Wetland Breaking News - May 2018

                

 


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Dear Wetlanders,

This has been a very busy month at the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM). For those of you who have not yet heard, I am excited to share the news that I have been selected to be the new incoming Executive Director at ASWM. It’s an exciting new challenge that I look forward to and am grateful for all the outpourings of support. Over the coming summer months, our current Executive Director, Jeanne Christie, and I will work with the ASWM Board and staff to carry out a transition plan. I will formally become Executive Director late in 2018 and Jeanne will move to another senior position in the organization. You can read our press release here.

In other news, May is also American Wetlands Month (AWM) and ASWM has been celebrating by posting fun trivia, videos, and puzzles on our Facebook page Monday-Friday. To learn more about AWM and find a list of events, click here. Be sure to tune in for our AWM webinar on Wednesday, May 30th at 3:00pm ET on Measuring the Economic Benefits and Cost Effectiveness of Coastal Wetlands and Ecosystems. For more information and to register, click here.

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) also held its National Wetlands Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 9th at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. ASWM was thrilled to have two of its nominees, Maryann M. McGraw and Roy R. “Robin” Lewis, III win awards for “State, Tribal, and Local Program Development” and “Business Leader,” respectively. You can read about their accomplishments in this edition on page 13 or on ELI’s website by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Wetland Breaking News. And as always, thank you for all you do for wetlands!

Best regards,

Marla J. Stelk
Editor,
Wetland Breaking News

 
   
              


May is American Wetlands Month: Learn about the Importance of these Vital Ecosystems

By Andrea Bertoli – Planetsave – May 9, 2018
May is American Wetlands Month, a chance to recognize and celebrate the ways in which wetlands, and their inhabitants, enrich both the environment and human communities. Imagine visiting your local wetland, exploring this intersection of land and water, and stumbling across a big black bear. Such an encounter would be considered exceptional in modern times, but this scenario was a reality not too long ago in wetlands across the southeastern United States. Read full story here.

White House sends $15.4 billion rescissions proposal to Congress

By John Parkinson – ABC News – May 8, 2018
The White House sent a proposal to Congress Tuesday to recapture $15.4 billion in “unobligated balances,” setting up the next budget battle on Capitol Hill as Democrats decried the cuts, including $7 billion allocated for children’s health. Following a briefing with House Republicans, Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Budget and Management, told ABC News that the rescissions allow the administration to recoup money locked in inactive accounts dating as far back as 2011. Read full story here.

Grants to Accelerate Watershed Protection -- 22 Grants totaling more than $4 million to protect America’s watersheds

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities – April 25, 2018
The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program’s third - year of awards expands the pace of proactive watershed protection in the U.S. through conservation and improved stewardship of thousands of acres of lands that provide drinking water, flood risk reduction, and an array of economic and environmental benefits. The 22 awards total $4.168 million and will benefit organizations and partnerships in 20 states. The Heathy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program was conceived by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water (EPA) and launched in late 2015. EPA co-funds the program with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), which manages the partnership. Read full press release here.

Farm-bill debate starts now

By Roman Keeney – Agri-View – April 24, 2018
Before discussing the contents of the farm bill, it’s pertinent to first establish the timing of debate — and why we should expect an increasing frequency of farm-bill news and commentary in the coming months.
The current Farm Bill is not permanent law. The authorizations written into the current Farm Bill were approved into law in February 2014, with an end date of Sept. 30, 2018. When the new fiscal year for the federal government begins Oct. 1, the current Farm Bill will expire. Thus the timing of farm-bill expiration makes it a priority on the legislative calendar for spring and summer 2018. Read full story here.

Pruitt unveils controversial ‘transparency’ rule limiting what research EPA can use

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis – The Washington Post – April 24, 2018
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt moved Tuesday to limit what science can be used in writing agency regulations, a change long sought by conservatives. The proposed rule would only allow the EPA to consider studies where the underlying data is made available publicly. Such restrictions could affect how the agency protects Americans from toxic chemicals, air pollution and other health risks. Read full story here.

 

 

Insurer to Invest in Coastal Wetlands to Mitigate Storm Damages

By Emily Chasan – Bloomberg – May 11, 2018
When Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast in October 2012, its 80-mile-per-hour winds and the resulting flooding did about $71 billion in damage. After the storm, researchers found that natural coastal ecosystems saved communities from Maryland to New Jersey about $625 million in damages. Now one insurer is thinking about investing directly in wetlands to try to mitigate the risks from storms to its bottom line and to offset its carbon emissions. Read full story here.

Regulations: White House Plots Update to NEPA Guidelines

Society of Environmental Journals – May 7, 2018
"The Trump administration has signaled its intent to update the baseline National Environmental Policy Act guidelines for the whole federal government. The White House Council on Environmental Quality has submitted a draft advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, dated Thursday, with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, indicating that it will update "the regulations for implementing the procedural provisions" of NEPA. Read full story here.

Pruitt's EPA Is on the Verge of 'Regulatory Capture', Study Says

By Neela Banerjee – InsideClimate News – May 1, 2018
Under the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency has veered so far from its foundational mission of protecting human health and the environment that it faces the highest risk in its 47-year history of being reshaped to serve industry rather than the American public, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. The EPA routinely faces criticism from environmental and public health advocates for allegedly quashing science and softening rules to help industry. During the early years of the Reagan presidency in particular, EPA Administrator Anne Gorsuch worked to scale back the agency's activities. But the new study, based on interviews with current and former EPA staff and reviews of White House and EPA initiatives, concluded that the agency is now on the edge of "regulatory capture," when industry priorities determine policy rather than the public interest and impartial research. Read full story here.

U.S. EPA awards $366,000 to Navajo Nation EPA for San Juan watershed monitoring program

Contact: Margot Perez-Sullivan – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – April 26, 2018
Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $366,000 grant to the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency to ensure tribal water quality standards are protective of livestock and crop irrigation water. The funds are part of a larger regional program launched today to develop and implement a long-term water quality monitoring program for the San Juan River watershed. Read full news release here.

Secretary Zinke Announces Grants to Boost to Wetland, Waterfowl Conservation, Access to Public Lands

U.S. Department of the Interior – April 25, 2018
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, today approved $24.6 million in grants for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and its partners to conserve or restore more than 176,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 18 states throughout the United States. The grants, made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), come as the nation prepares to celebrate American Wetlands Month, an annual event that highlights the value of wetlands and encourages all Americans to help conserve these valuable habitats throughout the year. The grants will be matched by over $66 million in partner funds. NAWCA grants ensure waterfowl and other birds are protected throughout their lifecycles. Read full press release here.

Keeping invasive fish species out of the Great Lakes

NOAA Research News – April 24, 2018
NOAA scientist Carol Stepien will present research results at a public forum this week in Toledo, Ohio, on how local bait shops, anglers and the public can prevent invasive fish from accidentally being released into the Great Lakes. These non-native species can potentially decimate valuable native fish species such as trout, walleye and yellow perch. They do this by competing with native species for food and habitat and potentially infecting them with harmful pathogens. Read full story here.

Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announce Winner of National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

U.S. Department of Interior – April 20, 2018
A talented young artist from Johns Creek, Ga., has taken top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. An emperor goose painted by 18-year-old Rayen Kang will grace the 2018-2019 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation, and outdoor recreation. Read full press release here.

Eight years after Deepwater Horizon oil spill, conservation along the Gulf of Mexico advances at an historic scale

Globe Newswire – April 18, 2018
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today marks eight years of funding recovery efforts across the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including working with partners to take vital early actions to reduce harm to wildlife and five subsequent years of conservation work through the Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF). Read full news release here.

U.S. Senators Reject Attempt to Weaken Protections from Aquatic Invasive Species

By Joran Lubetkin – National Wildlife Federation – April 18, 2018
In a major victory for clean water, outdoor recreation, and local economies across the country, the U.S. Senate today rejected attempts to weaken Clean Water Act protections to prevent aquatic invasive species from entering U.S. waters through the discharge of ballast water. Read full press release here.

The Trump administration has officially clipped the wings of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

By Darryl Fears and Dino Grandoni – The Washington Post – April 13, 2018
The Trump administration made it clear this week that it is sapping the strength of a century-old law to protect birds, issuing guidance that the law would not be used as it has been to hold people or companies accountable for killing the animals. Read full story here. 

WH reviewing proposal that would roll back protections for threatened species

By George Wallace – CNN – April 5, 2018
The White House is reviewing a proposal that environmentalists fear would remove protections for hundreds of threatened species, according to a government database. The proposal's obscure name -- "Removal of Blanket Section 4(d) Rule" -- refers to protections covering approximately 300 animal and plant species, such as the northern spotted owl and manatee, that are at risk of becoming endangered. The Fish and Wildlife Service has for 40 years used the blanket rule to cover the majority of threatened species, the category considered at risk of endangerment under the Endangered Species Act. Read full story here.

Leaked memo: Pruitt taking control of Clean Water Act determinations

By Rene Marsh – CNN – April 4, 2018 – Video
Key provisions in the Clean Water Act are now under the control of one person at the US Environmental Protection Agency -- Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to a leaked memo obtained by CNN. In the new directive, Pruitt states he will make final critical decisions about preservation of streams, ponds and wetlands. Read full story here.

