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“If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. –Kurt Lewin On November 1, 2013, the President signed an Executive Order “Preparing the States for the Impacts of Climate Change.”  The Executive Order directs the federal agencies to … Continue reading

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This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) independent Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) has requested public comment on “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters.” The 331 page report was developed by the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) … Continue reading

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Over the summer one of the main activities at the Association of State Wetland Manager’s offices has been writing a handbook on developing Wetland Program Plans.  I’ve concluded that a successful program planning effort needs to include three elements: long … Continue reading

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“…ten thousand river commissions, with the mines of the world at their back, cannot tame that lawless stream, cannot curb it or define it, cannot say to it ‘Go here,’ or ‘Go there,’ and make it obey; cannot save a … Continue reading

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The Final Compensatory Mitigation Regulations published in 2008  formalized requirements for avoiding, minimizing and mitigating alteration of streams.  Previously dredging and filling of streams was often mitigated with wetland restoration.  But while the rule required loss of stream functions to … Continue reading

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The past couple years have been a roller coaster ride for the people who live along the Mississippi. Flood was followed by drought was followed by flood.  While drought still persists in the western half of the United States, the … Continue reading

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This May is the 23rd anniversary of American Wetlands Month.  American Wetlands Month is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of wetlands to the Nation’s ecological, economic, and social health.  This year ASWM is celebrating with a focus on wetland … Continue reading

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Over the last couple weeks the consequences of sequestration and government cuts in spending are becoming apparent and they affect everyone. Benefits to people in need are being cut, airplane flights are being delayed or cancelled and national parks are … Continue reading

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At the end of March the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report on the quality of our nation’s rivers and streams.  The study found that 55% of the country’s rivers and streams do not support a healthy population … Continue reading

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“Floods are acts of God, but flood losses are largely acts of man.” —Gilbert F. White In mid-February I attended the 4th Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum.  This is a triennial event of invited experts gathered together to … Continue reading

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