WETLAND BREAKING NEWS - CURRENT ISSUE
- Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar Hosted by ASWM, November 20, 2013
- Webinar: Creating a Value-Added Wetlands Layer, December 18, 2013
- DC: Wetlands: Purported leak of draft Clean Water Act rule riles Hill
- Waters Announces Deal to Repair Flood Insurance Program
- Water projects flow despite tea party
- More oil from BP spill found on Louisiana coastline in mid-2013 than year before
- New Wetland Book Available
- National Wetlands Awards Announces New Nomination Process Opening Tuesday, October 15
- Hearing Scheduled on Revisions to Michigan's Assumed Dredge and Fill Permitting Program
- Environmental Groups Consider Suing WSSC
- Groups weigh in on EPA draft report on waters of the U.S.
- District Court cries “fowl” on EPA attempt to expand CAFO permitting authority
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife honors La & Miss biologists
- Stronger Efforts Needed to Reduce Nitrate Pollution in Mississippi River Basin
- Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
- Superstorm Sandy's Link to Climate Change: ‘The Case Has Strengthened’
- Farm talks open with optimism
- Conservation groups send request to farm bill conferees
- Payments for Popular Conservation Program Ready Following Shutdown Delay
- Opportunity to comment on information collection request (ICR), “Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs” Renewal
- Secretary Jewell Announces $162 Million for 45 Projects to Protect Atlantic Coast Communities from Future Storms
- Supreme Court to Review EPA Authority to Require Greenhouse Gas Permits
- Federal Numeric Nutrient Criteria: A Tragedy in Two Acts
- Farm Bureau to appeal ruling upholding bay cleanup policy
- Experts: 'Something Bigger is Going on' with Wildfires
- Drugs, caffeine, chemicals found in Lake Michigan worry researchers
- AL: Train Loaded With Oil Derails, Explodes, Pollutes Alabama Wetlands
- AK: State considers taking control of wetland permit process
- AK: Cape Blossom Road Project Inching Forward
- AK: Alaska’s high court first supreme court in the nation to hear climate change case
- AZ: Arizona Agency Participate in Climate Change Study
- CA: Feds Unveil 50-Year Plan for Wetlands Restoration
- CA: Wetlands Defense Fund Stages Rally Outside Annenberg Center
- CA: Wetland credits keep farm’s income flowing
- CO: Boulder climate change experts encouraged by Obama's action
- CO: Wetlands Program awards $700,000 in grants for 2013
- CT: Public Hearing on Galasso Quarry Expansion Dec. 4
- DE: $40M plan aims to recycle marshes
- FL: Lehigh projects aim to help control the water in Lee County wetlands
- FL: Sea Level Rise Swamping Florida's Everglades
- GA: News: Corps teaches third-graders 'Regulatory 101'
- IL: Wetlands' revival attracts record number of ducks
- IL: Environmentalists Want EPA, Obama To Close "Frightening" Clean Water Act Loopholes
- IN: Indiana orders developer to halt work on part of subdivision due to wetland damage
- IA: Report: Urban wetlands can help Iowa curb pollution
- IA: Leading Iowa Scientists: Climate Change Threatens Iowa Farms
- KS: Construction Begins on South Lawrence Trafficway
- KS: Drill where?
- LA: Louisiana Permits Coal Terminal Adjacent To $300M Wetlands Restoration Project
- LA: Louisiana, China team up on improving wetlands
- LA: ARMY CORPS: La. levee project with ballooning price tag seen as linchpin in WRDA talks
- LA: What are the wetlands worth?
- LA: Parishes could get huge oil spill settlements
- LA: Researchers studying coastal land values to aid preservation efforts
- MD: Guide Released for Citizens Who Want to Join Bay Restoration
- MD: Science for Phosphorus Management Tool is solid, say scientists, environmental groups
- MA: Removal of Pittsfield's Sackett Brook Dam Makes Way to Return Area to 'Natural State'
- MA: New city zoning plans tied to changes in climate
- MA: Wetland restoration to begin soon at Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth
- MI: EPA hearing will give public a voice in whether Michigan should retain regulation of wetlands
- MI: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Missed Wetland Deadline Raises Questions for Farmers
- MI: Great Lakes state playing catch-up in effort to build water-based economy
- MI: Keep Michigan Beautiful Awards Macomb County’s Lake St. Clair Coastal Restoration Project
- MI: Wetland Wonders Challenge continues until Jan. 31
- MN: Agricultural Wetland Banking offers beautiful wetlands for nature
- MN: Report Warns of Climate Threat to Big Game in Minnesota
- MN: Minnesotans Are Standing Up to Climate Change (Blog)
- MN: Restored Hennepin Wetlands show signs of recovery
- MS: Mississippi's wetlands grows
- MO: Restoring Wetlands: A Step in the Right Direction
- NE: UNL Climate Change Study to Include Human Causes
- NE: CNPPID floodwater diversions continue, helping recharge wetlands
- NV: Nature Center Named Project of the Year
- NJ: Teacher Training Workshop at Trailside in Mountainside explores the wonders of the wetlands
- NJ: Superstorm Sandy exposes New Jersey mistake: Developing marshland
- NJ: Researcher seeks answers on wetlands loss
- NJ: Feds say NJ must speed up spending on fixing wetlands
- NJ: Drexel Scientist Studies Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on N.J. Coastal Wetlands, One Year Later check to see if somewhere else
- NJ: Museums and nonprofit attractions fill a key market for tourism
- NY: Big Plans To Unite Coney Island Wetlands With Bath Beach’s Calvert Vaux Park
- NY: Photos: One Year After Sandy, Big Plans For Coney Island Wetlands
- NY: Natural Allies for the Next Sandy
- ND: USACE: BNSF seeks project in Devils Lake wetlands
- ND: Oil company may have known of North Dakota pipe problems before spill
- ND: North Dakota Department of Agriculture sets up wetland credits database to help landowners
- ND: farmer accused of wetlands violation sues USDA
- OH: Highland Hills Receives Grant to Buy Wetlands for Nature Preserve
- OH: Spills reach wetlands
- OH: Artificial wetland in Ohio filters runoff, fights algae
- OK: Kelly Bostian: Wet summer prevents mudflat seeding to draw ducks
- OR: OSU Report: Climate Change Triggers Increased N.W. Risks
- PA: Scientists uncover high radioactivity near fracking site in Pennsylvania
- SC: Experts Say Bank, Appraiser Breached Duties in Beach First Fraud Lawsuit
- Southeast USA: How climate change will affect the Southeast USA
- TX: William McKenzie: North Texas wetlands’ pipeline of hope
- UT: Climate change likely to affect streams that quench Salt Lake City's thirst
- UT: UDOT Postpones Final Environmental Statement on Corridor
- VA: Threat to wetlands could be threat to new U.S. 460
- WV: Hardy County chicken farmers talk about victory over EPA
- WI: Environmental Violations at Duescher Farm Result in $100,000 Settlement
- WI: Delays in Davie lead Ashley Furniture to buy Miss. facility
- WI: DNR's new lead on frac sand shares enforcement strategy
- Scientists Create Their Own Oysters to Help the Chesapeake Bay
- Tropical palm oil is much more polluting than IPCC technical committee suggests
- Buried leaves reveal precolonial eastern forests and guide stream restoration
- Monitoring of carbon-rich wetlands a focus at UN climate talks
- Marine plants provide defense against climate change
- Wetlands at Risk from Reproduction of Asian Carp Species
- Nature vs. nature: Is “green infrastructure” the best defense against climate disasters?
- Sea and storm: coastal habitats offer strongest defense
- Reducing Phosphorous In Lakes May Weaken Their Ability to Remove Nitrogen
- Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For a Fee
- Importance of Water to the United States Economy
- Managing Water Pollution with Urban Wetlands
- Great Lakes Restoration Database launched
- Storm-Ready Cities How Climate Resilience Boosts Metro Areas and the Economy
- IPCC accepts two methodology reports
- Scientists Release ‘Climate Change Reconsidered’
- Importance of Waters and Wetlands Documented in New EPA Report
- Interactive Tools for Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation
- New finding shows climate change can happen in a geological instant
- Natural Infrastructure Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States
- MA: Ebb&Flow #17: An electronic newsletter from the Mass. Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER)
- Report Posted on Reporting Under Sections 303(d) and 305(d) of Clean Water Act
- Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans
- “Treading Water: How States Can Minimize the Impact of Power Plants on Aquatic Life,”
- Ocean Warming and the Insurance Industry
- Native Seed: An Introduction to Income Opportunities from Native Seed Gathered from Small Private Forestlands in the Pacific Northwest
- Ontario’s Forests and Forestry in a Changing Climate
- Lloyd's of London report on Climate change
- Oldest Body Seawater Discovered Under Chesapeake Bay
- Major Wetland Restoration Completed
- Healthy soil: The basis for a strong economy and wholesome environment
- BP oil spill: Ex-Halliburton manager pleads guilty to destroying evidence
- At BP oil spill trial, Justice Department witnesses bolster larger spill number
- Field Guide to Colorado's Wetland Plants Identification, Ecology and Conservation
- Stream Functions Pyramid Workshop
- Blog: Map Shows County-by-County Data on Drinking Water from Seasonal and Rain-Dependent Streams
- A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools
- Gulf Oil Spill
- Webinar: Understanding the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow Depletion through USGS Capture Maps
- Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers Annual Conference
- Course: Problem and Atypical Wetland Delineation – Piedmont
- Course: Wetland Delineation Training
- Webinar: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change: Rio Tinto
- 2013 Annual Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference
- Ohio Wetlands Summit 2013
- Great Basin Consortium Conference
- Webinar: NCCWSC Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series
- Congress on Coastal Resilience and Risk
- Webinar: Assessing Habitat and Community Sensitivity to Climate Change Impacts
- Course: Treatment Wetlands
- Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
- Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference
- Webinar: Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Face of Climate Change in North Carolina and Hawaii
- 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference
- Delaware Wetlands Conference 2014
- Society for Range Management's 67th Annual International Meeting
- 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
- Wisconsin Wetlands Association 19th Annual Wetland Conference
- Course: Endangered Species Act Overview
- 2014 Climate Leadership Conference
- Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
- Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species (Section 7)
- 2014 Annual Land Use Conference
- Biodiversity responses to climate change: perspectives from the southeastern US
- State of the Coast Conference, New Orleans, LA
- Call for Papers - NWSA 2014 Conference
- 25th Annual Northeastern Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
- 2014 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference
- RAE's 7th National Conference – Call for Proposals
November: A Time to Remember and Practice Thanksgiving,
“I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy.” (Anne Frank, a girl who had to go into hiding during the Second World War to escape the Nazis.)
Often it is not easy to be thankful, it is easier to look at the misery Anne Frank was talking about, to watch the evening news and get bitter about the pain in this world, to take sickness in your family and friends personally, to store resentment inside if you are having a hard time in your life than to turn it around and be thankful for what you do have.
In these coming years, I am going to make more of an effort to be thankful for what I have; my family, my friends, and my surroundings. Also, Thanksgiving is an action word. I am going to make more of an effort to give back in actions as well as in words. It does little good to be thankful and not take action.
