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American Wetlands Month

Celebrate American Wetlands Month with SWS

April showers bring May flowers…and American Wetlands Month, making the month of May one of our favorite times of the year at SWS! In preparation for this month-long celebration, we need your help. Do you have a fun, wetland-related event planned? Let us know by posting your event in our Facebook group – SWS celebrates American Wetlands Month, or emailing Julie Alcon at julalcon@gmail.com by May 1, 2017.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Take a local elementary, middle or high school class to a wetland and teach them about it.
  2. Visit your local or state government, or write your congressperson, and engage them in wetland issues of concern, such as wetland protection.
  3. Send information on wetlands to your local or state government to disseminate to the public.
  4. Take your family or friends to your favorite wetland and show off all the knowledge you have about it.
  5. Visit a wetland you've never visited before to learn more about it.
  6. Nominate a valuable wetland to the SWS Wetlands of Distinction program (formerly Wetland Treasures). Contact swswetlandsofdistinction@gmail.com to learn more about this initiative.

Public Resources

  1. K-12
    1. Funding sources (grants, applications, prior year winners)
    2. National Educational Materials
  2. Community Resources
          a. U.S. EPA Communities
  1. Wetlands for Our Future
    1. American Wetlands Month (May)
    2. EarthEcho Water Challenge 
    3. World Wetlands Day
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Applied Wetland Science

  1. Wetland Journals & Publications
    1. Society of Wetlands Scientist’s journal WETLANDS: http://www.sws.org/Publications/wetlands-journal.html
    2. Society of Wetlands Scientist’s Wetland Science and Practice: http://www.sws.org/category/wetland-science-practice.html
    3. National Wetlands Newsletter: http://wetlandsnewsletter.org/index.cfm
    4. Society for Ecological Restoration list: http://www.ser.org/resources
    5. Journal of Wetland Archaeology http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/jwa
  2. Professional Certifications and Training
    1. Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program: http://www.wetlandcert.org/
    2. Association of State Floodplain Managers, Certified Floodplain Manager: http://www.floods.org/index.asp?menuid=426
    3. Fundamentals in Soil Science (online course) - Soil Science Society of America, Inc.: https://www.soils.org/education/fundamentals-soils
    4. EnviroCert International - Stormwater Certification Program: http://www.cpesc.org/
    5. The Swamp School - Wetland Career Training (including mini-courses): www.swampschool.org
  3. Wetland Regulations
    1. Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI): http://wetlands.com/
    2. Federal links
      1. USACE: http://www.usace.army.mil/
      2. USEPA: http://www.epa.gov/
      3. NEPA: https://www.fedcenter.gov/programs/nepa/
  4. Wetland-related Associations
    1. Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) - currently made up of SWS, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF), and the North American Benthological Society (NABS)
    2. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO): http://www.aslo.org/
    3. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF): http://www.erf.org/
    4. North American Benthological Society (NABS): http://meldi.snre.umich.edu/node/1105
    5. Society for Ecological Restoration: http://www.ser.org/
    6. North American Lake Management Society (NALMS): http://www.nalms.org/
    7. Gulf Estuarine Research Society (GERS): http://www.gers.us/ 
    8. Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM): http://www.aswm.org/
  5. Wetland Applications & Tools
    1. Hydrogeomorphic Approach for Assessing Wetlands Functions: http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/wetlands/guidebooks.cfm
    2. Wetland Hydrology, Water Quality, and Associated Functions (US Geological Survey): http://water.usgs.gov/nwsum/WSP2425/hydrology.html
    3. Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Assessment Guidebook for Tidal Wetlands of the Oregon Coast: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/WETLAND/Pages/tidal_HGM_guidebook.aspx
    4. Watershed Resources Registry: http://watershedresourcesregistry.com/
    5. US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory: http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/
    6. US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory - Wetlands Mapper: http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Data/Mapper.html
    7. USACE Regional Supplements to Corps Delineation Manual: http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/RegulatoryProgramandPermits/reg_supp.aspx
  6. Wetland Grants and Funding Resources
    1. US Fish and Wildlife - National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program: http://www.fws.gov/coastal/coastalgrants/

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Educational Resources

  1. Wetland Treasures
    1. Showcase of top-tier wetlands accessible via a web-based interactive map. Website under development.
  2. College/Universities
    1. Funding sources (grants, applications, prior year's winners)
    2. Graduate Programs
  3. Individual wetland class/lab pages
    1. Plant Ecology Research Lab: https://johnsonplantecologyresearch.wordpress.com/teaching/wetlands/
    2. Texas A&M University - Galveston Campus: http://www.tamug.edu/armitage/
    3. University of Alaska - Alaska Satellite Facility: https://www.asf.alaska.edu/wetlands/
  4. Resources
    1. Sustainability Degrees - Environmental Science Degrees
    2. Sustainability Degrees - Get Involved: The Ultimate "How To" Guide for Students

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