Wetland Breaking News: September 2019

                  

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Editor's Note


Dear Wetlanders,

The news headlines this past month have been crammed with actions at the federal level. In Editor’s Choice this month, you will see two significant stories about the most recent actions taken by the Trump Administration to roll-back Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations and limit state authority to protect waters within their own boundaries, specifically in regard to the proposed revised rule for CWA Section 401 and the repeal (Step 1) of the Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule. There is no doubt that both of these actions will be litigated. Please note that ASWM is hosting a free public webinar on a legal analysis of the proposed CWA 401 rule – you can find more information about this webinar on page 2.

In State News, California has been the big winner recently in regard to financing for wetland restoration, including close to $8 million from the U.S. EPA to protect and restore San Francisco Bay and its watersheds and $20 million from the State for Bel Marin Keys wetlands restoration. Connecticut is pushing back against new rules that weaken the federal Endangered Species Act and in Washington State, an appeals court ruled against Western Coal’s proposed export terminal – a story we have been following in connection with the State’s use of CWA Section 401.

The warm days and crisp cool evenings of fall have arrived in Maine – and we are beginning to see some colorful foliage. All of us at ASWM wish you a wonderful autumn season!

Best regards,

Marla J. Stelk
Editor
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Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections

By Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport – The New York Times – September 12, 2019
The Trump administration on Thursday announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water. The rollback of the 2015 measure, known as the Waters of the United States rule, adds to a lengthy list of environmental rules that the administration has worked to weaken or undo over the past two and a half years. Read full story here.

Trump pushed staff to deal with NOAA tweet that contradicted his inaccurate Alabama hurricane claim, officials say

By Andrew Freedman, Josh Dawsey, Juliet Eilperin and Jason Samenow – The Washington Post – September 11, 2019 – Videos
President Trump told his staff that the nation’s leading weather forecasting agency needed to correct a statement that contradicted a tweet the president had sent wrongly claiming that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama, senior administration officials said. That led White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to call Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to tell him to fix the issue, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the issue. Trump had complained for several days that forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contradicted his Sept. 1 Alabama tweet, the officials said. Read full story and view videos here.

Contradicting the Department of Justice, EPA changes stance on groundwater discharges

By Bernadette M. Rappold and Candace H. Uduebor Denver – Business Journal – September 1, 2019
On April 12 of this year, the EPA finalized new guidance concluding the Clean Water Act “is best read as excluding all releases of pollutants from a point source to groundwater from NPDES program coverage and liability under Section 301 of the CWA, regardless of a hydrologic connection between the groundwater and a jurisdictional surface water.” Since releasing the guidance, the Agency has received 232 public comments. Read full story here.

Meskwaki Nation to Develop Water Quality Standards

WQP – August 21, 2019
The Meskwaki Nation has become the first tribe in the Des Moines, Iowa, region to achieve U.S. EPA approval to develop water quality standards. According to an EPA news release, Meskwaki Nation tribal leaders and EPA Region 7 officials held a signing Aug. 15, 2019, to declare the Tribe will now assume responsibilities to administer the Clean Water Act’s Water Quality Standards and Certification programs. EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford and Meskwaki Chairman Anthony Waseskuk signed the certificates at the Meskwaki Nation Settlement, according to the EPA. Read full article here. 

EPA Proposes Sweeping Changes to Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Regulations

By Chuck Sensiba, Elizabeth McCormick & Morgan Gerard – Environmental Law and Policy Monitor – August 13, 2019
On Friday, August 9, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) unveiled a pre-publication version of a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) to clarify state water quality certification (“certification”) procedures under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) to allow for increased regulatory certainty in federal licensing and permitting activities, and particularly authorization of infrastructure projects. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced on Friday that the “proposal is intended to help ensure that states adhere to the statutory language and intent of Clean Water Act.” The NOPR proposes substantive changes to the scope of state water quality certification authority under the CWA and the procedures governing these certifications, focusing on the plain language of the statute and at times departing from prior case law precedent. Read full story here.

 

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Panel Appears Sympathetic to Tribal Bid to Block Sulfide Mine

By Lorraine Bailey – Courthouse News Service – September 5, 2019
Seventh Circuit judges pressed the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to explain how the Menominee Tribe could navigate the complex intersection of federal and state law to challenge a mine’s application for a permit allowing runoff into a river that forms the border between Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Read full story here.

$1.7 Million in Grants Awarded to 46 Projects for Community Conservation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – August 28, 2019
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced 46 grants totaling $1.7 million to improve water quality and aquatic habitat that will benefit species and communities in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Grantees have pledged an additional $4.4 million, creating a total conservation impact of more than $6.1 million. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program awarded these grants to advance community stewardship of local natural resources across the country. The 46 projects will restore urban waters and wildlife habitat and generate recreation opportunities in priority watersheds nationwide through direct engagement with community members of all ages to implement restoration and monitoring projects. Read full story here.

Shoreline industry poses hazards as sea level, floods increase

By Sarah Vogelsong – Bay Journal – August 27, 2019
Throughout history, wherever there has been industry, there has been a waterway. Whether river, sea or ocean, these bodies of water have long appealed to businesses, which have harnessed their flow to generate power, cool machines and technology, and ship their goods all over the world. But with the Earth warming and sea level rising, many riverside clusters of industry are ground zero for rising waters — posing a new risk for the environment and those living nearby. Read full article here.

EPA deleted scientists' concerns about Pebble analysis

By Ariel Wittenberg and Dylan Brown – E&E News – August 16, 2019
EPA scientists wanted their agency to ask for a new environmental review of the proposed Pebble mine project but were overridden by political staffers, according to several sources and a key document obtained by E&E News. The scientists gave their agency two options for input on the proposed Pebble mine. The Trump administration picked the one that did not threaten to delay a final decision on the Alaska project until after the 2020 election. Read full story here.