I am thankful for my past also: my parents who shared their love of the outdoors, for my older brother who let me play with him and his older friends, my old friends that I grew up with and cannot replace, and my new friends and working cohorts.
Be thankful and practice thankfulness from now on, you will smile more and feel better!
Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Alan Grant, Editor,
Wetland Breaking News
P.S. I would like to thank Doug Brown, ASTI, Daniel Montella, EPA and Leah Stetson, ELI for their contributions to this issue of WBN.
Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar Hosted by ASWM, November 20, 2013
ASWM – November 18, 2013
The Association of State Wetland Mangers will hold a webinar on November 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EST on NWI+ Data – What It Is and How It’s Being Used presented by Ralph Tiner, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. In response to rising interest in wetland functional assessment in the 1990s and the creation of HGM by Dr. Mark Brinson, the NWI’s Northeast Region saw an opportunity to increase the functionality of NWI data for landscape-level functional assessment and watershed planning. To do this, hydrogeomorphic type descriptors were defined and applied to NWI updates to create an expanded NWI database - NWI+ data. The combination of NWI and LLWW descriptors made it possible to predict numerous wetland functions for large geographic areas. This presentation will describe what constitutes an NWI+ database and show the kind of information that has been generated from these data and where such data are available, in progress, or planned with emphasis on NWI projects. The findings of NWI+ projects are posted online at “Wetlands One-Stop Mapping” – a component of the Association of State Wetland Managers website. For more information, click here. To register for the webinar, click here.
Webinar: Creating a Value-Added Wetlands Layer, December 18, 2013
ASWM – November 18, 2013
The Association of State Wetland Managers will hold a webinar on Creating a Value-Added Wetlands Layer: Enhancing the Utility of Wetland Mapping in Montana on December 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EST. For more information, click here. To register for this webinar, click here.
DC: Wetlands: Purported leak of draft Clean Water Act rule riles Hill
By Annie Snider – E & E Publishing, LLC – November 13, 2013
Congressional Republicans are warning that the Obama administration is preparing for a "power grab" to expand federal oversight of wetlands and other water bodies based on a purported Clean Water Act regulation draft.
"This could be the largest expansion of EPA regulatory authority ever," House Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said in a statement. "If the draft rule is approved, it would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States, including private and public lakes, ponds and streams." For full story, click here.
Waters Announces Deal to Repair Flood Insurance Program
Financial Services – Democrats – October 25, 2013
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, has announced a bipartisan legislative solution to fix the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and ensure changes are implemented affordably. In essence, the legislation calls for a four-year delay to the program and requires FEMA to complete an affordability study and propose regulations that address affordability issues. For full press release, click here.
Water projects flow despite tea party
By Scott Wong and Kevin Robillard – Politico – October 24, 2013
Pressure from conservatives helped push the GOP to shut down the government, strip food stamps out of the farm bill and bring the country to the brink of default. But when many of the same groups united against an $8.2 billion water infrastructure bill, tea-party Republicans in the House weren’t listening. To read full story, click here.
More oil from BP spill found on Louisiana coastline in mid-2013 than year before
By Gordon Brillon – The Lens – October 16, 2013
Oil collection on the Louisiana coastline from the Deepwater Horizon spill continues to increase three years after the disaster, a governor’s office representative told the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority at the board’s monthly meeting in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. The combined efforts of the U.S Coast Guard, state authorities and BP resulted in the discovery of 2.9 million more pounds of oily matter between March and August this year than in the same period in 2012, said Drue Winters, an attorney with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office. For full story, click here.
New Wetland Book Available
By Ralph Tiner – University of Massachusetts Press – October 2013
The University of Massachusetts Press has just published "Tidal Wetlands Primer: An Introduction to Their Ecology, Natural History, Status, and Conservation" by Ralph Tiner. The 500+ page book contains 12 chapters covering a variety of topics explaining the origin of tidal wetlands, environmental factors affecting plant and animal life, the diversity of tidal wetland plant communities, wetland functions and values, the current status and historic uses of wetlands, wetland conservation (acquisition, regulation/policy, and restoration),and the future of tidal wetlands. The Press is currently offering a special sale on this book when purchased with Tiner's two field guides to tidal wetland plant identification (all three for a total cost of $60, use code S544 when ordering. For more information, click here.
National Wetlands Awards Announces New Nomination Process Opening Tuesday, October 15
Environmental Law institute
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Wetlands Awards! As they celebrate this milestone, ELI is introducing a new nomination process. This process is intended to streamline nominations for both nominators and the Selection Committee. The National Wetlands Awards are presented annually to individuals who have excelled in wetlands protection, restoration, and education. They are administered by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. To read more, click here. Deadline to submit short-form nomination is December 4, 2013.
Hearing Scheduled on Revisions to Michigan's Assumed Dredge and Fill Permitting Program
Contact: Sue Elston – Regulations.gov – September 27, 2013
EPA requests comments on proposed revisions to Michigan's CWA Section 404 permitting program resulting from the recent enactment of Michigan Public Act 98 (PA 98). EPA will hold a public hearing in Lansing, Michigan, on December 11, 2013, to take comments on the proposed program revisions. Under Section 404 of the CWA, permits are required for activities involving discharges of dredged or fill material to waters of the United States, including wetlands, lakes and streams. In 1984, Michigan assumed Section 404 permitting authority for its inland waters and wetlands. PA 98 amended the wetlands and the inland lakes and streams provisions of the Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to address areas, as identified by EPA in a 2008 program review, where the state's Section 404 program did not comply with CWA requirements. In addition to changes to address issues identified in EPA's program review, PA 98 included: (1) Changes to the definition of contiguous wetlands regulated by Michigan's Section 404 program; (2) the addition of new exemptions from permitting; and (3) changes to the requirements for mitigating the effects of filling wetlands and other waters of the United States. Under federal regulations, substantial changes to state CWA Section 404 programs do not become effective until program revisions are approved by EPA. Information about PA 98, the resulting proposed revisions to Michigan's Section 404 program, the public hearing, and procedures for submitting comments is available at: www.regulations.gov/ (insert: EPA-HQ-OW-2013-0710 in the search field). Comments due by December 18, 2013. For more information, click here. To view Docket, click here.
Environmental Groups Consider Suing WSSC
By Ryan Marshall – Gazette.Net – November 15, 2013
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission faces a possible lawsuit by environmental groups alleging that a water filtration plant near Seneca is polluting the Potomac River in violation of the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Integrity Project, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Potomac Riverkeeper announced their intention to sue the WSSC after a 60-day waiting period, unless WSSC agrees to work with them toward finding a solution. For full story, click here.
Groups weigh in on EPA draft report on waters of the U.S.
By Mary Soukup Cattle Network November 11, 2013
The report reviews and synthesizes more than 1,000 pieces of scientific literature finds the following:
- All tributary streams, including perennial, intermittent, and ephemeral streams, are physically, chemically, and biologically connected to downstream rivers via channels and associated alluvial deposits where water and other materials are concentrated, mixed, transformed, and transported.
- Wetlands and open-waters in landscape settings that have bidirectional hydrologic exchanges with streams or rivers are physically, chemically, and biologically connected with rivers via the export of channel-forming sediment and woody debris, temporary storage of local groundwater that supports baseflow in rivers, and transport of stored organic matter.
- Wetlands in landscape settings that lack bidirectional hydrologic exchanges with downstream waters (e.g., many prairie potholes, vernal pools, and playa lakes) provide numerous functions that can benefit downstream water quality and integrity.
For full story, click here.
District Court cries “fowl” on EPA attempt to expand CAFO permitting authority
By Brian Glass – Warren Glass Law – November 4, 2013
Late last month, in a decision that should come as no surprise to those following the proceedings, the Northern District of West Virginia held that EPA lacked the authority to issue a compliance order under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to an operator of a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) when precipitation picked up and delivered various pollutants emitted or tracked from poultry confinement houses to a nearby surface water. The outcome seemed nearly inevitable at least as far back as April when the court refused to dismiss the case as moot even after EPA had withdrawn the order that had given rise to the lawsuit. For full story, click here.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife honors La & Miss biologists
Chron – November 2, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' waterfowl study team and a biologist at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge in Gautier, (GOH-shay) Miss., are among 32 people and groups honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southeast Region. For full story, click here.
Stronger Efforts Needed to Reduce Nitrate Pollution in Mississippi River Basin
By Sandra Postel – National Geographic Newswatch – November 1, 2013
Despite growing concern over the last two decades about the low-oxygen “dead zone” that emerges each summer in the fisheries-rich Gulf of Mexico, the nitrate pollution at the root of the problem continues to rise. That’s the upshot of a study just released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which monitored nitrate trends at eight key locations in the Mississippi River Basin over the 30-year period from 1980-2010. At the outlet where the Mississippi empties into the Gulf of Mexico, nitrate levels rose 12 percent just between 2000 and 2010. For full article, click here.
Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
The White House – November 1, 2013
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. The impacts of climate change -- including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise -- are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. These impacts are often most significant for communities that already face economic or health-related challenges, and for species and habitats that are already facing other pressures. Managing these risks requires deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the Federal Government, as well as by stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, tribal, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector efforts to improve climate preparedness and resilience; help safeguard our economy, infrastructure, environment, and natural resources; and provide for the continuity of executive department and agency (agency) operations, services, and programs. For full press release, click here.
Superstorm Sandy's Link to Climate Change: ‘The Case Has Strengthened’
By Joseph Romm – The Energy Collective – October 30, 2013
One year ago, superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York and New Jersey. It killed more than 100 people, displaced thousands, and inflicted an estimated $65 billion in damages. We’ve written extensively about how global warming worsened the impact of Superstorm Sandy. In particular, a recent study by NOAA researchers found, “climate-change related increases in sea level have nearly doubled today’s annual probability of a Sandy-level flood recurrence as compared to 1950.” On our current CO2 emissions path, the Jersey shore from Atlantic City to Cape May could see Sandy-level storm surges yearly by mid-century! For full story, click here.
Farm talks open with optimism
By David Rogers – Politico – October 30, 2013
Ending years of painful delays, House-Senate talks began on a new farm bill Wednesday, with renewed promises to finally complete the task by the end of December. “We can do it, we have to do it,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) “There are 16 million men and women whose jobs rely on the strength of agriculture,” echoed his Senate counterpart, Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). “I am confident we won’t let them down. For full story, click here.
Conservation groups send request to farm bill conferees
Agri Pulse – October 29, 2013
More than 270 national, regional, and state-based organizations delivered a letter urging House and Senate farm bill conferees to reattach conservation requirements to federal subsidies for crop insurance, and to include a nationwide Sodsaver provision in the final farm bill conference report. The letter comes as farm bill conference begins with conferees' opening remarks this Wednesday. For full story, click here.
Payments for Popular Conservation Program Ready Following Shutdown Delay
Contact: Jody Holzworth – Private landowner Network – October 29, 2013
Farmers waiting for their Conservation Security or Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) payments should receive them in the coming days. The shutdown of the federal government delayed some of the $907 million in payments from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to CSP participants who have enrolled millions of acres to improve the overall conservation performance of their operations. For full news release, click here.
