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.

Association of State Floodplain Managers – June 2013

Small encroachments into a floodplain in and of themselves may have a negligible impact on flood elevations. However, the combined, incremental effects of human activity, referred to as cumulative impacts, can cause significant increases in flooding. The National Flood Insurance Program attempts to address the cumulative impacts of encroachments into the floodplain through the use of a regulatory floodway. Federal minimum standards allow floodways to be developed based on the concept of allowing some encroachments but limiting the increase in flood elevations caused by these encroachments to one foot. For the full report, The Floodway Encroachment Standard: Minimizing Cumulative Adverse Impacts, click here.

Hazen and Sawyer is seeking a motivated, entry level candidate to join their water resources group in their Raleigh, North Carolina office. An educational background in stream and wetland science and/or water resources engineering is required. This position would include the opportunity to participate in field analysis and design of stream and wetland projects within the Mid-Atlantic area. Ability to travel with limited overnight stays and completion of outdoor fieldwork is a requirement of the position. In addition to education in ecosystem restoration, experience with AutoCAD, GIS and report preparation is preferred. For more information, click here.

NOAA – March 26, 2013

In partnership with State and Tribal agencies, the Obama Administration released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them. This Strategy was developed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Council on Environmental Quality, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Developed in response to a request by Congress, the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is the product of extensive national dialogue that spanned nearly two years and was shaped by comments from more than 55,000 Americans. For full news release, click here. To view Strategy website, click here.

Jump to sections of the Strategy that address wetlands (linked below):

Inland Water Ecosystems

Tundra Ecosystems

Coastal Ecosystems

Grassland Ecosystems (includes Prairie Potholes, emergent wetlands, agricultural wetlands)

Shrubland Ecosystems (wet meadows, sage meadows, ephemeral wetlands, riparian wetlands)

Forested Ecosystems

Marine Ecosystems (includes estuarine wetlands)

Strategy Fact Sheet (highlights)