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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.

Do We Really Need FEMA?
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

The New York Times –  October 30, 2012

With the Northeast contemplating the huge response that will be needed to recover from Hurricane Sandy, there’s been a bit of a fuss over Gov. Mitt Romney’s suggestion, during a Republican primary debate last year, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s responsibilities be given to the states and private companies. He acknowledged a need for FEMA on Tuesday, but his position last year was not unique. For full story, click here.

For Years, Warnings That It Could Happen Here
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

By David W. Chen and Mireya Navarro – The New York Times  – October 30, 2012

The warnings came, again and again. For nearly a decade, scientists have told city and state officials that New York faces certain peril: rising sea levels, more frequent flooding and extreme weather patterns. The alarm bells grew louder after Tropical Storm Irene last year, when the city shut down its subway system and water rushed into the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan. For full story, click here.

Hurricane Sandy's lessons learned reminiscent of Isaac, experts say
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

By Mark Schleifstein – Nola.com – October 30, 2012

Devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy's storm surge, winds and rainfall are reminiscent of damage caused in the New Orleans area in August by Hurricane Isaac-- except for the blizzard conditions in West Virginia. As emergency preparedness experts begin to evaluate what can be learned from the hybrid tropical and cold weather system, the big lesson may be one the Gulf Coast region has been learning on and off since 2005. For full story, click here.

In the Spotlight: Link crop insurance to conservation compliance
Monday, 29 October 2012 18:07

pjstart.com – October 28, 2012

There may be a serious flaw that has ominous ramifications to the environment if not addressed in the next farm bill - namely, not having crop insurance linked to conservation requirements. Currently "conservation compliance" is where farmers agree, in exchange for taxpayer-provided subsidies, to implement a conservation plan when farming highly erodible lands and to refrain from draining wetlands. "Conservation compliance" is linked to all major farm subsidies except crop insurance, which is cheaper than farm disaster payments paid to farmers. The U.S. government underwrites crop insurance by subsidizing, on average, 60 percent of the farmer's premium now with your tax dollars. For full story, click here.

Hurricane Sandy poses environmental threat to Chesapeake Bay
Monday, 29 October 2012 16:41

By Darryl Fears –The Washington Post – October 27, 2012

More than a hundred million tons of dirty sediment mixed with tree limbs and junk float behind the Conowingo Dam, and Hurricane Sandy, a giant faucet nicknamed “Frankenstorm,” could send it pouring into the Chesapeake Bay.  This is just one of the potentially devastating environmental scenarios biologists are fearing as Sandy churns up the Atlantic coast. In the Hampton Roads area that includes Norfolk — where the earth is sinking and the sea level is rising, a potential storm-water flooding nightmare — officials are hoping that meteorologists are correct in their prediction that the storm will pass them by. For full story, click here.

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