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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.



As Coasts Rebuild and U.S. Pays, Repeatedly, the Critics Ask Why
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 19:00

By Justin Gillis and Felicity Barringer – The New York Times – November 18, 2012

Even in the off season, the pastel beach houses lining a skinny strip of sand here are a testament to the good life. They are also a monument to the generosity of the federal government. The western end of this Gulf Coast island has proved to be one of the most hazardous places in the country for waterfront property. Since 1979, nearly a dozen hurricanes and large storms have rolled in and knocked down houses, chewed up sewers and water pipes and hurled sand onto the roads. For full story, click here.

 
Sandy’s damage to wildlife refuges adds to questions on federal spending
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

By Darryl Fears – The Washington Post – November 18, 2012

An eerie sight greeted Scott Kahan recently when he toured the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge near Atlantic City by helicopter: a giant bird sanctuary with almost no birds. “Typically I would have seen tens of thousands of waterfowl,” but there were only a few dozen, said Kahan, the Northeast regional chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For full story, click here.

 
As Coasts Rebuild and U.S. Pays, Repeatedly, the Critics Ask Why
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

By Justin Gillis and Felicity Barringer – The New York Times – November 18, 2012

Even in the off season, the pastel beach houses lining a skinny strip of sand here are a testament to the good life. They are also a monument to the generosity of the federal government. The western end of this Gulf Coast island has proved to be one of the most hazardous places in the country for waterfront property. Since 1979, nearly a dozen hurricanes and large storms have rolled in and knocked down houses, chewed up sewers and water pipes and hurled sand onto the roads. For full story, click here.

 
Use of Biological Assessment in State Water Programs: Focus on Nutrients
Monday, 19 November 2012 17:01

Association of Clean Water Administrators – October 2012

The Association of Clean Water Administrators has published a report of how biological assessments are used by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Delaware River Basin Commission.  The report focuses specifically on how the states use biological assessment to address nutrients in state water programs.  This is a reference document and does not provide a comprehensive description of each state's biological assessment program. The document is available on the Association of Clean Water Administrator's website, click here.

 
Draft Program: State Septic Programs, Water Quality
Monday, 19 November 2012 16:54

EPA is releasing a draft Model Program for Onsite Programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for public comment. The draft provides technical information regarding the elements of a model program for onsite wastewater treatment systems that incorporates key recommendations for the effective and efficient management of onsite nitrogen treatment systems. The document is part of EPA’s effort to collaborate with state and local partners in promoting nitrogen reductions from onsite systems in support of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

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