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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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In 1990 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported on historic wetland losses in the United States.  It concluded that the lower 48 states had lost about 53% of its wetlands — over 100 million acres — that existed in … 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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When people think about wetlands and Congress, the Clean Water Act is the legislation that comes first to mind.  Since the 2001 SWANCC Supreme Court decision, and later the 2006 Carabell/Rapanos decision there has been a great deal of discussion … Continue reading

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As we all know, riverine and estuarine wetlands are often severe natural flood and erosion hazard areas. The photos below are from Berne, New York, where ASWM maintains its New York office. Our ASWM office in Berne, N.Y. faces Fox … Continue reading

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