gap in areas where an HGM Guidebook is not available (HGM guidebooks have been developed for tidal wetlands and for two wetland subclasses in the Willamette Valley).  The Oregon Department of State Lands initiated ORWAP development with funding assistance from EPA Region 10.  This has been an interagency effort—wetland specialists with EPA, the Portland District Corps of Engineers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agencies participated throughout the development process to ensure that ORWAP will meet their program needs.  Dr. Paul Adamus (Adamus Resource Assessment, Inc.) developed ORWAP with help from more than 100 individuals—private sector and public—who participated on technical advisory committees, assisted with field testing in over 220 wetlands statewide, provided expert knowledge about regional wetlands, developed supporting information, or provided peer review. 
ORWAP is available from the Dept. of State Lands at:
GA: Southern Company, Environmental Partners Award Eight Wetland Restoration Grants Through Five Star Program
PRNewswire – May 28, 2009
Southern Company (NYSE: SO), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Association of Counties and Wildlife Habitat Council today announced that eight new wetland, riparian and coastal conservation grants have been awarded in the Southeast through the Five Star Restoration Program. For full press release, go to:
KS: In an effort to protect your tap, a natural solution
By Scott Rothschild – Lawrence Journal - May 26, 2009
Near a tributary in western Douglas County, an effort is under way to replicate nature to protect Clinton Lake and the water coming out of Lawrence faucets. During rains, water runs downhill across farmland, delivering sediment and pollutants into the tributary of Deer Creek, which eventually flows into Clinton Lake. For full story, go to:
NY: Citizen Action wants to end 'Pay to Play'
By Lauren Johnson – Legislative Gazette – May 26, 2009
A report entitled New Yorkers Pay When Big Money Plays: The Case for Public Financing of Elections was released today by Citizen Action of New York. The report analyzes how campaign contributions affect bills relating to policy areas such as dealing with ticket scalping, rent regulations, health care and wetlands: The group said campaign contributions made by wealthy corporations are preventing the passage of legislation that concerns the most important needs of the public. For full story, go to:
WV: Wetlands project to enhance learning
By Jillian E. Kesner – The Journal – May 25, 2009
A groundbreaking is planned this summer for a wetlands project two years in the making, with plans to have the habitat available for students in the fall, Sara Wuertenberg of the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District said. "We're hoping to break ground in July," she said. Officials with the project hope to conduct classes in the wetland by October. For full story, go to:
WI: Volunteers documenting ephemeral ponds in eastern Wisconsin
By Don Behm – Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – May 25, 2009
Jody Barbeau wades into a shallow pond in woods less than a mile from shoppers at Mayfair Mall and commuters on congested U.S. Highway 45 - to glimpse a bustling community of other creatures. Two mallard ducks cautiously paddle away from Barbeau, but there is no indication of aquatic life until he lifts a net out of the water. Reddish dots on the fabric are water mites, he said.A nearly transparent crustacean with a bulbous head is a male fairy shrimp, a relative of the lobster, said Barbeau, a biologist and volunteer pond monitor. They float belly up. For full story, go to:
FL: How gulf coast's wetlands mitigate the force of a hurricane
By Craig Pittman – St. Petersburg Times – May 24, 2009
Seven years ago, a coalition of Louisiana groups launched a save-our-coast campaign called "America's Wetland" with sponsors that ranged from the NFL's New Orleans Saints to the company that makes Tabasco sauce. The campaign began because they wanted to alert the public that Louisiana's coastal wetlands are disappearing at a rate of 25 square miles per year. The campaign picked up steam after Hurricane Katrina showed the vital role that those coastal wetlands play in blunting the force of such storms. For full story, go to:
OR: Ashland Council Considers Stream, Wetlands Ordinance
By Vickie Aldous – Mail Tribune – May 23, 2009
City residents who want to use riding lawn mowers to cut down blackberry bushes on creek-side property would have to buy a $907 permit under a proposed city ordinance. The City Council is considering new rules for protecting streams and wetlands within city limits. A proposed ordinance that would create protected buffer zones of up to 50 feet next to streams and wetlands could affect 1,800 tax lots because Ashland is laced with more than 20 streams and as many as 44 wetlands. Many activities still could go on within the buffer zones without the need for special permits. Maintaining an existing lawn with a push mower or a riding mower, landscaping with native plants and removing invasive vegetation with a push mower or weed-eater would be allowed. For full story, go to:
New Law Protects Vermont Wetlands
By Kristin Carlson – WCAX News – May 22, 2009
“This is the Berlin pond and it’s famous for bird watching,” said Kim Greenwood of the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Walk around Berlin pond and there’s plenty of wildlife to spot, but this area is also well known because it’s a wetland. “You can see those shrubby plants; that’s indicative of a wetland and wetland species,” Greenwood explained. Wetlands help stabilize the shore, filter drinking water and provide wildlife and fish habitat. But they can also spark controversy. The VNRC sued to reclassify wetlands for stricter control. The group lost its case but the court also ruled the state needed a new way of classifying wetlands, forcing everyone back to the drawing board. For full story, go to:
MN: More teeth in penalties for ATVers who trash wetlands
By David Shaffer – Star Tribune – May 22, 2009
All-terrain-vehicle riders who destroy wetlands in Minnesota face tougher criminal penalties, a year-long ban on riding and, if caught a second time, seizure and forfeiture of their vehicles under a measure signed into law Friday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Jim Konrad, the state Department of Natural Resources enforcement director, said conservation officers probably will seize only a few ATVs each year but hopes the enhanced penalties will deter the worst offenders. For full story, go to:
NY: Setting the stage for conservation
By Willow Belden – Queens Chronicle – May 21, 2009
New York City used to have over 300,000 acres of wetlands; today, less than one-tenth remain, due to development projects that have taken place over the past 150 years. Various federal and state laws regulate development in wetland areas, but there are gaps in the rules, which means many of the city’s marshy areas fall through the cracks. To try to close the regulatory loopholes, the City Council recently passed a bill requiring that the city identify and document all remaining wetlands and develop a comprehensive conservation strategy for them. The goal is to prevent further net loss of wetlands in the city. For full story, go to:
FL: Civic activist tries hand at filmmaking
By Kenneth Knight – Northeast News & Tribune – May 20, 2009
Terry Neal, a well-known guardian of River Hills Drive and the other canopied streets that crisscross this neighborhood, has taken on a new role as a documentary filmmaker. The debut of Neal's documentary, "Orange Lake - Nature's Beauty," begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Temple Terrace Community Church, 210 Inverness Ave. in Temple Terrace. Neal is making a presentation to the Temple Terrace Preservation Society. "This is what I had hoped for," said Neal, who serves as president of the Temple Crest Civic Association. "I didn't expect there would be a screening at Cannes," he said in jest, referring to the annual film festival held in southern France. For full story, go to:
VA: New coalition's goal: Speed up the cleanup for the Bay
By Scott Harper – Virginian-Pilot – May 20, 2009
More than 50 environmental groups from Virginia to Pennsylvania are banding together to push for tougher, speedier actions in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Coalition will officially launch itself and its inaugural campaign, Choose Clean Water, at a news conference today on Capitol Hill. Its members have been organizing and talking for nearly a year and already are lobbying government officials. For full story, go to:
IA: Trumpeter swans settle in at Cardinal Marsh
By Sara DaehnCresco Times Plain Dealer – May 19, 2009
A small crowd watched last week as two trumpeter swans were introduced to their new home.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources released the 11-month old female and male swans at Cardinal Marsh May 13. The swans were donated by the City of Cannon Falls, Minn. More than 800 free flying trumpeter swans have been released into the wild throughout the state since 1995, including several at Cardinal Marsh over the years. The DNR’s goal is to have 30 free flying nesting pairs of trumpeter swans in Iowa by 2009. For full story, go to:
WI: A push to protect Wisconsin's wetlands
By Carl Agnelly – WKOW TV – May 18, 2009
Monday may not have been the sunniest day on a canoe, but everyday is gorgeous for Dave Clutter along Cherokee Marsh. "It's good to be out here in all different kinds of conditions," said Clutter as he paddled with a group of a half dozen others on a blustery, cloudy, and drizzly afternoon. "It's a fun, diverse place, and for those that are in town that don't know the marsh, I'd certtainly encourage them to get out here," added Clutter, who recently joined the Friends of Cherokee Marsh group.  For full story, go to:
ME: Tiny creatures find some big friends
By John Richardson – Portland Press Herald – May 16, 2009
State regulators have been protecting Maine's vernal pools for more than a year. Now, more communities and citizens are taking up the cause. As of this spring, 13 Maine communities have mobilized volunteers to help defend vernal pools by finding and mapping their locations. Residents of Topsham, Freeport, Windham, Scarborough and other towns tromped through woods and wetlands in recent weeks, around the same time wood frogs and salamanders were converging on the seasonal wetlands to breed and lay eggs. "It was such a great experience," said Angela Twitchell of Topsham, who surveyed pools with her 8-year-old son, Hayden Libby. For full story, go to:
MI: Proposal would test new wetlands programs
By Karen Bouffard – The Detroit News – May 11, 2009
Before the state ends its wetlands protection program, two lawmakers want to test the responsiveness of federal and county watchdogs under two pilot programs. Under the first one, protection of wetlands would be ceded to the federal government for two years in the Traverse City and Saginaw Bay areas. Under a second, responsibility of monitoring wetlands would be turned over to the government in an unnamed county. For full story, visit:
WA: “Green” Projects Survive
By Callie White – The Daily World – May 9, 2009
Funding for five environmental and recreational projects in the Twin Harbors survived the state budget process, but the state Legislature torpedoed four in what the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program was calling a best-case scenario before the budget was drawn up. The Senate version of the budget would have cut funding from $100 million to $50 million, which would have affected an additional five projects. For full story, go to:
Regulators Eye General Permits to Address Growing CWA 'Universe'
Inside EPA May 1, 2009
EPA and state regulators are increasingly relying on broad, sometimes controversial Clean Water Act (CWA) general permits to address an ever-expanding universe of discharges requiring permits, most often in response to court mandates but also as a way to address pollution on a more comprehensive regional basis. “Honestly, when I look at the challenging issues” of expanded CWA jurisdiction, vessel discharges and stormwater, general permits make the most sense,” former Bush EPA water chief Benjamin Grumbles said April 23 at an American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) conference on clean water law and regulation in Washington, DC. Reprinted with permission from Inside EPA. For full story, go to:
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Granholm's wetlands proposal doesn't hold water

By Dave Dempsey City Pulse – April 29, 2009
CT: Sewage contaminates Newtown wetlands

By Melissa Bruen – The News Times – April 17, 2009
Town officials Thursday blamed a burst or clogged pipe as the cause of a raw sewage discharge from the Meadowbrook Terrace complex on Route 302. Sewage from a pipe attached to one of the mobile homes in the Sugar Street complex overflowed onto grass, a private road and wetlands that abut the property, according to Rob Sibley, deputy director of the town's land use agency. About 20 acres of wetlands sit behind the complex, he said. For full story, go to:
MA: Department of Environmental Protection Checks Out Newton South Fields

By Ben Terris – Boston Globe – April 16, 2009
The Department of Environmental Protection visited the athletic fields at Newton South Thursday to determine whether plans for synthetic turf playing fields would violate the Wetlands Protection Act. After holding two public hearings the Newton Conservation Commission voted to permit the construction of these fields in February, and issued a list of conditions in early March to keep the nearby wetlands safe. But, a group of 12 Newton residents, represented by attorney Guive Mirfendereski, feel like the conditions do not go nearly far enough. For full story, go to:
WI: Manure Spills Into Wetlands and Kewaunee River

