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Latin American Wetlands Issue Planned for Wetland Science & Practice The Society of Wetland Scientists’ e-publication – Wetland Science & Practice (WSP)  – is planning another issue focused on Latin American wetlands. The purpose is to provide readers with an update of current research, restoration and conservation activities and concerns involving wetlands.  Articles on the…

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Lake Ohrid: Soon to become a Ramsar Wetland The SWS Europe chapter has some good news to share. We were alarmed by people from North Macedonia in 2015 because the very last wetland bordering the famous Lake Ohrid, Studenchishte Marsh, was threatened to be drained for tourist infrastructure development. After writing letters to the authorities…

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SWS Joins Other Aquatic Science Societies in Calling Upon Biden to Restore Science-based WOTUS Rule American Fisheries Society • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society • International Association for Great Lakes Research • North American Lake Management Society • Phycological Society of…

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Remembering Dr. Brij Gopal Internationally renowned aquatic scientist Dr. Brij Gopal, President of National Institute of Ecology and Founder-Coordinator of Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia, passed away on January 4, 2021. He retired in 2009 as Professor of Environmental Science from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He had worked in all aspects…

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SWS joins other societies in filing Amici brief in District of Massachusetts The Society of Wetland Scientists joined eight other national and international scientific societies, who are all actively involved in research, education, conservation and restoration of aquatic resources and ecosystems in filing an Amici Brief in the District of Massachusetts in support of The Conservation Law Foundation suit against the…

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SWS issues comment letter on the USACE proposal to reissue and modify nationwide permits The recent USACE proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits (85 FR 179; Docket ID No. COE-2020-0002) was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2020 with an invitation to submit comments. The proposal includes off-cycle reissuance of existing NWPs,…

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Publication of paper on the Universal Rights of Wetlands A new paper entitled “Towards a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands” was published (online early) in the journal Marine and Freshwater Research.  It is available and downloadable through open access. The manuscript was prepared as part of the Rights of Wetlands Initiative of the Society of Wetland Scientists.…

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County of Maui v. Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund amici brief featured in PBS NOVA podcast 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…

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Passing of a leader in wetland policy development 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…

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Fire in paradise: Declaration of world scientists 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…

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