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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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SWS issues Social Injustice Statement

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The Society of Wetland Scientists stands united in our firm commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.The racism we have witnessed most recently in the United States is, unfortunately, not new. It is part of a lengthy history of racism in the United States and globally. We may be tempted to look away from this difficult topic but we cannot – t...
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A 2020 'Citizen-Science' Assessment of the State of the World's Wetlands

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If you know a wetland (or wetlands) please tell us about it/them.Wetlands include swamps, marshes, fens, bogs, lakes, rivers, floodplains, estuaries, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs and lagoons. Wetlands across the globe are in danger. Estimates suggest that in some parts of the world wetland losses have been as high as 87% since 1700. The loss an...
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First ever virtual SWS Annual Business Meeting has a NEW TIME!

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Please join us on Thursday, June 11, from 9:00 - 10:15 am ET for the first ever virtual SWS Annual Business Meeting! Hear updates from the SWS President, Secretary, Treasurer and SWSPCP representatives. Welcome your incoming 2020-2021 President and hear what she has planned for the next year. And, listen as Dr. Kathy Ewel presents on the 40-year hi...
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Reflecting on Earth Day

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As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Society of Wetland Scientists recognizes the importance of wetlands to the future of the Earth. Healthy wetlands provide essential ecosystem services and support a high proportion of the rich biodiversity that is fundamental to the healthy functioning of the planet. With the dual challenges of...
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Our work is making a big splash!

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The SWS Executive Board would like to thank the SWS Policy Section, especially Royal Gardner and his team of attorneys as well as all of our members that played a role, along with our aquatic science partner societies, in preparation of the amici brief recently cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in County of Maui v. Hawai...
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Australian bushfires - How to help

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Like so many others around the world, the SWS membership has watched in horror and sadness as fires have erupted and swept across parts of Australia, claiming human lives, homes and property, devastating wildlife populations and setting ecosystems on uncertain trajectories. Some of our Australian members remain on high alert with evacuation plans a...
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