News

ASWM has been a valuable source for wetland-related news for over 10 years. It publishes the monthly "Wetland Breaking News," which is widely read as a national publication. News items are also posted under major topic categories, for example, climate change, Gulf oil spill, state wetland program news and job postings. These can be found in the drop-down menu below "News," or select a news topic from the list below, then select a news article to read. In Wetland Breaking Newsaddition to publishing WBN, the Association also offers original content with announcements, legal analysis, quirky wetland stories and more on its weekly blog, The Compleat Wetlander.

Undefeated: The Gulf Coast 6 Months After the Blowout

By Jerry Cope – Huffington Post

The response by both BP and the federal government to the blowout made a bad situation exponentially worse. Inexplicably, despite causing the largest environmental disaster in the history of our nation, the government decided to let BP dictate how to deal with the situation. Every responsible federal agency including the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of the Interior (DOI), and National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration ( NOAA) was placed at BP's disposal and instructed to cooperate. On the few occasions where an agency director moved to rein BP in, such as Lisa Jackson's attempt to halt the use of the highly toxic Nalco Corexit dispersant, the Obama administration moved decisively to support BP without regard for the health and welfare of the American public or the environmental consequences. The Coast Guard, using C130s, deployed an unprecedented amount of Corexit over the Gulf, at least 1.8 million gallons. BP also deployed Corexit deep underwater at the Source, which had never been done before with entirely unknown impacts. Not a single NATO ally nation allows the use of dispersants (much less Corexit) in response to an oil spill except as a last resort and then exceptions are granted only after formal consideration.

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Tennessee


TN: UT college students build wetland in urban area

RFD TV – May 5, 2014

TN: Eagleton Middle School gets wetland learning area

By Matthew Stewart – Daily Times – February 25, 2013

TN: Program lets land along Mississippi River return to nature
By Tom Charlier – The Commercial Appeal – November 17, 2012

Tennessee Highway Agency Settles Major Wetland Suit
The Chattanoogan – May 21, 2012

TN: Opinion: Ag Policies can Help Farmers and Wildlife 
By Lara Bryant – Memphis Commercial Appeal – May 4, 2012

TN: Public says to rebuild Birds Point levee quickly, close 1,500-foot gap
By Scott Moyers – Southeast Missourian – March 27, 2012

Offsetting Emissions: Wetland Plants Counter Carbon

By Mary Silver – Epoch Times – July 27, 2013

A 19-year Smithsonian study of wetland plants and carbon dioxide offers new hope about the planet’s resilience. When carbon dioxide levels rise, wetland plants absorb much more carbon than when levels are low, according to a study published in the journal Global Change Biology from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md. The study’s findings suggest that wetlands will protect the earth from global warming—a runaway phenomenon, as projected by some studies. For full story, click here.