Jenn KarlmanWBAY News – April 16, 2009
Thousands of gallons of manure spilled at a local farm, and some of it seeped into the Kewaunee River. Last Friday, a farmer in Kewaunee County notified the DNR that manure leaked out of his pit. The spill happened on the Stahl Farm on Tonet Road, near Thiry Daems Road and County Highway H. A majority of the manure is in a wetland. Already the DNR and the landowner have used hay bales to try and dam up the pipe, trying to prevent more waste from going downstream and causing more damage. "We immediately got a contractor to dig it out and pack it because we are stewards of the environment and were very concerned," landowner Lary Stahl said. For full story, go to:
CA: Wetlands flourish: How to best enjoy the budding habitat

By Laura Petersen – Del Mar Times – April 16, 2009
The San Dieguito Wetlands restoration project, in its final year of construction, is flourishing with life, including more than 150 species of birds. "We thought birds and fish would come in rather quickly," said Steve Schroeter, a marine scientist from University of California, Santa Barbara. "There's a remarkable increase in the number of bird species." Experienced and novice bird watchers alike can take advantage of the restored wetland and lagoon habitats that are attracting such birds as sparrows, sandpipers, coots, hawks, hummingbirds and pelicans. For full story, visit:
VT: Vermont House passes protective wetlands bill

Burlington Free Press – April 16, 2009
The Vermont House on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation that will increase the number of wetlands that will be protected under Vermont law, state officials said. The bill, H.447, will require inaccurate state wetlands maps to be updated and will mandate better protections for wetlands. Vermont's Water Resources Panel began addressing wetlands classification after a 2006 state Supreme Court
ruling on the reclassification of the Lake Bomoseen wetland. The court decision was used as a catalyst to change state wetland protection laws that left some wetlands unprotected because they were not included on state wetland maps, state officials said. For full story, go to:
MO: Kansas Wetlands Education Center Grand Opening

Kansas City Info Zine – April 16, 2009
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has something to show you. The eagerly-anticipated interpretive center at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area will officially open for visitors during its grand opening at 3 p.m. Friday, April 24. The new facility’s opening culminates several years of collaboration among a variety of partners. It also marks an important milestone in the rich history of Cheyenne Bottoms, providing the means to illuminate that history and enlighten visitors about the unique value of Cheyenne Bottoms, nearby Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, and all Kansas wetlands. For full story, go to: 
VA: Chesapeake Bay again gets a D on report card

By Scott Harper -
The Virginian-Pilot – April 16, 2009
The scant progress made in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay has become "a national disgrace," the head of a leading environmental group said Wednesday. William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, offered his blunt assessment in releasing the annual "State of the Bay" report card, which grades the overall health of the Bay based on various factors. For 2008, the foundation gave the Bay a combined score of 28 on a scale of 1 to 100. In classroom terms, that equates to a D, the same grade as in 2007 and just one point higher than what the foundation first reported, in 1998. For full story, go to:
CA: Wetland Parks Bring Nature Back to South Los Angeles

By Chico Norwood – April 16, 2009
South Los Angeles is home to one wetland and is poised for another. In May, which is American Wetlands Month, the city will break ground on the second wetland for the area — the South Los Angeles Wetland Park at 5413 S. Avalon Blvd. In addition to the groundbreaking, the event will include a community open house where residents will have the opportunity to view renderings of the proposed project. For full story, go to:
MN: Ramsey buffer ordinance on the road to repeal

By Tammy Sakry – ABC Newspapers – April 15, 2009
Although it has yet to be tested, Ramsey’s wetland buffer ordinance appears to be on the way out. The Ramsey City Council April 14 voted 4-3 to introduce the repeal of the 2005 ordinance. Councilmembers David Elvig, David Jeffrey and Jeff Wise voted against the repeal. The 2005 ordinance requires new development to have wetland buffers, ranging from five to 50 feet depending on the quality of the wetland, and limits activities, such as building structures and mowing, in the buffer area. For full story, go to:
A deal to keep a portion of swampland along Horseshoe Lake Road near Collinsville and Pontoon Beach could help protect the area from flooding, officials said this week. Mascoutah-based Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation and Development on Tuesday purchased about 86 acres of land near the northwestern corner of Horseshoe Lake and Arlington roads in Pontoon Beach. For full story, go to:

CT: $1.5M in stimulus goes to restoring wetlands z

By Judy Benson – The Day – April 14, 2009
About $1.5 million in federal stimulus money will be used to restore 900 acres of degraded wetlands in the lower Connecticut River, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Monday. The project, which would help restore tidal wetlands and two acres of barrier beach in Chester, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Old Lyme, Lyme and Old Saybrook, would benefit fish and shorebirds, control invasive plants such as phragmites and purple loosestrife, remove debris, enhance beaches and create pools, the governor's office said in a news release. The state will contribute $400,000 in matching funds for the project. For full story, go to:

FL: Editorial: Digging below the surface

Editorial staff – TC Palm – April 14, 2009
Call it the dumbing down of "environmental protection." A bill filed under this heading is winding its way through the 2009 Florida Legislature. There's just one problem: House Bill 1349 would severely undermine the protection of Florida's wetlands. In their frenetic rush to jump-start the state's ailing economy, lawmakers have proposed several bills that would relax environmental regulations and make it easier for developers to move forward with projects.
LA: Louisiana Begins Wetland Repair with Mississippi River Sediment

ENS – April 14, 2009
The first project in state history designed to mine sediments from the Mississippi River and transport them by pipeline to rebuild eroding coastal wetlands was announced today by Governor Bobby Jindal. The $28.3 million project, known as The Mississippi River Sediment Delivery System at Bayou Dupont, will build and restore nearly 500 acres of marsh in Lower Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes using sediment from the Mississippi River. Governor Jindal said, "The Bayou Dupont Project breaks new ground for coastal restoration in our state because it is the first time we have carried out a project to transport sediments from the Mississippi River through a pipeline to build wetlands outside the river's levees." For full story, go to:
MI: GIBRALTAR: Ceremony to commemorate 358 acres of coastal wetlands

By Francesca Chilargi – Southgate News Herald – April 14, 2009
One of the last coastal wetlands in Wayne County surrounds Carlson High School. A ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school, 30550 W. Jefferson Ave., will commemorate that 358 acres of coastal wetlands as it is donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Waste Management will hand over the deed to the property at the ceremony. The wetlands are adjacent to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and now will become part of it. “We’re going to protect it for wildlife and make improvements for wildlife,” said John Hartig, manager of the wildlife refuge. “We’ll use it as a living laboratory for Gibraltar students.” For full story, visit:
CA: An unpretty wetlands project

Long Beach Press-Telegram – April 14, 2009
Long Beach taxpayers and environmentalists (usually, but not always the same people) are being treated to an up-close look at how to put wetlands into public ownership. It's a lot like making sausage. The land in question is a miserably unsightly little oil patch that ought to be cleaned up whether or not it had wetlands potential, which it does. The city's intent is to trade some surplus land, a 12.1-acre public service yard, for the 33.77-acre parcel, and later, when (or if) the state is in better financial shape, sell it for its approximate value, or about $8 million. For full story, go to:
MT: Montana to Washington: 'Hands off our water'

World Net Daily – April 13, 2009
It's called the Clean Water Restoration Act.
Sounds innocuous enough. After all, who could oppose clean water? But the bill introduced earlier this month by Sen. Russ Feingold and 23 co-sponsors, ostensibly to protect Americas wetlands, lakes and streams, was running into opposition even before hearings begin. The Montana Senate overwhelmingly voted to oppose the legislation because it removes control of all of the state's waterways, including temporary ones like seasonal ponds and swamps, from local officials to those in Washington. For full story, go to:
ECOS Succeeds in Overturning NPDES Voluntary Permit Fee Rule

By Lee Garrigan – (Reprinted with permission) – ECOSWire – April 10, 2009
ECOS won a major victory this week when the U.S. EPA on April 9, signed the withdrawal of the NPDES Voluntary Permit Fee Incentive for Clean Water Act Section 106 (S106) Grants; Allotment Formula rule. The ECOS Water Committee ranked the withdrawal of the rule as its top priority in communications with the Obama transition team in 2008. ECOS actively opposed the rule since the concept first surfaced in legislative language in 2006. ECOS passed Resolution Number 07-3: ECOS Opposition to Set-Asides of Water Quality Program Funding, provided comments to the EPA docket (Proposed NPDES Permit Fee Rule, March 2, 2007 Letter to USEPA), and sent letters to the EPA leadership (Letter Asking for Withdrawal of Proposed Permit Fees Rule; ECOS Letter to Assistant Administrator Grumbles Re: NPDES Permit Fee Incentive Rule). The Agency issued the rule on September 10, 2008 and began to write guidance. EPA subsequently reconsidered its approach based on concerns raised by the affected states. The rule would have provided a “monetary incentive” for States to implement “adequate” NPDES fee programs. Any funds that would have been used for incentive purposes will instead be allocated to states under an existing grant formula. Read the Federal Register Notice - Withdrawal of NPDES Voluntary Permit Fee Incentive Rule (PDF)
LA: PPG plans to restore the wetlands

By Charlie Bartlett – KPLC News – April 9, 2009
PPG is looking to start another project promoting restoration and it's the final phase of their various projects. From the canal re-route project to the wetlands project, PPG is looking to create twenty acres of wetlands right by the Interstate 210 Bridge. "It offers an opportunity to the public to see coastal restoration happening right under the 210 bridge," said Mike Huber. "All dredge material in Louisiana should be used beneficially. This is a highly visible project that will enable us to show as a model project," said David Richard. For full story, go to:
RI: Consultant: Dowling Village may endanger wetlands

By Joseph Fitzgerald – Woonsocket Call – April 9, 2009
The environmental engineering firm hired by the town to conduct a peer review of the proposed Dowling Village, said while the mixed commercial, office and residential development as proposed by project developer, Bucci Development, complies in general with the state's stormwater regulations, it does not appear to be protective of nearby wetland resources, potential additional impairment of the Blackstone River Watershed and the diversity of dragonflies and other species of Odonata at Booth Pond. For full story, go to: 
OH: Judge rules for developer in wetland case

By Steve Bennish – Dayton Daily News – April 9, 2009
A Dayton municipal judge has ruled against the Ohio attorney general in the high profile case of a developer accused criminally of bulldozing an exceptionally high-quality wetland surrounded by woods along Harshman Road for a commercial strip in 2006. Under Ohio law, developers need special permits to do work that affects natural water resources, including wetlands. The Ohio EPA had issued no such permit. For full story, go to:
Michigan Poised to Surrender Wetlands Control to Feds

ENN – April 6, 2009
NM: Wetlands face threats, but have backers

By Sue Major Holmes – Examiner – April 4, 2009
It's one of those unintended consequences: People who came to the arid Southwest didn't mean to destroy wetlands, but that's what happened as they drained swamps for farmland and dammed rivers for flood control, water storage and recreation. "Water is such a scarce resource in New Mexico that whatever use one makes of it affects the other uses," said Steve Cary, natural resource planner for New Mexico State Parks. For full story, go to:
IA: Environment greatly influences decisions in siting wind turbines

By Michael Tidemann – Estherville Daily News – April 4, 2009
There's a certain irony in it. While wind turbines are one of our country's best answers to energy independence and preserving the environment, siting wind turbines often presents environmental challenges. Joe Rubino, senior environmental scientist with Stanley Consultants Inc., discussed environmental issues during turbine siting with members of the Iowa Wind Energy Association Thursday at Iowa Lakes Community College. Rubino said developers need to look at tens of thousands of acres to determine where turbines can be sited. That could amount to areas as large as 25-50 square miles. Rubino said factors to consider include wetlands, cultural assessments, threatened and endangered species, impacts on birds and bats and Federal Aviation Administration determinations. For full story, go to:
Michigan Give Feds Notice of Surrendering Wetlands Program

Contact Luke Eshleman – Common Dreams/PEER Press Release – April 3, 2009
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Northern Republicans question proposal to end state regulation of wetlands

