- The Compleat Wetlander: Will Congress Prohibit Rulemaking to Clarify CWA Jurisdiction?
- Clean Water Under Attack – Again
- IPCC Report Confirms Link Between Extreme Weather Disasters & Climate Change
- FWS seeks input on wetlands
- MA: Never Write Off a River: Charles River Comes Back
- Georgetown Climate Center Releases Suite of Climate Adaptation Resources
- 2012 USDA spending bill awaits votes
- Senators Introduce Climate Change Adaptation Legislation
- ‘Secret farm bill’ primed for passage in debt deal
- WI: Wisconsin wetlands seen as threat to jobs
- NV: Stopping the Water Grab in Nevada
- NY: From Shore to Forest, Projecting Effects of Climate Change
- NE: Keystone XL, Clean Water and Democracy
- OH: Ohio farmers battle sedimentation, nutrient runoff in creative ways
- WI: Wisconsin Wetlands Assoc. Wins International Wetlands Award
- AR: Drew County Arkansas Wetland Restoration Project Completed
- DE: DE Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee to Host Public Engagement Sessions
- LA: Cypress swamp near Lower 9th Ward will be restored as hurricane…
- WA: The way home from war through wetlands
- LA: LA refuses to sign BP-Coast Guard oil spill cleanup transition plan
- MO: Wetland Reserve Program
- CA: Can Vulnerable Species Outrun Climate Change?
- Shifting Course: Climate Adaptation for Water Management Institutions
- Swamp School Launches Wetland Jobs Outlook 2012
- Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) Launches Wetlands Carbon Blog
- Practical River Restoration Appraisal Guidance for Monitoring Options
- DOI Releases 50-State America’s Great Outdoors Report
- New Study Evaluates Impacts of Power Plants on Great Lakes Water Resources
- UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability
- Global warming affecting bird migrations (Europe)
- Climate change: Sea rise could kill vital marshes
- Plastic Islands Anchored Into Gulf: Will They Restore Louisiana Coast?
- Study: Change method to assess Gulf oil spill
- Estimating Climate Change’s Effects On Gulf Wetlands
- Paying farmers to protect habitat could save environment and cash (CAN)
- Where there’s water, ducks can be found
- C2ES Launched in Washington, D.C.
- Digital Coast Webinar: Marshes on the Move (12/7/11)
- 2012 Statewide Land Conservation Conference
- Course: Climate Change Adaptation Planning
- 2012 Sustainable Water Management Conference
- 2012 CAWS Annual Meeting
- Wetlands Law and Regulation
- Oceans, Climate and Security Conference
- Call for Abstracts: Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
- Call for Proposals: Restore America's Estuaries National Conference
Dear friends and colleagues,
Recently I was invited to join the “Black Fly Society,” as an alumna of College of the Atlantic. I couldn’t help but think of the “Got Milk?” spin-off bumper stickers I see on the backs of vehicles I follow on my way to work asking, “Got Black Label Society?” or “Gut Fish?” I need one that says, “Got Black Ash Swamp?” During an ASWM staff meeting, my colleagues and I started talking about which insect to feature as part of an icon for a webpage (for instance, we used an illustration of a mosquito for our Wetlander’s Pick-of-the-Posts) and somehow we landed on no-see-ums. This inspired us to laugh about the would-be design of such a hard-to-see image, provided it was life-sized. Well, we decided against featuring the biting no-see-um for the purpose at hand, but not oddly enough, there are a number of hard-to-see aspects of wetland science, policy and the advocacy of wetlands protection that ASWM facilitates every day. Speaking as a “Black Fly” human ecologist and as a representative of ASWM, I appreciate that you, dear readers, and I share a vested interest in accurate information about wetlands.
State and tribal environmental programs, federal agencies and wetland professionals rely on ASWM to bring analyses and information about wetlands to light, reflected through a consistent, balanced lens. Our members know that their membership supports a high volume of projects and services, in addition to Wetland Breaking News. Such projects have been leveraged to help state wetland program staff learn how they each improve their permitting activities, adapt natural resource programs to climate change impacts like sea level rise and drought, exchange the increasingly important information about wetland data layers to complete wetland maps. Learn more about ASWM’s current projects and explore new & improved webpages on Floods & Natural Hazards and Ag News, covering Farm Bill 2012 stories and more. For a list of ASWM’s New Features & Publications 2011-2012, click here.
