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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.



USGS Environmental Health Science Plan Seeks Comments
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:58

USGS

In  2007 USGS  identified The Role of the Environment and Wildlife in Human Health as a strategic focus through which USGS “can make substantial contributions to the well-being of the Nation”.  In 2010, the USGS established a new Environmental Health Mission Area. This new organizational construct is the catalyst for the development of a USGS Environmental Health Science Strategy. This Strategy  will shape the agency’s health related priorities and activities for the next decade.The USGS Environmental Health Strategic Science Plan is open for public comment until September 1, 2012. To read more or to offer comments, click here.

 
Draft Revisions to Wetland Mitigation Procedures; Request for Comments
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:28

Federal Register – August 7, 2012

The staff of the Office of Energy Projects is revising its Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation, and Maintenance Plan (Plan) and Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures (Procedures), last updated January 17, 2003. In accordance with Order 603,[FN1] the staff is asking for comments on the draft revisions from the natural gas industry, federal, state and local agencies, environmental consultants, inspectors, construction contractors, and other interested parties with special expertise with respect to environmental issues commonly associated with pipeline projects. Please note that this comment period will close on October 9, 2012. To read full notice, click here. To download Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures, January 2003, click here.

 
New report on mangroves reducing wind waves
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 12:50

New report is available on Reduction of wind and swell waves by mangroves, published by The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International as part of the Natural Coastal Protection project and the Mangrove Capital project. Coastal populations are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of extreme events such as storms and hurricanes, and these pressures may be exacerbated through the influence of climate change and sea level rise. Coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests are increasingly being promoted and used as a tool in coastal defence strategies. There remains, however, a pressing need to better understand the roles that ecosystems can play in defending coasts. This report focuses on mangrove forests and the role they can play in reducing wind and swell waves. While mangrove forests are usually found on shores with little incoming wave energy, they may receive larger waves during storms, hurricanes and periods of high winds. Large wind and swell waves can cause flooding and damage to coastal infrastructure. By reducing wave energy and height, mangroves can potentially reduce associated damage. To read more and to download the full report, click here.


 
In Virginia, Encroaching Seas Pit Parking against Preservation
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 00:41

By Jennifer Weeks and Daily Climate – Scientific American – August 22, 2012

A sign at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visitor center here states a simple motto: "Where Wildlife Comes First." But many visitors never see the sign, or much wildlife. Cars stream past the center on hot summer days, headed for a mile-long public beach at the refuge's southern end. The prime goals are sand, surf, and a parking spot close to the water. For full story, click here.

 
Farm Bill, Drought Relief Both Fail As Congress Starts Recess
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:53

RTT News – August 3, 2012

Congress took a half-step toward drought relief for U.S. farmers on Thursday before finally failing on the issue on the eve of a five-week recess. The House of Representatives passed an emergency drought-relief bill for the country - and particularly the hard-hit states of the Midwest - but the Senate declined to take up the bill until it is considered as part of the overall federal farm bill in September. For full story, click here.

 
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