Opportunity to comment on information collection request (ICR), “Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs” Renewal
Contact: Benita Best-Wong – regulations.gov – September 27, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), “Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs” (EPA ICR No. 0220.12, OMB Control No. 2040-0168) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2014. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Comments must be submitted on or before December 23, 2013.For more information, click here. To view Docket, click here.
Secretary Jewell Announces $162 Million for 45 Projects to Protect Atlantic Coast Communities from Future Storms
U.S. Department of the Interior – October 24, 2013
In advance of next week’s one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Interior and local officials at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey to announce that $162 million will be invested in 45 restoration and research projects that will better protect Atlantic Coast communities from future powerful storms, by restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines, and researching the impacts and modeling mitigation of storm surge impacts. For full press release, click here.
Supreme Court to Review EPA Authority to Require Greenhouse Gas Permits
Van Ness Feldman – October 23, 2013
On October 15, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges to a determination by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) that, under the Clean Air Act, increases in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from new and modified major stationary sources triggers a requirement for those sources to obtain Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits. In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit) upheld this EPA determination inCoalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, 684 F.3d 102. The Supreme Court has consolidated review of six separate challenges as Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, and will hear one hour of oral argument in its October Term. For full story, click here.
Federal Numeric Nutrient Criteria: A Tragedy in Two Acts
By Brian Glass – Warren Glass – October 20, 2013
Two separate attempts by two coalitions of environmental groups to prompt EPA to promulgate federal numeric nutrient criteria in two different parts of the country have followed two wildly different courses. A recent decision by the Eastern District of Louisiana invites a brief overview of this continuing drama. For full story, click here.
Farm Bureau to appeal ruling upholding bay cleanup policy
By E.B. Furgurson, III – Capital Gazette – October 9, 2013
The American Farm Bureau will appeal the recent federal court decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay, the farm lobby announced.
The farming lobby and others on Monday filed a notice to appeal last month’s federal court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency’s multistate pollution reduction framework is legal. For full story, click here.
Experts: 'Something Bigger is Going on' with Wildfires
By Rocky Barker – Firehouse – October 6, 2013
Firefighters say they've never seen fires burn the way they did in 2013. That sentiment has been heard before. In 1988, 2000 and 2007, fires grew in size and ferocity across the American West, exceeding the experience and knowledge of firefighters and scientists alike. This year, fire returned to places that had burned before: Colorado Springs, Pine, Ketchum, Yellowstone and Yosemite. The fires of 2013 burned through many of our previous ideas about how we can live with fire. For full story, click here.
Drugs, caffeine, chemicals found in Lake Michigan worry researchers
By Keith Matheny – Detroit Free Press – September 27, 2013
Pharmaceuticals, caffeine and items such as toothpaste additives have been found farther out in the Great Lakes than ever before, according to a new study that also raises concerns about their levels. The presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products — or PPCPs — has previously gone largely unstudied within the Great Lakes, according to Rebecca Klaper, a co-author of the study released last month.
Klaper, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences, said the expectation has been that the Great Lakes’ huge volumes of water would dilute the PPCPs into undetectability. Lakes Michigan and Huron, which are connected, together have 2 quadrillion, or 2,000 trillion, gallons of water, for example. For full story, click here.
AL: Train Loaded With Oil Derails, Explodes, Pollutes Alabama Wetlands
By John Upton – Grist – November 11, 2013
Yet another oil-hauling train has derailed and exploded, this one sending flaming cars loaded with North Dakota crude into Alabama wetlands. For full story, click here.
AK: State considers taking control of wetland permit process
By Elwood Brehmer – Alaska Journal of Commerce – November 14, 2013
A group of state agencies is evaluating what it would mean for the state to manage wetlands permitting for development projects.
Wetlands permitting has largely been controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act since it was passed in 1972. It is locally overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Section 404 requires “anyone discharging dredged or fill material in waters of the United States” to obtain a permit to do so from the Corps of Engineers.
The state currently has a similar Certification of Reasonable Assurance granted it under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act that gives states the ability to review federal wetlands permit applications.
In its last session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 27, which directed the state to begin the process of filing the necessary applications with EPA and the Corps of Engineers to obtain wetlands oversight, or primacy. For full story, click here.
AK: Cape Blossom Road Project Inching Forward
By Jillian Rogers – The Arctic Sounder – November 8, 2013
A draft environmental assessment of the proposed $30 million Kotzebue to Cape Blossom Road project was released recently and is online and open for public comment until Friday. The assessment was prepared by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. For full story, click here.
AK: Alaska’s high court first supreme court in the nation to hear climate change case
By Jeremy Hsieh – KTOO – October 4, 2013
Alaska’s high court became the first state supreme court in the country yesterday to hear an appeal in one of more than a dozen climate change lawsuits. The lawsuits pit young people against their states. The plaintiffs claim the state has an obligation to protect the atmosphere from excessive carbon emissions. For full story, click here.
AZ: Arizona Agency Participate in Climate Change Study
KVOA News Tucson – November 7, 2013
The Arizona Department of Transportation is participating in a federally funded study to see how critical infrastructure can be protected in the face of effects of climate change. Director John Halikowski says a key aim of the research is identifying potential design changes that could be required because of extreme weather events. For full story, click here.
CA: Feds Unveil 50-Year Plan for Wetlands Restoration
By Jason Dearen – abc news – November 15, 2013
A 50-year plan for the restoration of San Francisco Bay and other coastal wetlands was released Thursday by federal wildlife officials who say it's the biggest effort to save tidal marshes outside the Florida Everglades.
The $1.24 billion plan for the bay and a patchwork of tidal marshes in northern and central California calls for projects along 500 miles of the state's 1,100-mile coastline, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said. For full story, click here.
CA: Wetlands Defense Fund Stages Rally Outside Annenberg Center
By Matthew Sanderson – Beverly Hills Patch – October 19, 2013
Protest and rally in Beverly Hills by environmental activists told by police that the philanthropist to whom they directed their messages bought the sidewalks near the new performing art center's evening gala and would not be allowed so close. Several environmental, conservation and animal welfare groups joined forces outside theWallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills Thursday night for a rally and march in the form of a “Shadow Gala” at the center's opening night gala. For full story, click here.
CA: Wetland credits keep farm’s income flowing
By Tim Hearden – Capital Press – October 18, 2013
Nearly 20 years ago, fourth-generation cattle and produce grower Glenn Hawes learned he was farming on some of the most valuable wetlands in his region, and he decided to use them to generate income.
Hawes, now 70, entered the world of wetlands mitigation banks, where developers who need credits for building in sensitive areas pay him to set aside a certain portion of his land as open space. For full article, click here.
CO: Boulder climate change experts encouraged by Obama's action
By Charlie Brennan – Daily Camera Boulder News – November 2, 103
Local climate change experts applauded President Barack Obama's signing an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to take steps to help the nation adapt to the effects of climate change, signaling an acknowledgment that dramatic transformation in the global environment is inevitable. But even in doing so, their remarks reflected a belief that the problem is so broad and complex that any one step is hardly cause for celebration. For full story, click here.
CO: Wetlands Program awards $700,000 in grants for 2013
Coyote Gulch – October 18, 2013
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has selected 18 wetland and riparian restoration projects that will share in $700,000 in grants for the 2013 Wetlands Program grant cycle. Approved grant applications include a project to enhance the Shields Pit in Fort Collins to make it suitable for native fish introduction, water and infrastructure development for wetlands around Prewitt Reservoir, stream bank restoration along the Carpenter Ranch section of the Yampa River, and the removal of invasive tamarisk trees on Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge. The selected projects encompass 1,225 acres around the state. For full blog post, click here.
CT: Public Hearing on Galasso Quarry Expansion Dec. 4
The Granby News – November 6, 2013
The East Granby Inland Wetlands Commission will host a public hearing on the Galasso Materials quarry expansion, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m at the East Granby Community Center, 20 Center St. Galasso Materials LLC, 20 South Main St., East Granby, received a zone change from the Planning and Zoning Commission July 12, 2011 for a 75-acre parcel south toward Hatchet Hill Road. Phase III of the quarry expansion south will be for approximately half of the approved quarry zone area and will include clearing of 22.9 acres and excavation of 17.6 acres. For full story, click here.
DE: $40M plan aims to recycle marshes
By Molly Murray – Delmarva Now – November 5, 2013 – Video
Armed with close to $40 million, federal officials plan to rebuild a salt marsh and shoreline at Prime Hook to be more resilient to rising seas and coastal storms, and even be able to rebuild itself if Delaware Bay carves future openings. The idea, said Al Rizzo, project leader for the Coastal Delaware Nation Wildlife Refuge, is to fill four dune breaches – some 1,500 feet to 1,700 feet of broken shoreline – build a cushion of sand to the west, plant it with grasses and then spot-fill the adjacent marsh to raise the elevation at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. For full story, click here.
FL: Lehigh projects aim to help control the water in Lee County wetlands
By Kevin Lollar – News Press – October 28, 2013
As one of a half dozen projects in the Lehigh Headwaters Initiative, a watershed restoration effort that encompasses 100 square miles in Lehigh Acres and western Hendry County, the marsh’s main function is as a stormwater retention facility that has a positive impact on the Caloosahatchee River and estuary.
The lead agency in the initiative is East Lee County Water Control District, with financial and technical help from the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Created in 1958, East County’s original mission was to get water off the land as quickly as possible.
Ten years ago, residential areas along the Orange River were being flooded after heavy rains.
For full story, click here.
FL: Sea Level Rise Swamping Florida's Everglades
By Becky Oskin – livescience – October 16, 2013
Rising sea levels are transforming the Florida Everglades, a new study shows. Plant communities that thrive in salt water are expanding along the coast, leaving less room for plants that depend on fresh water. For full story, click here.
GA: News: Corps teaches third-graders 'Regulatory 101'
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) – November 12, 2013
Inside a colorful, decorated classroom at Marshpoint Elementary School, Brian Moore, a regulatory specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, poured a gallon of water over a row of sponges.
"We use sponges to represent wetlands because they absorb and filter water," Moore explained to a group of third-graders. "Wetlands filter water so that it's clean for us to drink."
The sponges are part of a floodplain model the corps uses in public outreach events to teach the functions of wetlands. The model ties in with the Corps' Regulatory program, which oversees permitting for any projects that might impact streams, rivers and wetlands under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.
IL: Wetlands' revival attracts record number of ducks
By Craig Sterrett – News Tribune – November 6, 2013
If a recent aerial survey of The Wetlands Initiative’s Hennepin-Hopper Lakes is any indication, a multi-year restoration and carp-elimination project has been a rousing success. Or, as The Wetlands Initiative labeled it on its website this week: “a great duck-cess.” An aerial waterfowl count that estimated 120,000 on the lake late last week was the best ever, and news of the numbers of those migrating birds attracted Starved Rock Audubon Society chapter member and avid bird watcher John McKee of Ottawa and his wife Cindy to the wetlands south of Hennepin this past weekend. For full story, click here.