New Trump rules weaken wildlife protections

By Darryl Fears – The Washington Post – August 12, 2019 – Video
The Trump administration took its final step Monday to weaken the Endangered Species Act, a bedrock law that brought the bald eagle, the American alligator, the California condor, the humpback whale and the grizzly bear back from the brink of extinction. New rules will allow the administration to reduce the amount of habitat set aside for wildlife and remove tools that officials use to predict future harm to species as a result of climate change. It would also reveal for the first time in the law’s 45-year history the financial costs of protecting them. Read full story and view video here.

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AZ: Rosemont mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles

By Kailey Broussard – TucsonSentine.com – September 5, 2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Rosemont Mine site in southern Arizona, the latest development in more than a decade of legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups. The Aug. 23 decision by the Corps followed a July 31 court ruling that found the analyses used to determine environmental impact of the mine were "inherently flawed." Read full story here.

CA: U.S. EPA awards close to $8 million to protect and restore San Francisco Bay and its watersheds

Contact: Soledad Calvino – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – September 3, 2019
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded almost $8 million in grants to protect and restore wetlands and streams in the San Francisco Bay Area. EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Mike Stoker made the announcement today at an event to celebrate the funding for the Three Creeks Parkway Restoration project in Brentwood, California. Read full news release here.

CA: State approves $20M for Bel Marin Keys wetlands restoration

By Will Houston – Marin Independent Journal – August 22, 2 019
Restoration of nearly 1,600 acres of wetlands near Bel Marin Keys is set to begin this year after the approval of $20 million in funding on Thursday. The state Coastal Conservancy voted unanimously during its meeting in Sausalito on Thursday to allocate the money to begin the first phase of construction of its Bel Marin Keys Unit V project – the largest of three restoration projects in the 20-year-old Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project and one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the bay. “It’s good work. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t get undone,” said conservancy chairman and former U.S. representative Doug Bosco after the vote, referring to the potential impact of sea level rise on wetland recovery efforts. Read full story here.

CA: Community Groups Take Stand Against Redwood City Salt Ponds Development

By Kiet Do – CBS San Francisco Local – August 20, 2019
A renewed fight over the future of the Redwood City salt ponds as community groups push back over a developer’s plans to build thousands of waterfront homes with help from the Trump administration. On Tuesday, a coalition of elected officials and environmental groups — led by San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine — reasserted their opposition and authority against any proposed development on the Cargill Salt Ponds adjacent to Redwood City. Read full story here.

CT: Connecticut’s largest saltmarsh to be restored using Superfund money

By Gregory B. Hladky – Hartford Journal – August 20, 2019
State and federal officials plan to use more than $1 million from Superfund penalty settlements to restore the largest remaining saltmarsh in Connecticut at the mouth of the Housatonic River in Stratford. A federal official said detailed planning for the restoration work on the 63 acres of saltmarsh are already underway and that actual work on the site is expected to begin in the autumn and winter of 2020. Construction activities are expected to take 2-3 months. Read full story here.

CT: CT to fight rules weakening Endangered Species Act

By Bill Cummings – The Middletown Press – August 18, 2019
Connecticut will likely join other states in contesting new rules that weaken the federal Endangered Species Act and — for the first time — allow economics to influence protection decisions. "The ESA has been an American success story and its protections are by now deeply embedded in our national discourse about the environment,” said Attorney General William Tong. “We will be closely monitoring any multi-state action that responds to these regulatory revisions, and we will closely evaluate all of the possible legal options that they may present.” Read full story here.

KY: Kentucky Power enhancing wetland area

The Daily Independent – September 2, 2019
Louisa Kentucky Power is successfully carrying out a mitigation project on 2.4 acres across from the Big Sandy power plant along U.S. 23. Kentucky Power said the natural habitat attracts pollinators and beneficial insects, butterflies, dragonflies, birds and wildlife. The wetlands project was proposed in 2017 as part of the Big Sandy Fly Ash pond closure project. Once the Big Sandy facility converted from a coal-fired plant to one that uses natural gas, coal ash was no longer generated. Construction to expand a naturally occurring wetlands area began in late 2018. Milkweed, cattails, grasses and other native plants were added to improve the property. Months later, the area is thriving and resembles many other undeveloped areas across eastern Kentucky. Read full story here.

LA: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, haven for nature lovers, to benefit from shoreline protection project

By Caitlin Looby – Nola.com-The Times Picayume – August 11, 2019
For years, the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge that hugs 26 miles of Gulf of Mexico shoreline in remote southwestern Louisiana has been a haven for nature lovers and researchers. But the refuge has been eroding at an alarming rate. So state and local officials are teaming up to extend a large breakwater in Cameron Parish to better protect the wildlife sanctuary from the Gulf's destructive wave action. Read full story here.

MD: Berlin’s Wetland Project Back On

By Charlene Sharp – The Dispatch – August 29, 2019
After two false starts the Graham Avenue submerged gravel wetland project is now moving forward. The Berlin Town Council on Monday approved an agreement with Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) that will provide additional funding for the project. The council also voted to award the contract for the project to Goody Hill Groundworks. Read full story here.

MD: Data confirms growing dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

Associated Press – August 16, 2019
Maryland scientists have been warning of a growing “dead zone” in the Chesapeake Bay. Now the numbers are in, confirming their dire warnings were correct. Natural Resources Department data shows an area with little to no oxygen spread to 2 cubic miles (8 cubic kilometers) by late July, making it one of the worst in decades. Read full story here.