I encourage you to join the Association of State of Wetland Managers as a member, or to renew an ongoing membership, if it has lapsed. (Check with Laura Burchill
if you’re not sure about your membership status.) Your membership will support our efforts to advocate for applying sound science to public policy in protecting the nation’s wetlands. To learn more about ASWM’s work and to join us, go to: http://aswm.org/join-aswm
For those of you participating in deer hunting season, be sure to check out the latest “News from Southern Maine” blog post, “Best Practices for Deer Removal.” http://aswm.org/wordpress/news-from-southern-maine-best-practices-for-deer-removal/
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Editor, Wetland Breaking News
The Compleat Wetlander: Will Congress Prohibit Rulemaking to Clarify Clean Water Act Jurisdiction?
By Jeanne Christie – The Compleat Wetlander – November 17, 2011
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 the appropriations bill for energy and water development to explicitly prohibit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from conducting rulemaking or taking any other actions to provide greater certainty to the scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction. An amendment to the House appropriations bill…For full blog post, click here.
Clean Water Under Attack – Again
By Steve Fleischli - Huffington Post – November 11, 2011
The Clean Water Act has been a great success. America's waterways are far cleaner than they were in 1972 when the law was passed -- meaning more are available for fishing, swimming and drinking water. The Act has also protected wetlands, which help filter pollutants and limit flooding. But the Clean Water Act has been under attack, and because of a series of lawsuits, it's no longer even clear which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act. The Obama Administration is trying to change that by making clear that most waters are safeguarded by this landmark law - which limits pollution and destructive development. To read full story, click here.
IPCC Report Confirms Link Between Extreme Weather Disasters & Climate Change
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – November 18, 2011
The IPCC report, “Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation,” addresses how integrating expertise in climate science, disaster risk management, and adaptation can inform discussions on how to reduce and manage the risks of extreme events and disasters in a changing climate. The report evaluates the role of climate change in altering characteristics of extreme events. It assesses experience with a wide range of options used by institutions, organizations, and communities to reduce exposure and vulnerability, and improve resilience, to climate extremes. Among these are early-warning systems, innovations in insurance coverage, improvements in infrastructure, and the expansion of social safety nets. There is some discussion of sea level rise, water levels in coastal areas, floods and floodplain measures and other climate change adaptation issues relevant to wetlands and water resource management. For the full fact sheet, click here. To download the full report, visit the IPCC website.
FWS seeks input on wetlands
Argus Leader – November 10, 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments on its draft conservation plan for the Huron, Sand Lake and Madison wetland management districts. This 27-county area includes 445 waterfowl production areas and hundreds of thousands of acres of wetland and grassland easements. The management proposals are 1) No change. Funding, staff levels and programming focus would remain where they’re at. 2) Increased efficiency. This is the option Fish and Wildlife is recommending. It would allow wildlife conservation and ecological restoration “to the greatest extent possible within the parameters of available resources and existing constraints.” A new administrative center would be built in the Huron District at the Maga-Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area. To read full story, click here.
MA: Never Write Off a River: Charles River Comes Back
By Merritt Frey – River Network Blog – October 31, 2011
Luckily for the Charles River (and all the people who visit it) some people don't see any problem as too big. Or too long-term. Or too gross. On September 27, 2011 the Charles River won the International RiverPrize, for excellence in river management. The $330,000 prize went to a River Network Partner group Charles River Watershed Association. (CRWA's Executive Director, Bob Zimmerman, also sits on River Network's Board of Directors.) The Boston Globe summarizes the river's past in its article about the recent award: It was unthinkable 20 years ago that the Charles River would ever be clean enough to win the world’s leading environmental prize for river restoration. Back then, human feces lapped at the Museum of Science. It was a river with “belly-up fish and algal blooms making dogs sick,’’ recalled Arleen O’Donnell, former state department of environmental protection acting commissioner. For full blog post, go to: http://www.rivernetwork.org/blog/11/2011/10/13/never-write-river-charles-river-comes-back
Georgetown Climate Center Releases Suite of Climate Adaptation Resources
The Georgetown Climate Center launched the Adaptation Clearinghouse, a new online database and networking tool that will help communities adapt to climate change, earlier this month. The nearly 1,000 adaptation resources available through the Adaptation Clearinghouse are geared toward state and local planners and policymakers and can be sorted by geography, sector, impact, and more. CSO is pleased to partner with the Georgetown Climate Center on the coastal section of the Clearinghouse. The Georgetown Climate Center also released two new adaptation reports, both of which can be found in the Adaptation Clearinghouse. “Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United States” explores water shortages in the West and the protection of the greater sage grouse. The report looks at the policies and unique approaches being adopted in Colorado and Wyoming to meet these challenges. The “Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use” explores 18 land use tools that communities can use to prepare for rising sea levels and the flooding that will result from climate change. To learn more about the Georgetown Climate Center, visit: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/.