IL: Environmentalists Want EPA, Obama To Close "Frightening" Clean Water Act Loopholes
By Ellyn Fortino – Progess Illinois – October 29, 2013
Activists with Environment Illinois say it's time to give Lake Michigan the Halloween treat it deserves: protection from polluters. At a news conference at North Avenue beach Tuesday morning, environmental organizers said loopholes in the Clean Water Act have allowed Lake Michigan to become a "witch's brew of pollutants" for more than a decade, leaving nearly 56 percent of Illinois' streams unprotected. The unchecked pollution has the potential to put the drinking water of more than 1.6 million Illinoisans at risk, the group said. For full story, click here.
IN: Indiana orders developer to halt work on part of subdivision due to wetland damage
The Republic – November 6, 2013
State and federal regulators have ordered a southwestern Indiana developer to halt work on part of a housing subdivision because construction runoff has damaged a stream and wetland area. Both the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Army Corps of Engineers ordered Dan Buck of Dan Buck Homes Inc. to either restore the disturbed waterways or receive "after-the-fact" permits for inflicting the damage. IDEM has also ordered Buck to cease construction work in the immediate stream and wetland area of the Evansville development. For full story, click here.
IA: Report: Urban wetlands can help Iowa curb pollution
The Gazette – October 30, 2013
Constructed wetlands can help Iowa cities and towns manage storm runoff from both farm fields and new development sites, according to researchers who looked at the opportunities offered by urban wetland projects. Constructed wetlands can reduce nutrients, collect sediment, slow flood water and improve biodiversity, said co-author J. Elizabeth Maas of Iowa City, a landscape consultant and restoration ecologist. For full story, click here.
IA: Leading Iowa Scientists: Climate Change Threatens Iowa Farms
By Jacklyn Even – Iowa Environmental Focus – October 18, 2013
Our state has long held a proud tradition of helping to “feed the world.” Our ability to do so is now increasingly threatened by adverse weather conditions, according to a statewide group of Iowa scientists. “Our climate has disrupted agricultural production during the past two years and is projected to become even more harmful in coming decades as our climate continues to warm and change,” said Gene Takle, Director of the ISU Climate Science Program at Iowa State University. “Iowa’s soils and agriculture remain our most important economic resources, but these resources are threatened by climate change.”
For full story, click here.
KS: Construction Begins on South Lawrence Trafficway
The Emporia Gazette – November 13, 2013
A highway project linking Interstate 70 north of Lawrence with Kansas 10 east of the city has begun, nearly two decades after a portion of the road was completed. The project will include construction of about 300 acres of man-made wetlands to replace roughly 55 acres of wetlands being taken for the highway. Despite that swap, trafficway opponents are not consoled. For full story, click here.
KS: Drill where?
By Patrick Lowry – The Hays Daily News – October 6, 2013
To suggest oil production is important to the state economy is about as insightful as saying the sun will rise in the east. Ever since the vast Mid-Continent field was discovered under most of Kansas, the state has been one of the country's top producers. Recent drilling in the Mississippian Lime play has helped the industry increase production collectively to some 44 million barrels in 2012. The oil and gas industry is a multi-billion-dollar sector and critical to the state's GDP. For full opinion, click here.
LA: Louisiana Permits Coal Terminal Adjacent To $300M Wetlands Restoration Project
By Kristan Uhlenbrock – Climate Progress – November 7, 2013
On Friday, President Obama is set to deliver a speech in New Orleans on the need to “grow the economy and create jobs by increasing our exports.” And despite issuing an executive order earlier this month to help communities prepare for climate change, Obama is not expected to address the fact that another coal export terminal is on track to be built in the fragile region. For full story, click here.
LA: Louisiana, China team up on improving wetlands
By Olivia McClure – The Daily Reveille – November 6, 2013
University and AgCenter scientists will soon be able to exchange wetlands information and resources with a Chinese institute thanks to a recently signed agreement. The goal of the agreement is to join forces to learn more about how wetlands systems work and determine the best, up-to-date practices for protecting those fragile environments. For full story, click here.
LA: ARMY CORPS: La. levee project with ballooning price tag seen as linchpin in WRDA talks
By Annie Snider – E & E News – November 5, 2013
Lawmakers desperate to pass the first water resources bill in seven years are facing a $10.3 billion problem.
That's the latest price tag for the 98-mile-long "Morganza to the Gulf" levee and hurricane protection project championed by the Louisiana delegation for their state's offshore oil and gas hub near the city of Houma. For full story, click here.
LA: What are the wetlands worth?
By Xerxes Wilson – Houma Today – October 28, 2013
The value of wetland property can be two very different things for a landowner and for society in general. Researchers for Louisiana State University are trying to quantify how much certain characteristics of wetlands add or detract from the land’s market value. More than 70 percent of wetlands are owned privately. The information could be used to develop incentives for private landowners to maintain their property. For full story, click here.
LA: Parishes could get huge oil spill settlements
By Xerxes Wilson – Daily Comet – October 19, 2013
Millions of dollars are on the line for Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes as BP and federal government attorneys argue over how much oil spewed in 2010 from the Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico.
While microsips and capping stacks are the buzzwords being tossed around the courtroom, local officials hear dollars and cents in every argument. For full story, click here.
LA: Researchers studying coastal land values to aid preservation efforts
By Amy Wold – The Advocate – October 11, 2013
It’s no surprise that some coastal wetlands are more valuable than others, but the question several researchers at LSU are trying to answer is how much more valuable. Walter Keithly, associate professor and Richard Kazmierczak, professor with the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy, are surveying coastal landowners to see how they use their properties and what income they generate from it whether it’s duck hunting leases or alligator trapping. For full story, click here.
MD: Guide Released for Citizens Who Want to Join Bay Restoration
By Josh Bollinger – StarDem – November 13, 2013The Maryland Department of Planning has released the “Citizens Guide to Bay Restoration” for those who want to play a role in improving the Chesapeake Bay’s health. All of the restoration strategies aim to reduce nutrients, which was a stated goal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 when it established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load requirement for Maryland and other Bay states. For full story, click here.
MD: Science for Phosphorus Management Tool is solid, say scientists, environmental groups
By Timothy Sandoval – Carroll County Times – November 3, 2013
As state regulators look to implement policies that restrict nutrients — such as primary phosphorus — that can be applied to fields, farmers are starting to feel like they have been hit with one regulation after another. The latest regulation that has farmers worried is the Phosphorus Management Tool. The tool, which has been proposed by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, attempts to better measure the risk of phosphorus escaping off fields and making its way into local bodies of water and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Phosphorus, nitrogen and suspended solids that make it into the bay contribute to problems such as algae blooms and dead zones, areas where a lack of oxygen makes it so that no life can exist. For full story, click here.
MA: Removal of Pittsfield's Sackett Brook Dam Makes Way to Return Area to 'Natural State'
By Nathan Mayberg – The Berkshire Eagle – November 10, 2013The removal of the Sackett Brook dam at the Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield will be the city's way of making up for disturbing more than 1.6 million square feet of wetlands at the city airport. For full story, click here.
MA: New city zoning plans tied to changes in climate
By David Abel – The Boston Globe – October 30, 2013
City officials proposed new zoning rules Tuesday that would require developers of large new buildings in Boston to submit plans to deal with flooding, heat waves, and other potential complications of climate change as sea levels and temperatures are projected to rise. The rules, which will be presented to the Boston Redevelopment Authority board next month, are among a number of steps city officials said they have taken since Hurricane Sandy last year demonstrated the dangers posed by a changing climate and increasingly potent storms along the East Coast. For full story, click here.
MA: Wetland restoration to begin soon at Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth
Contact: Diane Baedeker Petit – USDA NRCS – September 27, 2013One of the largest ecological restoration projects ever undertaken in Massachusetts will soon begin at Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth, funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Encompassing 250 acres of degraded freshwater wetlands, including 192 acres of former commercial cranberry bogs, the project will protect and restore a substantial area of critical habitat in this coastal watershed. Project will benefit the environment and local economy. For full news release, click here.
MI: EPA hearing will give public a voice in whether Michigan should retain regulation of wetlands
By Saulius Mikalonis Crain’s – Detroit Business – November 13, 2013On Dec. 11, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct a public hearing regarding whether or not it should revoke the authority of Michigan to regulate wetlands under the federal Clean Water Act. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires permits for all activities involving discharges of dredged or fill material. If the EPA revokes Michigan’s authority to regulate wetlands under the Clean Water Act, all future permits will go exclusively through the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) (the ACE and EPA share administration and enforcement of Section 404), which is a more expensive and time-consuming process than the current state-based permitting system. For full blog post, click here.
MI: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Missed Wetland Deadline Raises Questions for Farmers
By Matthew D. Zimmerman – The National Law Review – November 12, 2013
The July 2, 2013 amendments to Michigan's Wetland Statute (Part 303 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act), 2013 P.A. 98, among other things, required the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ("DEQ") to "develop by October 1, 2013, and maintain a general permit for alteration of wetland for blueberry farming that includes minimal drainage and earthmoving…" This requirement was part of a larger compromise between the DEQ and farming interests on provisions in the wetland statute involving farming activities and wetlands that the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("U.S. EPA") had found to be inconsistent with the Clean Water Act's wetland program. Having to obtain any type of permit to put a wetland plant in a wetland that will remain a wetland is hard to swallow; at least the general permit is a quicker and less expensive permitting alternative, and most importantly does not contain a mitigation requirement (replacing impacted wetlands with created or preserved wetlands elsewhere). For full story, click here.
MI: Great Lakes state playing catch-up in effort to build water-based economy
By Jeff Alexander – M Live – October 24, 2013
Michigan may be the Great Lakes state, but its neighbors to the east and west are leading efforts to turn water-based technology, academic research and tourism into jobs and revenue. Milwaukee and the province of Ontario are well ahead of Michigan’s efforts to capitalize on an $850 billion global freshwater economy, according to John Austin, hired by the state last year to shepherd its so-called blue economy. For full story, click here.
MI: Keep Michigan Beautiful Awards Macomb County’s Lake St. Clair Coastal Restoration Project
ASTI Environmental – October 18, 2013
One of the largest projects of its kind in Michigan at $1,492,000, nearly 500 acres of coastal Great Lakes Marsh along Lake St. Clair Metropark (Metro Beach) at Lake St. Clair in Harrison Twp. have been restored because of a collaborative effort between multiple stakeholders including Macomb County, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, Clinton River Watershed Council and Wayne State University and the Project Team led by Dianne Martin of ASTI Environmental along with Hamilton Anderson Associates, Applied Science Inc., Stante Excavating, Inland Lakes and Kyle Builders. For full story, click here.
MI: Wetland Wonders Challenge continues until Jan. 31
By Holly Vaughn – East Village Magazine – October 15, 2013
Consumers Energy and the Department of Natural Resources challenge hunters to discover everything the state's seven Wetland Wonders have to offer this fall
as part of the Explore Michigan's Wetland Wonders campaign.
Michigan's Wetland Wonders are the seven premier managed waterfowl hunt areas (MWHAs) in the state — Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area (Allegan County), Fish Point State Wildlife Area (Tuscola County), St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island (St. Clair County), Muskegon County Wastewater Facility (Muskegon County), Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area (Bay County), Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (Monroe and Wayne counties) and Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County). For full article, click here.
MN: Agricultural Wetland Banking offers beautiful wetlands for nature
By Andrea Johnson – Minnesota Farm Guide – November 15, 2013
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is now promoting “Agricultural Wetland Banking” as a way for farmers to drain nuisance wetlands while improving large and robust wetlands.
