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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.

The UCAR COMET Program Announces Climate Modules
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 17:50

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR) COMET Program announces the publication of three short web-based modules relating to the impacts of climate change: Climate Change and Regional Impacts, Climate Change and Extreme Weather, and Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.  The Climate Change and Regional Impacts module provides an overview of the different effects climate change has produced in different regions of the United States. In addition, the module presents information on how climate scientists use specialized models and statistical techniques to estimate how regional climates are likely to change in the future and what those projections currently are.  The Climate Change and Extreme Weather module discusses how a changing climate can also lead to changes in local extreme weather events. The role of natural variability is also explained, and the module discusses what changes scientists think are likely if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.  Finally, the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise module looks at how increasing temperatures due to climate change have affected sea level rise and what effects scientists expect in the future, given rising greenhouse gas emissions. The various mechanisms of sea level rise are discussed, as well as the tools and research used to study this topic. The module also discusses how countries and communities are preparing for future increases.  These modules may be of interest to broadcast meteorologists, operational forecasters, and the general public interested in climate change. For more information, click here.

EPA Releases BASINS and WEPP Climate Assessment Tools (CAT)
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 17:44

Case Study Guide to Potential Applications (Final Report)
EPA and partners have developed two water and climate assessment modeling tools, the Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Non-point Sources (BASINS) and the Water Erosion Prediction Project Climate Assessment Tool (WEPPCAT), that facilitate application of existing simulation models for conducting scenario-based assessments of potential climate change effects on streamflow and water quality. The report presents a series of short case studies using the BASINS and WEPP tools. The case studies are designed to illustrate the capabilities of these tools for conducting scenario-based assessments of the potential effects of climate, land use, and management change on water resources. This report is of interest to modeling professionals including water and watershed managers, urban or regional planners, government officials, and scientists and engineers interested in using the BASINS or WEPP water models to assess the potential implications of climate change on water resources. For more information, click here.

Webinar September 25: The link between the Farm Bill and a healthy Mississippi River
Sunday, 16 September 2012 00:00

Contact: Amy Sauer – September 18, 2012

The Mississippi River Network and the National Wildlife Federation will host the one hour briefing on The Link between the Farm Bill and a healthy Mississippi River on September 25 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. In just two years, the agricultural community has faced the extremes of historic Mississippi River flooding and severe drought conditions. Meanwhile, rivers, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico face more toxic algal blooms from agricultural runoff, which threatens tourism and fisheries. Clearly, federal legislators have a lot to consider as they debate the details of the next Farm Bill. Their decisions will greatly impact local agricultural communities, economies and human health, but understanding the links between the Farm Bill and all these related issues can be complicated. This webinar briefing will explain how restoring conservation compliance to crop insurance in the next Farm Bill will improve soil and water health, and reduce the effects of extreme weather events such as flooding and drought. Expert panelists will provide historical perspective on how the link between conservation and crop insurance was dropped from in the 1996 Farm Bill and discuss the lasting effects of this and future Farm Bill decisions. Expert panelists include Bill Gradle, Illinois' State Conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (retired), Craig Lang, past president of Iowa Farm Bureau and farmer, and Martha Noble, Senior Policy Associate, National Sustainable Agriculture. To register for the webinar, click here . For audio: 1-218-632-0550, access code: 558780.

Gulf Oil Spill Remnants From Hurcn. Isaac Wash Up Years After Disaster
Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

By Jay Reeves – Huffington Post – September 6, 2012

Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill. Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well. For full story, click here.

Oil on Gulf Coast after Hurcn. Isaac shows the risks of offshore oil drilling
Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

By Joe Smyth – Greenpeace – September 5, 2012

Oil is washing up along the Gulf Coast in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, churned up by Hurricane Isaac. After discovering hundreds of tar balls at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, a Greenpeace research team joined our allies at the Gulf Restoration Network to investigate the impacts on East and West Ship Island, off the coast of Mississippi. We found tar balls on East Ship Island and several heavily oiled areas on West Ship Island, which are both part of the Gulf National Seashore. For full story, click here.

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