MI: With Final Stage Underway, NOAA Works Toward a Restored Manistique River

NOAA – August 23, 2019
After years of pollution from industrial waste, Michigan’s Manistique River was listed as one of the most environmentally degraded areas in the Great Lakes region, known as Areas of Concern. Today, NOAA is supporting the final stage of restoration work needed to remove the river from this list. This effort will restore habitat for native fish species and support a safe and healthy waterway for local communities to use. Read full story here.

MS: Wicker’s bill aims to ‘right the wrongs’ of halted flood control project in home state

The Ripon Advance – August 26, 2019
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) is cosponsoring legislation to restart the final stages of a flood control project in his home state. “The recent flooding in the Yazoo Backwater area has been devastating for Mississippians who have seen their property destroyed and livelihoods disrupted,” Sen. Wicker said. “This tragedy could have been avoided had the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not vetoed the Yazoo Backwater Area Pumps Project over a decade ago.” Read full story here.

NH: CLF Files Federal Lawsuit to Block Eversource’s Seacoast Power Line

By Annie Ropeik – New Hampshire Public Radio – August 26, 2019
A new federal lawsuit is the latest effort by environmentalists to block Eversource from building a new power line on the Seacoast. The Clean Water Act suit from the Conservation Law Foundation targets a federal permit that Eversource got last month to build the underwater part of its Seacoast Reliability Project. Read full story here.

NY: Regulators remove hurdle for Duke Energy's Constitution Pipeline

By John Downey Charlotte – Business Journal – September 3, 2019
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has reversed its own 2018 ruling and now says that New York environmental regulators waived their right to reject the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline, which could clear the way for construction on the project to begin. Read full article here.

NY: NYC doubles curbside rain gardens in green infrastructure program

By Chris Teale – Smart Cities Dive – August 30, 2019
The city's expansion of curbside rain gardens is part of a broad push to fight climate change, which has included bold actions like a citywide Green New Deal, the sweeping Climate Mobilization Act and a plan to improve the resiliency of Lower Manhattan, which is prone to flooding from the Hudson River. One of the effects of climate change that cities like New York must deal with is extreme rainfall, so the expansion of rain gardens should help absorb even more rainwater and prevent both flooding and sewer overflows, which can mean contamination of the water supply. Read full story here.

NC: In North Carolina, novel legal maneuver deployed against Atlantic Coast Pipeline

By Elizabeth Ouzts – Energy News – August 21, 2019
With the Atlantic Coast Pipeline mired in federal lawsuits and its construction stalled indefinitely, North Carolina environmental advocates are attempting a novel legal maneuver to stop the gas project from ever coming to the Tar Heel State. Friends of the Earth and the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition have filed a petition with the administration of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, asking officials to revoke a key water quality certificate they issued for the pipeline early last year. Read full story here.

OH: Middle Bass Island Wetland Forest Preserve grows

The Blade – August 27, 2019
The Middle Bass Island Wetland Forest Preserve has grown by 4.4 acres.
The Conservation Fund, a Virginia-based national nonprofit, purchased the land to preserve it as a migratory bird habitat and transferred it to the Put-in-Bay Township Park District, it announced Monday. Read full story here.

OR: Chicken Creek project to create Tualatin River wetland

By Jackson Main – Sherwood Gazette – August 20, 2019
The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is starting a yearlong project to re-create the original curvature of Chicken Creek. The creek, which naturally flowed into the Tualatin River, was constructed into a single straight line a century ago for farming purposes. "When you straighten (a creek), the water goes a lot faster and carries a lot more sediment in it, and it doesn't carry as much diversity in the channel," Refuge manager Larry Klimek said. When it returns to its natural flow, he added, "It'll slow down and spread out over the landscape." The construction will help create a natural wetland system on the Refuge's 280-acre Atfalat'i Unit. Read full story here.

WA: Western Coal Takes Another Hit as Appeals Court Rules Against Export Terminal

By Phil McKenna – InsideClimate News – August 23, 2019
A Washington state appeals court has ruled against a company that wants to build the largest coal export terminal in the country on the Columbia River. The decision could be a fatal blow for a controversial project that could have increased global greenhouse gas emissions. Western states with coal mining operations have been pushing for an export terminal that would allow them to send their coal by rail to the coast and then ship it to China. Read full story here.

 

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What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

By Anuradha Varnaasi – State of the Planet – Earth Institute – September 3, 2019
Around 72 percent of New York City’s land is covered in an impervious layer of concrete, living up to its hype as the “concrete jungle” that Alicia Keys and Jay-Z sang about in “Empire State of Mind.” This city might be “where dreams are made,” but unfortunately a lot of sewage and pollution are made here, too. And thanks to all of these impermeable surfaces, heavy rains often wash untreated sewage and urban run-off into nearby rivers. In an effort to reduce environmental and health problems related to stormwater runoff, in 2011, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection planned on spending $1.5 billion to turn 8,000 acres of ‘concrete jungle’ into green spaces. Read full story here.

Study: Wetland restoration locks up carbon

By Kimberly Cauvel – The Lewiston Tribune September 2, 2019
Framed by tall grasses and patches of cattails, John Rybczyk and Katrina Poppe pulled a white tube from the ground Monday and pushed a nearly-black cylinder of mud and roots from its bottom. The two Western Washington University researchers, who specialize in studying estuaries, were showing how they gathered salt marsh sediment from throughout The Nature Conservancy’s Port Susan Bay Preserve in 2016. Read full story here.

A diversity of plants helps stabilize ecosystems

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – August 21, 2019
As people search for ways to help Earth’s biosphere withstand the impacts of climate change, they might turn to a relatively little-appreciated phenomenon: how plant diversity stabilizes ecosystems in the face of stress. This isn’t a brand-new idea. Various small-scale studies suggest that a greater variety of plants increases the likelihood that when rising temperatures or rainfall fluctuations harm some species, others may continue to thrive, thus keeping ecosystem productivity on an even keel. Read full article here.