By Eartha Jane Melzer – The Michigan Messenger – March 31, 2009
FL: Local Wetlands Protections Essential
By Jadell Kerr, et. al. – Tampa Tribune – March 31, 2009
In the article "Wetlands Division A Redundancy," Tampa Tribune, March 21, Keith Bricklemyer lays out a case against the Environmental Protection Commission's wetlands protection program, stating there is no documentation of facts showing the program's success. The "absence" of these facts causes Bricklemyer to infer that the longevity of EPC's program is fueled by long-term emotional rhetoric. Our guess is, since the "facts" contained in Bricklemyer's article are, at best, misleading and mostly incorrect, that he himself has been overcome by emotion. Bricklemyer is a local land use attorney with ties to the Tampa Bay Builders Association, an organization that has battled bitterly against the EPC in attempts to reduce governmental oversight of development in Hillsborough County. Bricklemyer is not speaking from the perspective of a tax watch group interested in protecting tax revenues. If so, he would understand that the state and water management districts have significant budgets compared to the nominal costs of the EPC's local wetlands program. For full story, go to: 
OH: 2009 Coastweeks Will Honor Ohio’s Valuable Coastal Resources
Ohio Lake Erie Commission – March 27, 2009
Ohio is preparing for its annual celebration of Lake Erie’s diverse coastal region and the cultural and economic resources that contribute to the quality of life and vitality of the region. The 2009 Coastweeks observance will focus on the preservation and protection of Lake Erie and its watershed through a variety of cleanup events along the shoreline and throughout its watershed. Ohio's program focuses on the theme, "I Can Help Lake Erie.” It encourages people to recognize and advocate resource protection while balancing economic, cultural and environmental interests. “Lake Erie has influenced the growth of Ohio through productive agricultural lands, industries, international harbors and as a recreational destination,” said Ed Hammett. “Taking part in a Coastweeks cleanup is a great way for those who benefit from the lake to give back.” This year, Ohioans will demonstrate their commitment to clean, safe beaches and waterways on September 19, International Coastal Cleanup Day. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission coordinates the state’s observance, which allows thousands of Ohioans to find solutions for litter that pollutes beaches, streams and tributaries. Environmental organizations, schools, scout groups, clubs, community groups and individuals throughout Ohio’s Lake Erie watershed are encouraged to get involved in this year’s Coastweeks by organizing an event. For more information, visit:
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Critics say feds unable to protect Michigan wetlands

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FL: Bill to ease wetlands development advances in Florida House

By Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite – Miami Herald – March 22, 2009
A bill that would drastically limit the state's ability to protect wetlands from destruction has passed a legislative committee. The bill says that anyone who wants to destroy a wetland simply needs to turn in an application that has been ``prepared and signed by . . . scientists, engineers, geologists, architects or other licensed professionals.'' As long as the application is filled out properly and signed by a licensed professional, who certifies the wetland destruction won't lead to water pollution problems, it ''shall be presumed to comply'' with the law and must be approved. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee approved the bill Thursday. HB 1349 is not yet available online. For complete article, go to:

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NC: Scoopers, coveting the swamps

By Steve Ford – The News & Observer – March 22, 2009
When The N&O's editor at the time, Claude Sitton, interviewed me on July 4, 1981, for a newsroom editing job, there were three topics of discussion that still stick in my mind. One had to do with my understanding of a newspaper's responsibilities. A second involved the paper's coverage of a certain conservative U.S. senator, mild-mannered and tolerant fellow that he was. And the third focused on a huge strip-mining operation down along the Pamlico River. I had spent the previous couple of years working for an environmental agency closely focused on water quality, so I was on Claude's wave length as he expounded on the ecological hazards of digging through the Beaufort County forests and swamps hard by a sensitive, vitally important waterway. The TexasGulf phosphate mine, as it then was known, had been up and running since the mid-1960s, but was looking to expand so fresh ore could be recovered as old areas were mined out. For full story, go to:

MS: Public Meetings to be Held Regarding 15-year Management Plan for Bogue Chitto

Contact: Daniel Breaux – Picayune Item / US FWS News Release – March 21, 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting work on a long-term management plan for Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge. A Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) will be developed, which is a practical guide for managing the Refuge over the next 15 years. Established in 1981, Bogue Chitto NWR is one of eight refuges managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex. The 37,600 acre refuge is bisected by the Pearl River with portions of the refuge located in Saint Tammany and Washington Parishes in Louisiana and Pear River County in Mississippi. The refuge is bounded, on the Mississippi side of the river, by Old River WMA to the north and to the south, on the Louisiana side, by Pearl River WMA thereby forming an 88,000 acre block of protected forested wetlands and adjacent uplands within the Pearl River basin. For full press release, go to:

LA: Coastal restoration advocate King Milling wins T-P Loving Cup
By John Pope - The Times-Picayune – March 21, 2009
About a decade ago, R. King Milling had a meeting that changed his life. As the president of Whitney National Bank and the member of countless commissions and boards, he already had plenty on his plate. But three environmentalists, including a prep school classmate, wanted Milling's advice on getting support from the business community for saving Louisiana's coast, a topic that had first grabbed Milling's attention during his years of hunting in Louisiana's marshland. Midway through their pitch, Milling cut them off. For full story, go to:
IL: Committee would oversee Prairie Green preserve
By Steve Lord – St. Charles Sun – March 21, 2009
In the next several months, the city of Geneva will create a citizen's advisory committee to oversee the Prairie Green preserve and wetlands west of the city. The 400-acre preserve, created by referendum several years ago, runs along the western edge of Peck Road, beginning near the intersection with Bricher Road. It was created to be open space on the western edge of the city, with a number of public uses, as well as money-making opportunities for the city. The city has a comprehensive plan for the preserve listing uses such as trails, ponds, community gardens, park and picnic sites, as well as other uses. For full story, go to:
CA: Sensing `disaster'

By Joe Segura – Contra Costa Times – March 20, 2009
City Manager Pat West halted heavy earth movers Friday from spreading a mound of asphalt apparently meant to pave a section of just cleared habitat near Los Cerritos Wetlands. Environmentalists were up in arms over the work at the site - recently sold to a new owner - near the southwest corner of Studebaker Road and Loynes Drive. "Why is the city letting this illegal stuff happen?" asked Elizabeth Lambe, executive director of Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust. The property reportedly was sold to Signal Hill-based 2H Construction, but company president Sean Hitchcock could not be reached for comment Friday. West said he met briefly with Hitchcock at the site Friday, advising him that permits - both from the city and the state Coastal Commission - were required. For full story, go to:

VA: Three Miles of Blackwater River Frontage Protected

The Nature Conservancy Press Release – March 19, 2009
The Nature Conservancy in Virginia and Conservation Forestry, LLC announced today the protection of 416 forested acres along the Blackwater River in Southampton County. The property is home to a wide diversity of plants and wildlife, including bald eagles, and has been identified by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation as an area of “outstanding ecological significance.” The project was aided by the North American Wetlands Act. For full story, visit:

MI: Michigan DEQ and Saginaw County drain commissioner at odds over drains

By Barrie Barber – Saginaw News – March 19, 2009
The state Department of Environmental Quality is investigating Saginaw County Public Works Commissioner James A. Koski's decision two years ago to move a county drain on Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. land without a permit, a DEQ spokesman says.

Koski said he the state's drain code and Michigan Inland Lakes and Streams Act gave him authority to relocate or fill in portions of two open ditches, the more-than-century-old Fisher and McClelland Run drains. For full story, go to:

CA: Editorial: Water, Water Everywhere
By Dave Quick – Santa Monica Mirror – March 14, 2009
A visitor to Santa Monica from Mars might be a bit miffed to learn of Governor Schwarzenegger's February 27 declaration of a statewide drought emergency. “Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best,” stated California water resources director Lester Snow (it really is Lester's surname!) in support of the declaration. Our E.T. from the Red Planet scratches his/her/its head(s). After all, our burg-by-the-bay hugs the largest known body of water in the universe - the Pacific Ocean. Looking west from Santa Monica there is water, water everywhere as far as the eye can see. Water all the way to Tokyo. Or for that matter, a visitor from Algeria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Tampa Bay or even Carlsbad CA might wonder about the governor's drought. There are over 13,000 desalination (“desal”) plants up and running worldwide. It has become mainstream technology. For full editorial, visit:
CT: Wetlands Tables Action on Town's Application

By Jaimie Cura – Voices – March 14, 2009
Inland Wetlands Agency Chairman Mary Tyrrell recommended tabling discussion on the town and Park and Recreation Department application for Strong Meadow Preserve because an executive session requested by agency member Marty Newell had yet to take place. No action was taken on the application for a recreation area at Strong Meadow Preserve on Middle Road Turnpike, at the agency's Monday, March 9, meeting. For full story, go to:

MO: Secretary Salazar Announces Nearly $1 Million for Wetlands Grant in Missouri

Kansas City Infozine – March 13, 2009
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, recently approved a $999,570 grant under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for wetland restoration and enhancement in the Confluence Region of Missouri. For full story, go to:

NH: Conservation housing project OK'd by board
By Tamara Le – Portsmouth Herald News – March 13 th, 2009
The Planning Board voted unanimously approved the Rocky Ledge Conservation subdivision Thursday with 10 conditions including taking jurisdiction. Among the 10 conditions was the pending approval of the Conservation District implementation by North Hampton voters. Additionally, the construction of an eight-foot asphalt apron at the entrance near 142 Mill Road and receipt of a private road waiver from the town's Select Board are also needed. For full story, go to:
LA: Wetlands Reserve Program sign up deadline March 25
Town Talk – March 13, 2009
Through the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) Louisiana landowners interested in restoring or enhancing wetlands can receive funding for doing so. Landowners interested in signing-up for WRP should have their applications into their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Field Office by close of business on March 25, according to a news release. USDA’s NRCS administers WRP and has field offices throughout the state to help landowners with the application process. WRP is a national program authorized under the Farm Bill to assist eligible applicants in the restoration, creation, protection and enhancement of wetlands on their property through a voluntary, environmentally safe and cost-effective manner. For full story, go to:
TX: Court upholds effort to create wetlands refuge in Texas
Houston Chronicle – March 13, 2009
A federal appeals court has upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to create a national refuge on 25,000 acres of forested wetlasnds along the Neches River that Dallas had targeted for a major reservoir. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling Thursday, in essence, blocked plans that called for taming one of the state’s wildest rivers to meet the city’s burgeoning thirst. A lower court previously rejected most of the lawsuit from Dallas and the Texas Water Development Board against the federal agency. For full story, go to:
MT:NW Montana wetlands project to get $6.6 million

Associated Press – March 13, 2009
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says a northwestern Montana wetlands and wildlife habitat conservation project will receive $6.6 million. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by Salazar, approved funding for the Glaciated Valleys of Northwest Montana Project. Salazar said Thursday the project will receive a $1 million grant, $2.8 million in matching funds, and $2.8 million in non-matching funds. For full story, go to:

NY: The Nature Conservancy on Long Island Addresses Global Warming

The Nature Conservancy Press Release – March 12, 2009
The Nature Conservancy is taking a two-pronged approach to addressing global warming and sea-level rise on Long Island. Through its work to measure the anticipated sea level rise and assess whether our environment will adapt to the rising seas, the Conservancy is leading the charge in preparing for these threats. “Scientists tell us that sea levels will rise by as much as four feet by the end of this century,” said Sarah Newkirk, coastal team leader for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. “Long Island’s shores have some of the most highly developed lands in the coastal zone. Rising seas will impact both people and nature, causing flooding in coastal communities, heightened storm surges, and drowning of wetlands and other natural habitats.” For full story, go to:

RI: D’Ambra Construction wants federal permission to fill a wetlands in Johnston

By Mark Reynolds – Providence Journal – March 12, 2009
A developer has proposed filling a wetlands area to make way for an asphalt and concrete production facility, a federal regulator said yesterday. Michael V. D’Ambra’s site plan calls for filling an acre of wetlands and developing a marsh in the new industrial park near the state’s Central Landfill. The wetlands plan is part of an effort to relocate an asphalt and concrete operation from Warwick, where D’Ambra has proposed a 320-room hotel and office buildings. For full story, go to:

NC: Environmental Protections Must be Upheld as Mining Expands

Southern Environmental Law Center – March 12, 2009
A permit issued by the N.C. Division of Water Quality illegally approves the largest destruction of wetlands in the state’s history by PCS Phosphate, according to papers filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center today in state administrative court. The permit presumes the state will write new rules that accommodate the company’s ambitions. For full press release, go to:

TX: Judge’s redo order could halt Isle development

By Harvey Rice – Houston Chronicle – March 11, 2009
A federal judge Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redo an environmental assessment of a housing development on Galveston Island, a ruling an attorney says could potentially halt all development on the island’s west end. The order from U.S. District Judge Sim Lake of Houston said the Corps failed to explain why it concluded that the proposed Anchor Bay Ltd. development was environmentally acceptable. Lake said in his order that the Corps predicted damage to wetlands and animal habitat, then inexplicably said that the development would have little environmental effect. For full story, go to:

FL: Federal money to come for Everglades restoration

MSNBC – Associated Press – March 11, 2009
Everglades restoration will get a boost with the $410 billion spending package signed by President Barack Obama. The president signed the bill on Wednesday, clearing the way for nearly $200 million to be spent largely on projects aimed at helping heal the dying ecosystem. The vast wetlands and marshes have long suffered from encroaching development and agriculture that contributes fertilizers and pollutants to the ecosystem. Efforts to restore more natural water flow in the Everglades have been ongoing for decades. For a link to this story, go to:

CA: San Francisco Bay vulnerable to rising waters

By Mike Taugher – Mercury News – March 11, 2009
Rising seas threaten $100 billion worth of property in California, two-thirds of which is in the San Francisco Bay Area, researchers have found. No part of the Bay Area's lowlands are safe from sea level rise: San Francisco's Embarcadero and parts of Oakland, Alameda, Sausalito and Alviso could all be under water in the event of a major flood unless levees or other protective structures are built. San Mateo County, including Foster City and Redwood City, could be especially hard hit, while San Francisco and Oakland's airports might both be inundated. For full story, go to:

LA: Clay Center film takes close look at wetlands of Louisiana

By Monica OroszCharleston Daily Mail – March 5, 2009
Greg MacGillivray began shooting the story of Louisiana's declining wetlands to sound alarm bells. The director and producer wanted to show that because of wetland destruction, a hypothetical hurricane could lead to a disastrous flood for the Gulf Coast city of New Orleans. As it turns out, the project he began shooting in early 2005 didn't need any hypotheticals. In August of that year, Hurricane Katrina unleashed its wrath on the city. And MacGillivray's filming team went from shooting what could happen to documenting what did happen. For full story, visit:

NY: Hearing on wetlands law scheduled

By Janine Stankus – Poughkeepsie Journal – March 5, 2009
Town residents will get a chance to voice their opinion again on a local ordinance to protect wetlands and watercourses within the Town of Washington at a public hearing next week. “Water and ecology are very important to human existence," said Michael Murphy, chairman of the committee in charge of drafting the legislation. He pointed out that several wetlands in Washington contribute to the village water source, and their quality must therefore be maintained.
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VA: Locality Considers Becoming Wetland

ABC TV – March 5, 2009
South Boston is looking 20 years into the future, but what they see is causing some controversy. The town is updating its comprehensive plan, and one of their visions is to possibly transform Riverdale into a Green Wetlands park.  Business owners in Riverdale are worried they'll have to move. What is unique about Riverdale is that it’s in a flood prone area, so relocation has been on the table for years now. Still owners say it's not right for the town to tell them what to do with their businesses. Bunny Propst has owned property in Riverdale for decades. So, when she found out the town's future plans might not include her business staying where it is, she was furious. For full story, go to:

Cash-strapped Mich. might hand wetlands permitting back to U.S.

By Katherine Boyle – Greenwire – March 4, 2009

MI: Analysis says Mich. wetlands could be vulnerable

Associated Press – March 4, 2009
An analysis by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says dismantling the state's wetland protection program could leave nearly 1 million acres of wetlands without legal protection. The analysis was made public Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has suggested dropping the state program and transferring regulation of Michigan's wetlands to the federal government to save $2.1 million a year. For full story, go to:

MI: Letter: Wetlands deserve strongest protections

By Tom S. Piotrowski – Mlive Ann Arbor Opinion – March 3, 2009
VA: Flood-prone tracts returning to nature?
By Cory Nealon – Newport News Daily Press – March 1, 2009
Since 2005, Gloucester County has acquired 60.4 acres of flood-prone properties around Guinea. It's now deciding what to do with the land, which was devastated in 2003 by Hurricane Isabel and a series of tropical storms that followed. Last month, the county Planning Commission recommended leaving the lion's share in its natural state. "A lot of it is small parcels that used to be homes," said Anne Ducey-Ortiz, director of the Planning Department. "We'll let most of them go back to being a swamp because that's what they were before." It's a cost-effective and environmentally sound decision, Duecy-Ortiz said, because the land would require little maintenance that could be performed by the sheriff's office work-release crew and county employees. For full story, go to:,0,1925012.story
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WA: Petition attempts to stop 244th
Sammamish Review – February 23, 2009
Water squished under Ron Cornwall’s shoes as he navigated his spongy backyard with his 10-year-old golden retriever Clyde. He cast his hand over Allen Lake and described a summer afternoon when he saw the bushes across the lake shimmying. He was fishing at the time with a friend. “This bear came cruising across, going after some geese. My buddy and I, our jaws dropped,” Cornwall said. His backyard is privy to other fauna as well: bald eagles, deer, bobcats, trout, bass and catfish, according to Cornwall. For him and his neighbors, the majesty of Allen Lake is worth fighting for, even if it means taking on a city and a road project planned for decades. For full story, go to:
Legislators envision less regulation as salve for Florida's economy
By Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite – St. Petersburg Times – February 17, 2009
Florida legislative leaders want to make it easier to get permits to destroy wetlands, tap the water supply and wipe out endangered species habitat, all in the interest of building houses, stores and offices. They say streamlining the permitting process will get the economy moving again. "We've got to get permits going and flowing," said Rep. Trudi Williams, R-Fort Myers. "We need to make some incentives for people to revitalize our economy." But opponents, ranging from Audubon of Florida to the Florida League of Cities, say making permits easier to get ultimately would hurt the economy and the environment. For full article, go to:
NJ: The Green Govs
By Fran Wood – The Star-Ledger – February 17, 2009
It isn't often people say nice things about New Jersey's governors. But when it comes to protecting the environment, they deserve some praise. Jersey's concern for the environment and the protection of its natural resources dates to 1755, when the state's then British-run government enacted a law prohibiting the disposal of trash in state waterways. Beginning in 1961, residents of the nation's most crowded state have voted consistently to make land preservation a top public priority. Toward that end, most of the state's governors since that time have left their own green footprints. For full story, go to:
NY: Ex-employee wants to discuss wetlands controversy with Rye council
By Theresa Juva – Lower Hudson Journal News – February 17, 2009
A former city naturalist who said last week that the city manager knew officials had made a mistake in not protecting a resident's wetland says she is willing to meet with the City Council. "I would think they would want to hear all sides," said Chantal Detlefs, whose responsibilities included reviewing wetlands applications. "If they don't, then it's very sad." For full story, visit:
HI: State Takes Over Kawainui Marsh Management
KITV-TV – February 17, 2009
Monday was World Wetlands Day. This year's theme is "Mauka to Makai; The wetlands connect us all." In Hawaii, the wetlands play an important role. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources division of Forestry and Wildlife officially took over management of the Kawainui Hamakua Marsh on Monday. Most wetlands are in coastal areas and nearly all can be vulnerable to development and runoff. The wetlands also face [sic] not to mention invasive weeds and predators. For full story, go to:
Obama Signs $787 Billion Economic Stimulus Bill
By William Branigin – Washington Post – February 17, 2009
President Obama today signed into law a $787 billion economic stimulus plan that he said begins "the essential work of keeping the American dream alive in our time." In a speech and signing ceremony in Denver, Obama said the new law is aimed at creating millions of jobs and halting the U.S. economy's downward spiral. Obama signed the massive, nearly 1,100-page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, a setting intended to underscore the new law's role in creating clean-energy jobs. Before the signing, the president toured a solar panel installation on the museum's roof. For full story, go to:
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TX: San Benito turns sewer ponds into wetlands
By Fernando del Valle – The Monitor – February 16, 2009
The city is ready to turn some of its old sewer ponds into a wetland area and wildlife sanctuary, officials said Monday. The city has turned over plans for the 20-acre project to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, city engineer Orlando Cruz said. State officials are expected to approve plans next month before the city solicits bids for the $700,000 constrction project, said Martha McClain, the city's director of community affairs. The TCEQ is picking up the tab. For full story, go to:
SC: SRS taking care with environmental impact
Aiken Standard – February 16, 2009
Fragile ecosystems and wetlands provide the Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) a unique opportunity to incorporate a simple yet effective means of groundwater monitoring, soil sampling and educational training to college interns. A method called hand auguring is being used in 16 shallow wells along the waterways in R Area, one of five areas at SRS that for decades were home to operating production reactors. Hand auguring is a minimally invasive means of groundwater sampling that is designed to protect the wetlands and wildlife that frequent the area. It consists of manually inserting drill rods into the subsurface in small increments, to allow the testing of subsurface soils, until the maximum depth is achieved. Once auguring is complete, engineers are able to install a well and sample the groundwater for contaminants and monitor the progress of natural attenuation. For full story, go to:
CA: Birders head to Siskiyou wetlands to see eagles
By Carolyn Jones – San Francisco Chronicle – February 16, 2009
It was twilight at Laird's Landing, a barren, lonely ranch 20 miles from the nearest town, when bald eagles began swooping over the tundra to perch in a leafless clump of cottonwoods. Before the full moon inched over a treeless ridge in the distance, more than 40 of the regal raptors had arrived for their nightly roost. Sometimes, the trees hold 130 or more. For full story, go to:
CA: A wetlands rescue
Long Beach Press Telegram – February 14, 2009
A lot of hope has been built into this transaction. It was a roundabout way toward restoring wetlands, and taxpayers will never be sure if they got them at the right price. But at least they got them. The prize consists of some sorry-looking, oily lowlands that have little commercial value because part of the 33.77-acre parcel is legally undevelopable. We don't even know exactly which part, which means we don't know exactly what it's worth. The city of Long Beach soon will acquire the parcel in a no-cash trade for some of its own property, a 12.1-acre Public Service Yard alongside the L.A. River. We're not sure how much that land is worth, either, partly because of deflating property values. For full story, go to:
Critics say feds unable to protect Mich. Wetlands