  

AK: Army Corps of Engineers Soliciting for Public Comment on the Pebble Mine Project in Alaska

The Army Corps of Engineers is asking for public input on the planned Pebble Mine in southwestern Alaska. The agency is preparing to produce a draft environmental impact statement on the project. The fishing industry, Alaska Native groups, and environmentalists have fought the proposed open-pit copper and gold mine project since 2004, arguing that the project would devastate the area's salmon fishery. In January, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would maintain Obama-era restrictions on the proposed mine. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt later clarified that this announcement did not mean that EPA would block the mine project outright. The Army Corps of Engineers will hold seven public meetings about the project across Alaska, and interested parties can submit public comments online through June 29, 2018.

CA: Elkhorn Slough scientist Kerstin Wasson honored as 'wetland hero'

By Scott Nichols – UC Santa Cruz – May 4, 2018
Kerstin Wasson, research coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) and adjunct professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, will receive the 2018 National Wetlands Award for Science Research, to be presented by the Environmental Law Institute in a ceremony May 9 at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C. The prestigious award recognizes Wasson’s extraordinary commitment to the conservation and restoration of our nation’s wetlands. Read full story here.

CA: Marin environmental group helps protect 500-acre wetland

By Mark Prado – Marinij.com – April 14, 2018
The efforts of a Marin-based environmental group will add another 500 acres of wetlands to a protected area under an international treaty, good news for wildlife and flood control efforts. The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture has announced that the Petaluma Wetlands adjacent to Novato will be added to the larger San Francisco Bay estuary, which was named a Ramsar Convention “wetland of importance” in 2013. Read full story here.

CO: Wetland restoration to expand crucial ecosystem for hundreds of species

By Jonathan Romeo – The Durango Herald – April 19, 2018
Before Western settlers reached Colorado, the best estimates show there were probably around 2 million acres of wetlands across the state, which provide some of the most biologically diverse habitats and serve as a natural filter for water. Although wetlands account for only a small portion of the landscape, it is estimated that 75 percent of all wildlife in the state depend on the thriving ecosystems, according to the Colorado Wetland Information Center. However, because of development and other human impacts, researchers say that number has been effectively cut in half. Read full story here.

DE: Wetland wonder: Crops, wildlife flourish on Delaware farm

By Megan Lang – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – May 9, 2018
If ever he wondered if his family had made the right choice by restoring a wetland at their Delaware farm, Matt Spong laid that question to rest with the help of a duck. Actually, a wood duck and her brood, seven lives that depend on the ecology at Viola Farms Inc. “One day I saw something small bobbing in the water, and it turned out to be a female wood duck and six babies,” Spong recalled. A mother duck leads her twelve chicks through the wetland. A female duck leads her twelve ducklings through the wetland. Photo by Kayt Jonsson, USFWS. At that moment, he knew: working to keep a healthy wetland paid dividends exceeding the farm’s bottom line. Matt Spong and his wife, Marilyn, are ardent proponents of protecting their wetland and the creatures that live there. Read full story here.

DE: Wetland Mitigation Area Near Dover's Woodcrest Community Irks Some

By Tom Lehman – WBOC – May 4, 2018 – Video
It may look like a marsh, but Kari Tollinger says the wetland mitigation area adjacent to her home a nuisance. Tollinger and other neighbors living in Dover's Woodcrest community on Friday publicly aired their grievances over the marsh near the old Dover High School, which they said during a news conference is a place they believe to be a contributing factor and possible source of mosquitoes that plague their yards and neighborhood. Read full story and view video here.

FL: Sen. Nelson Files Bill to Provide Loans to Coastal Communities Impacted By Climate Change

By Michelle Corum – WJCT – April 27, 2018
Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson wants to help shore up Florida’s coastal areas expected to suffer the most from climate change. The legislation would make federal funds available for communities who need to brace themselves for climate change-related events. In an emailed statement, Nelson calls Florida “ground zero for sea-level rise.” Read full story here.

KS: Work Begins On Pracht Wetlands Park in Northwest Wichita

By Deborah Shaar – KMUW – April 23, 2018
Work is beginning on a new urban wetlands park in northwest Wichita. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday for the park at 29th Street and Maize Road. The Pracht Wetlands Park will be completed in four phases at a cost of about $7.2 million. Work on the first two phases will begin this spring. Read full story here.

LA: FSU research: New model could help rebuild eroding lands in coastal Louisiana

By Kathleen Haughney – Florida State University News – May 7, 2018
As coastal lands in Louisiana erode, researchers, environmentalists and engineers are all searching for ways to preserve the marsh coastline. Now, a Florida State University researcher has developed a model to help stakeholders figure out what factors they need to consider to rebuild land in this fragile wetland. The model is outlined in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Read full story here.

LA: Appeals judge questions Bayou Bridge pipeline's wetland impacts

The Associated Press – Nola – The Times-Picayume – April 30, 2018
One of the federal judges considering whether to allow construction of the Bayou Bridge crude oil pipeline to continue in the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin swamp in Louisiana seemed to downplay concerns Monday about the project's impact on forested wetlands. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over whether to permanently throw out a lower court's preliminary injunction that initially stopped construction in the Atchafayala Basin. Read full story here.  

LA: Louisiana Moves Closer to Delivering on Coastal Restoration

By Kristin Tracz – Walton Family Foundation Blog – April 19, 2018
On April 2, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced an update to the permit timeline for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion – a project critical to the restoration and rebuilding of the Gulf coast. Following the announcement in January of an agreement between Louisiana state officials and federal agencies to modify the timetable for the project, the permitting process is now set to conclude in 2020 – 22 months earlier than previously projected. With a football field of land washing away every 100 minutes along Louisiana’s coast, this new timeline reflects the urgency with which we need to act to protect the coastal communities, economies and critical infrastructure threatened by land loss and rising seas. Read blog post here.

ME: Federal funding preserves nearly 100 acres of Brunswick wetlands

By Beth Brogan – Bangor Daily News – Midcoast – April 17, 2018
Maine will receive $570,000 in federal funding to help preserve 96 acres at Woodward Point, protecting wetlands and buffering uplands in northern Casco Bay. The funding will allow the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust to acquire the area, which is a designated estuary of national significance and “cradles” all of one and part of a second commercially important shellfish beds, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. Read full story here.

MD: Hogan administration issues comprehensive environmental plan for Conowingo Dam, Susquehanna River, Chesapeake Bay

Contact: Jay Apperson – Maryland Department of the Environment – April 27, 2018
The Maryland Department of the Environment today issued a Water Quality Certification with special conditions for the proposed relicensing of the Conowingo Dam. As part of a comprehensive strategy for Chesapeake Bay restoration, the certification requires the applicant, Exelon Generation Company LLC, to reduce water pollution that flows from the dam to the lower Susquehanna River and, eventually, the Bay. The certification also requires Exelon to take several steps to reduce sediment and nutrient pollution and improve conditions for aquatic life, including changes in its control of water flow from the dam and installation of equipment to improve migration of fish to upstream spawning areas. Read full story here.

MD: ‘Forgotten’ Nassawango returns to its natural state

By Rona Kobell – Bay Journal – April 20, 2018
We seem to be alone under the canopies of bald cypress and black gum. Hawks soar overhead. Leaves on the rose bushes rustle. Remnants of a beaver lodge hide among the brambles. An old truck, possibly from the 1950s, sits rusting on the water’s edge. There is much to look at in a six-mile paddle through the Nassawango Creek Preserve, a 9,953-acre ecosystem on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore. But what our group of five didn’t see during three hours of paddling its meandering path were other humans. We encountered no other paddlers and heard no footsteps. Even though the creek backed to some houses, no one was in the yards. We didn’t even hear a dog bark. Read full article here.

MD: MDE taking fewer enforcement actions against water pollution

By Timothy B. Wheeler – Bay Journal – April 18, 2018
Maryland regulators have been taking significantly fewer enforcement actions for water pollution violations lately, a drop that environmentalists call part of a worsening nationwide trend. State officials, though, say the decrease reflects an increased effort to work with violators and prevent minor infractions from becoming major ones. In a report submitted earlier this year to lawmakers, the Maryland Department of the Environment said that in fiscal year 2017, its water and science administration took 771 enforcement actions. That’s a 46 percent decline from the number reported the previous year, and the fewest since fiscal year 2008. Read full article here.

MN: Bank gives landowners committed to restoring Minnesota wetlands a financial incentive

By Dennis Anderson – Star Tribune – April 22, 2018
In 2017, fewer Minnesota duck-hunting licenses were sold than at any time in recent history. The falloff wasn’t a surprise: Wetland drainage across southern, western and northwestern parts of the state has occurred for more than a century, leaving not only ducks, but muskrats, turtles, herons, cranes, terns, frogs, invertebrates and a host of aquatic plants, ranging from wild celery to sago pondweed, fewer places to live. Compounding the adverse effects of these losses, vast hydrologic changes that have resulted from drainage have degraded many of Minnesota’s remaining wetlands. Some individual and municipal wells also have been contaminated by nitrates from crop fertilizers. Read full story here.