Mobile forests could help cities cope with climate change

By Steve Gillman – Horizon Magazine – August 19, 2019
Cities across Europe are trialing schemes such as roof gardens and ‘mobile forests’ to embed more nature into urban areas in an effort to protect their citizens from climate change events like heatwaves, floods and droughts. Cities are becoming harder places to live in as climate change brings higher temperatures, water scarcity and flooding that not only makes already crowded urban areas less comfortable but also put lives at risk. But it may be possible to protect citizens from these threats by integrating more nature into urban areas, according to researchers. Read full article here.

July 2019 was the hottest month on record for the planet

Contact: John Bateman – NOAA – August 15, 2019
Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows. Read full story here.

Hard-working termites crucial to forest, wetland ecosystems

Science Daily – August 14, 2019
Termites are unwelcome in your home. They can cause structural damage to the wood in frames, floors and other materials. It's nothing personal, though. They are really just looking for food sources. But, outside, in the natural environment, termites are part of an entire ecological system. Their role is to help turn dead trees into valuable organic matter. Read full story here.

To Halt Warming and Ensure Food Supplies, Land-Use Practices Must Change

By Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American – E&E News – August 8, 2019
What’s good for the planet’s climate is also good for its food systems.
Halting global warming and feeding the world’s rapidly growing population both require major overhauls to the way that humans manage the land they live on, according to a much-anticipated report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report, released this morning, tackles the broad connections between climate change and land. With contributions from more than 100 scientists who reviewed thousands of research papers, it dives deeply into the ways that climate change affects the planet’s landscapes and how managing those landscapes better can insulate Earth and humans from the risks of rising temperatures. Read full story here.

The world’s biggest frogs build their own ponds

By Elizabeth Pennisi – Science Magazine – August 8, 2019
Some frogs are thumbnail size, but Cameroon’s Goliath frog (above) is bigger than a whole human foot, measuring up to 34 centimeters and weighing up to 3.3 kilograms. Although the world’s largest frogs are well known for their girth, their jumping prowess, and their ability to provide a hearty meal for us humans, their reproductive behavior has long been a mystery. Now, scientists think they know how these forest-dwelling frogs care for their young: by building them their own swimming pools. Read full article here.

 

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Climate change exacerbates hurricane flood hazards along US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts in spatially varying patterns

By Reza Marsooli, Ning Lin, Kerry Emanuel, and Kairui Feng – Nature Communications – August 22, 2019
One of the most destructive natural hazards, tropical cyclone (TC)–induced coastal flooding, will worsen under climate change. Here we conduct climatology–hydrodynamic modeling to quantify the effects of sea level rise (SLR) and TC climatology change (under RCP 8.5) on late 21st century flood hazards at the county level along the US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. We find that, under the compound effects of SLR and TC climatology change, the historical 100-year flood level would occur annually in New England and mid-Atlantic regions and every 1–30 years in southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions in the late 21st century. The relative effect of TC climatology change increases continuously from New England, mid-Atlantic, southeast Atlantic, to the Gulf of Mexico, and the effect of TC climatology change is likely to be larger than the effect of SLR for over 40% of coastal counties in the Gulf of Mexico. Read or download article here.

Companies and Climate Resilience: Mobilizing the power of the private sector to address climate risks

By Edward Cameron, Julie Arrighi, Fleur Monasso, Pablo Suarez, Eddie Jjemba and Carina Bachofen – ReliefWeb – August 19, 2019
Climate impacts are intensifying around the world with serious implications for the humanitarian community. Rising average global temperatures are leading to more severe weather events, changes in disease vectors, and exacerbating food and water insecurity. The impacts on the vulnerable and marginalized communities are acute and disproportionate, in particular affecting the development aspirations of women, children, migrants, the urban poor and indigenous peoples. Read or download article here.


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The Guide: How to improve the shoreline of your waterfront home

By Rachael Pacella – Capital Gazette – August 30, 2019
If you have a waterfront home you may have inherited riprap, bulkhead or other hard materials used to armor shorelines and prevent erosion — but did you know those methods aren’t the best for the bay? Read full story here.

Manoomin: Food that grows on the water

By Peter David – Wisconsin Wetlands Association – August 28, 2019
While wetlands are well known for their diversity and productivity, not many wetland lovers in the state head out to the marsh with the intent of gathering one of the most nutritious and delicious foods the region has to offer: the seeds of Zizania palustris, or northern wild rice. Read full story here.

Letters: City’s future relies on green space

Chicago Tribune – August 25, 2019
The climate crisis threatens urban health in myriad ways. The heat island effect in cities exacerbates temperature spikes and increases the risk of heat-related illnesses and death. Extreme precipitation results in stormwater overflow that contaminates drinking water. Heat, and our efforts to counter it with air conditioning, increases air pollution that contributes to lung, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Addressing these risks requires investments in sustainability and resilience. With Chicago’s strategic advantages of being on Lake Michigan and in a state with fertile farm fields, its future may be better than most if we make those commitments. Read full story here.

Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says

By Jessie Yeung and Abel Alvarado – CNN – August 22, 2019 – Video
Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change. The fires are burning at the highest rate since the country's space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (known by the abbreviation INPE), began tracking them in 2013, the center said Tuesday. There have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said. That's more than an 80% increase compared with the same period last year. Read full story and view video here.

Red-legged frogs making a comeback at Yosemite with help of SF Zoo

By Theophile Larcher – SF Examiner – August 21, 2019
After four years, San Francisco Zoo officials wrapped up a successful reintroduction program Monday by releasing the last of more than 1000 red-legged frogs into Yosemite National Park. The zoo began partnering with the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy in 2015 to reintroduce the threatened frogs back into Yosemite National Park, where they underwent a steady decline 50 years ago. The park now features an all-time high of 1,073 red-legged frogs, all reared at the San Francisco Zoo. Read full story here.

