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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan with about 1,000 other folks from a variety of professional backgrounds. … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM It’s been a great autumn for nature. On Wednesday, October 7th, the Administration released a new memorandum directing Federal agencies to factor the value of ecosystem services into Federal planning and decision-making. And … Continue reading

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It’s Settled: No Country Does Water Management Better Than the Netherlands  By Rachel Keeton – Next City – September 10, 2014 Over the past year, this column has looked at more than 25 different projects around the Netherlands that are … Continue reading

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“In determining the limits of its power to regulate discharges under the [Clean Water] Act, the Corps must necessarily choose some point at which water ends and land begins. Our common experience tells us that this is often no easy … 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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“…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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“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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Floating Islands to the Rescue By Lisa Palmer – New York Times Green Blog – February 15, 2013 Nutrient pollution is a growing problem along the Upper Mississippi, where water rich in nitrogen and phosphates from crop fertilizer flows directly … Continue reading

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No one ever anticipated that the Mississippi River would run out of water.  It hasn’t, but water levels continue to drop.  While the eyes of the nation are focused on the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, another crises— the drought … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy is front and center in the news this week and it should be.  The storm of legendary proportions has left a trail of destruction across more than a dozen states. The coastal communities of New Jersey and New … Continue reading

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