MN: Blaine's wetland tree cutting plans spark new controversy

By Hannah Covington – Star Tribune – April 19, 2018
A section of trees was cleared on the edge of a wetlands area in January 2017 in Blaine. The city has now told neighbors that more trees will need to come down as part of restoration work. Blaine officials have delivered a new and unwelcome message to an upscale neighborhood on the edge of a prized wetland: The tree cutting must go on. Read full story here.

NE: Dry Spotted Tail Creek wetland project receives $200K

By Chabella Guzman – KTIC Radio – May 5, 2018
A four year vision is finally coming to fruition, as the Nebraska Trout Unlimited Chapter 710, recently received $200,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Dry Spotted Tail Creek and Wetland Project.” The project actually began with Ducks Unlimited approaching the Nebraska trout chapter. Read full story here.

OH: Proposal would return farmed land to wetland status

By Roger LaPointe – Sentinel-Tribune – May 11, 2018
The proposal to turn part of Carter Historic Park into wetlands was introduced for public comment at an open house Thursday. “We’re looking at this as a natural area of preservation. This area of farm was actually cleared later, so I believe this area was all wetlands and woods during the Depression era. That’s the era we’re trying to portray with the farm,” said Neil Munger, Wood County Park District director. Read full story here.

PA: One tree planted, another 10 million to go as Pa. initiative begins

By Paul Vigna – Penn Live – April 29, 2018 – Video
National, state, and local partners gathered on a Lancaster County farm on April 24 for the announcement of one of Pennsylvania's most ambitious, collaborative, and challenging efforts to restore and protect its rivers and streams - the planting of 10 million trees by the end of 2025. Through the end of April, the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership will be planting more than 31,000 trees at over 50 locations throughout the Commonwealth, according to a press release, The Partnership is a collaborative effort, coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), of national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, watershed groups, conservancies, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and individuals. Read full article and view video here.

TX: In Houston’s flooded neighborhoods, real estate investors see an opportunity

By David Hunn and Matt Dempsey – Houston Chronicle – May 10, 2018 – Video
Investors large and small are snapping up thousands of properties flooded by Hurricane Harvey. From billion-dollar Wall Street funds to mom-and-pop flippers, they've already purchased at least 5,500 flooded homes, often for dimes on the dollar. In the process, they are transforming some Houston neighborhoods into block after block of rentals. They're interrupting county plans to buy out flood-prone properties. And they're leaning on the taxpayer-funded National Flood Insurance Program to protect them from future floods. Read full story and view video here.

TX: How a multifaceted approach could strengthen Texas’ coastal resilience before the next Harvey

By Shannon Cunniff – Environmental Defense Fund – April 3, 2018
Hurricane Harvey provided a stark reminder to Houston, Port Aransas, and other Texas communities of the power of storms and the consequences of living on a flood-prone coast. When hurricanes hit, coastal counties experience rain, wind, waves, and storm surge. Nearly 30 percent of Texas’ population lives in Gulf Coast or adjacent inland counties, where hurricanes are the most destructive weather phenomena. With a changing climate, we can expect more extreme weather. Read full blog here.

VA: Developer wants to build homes in Virginia Beach area that floods; city leaders worried

By Mechelle Hankerson – The Virginian-Pilot – April 16, 2018
It doesn’t take much for Princess Anne Road near Holland Road to flood. It’s technically Holland Swamp, said Councilwoman Barbara Henley during a meeting earlier this month. Jessica Abbott, another councilwoman, said she used to kayak in the area all the time. So they’re skeptical of a plan to develop part of 50 acres of empty land near the city’s Municipal Center. The Argos development company wants to build 32 single-family homes on 12 acres near Fenwick Way, and the rest of the area would be preserved since it’s mostly wetlands or restricted because of its proximity to West Neck Creek. Read full story here.

WI: Judge invalidates wetland permit for Monroe County frac sand plant

B Chris Hubbuch – La Crosse Tribune – May 5, 2018
A judge has rescinded a permit for a Georgia timber company to build a frac sand plant in Monroe County wetlands. In a ruling issued Friday, administrative law Judge Eric Defort concludes the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources didn’t have information required by state law when it issued a permit allowing Meteor Timber to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands for the proposed $70 million processing and loading facility near Millston. Read full story here.

WI: EPA chief Pruitt overrules staff, gives Wisconsin's Walker, Foxconn big break on smog

Michael Hawthorne – Chicago Tribune – May 2, 2018
The Trump administration on Tuesday exempted most of southeast Wisconsin from the latest federal limits on lung-damaging smog pollution, delivering a political victory to Gov. Scott Walker as he makes a new Foxconn Technology Group factory the centerpiece of his re-election campaign. By dramatically reducing the size of the areas required to crack down on smog, Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt overruled the agency’s career staff, a move that will save Foxconn from having to make expensive improvements as it builds a sprawling new electronics plant in Racine County, just north of the Illinois border in an area with some of the state’s dirtiest air. Read full story here.

WI: State quietly deregulates stormwater, its latest move in a series of environmental rollbacks

By Sydney Widell – The Daily Cardinal – April 25, 2018
Ken Potter, a UW-Madison hydrologist, likes to imagine the Yahara Lakes around Madison as a clogged bathtub. With little change in elevation between the top and bottom of the lake chain, the stormwater that flows in tends to stay there. In places built on natural wetlands like Madison, Potter explained that managing runoff is critical to keeping pollutants out of lakes and preventing erosion and neighborhood flooding. Read full story, here.

WI: $3 Million Grant for Bay View Wetland

By Graham Kilmer – Urban Milwaukee – April 17, 2018
The city announced today that a project restoring the Bay View wetland in Milwaukee’s harbor received a $3 million grant. These funds come from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal Environmental Protection Agency program, and were awarded to the project by the state. Planning is still underway to nail down the full details of the restoration, but the project will generally involve habitat restoration for native animal and plant species, along with remediation of some of the damage that has been done to the soils after years of industrial activity at the site. Read full story here.



 

 
Trump admin kills NASA project monitoring greenhouse gas emissions

By Jacqueline Thomsen – The Hill – May 10, 2018
President Trump’s administration quietly killed a NASA project that monitored whether countries were reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, stoking fears about efforts to decrease global emissions, Science magazine reported. NASA spokesman Steve Cole told the magazine that the agency’s Carbon Monitoring System was canceled due to “budget constraints and higher priorities within the science budget." Read full story here.

Algae blooms already clouding Chesapeake waters

By E.B. Furgurson III – Capital Gazette – May 8, 2018 – Video
Annapolis area creeks and rivers have been hit with recent outbursts of algae blooms known as mahogany tides — with one report of a bloom running the length of the Severn River. The species found in abundance, prorocentrum minimum, contributes to dead zones as the bloom dies and consumes oxygen in the water column. In high enough concentrations, it can cause fish kills although none have been reported this year. Read full story and view video here.

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold

By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post – May 3, 2018
For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed “safe.” Read full story here.

In Shadow of Trump's New Foreign Policy Team, U.S. Climate Negotiators Walk a Fine Line

By Marianne Lavelle – InsideClimate News – May 3, 2018
As international climate negotiators meet in Bonn this week to draft rules for carrying out the Paris Agreement on climate change, the United States delegation presents a wraithlike enigma. Even though the Trump administration has renounced the treaty, the United States has not yet withdrawn, and Washington would like to influence the discussions. But the Trump foreign policy team, now more than ever, is a tight cabal of hard-line foes of climate action. Read full story here.

Climate Change Will Boost Global Lake Evaporation—with ‘Extreme’ Consequences

By Kevin Dennehy – Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies – May 2, 2018
Global lake evaporation will increase 16 percent by the end of the century as a consequence of climate change, a new Yale study finds. But the specific mechanisms that will drive that phenomenon are not quite what scientists expected. While it is commonly believed that lake evaporation is controlled primarily by incoming solar radiation, the researchers used modeling tools to show that other factors — from shorter ice periods to a “reallocation” of heat energy at lake surfaces — are accelerating the loss of lake water into the atmosphere. Read full story here.

An endangered animal thrives in a novel ecosystem

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – May 2, 2018
On the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia are habitats unlike any found in that continent’s history: narrow strips of vegetation along roads, railways and drainage canals, containing a mix of native and exotic plants. Embedded in a larger landscape dominated by farming and human development, those fragments of roadside wildness are often ignored or dismissed by nature-loving people. They’re thought to have minimal ecological value — yet for endangered southern brown bandicoots, they provide very good homes indeed. “Our results demonstrate the potential significance of novel habitats for conserving threatened species within heavily-modified landscapes,” write researchers led by ecologist Sarah Maclagan of Deakin University, “and encourage us not to judge the quality of habitats on their novelty alone.” Read full article here.

Study shows sea turtle nesting beaches threatened by microplastic pollution

By Zachary Boehm – Florida State University News – May 1, 2018
Plastic is famous for its unyielding durability, making it perfect for consumer products but a unique and persistent menace to the natural environment. For the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on the once-pristine beaches bounding the Gulf of Mexico, millimeters-thick pieces of broken down plastic — called microplastics — pose a particularly urgent threat. A new study from Florida State University researchers shows that increasing microplastic accumulation along the Gulf’s beaches could alter the composition of shoreline sand and jeopardize the turtles’ sensitive incubation environments. Read full story here.