By John Flesher – Chicago Tribune – February 13, 2009
VA: Deal near to regulate pools by Chesapeake Bay
By Deirdre Fernandes - The Virginian-Pilot - February 12, 2009
City and state officials are close to a compromise on how to regulate swimming pools along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Under the proposal, Virginia Beach would concede that swimming pools are impervious surfaces that prevent stormwater from filtering into the ground. The city would also create more consistent guidelines for what property owners must do to reduce runoff if they want to build pools, driveways and sheds. For full story, go to:
IL: Canoeing one of Illinois' greatest wetlands
Midwest AgNet – February 11, 2009
Eric Schenck was rooted in the present once again, his Alumacraft canoe firmly strapped to the roof of his Ford Explorer after 3½ hours of paddling through one of the last great expanses of wetland wilderness in central Illinois. Physically, Sanganois State Conservation Area is 10,000 acres of slough, marsh, lake and wetland - terrain much like the geography up and down the Illinois River 100 years ago. Emotionally and intellectually, Schenck has concluded, the swamp represents much more and touches upon something deep in our genetic makeup. For full story, go to:
OH: Ohio's Top Two Youth Volunteers Selected in 14 th Annual National Awards Program
Contact: Harold Banks – Business Wire – February 10, 2009
Benjamin McMullen, 14, of Chesterland and Beatrice Thaman, 12, of Toledo today were named Ohio's top two youth volunteers for 2009 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. […] Benjamin, a freshman at West Geauga High School, has raised money and recruited volunteers in an ambitious effort to preserve wetlands in Ohio and protect their animal inhabitants. “Ever since I was a little kid, I have been watching bubbles made by insects on the surface of ponds, and turning over rocks to explore the hidden world underneath,” said Benjamin. One day, he joined a bird walk at a local preserve and learned about wetlands. “Ohio has lost 90 percent of its wetlands to development and farming, so I knew something had to be done soon to stop their further destruction,” he said. For full story, go to:
Granholm’s wetlands proposal worries environmentalists

By Eartha Jane Melzer – The Michigan Messenger – February 9, 2009
MN: Proposals pour in for spending on prairies, wetlands

By Doug Smith – Minneapolis Star Tribune – February 9, 2009
The Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council received proposals for $95 million in projects to restore, enhance or protect wetland and prairie habitat on Monday -- far exceeding the amount of expected revenue over the next year from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment approved by voters last fall. For full story, go to:
What business needs to know about Granholm’s plans

By Amy Lane – Crain’s Detroit Business – February 8, 2009
IA: State seeks more wetlands to fight pollution runoff
By Phillip Brasher – Des Moines Register – February 8, 2009
State agriculture officials think they have the solution to the pollution problems caused by water that drains off the state's farms: Drain the water faster. Shallow ponds like the one created with federal money on a Dallas County farm can destroy much of the pollution that runs off neighboring corn fields and eventually into Des Moines-area water supplies and on to the Gulf of Mexico. For full story, go to:
IN: Surveyor charged in lake-draining
By Becky Manley Fort Wayne Journal GazetteFebruary 5, 2009
Two misdemeanor charges were filed Tuesday against the Steuben County surveyor who officials say partly drained a DeKalb County lake last year. The charges filed in DeKalb County Superior Court against Larry K. Gilbert, 50, each relate to excavation work he ordered at Terry Lake last summer, according to the DeKalb County Prosecutor's Office. He is charged with altering a dam, spillway or outlet to a lake, according to the prosecutor's office. He is also charged with digging a ditch that cut into a freshwater lake without a dam to protect the water level. A hearing has been set for Feb. 20. For full story, go to:
Granholm wants feds to regulate Mich. Wetlands

By John Flesher – Chicago Tribune – February 3, 2009
Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday recommended scrapping Michigan 's wetland protection law and transferring wetland regulation in the state to the federal government. The Democratic governor announced the plan in her State of the State address, drawing mixed reviews from business and environmental interests. Michigan has operated a separate wetland program since 1984, the only state to do so except New Jersey . If Granholm's proposal wins legislative approval, businesses and property owners wanting to fill or otherwise degrade wetlands for development will seek permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit instead of from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. For full story, go to:,0,5677748.story

For an editorial on this subject, go to:
Media Coverage on Michigan Governor’s Plan to Return Wetland Permitting Responsibilities to Federal Government

On February 3, 2009, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) announced her proposal to hand wetland permitting responsibilities back to the federal government. Currently, Michigan is one of two states—the other being New Jersey—that assumed responsibility of Section 404 (dredge & fill) of the Clean Water Act. For more information on Michigan’s 404 program, visit:,
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Below is a selection of the press coverage of the governor’s recent proposal.

MI: Michigan lawmakers vote to keep wetlands program program
Examiner– October 1, 2009

Michigan DEQ says wetlands program could end Oct. 1
By Jeff Kart – Bay City News – September 21, 2009 wetlands_pro.html

MI: Editorial: State needs to continue wetlands protection
By The Muskegon Chronicle Editorial Board – Muskegon Chronicle – September 9, 2009

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Expresses Strong Opposition to Passage of Legislation visit:

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Mayor Bloomberg Releases PlaNYC Report on Protecting New York City Wetlands
The Report - New York City Wetlands: Regulatory Gaps and Other Threats - Fulfills a Commitment made in PlaNYC - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today released a report that studies gaps in wetlands protections in New York City and explores options for filling those gaps. The report finds that while existing Federal and State laws do a good job protecting the City's tidal wetlands and its large freshwater wetlands, smaller freshwater wetlands (less than 12.4 acres) are not as well protected and thus more vulnerable to threats from land use and development. To gather more information on the smaller freshwater wetlands, the report recommends developing new high-resolution aerial and satellite wetland maps to precisely determine the size and location of unprotected wetlands before pursuing other options outlined in the report.  The issuance of the report is one of the 127 initiatives of PlaNYC. "Many New Yorkers don't realize there are thousands of acres of wetlands in the five boroughs," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Wetlands are robust ecosystems that perform crucial environmental functions like trapping pollutants, capturing stormwater runoff, sequestering carbon dioxide, and moderating storm surges. To read the full report, visit:
MT: Senate says no to fed's control of wetlands
Associated Press - January 31, 2009
The Senate endorsed a resolution Saturday to "adamantly" oppose federal legislation that would assert the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate all waterways in the United States. The resolution opposes a proposed federal law known as the Clean Water Restoration Act. For full story, go to:
NH: Wetland ordinance sunk
By Wendy Depuy – Bedford Journal - January 30, 2009
After a lively discussion Monday night, the planning board took two proposed zoning amendments off the ballot voters will see in March. One amendment had proposed a fee for encroaching on the setback around wetlands, and the other would have prohibited residents from parking large commercial trucks at home, if it had passed. For full story, go to:
ASIWPCA’s Call for Change - Water Quality Improvement in the 21st Century
Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASIWPCA) – January 2009
Since the Clean Water Act (CWA) passed in 1972, ASIWPCA has been the primary liaison between States and the Federal government, fostering a strong partnership between the States and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Until recently, this partnership has been a successful collaborative effort as States and EPA worked together to address critical environmental issues. EPA has provided assistance to States to achieve significant improvements in water quality through a combination of sound policy, regulation, and funding. However, a disturbing trend has developed during the last several years jeopardizing this effective partnership and the realization of on-the-ground environmental improvements. Increased and unwarranted administrative program requirements, coupled with decreased federal funding, are crippling States’ abilities to implement core CWA programs. ASIWPCA issues this Call for Change to reverse this troubling trend. For the Call for Change documents, go to:
IL: Chicago-area wetland mitigation banks are bogged down
By Gerry Smith – Chicago Tribune – January 28, 2009
John Ryan is a banker hoping for some help from the federal government, which is not surprising in the current financial crisis, except that he doesn't make loans. He makes wetlands. Ryan, 52, is a wetland banker, a pioneer in an obscure industry of entrepreneurs who create or restore wetlands, then sell "credits" to agencies and developers that are required to offset what they destroy. For full story, go to:
MN: Farmers turn farmland back into wetland

By Ken Ronnan – MinnPost – January 21, 2009
A program called Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) was established in 1986 by the Department of Natural Resources to help bring back native plants, fish and other wildlife.

This video features Dale Aden of Okabena, Minn., who returned some of his marginal farmland to wetlands with help from RIM. To view the video, go to:

NY: Town purchases 16 acres of wetlands
By Brian Bossetta – South Hampton Press – January 21, 2009
Southampton Town has acquired 16 acres of wetlands in Speonk and Remsenburg, between Dock Road and Laila Lane, a property that was at one time a working duck farm and is now considered important habitat for shorebirds. The town used $6 million from the Community Preservation Fund to purchase the property from Martin Melzer. The Town Board authorized the purchase, despite the economic downturn that has required cutbacks and belt-tightening in town government. The board in May unanimously voted to allocate the $6 million from the CPF for the purchase. The CPF is generated by a 2-percent transfer tax on real estate purchases. For full story, go to:
OR: State seeks public views on wetlands removal plan
By Whitney Malkin – The Register-Guard – January 21, 2009
The state Department of Corrections wants to bulldoze more than 90 acres of wetlands near Junction City to make way for a new prison and mental hospital. Site work is expected to begin this spring on the minimum- and medium-security prison, with construction on the 240-acre parcel starting in 2010. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking for public comment on the permit application, which will affect acreage south of Milliron Road and north of Skinner Lane near Junction City. The project will include the removal of 85,000 cubic yards of wetland, which will be replaced by more than 1.13 million yards of fill. For full story, go to:
Maryland's coastal protection laws addressing rising sea level
By Sara MichaelBaltimore Examiner – January 18, 2009
Maryland's push to protect Chesapeake Bay aquatic life and improve water quality also serves to prepare the state for the effects of rising sea levels, according to a federal report released Friday. "Maryland is ahead of most other states" in planning for rising sea levels, said Jim Titus, convening lead author of a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called “Coastal Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region.” For full article, go to:
OR/CA: ALFRED ALOISI, et al., v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, No. 95-650L (Fed. Cl. 12/19/2008) (Margolis, J.)
Excerpt of case: Plaintiffs allege that the United States, acting through the Forest Service and the FWS, temporarily deprived them of a property interest and seek $22.5 million in just compensation. Specifically, plaintiffs claim that the Forest Service and the FWS failed to inform plaintiffs of a July 23, 1990 “no jeopardy” biological opinion until March 1992, in violation of federal regulations. Plaintiffs also claim that the Forest Service wrongfully initiated a biological consultation proceeding with the FWS regarding the potential effects of plaintiffs mining operations on the northern spotted owl in April 1992 and delayed in completing that consultation until February 1994, thereby depriving plaintiffs of their rights of use and enjoyment of their property during that period. For a link to the case, go to:
MD: EPA: Climate change will have big effect on Md. coastal erosion
By Timothy B. Wheeler - Baltimore Sun – January 17, 2009
Climate change will produce a sharp increase in storm-related flooding and coastal erosion over the next century in Maryland and the rest of the mid-Atlantic coastal states, affecting both natural and human communities, the federal government said in a report released yesterday. The 786-page report by the Environmental Protection Agency says that rising sea levels as a result of global warming could worsen current losses of tidal marshes, which are vital spawning and nursery areas for fish and birds. Coastal barrier islands such as Assateague Island near Ocean City, already washed over by the Atlantic during intense storms, are likely to be permanently broken through by pounding waves. For full story, go to:,0,6912378.story For additional story, Maryland's coastal protection laws addressing rising sea level, go to:

NC: NC regulators increase wetlands phosphate mining

The Daily Advance – January 16, 2009
North Carolina regulators have allowed a phosphate mining company to expand the area where it can dig for ore for the next 35 years. The state Division of Water Quality announced the permit expansion Thursday for PCS Phosphate in Aurora in eastern North Carolina. The division said the permit is one step in the process of getting final permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For full story, go to:

NM: Wetlands, forest along Rio Grande to be protected

KVIA News – January 16, 2009
A 783-acre area containing wetlands and riparian forest along the Rio Grande in Selden Canyon north of Las Cruces will be leased and managed for wildlife habitat and recreation by New Mexico State Parks. The land, part of Broad Canyon Ranch, is adjacent to N.M. 185. It includes a 30-acre wetland known as Swan Pond and about a mile of riparian forest along the river. For full story, go to:

OR: Planning close to hotel decision

By Kara Hansen - The West Linn Tidings – January 15, 2009
The West Linn Planning Commission is scheduled to deliver the final decision on a planned Holiday Inn Express on Wednesday. If approved, the four-story Holiday Inn would be West Linn’s first hotel. The 71-unit building would sit on about 10,800 square feet of land beside a 20,420-square-foot parking lot at 2400 Willamette Falls Drive. Developers need a permit to build near a wetland area. They also need a variance so they can build more than that permit would allow – about 21,000 square feet of the development would affect the wetland. For full story, go to:

CT: Echo Lake hearings continue: Applicants answers many concerns from the public and commission

By: James Perucci – Town Times – January 15, 2009
The Conservation Commission Inland Wetlands Authority continued the public hearing on 0 Echo Lake Road on Thursday, January 8, during which the applicant, Echo Lake Brownfield, LLC, (ELB) furthered the case for approval for piping a watercourse on Echo Lake Road. According to ELB, the application is associated with the closure of Echo Lake Landfill to create a buildable parcel of industrial land. ELB is currently under a cease and desist order from the Watertown Planning & Zoning Office. The order states that ELB must stop grading on the property, as well the clearing of trees on the site and beyond property lines into land owned by James and Judith Brideau. The current hearings are one of the requirements of said cease and desist order. For full story, go to:

NM: Bottomless Lakes wetlands being restored

MSNBC – January 15, 2009
The first phase of a project to restore wetlands at Bottomless Lakes State Park has begun. The head of New Mexico State Parks, Dave Simon, says the project will dramatically improve the park and the lower Pecos River. The parks division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week began work on the first phase of the $2 million project to restore 40 acres of degraded wetland at the park near Roswell. For full story, go to:

LA: National Audubon Society says restoring Louisiana wetlands critical

KATC News – January 15, 2009
The National Audubon Society says restoring the Louisiana coast should be a top priority. The organization on Wednesday urged Congress and the White House to make restoring ecosystems part of the nation's economic recovery plan. The group said there are three restoration projects that have been "vetted" and "ignored" worth funding: The Louisiana coast, the Everglades in Florida and the Long Island Sound watershed in New York. Investing $3.5 billion in restoration projects would create up to 75,000 jobs, the group said. For full story, go to:
IL: Wetlands restoration work starts in frigid weather
By Jim Hook – Southtown Star – January 15, 2009
Snowplow drivers aren't the only heavy equipment operators maneuvering in this frigid weather. Crews in Bobcats and backhoes this week are unearthing buckthorn, maple and other nonnative trees from the frozen ground at a south suburban Cook County Forest Preserve District site. The 250-acre site is bound by Flossmoor Road on the south, Central Avenue on the east, 183rd Street on the north and Ridgeland Avenue on the west. The unearthed trees are stacked in piles and burned to make room for the heavy equipment to maneuver. For full story, go to:,011509grasslands.article

IL: Local turtles disappear as urbanization destroys Illinois wetlands

By Maya Linson – Medill Reports – January 15, 2009
Most Chicagoans are eagerly awaiting spring as temperatures dip to their lowest in years. If it's possible, local researchers may be even more fervent as they wait for the Blanding’s turtles they have been tracking in preserved Chicago wetlands to come out from hibernation. Native to the Great Lakes region, Blanding’s turtles are listed as threatened in the state, meaning they are declining so quickly that they are at risk for becoming endangered. For full story, visit:

VA: Virginia Zoo to dedicate wetlands project Jan. 22

By Debbie Messina - The Virginian-Pilot – January 14, 2009
The Virginia Zoo will dedicate a wetland conservation project and new Lafayette River classroom at 10 a.m. Jan. 22. Community volunteers, zoo staff and other partners invested more than 170 hours of restoration work. They planted about 9,000 trees, grasses, shrubs and plants, and placed oyster shells from local restaurants off the shoreline to create the base for an oyster reef and to protect the new plants. Workers installed a small handicapped-accessible walkway and viewing area made of concrete, as well as a platform to attract ospreys to nest. For full story, go to:

IN: Interactive map to focus on Indiana Wetlands

Carroll County Comet – January 14, 2009
One of Indiana's most overlooked natural resources are wetland ecosystems, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has created a new Web site to offer a glimpse into the state's varied wetland ecosystems. The newest Internet offering, a Wetlands virtual tour, can be found at
Wetlands, which store rainwater and slow the movement of floodwater, can be affected by construction projects. IDEM administers several permits regarding construction, excavation, and dredging projects that propose to impact Indiana's wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes. "This Web-based educational component highlights just a few of the vibrant wetlands across the state of Indiana," said Thomas Easterly, IDEM commissioner. "Our goal is to help children and adults learn about the significance and beauty of these important natural resources." For full story, go to:

MD: MARYLAND: Federal vote expected on natural gas pipeline

Associated Press – January 13, 2009
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it is scheduled Thursday to consider the proposal to build a natural gas terminal near Baltimore and an 88-mile pipeline to Pennsylvania. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking that a vote be delayed to address the potential threats to the habitats used by the Indiana bat and the bog turtle. The bat is on the federal endangered-species list and the turtle is on the threatened-species list. For full story, go to:

NY: Scientists watching sea level effects on East End marshes

By Michael Wright – East Hampton Press – January 13, 2009
As ice caps melt and sea levels rise around the planet, some local scientists are worried that the East End’s wetlands may start to disappear, especially in places where pollution and development are already causing problems. Scientists from The Nature Conservancy, working with state and county officials, embarked this fall on a study to test whether local wetlands are adapting to rising sea levels and determine where they can be expected to persist and where they may vanish forever. For full story, go to:

IN: INDOT environmental study to start


Washington-Times Herald – January 12, 2009
The Indiana Department of Transportation is planning to undertake an environmental mitigation project (DES number 0710900) as part of the I-69, Evansville to Indianapolis project, funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration. The project will mitigate for environmental impacts associated with Section 2 of the I-69 project. The mitigation project is located northeast of the intersection of CR 125 E and CR 250 S, approximately 0.75 mile west of SR 257. The location is Section 12, T2N, R7W in Daviess County, Washington Township, on the USGS Sandy Hook Quad-rangle Map. For full story, visit:


FL: Tampa Bay Rays employees pitch in on wetlands restoration

By Georgia Brown – Bradenton Herald – January 11, 2009
Employees of the Tampa Bay Rays walked down a lane shaded by old oaks and palmetto palms, crossed a muddy tract pockmarked with footprints and spread out across the salt marsh Saturday to work on a community project in far northwest Manatee County. The volunteers from the Rays’ Employee Community Outreach Team, called ECOT, brought friends and family members to help restore the 200-acre Terra Ceia Preserve. Obviously not afraid to get their feet wet, they worked all morning planting plugs of salt marsh plants in the wetlands. Their yellow T-shirts made them easy to spot as they worked along the edges of the water. “We have over 70 people who volunteered to work on the project today,” said Matt Silverman, team president, who oversees business operations for the American League-champion Rays. For full story, go to:

KS: Stimulus talk spurs SLT hope

By Mark Fagan – Lawrence Journal World – January 11, 2009
Barack Obama’s imminent presidential inauguration — and, in particular, his plans for billions of dollars in infrastructure investment — is stimulating hope for completing the South Lawrence Trafficway in Lawrence. No matter which way the limited-access highway would go. Opponents of the project’s current path say Obama’s economic-stimulus plan easily could bankroll finishing the highway, provided it would run south of the Wakarusa River. They say work could be started within two years. “I can find a whole lot of people who would stand in line to help,” said Bob Eye, an attorney for a coalition of environmental and other groups suing stop the trafficway from being extended through the Baker Wetlands. “Certainly, there are some opportunities here for some creative thinking.” For full story, go to:

WI: Purchase ensures wetlands preservation

By Pamela Powers – Leader-Telegram – January 10, 2009
West Wisconsin Land Trust on Friday bought 720 acres known as the Cedar Creek Wetlands, preserving it for future generations. The wetlands, also known as Hawk Metals, are in the Chippewa Moraine Lakes Conservation Opportunity Area, designated by the Department of Natural Resources. The wetlands are east of New Auburn between Chain Lake and Long Lake. "It is the filtering mechanism for Long Lake and Chain Lake," said Rick Gauger, West Wisconsin Land Trust executive director. "It is what helps keep Long Lake clean. It is almost two miles long between the two lakes." For full story, go to:

MD: State OKs 4,800-acre purchase to preserve Shore land

State officials agreed yesterday to buy one of the largest privately owned forests left on the Eastern Shore for $14.4 million, though not without questions about whether taxpayers are paying too much to preserve land in the depressed real estate market. The Board of Public Works unanimously approved purchase of the 4,800-acre tract in Worcester County, pointing to its ecological value as a habitat for rare plants, birds and other animals. It is one of two major land preservation deals announced last month by Gov. Martin O'Malley. Together, they will cost $71 million for 9,200 acres of woods, fields and undeveloped waterfront. For full story, go to:
WA: Improving mitigation 'win-win' for environment and economy
Contact: Curt Hart – Washington Dept. of Ecology – January 8, 2009
Bolstered by a set of recommendations from a diverse and independent advisory group, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is expanding efforts to improve environmental mitigation in Washington.  Until recently, practices designed to offset or "mitigate" the damaging environmental effects that development can have on wetlands and other aquatic resources have been fraught with problems.  Poor site selection, bad design and lack of compliance has meant most mitigation projects have fallen short of replacing the function and value of wetlands, estuaries, streams, shorelines and other aquatic habitat damaged by road building and commercial and residential expansion. For full press release, go to:
WI: Pipeline builder to pay state $1.1 million for violations

By Lee Bergquist – Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – January 2, 2009
Enbridge Energy Partners, owners of a 321-mile oil pipeline in Wisconsin, million to settle state officials' allegations that the company will pay $1.1 broke numerous environmental laws during construction in 2007 and 2008. The settlement between the company and the state Justice Department was announced Friday by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. The forfeiture is the largest involving an environmental matter since Van Hollen took office in January 2007. It also dwarfs a $200,000 settlement by the agency with other companies in 2003 related to construction of a natural gas pipeline project in Jefferson County. For full story, go to: The full version of the January 2009 Issue of Wetland Breaking News is available at A printable PDF version is available at:

DE: Open space discussion now a closed topic
By Ron MacArthur – Cape Gazette – January 2, 2009
Noah Webster, the master lexicographer, would have been tested. Few other measures in county circles have been dissected, debated and deliberated on as much as the definition of open space. But, county council delivered on a promise to define what qualifies as open space in residential projects before the end of the year. Even though the final ordinance, which has yet to be posted for public review, is an abridged version of the one recommended for passage by the planning and zoning commission, the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) hails it as a victory for the environment. Carol Bason, vice chairwoman of the CIB Citizens Advisory Committee, said although center members are disappointed the superior-design ordinance – also passed during the same meeting – is now voluntary, members are elated the county has a specific open-space definition. For full story, go to:
SD: Adds acres to USDA'S Wetlands reserve program
Green Sheet Farm Forum – January 2, 2009
Huron Ð South Dakota (SD) has enrolled 8,218 new acres in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) during the last four years. To date, more than two million acres have been enrolled in WRP, nationally, helping exceed the Federal government's 3-year goal of increasing the number and size of America's wetlands. For full story, go to:
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TX: Numbers game: Some liberal hunting regulations in Texas are supposed to help control snow goose population, but that issue seems to be taking care of itself
By Shannon Tompkins – Houston Chronicle – December 31, 2008
The arch of Texas coastal marsh and prairie from the Louisiana border to near Victoria hosts the largest wintering populations of snow geese in the nation, providing some of the best goose hunting opportunities around. No state sees hunters take near the quarter-million or so “light” (snow, blue, Ross) geese annually bagged like Texas does. But there’s a nagging undercurrent of uneasiness concerning the future of goose hunting on these areas. For full story, go to:
MD: EPA Called a 'Negative Factor' in Bay Cleanup
By Ashley Halsey III – Washington Post – December 30, 2008
Chesapeake Bay's iconic and profitable blue crabs face suffocation, hunger and cannibalism as dead zones continue to expand across the estuary, draining oxygen from the water and killing off enough clams and worms to feed 60 million crabs. That bleak assessment came yesterday in a new report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the nonprofit environmental group that monitors the bay and the multimillion-dollar industries it supports. For full story, go to:
MA: ExxonMobil Charged in Boston Harbor Oil Spill
PR Newswire – December 23, 2008
A criminal information was filed today in federal court charging a wholly owned subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation with violating the criminal provisions of the Clean Water Act in connection with a spill of approximately 15,000 gallons of diesel oil into the Mystic River from ExxonMobil's oil terminal in Everett, Mass. United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, Stacey Mitchell, Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, Michael Hubbard, Special Agent in Charge of the Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division in New England, and Rear Admiral Dale Gabel, Commander First Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard, announced today that ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been charged with a criminal violation of the Clean Water Act in connection with the January 2006 spill and has signed a plea agreement in which it will pay a total monetary payment of more than $6.1 million and agree to have the Everett terminal monitored by a court-appointed observer. The plea agreement is subject to court approval. For full story, go to:
CA: State Budget Crisis Halts Wetlands Work
By Ed Joyce – KPBS – December 23, 2008
California's budget crisis has caused a shutdown of wetlands recovery projects in five Southern California counties. San Diego County is especially hard hit because it has more wetlands than the others. When a state investment board voted to freeze some payments, the decision rippled throughout California.  San Diego County is no exception. The state Department of Finance has asked the Coastal Conservancy to suspend work on all contracts and grants funded by state bonds. For full story, visit:;id=13539
WA: New state climate change report provides blueprint for new jobs, green economy, energy independence

Contact: Seth Preston – Washington Dept. of Ecology News Release – December 22, 2008
A new report continues Washington’s bold leadership against climate change and shows how creating new “green” jobs will keep the state at the forefront of building a clean, green economy.

