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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM Losses due to flooding and severe storm events have been and continue to be on the rise due to both naturally occurring extreme weather events and human activity. According to the National Oceanic … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM The term “natural infrastructure” is interpreted broadly and had been used to describe many different types of infrastructure – from bioswales to living shorelines and from wet meadow restoration to removal of dams … Continue reading

Posted in adaptation, Clean Water Act, ecosystem services, floodplains, green infrastructure, Infrastructure, mapping, mitigation, permitting, restoration, water policy, watershed management, wetland regulations, wetland restoration, wetlands | Tagged | Leave a comment

By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM Last week I attended the Restore America’s Estuaries/Coastal Society’s 2016 Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was a sacrifice to have to leave the single digit weather in Maine in December for the … Continue reading

Posted in aquatic plants, climate change, coastal Louisiana, coastal restoration, coastal wetlands, ecosystem services, invasive species, resource management, Restoration Planning, watershed management, wetland restoration, wetland science | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in adaptation, climate change, Ecological Restoration, ecosystem services, flooding, floodplains, green infrastructure, natural hazards, resiliency, stormwater, watershed management, wetland management | Leave a comment

By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM The National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) data layer has been and continues to be a primary building block for many geographic mapping projects and decision support systems used by Federal, State, and local agencies, … Continue reading

Posted in mapping, NWI, state wetland programs, watershed management, Wetland Mapping, wetland program management, wetland remote sensing, wetland science | Leave a comment

By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM There are just some things in life that you either like or don’t like, with the few exceptions of course for folks who just don’t seem to have an opinion. Like mayonnaise for … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM Call me crazy – I threw my hat in the ring to run for my Town Council this fall. It’s not a decision I made lightly. The position will require monthly meetings discussing … Continue reading

Posted in conservation, green infrastructure, Land use planning, Maine, outreach, stormwater, streams, sustainability, urban wetlands, watershed management | Leave a comment

By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM We live in a very polarized country, where political language is dominated by sound bites that sadly do not reflect in-depth research or objective understanding of the issues at hand. It’s a political … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM Blah blah blah. Wah wah wah wah wah (imagine the voice of Charlie Brown’s mother). Do you ever feel that way, too? I am overwhelmed almost daily by the avalanche of information that … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM When I was 22 years old, I learned first-hand about the impacts of intense grazing in riparian-wetland areas. I was a wildlife biology intern with the U.S. Forest Service in Creede, Colorado in … Continue reading

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