Carbon satellite to serve as an important tool for politicians and climate change experts

University of Copenhagen – April 26, 2018
A new satellite that measures and provides detailed carbon balance information is one of the most important new tools in carbon measurement since infrared light, believe researchers from the University of Copenhagen. The researchers expect the satellite to be a valuable tool for the UN’s work on climate change related to the Paris climate accord. Carbon balance is important for climate and environment because whenever carbon is converted into carbon dioxide, CO2 emissions increase. On the other hand, carbon is an essential aspect of life on Earth: a felled tree releases carbon into the atmosphere whereas a planted one takes up carbon in vegetation and soil. A lack of carbon in vegetation and soil can create a carbon imbalance and have climate-related consequences. Read full story here.

Underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay continue record growth

William & Mary – April 25, 2018
Third straight year with record acreage capped by first-ever 100,000+ acre total. An annual survey led by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science mapped an estimated 104,843 acres of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay in 2017, the highest amount ever recorded and the third consecutive year of record-breaking abundance. It is also the first time in the history of VIMS’ SAV Monitoring and Restoration Program — established in 1979 — that the total abundance of this critical habitat has surpassed 100,000 acres. SAV stands for submerged aquatic vegetation. Read full story here.

Nature Without Biodiversity: Urban Climate Adaptation Has a Blind Spot

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – April 25, 2018
Many conservationists see urban climate adaptation as a win-win endeavor. After all, making cities more resilient to weather extremes often involves using nature: wetlands to absorb heavy rainfall, trees to lower local temperatures, and so on. Billions of dollars are being spent, and all this new nature ought to be a boon to biodiversity—yet the potential is in danger of being squandered. Read full article here.

Invasive Cuban Treefrogs Leap Out of Florida, Establish First Known Population in Louisiana

U. S. Geological Survey – April 25, 2018
A population of exotic invasive Cuban treefrogs has been discovered in New Orleans, more than 430 miles (700 kilometers) from the nearest known population in Florida, making this the first known breeding population in the mainland United States outside that state, reports a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. Read full story here.

Oyster reef installed in Severn River could break up dead zones

By E.B. Furgurson, III – Capital Gazette – April 25, 2018
Chesapeake Bay Foundation scientists put reef balls laden with oyster spat into the Severn River on Wednesday — not to grow oysters, but to see if they might break up dead zones of low oxygen. It’s an experiment. Can man made oyster reefs create enough turbulence in the water to improve oxygen levels in the water column? Read full story here.

Many Low-Lying Atoll Islands Will Be Uninhabitable by Mid-21st Century

U. S. Geological Survey – April 25, 2018
Sea-level rise and wave-driven flooding will negatively impact freshwater resources on many low-lying atoll islands in such a way that many could be uninhabitable in just a few decades. According to a new study published in Science Advances, scientists found that such flooding not only will impact terrestrial infrastructure and habitats, but, more importantly, it will also make the limited freshwater resources non-potable and, therefore, directly threaten the sustainability of human populations. Read full story, here.

Researchers discover “urban hot tub” effect in city ponds

By Sarah DeWeerdt – Anthropocene Magazine – April 24, 2018
The average water temperature in urban ponds is up to 3 °C hotter than that of ponds in nearby rural landscapes, according to a new study by researchers from Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. The urban heat island (UHI) effect– the tendency for air temperature in cities to be higher than in surrounding rural areas due to the heat-trapping properties of buildings, roads, and parking lots – is well known. But temperatures of urban waterways haven’t been studied as much. Read full article here.

VIMS researchers uncover how carbon flows along East Coast

By Liam Jackson, PSU and David Malmquist, VIMS – WY Daily – April 22, 2018
Coastal waters play an important role in the carbon cycle by transferring carbon to the open ocean or burying it in wetland soils and ocean sediments, a new study shows. The research helps establish how coastal processes influence atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and, in turn, climate. The study team, which includes Virginia Institute of Marine Science researchers Elizabeth Canuel, Marjy Friedrichs and Pierre St. Laurent, constructed the first known carbon budget for the U.S. East Coast. They tracked the flows of organic and inorganic carbon into and out of coastal waters from the southern tip of Nova Scotia, Canada, to the southern tip of Florida. Read full story here.

What's Eating Away at the Greenland Ice Sheet?

By Bob Berwyn – InsideClimate News – April 19, 2018
In the high-stakes race against sea level rise, understanding what's causing the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt is critical. The problem isn't just rising temperatures: soot from ships, wildfires and distant power plants, as well as dust and a living carpet of microbes on the surface of the ice, are all speeding up the melting. Read full story here.

Bees aren’t the only pollinators with problems

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – April 18, 2018
Think of a pollinator and you’ll almost certainly think of a bee. Maybe a butterfly, but probably not: bees are bona-fide pollination celebrities, their importance recognized and predicaments lamented. It’s quite unlikely that you’ll think of a bird, much less a bat or a lizard — yet they too transport pollen and help landscapes bloom, and are experiencing declines both troubling and overlooked. Read full article here.

Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts, PSU-led study finds

By Cristina Rojas – Portland State University – April 17, 2018
The scientific models that ecologists and conservation biologists rely on to determine which species and habitats to protect lack critical information to help them make effective decisions, according to a new study. Angela Strecker, an environmental science professor at Portland State University and the study's co-lead author, said that species distribution models can help predict all the places where a given species could live based on their environmental preferences, and using these models can help target conservation efforts to areas where they would have the most impact. They can also be useful in predicting where non-native or invasive species may spread. Read full story here.

Bi-national Success – Lesser Long-nosed Bat Has Recovered

Contact: Jeff Humphrey – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – April 17, 2018
A charismatic, winged pollinator responsible for helping produce tequila is making a comeback despite tough odds thanks to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-led three-decade partnership. Although many bat species in North America today are vexed with declining populations, partners in the United States and Mexico have helped recover the lesser long-nosed bat, which today becomes the first bat ever removed from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections due to recovery. When initially protected under the ESA in 1988, there were fewer than 1,000 of the nectar-feeding bats at 14 known roosts range wide. Today, there are an estimated 200,000 bats at 75 roosts in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico. Read full press release here.

Florida Kids Sue Gov. Scott Over Climate Change: You Have 'Moral Obligation' to Protect Us

By Georgina Gustin – InsideClimate News – April 16, 2018
Eight young Floridians, ages 10 to 19, sued their state and its climate-policy-averse governor on Monday for failing to protect residents from the impacts of a warming climate. They say they already see signs of climate change around them—from powerful hurricanes to extreme heat waves to tidal flooding that now regularly washes into coastal roads and parks as sea level rises—and they want the state to do something about it. Read full story here.

 

Comparing the cost effectiveness of nature-based and coastal adaptation: a case study from the Gulf Coast of the United States

PreventionWeb – April 11, 2018
Coastal risks are increasing from both development and climate change. Interest is growing in the protective role that coastal nature-based measures (or green infrastructure), such as reefs and wetlands, can play in adapting to these risks. However, a lack of quantitative information on their relative costs and benefits is one principal factor limiting their use more broadly. Read full study here.

Upscaling Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation

By Benjamin Denjean and Andrea Illes – CAKE – April 10, 2018
There is a growing recognition of the benefits of nature-based solutions (NBS), a term that refers to projects and actions where natural ecosystems and their services are used in a sustainable and effective way in order to help tackle environmental and social challenges. Under the right circumstances, these solutions can provide alternatives that, compared with traditional infrastructure and engineering projects, are both cost-effective and capable of providing multiple benefits, while at the same time delivering conservation objectives. NBS can help society better adapt to climate change by, for example, addressing the risks of adverse impacts from extreme weather events, including droughts and floods, as well as food security issues. One example of NBS is use of the buffering capacity of riparian ecosystems, which act as a time and intensity buffer in the event of floods, but also as a filter for runoff waters. Nevertheless, it is essential to frame NBS within the right conditions; recent developments in ecological science and modelling have just started to provide a better understanding of what a “good operating space”—in other words, one that efficiently delivers these services—looks like for NBS. Read full report here.

Embracing Change - Adapting Conservation Approaches to Address a Changing Climate

By M. Cross, E. Rowland, E. Tully, L. Oakes, and D. Long – CAKE – March 16, 2018
Climate change may undermine the effectiveness of current efforts to conserve wildlife and ecosystems. Given that time and money for conservation are limited, there is a need for responsible investments that embrace the realities of a changing climate. A thorough consideration of anticipated climate change impacts can reveal the necessity of intentional, strategic, and forward-looking adjustments to what kinds of actions are being implemented, where actions are located, when actions are needed, and what goals those actions are designed to achieve. This report offers real-world examples of how conservation practitioners are already beginning to modify the WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and WHY of their conservation endeavors. These stories are intended to inspire others to take a closer look at their conservation strategies and determine whether different approaches will be needed to make the most of limited conservation dollars in the context of climate change and uncertainty. Read full report here. 

 




Birds’ beauty extends far beyond themselves to enhance the whole world

By Kathy Reshetiloff – Bay Journal – May 11, 2018
Except for perhaps insects, birds are usually the first wild animals we encounter in our lives. Before ever going to a zoo or aquarium, or on a fishing, hunting or wildlife watching adventure, we have probably been introduced to the class of animals known as Aves or birds, usually right outside our homes. Read full article here.

