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Announcing: New Society of Wetland Scientists 40th Anniversary Award

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Purpose: On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Society of Wetland Scientists the Executive Board would like to recognize high level and sustained contributions to wetland research, practice, education, or communication, or service to the Society. These awards are additional to the awards offered annually by the Society and covers the bread...
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Fire in Paradise: Declaration of World Scientists

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Scientists of the world, coming from across all disciplines and working across a wide range of subjects and themes, are very concerned with the extensive fires which have been taking place in the Amazon Rainforests and in the Pantanal Region (shared by Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay), the planet's largest tropical wetland. In order to express our con...
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Passing of a Leader in Wetland Policy Development

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Dr. Jon Kusler passed away on October 8, 2020. Jon was a leader in helping guide national wetland and floodplain policy since the 1970s. He wrote hundreds of papers on a variety of topics ranging from wetland regulation, restoration, functional assessment to floodplain management. He was the founder of the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASW...
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County of Maui v. Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund amici brief featured in PBS NOVA podcast

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SWS' Royal Gardner and his team of attorneys, as well as many of our members and members of our aquatic society partners, played a role in preparation of an amici brief cited earlier this year in the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in County of Maui v. Hawai'i Wildlife Fund. On April 23, 2020, SCOTUS ruled 6-3 that the Clean Water Act (CWA) covers the...
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World’s Leading Aquatic Scientific Societies Urgently Call for Cuts to Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Dire consequences for freshwater and marine resources without significant and fast action Bethesda, MD (September 14, 2020).  In an unprecedented statement released today, 110 aquatic scientific societies, including SWS and representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world, joined forces to sound a climate change alarm. The societies c...
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Pacific Northwest Chapter President Josh Wozniak authors article on the importance of wetlands for Salish Magazine

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The President of SWS's Pacific Northwest Chapter, Josh Wozniak, recently authored an article on the importance of wetlands for Salish Magazine. Read it here!
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WOTUS Rulings - Good news in Colorado and disappointing news in California

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Colorado Some good news: the rule appears to be enjoined in Colorado (where judge did not permit amici briefs): https://www.bloomberglaw.com/public/desktop/document/StateofColoradoThevUSEnvironmentalProtectionAgencyetalDocketNo120/4?1592664339 CaliforniaThe Court denied the motion for a preliminary injunction, and the Navigable Waters Protection Ru...
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SWS Wetland of Distinction - First one designated outside the US makes news

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SWS is excited to have its first Wetland of Distinction designated outside of the United States, the Winton Wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia. In addition to being a WoD-related story, this article details a success story about a community-based wetland restoration venture: Restoring a gem in the Murray...
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SWS in Politico: Trump water rule faces first test

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Read the recent article on Politico. "EPA's rewritten Waters of the U.S. rule gets its first big day in court today with a hearing before a federal judge in San Francisco on blue states' request for a preliminary injunction — marking the first of several challenges working their way through the district courts. The 18-state coalition has chall...
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SWS Announces 2020 Award Recipients

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Congratulations to this year's awardees!President's Service AwardsGillian Davies, PWSBSC Group, Inc.Since leaving the Executive Board Gillian has continued her strong support for wetland activities through the Sections, in particular the Public Policy & Regulation and the Ramsar Sections. This has included: i) working with others to advise...
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