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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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Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule

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On October 22, 2019, the Agencies published the final rule to repeal the 2015 CWR in the Federal Register, with an effective date of December 23, 2019. See EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-one-repeal. With this repeal, step 1 in a 2 step process, the agencies will implement the pre-2015 regulations. The final rule takes effect ...
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SWS and Scientific Societies Comment on EPA Proposed Rule to Update Clean Water Act Regulations on Water Quality Certification

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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 would contribute to upholding th...
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SWS joins seven other scientific societies and several individual scientists in submitting amici brief

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The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) joined seven other scientific societies and several individual scientists in an amici brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court in the case of County of Maui v. Hawai'i Wildlife Fund et al. The case involves whether the Clean Water Act requires a NPDES permit when pollutants from injection wells flow...
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ASPIRE Award opportunity with deadline of May 7

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Scientific publishers Wiley and Elsevier, in coordination with the U.S. Department of State Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, sponsor the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Science Prize for Innovation, Research, and Education (ASPIRE). This annual award recognizes young scientists (under 40) who have demonstrated a commitment to ...
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New proposed rule posted, comment period ends April 15

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The revised WOTUS Definition Proposed by the Engineers Corps and the Environmental Protection Agency was posted to the Federal Register on February 14. The document has a comment period that ends April 15, 2019. SWS WOTUS Comment LetterScience Societies WOTUS Comment LetterRequest for 200-day Comment Period 
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Submit your nomination for President-Elect before Friday, February 1, 2019!

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The President-Elect on the SWS Board of Directors shall assume duties and responsibilities of the President at the conclusion of the President's term or if the office is vacated. In the absence of the President or in the event of inability or refusal to act, the President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting shal...
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SWS joins other aquatic science societies in opposing the WOTUS Rule to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule

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The EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed Rule to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which will greatly reduce the area of wetlands, headwaters, ephemeral and isolated wetlands and waters that are federally protected. SWS members who wish to comment on this Rule will have 60 days to submit comments once the Rule is published in ...
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South Carolina U.S. District Court issues nationwide injunction rendering CWR Suspension Rule void

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The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina found that the Trump administration improperly suspended the Clean Water Rule (Read the Order). Specifically, the Court held that (1) the EPA and Corps violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by refusing to solicit public comment on the merits of suspending the Clean Water Rule and ...
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Another Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Clean Water Rule is Filed on Behalf of the Society of Wetland Scientists

On July 24, 2018 an amicus curiae brief in support of Clean Water Rule was filed in the North Dakota Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule case. The brief reiterates that the Clean Water Rule is scientifically sound and is based on state of the science studies, including those in the EPA's Connectivity Report.The Connectivity Report ...
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