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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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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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