Gov. Chris Gregoire required the report, “Growing Washington’s Economy in a Carbon-Constrained World,” in her requested climate change legislation, HB 2815. The 2008 Washington Legislature approved the bill, and she signed it into law. For full press release, go to:

MD: Gene Mueller: Highway poses threat to vital creek
Editorial by Gene Mueller – The Washington Times – December 21, 2008
A controversial plan to build a four-lane highway known as the Cross County Connector in Southern Maryland's Charles County not only upsets community-action groups that believe local leaders continue to live in the past, it is also being seriously questioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For full editorial, go to: 

MD: State approves Fox Creek dredging

Residents who fought for six years to deepen the mouth of a Crownsville-area inlet for greater boating access finally will get to dredge 2 1/2 -foot channels into and out of Fox Creek. The state Board of Public Works unanimously approved a wetlands license Monday after investigating why the Maryland Department of the Environment changed course in 2007 and decided not to allow the dredging of Fox Creek. Because it was the first time in the nearly 30-year history of the wetlands program that MDE had reversed itself, Board of Public Works staff decided to review the decision, said Doldon W. Moore Jr., BPW's wetlands administrator. For full story, go to:,0,5944559.story

VA: Crow's Nest effort gets funds from Fish & Wildlife Service

By Rusty Dennen – Free Lance Star – December 18, 2008
Efforts to preserve Crow's Nest have received a boost from Stafford County's congressman. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, announced yesterday that backers will receive $855,465 toward the Phase 2 purchase of 1,200 acres on the Stafford peninsula. The money comes from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. The funds are intended to acquire, restore or enhance coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands. Crow's Nest is considered an environmental jewel, a rare undeveloped tract with significant natural and cultural resources. It's one of the newest Virginia natural preserves. For full story, go to:

MN: County threatens to rescind WCA

By Lisa Kaczke – International Falls Daily Journal – December 17, 2008
Koochiching County commissioners Tuesday threatened to declare the county “wetland free” if the state adopts proposed changes to its wetland law. Commissioner Wade Pavleck was expected to testify Tuesday evening before the state’s Board of Water and Soil Resources about the impact the proposed changes to the Wetland Conservation Act would have on development in Koochiching County. Now, residents are encouraged — but not required — to report to their local government unit, which implements WCA, disturbances made allowed by exemptions in the law. The exemptions allow residents to fill a wetland up to 10,000 square feet without reporting it. BWSR is proposing to require residents to report all disturbances to wetlands, regardless of the exemptions. For full story, go to:

OH: ODNR: Wetlands in Summit County to be preserved

WYKC News – December 17, 2008
One hundred and fifteen acres of wetlands, home to dozens of threatend species will now be protected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. According to The Trust for Public Land, Confluence Park near the Tuscarawas River has the highest water quality in any of the lakes in ODNR's Portage Lakes system. For full story, go to:

MD: Lawsuit concerning watershed is near settlement

By Douglas Tallman – Maryland Gazette – December 17, 2008
An environmental activist group and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are close to settling a lawsuit filed over the lead cleanup of Great Seneca Creek, the largest watershed in Montgomery County. Both sides are "comfortable" with the settlement, which could be announced after the first of the year, said Ed Merrifield, an activist with the Potomac Riverkeeper, who filed the lawsuit in federal court in Baltimore in 2005.He offered few details of the settlement. For full story, go to:

FL: Manatee votes to reconsider mine expansion

By Dale White – Sarasota Herald Tribune – December 17, 2008
Fearing the county could lose a $617.8 million lawsuit, the County Commission voted Tuesday to reconsider an expansion of Mosaic Fertilizer's phosphate mine in Duette. The decision sets the stage for the commission to approve the mining, which environmentalists strongly oppose, early next month. In September, a majority of commissioners rejected Mosaic's proposal to expand its Four Corners Mine onto the 2,000-acre Altman Tract. Most commissioners expressed concerns about the potential effect on 400 acres of high-quality wetlands, and whether those wetlands could be adequately restored when mining is complete. The wetlands are within a basin feeding the Peace River, which provides drinking water for Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties. For full story, go to:
MA: Brandywine to pay $300K wetlands fine
Boston Business Journal – December 16, 2008
A Billerica, Mass.-based company
is being ordered to pay $300,000 in fines by the state for a wetlands violation. According to a news release from state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, Brandywine Corp. cleared, filled in and paved five acres of wetlands on property it owned on Rear High Street in Billerica, sometime between 1995 and 1998. The lot is now used by a car auction company. The violation was discovered by investigators of the MassDEP Strike Force, which filed a complaint with Coakley’s office. For full story, go to:

AK: Alaska Sea Otters Gain Habitat Protection 5,879 Square Miles Proposed as Critical Habitat

Contact: Brendan Cummings – Center for Biological Diversity / ENN – December 15, 2008
“Critical habitat has a proven record of aiding the recovery of endangered species," said Rebecca Noblin, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity in Anchorage. “We are pleased that habitat for threatened Alaska sea otters will finally be protected. With the habitat protections of the Endangered Species Act now extended to sea otters in Alaska, this iconic species has a fighting chance of recovery." For full story, go to:

MD: SHA completes project to restore wetlands


Baltimore Sun – December 14, 2008
The State Highway Administration recently completed a $764,000 environmental project to restore more than six acres of forested wetlands at the Magness Farm in northern Harford County to help improve water quality from highway runoff as well as provide a vital habitat for native wildlife. The project was part of Gov. Martin O'Malley's "Maryland: Smart, Green & Growing" environmental initiative. For full story, go to:


MA: State DEP to sit, listen

By Tony Dobrowolski – The Berkshire Eagle – December 14, 2008
The state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday will hold a public hearing on the Airport Commission's request to obtain a variance from the Wetlands Protection Act to make improvements to Pittsfield Municipal Airport. The public hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in City Hall. It is part of a procedural process that will allow the state DEP to obtain information that it can use in determining whether to grant the variance. In September, the state DEP held an open meeting at the airport to assess the environmental impacts the $22 million airport expansion project will have on three large wetland areas that are located within its borders. For full story, visit:

MI: Couple to donate land to trust

By Tracy Davis – Ann Arbor News – December 14, 2008
A Webster Township couple has donated a conservation easement on 25 acres of wetlands, woods and an old tree farm. Gerald Nordblom and Barbara Michniewicz pieced together the land with six acres they already owned and with neighboring property they bought from a developer. "It was an incredibly generous thing for them to do," said Washtenaw Land Trust Director Susan Lackey. For full story, go to:
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CA: EIR outlines alternatives to Marina Center

By Thadeus Greenson – Times-Standard – December 14, 2008
This is the seventh in a multi-part series looking at the Marina Center development. The next installment, running Tuesday, wraps up the series and looks at what's next in the process. According to the Marina Center draft environmental impact report, Security National's proposed mixed-use development is not a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Security National, however, might feel differently. As a part of the draft environmental impact report, or EIR, the city was required under the California Environmental Quality Act to determine and evaluate a “reasonable” range of alternatives to the proposed project. ”The 'range of alternatives' is governed by the 'rule of reason' which requires the EIR to set forth only those alternatives necessary to permit informed public participation and an informed and reasoned choice by the decision making body,” the draft EIR states, adding that the primary intent is to disclose other ways the project's objectives could be attained while minimizing the magnitude of, or avoiding entirely, its environmental impacts. For full story, go to:

IN: Wetland study stalls road project in Jeffersonville

By David Mann – Evening News & Tribune – December 13, 2008
A road project, championed by Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan, which would build a new north-south route through Jeffersonville is on hold pending the results of an environmental study. In an interview Friday, Galligan said that work may resume in spring, but it all depends on the study’s findings. For full story, visit:

FL: Opponents Mount Last Stand on Everglades Plan

By Paulo Prada – Wall Street Journal – December 13, 2008
Critics are trying to derail the proposed sale of former Everglades wetlands owned by U.S. Sugar Corp. to the state of Florida just days before an agency votes whether to approve the $1.34 billion deal. State legislators, company employees, area officials and businesses fear the sale will obliterate the local economy, long anchored by the sugar-cane industry. Though the plan has managed to unite environmentalists and U.S. Sugar executives, opponents believe their complaints are being ignored. "If the middle lets these two extremes push this deal through, they're making a mistake that is bad for this town, bad for the Everglades, and bad for the taxpayers," said Christopher Shupe, president of Olde Cypress Community Bank in Clewiston. For full story, go to:
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ND: High court botches DL ruling

By Richard Betting – Grand Forks Herald – December 13, 2008
Most people probably agree with the adage, “Floods are acts of God; flood losses are largely acts of man.” But on Nov. 19, the North Dakota Supreme Court made God responsible for both the flooding and the damage in and around Devils Lake. “An act of God was the sole proximate cause of the landowners’ damages,” the court said in upholding a Northeast District Court opinion, one that gave almost no blame to drainage in the upper basin of Devils Lake. For full story, go to:

AK: Statement From Environmental Groups on Bush Administration's Further Weakening of Protection for Polar Bear

Contact: Kassie Siegel – Center for Biological Diversity / ENN – December 12, 2008
The new regulation is designed to replace the interim final rule the agency issued on May 15th, when the polar bear was first listed as a threatened species. The regulation contains similar exemptions as the earlier 4(d) rule, but is written with broader language to exempt even more actions that threaten the polar bear from the protections of the Endangered Species Act. The original 4(d) rule is subject to an ongoing legal challenge brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. For full story, go to:

VA: Scientists gauge impact of drilling off Va. Coast


By Steve Szkotak – Daily Press – December 3, 2008
Scientists are beginning to assess what they know--and what they don't--about the environmental consequences of drilling for gas and oil in a triangular section of the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia's coast. What they learn could open more Southern coastal waters to drilling. The government began a two-day workshop Wednesday for researchers and scientists to discuss drilling's impact on sea life and commercial and recreational fishing, along with other environmental and economic issues. The proposed drilling would occur 50 miles from shore in an area believed to contain 130 million barrels of oil and 1.14 trillion cubic feet of gas. For full story, go to:,0,5528300.story

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NV: Wetlands report says endangered areas surround Carson City