Stop Calling Washington a Swamp. It’s Offensive to Swamps.

By Martha Serpas – The New York Times – May 5, 2018
Washington is not a swamp and never was. Would that it were. (The tale that the Capitol was built on a drained swamp is apocryphal, I’m told.) The political expression “drain the swamp” has been traced back to Socialists in the early 1900s, during a time when swamps were drained to reduce the populations of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. For over a century, politicians have used the phrase to go after the perceived bloodsuckers of their day — lobbyists, corrupt officials, wasteful spenders. But after having killed half the wetlands in our country, we should not want to drain any more swamps. Read full story here.

There’s no “Sweet Spot” – What the Colorado River Needs is “Real Balance”

By Jeffrey Odefey – American Rivers – April 27, 2018
Over the last week, those of us who eat, sleep, and drink Colorado River issues have watched with alternating measures of surprise, concern, and alarm as water users from the Upper Basin states publicly called out the operators of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) for “gaming” reservoir levels to maximize water deliveries to Arizona. The worry is that CAP’s efforts to find a “sweet spot” in managing the Colorado River has the effects of undoing nearly a decade of collaborative conservation successes and threatens to pull the entire Basin into shortage more quickly than is already likely. Read full story here.

Coastal Oakscapes

By Shanna Baker – Hakai Magazine – April 24, 2018
The Mighty Oak has been romanticized as a character in fables, poems, and proverbs throughout the annals of literature. Strong and unyielding, it unfurled from dirt and seed to reach the heights of reverential greatness. So, it seems fitting we start here with a story: A long, long time ago—approximately 13,000 years back, that is—a great mass of ice entombing much of British Columbia and the surrounding region began to crack and crumble. Read full article here.

8 Years After BP Oil Spill, Sick Cleanup Workers Still Waiting for Day in Court

By Julie Dermansky – DESMOG Blog – April 23, 2018
On the eighth anniversary of the BP oil spill, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré stood in front of the New Orleans Federal Court House and called “bullshit” on the court’s handling of claims made by those who participated in the cleanup efforts. Thousands of workers BP hired to clean up the spill that polluted the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 have claimed exposure to oil and the dispersant has made them sick and still have not had their day in court. “It’s a crying damn shame we’ve allowed this in America,” Honoré said. Read full blog post here.

For a Healthy Beach, Leave the Seaweed Alone

By Samantha Andrews – Hakai Magazine – April 4, 2018
For a tourist, nothing ruins a picturesque sandy beach like the sight and smell of rotting seaweed, which is why owners and managers of beaches in many seaside towns use tractors to drag large rakes through the intertidal. Mechanical beach cleaning removes the seaweed, but it also destroys habitat. Read full article here.

 

 

   

 

WEBINARS

   

MEETINGS

 

TRAINING

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

 

WEBINARS  
   
MAY 2018  
       
May 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  EBM Tools Network Webinar: Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure  
       
May 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Works Association Webinar: Integrated Monitoring for Harmful Algal Blooms  
       
May 24, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  The Swamp School Webinar: Wetlands and Soil Taxonomy

 
       
May 30, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Together north Jersey Webinar: Climate Change & Wetland Restoration  
       
May 30, 2018
3:00 p.m. ET
  ASWM American Wetlands Month Webinar    
       
 JUNE 2018  
       
June 6, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Together north Jersey Webinar: Green Infrastructure & Urban Resiliency   
       
June 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. ET
Washington, DC (and webcast)
  Environmental Law Institute: NEPA, ESA and Fundamentals of Environmental Law (ELI Summer School, 2018)
Please register by June 7 
 
       
June 13, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar:  A River Runs Through It (Hopefully!): Instream Flow Development in the Eastern United States   
       
June 13, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Together north Jersey Webinar: Resiliency Planning Tools   
       
June 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Center for Watershed Protection Webcast: Retrofitting the Urban Environment: What’s New  
       
June 27, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
  Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Webinar: What’s new with the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative  
       
JULY 2018  
       
July 11, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar:  A Collaborative Web Resource for Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections   
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar: Hydrologic Modeling for Austin's Integrated Water Resources Plan 
 
       
SEPTEMBER 2018   
       
September 12, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Works Association Webinar: Utility Tools and Strategies for Climate Change Planning  
       
OCTOBER 2018  
       
October 10, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar: Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations Improve Water Management    
       
October 10, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  Center for Watershed Protection Webcast: Innovations in Stream Restoration Design and Construction   
       
NOVEMBER 2018  
       
November 14, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
  American Water Resources Association  Webinar: Setting Up a Water Bank: From the Ground(water) Up   
       
MEETINGS  
 
MAY 2018  
       
May 17, 2018
Linthicum Heights, MD
  Maryland Environmental Trust: 2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference  
       
May 19-20, 2018
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference (MMBC)

 
       
May 19-26, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ
  Northern Arizona University Mini-Symposium and Short Training Course: New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling  
       
May 20-24, 2018
Detroit, MI
  Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Navigating Boundaries in Freshwater Science  
       
May 22-23, 2018
Lancaster, PA
  Choose Clean Water Coalition: 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference   
       
May 23, 2018
Rochester, MN
  City of Rochester: Wetland Wildlife Primer Stormwater Speaker Series   
       
May 24-25, 2018
Montreal, Canada
  ICEWW 2018: 20th International Conference: Environment, Water and Wetlands  
       
May 24-26, 2018
St. Jon's, Newfoundland
  Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society: ACCESS 2018  
       
May 29-June 1, 2018
Denver, CO
  Society of Wetland Scientists 2018 Annual Meeting: Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice and Policy - An Exchange of Expertise   
       
May 30-June 1, 2018
San Antonio, TX
  Resource Institute, Inc: Southwest Stream & Wetland Restoratoin Conference  
       
 JUNE 2018  
       
June 3-7, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
  World Environmental & Water Resources Congress  
       
June 4-6, 2018
Berkeley, CA 
  Berkeley Natural History Museums, the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, and iDigBio Second Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference  
       
June 4-8, 2018
Washington, DC
  4th International Symposium: Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans  
       
June 8-9, 2018
Lake Ariel, PA
  Lacawac Ecology Symposium  
       
June 10-13, 2018
Washington, DC
  National Flood Conference   
       
June 10-15, 2018
Victoria, B.C., Canada 
  ASLO (Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography) 2018 Summer Meeting  
       
June 11-13, 2018
Annapolis, MD
  National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center International Symposium: Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research   
       
June 11-14, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
  American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Innovating the Future of Water  
       
June 12-13, 2018
Lansing, MI 
  Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: 2018 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference  
       
June 12-15, 2018
Jyväskylä, Finland
  Scientific Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology Europe Section's 5th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ECCB 2018)  
       
June 13-15, 2018
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
  Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative  
       
June 16-21, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  Resources for Future Generations  
 
       
June 17-22, 2018 
Phoenix, AZ
  Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference: Managing Floods Where Mountains Meet the Desert  
       
June 18-21, 2018 
Cape Town, South Africa
  5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference  
       
June 18-22, 2018
Toronto, Canada
  IAGLR 2018: Great Science for Tomorrow's Solutions
 
       
June 19-22, 2018
Penn State University
University Park, PA
  21st Biennial Penn State Plant Biology Symposium:"Wild and Tamed Phyobiomes"

 
       
June 21-22, 2018
Paris, France
  World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming  
       
June 27, 2018
Rochester, MN
  City of Rochester: Citizen Engagement and Watershed Protection Stormwater Speaker Series    
 
JULY 2018  
       
July 8-11, 2018
Broomfield, CO
  Natural Hazards Center: 2018 Natural Hazards Workshop  
       
July 9, 2018
UC Davis Conference Center
  California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation   
       
July 9-11, 2018
Fort Worth, TX
  American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater  
       
July 10-11, 2018
Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA
  Natural Areas Association Workshop: Lake Erie Ecosystems   
       
July 10-12, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
  US Water Alliance: One Water Summit  
       
July 15-18, 2018
Monterey, CA
  2018 Society for Conservation GIS Annual Conference

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

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

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

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

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

 
       
August 26-31, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden
  SIWI: World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development  
       
August 27-29, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  California Adaptation Forum  
       
SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 5-9, 2018
Tulcea, Romania
  Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 4th International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”    
       
September 10-12, 2018
Sacramento, CA
  San Francisco Estuary Partnership: 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference: Our Estuary at an Intersection    
       
September 17-19, 2018
Columbia, SC
  2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference  
       
September 17-21, 2018
Gothic CO
  MtnClim 2018: Anticipating climate change impacts in mountains: Embracing variability  
Abstract deadline: July 2, 2018
 
       
September 18-20, 2018
Cadiz, KY
  Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers Conference   
       
September 24-28, 2018
Jena, Germany
  10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics    
       
September 24-30, 2018
New York, NY
  Climate Week NYC  
       
OCTOBER 2018   
       
October 5-7, 2018
Miami, FL
  2018 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference (SEEC)   
       
October 7-11, 2018
Cleveland, OH
  The Wildlife Society's 25 Annual Conference  
       
October 11-12, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
  Land Trust Alliance: Rally 2018 National Land Conservation Conference   
       
