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World’s Leading Aquatic Scientific Societies Urgently Call for Cuts to Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Dire consequences for freshwater and marine resources without significant and fast action Bethesda, MD (September 14, 2020).  In an unprecedented statement released today, 110 aquatic scientific societies, including SWS and representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world, joined forces to sound a climate change alarm. The societies c...
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Pacific Northwest Chapter President Josh Wozniak authors article on the importance of wetlands for Salish Magazine

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The President of SWS's Pacific Northwest Chapter, Josh Wozniak, recently authored an article on the importance of wetlands for Salish Magazine. Read it here!
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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!For the purposes of this assessment, the term "wetlands" includes swamps, marshes, fens, bogs, lakes, rivers, floodplains, estuaries, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs and lagoons. As we know, wetlands across the globe are in danger. Some estimates indicate losses as high as 87%&n...
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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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