Letters of Comment
Following are letters of comment in reference to issues related to or affecting the practice of wetland science.
SWS Letter to U.S. Adminstration and Congress in Support of WOTUS & Amici Curiae Brief:
2 February 2017
Dear President Trump and Members of Congress:
The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) supports the sustainability of the nation’s waters. We are a science-based organization, but our membership is open to all with interests in wetlands. Most of our 3,000+ wetland professionals work in the United States. As a non-profit organization, we foster sound wetland science, education, and management. Thus, we track policies and actions that affect wetlands, and promote the use of sound science to inform policy-making.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reviewing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule, which defines the geographic coverage of the Clean Water Act. Recently, wetland and water scientists filed an amici curiae brief with the court in support of the Clean Water Rule. SWS agrees with the brief and its use of sound science to explain the urgent need for the Clean Water Rule.
CASS Letter to President-Elect Trump:
21 November 2016
Dear President-Elect Trump,
The Consortium of Aquatic Scientific Societies (CASS) is writing to offer our best wishes and assistance as you begin your Presidency. We understand that your transition team and future administration will have many important decisions to make regarding our Nation’s aquatic resources, and CASS is ready to provide the requisite expertise to help your administration address those pressing concerns.
SWS Letter to Mayor Chen, regarding the Jiding Wetland:
Mayor CHEN, Chu
Mayor of Kaohsiung City Government
5 October, 2016
Dear Mayor Chen:
On behalf of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), we would like to express our concern about the recent plans for the construction of Road 1-4 through the Jiading Wetland area. The Society has a world‐wide membership of more than 3,000 wetland professionals from 58 countries, whose mission is “to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands’’ (see www.sws.org). It has come to our attention that the Kaohsiung City government has decided to move ahead with plans to construct Road 1-4, which would reduce traveling time through the Jiading Wetland by only 90 seconds. The construction would dissect Jiading into two separate hydrologic units and endanger the natural functions and services of this wetland. We also understand that this is a deviation from the earlier established understanding that Jiading could be designated as a Taiwan Wetland of International Importance, using the Ramsar definition of designating wetlands of International Importance (see below) and be allowed to remain wholly intact. We hope to make you aware of the current services and benefits provided by the wetland to the people of the region and the potential impacts any change to the management/protection of this area might incur.