October 18-21, 2018
Antalya, Turkey
  International Marine & Freshwater Sciences Symposium (MarFresh2018)
 
       
October 20, 2018
Leominster, MA
  MACC Fall Conference   
       
October 21-29, 2018
Dubai
  13TH Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands  
       
October 22-26, 2018
Stowe, VT
  American Meteorological Society: 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms  
       
October 23-25, 2018
Bloominton, IN
  Natural Areas Conference: Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas   
       
October 24-25, 2018
Miami Beach, FL
  Southeast Florida Regional Compact: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit  
       
October 28-31, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  American Water Works Association: Water Infrastructure Conference  
       
October 30-November 2, 2018
Galveston, TX
  American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: 2018 National Coastal Conference: Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides  
       
NOVEMBER 2018   
       
November 13-16, 2018
Chicago, IL
  Lincoln Park Zoo 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference  
 
DECEMBER 2018   
       
December 8-13, 2018
Long Beach, CA
  Restore America’s Estuaries Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management  
       
TRAINING  
   
MAY 2018   
       
May 15-17, 2018
Poolesville, MD
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology eSession with Field Practicum – 2018  
       
May 16-17, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North    
       
May 16-18, 2018
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Tutorial, Applications of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling  
       
May 18, 2018
Hillsborough, NJ
 
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Restoration Ecology: Using Mitigation and Sustainable Design Techniques to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Increase Storm Resiliency  
       
May 21-22, 2018
Portland State University
  Portland State University Course: Wetland Hydrology Indicators and Problem Situations  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Richmond, KY
  Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Natural Areas Field Course: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Lansing Area, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Delineation Training  
       
May 21-25, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
May 21-June 2, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mammals   
       
May 21-June 11, 2018
Klawock, AK
  Tatoosh School  Course: Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place   
       
May 21-June 15, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Biology of Fishes  
       
May 21-June 18, 2018
Online 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets    
       
May 21-August 1, 2018
Klawock, AK
  Tatoosh School Course: Community Ecology; independent travel; Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology; and, Politics of Place  
       
May 22, 2018
Charleston area, SC
  D & D West Course: Endangered Species Identification - 8 hours (field)   
       
May 22-24, 2018
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
Grand Chenier, LA
  McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers  
       
May 25-June 8, 2018
Appledore Island, ME
  Shoals Marine Laboratory Course: Field Ornithology  
       
May 27-June 2, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens  
       
May 27-June 2, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology  
       
May 28-29, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Coastal Plain - 16 hours (field)  
       
May 28-June 9, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology of Southern Appalachian Salamanders  
       
May 29-June 15, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Herpetology    
       
May 28-June 16, 2108
DeFelice Marine Center
Cocodrie, LA
  LUMCON: Coastal Protection & Restoration Course

 
       
JUNE 2018  
       
June 1-2, 2018
Framingham, MA
  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC): Basic Wetland Identification and Delineation Workshop  
       
June 3-9, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled  
       
June 3-9, 2018
University of New Mexico
Sevilleta Field Station

New Mexico
  Remote Data Acquisition (RDA) Sensor Training Workshop

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

 
       
June 4-July 3, 2018
Memphis, TN
  University of Memphis, Meeman Biological Station Course: Wetland Ecology   
       
June 4-July 29, 2018
Unity, ME
  Unity College Course: Conservation Biology    
       
June 4-August 27, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018    
       
       
June 4-August 27, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist   
       
June 5-7, 2018
St. Louis, MO
  Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Missouri Botanical: R Basics Workshop  
       
June 6, 2018
Mt. Vernon, WA
  Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration   
       
June 6-7, 2018
Amherst Junction, WI
 
  University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop: Woodland Plant Identification and Sampling  
       
June 9, 2018
Framingham, MA
  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC): Wetland Plant ID

 
       
June 10-16, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification  
       
June 11-12, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain- 16 hours (field)  
       
June 11-14, 2018
Teatown Lake Reservation
Westchester County, NY
  The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – New York    
       
June 11-15, 2018
Annapolis, MD
  National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Course: Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling: June 2018  
       
June 11-15, 2018
Mesquite, TX
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
June 11-17, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec  
       
June 11-22, 2018
University of Utah
  University of Utah IsoCamp Course: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology  
       
June 11-22, 2018
University of Utah 
  University of Utah Course: Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry  
       
June 11-July 9, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment  
       
June 12-15, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands  
       
June 13, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ
  Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Introduction to Wetland Identification  
       
June 13-14, 2018
Champaign, IL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
June 13-15, 2018
St. Louis, MO
  Saint Louis University: GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop  
       
June 14-28, 2018
Fordham University's Biological Field Station
Armonk, NY
  Louis Calder Center: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop   
       
June 16-17, 2018
Hatley, WI
  The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop: Aquatic Plant Identification and Sampling

 
       
June 17-23, 2018
Steuben, ME  
  Eagle Hill Institute: Scientific Illustration with Pen and Ink and Color Pencil   
       
June 17-23, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Freshwater and Diadromous Fishes of New England  
       
June 18-22, 2018
Myuna Bay, New South Wales 2264 Australia
  Course: Structural Equation Modelling for Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (SEMR02)  
       
June 18-23, 2018
Harvy Mudd College
Claremont, CA
  Wicked Problems: Investigating real world problems in the biology classroom (SW 2018)   
       
June 18-30, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Ecology of Global Change

 
       
June 18-July 2, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans     
       
June 18-July 6, 2018
University of Virginia
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Wildlife Disease Ecology   
       
June 19, 2018
Canaan Valley WV
  WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Educator Workshop  
       
June 20-August 1, 2018
Klawock, AK
  Tatoosh School Course: Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology + Politics of Place  
       
June 24-30, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Lichens and Lichen Ecology  
       
June 24-30, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology  
       
June 24-30, 2018
Kellogg Biological
Station
Michigan State University
  EDAMAME : Explorations in Data Analyses for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology    
       
June 25-29, 2018
Portland State University
  Portland State University Course: Wetland Plants of the Pacific Northwest  
       
June 25-29, 2018
Shepherdstown, WV
  The Conservation Fund Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
Milford, IA
  Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Ecology of Algae Blooms  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Conservation Ecology  
       
June 25-July 6, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Environmental Sensors: Designing, Building and Deploying the Field  
       
June 25-July 20, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management  
       
June 27-28, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
June 28-29, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
June 28-29, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
June 28-July 16, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Comparative Temperate-Tropical Biogeography  
       
June 29-30, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
  University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop: Wetland Plant Identification and Sampling Techniques  
       
JULY 2018  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Grasses: Identification and Ecology  
       
July 1-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil  
       
July 2-14, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology & Conservation of Lichens   
       
July 2-September 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
July 7, 2018
Framingham, MA
  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC): Wetland Shrubs  
       
July 8-14, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Spiders: Identification, Biology, and Ecology  
       
July 8-14, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, Identification and Conservation   
       
July 9-20, 2018
Milford, IA
  Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Paleolimnology  
       
July 9-20, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Landscape Ecology  
       
July 9-20, 2018
University of Montana 
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
 
 
       
July 9-21, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau   
       
July 9-October 1, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Monitoring Techniques   
       
July 9-October 1, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Principles of Wetland Design  
       
July 10-11, 2018
Laramie, WY
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
July 10-11, 2018
Laramie, WY
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
July 11-12, 2018
Lansing/East Lansing, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association: Aquatic Plant Identification

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

 
       
July 16-20, 2018
Boston, University 
  Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Stream Ecology  
       
July 18-19, 2018
Irvine, CA
  University of California, Irvine Workshop: Strengthening Coasts for a Resilient Future    
       
July 22-28, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Maine Seaweeds: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany  
       
July 22-28, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History  
       
July 23, 2018
Sharon Hollow, Washtenaw County, MI
 
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plant Identification and Hike with Ellen  
July 23 - 26, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes  
       
July 23-27, 2018 
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Field Methods in Ornithology
 
 
       
July 23-August 3, 2018 
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Alpine Ecology  
       
July 23-August 3, 2018
University of Montana 
  Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Lake Ecology
 
       
July 23-August 4, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies  
       
July 23-August 6, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals    
       
July 24-25, 2018
St. Ignace, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Plants of the Eastern Upper Peninsula   
       
July 25-August 14, 2018
Boulder, Co
  Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Course  
       
July 28-29, 2018
Amherst Junction, WI
  University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop:  Prairie Plant Identification and Sampling  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates  
       
July 29-August 4, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Eagle Hill Institute: The Eastern Maine Ice Age Landscape as a Record Hemispheric Climate Change: The Last Deglaciation: The Pineo Ridge Moraine and Emerged Delta Complex  
       
July 30-August 3, 2018
Steuben, ME 
  Humboldt State University Course: Teaching Individual/Agent-based Modeling  
       
July 30-August 3, 2018
Logan, UT
  Utah State University Course: Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design

 
       
July 31-August 2, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Problematic Delineation Seminar – 2018  
       
AUGUST 2018  
       
August 5-11, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Sphagnum Mosses and Ecology  
       
August 5-11, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Aquatic Entomology  
       
August 6-9, 2018
Savannah, GA 
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)   
       