Nature-based solutions can help New York and New Jersey adapt to rising seas and intensifying storms

By Steve Koller – Environmental Defense Fund – August 19, 2019
With peak hurricane season upon us and what seems like daily coverage of record storms, floods, and ice melt, climate adaptation solutions should be top of mind for individuals and governments alike. After all, recent data show billion-dollar disaster events continue to take place with increasing frequency. Here in New York, many are wondering whether we’ll be ready when the next big storm hits. An emerging consensus —even among local elected leaders —seems to be: “Nope.” Read full blog here.

Invasive insect poses unprecedented threat to urban forests

By Dylan Reynolds – Chesapeake Bay Program – August 16, 2019
In 2002, a green, jewel-like beetle was discovered in southeastern Michigan. Only a half-inch in length, this nonnative insect has proven to be invasive, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees across the United States. Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) calls the emerald ash borer “the most destructive invasive forest insect ever to have invaded North America” and some estimate that the beetle could do $20 to $60 billion dollars in damage if left unchecked. The emerald ash borer has been reported in 35 states across the country, including all six Chesapeake Bay watershed states and Washington D.C. Read full blog here.

Seldom Seen: A Poignant Look Back at Glen Canyon Before the Dam

YaleEnviornment 360 – August 15, 2019 – Video
When Ken Sleight first floated through Utah’s Glen Canyon in 1955, he fell in love with its majestic landscape of red rock ravines and lush green Colorado River riverbed. He became a rafting guide, leading trips through a place where, he says, “You were in heaven, actually.” But even then, the mammoth Glen Canyon Dam was being built downstream in Arizona, and when the dam was completed in 1963, the canyon was flooded. Sleight, now 88, watched as the water quickly rose up the cliff walls, obliterating the riverbanks and side canyons. Taylor Graham’s film “Seldom Seen Sleight” — the winner of the 2019 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest – focuses on Sleight, now 89, as he describes the Glen Canyon he knew before it was flooded. Using never-before-seen archival footage, the film provides a poignant view of the pre-dam canyon and what has been lost. Read full story and view video here.

Incorporating Green Infrastructure into Our Cities

By Jan Cassin – Ecosystem Marketplace – August 1, 2019
In the US, as summer continues, so are the heavy spring rains, and more and more towns and cities in the Midwest are under water. These communities are suffering devastating losses from flooding, with roads and dams damaged, over 62 levees breached or overtopped and hundreds of miles of levees damaged along the Missouri River. Damage to water treatment plants and contamination of wells means that many towns were left without water and expected to be without drinking water service for weeks or even months. What is even more worrying as we confront this crisis is that America’s critical water infrastructure – drinking water systems, dams, levees, and inland waterways – all received a D in the latest American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Report Card. Read full story here.
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Special Events


Fall Migration Festival
September 21, 2019
Stone Harbor, NJ 

Wetlands and Watershed Festival
October 5, 2019
Hampton, GA

Voice of the Wetlands Festival
October 11-13, 2019

Houoma, LA

80th Anniversary Research Celebration
Huyck Preserve
November 2, 2019
Rensselaerville, NY

WEBINARS  
       
SEPTEMBER 2019  
       
September 19, 2019
2:00 p.m. ET
 
 
  Society of Wetland Scientists Webinar: Scientists’ Second Warning to Humanity and a Declaration on the Rights of Wetlands
 
       
September 20, 2019
3:00 p.m. ET
  Association of State Wetland Managers Hot Topics Webinar: A Legal Analysis of the Clean Water Act § 401 Proposed Rule  
       
September 24, 2019
3:00 p.m. ET
  USGS Webinar: Sea-Level Rise, El Niño, and Storm Effects on Coastal Tidal Marshes  
       
September 25, 2019
1:00 p.m. ET
  Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Webinar: The Value of Wetlands for Natural Disaster Mitigation   
   
OCTOBER 2019  
       
October 2, 2019
12:00 p.m. ET
 
  Open Channels Webinar: Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management: Conservation Trust Funds and Impact Investing  
       
October 2, 2019
3:00 p.m. ET
  Association of State Wetland Managers Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: National Riparian Areas Base Map: Development & Applications  
       
October 15, 2019
3:00 p.m. ET 
 
  Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Engineering with Nature
 
       

October 16, 2019
1:00 p.m. ET 
 

  Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 5: Monitoring for Stream Restoration and Green Infrastructure Practices  
       
October 23, 2019
3:00 p.m. ET 
 
 
  Association of State Wetland Managers Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: NLCD 2016 Data   
       
October 30, 2019
3:00 p.m. ET 
 
  Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Webinar: Understanding California’s New Wetland Rules and Implications for Wetlands Management  
       

 

MEETINGS
 
SEPTEMBER 2019
     
September 22-25, 2019
Phoenix, AZ
  Geological Society of American Annual Meeting
   
September 22-26, 2019
Sacramento, CA
International Conference on Ecology Transportation

   
September 23-29, 2019
New York, NY
  Climate Week 2019
     
September 26, 2019
Bay City, MI
  Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network: State of the Bay 2019
   
September 29-
October 3, 2019

Reno, NV
  American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting
     
OCTOBER 2019  
     
October 1-2, 2019
Traverse City, MI
  Marine Technology Society: Lakebed 2030 – Mapping the Great Lakes Conference
     
October 3, 2019
Ankeny, IA
  Iowa Floodplain & Stormwater Management Association Annual Fall Conference
     
October 4-5, 2019
Glastonbury, CT
  Society of Wetland Scientist New England Annual Chapter Meeting
     

