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Science Societies Oppose Scalia Definition of WOTUS

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In June, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the proposed repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule in anticipation of replacing it with a narrower definition of "Waters of the U.S." or "WOTUS." The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are currently soliciting recommendations for this new definition, the second step in the rulemaking pr...
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EPA and Army propose amendment to Clean Water Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army proposes that the 2015 Clean Water Rule does not go into effect until two years after today's action is published in the Federal Register. This amendment would give the agencies the time needed to reconsider the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Learn more . 
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SWS attends SACNAS 2017

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SWS attended SACNAS 2017 - The National Diversity in STEM Conference - along with its Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) partners in October.  
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CASS condemns silencing of EPA scientists

October 27, 2017 -  The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) is very concerned with the actions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit three EPA scientists from presenting their research at "The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed" workshop in Providence, Rhode Island, on 23 October 2017. CASS values sc...
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SWS urges Macedonia to preserve Studenchista Wetland and Lake Ohrid ecosystem

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October 26, 2017 -  On behalf of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), an international expert organization with over 3,000 members, we would like to emphasize the pressing need for Lake Ohrid and the full extent of Studenchishte Marsh to be designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention and to endorse the E...
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SWS comments on proposed WOTUS Repeal

September 26, 2017 -  SWS submitted a letter opposing the rule to repeal WOTUS Clean Water Rule. Read the full letter .  
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NCC celebrates Native American art

September 26, 2017 -  The North Central Chapter will celebrate the interaction between Arts and Science, and the intrinsic connections between Native American culture, water and wetlands, by sponsoring a Native American art exhibit. The chapter recognizes the traditional, cultural and spiritual importance of water and wetlands to people around...
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Scientific societies respond to proposed WOTUS Repeal

  September 21, 2017 -  SWS and 11 other scientific societies submitted a letter opposing the rule to repeal WOTUS Clean Water Rule. Read the full letter . The comment period for the Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule has been extended through September 27 . Submit your letter . 
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CASS requests proposed WOTUS Repeal not be exempted from the Administrative Procedures Act

September 21, 2017 -  SWS and the other scientific societies within CASS submitted a letter requesting that the proposed Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule not be exempted from the Administrative Procedures Act, which would exempt it from the public review process. Read the full letter .  
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Send comments on Rule to Replace WOTUS Clean Water Rule before Nov 28

August 31, 2017 -  The comment period for the Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule has been extended through September 27 . Submit your letter . Phase two of implementing Trump's Executive Order is to develop a new Clean Water Rule consistent with Scalia SCOTUS opinion. The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept written recom...
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Past president Davies featured in new article outlining WOTUS

August 28, 2017 -  SWS past president Gillian Davies was recently featured in an article outlining the complexities of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule; "Davies likened wetland tributaries to capillaries in the body. If you introduce a pollutant into a capillary it can reach a vein and affect organ functioning. And just...
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Submit paper for consideration in a special feature of Wetlands and for a symposium in the 2018 SWS Annual Meeting

August 11, 2017 -  Wetlands have been at the center of human evolution and the development of this planet's diverse cultures. Without water we would not exist. While the mission of the SWS is "to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands" the relationship between huma...
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CASS Writes a Letter Requesting an Extension of Public Comment Period for WOTUS Repeal

August 8, 2017 -  The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) has written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting an extension of the public comment period for the WOTUS Clean Water Rule repeal. To read the letter, click here .  
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U.S. Scientists Can Add Their Names to WOTUS Clean Water Rule Comment Letter Before August 28 Deadline

  August 4, 2017 -  SWS encourages members to submit individual comment letters on the proposed repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States Clean Water Rule (see preceding news item for details), prior to the August 28th submission deadline here . In addition to sending individualized comment letters, or if you are short on time, wetla...
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Comments on Rule to Repeal WOTUS Clean Water Rule due by August 28 - CASS warns against the repeal of WOTUS

July 27, 2017 -  The rule to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule (CWR) was filed on July 27 in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule to repeal are due by August 28. The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers first announced their intent to repeal and replace WOTUS CWR on June 27, 2017, to i...
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SWS President's Report

July 12, 2017 - Arnold van der Valk, Ames, IA  Internationalizing SWS One of the major objectives of the SWS Strategic Plan 2015-2020 is to make SWS an effective international scientific society with a global reach. This plan identified a number of specific actions that should be taken to achieve this strategic objective. Some progress ha...
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UNESCO supports SWS' concern for Lake Ohrid

June 30, 2017 -  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently supported the Society of Wetland Scientists' concern for Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. As the oldest lake on the European continent, this three-million-year-old lake is considered a Natural and Cultural Heritage site, and holds valuable informati...
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2017 SWS Annual Meeting

June 21, 2017 -  Over 470 people attended the 2017 SWS Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including 122 students, 95 field trip participants and 120 attendees at the closing event. With over 400 abstract submissions and a very popular silent auction, the meeting was a success thanks to all of our SWS supporters! Congratulations to all wh...
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SWS San Juan Statement on Climate Change and Wetlands

June 8, 2017 -  SWS issued the Society of Wetland Scientists San Juan Statement on Climate Change and Wetlands at the 2017 SWS Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on June 5 - 8, 2017. Over 200 attendees signed the statement in support. The Statement reads as follows: "The following participants at the Society of Wetland Scientists 2017 An...
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SWS supports the Herring River Restoration Project

June 6, 2017 -  SWS sent a letter of support for the Herring River Restoration Project at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts. Project partners and supporters include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Massa...
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