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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.



Federal flood insurance is underwater, too
Monday, 05 November 2012 00:00

Editorial – The Washington Post – November 2, 2012

To the death and destruction left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake, add this concern: One of the federal government’s key programs for coping with such disaster is itself underwater. We refer to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which protects 5.6 million customers in 21,000 communities across the country — both coastal and inland — against losses from inundation. The NFIP has $1.25 trillion of coverage in force, of which just under half is in seaside areas such as the Jersey Shore. In fact, there are a quarter-million policyholders in New Jersey, insured up to $350,000 each for homes and $1 million for businesses. At the moment, the NFIP has access to about $4 billion, plus a $20.8 billion credit line with the U.S. Treasury — of which it has already borrowed $18 billion. For full story, click here.

 
Hurricane Sandy's lessons learned reminiscent of Isaac, experts say
Friday, 02 November 2012 16:16

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.

 
New York Times Debate: Should New York Build Sea Gates?
Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

The New York Times – November 1, 2012

In September, The Times reported that New York City might be “moving too slowly to address the potential for flooding that could paralyze transportation, cripple the low-lying financial district and temporarily drive hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.” For full story, click here.

 
How Does Climate Change Make Superstorms Like Sandy More Destructive?
Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

By Joseph Romm – The Energy Collective – November 1, 2012

Remember, climate scientists and others have for quite some time been warning New York City that climate change was dramatically increasing the odds of a devastating storm surge — see Greg Laden’s post, “Peer Reviewed Research Predicted NYC Subway Flooding by #Sandy.” See also today’s NY Times story, “For Years, Warnings That It Could Happen Here.” Also a brand new study of storm surges since 1923 finds “that Katrina-magnitude events have been twice as frequent in warm years compared with cold years” — so more severe surges are on the way. For full story, click here.

 
How Global Warming Made Hurricane Sandy Worse
Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

By Andrew Freedman –  Climate Central – November 1, 2012

As officials begin the arduous task of pumping corrosive seawater out of New York City’s subway system and try to restore power to lower Manhattan, and residents of the New Jersey Shore begin to take stock of the destruction, experts and political leaders are asking what Hurricane Sandy had to do with climate change. After all, the storm struck a region that has been hit hard by several rare extreme weather events in recent years, from Hurricane Ireneto “Snowtober.” For full story, click here.

 
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