October 8-10, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA

Natural Areas Association: Natural Areas Conference

     
October 9-13, 2019
Fort Collins, CO
  Society of Environmental Journalists Conference
   
October 11-13, 2019
Wilmington, NC
  Diamondback Terrapin Working Group: 8th Symposium on the Ecology, Status, and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin
   
October 11-14, 2019
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
  Sustainability & Development Conference
   
October 15-17, 2019
Atlantic City, NJ
  New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management Conference: One Water: Connecting the Dots of Floodplain Management
     
October 15-17, 2019
Boonville, MO
  Society of Wetland Scientists Central Chapter Annual Meeting
     
October 16, 2019

  Society of Wetland Scientist Twitter Symposium: Visions for the future: conservation in the face of climate change
     
October 16-18, 2019
Lansing, MI
  Great Lakes Environmental Remediation & Redevelopment Conference
   
October 17-19, 2019
Raleigh, NC
  Land Trust Alliance Rally 2019
   
October 21-22, 2019
Oakland, CA
  San Francisco Estuary Partnership: State of teh Estuary Conference
     
October 23-25, 2019
Galveston, TX
  Society of Wetland Scientist South Central Chapter Fall Meeting
     
October 23-25, 2019
Wausau, WI
  Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater, & Coastal Management 17th Annual Conference
     
October 27-30, 2019
Ocean Beach, AL
  Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Annual Conference

October 27-30, 2019
Spokane, WA

AASHE Conference: Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy

     
NOVEMBER 2019
     
November 1-3, 2019
aizhou, China
  Invasion Ecology Lab, Taizhou University Conference: Current and Emerging Topics in Global Change Ecology of Plants
   
November 3-7, 2019
Mobile, AL
  CERF 2019 25th Biennial Conference: Responsive-Relevant-Ready
   
November 3-7, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT
  American Water Resources Association: Annual Water Resources Conference
     
November 6, 2019
Cameron, LA
  America’s Wetland Foundation: Coastal Wetlands Communities Adaptation Roundtable
   
November 8-10, 2019
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
  Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Conference

     
November 14, 2019
Portland, OR
  The Wetlands Conservancy: Wetlands & Wellies
   
November 15-17, 2019
Shepherdstown, WV
 

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forum: Better Together: Diverse and Innovative Collaborations for the Chesapeake Watershed

     
November 20-21, 2019
Lansing, MI
  Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy: Michigan Sustainability Conference
     
DECEMBER 2019
     
December 4, 2019
Washington, DC
  Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees Eight Annual Conference: Trees Matter: Green Cities Summit
     
December 10-14, 2019
Washington, DC
  AGU Fall Meeting: Science Communication: A Sharing Science Room
     
JANUARY 2020
     
January 3-7, 2020
Pacific Grove, CA
  American Society of Naturalists Stand Alone Meeting
     
January 29-30, 2020
Wlminton, DE
  Delaware Wetlands Conference 2020

     
FEBRUARY 2020
     
February 16-21, 2020
San Diego, CA
  Ocean Sciences Meeting 

     
February 18-20, 2020
Elkhart Lake, WI
  Wisconsin Wetlands Association: 25th Annual Wetland Science Conference: A Clear Vision for Wetlands
Abstracts due by November 15, 2019
     
MARCH 2020
     
March 4-5, 2020
Washington, DC
  Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition: Great Lakes Day 2020

     
March 23-26, 2020
Austin, TX
  American Water Resources Association Conference: Geospatial Water Technology Conference Complex Systems
     
APRIL 2020
     
April 27-29, 2020
Baton Rouge, LA
  University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: 13th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands
     
April 28-29, 2020
Clayton, NY
  2020 New York State Wetlands Forum Conference
     
April 28-30, 2020
Novi Michigan
  Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy: Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference 
 
MAY 20202
     
May 12-15, 2020
Richmond, VA
 

River Management Training Symposium: Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals

 
JUNE 2020
     
June 7-11, 2020
Fort Worth, TX
  Association of State Floodplain Managers: 2020 Annual Conference: Resiliency Where the West Begins
Abstract due by October 31, 2019
     
June 7-11, 2020
Quebec City, Canada
  Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA), the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) joint Conference: From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding
Call for Proposals due by October 1, 2019
     
JULY 2020
     
July 5-10, 2020
Bremen, Germany
  14th International Coral Reef Symposium

     
AUGUST 2020
     
August 2-7, 2020
Salt Lake City, UT
 

ESA Annual Meeting: Harnessing the ecological data revolution
Abstracts due by September 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern

     

Eagle Hill Institute 2019 Seminars

TRAINING/WORKSHOPS
 
September 2019
     
September 23-24, 2019
Charleston, SC
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
     
September 23-25, 2019
New Brunswick NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Soils and Site Evaluation for Septic Disposal Systems and Stormwater BMPs
     
September 23-26, 2019
Hilliard, OH
  Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Wetland Delinetation
     
September 23-27, 2019Portage, WI   Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
   
September 23-27, 2019
Trout Lake Station
Boulder Junction, WI
  North Temperate Lakes LTER and the Universtiy of Wisconsin-Madion's Trout Lake State: Aquatic Sensors Workshop
     
September 25, 2019
Spokane, WA
  Washington Department of Ecology Course: Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
   
September 25-26, 2019
Niles, MI 
Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Advanced Wetland Delineation
   
September 27-29, 2019
Steuben, ME
Eagle Hill Natural History Science Fall Workshop: Fall Maine Mushrooms
   
September 30
-October 4, 2019

St. Michaels, MD
Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
     
October 2019
     
October 1, 2019
Vernon, WA
  Washington Department of Ecology Course: Using Field Indicators for Hydric Soils 
     
October 2-4, 2019
Hillsborough, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Wetland Construction: Principles, Planning and Design
   
