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.

Postdoc: Conservation Biology and Community Ecology, Univ. of Tennessee

Funding is available for a post-doctoral research associate to join an interdisciplinary project being managed by Paul Armswort at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Dr. Jim Sanchirico at University of California, Davis. This is an unusual opportunity for an individual to join a highly interdisciplinary research team on a project that involves extensive collaboration with conservation practitioners. The successful candidate will help to evaluate the ecological benefits provided by a sample of protected areas in California. Key responsibilities will include surveying plant communities on protected sites, analyzing GIS data on protected area characteristics, and statistical analyses of the data in an effort to understand the effectiveness of protected areas. For more information, click here. Apply by October 31, 2014.

Activists: More Flood Protection Needed in Iowa

By Mike Glover – Claims Journal

Environmental advocates and Iowa state and city officials are urging the state to expand wetlands and flood plain protections, arguing that the changing climate is increasing the danger of flooding. "Flooding across the state is becoming a growing threat due to changes in land use and as rivers are increasingly cut off from their flood plains," said Mark Tercek, president of the Nature Conservancy. Iowa is in a crucial spot because of both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, he said. The Missouri River drains roughly one-sixth of the United States, while the Mississippi River empties directly into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Gulf Coast restoration delayed is justice denied

By Paul Harrison – The Hill’s Congress Blog

The national news media — obsessed with the upcoming election — missed a significant news story two weeks ago: President Obama signed an executive order to create a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force that is a key first step to fulfilling his promise to restore the Gulf of Mexico and to make it even better than it was before the BP Macondo well exploded six months ago, on Apr. 20. What exactly does “better than it was before” mean?

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