By Geoff Dornan - Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau – November 18, 2008
Nevada’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released a state Inventory ranking wetlands in order of risk. Three of the most endangered areas are within a few miles of the capital. The Lahontan Reservoir-Carson River area is ranked 11th on the list. The Carson River from the California border to the Carson Valley is No. 14, and Truckee River tributaries north of Carson City are listed at 19. Those include the Franktown, Galena, Whites, Thomas and Hunter creeks. For full story, go to:

MD: Maryland ag’s effect on Bay analyzed at law school

By Sean Clougherty – – November 18, 2008
Maryland agriculture — specifically, its poultry industry —found itself under the microscope last week at the University of Baltimore School of Law’s second annual “The Bay in Crisis: Saving the Chesapeake.” Analyses from speakers throughout the day ranged from showing agriculture’s existing contributions to the Bay cleanup effort to calls for increased regulation on poultry farms and allowing more legal oversight by environmental groups. Disagreement also emerged about the availability of poultry manure on the Eastern Shore. For full article, go to:

NJ: Sierra Club Recognizes EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg For Outstanding Environmental Leadership

Contact: Elias Rodriguez – EPA News Release – November 18, 2008
The New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club honored Alan J. Steinberg, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator, on Sunday, November 16 for his efforts to protect the people and environment of New Jersey. Steinberg, who has served as the highest EPA regional official since his appointment in 2005, was recognized for his outstanding leadership in advancing the cleanup of the Passaic River, and his crucial role in the positive modifications made to the state Permit Extension Act of 2008. The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization, which seeks to influence public policy through public education and grass-roots political action. With nearly 20,000 members, the Trenton-based New Jersey Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the USA. For full news release, go to:

MN: Ranier adopts Wetland Conservation Act (WCA)

By Tom Laventure – the International Falls Daily Journal – November 19, 2008
The Ranier City Council Monday adopted a resolution which delegates to Koochiching County the responsibilities of implementing the Minnesota Wetlands Conservation Act. Mayor Ed Oerichbauer, who could not attend the meeting, forwarded a recommendation from the Buildings, Streets, and Grounds Committee that the full council adopt the MWCA. Trustee Dan Klocek officiated the council meeting, and agreed with fellow Trustees Brenda Bauer and John Walls to approve motion. They said the only other option would have been to pass the MWCA, but retain local control by training an individual to administer wetlands regulations to residents for the city. For full story, visit:

OK: Wetlands Reserve Program apps open


Pryor Daily Times – November 18, 2008
USDA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are currently accepting applications for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) according to Kenneth Hitch, District Conservationist with NRCS. Landowners interested in restoring and protecting wetlands that have been impacted or converted are encouraged to make application at their local NRCS office. The Wetlands Reserve Program's primary objective is to restore former wetlands, re-establish native wetland wildlife habitat, and retire marginal land from agricultural production. According to a report by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Oklahoma lost approximately 1.8 million of its 2.8 million acres of wetlands between 1780 and 1980, reported as a 67 percent loss. For full story, go to:


WV: Cranberries on high: Wetlands of West Virginia at height of popularity

By Rob Downing – Bradenton Herald – November 17, 2008
A high-altitude wetland is one of the big attractions in the Allegheny Mountains of south-central West Virginia. The 750-acre Cranberry Glades Botanical Area with its wooden boardwalk lies 21 miles east of Richwood in the sprawling 919,000-acre Monongahela National Forest. The U.S. Forest Services operates Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at the edge of the famed wetland. For full story, visit:

IN: Ball Brothers Foundation invests $443,500 in wetland

By Seth Slabaugh – Muncie Star Press – November 17, 2008
The Ball Brothers Foundation has awarded a $443,500 grant to open up the 23-acre Craddock Wetland Nature Preserve. Seven years after the site was given to the city by GK Technologies, which owns the abandoned, nearby Indiana Steel and Wire factory, the property remains underutilized. The preserve is walled in by non-native bush honeysuckle -- an invasive shrub that can take over and dominate a habitat -- that blocks the view of the wetland. In addition, there are no trails, and the parking is inadequate. For full story, go to:
CA: California Ordered To Prepare For Sea-Level Rise
By Peter Henderson – Reuters News Service – November 17, 2008
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday ordered preparations for rising sea levels from global warming, a startling prospect for the most populous US state with a Pacific Ocean coastline stretching more than 800 miles (1,290 km). Recorded sea levels rose 7 inches (18 cm) during the 20th century in San Francisco, Schwarzenegger said in the executive order for study of how much more the sea could rise, what other consequences of global warming were coming and how the state should react. For full story, go to: For a related story, go to:

NJ: Wetlands Association announces funding


Edison Wetlands Association press release – November 15, 2008
Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) announced that $145,000 in funding will be provided for 14 different environmental projects as a result of a legal settlement with Edgeboro Disposal, Inc. (EDI). The project funding, which funds Lower Raritan Watershed Supplemental Environmental Projects (LRWSEPs), is a result of settlement agreement resolving pending federal litigation with Edgeboro Disposal, Inc. For full story, go to:


ND: Farmer convicted of illegally draining wetlands

The Jamestown Sun – November 14, 2008
A Lawton farmer has been convicted for the second time in four years of illegally draining wetlands. Alvin Peterson was found guilty on Tuesday of two counts of improper drainage of wetlands. A bench trial was in July in U.S. District Court in Grand Forks. A sentencing date has not been set. He faces up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine. For the full article, go to:

CA: Long Beach, developer agree to wetlands preservation deal

By Louis Sahagun – Los Angeles Times – November 12, 2008
Long Beach officials on Tuesday announced a land swap with a developer that would preserve 175 acres of hotly contested urban salt marsh, some of the last remnants of a once vibrant wetland at the mouth of the San Gabriel River. Under terms of the deal, 52 acres of city-owned land would be traded for acreage lying in the heart of the Los Cerritos Wetlands. The city would then sell the marsh to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority for about $25 million. For full story, go to:

NC: Shifts in soil bacterial populations linked to wetland restoration success

Contact: Tim Lucas – Duke University – November 12, 2008
A new study led by Duke University researchers finds that restoring degraded wetlands -- especially those that had been converted into farm fields -- actually decreases their soil bacterial diversity. But that's a good thing, say the study's authors, because it marks a return to the wetland soils' natural conditions. "It sounds counter-intuitive, but our study shows that in restored wetlands, decreased soil bacterial diversity represents a return to biological health," said Wyatt H. Hartman, a Ph.D. candidate in wetlands and environmental microbiology at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. For full story, go to:

CT: Wetlands Panel Opens Public Hearing on Subdivision Plan

By: Tammy McVey-Camilleri – Voices – November 12, 2008
The Inland Wetlands Commission, meeting Tuesday, October 28, opened a public hearing for a proposed six-lot Ranney Meadow subdivision, at 36 Ranney Hill Road. The proposed subdivision consists of lot 1 at 3.7 acres, lot 2 at 6.3 acres, lot 3 at 3.06 acres. Lot 4 at 5 acres, lot 5 at 6.4 acres and lot 6 at 7.3 acres with 6.7 acres of open space. The proposal, which commissioners reviewed at their September 23 meeting, included three wetlands crossings; those wetlands crossings have been excluded. For full story, go to:

FL: St. Petersburg College auction offers watercolors for wetlands

By Anne Lindberg – St. Petersburg Times – November 12, 2008
St. Petersburg College has taken a cue from eBay. The college plans to auction donated artwork using the Internet as a way to raise money for a natural wildlife habitat and environmental center. Potential buyers will be able to see pictures of the artwork and place bids during the month long event. Bidders can monitor the site and increase their offer if necessary to make sure they get the piece they want. The entire auction will be at For full story, go to:

CA: Key link in Watsonville's wetland system slated for protection

By Kurtis Alexander - San Jose Mercury News – November 11, 2008
Nearly 500 acres of South County sloughs are expected to come under the ownership of a local land trust, guaranteeing that the wetlands west of Highway 1, once eyed for housing by developers, will be spared. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County was awarded a $6.5 million state grant this month, allowing the conservation group to move ahead with a $15 million purchase of six rural parcels just south of Pajaro Valley High School. "This project has it all," said Terry Corwin, executive director of the land trust. "Wetlands are being lost and farmlands are being lost, and this protects both." For full story, go to:

NC: Titan Wants to Move Mining Across the Roadg

By Marina Giovannelli – WHQR (radio) News – November 10, 2008
Carolinas Cement Company, a subsidiary of Titan America, says it will not mine roughly 300 acres of what's considered nationally important wetlands. Instead, the company is planning to move its mining operation just across the road to wetlands of "lesser quality". Titan's environmental manager Jay Willis says the new site is on wetlands not protected by the state's Coastal Area Management Act. For full story, go to:

CA: Naval base serves as a steward of wetlands

By Scott Hadly – Ventura County Star – November 9, 2008
Martin Ruane pulls a rope hand over hand from the clear water at the Point Mugu lagoon. At the end of the line is a mesh trap with a lone stingray flopping around inside. Ruane, a resource manager at Naval Base Ventura County, carefully handles the small ray, avoiding the spike on its tail before releasing it back into the blue water as four harbor seals splash into the lagoon a few yards away. In early October, Ruane pulled in about 31 fish, crabs and stingrays in one haul, part of his regular assessment of aquatic life moving in and out of what is now the largest functioning saltwater marsh on the Southern California coast. For full story, go to:

NC: Program preserves 3,500 acres of wetlands this year

News & Observer – November 7, 2008
North Carolina this year enrolled more than 3,500 acres in a federal wetlands reserve program, the U.S. Agriculture said today. The program, run by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, provides eligible landowners with technical and financial assistance to address wetland, wildlife habitat, soil, water and related natural resource concerns on private agricultural land. Participants agree to limit the use of their land while retaining ownership. For full story, go to:

OR: Wetland Mitigation Bank Created For Developers

By Yvette C. Hammett – Tampa Tribune – November 7, 2008
It's environment for the sake of development. Entrepreneur Bill Casey is creating a 161-acre wetland mitigation bank in which developers can buy credits in repentance for destroying swampland elsewhere. After eight years of wrangling and permitting, the first phase of the project is expected to be for sale within weeks. The Tampa Bay Mitigation Bank is the only mitigation bank in the county and one of only two in the Southwest Florida Water Management District's 16-county area. It is permitted by the state and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For full story, go to:

NH: NH adding wetlands to protection

Associated Press / Fox News – November 4, 2008
New Hampshire has enrolled more than 327 acres of wetlands in a national wetlands protection program since last year. Since the national Wetlands Reserve Program started in 1996, more than 2 million privately owned acres nationally, and more than 1,100 in New Hampshire have been included. The national figure exceeded U.S. Agriculture Department goals. For full story, go to:

DE: School's wetlands serve as classroom

By Edward Kenney – the News Journal – November 4, 2008
When teachers at the Independence School in Pike Creek want to take their children on a nature field trip, all they have to do is march them just outside their door. Almost four acres of newly renovated wetlands sit on the school's 90-acre property on Paper Mill Road. The state's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control cleared some trees, planted other trees and shrubs, worked on stream remediation and created other enhancements earlier this year, school spokesperson Claire Brechter said. For full story, go to:

IN: Public Comment Sought on Indiana's Draft Pollution Rules

Contact: Susan Campbell – Alliance for Great Lakes – October 29, 2008
Indiana regulators are accepting public comment through Nov. 14 on proposed rules that would, among other things, allow industry to increase the amount of pollution they discharge to Lake Michigan and other state waters. “Indiana’s new regulations must protect outstanding state waters like Lake Michigan from new and increased pollution,” said Lyman Welch, manager of the Alliance’s Water Quality Program. The draft rules are being debated against the backdrop of last year’s public outcry over the state’s issuance of a wastewater permit that would have allowed British Petroleum’s Whiting, Ind. refinery to increase its discharge of pollutants into Lake Michigan. For full story, go to: [insert link here]