October 7-11, 2019
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Basic Wetland Delineation 
     
October 7-18, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Stream Restoration Part 1 – Stream Physics
October 7-November 1, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 2019
Other dates offered
   
October 11-13, 2019
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Natural History Science Fall Workshop: Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts
   
October 14-18, 2019
Shepherdstown, WV
  Stream Mechanics Workshop: Stream Functions Pyramid
   
October 14-November 8, 2019
Onlinle
  The Swamp School Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
Other dates offered
   
October 15, 2019
Boulder, CO 
CUAHSI Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System 
   
October 21-24, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Workshop: Principles of Wetland Design
   
October 22-25, 2019
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
   
October 23, 2019
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Introduction to Wetland Identification
   
October 25-27, 2019
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Natural History Science Fall Workshop: Crustose and Foliose Lichens
     
NOVEMBER 2019   
     
November 4-7, 2019
Crystal Springs, FL
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Delineation Training
     
November 4-
January 27, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist
     
November 6, 2019
Shoreline, WA
  Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Demystifying Wetland and IN-Water Permitting in Washington State
     
November 7-8 2019
Somerset, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Lake Management
   
November 11-13, 2019
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Winter Woody Plant ID
   
November 11-January 31, 2019 
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design
Other dates offered
   
November 14-15, 2019
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
   
November 18-19, 2019
Atlanta, GA
  Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands, and Hydrology (Piedmont)
   
November 25-
December 23, 2019

Online
  The Swamp School Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
     
   DECEMBER 2019
     
December 2-5, 2019
Atlanta, GA 
  The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training
     
December 2-13, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Stream Restoration Part 2 – Stream Site Assessment Techniques
   
December 2-27, 2019 Online 
  The Swamp School Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 2019
     
December 4-5, 2019 Vernon, WA   Padilla Bay Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities
     
December 9-, 2019-
March 2, 2020
Online
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator
     
December 11-12, 2019 Portage, WI   Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar
     
December 16-17, 2019 
Baskin Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Identification of Wetland Plans in Winter
   
December 16-27, 2019
Online 
  The Swamp School Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals
 
     
February 2020
     
February 10-21, 2020
Onlinle
  The Swamp School Course: Stream Restoration Part 3 – Stream Ecology

 

 Wetland Breaking News: September 2019

 

INDEX

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections
  • Trump pushed staff to deal with NOAA tweet that contradicted his inaccurate Alabama hurricane claim, officials say
  • Contradicting the Department of Justice, EPA changes stance on groundwater discharges
  • Meskwaki Nation to Develop Water Quality Standards
  • EPA Proposes Sweeping Changes to Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Regulations

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Panel Appears Sympathetic to Tribal Bid to Block Sulfide Mine
  • $1.7 Million in Grants Awarded to 46 Projects for Community Conservation
  • Shoreline industry poses hazards as sea level, floods increase
  • EPA deleted scientists' concerns about Pebble analysis
  • New Trump rules weaken wildlife protections

STATE NEWS

  • AZ: Rosemont mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles
  • CA: U.S. EPA awards close to $8 million to protect and restore San Francisco Bay and its watersheds
  • CA: State approves $20M for Bel Marin Keys wetlands restoration
  • CA: Community Groups Take Stand Against Redwood City Salt Ponds Development
  • CT: Connecticut’s largest saltmarsh to be restored using Superfund money
  • CT: CT to fight rules weakening Endangered Species Act
  • KY: Kentucky Power enhancing wetland area
  • LA: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, haven for nature lovers, to benefit from shoreline protection project
  • MD: Berlin’s Wetland Project Back On
  • MD: Data confirms growing dead zone in Chesapeake Bay
  • MI: With Final Stage Underway, NOAA Works Toward a Restored Manistique River
  • MS: Wicker’s bill aims to ‘right the wrongs’ of halted flood control project in home state
  • NH: CLF Files Federal Lawsuit to Block Eversource’s Seacoast Power Line
  • NY: Regulators remove hurdle for Duke Energy's Constitution Pipeline
  • NY: NYC doubles curbside rain gardens in green infrastructure program
  • NC: In North Carolina, novel legal maneuver deployed against Atlantic Coast Pipeline
  • OH: Middle Bass Island Wetland Forest Preserve grows
  • OR: Chicken Creek project to create Tualatin River wetland
  • WA: Western Coal Takes Another Hit as Appeals Court Rules Against Export Terminal
 

Wetland Breaking News: September 2019


INDEX


Editor's Choice

National News

State News

Wetland Science News

Resources & Publications

Potpouri

Calendar of Events

WETLAND SCIENCE NEWS

  • What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?
  • Study: Wetland restoration locks up carbon
  • A diversity of plants helps stabilize ecosystems
  • Mobile forests could help cities cope with climate change
  • July 2019 was the hottest month on record for the planet
  • Hard-working termites crucial to forest, wetland ecosystems
  • To Halt Warming and Ensure Food Supplies, Land-Use Practices Must Change
  • The world’s biggest frogs build their own ponds

RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Climate change exacerbates hurricane flood hazards along US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts in spatially varying patterns
  • Companies and Climate Resilience: Mobilizing the power of the private sector to address climate risks

POTOURRI Wetland Breaking News: September 2019

  • The Guide: How to improve the shoreline of your waterfront home
  • Manoomin: Food that grows on the water
  • Letters: City’s future relies on green space
  • Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says
  • Red-legged frogs making a comeback at Yosemite with help of SF Zoo
  • Nature-based solutions can help New York and New Jersey adapt to rising seas and intensifying storms
  • Invasive insect poses unprecedented threat to urban forests
  • Seldom Seen: A Poignant Look Back at Glen Canyon Before the Dam
  • Incorporating Green Infrastructure into Our Cities
  • Landscape with Beavers