2012 USDA spending bill awaits votes
Delta Farm Press – November 16, 2011
On Monday night, Kentucky Rep. Harold Rogers, House Appropriations Committee chairman, introduced the final conference report for a three-bill appropriations package to fund the Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science (CJS), and Transportation/Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bills (House Report 112-284) for the remainder of fiscal 2012. The House is expected to vote and the Senate could vote this week on the legislation. To read full story, click here.
Senators Introduce Climate Change Adaptation Legislation
White House Senate Blog – November 16, 2011
With incidents of prolonged drought, rising sea levels, and flooding on the rise, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), introduced a bill today to require federal natural resource agencies to plan for the projected long-term effects of climate change, and encourage states to prepare natural resources adaptation plans. The Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment Act (SAFE) Act also would create a science advisory board to ensure that the planning uses the best available science. The legislation is cosponsored by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), also a member of EPW. For full blog post, go to: http://whitehouse.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=758E748C-FF75-4E54-AEF7-C769D1C6C658
‘Secret farm bill’ primed for passage in debt deal
By Erik Wasson – The Hill blog – November 15, 2011
Lawmakers on the House and Senate Agriculture committees are trying to write a new five-year farm bill through the supercommittee process. The legislators are using the supercommittee to avoid what would be a more public, election-year debate in 2012, when the current farm bill expires and new legislation would be scheduled for writing, according to critics of the effort. To read full story, click here. For related story, Supercommittee failure restarts farm bill work, (Nov. 22) go to: http://www.argusleader.com/article/20111122/NEWS/311220028/Supercommittee-failure-restarts-farm-bill-work
WI: Wisconsin wetlands seen as threat to jobs
By Bill Leuders – Post Crescent – November 22, 2011
In 2001, Wisconsin enacted what a former state Department of Natural Resources head George Meyer called "the strongest wetland protections in the country." The new law plugged a loophole in federal wetlands regulation created by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and unanimously passed both houses of the state Legislature. The Wisconsin Wetlands Association and Wisconsin Realtors Association, a self-proclaimed "unlikely partnership," issued a joint press release heralding the measure. What a difference a decade makes. http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20111122/APC0101/111220434/Environment-Wisconsin-wetlands-seen-threat-jobs
NV: Stopping the Water Grab in Nevada
By Rick Spilsbury – Change.org – November 21, 2011
Being in Nature is like going back to your soul. You know what I'm talking about; that feeling that you are more complete when you feel you're a part of a natural place. And you should. No man is an island. We are just a part of life on Earth – and we should relish that. As humans, we crave the feeling of a complete soul. And we are more likely to feel that feeling when we are in Nature. In fact, fresh air actually feels like the breath of life – because it is. This perception makes sense if we think of the life all around us as the rest of our soul. And the life around us is that consciousness which lives on after our body dies. For full blog post, go to: http://news.change.org/stories/stopping-the-water-grab-in-nevada For related story, go to: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/nov/19/water-pipeline-project-hearing-wraps/
NY: From Shore to Forest, Projecting Effects of Climate Change
By Leslie Kaufman - New York Times - November 16, 2011
While the long-term outlook for grape-growers in the Finger Lakes region is favorable, it is less than optimal for skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts in the Adirondacks. Fir and spruce trees are expected to die out in the Catskills, and New York City’s backup drinking water supply may well be contaminated as a result of seawater making its way farther up the Hudson River. These possibilities — modeled deep into this century — are detailed in a new assessment of the impact that climate change will have in New York state. For full story, click here.
