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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 and Scientific Societies comment on EPA proposed Rule to update Clean Water Act regulations on water quality certification SWS and eight other scientific societies submitted comment letters on October 21, 2019 in opposition to the EPA’s proposed rule “Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification” https://www.epa.gov/cwa-401/updating-regulations-water-quality-certification. The proposed rule provides no scientific basis for how it…

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SWS files amicus brief in Clean Water Rule suspension case On Monday, the Society of Wetland Scientists filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to emphasize the importance of science in agency rulemakings. Several states and organizations have filed suit against the Trump administration for the suspension…

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Brief of the Society of Wetland Scientists as Amicus Curiae Brief of the Society of Wetland Scientists as Amicus Curiaein Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment Summary of Argument: An agency must provide a reasoned explanation when promulgating or amending a rule. An agency’s implausible explanation or its failure to consider relevant and significant…

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CASS condemns silencing of EPA scientists The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) is very concerned with the actions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit three EPA scientists from presenting their research at “The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed” workshop in Providence, Rhode Island, on 23 October 2017. CASS values scientific freedom and…

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CASS supports FY18 funding for EPA, NASA and NOAA SWS joined fellow Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) societies in signing the letters supporting FY18 funding for NOAA, NASA, and EPA. CASS sent the letters to the relevant House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees as the “Outside Witness Testimony.” Proposed cuts to these aquatic and wetland-related…

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Endorsement of amici curiae brief of wetland and water scientists in support of the Clean Water Rule Representing over 200,000 members and 130+ professional societies and research organizations, the Society of Wetland Scientists, along with the American Fisheries Society, American Institute for Biological Sciences, Ecological Society of America, Phycological Society of America, Society for Ecological…

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EPA’s ruling on the waters of the United States On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, President Obama rejected an attempt by congressional Republicans to overturn his landmark regulation asserting federal power over small bodies of water. The EPA’s rule, dubbed the Clean Water Rule would ensure that water used for drinking, recreation, economic development and other…

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SWS supports the EPA proposed rule on waters of the U.S. Compiled by SWS members Joy Zedler, Daniel Larkin and Carter Johnson. SWS is an international membership organization of more than 3,000 wetland professionals dedicated to fostering sound wetland science, education, and management. SWS supports the EPA proposed rule on waters of the US as follows:…

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