Some landowners can also become “ag wetland bankers” who maintain wetlands that sustain nature.
BWSR is especially interested in contacting landowners with land coming out of the Conservation Reserve Program with restored wetlands. These lands may be eligible to serve as Ag Wetland Banks.
Under this program, landowners who want to drain farmland can purchase “credits” from an Ag Wetland Bank that will be kept in wetlands for as far into the future as we can see. Ownership of the credits allows for drainage, but only as far as laws allow.
“There are a lot more banks that need to be established,” said Les Lemm, Wetland Conservation Act coordinator for BWSR. “It’s going to take all of us, the agencies, to the ag groups, to the individual landowners looking for sites that could work. Ultimately, I really do believe that mitigation is something that we can all come together on and it’s a win/win for agriculture and conservation. For full story, click here.
MN: Report Warns of Climate Threat to Big Game in Minnesota
By Steve Karnowski – Twin Cities – November 14, 2013
Climate change threatens the big game animals that call Minnesota home—from moose to deer to bears—and the state needs to plan for how protect those species and the outdoor recreation economy that depends on them, conservation groups warned Thursday. The National Wildlife Federation has released a report titled "Nowhere to Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World," which examines how "climate change is already having significant impacts on big game and their habitats" across the country due to higher temperatures, droughts, more frequent wildfires and other factors. For full story, click here.
MN: Minnesotans Are Standing Up to Climate Change (Blog)
By Rep. Keith Ellison – Huffingtonpost Blog – November 6, 2013
They should call them three-year floods. In the last decade, Minnesota has seen three 1,000-year flooding events, which have damaged homes and claimed lives. What scientists used to predict would happen every 1,000 years has happened in our home state an average of every three years. Climate change is real and requires action now. We need to support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in protecting our planet from carbon pollution and urge our utility companies to phase out some of the dirtiest coal plants in the state. For full blog post, click here.
MN: Restored Hennepin Wetlands show signs of recovery
By Jeff Dankert – News Tribune – October 21, 2013
State fisheries crews saw many good signs last week at the restored Hennepin and Hopper lakes. They found many small largemouth bass, northern pike, black crappies, bluegills and pumpkinseeds, fish that were recently stocked or were offspring of stockers at this refuge on the Illinois River in Putnam County.
For full story, click here.
MS: Mississippi's wetlands grows
By Jennifer Lenain – The Picayune Item – October 31, 2013
The state of Mississippi acquired 2,483 acres of marshland at the mouth of the Pearl River in Hancock County on Wednesday.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced the acquisition as a commitment to “maintain the culture of the coast that it shares with its inhabitants, its marshes and tidelands.”
The land is known as the “Baldwin Property” and Mississippi has been working with the family of landowners for approximately five years to form a deal.
Hosemann said “not one penny of state dollars was used on the purchase.” H said it was funded through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) and the Nature Conservancy. For full story, click here.
MO: Restoring Wetlands: A Step in the Right Direction
By Don Corrigan – Wester Kirkwood Times – November 15, 2013
Area naturalists, birders, bikers and hikers are pleased to learn about a wetlands restoration project underway just southwest of Fenton's new bridge over the Meramec River. The project is slated for completion in early 2014. "The actual wetlands will be a little more than one-half acre in size on a four-acre site," said Dennis Hogan, environmental resource specialist with St. Louis County. For full story, click here.
NE: UNL Climate Change Study to Include Human Causes
Seattle PI – November 7, 2013
In contrast to a study ordered by the Nebraska Legislature, a university-funded study will identify any human causes as school researchers review scholarly work on climate change. For full story, click here.
NE: CNPPID floodwater diversions continue, helping recharge wetlands
Kearney Hub – LEXCH – October 8, 2013
High flows in the Platte River may allow Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District officials to continue diversions into irrigation canals and reservoirs for another week or longer. The irrigation canals also are delivering water to two Rainwater Basin wetlands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Funk Waterfowl Production Area and the Cottonwood WPA near Bertrand. For full story, click here.
NV: Nature Center Named Project of the Year
By Natalie Cullen – 8 News Now – October 4, 2013
The new Nature Center at the Clark County Wetlands Park is winning accolades both locally and nationally.
The 45,000-square-foot center, which opened in April, has been named Project of the Year and Special Project of the Year by the Nevada Recreation and Park Society. For full story, click here.
NJ: Teacher Training Workshop at Trailside in Mountainside explores the wonders of the wetlands
NJ.com – November 3, 2013
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites formal and non-formal educators of children in grades K-12 to take part in Project WOW, the Wonders of Wetlands, on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. Participants in this workshop are eligible for six NJDOE credits. For more information on this workshop, click here.
NJ: Superstorm Sandy exposes New Jersey mistake: Developing marshland
By Becky Oskin – NBC News – November 1, 2013
When Hurricane Sandy's powerful storm tide pummeled New Jersey, 70 percent of the state's old submerged marshes flooded, researchers reported Monday at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver. About 25 percent of those marshes were developed, and two-thirds of that development took place between 1995 and 2007, said Joshua Galster, a geomorphologist at Montclair State University in New Jersey. "A lot of these areas were being developed when we really should have known better," Galster said. For full story, click here.
NJ: Researcher seeks answers on wetlands loss
By Sandy Bauers – Philly.com – October 30, 2013
When Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore a year ago today, the wetlands-monitoring equipment of Tracy Quirk, an Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University researcher, was in its path. If the storm washed everything away, two years of painstaking work - not to mention hours of slogging through marsh muck in hip waders to install the devices - would be compromised. She'd have to start over to get continuous, long-term data. The equipment, it turned out, did more than survive. As the water rose and the wind howled, it kept collecting the vital statistics of seven marsh sites in coastal Barnegat Bay and Delaware Bay in South Jersey. For full story, click here.
NJ: Feds say NJ must speed up spending on fixing wetlands
By Todd B. Bates – Asbury Park Press – October 24, 2013
New Jersey hasn’t spent money on freshwater wetlands mitigation projects fast enough and lacks a watershed plan, according to federal officials.
The upshot is that the state Wetlands Mitigation Bank, which is aimed at offsetting wetlands losses, does not meet federal Clean Water Act standards and it must be fixed immediately, according to a federal letter to the state.
The state Wetlands Mitigation Council is collecting fees under the program, but “they aren’t spending it quickly enough” on mitigation projects, said John Martin, a spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “The money is there, but it does need to be put to use.” For full story, click here.
NJ: Drexel Scientist Studies Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on N.J. Coastal Wetlands, One Year Later check to see if somewhere else
Drexel Now – October 7, 2013
Hurricane Sandy landed right on top of Dr. Tracy Quirk’s wetland monitoring stations – but it wasn’t all bad news. Quirk, an assistant professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University, had been performing wetland research for several years at monitoring sites in Barnegat and Delaware Bays in New Jersey. Recording devices installed at these sites continuously measured water level and salinity for a wide range of wetland studies at Drexel and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. As Sandy hit and water levels rose, those measurements continued. For full story, click here.
NJ: Museums and nonprofit attractions fill a key market for tourism
By Michael Miler – Press of Atlantic City – October 5, 2013
The Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, like a lot of tourist attractions in South Jersey, is operated by a nonprofit group. But nonprofit does not mean unprofitable. More than 27,000 visitors pay $3 to $7 to climb the lighthouse's 228 steps each year.
For full story, click here.
NY: Big Plans To Unite Coney Island Wetlands With Bath Beach’s Calvert Vaux Park
By Willie Simpson – Bensonhurst Bean – November 8, 2013
As Mayor Michael Bloomberg exits the stage, he is hoping a big part of his legacy will include the successful follow through on a $20 billion “resiliency” plan that would seek to protect the city’s coastlines from rising sea levels and future storms. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) laid out one such plan that involves both beautifying and fortifying Coney Island Creek, through a plan that would unite Coney Island’s Kaiser Park with Bath Beach’s Calvert Vaux Park. For full story, click here.
NY: Photos: One Year After Sandy, Big Plans For Coney Island Wetlands
By John Del Signore – Gothamist – October 30, 2013 – Photos and Video
Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg visited three areas hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy, holding progress-report press conferences at the dune fortification at Crescent Beach, Staten Island; the bulkhead repairs on Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Peninsula; and finally the Coney Island Creek Wetlands and Tidal Barrier, where the city is planning a new levee and tidal barrier system at the mouth of Coney Creek, where most of the flooding in the area originated. For full story and to view photos and video, click here.
NY: Natural Allies for the Next Sandy
By Henry Fountain – The New York Times – October 28, 2013
The floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy had barely receded in New York last fall when the suggestions started coming for ways to keep the city and other low-lying areas safe in future storms. Higher flood walls and more bulkheads were needed, some experts said. Others called for even bigger engineering projects, like storm-surge barriers, to keep the water at bay. For full story, click here.
ND: USACE: BNSF seeks project in Devils Lake wetlands
Grand Forks Herald – October 30, 2013
BNSF railroad is seeking approval for a project that involves the discharge of construction material into roughly 13 acres of wetlands near Devils Lake, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday.
The area is within the known range of several endangered species, including the least tern and whooping crane, the corps said, but it does not expect the project will cause harm because the discharge will be on the railroad’s existing right-of-way. For full story, click here.
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ND: Oil company may have known of North Dakota pipe problems before spill
Aljazeera America – October 18, 2013
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced a new oil spill Thursday night, the same day he met with an oil company official amid suggestions that the company may have known about problems with a pipeline before a 20,000-barrel spill last month. Tesoro Logistics inspected its 20-year-old pipeline for anomalies over two weeks before it ruptured, spilling 20,600 barrels of oil onto a wheat field on Sept. 29, the company said Thursday. Tesoro, however, said it was still waiting for the analysis from the investigation when the accident occurred. For full story, click here.
ND: North Dakota Department of Agriculture sets up wetland credits database to help landowners
The Republic – October 16, 2013
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated an online service to connect farmers and ranchers needing wetland credits with agricultural landowners who have available wetlands.
Under the Wetland Conservation Act, a farmer can't drain or reduce a wetland on his or her property without creating or expanding a wetland elsewhere. Farmers also can replace lost wetlands by obtaining wetland credits from a landowner who has eligible wetlands. For full story, click here.
ND: farmer accused of wetlands violation sues USDA
WDAY – October 5, 2013
A North Dakota farmer accused of illegally draining wetlands is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture for back benefits. Leonard Peterson, of LaMoure, says a ruling that he violated wetland conservation regulations was not supported by the evidence. He's seeking nearly $136,000 in USDA benefits. For full story, click here
OH: Highland Hills Receives Grant to Buy Wetlands for Nature Preserve
By Thomas Ott – Cleveland.com – November 6, 2013
The village has received $411,345 in federal money to help buy 10 acres of wetlands that will become a public nature preserve. The grant, announced Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is part of an effort to improve water quality in the Lake Erie watershed. For full story, click here.
OH: Spills reach wetlands
By Tom Giambroni – Morning Journal News – November 2, 2013
Two spills involving drilling fluids occurred within a week of each other where a gas transportation pipeline is being laid under wetlands on the County Farm property in Center Township. The spills totaled 25,000 gallons and occurred Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, according to Mike Settles of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, who said the OEPA was advised within hours of each spill by Oklahoma-based Access Midstream, the company installing the pipeline. For full story, click here.