NE: Keystone XL, Clean Water and Democracy
By Sandra Postel – National Geographic Freshwater Initiative – November 16, 2011
Bravo for Nebraskans. In today’s economy, job creation trumps just about everything. But for Nebraskans, at least one thing ranks higher – and that’s protecting their precious water sources. They know, as we all should, that ample clean water is crucial for economic vitality now and for generations to come. Nebraska’s citizens and representatives rose up — along with many others across the country — and spoke out against the proposed route for Keystone XL, the $7 billion pipeline that would deliver half a million barrels of dirty crude laden with dangerous carcinogens from the Canadian tar sands to refineries in Oklahoma and along the Gulf Coast. For full story, go to: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/11/16/keystone-xl-clean-water-and-democracy/
OH: Ohio farmers battle sedimentation, nutrient runoff in creative ways
By Chris Kick – Farm Dairy – November 16, 2011
After years of hunting, canoeing and spending hours on end in a tractor without a radio, Seneca County grain farmer Dwight Clary admits to spending a lot of time in thought. Much of his thinking deals with ways he can improve the land he farms and the impact on the environment. Recently, his concern has focused on agricultural runoff and sedimentation into nearby water systems. Be sure to read the comments on this story. For full story, go to: http://www.farmanddairy.com/news/ohio-farmers-battle-sedimentation-nutrient-runoff-in-creative-ways/31685.html
WI: Wisconsin Wetlands Assoc. Wins International Wetlands Award
Contact: Katie Beilfuss – WWA – November 15, 2011
Wisconsin Wetlands Association has been selected to receive the 2012 Wetland Conservation Award by the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the organization’s outstanding achievements in the area of wetland education. Wisconsin Wetlands Association is the first ever recipient of this award from the United States, joining previous laureates from Thailand, Australia, Japan, Kenya, China, Peru, and Canada. Wisconsin Wetlands Association is being honored for its work to promote and increase the number of designated Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance in Wisconsin and the United States. For full press release, go to: http://www.wisconsinwetlands.org/news.htm
AR: Drew County Arkansas Wetland Restoration Project Completed
AmmoLand.com – November 14, 2011
Just in time for waterfowl season, Ducks Unlimited and its partners recently completed a wetlands restoration project on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Cut-Off Creek Wildlife Management Area. “Southeast Arkansas is known for its incredible waterfowling tradition,” DU Manager of Conservation Programs Craig Hilburn said. “And DU is proud to help the AGFC continue to provide quality public hunting opportunities through projects like this one.” http://www.ammoland.com/2011/11/14/drew-county-arkansas-wetland-restoration-project-completed/
DE: DE Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee to Host Public Engagement Sessions
CSO Weekly – November 4, 2011
The Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee has been assessing the potential future impacts of sea level rise on Delaware and will be holding five public engagement sessions over the course of the month of November. Each session will feature informative presentations, displays staffed by subject matter experts and committee members, and opportunities to provide comments and feedback. Additional information, including a full list of the dates, times, and locations of the public engagement sessions, is available online. For those unable to attend in person, copies of the presentations, displays, and handouts from the sessions will be available online by November 15th.
LA: Cypress swamp near Lower 9th Ward will be restored as hurricane…
By Mark Schleifstein - The Times-Picayune – November 10, 2011
Local leaders announced Thursday the beginning of a project to restore a key area of cypress swampland near the Lower 9th Ward, an effort they called essential to protecting the metro area in the event of another major hurricane. Swinging shovels full of dirt, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro said the eventual restoration of the 30,000-acre triangle of the once-vibrant Central Wetlands will be part of the several lines of defense that will keep the area safe from storm surge. To read full story, click here.
WA: The way home from war through wetlands
By Gary Chittim – King 5 News – November 10, 2011
For decades a Tacoma industrial area wetland served as a landfill. For years Ryan Peterson served as a soldier in Iraq. Now their service is over and they are working together to find their way back. "I wanted to keep serving the community," said Peterson as he planted a tree on a steep slope, "I got out and this provided me that opportunity. I get to do that and be outdoors." The recently formed Puget SoundCorps, a combination of programs under the Washington Conservation Corps, is funded by federal and state funds and gives returning vets a job and training for a possible career in natural resources. It gives Peterson, whose wife is still on active duty while they raise they child, a chance he hasn't gotten from other employers. To read full story, click here.
LA: LA refuses to sign BP-Coast Guard oil spill cleanup transition plan
By Mark Schleifstein – The Times-Picayune – November 9, 2011
Again, Hein said that if BP oil is found on coastal properties, BP will be held accountable. The state also objected to the plan's exclusion of parish governments from participating in future response decision-making involving their wetlands and beaches. To read full story, click here.
