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Letters of Comment

Following are letters of comment in reference to issues related to or affecting the practice of wetland science. 

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CASS supports FY18 funding for EPA, NASA and NOAA

26 April 2017

The Consortium of Aquatic Scientific Societies (CASS) is comprised of six professional societies representing diverse knowledge of the aquatic sciences. CASS members include the: American Fisheries Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, Phycological Society of America, Society for Freshwater Science, and Society of Wetland Scientists. Our collective membership totals almost 20,000 individuals that span the private sector, academia, non-governmental organizations, and various tribal, state, and federal agencies. The CASS organizations represent professionals who combine deep subject-matter expertise, a commitment to independent objectivity, and the critical review of environmental information, along with a passion for the natural places and resources that form the foundation of American greatness. We support the development and use of the best available science to sustainably manage our freshwater, estuarine, coastal, and ocean resources to the benefit of the U.S. economy, environment, and public health and safety.

CASS writes in strong support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs that support the research, conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems required by all U.S. citizens, who rely on clean and abundant water for their health and well-being.

Read the full letter to the House in support of the EPA.

Read the full letter to the Senate in support of the EPA.

Read the full letter to the House in support of NASA.

Read the full letter to the Senate in support of NASA.

Read the full letter to the House in support of NOAA.

Read the full letter to the Senate in support of NOAA.


Endorsement of Amici Curiae Brief of Wetland and Water Scientists in Support of the Clean Water Rule:

1 March 2017

Dear President Trump:

The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), American Fisheries Society (AFS), American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Ecological Society of America (ESA), Phycological Society of America (PSA), Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), and Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) support the sustainable management of the nation’s waters. We are science-based organizations with diverse areas of expertise in the ecological and biological sciences. Our collective 200,000+ members and 130+ professional societies and research organizations work in the private sector, academia, and various tribal, state and federal agencies. As non-profit organizations, we support and foster sound science, education, restoration and management of wetlands and other aquatic resources. Thus, we track policies and actions that affect these aquatic resources and we promote science-based 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 aquatic scientists filed an amici curiae brief with the court in support of the Clean Water Rule. The organizations that have signed this letter agree with the brief and its use of sound science to explain the urgent need for the Clean Water Rule.

Read the full letter here.


Endorsement of Amici Curiae Brief of Wetland and Water Scientists in Support of the Clean Water Rule:

1 March 2017

Dear Members of Congress:

The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), American Fisheries Society (AFS), American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Ecological Society of America (ESA), Phycological Society of America (PSA), Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), and Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) support the sustainable management of the nation’s waters. We are science-based organizations with diverse areas of expertise in the ecological and biological sciences. Our collective 200,000+ members and 130+ professional societies and research organizations work in the private sector, academia, and various tribal, state and federal agencies. As non-profit organizations, we support and foster sound science, education, restoration and management of wetlands and other aquatic resources. Thus, we track policies and actions that affect these aquatic resources and we promote science-based 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 aquatic scientists filed an amici curiae brief with the court in support of the Clean Water Rule. The organizations that have signed this letter agree with the brief and its use of sound science to explain the urgent need for the Clean Water Rule.

Read the full letter here.


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.

Read the full letter here.


SWS Letter to Mayor Chen, regarding the Jiding Wetland: 

Mayor CHEN, Chu
Mayor of Kaohsiung City Government
Taiwan

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.

Read the full letter here.

CASS societies in signing the attached letters supporting FY18 funding for NOAA, NASA, and EPA