OH: Artificial wetland in Ohio filters runoff, fights algae
By Evan Kreager – Great Lakes Echo – October 17, 2013
Ohio officials have built an artificial wetland to help prevent blooms of toxic algae in Grand Lake St. Marys by filtering runoff from a nearby creek. The Ohio lake located about two and a half hours southwest of Lake Erie has been a hotspot for toxic algal blooms over the past few years. For full story, click here.
OK: Kelly Bostian: Wet summer prevents mudflat seeding to draw ducks
Bu Kelly Bostian – Tulsa World – November 3, 2013
Thousands of shorebirds rose like shimmering clouds under the gray, rainy sky covering the mud flats of northern Kaw Lake on Thursday, rousted by the roar of an airboat piloted by wetlands biologist Alan Stacey of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The aerial acrobatics show was not Stacey's focus, however. He eyed the lush green flats, normally 2,400 acres of head-high Japanese millet planted by the Wildlife Department each August, a buffet bar for migrating waterfowl. For full story, click here.
OR: OSU Report: Climate Change Triggers Increased N.W. Risks
Democrat-Herald – November 8, 2013
The Northwest is facing increased risks from declining forest health, earlier snowmelt and the resulting lower stream flows in the summer and an array of environmental issues along the coast, according to a new climate assessment report. A news release this week from Oregon State University said the report was written by a team of scientists coordinated by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at OSU. It’s the first regional climate assessment since 1999. Both the 1999 report and the 2013 version were produced as part of the U.S. National Climate Assessment. For full story, click here.
PA: Scientists uncover high radioactivity near fracking site in Pennsylvania
By Felicity Carus – Mongabay – October 7, 2013
Scientists have for the first time found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a shale gas waste disposal site that could contaminate drinking water. If the UK follows in the steps of the US "shale gas revolution", it should impose regulations to stop such radioactive buildup, they said. For full story, click here.
SC: Experts Say Bank, Appraiser Breached Duties in Beach First Fraud Lawsuit
By David Wren – The State – November 7, 2013
A pair of expert witnesses testified Wednesday that Beach First National Bank and an appraiser it hired breached their professional standards during a 2007 transaction with state Sen. Ray Cleary, who is suing the bank for fraud related to a $3 million loan his Waterfall Investors 2 corporation received to help develop a 160-acre tract along S.C. 90 near North Myrtle Beach. For full story, click here.
Southeast USA: How climate change will affect the Southeast USA
By Doyle Rice – USA Today – November 12, 2013
The report, titled Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability, Change, Impacts and Vulnerability, is part of the National Climate Assessment, an analysis mandated by Congress as a comprehensive national look at the effects of climate change.
Among the projected impacts of climate change in the Southeast:
- Average annual temperatures are projected to increase through the 21st century. Some areas are expected to warm by as much as 9 degrees.
- Temperatures exceeding 95 degrees are expected to increase across the Southeast, and the number of heat waves is expected to jump by between 97% and 234% through the end of the century.
- Stresses on the water supply are projected to increase significantly over next 3 1/2 decades.
- Average sea-level rise across the Southeast coast is expected to be between 1 and 5 feet by the end of 21st century.
- High-temperature stresses are expected to become more frequent, damaging crops and driving dairy and livestock production north.
- Air quality is projected to decline and pollen counts to rise.
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TX: William McKenzie: North Texas wetlands’ pipeline of hope
By William McKenzie – Dallas News – October 21, 2013 – Opinion
Pelicans and eagles. Bobcats and coyotes. Even a lonesome alligator. They are among the wildlife that roam through giant bulrushes, cattails and the shallow water of a wetlands only 30 minutes southeast of downtown Dallas. The plants and animals make up the habitat of the East Fork Wetlands Project, which stretches across 2,000 acres of the Rosewood Ranch near Seagoville. About a decade ago, the ranch partnered with the North Texas Municipal Water District to put the project on its property. The water district issued about $250 million in bonds to fund its creation. For full opinion, click here.
UT: Climate change likely to affect streams that quench Salt Lake City's thirst
Environmental News Network – November 5, 2013
New research shows that in the Salt Lake City region, for every increased Fahrenheit degree, a significant drop in the annual flow of streams is likely to occur. While the impacts of a temperature increase would vary among the region's watersheds, it is predicted that the stream flow would decline by 1.8 to 6.5 percent for each degree of temperature rise, with an average reduction of 3.8 percent. This drop will also have serious consequences for the city's water supply as some of the creeks and streams will dry up several weeks earlier in the summer and fall. For full story, click here.
UT: UDOT Postpones Final Environmental Statement on Corridor
By Melinda Williams The Davis Clipper – November 7, 2013
After three-plus years of studying proposed routes for the West Davis Corridor, the Utah Department of Transportation is postponing release of the final Environmental Impact Statement until the summer of 2014. The action is in response to an overwhelming number of comments on the route, including scathing comments from area environmentalists opposed to the road, and from federal agencies who weighed in on the road’s proximity to the Farmington Bay Bird Refuge. For full story, click here.
VA: Threat to wetlands could be threat to new U.S. 460
By Dave Forster – The Virginian-Pilot – October 30, 2013
A new 55-mile highway through Western Tidewater could destroy nearly 480 acres of wetlands - more than three times an earlier estimate. If approved, it would be the largest decimation of such habitat permitted in Virginia since the Clean Water Act in 1972, according to an environmental group. For full story, click here.
WV: Hardy County chicken farmers talk about victory over EPA
By Shauna Johnson – Metro News – October 29, 2013
Two Hardy County chicken farmers said they knew they had to stand up against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and fight for all poultry farmers. Last week, U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey ruled that stormwater from the Alt Eight is Enough farm in Hardy County, and sites like it, is not subject to EPA regulation under the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.
WI: Environmental Violations at Duescher Farm Result in $100,000 Settlement
Greenbay Press Gazette – November 6, 2013
As of Sept. 20, Keith A. Duescher, owner of the former Duescher Legendairy Farm in Algoma, paid out a total of $100,000 in fines levied against nearly 10 years of violations on the farm. Wetlands, tributaries and Lake Michigan were subjected to runoff contamination and toxic emissions. For full story, click here.
WI: Delays in Davie lead Ashley Furniture to buy Miss. facility
By Amy Dominello Braun – The Business Journal – October 21, 2013
With construction setbacks and rain delaysaffecting the expansion of Ashley Furniture Industries Inc.'s manufacturing and distribution center in Davie County, the company has purchased a facility in Mississippi, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. A rainy summer, the discovery of four acres of wetlands and costs associated with adhering to new state building codes have lead to delays of the Davie expansion that the company estimates have added $40 million to the initial $80 million price tag. For full story, click here.
WI: DNR's new lead on frac sand shares enforcement strategy
By Jerry Gallagher – WQOW – October 8, 2013
As the frac sand industry expanded in recent years, so did citizen concerns. When they saw a spill in a river or wetlands, they wanted to know, "What ended up in the water?" It's the job of the DNR to get to the bottom of it. For full story, click here.
Scientists Create Their Own Oysters to Help the Chesapeake Bay
By Sarah Polus – Delmarva Now – November 14, 2013
One Maryland lab is using science to artificially create, feed and grow oyster larvae — no bigger than a grain of sand — in order to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. The Horn Point Hatchery, one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, wrapped up its most successful season yet, producing a record number of oyster larvae that have successfully set into a shell. For full story, click here.
Tropical palm oil is much more polluting than IPCC technical committee suggests
Wetlands International – November 14, 2013A controversial report from a technical committee of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is under-estimating the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by palm oil grown on tropical peatlands by nearly 50%, according to NGOs. The low emissions estimate stems from a technical committee on wetlands of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the IPCC which provides scientific advice to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC is meeting this week in Poland. The committee’s recommended emissions factor suggests that palm oil grown on deep drained tropical peatlands emits 40 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare per year. For full press release, click here.
Buried leaves reveal precolonial eastern forests and guide stream restoration
By A’ndrea Elyse Messer – Penn State News – November 13, 2013Sediment behind milldams in Pennsylvania preserved leaves deposited just before European contact that provide a glimpse of the ancient forests, according to a team of geoscientists, who note that neither the forests nor the streams were what they are today.
"Milldams were built from the late 1600s to the late 1800s in Pennsylvania and other parts of the east," said Peter Wilf, professor of geosciences, Penn State. "We can't get information from historic records on what the area looked like before the dams because recording of natural history didn't really begin until the 1730s and was not detailed."
U.S. census shows that by 1840, tens of thousands of milldams existed in the mid-Atlantic region. About 10,000 of these were in Pennsylvania. In Lancaster County, estimates were one dam for every mile of stream. The abundance of dams in the area altered the landscape dramatically, according to the researchers.
"I see a potential modern day benefit for this research," said Sara J. Elliott, recent Penn State master's degree recipient, currently a research scientist associate at University of Texas Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology. "Attempts to restore precontact environments have been unsuccessful when the effects of milldams were not considered. Understanding the past forest makeup may provide a way to help get a successful and useful reconstruction." For full story, click here.
Monitoring of carbon-rich wetlands a focus at UN climate talks
By Barbara Fraser – Thomas Reuters Foundation – November 6, 2013New guidelines for calculating carbon emissions from wetlands will provide a more accurate picture of buried treasure — a massive amount of carbon on a scale that is often underestimated and often unnoticed because it is stored underground, experts say. Tropical wetlands, including palm swamps and mangroves, are important carbon sinks, but as much as 80 percent of that carbon is stored in a submerged layer of peat. Because the depth and extent of the peat layer can vary, it is difficult to measure the volume and calculate the amount of carbon stored there. For full story, click here.
Marine plants provide defense against climate change
PHYS.org – October 31, 2013
Winthrop Professor Carlos Duarte, Director of UWA's Oceans Institute said seagrass, mangrove and salt-march ecosystems ranked among the world's most intense carbon sinks while offering effective coastal defences against climate change, such as the ability to raise the seafloor, dissipate wave energy and prevent flooding. For full story, click here.
Wetlands at Risk from Reproduction of Asian Carp Species
By Pierrot Durand – French Tribune – October 30, 2013
A panel of connoisseurs at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, USGS and BGSU said lately that the species of Asian grass carp might be causing huge threats to basins and wetlands. The Asian grass carps are known to be invasive creatures to the Great Lakes. The reason why these are being suspected to be risking the basins is their possible reproduction in the Sandusky River. For full story, click here.
Nature vs. nature: Is “green infrastructure” the best defense against climate disasters?
By Greg Hanscom – Grist – October 28, 2013
A year ago, Northeasterners were bracing for the worst. On Oct. 27, with Superstorm Sandy pinwheeling up the East Coast, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in all of New Jersey. Mayor Mike Bloomberg ordered 375,000 people to evacuate from low-lying areas of New York City, closing schools and shutting down the subway system. Stretching almost 500 miles across, Sandy had morphed into one of the most powerful storms in history, and it was about to body check greater New York. For full story, click here.