MO: Wetland Reserve Program
Missouri Beginning Farming Blog – November 8, 2011
Missouri landowners interested in applying for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) have until November 30 to sign up, according to the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). WRP is the federal government's largest wetlands restoration program. It provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Indian Tribes to restore, protect and enhance wetlands that have been degraded or converted for agricultural uses. Through WRP, Missouri NRCS has purchased 954 easements in 19 years. In exchange for the easements, landowners receive cash payments for converting marginal-use land to shallow wetland acres and maintaining them. To read full story, click here.
CA: Can Vulnerable Species Outrun Climate Change?
By Emma Marris – Environment 360 (Yale blog) – November 3, 2011
Pity the California newt, Taricha torosa. The bulk of the population of this poisonous amphibian, brown-backed and golden-bellied, lives a relatively carefree life in California’s coastal range: foraging for insects with their sticky tongues and, in winter, migrating to still water to breed, where they sometimes gather into great, amorous balls around one female. But the climate is changing, and the coastal range is predicted to become hotter, and potentially drier. The California newts may not be able to live out their cool, moist lives under such conditions. To read full story, click here.
RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS
Shifting Course: Climate Adaptation for Water Management Institutions
By World Wildlife Fund – November 2011
A key challenge for successful climate change adaptation is the development of institutions that can respond more effectively to an uncertain climate future. Because water is the main medium through which we are likely to experience climate change, institutions that play a role in water resources management have a particular need to become more adaptive in their operations and interactions. WWF-US has just published Shifting Course: Adaptation for Water Management Institutions, a report that identifies a set of principles for climate-adaptive institutions. The report includes five case studies from around the world that highlight different institutional responses to climate change and related challenges. To download the report, click here.
Swamp School Launches Wetland Jobs Outlook 2012
The Swamp School Career Center has launched a website with information for job seekers working in wetlands. The 2012 Wetland Jobs Outlook is a free online guide. To download it, go to: http://swampschool.org/support/wetland-jobs/#
Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) Launches Wetlands Carbon Blog
RAE Press Release - November 7, 2011
Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) has launched a Wetlands Carbon Blog dedicated to exploring the role coastal wetlands play in sequestering greenhouse gases and disseminating the latest news and research behind national and international "Blue Carbon" efforts. To view blog, click here.
Practical River Restoration Appraisal Guidance for Monitoring Options
The River Restoration Centre in the UK have just published a guidance document that aims to assist all practitioners involved in the process of setting monitoring protocols as part of river and floodplain restoration projects. To download the report, go to: http://www.therrc.co.uk/rrc_pragmo.php
DOI Releases 50-State America’s Great Outdoors Report
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the “50-State America’s Great Outdoors Report” outlining more than 100 projects designed to promote conservation and outdoor recreation. The full report contains two projects per state, and includes the Lake Michigan Trail project, which the Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan Coastal Programs have played a role. The WI Department of Natural Resources is working with the National Park Service, other federal agencies, and the Bay Lake Regional Planning Commission to develop a new, 450-mile water trail along the Lake Michigan shoreline. This trail will become the state’s second longest and will increase public access to the trail and along the shoreline. To learn more about the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, visit: http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/.
New Study Evaluates Impacts of Power Plants on Great Lakes Water Resources
As part of the Great Lakes Energy-Water Nexus Initiative, Great Lakes Commission (GLC) recently led a research project examining how water withdrawal or consumption associated with power production could impact the health of the Great Lakes basin’s rivers and streams. The findings from this effort are summarized in the report “Integrating Energy and Water Resources Decision Making in the Great Lakes Basin: An Examination of Future Power Generation Scenarios and Water Resource Impacts.” New metrics developed as part of the project reveal that approximately one-quarter of the watersheds in the Great Lakes basin may be ecologically vulnerable to water withdrawals under “low-flow” conditions, which are likely to be more frequent in the future due to climate change. Additionally, more than half (57%) of the 102 watersheds studied were found to be at moderate to high risk of degrading ecological health due to thermal impacts, and 36% have water quality that is moderately to highly impaired. One-fifth of the Great Lakes basin’s sub-watersheds rank high for two or more of these risk factors.The full report, and background documents are available online at: www.glc.org/energy/glew. To learn more about the work of the GLC, visit: http://www.glc.org/.
UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability
This month UN entities issued a “Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability,” which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The Blueprint provides an overview of the threats faced by the oceans, including unsustainable use, deforestation of mangroves, disappearance of coral reefs, ocean acidification, and climate change. It also highlights the role of oceans in regulating the climate, contributing to food security, and sustaining livelihoods. Among the measures proposed by the Blueprint are creating a global blue carbon market as a way of creating direct economic gain through habitat protection; promoting research on ocean acidification; increasing institutional capacity for scientific monitoring of oceans and coastal areas; reforming and reinforcing regional ocean management organizations; promoting responsible fisheries and aquaculture; strengthening legal frameworks to address aquatic invasive species; and enhancing coordination, coherence and effectiveness of the UN system on ocean issues. To learn more, see the joint press release.
Global warming affecting bird migrations (Europe)
UPI Science News – November 21, 2011
Geese, ducks and swans that spend their winters in wetlands of Northern Europe are changing their migration patterns because of global warming, researchers say. Some waterfowl have delayed their annual migrations by as much as a month compared with 30 years ago, Finnish researchers said. In Britain, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust says numbers of some very familiar species are decreasing because many birds do not fly as far as they previously did, the BBC reported this month. Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/11/21/Global-warming-affecting-bird-migrations/UPI-85961321923613/#ixzz1eTRATrzI
Climate change: Sea rise could kill vital marshes
By Peter Fimrite - San Francisco Chronicle - November 17, 2011
The critical tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay - habitat for tens of thousands of birds and other animals - will virtually disappear within a century if the sea rises as high as some scientists predict it will as a result of global warming. The sea would inundate the coastline and eliminate 93 percent of the bay's tidal wetlands if carbon emissions continue unchecked and the ocean rises 5.4 feet, as predicted by scientists under a worst-case scenario, according to a new study by PRBO Conservation Science. For full story, click here.
Plastic Islands Anchored Into Gulf: Will They Restore Louisiana Coast?
SustainableBusiness.com News – November 9, 2011
The levee system on the Mississippi River has been starving the coast of the sediment in needs to keep wetlands in place. Last month, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, created by President Obama after the BP oil spill, issued its strategy for reversing the decline of the region's ecosystem. "The report attempts to begin reversing 80 years of mismanagement," says Garret Graves, Task Force vice-chair. To read full story, click here.
Study: Change method to assess Gulf oil spill
By Kate Spinner – Sarasota Herald-Tribune – November 10, 2011
Most damage assessments since the Exxon Valdez ask polluters to repair or replace specific losses, such as a wetland. Although that works for smaller spills, it is too simple for the Gulf, scientists said. According to the report, the Gulf is one of the most diverse bodies of water on the planet. To read full story, click here.
Estimating Climate Change’s Effects On Gulf Wetlands
By Kathleen O’Neil – Chemical & Engineering News – September 8, 2011
Coastal wetlands store nutrients such as organic carbon and nitrogen that feed the surrounding ecosystems. As the climate changes and sea levels rise, scientists expect these coastal wetlands will slowly disappear, washing away important nutrients. Now researchers estimate how much organic carbon and nitrogen Louisiana’s wetlands could lose by 2050. For full article, go to: http://cen.acs.org/articles/89/web/2011/09/Estimating-Climate-Changes-Effects-Gulf.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+cen_latestnews+(Chemical+%26+Engineering+News:+Latest+News)&utm_content=Google+Reader
Paying farmers to protect habitat could save environment and cash (CAN)
By Randy Shore – Postmedia News (Canada.com) – November 14, 2011
A research consortium is field-testing a revolutionary plan that would pay B.C. farmers and ranchers to produce cleaner air, water and wildlife habitat alongside their food crops. By placing a monetary value on water purification through wetlands or preserved ecosystems on privately owned agricultural land, governments and conservation groups may be able to pursue their environmental goals by compensating farmers for changing their practices and protecting sensitive lands. For full story, go to: http://www.canada.com/technology/Paying+farmers+protect+habitat+could+save+environment+cash/5715989/story.html
Where there’s water, ducks can be found
Artesia News – November 14, 2011
The first days of our waterfowl seasons usually produce lots of surprises — some good, some not so good. Terrific news came during summer’s first days when the May Breeding Count Survey was published, showing U.S. and Canadian waterfowl biologists counted more breeding ducks than any time in the survey’s 55-year history. To read full story, click here.
C2ES Launched in Washington, D.C.
