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by Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, ASWM Please note that this is a compilation of information developed by other organizations and agencies working on the protection of ephemeral wetlands and the organisms that rely on them.  All sources are cited with … Continue reading

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By Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, ASWM An important and timely milestone was achieved on Friday, January 6 with publication of the final rule on Issuance and Reissuance of §404 Nationwide Permits in the Federal Register.  For those that prefer a … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM and Peg Bostwick, Senior Policy Analyst, ASWM Last Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) unveiled their proposal to reissue the Nationwide Permits (NWPs), including general conditions, definitions and modifications. The NWPs … Continue reading

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by Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst I traveled to Rhode Island this week to spend the day with professionals from a variety of backgrounds talking about the intersection of amphibians, habitat and stormwater wetlands.  The meeting I attended was framed as … Continue reading

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by Professor Kim Diana Connolly SUNY Buffalo Law School Every captivating story needs a plot twist. And while the story of what gets to be (has to be?) considered a jurisdictional water of the United States has not always been … Continue reading

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by Peg Bostwick, ASWM I don’t have to sell readers of this blog on the concept that restoration of wetlands can provide major benefits – often at a minimal cost compared to other options – whether your goal is storm … 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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It is truly remarkable that it is possible for any citizen of the United States to visit the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments.  It does require careful planning, warm clothes, an umbrella and the ability to get up very … Continue reading

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We know how climate change will ripple through the natural world.   Warmer air, warmer water, impact weather patterns and alter the habits and the habitats of fish and wildlife.  Altered habitat affects air temperature and moisture content, adding to a … Continue reading

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“The objective of this Act is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.” –Federal Water Pollution Control Act Sec. 101 [33 USC 1251 Sec. 101(a)] The Clean Water Act has a birthday this … Continue reading

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