Sea and storm: coastal habitats offer strongest defense
By Liz Kimbrough – ENN – October 14, 2013
Surging storms and rising seas threaten millions of U.S. residents and billions of dollars in property along coastlines. The nation's strongest defense, according to a new study by scientists with the Natural Capital Project at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, comes from natural coastal habitats. For full story, click here.
Reducing Phosphorous In Lakes May Weaken Their Ability to Remove Nitrogen
By Treye Green – International Business Times – October 11, 2013
Attempts to manage algae blooms and improve the water quality of large lakes may cause such bodies of water even more harm, according to new research. Lowering the level of phosphorous in large lakes can in turn hinder the microbial processes that remove nitrogen -- another potentially harmful nutrient present in the water --University of Minnesota researchers reported in a study published online in the journal Science Friday. For full story, click here.
Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For a Fee
By Richard Knox – KPLU – October 4, 2013
Many online journals are ready to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number.
That's the conclusion of an elaborate sting carried out by Science, a leading mainline journal. The result should trouble doctors, patients, policymakers and anyone who has a stake in the integrity of science (and who doesn't?). For full article, click here.
RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS
Importance of Water to the United States Economy
Environmental Protection Agency – November 2013
EPA is releasing a Synthesis Report on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy. This report is intended to help raise the awareness of water’s importance to our national economic welfare, and to summarize information that public and private decision-makers can use to better manage the nation’s water resources. It highlights EPA’s review of the literature and practice on the importance of water to the U.S. economy, identifies key data gaps, and describes the implication of the study’s findings for future research. EPA hopes this report will be a catalyst for a broader discussion about water’s critical role in the U.S. economy. To read more, click here. To download the report, click here.
Managing Water Pollution with Urban Wetlands
By J. Elizabeth Maas and E. Arthur Bettis, III – The Iowa Policy Project – October 30, 2013
Cities and towns often use constructed wetlands to manage water. Many Iowa municipalities are faced with managing not only stormwater generated within their limits, but also water from agricultural sources originating outside their jurisdiction. Managing urban and agricultural runoff, and the pollutants associated with it, provides unique challenges that are often best met with constructed wetlands. In addition to their benefits as stormwater infrastructure, wetlands also offer value-added opportunities for community and ecosystem improvement. They can be attractive community assets for citizens to enjoy. This report provides an overview of how constructed wetlands function, their ecological benefits, regulations related to wetlands, how to build and manage wetlands, and where to look for funding for a constructed wetland. To read more and to download this report, click here.
Great Lakes Restoration Database launched
Contact: Heather Braun – Great Lakes Commission – October 23, 2013
The Great Lakes Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced today the launch of a new online Great Lakes Restoration Database (GLRD), available at habitat.glc.org. The site showcases, in one easy-to-access location, projects implemented under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration Focus Area. To read full announcement, click here.
Storm-Ready Cities How Climate Resilience Boosts Metro Areas and the Economy
By Cathleen Kelly and Arpita Bhattacharyya – Center for American Progress – October 22, 2013
In September 2013—just shy of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy—a catastrophic storm devastated Colorado’s front range, dumping a year’s worth of rain in about 24 hours. Roads in Boulder and nearby towns washed away, eight people were killed, and thousands of people fled; property damages are projected to total $2 billion. To read more and to download report, click here.
IPCC accepts two methodology reports
Environmental Research Web – October 21, 2013
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has accepted two new Methodology Reports prepared by its Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI). The two reports – the 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands (Wetlands Supplement) and the 2013 Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance Arising from the Kyoto Protocol (KP Supplement) – were accepted at the IPCC’s 37th Session, held in Batumi, Georgia, on 14-18 October 2013. For full story, click here.
Scientists Release ‘Climate Change Reconsidered’
By Jim Lakely – Heartland News – October 12, 2013
The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) released a major new report on climate change science produced by an international team of 40 scientists at a press conference on Sept. 17, 2013, at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. The new report, titled Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science, challenges what its authors say are the overly alarmist reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which released its most recent report on September 30, 2013. For full story, click here. To download report, click here.
Importance of Waters and Wetlands Documented in New EPA Report
AmmoLand – October 11, 2013
A recently released report by the Environmental Protection Agency fairly and accurately documents the connectivity of wetlands and streams to downstream waters, according to a panel of prominent aquatic scientists who discussed the report’s findings in a conference call today.
These wetlands and streams support a range of fish and wildlife species as well as sportsmen’s ability to access high-quality hunting and fishing opportunities.
Titled “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters,” the EPA report will guide development of a soon-to-be-release rule clarifying the federal Clean Water Act’s role in safeguarding the so-called “waters of the United States.” According to the EPA, the report represents the state of the science on the connectivity of waters in the United States. According to sportsmen, the report and related rulemaking play a key role in conserving the streams and wetlands important to all Americans, especially hunters and anglers. For full story, click here. To download report, click here.
Interactive Tools for Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation
By Zach Ferdaña – Cool Green Science – October 9, 2013
Coastal Resilience 2.0 is a suite of tools that help visualize risks to coastal communities and habitats, and help decision makers reduce and mitigate the risks from storms and other hazards like coastal erosion and flooding. The tools allow users to interactively examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources, and economic assets and to develop solutions for risk reduction and restoration. For full blog post, click here.
New finding shows climate change can happen in a geological instant
By Ken Branson – Phys.org – October 7, 2013
"Rapid" and "instantaneous" are words geologists don't use very often. But Rutgers geologists use these exact terms to describe a climate shift that occurred 55 million years ago. In a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Morgan Schaller and James Wright contend that following a doubling in carbon dioxide levels, the surface of the ocean turned acidic over a period of weeks or months and global temperatures rose by 5 degrees centigrade – all in the space of about 13 years. Scientists previously thought this process happened over 10,000 years. For full story, click here.
Natural Infrastructure Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States
By Todd Gartner, et al. – World Resources Institute – October 2013
Aging water infrastructure, increasing demand, continued land use change, and increasingly extreme weather events are driving the costs of water management higher in the United States. Investing in integrated water management strategies that combine engineered solutions with "natural infrastructure" can reduce costs, enhance services, and provide a suite of co-benefits for communities and the environment. This publication offers comprehensive guidance on the economics, science, partnerships, and finance mechanisms underlying successful efforts to secure the water-related functions of networks of forests and other ecosystems. To download the report, Natural Infrastructure Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States, click here.
MA: Ebb&Flow #17: An electronic newsletter from the Mass. Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER)
Ebb&Flow – October 2013
We say it often, but can’t say it enough – partnerships are what make projects happen. Here in Massachusetts we are fortunate to have such a strong and diverse cadre of organizations working together to protect and restore our environment, and to connect people to their rich natural heritage. The dedication and contributions of all our partners – often coordinated by our talented staff – greatly leverages DER’s modest capacity to achieve restoration results. To view newsletter (PDF), click here.
Report Posted on Reporting Under Sections 303(d) and 305(d) of Clean Water Act
Environmental Protection Agency – September 27, 2013
EPA recently released the final report on "Reducing Reporting Burden under Sections 303(d) and 305(b) of the Clean Water Act." The primary driver for this effort was a request by a number of states for EPA to evaluate whether a change in the length of the reporting cycle from two years to four or five years would reduce state burden. EPA had a series of meetings with state partners to discuss this issue. During the discussions with the states, EPA requested state input on a series of questions, including how a change in the length of the reporting cycle would help or not help alleviate state burden. The majority of States recommended that EPA not change the length of the reporting cycle. To read more, click here. To download report, click here.
Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans
Climate Ready Estuaries – September 19, 2013
This draft workbook is available for public involvement and peer input. Per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Peer Review Handbook, 3 ed.— "Many Agency work products are developed with the input of various scientific and technical experts inside and outside the Agency. Like the contribution made by peer reviewers, peer input is valuable and enhances the scientific or technical basis of the products. Peer input, sometimes referred to as peer consultation, generally connotes an interaction during the development of an evolving Agency work product, providing an open exchange of data, insights, and ideas." To download report, click here.
“Treading Water: How States Can Minimize the Impact of Power Plants on Aquatic Life,”
Grace Communications Foundation – September 2013
The power industry uses more water than any other sector of the US economy. Nearly all of this water is used for once-through cooling, an outdated process that uses enormous volumes of water and discharges it back into the environment at an alarmingly elevated temperature. In the process those cooling systems kill and injure much of the aquatic life near the intake pipe and the heated discharge water alters surrounding ecosystems, compounding the damage.
A new report, "Treading Water: How States Can Minimize the Impact of Power Plants on Aquatic Life," (executive summary available here) released by GRACE Communications Foundation in partnership with a coalition of regional and national environmental groups, underscores the need for states to ramp up their protections for the water and aquatic life that existing electric generating power plants withdraw from and discharge into lakes, rivers, harbors and estuaries.
For full story and to download report, click here.
Ocean Warming and the Insurance Industry
The Geneva Association – June 2013
The report “Warming of the Oceans and Implications for the (Re)insurance Industry” released by the Geneva Association addresses ocean warming and its implications for the insurance industry. To read more and to download report, click here.
Native Seed: An Introduction to Income Opportunities from Native Seed Gathered from Small Private Forestlands in the Pacific Northwest
By Eric T. Jones and Lita Buttolph – Nontimber Forest Product Resources – November 2012
Introductory factsheet looking at income opportunities for small forestland owners from native seed harvesting and processing to be used in restoration and landscaping industries and other markets. To view factsheet, click here.
Ontario’s Forests and Forestry in a Changing Climate
S. J. Colombo – Government of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources – 2008
This report updates a review of literature about the effects of global climate change on forest plants and communities published ten years ago (Forest Research Information Paper No. 143). Since the previous review, evidence of environmental changes caused by elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and its potential effects on global climate has strengthened considerably, to the point that there are reports that the effects of climate change are already being observed. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that rates of greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase due to fossil fuel burning and deforestation. Based on a less-than-worst-case scenario, the IPCC “A2” scenario, and modeled using the Canadian Global Climate Model (CGCM2), increased atmospheric CO2 is projected to increase average summer temperatures in Ontario between 3°C and 6°C by 2070, with the largest increases in the far north but with heavily populated parts of the province warming by 4°C to 5°C. Growing season precipitation is predicted to increase only slightly (<10%) in much of Ontario, and to decrease in southern and northwestern Ontario. Projected increases in summer temperatures with no or little increase in precipitation would increase the frequency and severity of drought by elevating evapotranspiration. To download report, click here.
Lloyd's of London report on Climate change
Lloyd’s – June 2006
A report on the issues and impact of climate change prepared and published by Lloyd's as part of its 360 Risk Project. To download report, click here.
Oldest Body Seawater Discovered Under Chesapeake Bay
By Benita Matilda – Science World Report – November 14, 2013
A team of scientists have discovered in what could be the oldest body of seawater in the Chesapeake Bay. The ancient seawater is about 100-145 million years old. Nearly 1,000 meters deep under the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, scientists have discovered the high salinity groundwater that is actually water from the Early Cretaceous North Atlantic Sea. Dating some 100-145 millions years, the discovery of the ancient seawater makes it the oldest sizeable body of seawater worldwide. For full article, click here.