Contact: Tom Steinfeldt – Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), a new nonprofit organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change, was launched today at an event in Washington, D.C. The independent, nonpartisan Center is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which was widely recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential voice on climate issues. Pew Center founder and president Eileen Claussen assumes the new role of C2ES president. “There is greater need than ever for common sense and common ground in the search for climate and energy solutions,” Claussen said. “These challenges are real, and we can’t afford to deny or ignore them. We need stronger action here and around the world to keep these challenges from becoming crises. As C2ES, we bring the same team and the same commitment to fact-based analysis and pragmatic solutions.” http://www.c2es.org/press-center/press-releases/C2ES-launch-announcement?utm_source=Center+for+Climate+and+Energy+Solutions+newsletter+list&utm_campaign=9840eef474-C2ES_launch_announcement&utm_medium=email
Digital Coast Webinar: Marshes on the Move (12/7/11)
The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) will host “Marshes on the Move: Understanding and Using Model Results that Show Future Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands” as part of the Digital Coast webinar series from 2:00-3:00pm EST on December 7th. This webinar will help participants understand key considerations and questions to ask when presented with models and maps estimating the future condition and location of coastal wetlands in response to rising sea level. Participants will gain a basic understanding of some key parameters and uncertainties associated with these models; interact with technical specialists regarding real world implications of model results; and learn how modeling results can be incorporated into management initiatives. To register, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/index.html.
MEETINGS AND TRAINING
2012 Statewide Land Conservation Conference
February 22-24, 2012. The Texas Land Trust Council hosts the premier land conservation conference to be held at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, Austin, Texas. The 2012 Statewide Land Conservation Conference offers three days of concentrated training and education on a wide range of topics relevant to the Texas conservation community, as well as fabulous opportunities for collaboration and networking. For more information, click here.
Course: Climate Change Adaptation Planning
March 8, 2012 from 9a.m.-4:30p.m. UC Davis Extension offers this course on Climate Change Adaptation Planning to be held at Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K Street, Sacramento, California. Climate change resulting from elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases is already underway and will continue. While the initial response to climate change appropriately has been to seek ways to reduce greenhouse gas production, planners must adapt to the effects of our warming climate. Discuss how local and state governments should plan for changing climates and what planners and environmental professionals should do in response. Focus on community-level responses involving public infrastructure, land use planning and project environmental review. For more information on this course and to register, click here.
2012 Sustainable Water Management Conference
March 18-21, 2012. The 2012 Sustainable Water Management Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon. This will be a true sustainability conference focused on water resources integration. This conference seeks to combine technical presentations with in-depth discussions on legal, regulatory, and legislative matters facing water utilities today. For more information, click here.
2012 CAWS Annual Meeting
March 22, 2012. Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists (CAWS) will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting and conference at the Holiday Inn in North Haven, Connecticut. This full-day event will again include a keynote address and several presentations on topics of interest to wetland scientists, municipal land use managers, and other environmental professionals. More information will be available soon, click here.
Wetlands Law and Regulation
May 3, 2012. ALI-ABA is offering a live course and/or webcast on Wetlands Law and Regulation plus an optional introductory lecture on Wednesday evening, May 2, 2012. The live course will be held at the Hunton & Williams Law Office, Washington, D.C. For information and to register for the live course, click here. For the webcast, click here.
Oceans, Climate and Security Conference
May 21-23, 2012. This Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security: Making the Connections will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference will examine the conditions that are likely to be produced by climate change, how these conditions will affect coastal and ocean ecosystems and communities, and how they may affect human and national security interests. GCOCS will focus on three specific themes examining the overall problem from different perspectives with a unified goal of understanding how to mitigate the effects that we can control and adapt to those that we cannot. The three tracks are Raising Visibility and Fostering Literacy; Science and Technology Needs; and Security Policy & Governance Implications. For more information, click here.
Call for Abstracts: Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
On May 15-16, 2012, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission will hold the 23rd Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference in Portsmouth, NH. For more information, see the Call for Abstracts, which are due by December 16th.
Call for Proposals: Restore America's Estuaries National Conference
Proposals for the 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration – which will be held October 20-24, 2012, in Tampa, Florida – are now being accepted. The Conference theme is "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities." All proposals relevant to coastal habitat restoration are highly encouraged, but there is particular interest in proposals for sessions, presentations, and posters dealing with the interface of the environment and the economy. For more information, including a full list of Conference topics and details on submitting a proposal, visit: http://program.estuaries.org/. The deadline to submit a proposal is February 1, 2012.
There are new jobs posted on the Wetlands Job board. For the latest wetland jobs, go here: http://aswm.org/news/jobs-a-training-opportunities
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