August 6-10, 2018
Truckee, CA
  River Lab, University of California – Berkeley Course: Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration  
       
August 6-11, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Rock Outcrop and Cliff Face Communities  
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Stream Ecology  
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Ecology of Forests and Grasslands
 
       
Augut 6-17, 2018
University of Montana
  Flathead Lake Bio Station: Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems
 
       
August 6-October 29, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training  
       
August 8-19, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Introductory Ecology    
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Witness to Nature: A Creative Writing Workshop  
       
Augut 12-18, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Plant Anatomy and Microtechnique  
       
Augut 13-14, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Eastern Mountains/Piedmont - 16 hours (field)
 
       
August 13-18, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Southeastern Grasslands: Ecology and Conservation    
       
August 14-15, 2018
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Wetland Plant ID  
       
August 15-16, 2018
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
August 15-16, 2018
Arlington, WA 
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018   
       
Augut 19-25, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mushroom Microscopy: An Exploration of the Intricate Microscopic World of Mushrooms  
       
Augut 19-25, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Banding Songbirds and Raptors: Livetrapping, In-hand Aging and Sexing, and Data Collection for Research  
       
August 20-25, 2018
Highlands, NC
  Highlands Biological Station Course: Grasses of the Southern Appalachians   
       
August 20-24, 2018
Arlington, WA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
August 20-September 17, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment   
       
August 20-September 17, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets | 2018  
Augut 26-September 1, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Orthotrichaceae of Maine  
       
Augut 26-September 1, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute: Independent Study: Pyrenolichens
 
 
       
August 28-31, 2018
Annapolis, MD
  National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Workshop: Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Skill Building, Proposal Writing,  Collaborating    
       
August 29-30, 2018
Lansing, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands (MiRAM)    
       
August 31-September 1, 2018
Denver, CO
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
 SEPTEMBER 2018  
       
September 6-7, 2018
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum   
       
September 6-7, 2018
Whitefish, MT
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
September 7-9, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Asters and Goldenrods  
       
September 10-14, 2018
St. Michaels, MD 
  Environmental Concern Course: Basic Wetland Delineation    
       
September 10, 2018-
December 3, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
September 11-12, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes - 16 hours (field)  
       
September 12-13, 2018
Kansas City, MO 
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training  
       
September 14-16, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Current Issues in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation    
       
September 17-18, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
September 17-18, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
September 17-28, 2018
Front Royal, VA
  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: The Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds  
       
September 17-October 14, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Conducting Effective Ecological Risk Assessments    
       
September 19-20, 2018
Washtenaw County, MI
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Asters and Goldenrods in Michigan Wetlands  
       
September 20-22, 2018
Laramie, WY
  CUAHSI: Near Surface Geophysics for Hydrology Workshop   
       
September 21-23, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review Process   
       
September 24-25, 201
St. Michaels, MD
  Environmental Concern Course: Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field   
       
September 24-28, 2018
Covington, LA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Aliquippa, PA
  The Swamp School: Classroom and Field Wetland Delineation Training  
       
September 24-28, 2018
Portage, WI
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation  
       
September 28-29, 2018
Baton Rouge, LA
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
September 28-30, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Fall Maine Mushroom  
       
OCTOBER 2018  
       
October 1-December 24, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
October 5-7, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop:  Columbus Day Weekend Retreat  
       
October 8- November 5, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets    
       
October 8-December 31, 2018
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator  
       
October 9-12, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation - 40 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
October 10-11, 2018
Marquette, MI
 
  Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Hydric Soils Identification    
October 10-11, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
October 10-11, 2018
Richmond, VA
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
October 12-14, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts   
       
October 19-21, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages   
       
October 22-November 5, 2018
Online
 
  The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans  
October 23-24, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species - 16 hours (lecture)  
       
October 26-28, 2018
Steuben, ME
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Crustose and Foliose Lichens    
       
NOVEMBER 2018  
       
November 5-8, 2018
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
Seagoville, TX
  The Swamp School CourseWetland Delineation Training  
       
November 5, 2018-
January 28, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018  
       
November 5, 2018-January 28, 2019
Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist    
       
November 7-8, 2018
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum  
       
November 7-8, 2018
Charleston, SC
  Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018  
       
November 8-11, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Tree and Shrub Identification Using Twigs and Other Winter Characteristics    
       
November 12-13, 2018
Atlanta, GA
  D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology – Piedmont - 16 hours (field)  
       
November 12, 2018-
February 4, 2019

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

Online
  The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018    
       
December 7-8, 2018
Tampa, FL
  Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training  
       
December 10-11, 2018
Charleston, SC
  D & D West Course: Wetland Delineation Regional Supplement – Eastern Mountains/Piedmont) - 16 hours (½ lecture, ½ field)  
       
December 10, 2018-April 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
  The Swamp School Course: Certified Wetland Delineator  
       
December 17-31, 2018 
Charleston, SC
  The Swamp School Online Course: Data Collection for Environmental Professionals  
   
SPECIAL EVENTS  
       
May 2018   American Wetlands Month  
       
May 17-20, 2018
Cape May, NJ
  Cape May Spring Festival: So. Many. Birds.  
       
May 19, 2018
Betterton, MD
  Eastern Shore Land Conservancy 1st Annual LANDJAM  
       
May 30, 2018
Cuyahoga Heights, OH
  Cleveland Metroparks - Discovery Days - Wetland Walk  
       
June 16, 2018
Baltimore, MD
  National Aquarium: BioBlitz at Masonville Cove

 
       
September 22, 2018
Viera, FL
  The Avenue Viera: Wild About Nature

 
       
October 12-14, 2018
Houma, LA

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

 

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • May is American Wetlands Month: Learn about the Importance of these Vital Ecosystems
  • White House sends $15.4 billion rescissions proposal to Congress
  • Grants to Accelerate Watershed Protection -- 22 Grants totaling more than $4 million to protect
  • America’s watersheds
  • Farm-bill debate starts now
  • Pruitt unveils controversial ‘transparency’ rule limiting what research EPA can use

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Insurer to Invest in Coastal Wetlands to Mitigate Storm Damages
  • Regulations: White House Plots Update to NEPA Guidelines
  • Pruitt's EPA Is on the Verge of 'Regulatory Capture', Study Says
  • U.S. EPA awards $366,000 to Navajo Nation EPA for San Juan watershed monitoring program
  • Secretary Zinke Announces Grants to Boost to Wetland, Waterfowl Conservation, Access to Public Lands
  • Keeping invasive fish species out of the Great Lakes
  • Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announce Winner of National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
  • Eight years after Deepwater Horizon oil spill, conservation along the Gulf of Mexico advances at an historic scale
  • U.S. Senators Reject Attempt to Weaken Protections from Aquatic Invasive Species
  • The Trump administration has officially clipped the wings of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • WH reviewing proposal that would roll back protections for threatened species
  • Leaked memo: Pruitt taking control of Clean Water Act determinations

STATE NEWS

  • AK: Army Corps of Engineers Soliciting for Public Comment on the Pebble Mine Project in Alaska
  • CA: Elkhorn Slough scientist Kerstin Wasson honored as 'wetland hero'
  • CA: Marin environmental group helps protect 500-acre wetland
  • CO: Wetland restoration to expand crucial ecosystem for hundreds of species
  • DE: Wetland wonder: Crops, wildlife flourish on Delaware farm
  • DE: Wetland Mitigation Area Near Dover's Woodcrest Community Irks Some
  • FL: Sen. Nelson Files Bill to Provide Loans to Coastal Communities Impacted By Climate Change
  • KS: Work Begins On Pracht Wetlands Park in Northwest Wichita
  • LA: FSU research: New model could help rebuild eroding lands in coastal Louisiana
  • LA: Appeals judge questions Bayou Bridge pipeline's wetland impacts
  • LA: Louisiana Moves Closer to Delivering on Coastal Restoration
  • ME: Federal funding preserves nearly 100 acres of Brunswick wetlands
  • MD: Hogan administration issues comprehensive environmental plan for Conowingo Dam, Susquehanna River, Chesapeake Bay
  • MD: ‘Forgotten’ Nassawango returns to its natural state
  • MD: MDE taking fewer enforcement actions against water pollution
  • MN: Bank gives landowners committed to restoring Minnesota wetlands a financial incentive
  • MN: Blaine's wetland tree cutting plans spark new controversy
  • NE: Dry Spotted Tail Creek wetland project receives $200K
  • OH: Proposal would return farmed land to wetland status
  • PA: One tree planted, another 10 million to go as Pa. initiative begins
  • TX: In Houston’s flooded neighborhoods, real estate investors see an opportunity
  • TX: How a multifaceted approach could strengthen Texas’ coastal resilience before the next Harvey
  • VA: Developer wants to build homes in Virginia Beach area that floods; city leaders worried
  • WI: Judge invalidates wetland permit for Monroe County frac sand plant
  • WI: EPA chief Pruitt overrules staff, gives Wisconsin's Walker, Foxconn big break on smog
  • WI: State quietly deregulates stormwater, its latest move in a series of environmental rollbacks
  • WI: $3 Million Grant for Bay View Wetland