Major Wetland Restoration Completed
Times-Standard North Coast Life – November 11, 2013
Late in the night of Sept. 26, Humboldt Bay waters flowed freely into a tidal estuary and marsh at McDaniel Slough for the first time in decades. Under the bright glare of construction lights, a large Nehalem Marine Manufacturing excavator scooped the last bite out of an earthen levee and pulled up the failing tide gates. The event, timed to coincide with low tide, is a milestone in an effort to recreate connected, diverse wetland habitats stretching from upland forests, through streams, brackish tidal marshes, to the salt water of Humboldt Bay. For full story, click here.
Healthy soil: The basis for a strong economy and wholesome environment
PHYS.org – October 30, 2013
Soil not only holds environmental and agricultural importance; it is vital to ensuring the growth of a healthy economy. This is why an EU-funded project aims to show how successful regenerative agricultural practices for preventing soil degradation can make a significant difference. Indeed, soil has only recently been recognised as a crucial filter and buffer to contaminants, allowing us to have clean drinking water. It also acts as a pool of biodiversity, and as a sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide. For full story, click here.
BP oil spill: Ex-Halliburton manager pleads guilty to destroying evidence
The Guardian – October 15, 2013
A former Halliburton manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to destroying evidence in the aftermath of the deadly rig explosion that spawned BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea in US district court to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. His sentencing by US district judge Jay Zainey is set for 21 January. Badalamenti was the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services Group, BP's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Prosecutors said he instructed two Halliburton employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP's blown-out Macondo well. For full story, click here.
At BP oil spill trial, Justice Department witnesses bolster larger spill number
By Mark Schleifstein – Noal.com The Times-Picayume Greater New Orleans – October 8, 2013
The parade of witnesses aimed at bolstering the federal government's argument that 4.2 million barrels of oil spilled from BP's Macondo well in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disastercontinued in federal court on Tuesday, amid signs that the trial portion of the case could end earlier than expected. For full story, click here.
Field Guide to Colorado's Wetland Plants Identification, Ecology and Conservation
By Denise R. Culver and Joanna M. Lemly – Colorado Natural Heritage Program – 2013
This guide will allow professionals and amateurs alike to identify most vascular plant species they are likely to encounter in Colorado’s wetlands. The primary goal is to combine currently available wetland information into an easy-to-use resource to not only identify wetland plants, but to apply that knowledge towards proactive conservation and protection of one of Colorado’s most valuable resources. The Guide not only assists with identifying a wetland plant, but information on its wetland indicator status, classification, conservation status, rarity, and ecology. For more information and to order the Field Guide, click here.
Stream Functions Pyramid Workshop
This course is for individuals involved in stream assessment and restoration/mitigation projects and provides a framework for assessing stream functions. Participants will learn that stream functions follow a hierarchical structure, which has been organized by the following categories: hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, physicochemical and biology. The course starts with lectures and exercises on stream functions following the Pyramid Framework and then moves into applications. This course will be held on Tuesday December 10, 2013 to December 13, 2013 in Cary, North Carolina. For more information, click here.
Blog: Map Shows County-by-County Data on Drinking Water from Seasonal and Rain-Dependent Streams
By Nancy Stoner – EPA Connect – October 29, 2013
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Well, this picture tells the story of a much higher number - 117 million.
EPA has used the National Hydrography Dataset to create a county-by-county map of the percent of the population that receives at least some of its drinking water from streams that are seasonal, rain-dependent or headwaters. It's easy to tell upon first glance just how incredibly important these streams are for drinking water across the nation. Clicking on a specific county can tell the local story. This is where we get to the number: at least 117 million Americans get drinking water from these streams. For full blog post, click here. To view map, click here.
A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools
By Eric Sweeney, et al. – Environmental Law Institute – 2013
ELI published A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools (2013), to provide states, tribes, and local governments with information about the range of tools used by wetland programs across the country. This page and its related supporting materials are derived from the handbook. Our research draws from interviews and the review of available documentation for 30 wetland and stream programs, comprising a total of 115 prioritization tools. We identified and analyzed the four categories of tools and programs that are designed to prioritize wetland and stream restoration and protection sites. For more information and to download the handbook, click here.
Gulf Oil Spill
Ocean Portal Smithsonian Institution
The Gulf oil spill is recognized as the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Within days of the April 20, 2010 explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people, remote underwater cameras revealed the BP pipe was leaking oil and gas on the ocean floor about 42 miles off the coast of Louisiana. By the time the well was capped on July 15, 2010 (87 days later), an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil had leaked into the Gulf. For more information, click here.
Webinar: Understanding the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow Depletion through USGS Capture Maps
November 20, 2013. The U.S. Geological Survey will hold a webinar on Understanding the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow Depletion through USGS Capture Maps from 12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, click here.
Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers Annual Conference
November 20-22, 2013. Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers (MnAFPM) 2013 Annual Conference will be held in Austin, Minnesota. For more information, click here.
Course: Problem and Atypical Wetland Delineation – Piedmont
December 2-3, 2013. Duncan & Duncan is offering a course on Problem and Atypical Wetland Delineation - Piedmont on December 2-3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, click here. For a complete list of wetland courses for 2013, click here. This course will also be held on April 8-9, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina and on December 4-5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Course: Wetland Delineation Training
December 2-5, 2013. Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. will hold a course on Wetland Delineation Training in Houston, Texas. For more information, click here.
Webinar: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change: Rio Tinto
December 4, 2013. Building Business Resilience to Climate Change: Rio Tinto will be held on December 4, 2013 from 2:00 p.m.-3:-00 p.m. EDT. To register, click here. For more information, click here.
2013 Annual Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference
December 5, 2013. The 2013 Annual Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference: Conserving Maryland's High Quality Waters - From Monitoring to Action will be held at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland. For more information, click here.
Ohio Wetlands Summit 2013
December 7, 2013. The Ohio Wetlands Association will hold their 2nd Wetlands Summit at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus from 8:15 to 2:30. Pre-summit committee meetings will be held at the same location Friday afternoon on December 6th. The deadline for early registration is November 27th, 2013. The cost is $40 and includes lunch and a year's membership to Ohio Wetlands Association. For more information, click here.
Great Basin Consortium Conference
December 9-11, 2013. The Great Basin Consortium Conference will be held at the Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada. Information will be available here.
Webinar: NCCWSC Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series
December 10, 2013. Avian Conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, Northern Great Plains: Understanding the Links Between Climate, Ecosystem Processes, Wetland Management, and Bird Communities, 3:00 p.m. EST. For more information on this and previous webinars, click here
Congress on Coastal Resilience and Risk
December 11-12, 2013. Congress on Coastal Resilience and Risk will be held at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland. For more information and to register, click here.
Webinar: Assessing Habitat and Community Sensitivity to Climate Change Impacts
December 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This webinar on Assessing Habitat and Community Sensitivity to Climate Change Impacts is co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, OpenChannels.org, MPA News, EcoAdapt/CAKE, and the EBM Tools Network. For more information and to register, click here.
Course: Treatment Wetlands
December 12-14, 2013. This course on Treatment Wetlands will be held in Naples, Florida and introduces the basics of using wetlands for improving water quality, particularly for treating domestic wastewater, non-point source pollution, and stormwater runoff. For more information, click here.
Course: Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training
January 9, 2014. Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc. will hold a course on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation in Jackson, Mississippi. For this and other course schedules, click here.
Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference
January 17-18, 2014. The Stewardship Network will hold the 2014 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems conference in East Lansing, Michigan. For more information, click here.
Webinar: Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Face of Climate Change in North Carolina and Hawaii
January 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This webinar is co-hosted by OpenChannels.org and EcoAdapt/CAKE. Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Face of Climate Change in North Carolina and Hawaii. For more information and to register for this webinar, click here.
2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference
January 26-29, 2014. The 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference will be held in Mobile, Alabama. For more information, click here.
Delaware Wetlands Conference 2014
January 30, 2014. Delaware Wetlands Conference 2014: Conserving Wetland Resources through Science and Education will be held at the Dover Downs Hotel in Dover, Delaware. For more information, click here.
Society for Range Management's 67th Annual International Meeting
February 8-13, 2014. This year's 67th Society for Range Management Annual International Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show will be held in Orlando, Florida. The theme for the meeting is “From Dusty Trails to Waning Wetlands” to bring drought and water management, a problem we are all so familiar with, to the forefront of the meeting. The Society for Range Management affirms that consideration of biological diversity is important and appropriate when developing land management objectives. The Society advocates research, education, and development of management technologies regarding the role of biological diversity in rangeland ecosystems. For more information and to register, click here.
13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
February 13-15, 2014. The 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado. The theme of the conference is Building Safe, Healthy Equitable and Prosperous Communities. For more information, click here.
Wisconsin Wetlands Association 19th Annual Wetland Conference
February 18-20, 2014. Wisconsin Wetlands Association 19th Annual Wetlands Conference will be held on the banks of the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.
Course: Endangered Species Act Overview
February 20, 2014. Duncan & Duncan will hold a course on Endangered Species Act Overview in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, click here. For a list of other courses, click here. This course will also be held on July 21, 2014 and December 12, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
2014 Climate Leadership Conference
February 24-26, 2014. The 2014 Climate Leadership Conference will be held in San Diego, California. For more information, click here.
Course: Basic Wetland Delineation
March 3-7, 2014. Duncan & Duncan will hold a course on Basic Wetland Delineation in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, click here. This course will also be held on June 9-13, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina and on October 6-10, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. For a list of other courses offered, click here.
Course: Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species (Section 7)
March 13-14, 2014. Duncan & Duncan will hold a course on Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species (Section 7) in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, click here. This course will also be held on April 30-May 1, 2014 and on October 29-30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. For a list of other courses, click here.
2014 Annual Land Use Conference
March 13-14, 2014. The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law will hold their 2014 Annual Conference on Moving Beyond Recession: What’s Next? The conference will be held at the University of Denver campus in Denver, Colorado. For more information, click here.
Biodiversity responses to climate change: perspectives from the southeastern US
March 14-15, 2014. The Center for Biodiversity and the Department of Biology at East Carolina University will hold a symposium entitled "Biodiversity responses to climate change: perspectives from the southeastern US" that is scheduled to take place at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. For more information, click here.
State of the Coast Conference, New Orleans, LA
March 18-20, 2014. The 3rd Biennial State of the Coast Conference will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, click here.
Call For Papers - NWSA 2014 Conference
March 26-29, 2014. The 85th Annual Conference of the Northwest Scientific Association will be held at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. The theme of this conference is The Future of Forests & Forest Management: Change, Uncertainty, & Adaptation. For more information, click here. For more information on submitting an abstract by December 31, 2013, click here.
25th Annual Northeastern Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
April 29-30, 2014. The NEIWPCC and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will host the 25th Annual Northeastern Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference at the Newport Harbor Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. For more information and to see presentations from previous years, please click here.
2014 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference
May 12-14, 2014. The 2014 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference on GIS and Water Resources VIII will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, click here.
RAE's 7th National Conference – Call for Proposals
November 1-5, 2014. Restore America's Estuaries and The Coastal Society will hold the 7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration and 24th Biennial Meeting of The Coastal Society at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The theme of this summit is Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience. For more information, click here. Call for proposals deadline is February 28, 2014.
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