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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM On Monday, February 6th, a tanker truck carrying home heating oil rolled over on the interstate highway running through Portland, Maine, spilling oil along the roadway and into the Fore River. Since that … 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

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Reports of high duck populations show that ducks are celebrating a comeback from the 1980s – from 25 million ducks to 48.6 million in the United States and Canada.  The Conservation Title of the Farm Bill is credited with this … Continue reading

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Every five years the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) reissues the nationwide permits as required by the Clean Water Act.  This week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)  posted the revised and renewed nationwide permits that will be … Continue reading

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In the 2006 Carabell/Rapanos decision, the Supreme Court Justices lamented the absence of rulemaking following the SWANCC decision (2001) and recommended rulemaking as a follow-up to the Carabell/Rapanos decision.  Now, the House and possibly the Senate, are including language in … Continue reading

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I recently received an assignment to read “Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.”  I was fascinated to learn that when people in an organization, a government or any complex system identify a problem, they are often correct about … Continue reading

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On Earth Day 2004 President Bush announced that wetland gains achieved through restoration and creation had surpassed wetland losses achieving no net loss of wetlands for the first time.  The  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Status and Trends report … Continue reading

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On  May 26, 2011  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV) introduced H.R. 2018, the “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011” http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-2018.  On June 22nd the Committee approved the bill and … Continue reading

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The July 1 deadline for commenting on the draft “Guidance Regarding Identification of Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA)” is fast approaching and has been extended by 30 days http://aswm.org/wetlands-law/cwa-guidance/1334-update-waters-of-the-us-draft-guidance.  On May 11 the Compleat Wetlander encouraged individuals to … Continue reading

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