WETLAND SCIENCE

  • Trump admin kills NASA project monitoring greenhouse gas emissions
  •  Algae blooms already clouding Chesapeake waters
  • Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold
  • In Shadow of Trump's New Foreign Policy Team, U.S. Climate Negotiators Walk a Fine Line
  • Climate Change Will Boost Global Lake Evaporation—with ‘Extreme’ Consequences
  • An endangered animal thrives in a novel ecosystem
  • Study shows sea turtle nesting beaches threatened by microplastic pollution
  • Carbon satellite to serve as an important tool for politicians and climate change experts
  • Underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay continue record growth
  • Nature Without Biodiversity: Urban Climate Adaptation Has a Blind Spot
  • Invasive Cuban Treefrogs Leap Out of Florida, Establish First Known Population in Louisiana
  • Oyster reef installed in Severn River could break up dead zones
  • Many Low-Lying Atoll Islands Will Be Uninhabitable by Mid-21st Century
  • Researchers discover “urban hot tub” effect in city ponds
  • VIMS researchers uncover how carbon flows along East Coast
  • What's Eating Away at the Greenland Ice Sheet?
  • Bees aren’t the only pollinators with problems
  • Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts, PSU-led study finds
  • Bi-national Success – Lesser Long-nosed Bat Has Recovered
  • Florida Kids Sue Gov. Scott Over Climate Change: You Have 'Moral Obligation' to Protect Us

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

  • Comparing the cost effectiveness of nature-based and coastal adaptation: a case study from the Gulf Coast of the United States
  • Upscaling Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Embracing Change - Adapting Conservation Approaches to Address a Changing Climate

POTPOURRI

  • Birds’ beauty extends far beyond themselves to enhance the whole world
  • Stop Calling Washington a Swamp. It’s Offensive to Swamps.
  • There’s no “Sweet Spot” – What the Colorado River Needs is “Real Balance”
  • Coastal Oakscapes
  • 8 Years After BP Oil Spill, Sick Cleanup Workers Still Waiting for Day in Court
  • For a Healthy Beach, Leave the Seaweed Alone

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Webinars

May

  • EBM Tools Network Webinar: Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure
  • American Water Works Association Webinar: Integrated Monitoring for Harmful Algal Blooms
  • The Swamp School Webinar: Wetlands and Soil Taxonomy
  • Together North Jersey Webinar: Climate Change & Wetland Restoration
  • ASWM American Wetlands Month Webinar

June

  • Together North Jersey Webinar: Green Infrastructure & Urban Resiliency
  • Environmental Law Institute: NEPA, ESA and Fundamentals of Environmental Law
  • American Water Resources Association  Webinar:  A River Runs Through It (Hopefully!): Instream Flow Development in the Eastern United States 
  • Together North Jersey Webinar: Resiliency Planning Tools
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast: Retrofitting the Urban Environment: What’s New? 
  • Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Webinar: What’s new with the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative?

July

  • American Water Resources Association  Webinar: A Collaborative Web Resource for Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections 

August

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

September

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

October

  • American Water Resources Association Webinar: Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations Improve Water Management
  • Center for Watershed Protection Webcast: Innovations in Stream Restoration Design and Construction

November

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

Meetings

May

  • Maryland Environmental Trust: 2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference
  • Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference (MMBC)
  • Northern Arizona University Mini-Symposium and Short Training Course: New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling
  • Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting: Navigating Boundaries in Freshwater Science
  • Choose CleanWater Coalition: 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference
  • City of Rochester:  Wetland Wildlife Primer Stormwater Speaker Series 
  • ICEWW 2018: 20th International Conference: Environment, Water and Wetlands
  • Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society: ACCESS 2018
  • SWS 2018 Annual Meeting: Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice and Policy - An Exchange of Expertise
  • Resource Institute, Inc.: Southwest Stream & Wetland Restoration Conference

June

  • World Environmental & Water Resources Congress
  • Berkeley Natural History Museums, the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, and iDigBio Second Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference
  • 4th International Symposium: Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans
  • Lacawac Ecology Symposium
  • National Flood Conference
  • ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center International Symposium: Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research
  • American Water Works Association: Annual Conference & Exposition: Innovating the Future of Water
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: 2018 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference
  • Scientific Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology Europe Section's 5th European Congress for Conservation Biology
  • Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
  • Resources for Future Generations
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference: Managing Floods Where Mountains Meet the Desert
  • 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference
  • IAGLR 2018: Great Science for Tomorrow’s Solutions
  • 21st Biennial Penn State Plant Biology Symposium: "Wild and Tamed Phyobiomes"
  • World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming
  • City of Rochester: Citizen Engagement and Watershed Protection Stormwater Speaker Series 

July

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

August

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

September

  • Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA): 4th International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”
  • San Francisco Estuary Partnership: 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference: Our Estuary at an Intersection 
  • 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference
  • MtnClim 2018: Anticipating climate change impacts in mountains: Embracing variability 
  • Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers Conference  
  • 10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics
  • Climate Week NYC

October

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

November

  • Lincoln Park Zoo 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference

December

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

Training

May

  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North
  • National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Tutorial, Applications of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Restoration Ecology: Using Mitigation and Sustainable Design Techniques to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Increase Storm Resiliency
  • Portland State University Course: Wetland Hydrology Indicators and Problem Situations
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Natural Areas Field Course: Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Wetland Delineation Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Southern Appalachian Mammals
  • Tatoosh School Course: Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Biology of Fishes
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets
  • Tatoosh School Course: Community Ecology; independent travel; Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology; and, Politics of Place
  • D & D West Course: Endangered Species Identification
  • McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers
  • Shoals Marine Laboratory Course: Field Ornithology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Marine Intertidal Community Ecology
  • D & D West Course: Hydrophytic Vegetation - Coastal Plain
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Biology of Southern Appalachian Salamanders
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Field Herpetology
  • LUMCON: Coastal Protection & Restoration Course

June

  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC): Basic Wetland Identification and Delineation Workshop 
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled
  • Remote Data Acquisition (RDA) Sensor Training Workshop
  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association: Plant I.D. Workshop
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Fish of Southern Appalachians
  • University of Memphis, Meeman Biological Station Course: Wetland Ecology 
  • Unity College Course: Conservation Biology 
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Wetland Hydrologist
  • Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Missouri Botanical: R Basics Workshop
  • Padilla Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program: Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education  Workshop: Woodland Plant Identification and Sampling 
  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC): Wetland Plant ID
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification
  • D & D West Course: Advanced Hydric Soils, Atypical Wetlands & Hydrology - Coastal Plain
  • The Swamp School Course: Wetland Delineation Training – New York
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Course: Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling: June 2018
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec
  • University of Utah IsoCamp Course: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology
  • University of Utah Course: Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Basic Botany for Wetland Assessment
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
  • Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course: Introduction to Wetland Identification
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
  • Saint Louis University: GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop 
  • Louis Calder Center: Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop
  • The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education  Workshop: Aquatic Plant Identification and Sampling
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Scientific Illustration with Pen and Ink and Color Pencil
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Freshwater and Diadromous Fishes of New England
  • Course: Structural Equation Modelling for Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (SEMR02)
  • Wicked Problems: Investigating real world problems in the biology classroom (SW 2018)
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Ecology of Global Change
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station Course: Wildlife Disease Ecology
  • WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Educator Workshop
  • Tatoosh School Course: Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology + Politics of Place
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Lichens and Lichen Ecology
  • Eagle Hill Institute: Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology
  • EDAMAME : Explorations in Data Analyses for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology
  • Portland State University Course: Wetland Plants of the Pacific Northwest
  • The Conservation Fund Training Course: Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams
  • Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Course: Ecology of Algae Blooms
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Conservation Ecology
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station Course: Environmental Sensors: Designing, Building and Deploying the Field
  • Flathead Lake Bio Station: Seminars in Ecology and Resource Management
  • Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. Course: Wetland Permitting Training
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Highlands Biological Station Course: Comparative Temperate-Tropical Biogeography
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Continuing Education Workshop: Wetland Plant Identification and Sampling Techniques 

July

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

August

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

September

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

October

  • The Swamp School Online Course: Online Wetland Basic Delineation Training 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Columbus Day Weekend Retreat
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Developing Wetland Water Budgets
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Certified Hydric Soils Investigator
  • D&D West Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
  • Michigan Wetlands Association Course: Hydric Soils Identification
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Basic Wetland Delineation eSession with Field Practicum
  • Wetland Training Institute Course: Wetland Delineation Refresher – 2018
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts
  • The Swamp School Online Course: Habitat Conservation Plans
  • D & D West Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
  • Eagle Hill Institute Workshop: Crustose and Foliose Lichens

November

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

December

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

SPECIAL EVENT

  • American Wetlands Month
  • Cape May Spring Festive: So. Many. Birds.
  • Eastern Shore Land Conservancy 1st Annual LANDJAM 
  • Cleveland Metroparks – Discovery Days – Wetland Walk
  • National Aquarium: BioBlitz at Masonville Cove
  • The Avenue Viera: Wild About Nature
  • 2018 Voice of the Wetlands Festival
  • Maine Maritime Museum: Birding on the Bay
     

 

Wetland Breaking News - March 2016

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

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

All photos by Jeanne Christie, ASWM 

     
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