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Webinars

September 2019

  • Society of Wetland Scientists Webinar: Scientists’ Second Warning to Humanity and a Declaration on the Rights of Wetlands
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Hot Topics Webinar: A Legal Analysis of the Clean Water Act § 401 Proposed Rule
  •  USGS Webinar: Sea-Level Rise, El Niño, and Storm Effects on Coastal Tidal Marshes
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Webinar: The Value of Wetlands for Natural Disaster Mitigation

October 2019

  • Open Channels Webinar: Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management: Conservation Trust Funds and Impact Investing
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: National Riparian Areas Base Map: Development & Applications
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance Webinar: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Engineering with Nature
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast 5: Monitoring for Stream Restoration and Green Infrastructure Practice
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar: NLCD 2016 Data
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Members’ Webinar: Understanding California’s New Wetland Rules and Implications for Wetlands Management

 

Wetland Breaking News: September 2019

 

MEETINGS

September 2019

  • Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
  • International Conference on Ecology & Transportation
  • Climate Week 2019
  • Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network: State of the Bay 2019
  • American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting

October 2019

  • Marine Technology Society: Lakebed 2030 – Mapping the Great Lakes Conference
  • Iowa Floodplain & Stormwater Management Association Annual Fall Conference
  • Society of Wetland Scientist New England Annual Chapter Meeting
  • Natural Areas Association: Natural Areas Conference
  • Society of Environmental Journalists Conference
  • Diamondback Terrapin Working Group: 8th Symposium on the Ecology, Status, and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin
  • Sustainability & Development Conference
  • New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management Conference: One Water: Connecting the Dots of Floodplain Management
  • Society of Wetland Scientists Central Chapter Annual Meeting
  • Society of Wetland Scientist Twitter Symposium: Visions for the future: conservation in the face of climate change
  • Great Lakes Environmental Remediation & Redevelopment Conference
  • Land Trust Alliance Rally 2019
  • San Francisco Estuary Partnership: State of the Estuary Conference
  • Society of Wetland Scientist South Central Chapter Fall Meeting
  • Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater, & Coastal Management 17th Annual Conference
  • Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Annual Conference
  • AASHE Conference: Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy

November 2019

  • Invasion Ecology Lab, Taizhou University Conference: Current and Emerging Topics in Global Change Ecology of Plants
  • CERF 2019 25th Biennial Conference: Responsive-Relevant-Ready
  • American Water Resources Association: Annual Water Resources Conference
  • America’s Wetland Foundation: Coastal Wetlands Communities Adaptation Roundtable
  • Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Conference
  • The Wetlands Conservancy: Wetlands & Wellies
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forum: Better Together: Diverse and Innovative Collaborations for the Chesapeake Watershed
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy: Michigan Sustainability Conference

December 2019

  • Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees Eight Annual Conference: Trees Matter: Green Cities SummitWetland Breaking News: September2019
  • AGU Fall Meeting: Science Communication: A Sharing Science Room

January 2020

  • American Society of Naturalists Stand Alone Meeting
  • Delaware Wetlands Conference 2020

February 2020

  • Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • Wisconsin Wetlands Association: 25th Annual Wetland Science Conference

March 2020

  • Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition: Great Lakes Day 2020
  • American Water Resources Association Conference: Geospatial Water Technology Conference: Complex Systems

April 2020

  • University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: 13th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands
  • 2020 New York State Wetlands Forum Conference
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy: Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference

May 2020

  • River Management Society Symposium: Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals

June 2020

  • Association of State Floodplain Managers: 2020 Annual Conference: Resiliency Where the West Begins
  • Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA), the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) joint Conference: From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding

July 2020

  • 14th International Coral Reef Symposium

August 2020

  • ESA Annual Meeting: Harnessing the ecological data revolution

 

Training/Workshops

September 2019

  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Soils and Site Evaluation for Septic Disposal Systems and Stormwater BMPs
  • Midwest Biodiversity Institute Course: Wetland Delineation
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • North Temperate Lakes LTER and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Trout Lake State: Aquatic Sensors Workshop
  • Washington Department of Ecology Course: Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Advanced Wetland Delineation
  • Eagle Hill Natural History Science Fall Workshop: Fall Maine Mushrooms
  • Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation

October 2019

  • Washington Department of Ecology Course: Using Field Indicators for Hydric Soils
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Wetland Construction: Principles, Planning and Design
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Stream Restoration Part 1 – Stream Physics
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 2019
  • Eagle Hill Natural History Science Fall Workshop: Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts
  • Stream Mechanics Workshop: Stream Functions Pyramid
  • The Swamp School Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
  • CUAHSI Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System 
  • The Swamp School Workshop: Principles of Wetland Design
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Introduction to Wetland Identification
  • Eagle Hill Natural History Science Fall Workshop: Crustose and Foliose Lichens

November 2019

  • The Swamp School Online Workshop: Wetland Delineatiaon Training
  • The Swamp School Online Workshop: Certified Wetland Hydrologist
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Demystifying Wetland and IN-Water Permitting in Washington State
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Lake Management
  • Environmental Concern Course: Winter Woody Plant ID
  • The Swamp School Online Workshop: Principles of Wetland Design
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Duncan & Duncan Wetland & Endangered Species Training Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands, and Hydrology (Piedmont)
  • The Swamp School Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

December 2019

  • The Swamp School Wetland Delineation Training
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Stream Restoration Part 2 – Stream Site Assessment Techniques
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets 2019
  • Padilla Bay Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Delineator
  • Wetland Training Institute, Inc. Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Eduation Course: Identification of Wetland Plants in Winter
  • The Swamp School Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals

February 2020

The Swamp School Online Course: Stream Restoration Part 3 – Stream Ecology

  
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