Federal Wetland Programs
Federal Wetland Programs
ASWM works closely with a number of federal agencies that protect, monitor/study and regulate wetlands, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administation (NOAA). These agencies all play a role in protecting and regulating wetlands. An extensive directory of federal agencies that have programs pertaining to wetlands is available by clicking here.
Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, and provide numerous tangible benefits to our nation's coastal communities. Wetlands provide critical habitat for fish and wildlife, protection from hurricanes and flooding, and recreational opportunities, as well as removing pollutants from our waters and recharging groundwater supplies. Unfortunately, our nation’s coastal wetlands are in decline, and are further threatened by increasing coastal development and rising sea levels. For more information, click here.
By Bob Marshall – Times-Picayune – June 5, 2011
For waterfowlers, the news is official: Those record-breaking rains that created the flooding Mississippi River have left the northern breeding grounds in such great shape we can expect a bumper duck production this summer. For full story, click here.
FWS News Release – June 15, 2011
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved spending more than $3 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to protect an estimated 1,600 acres of waterfowl habitat on 3 units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Commission also approved $23.5 million in federal funding for grants to conserve more than 139,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in Canada through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). “Protecting North America’s wetlands – which provide so many ecological, economic, and social benefits – is crucial,” said Salazar, who chairs the Commission. “Besides providing habitat for fish, wildlife, and a variety of plants, wetlands are nurseries for many saltwater and freshwater fish and shellfish of commercial and recreational importance, and they provide hunting, fishing and other wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of Americans.” For press release, click here. For more information about Small Grants Program, click here. Reminder, the closing date for these grants is June 30, 2011.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – June 22, 2011
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved a bipartisan bill to reverse the erosion of the states’ authority and partnership with the federal government under the Clean Water Act. This well-established and effective cooperative relationship has come under increasing attack by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
H.R. 2018, the “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011,” was introduced in the House in May by Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall (D-WV). Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and U.S. Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) are also original cosponsors. For full press release, click here.
Washington Post – June 21, 2011
Most climate and clean-water programs took financial hits in the EPA’s new budget, although a few, such as the Chesapeake Bay program, got modest increases. Among the cuts, clean water state grants took the biggest hit, a 28% decrease from 2010. For the other cuts (shown in a graphic), click here. For a related article, click here.