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Scientists look at role of wetlands in battle against climate change

Scientists look at role of wetlands in battle against climate change | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
The role rainforests play through storing carbon in the battle against climate change is well understood, but Deakin University scientists now believe the humble swamp, or freshwater wetland, could be up to 50 times more effective.
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How important are wetlands regarding climate change? Let me count the ways! Carbon sequestration, drought/flood mitigation, temperature mitigation, storm barriers, habitat for displaced wildlife...

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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 18, 12:04 PM
Rainforests  and carbon?
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Back to nature: 10 best examples of ecological restoration in NEO | GreenCityBlueLake

Back to nature: 10 best examples of ecological restoration in NEO | GreenCityBlueLake | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
GreenCityBlueLake is the network of people and organizations creating a sustainable Northeast Ohio.
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And there are more!
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Eric Larson's curator insight, September 27, 8:19 PM
Ecological restoration?
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New Study Quantifies Benefits of Agricultural Conservation in Upper Mississippi River Basin

New Study Quantifies Benefits of Agricultural Conservation in Upper Mississippi River Basin | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
guidance on the best use of funding for conservation and to facilitate the alignment of conservation programs with national environmental protection priorities
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The report  demonstrates the complexity of knowing just what effect conservation practices have on water quality. But the conclusion is that where enough land is in conservation, nutrient levels in the water downstream will decline.
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High court sides with property owners in wetlands case

High court sides with property owners in wetlands case | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
The justices ruled unanimously Tuesday that a Minnesota company could file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the agency's determination that its land is off limits to peat mining under the Clean Water Act
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More work for lawyers and less protection for wetlands.
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The Compleat Wetlander: Celebrating the First Ever National Assessment of Wetland Health | The Compleat Wetlander

The Compleat Wetlander: Celebrating the First Ever National Assessment of Wetland Health | The Compleat Wetlander | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
This is the first time a report like this has been conducted and it provides state and tribal wetland managers, federal agencies and others with the opportunity to review, evaluate and understand these findings and the insights they provide into how land use practices impact wetlands around the country.
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5 years in the making the final report was released this week. And in the last few weeks the 2016 National Wetlands Condition Assessment has gotten underway. The data collected this year will be compared to the 2011 data in this report for a comparison of Status and Trends over time.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 20, 2:11 PM
National assessment of wetlands?
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Dairy Farm Pollution Fuels Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae

Dairy Farm Pollution Fuels Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
Congress has proposed to cut the U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs that reward dairy producers and other farmers when they take steps to reduce pollution.
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How can we hope for a comprehensive solution to nutrient loading when regulating agriculture is such a political hot potato.
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Many things we can do for healthy soil, clean water

Many things we can do for healthy soil, clean water | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
The Ohio Wetlands Association happens to be a state-wide nonprofit dedicated to restoring, protecting and promoting wetlands throughout Ohio.
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OWA has been recognized for education, outreach and offering solutions to water quality issues in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 9, 4:59 PM
Healthy soil and water?
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$8.6M to transform Howard Beach farmland into 700-acre coastal park

$8.6M to transform Howard Beach farmland into 700-acre coastal park | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
“We really wanted to have something the community would value and their experience would be unlike anything we have in the Metroparks right now,”
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This long-awaited restoration will break ground soon. Last week dozens of trumpeter swans were seen there, simply occupying the swale of a fallow field.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 23, 8:20 AM
Howard beach transformed?
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Noted wetlands scholar to speak at Ohio State Mansfield

Noted wetlands scholar to speak at Ohio State Mansfield | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
MANSFIELD – Noted Ohio State professor and wetlands scholar William J. Mitsch, Ph.D. will present a special lecture “Phosphorus and Nitrogen and Carbon, OH MY!, The role of wetlands in
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Join Ohio Wetlands Association in Welcoming Dr. Mitsch to Mansfield.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 27, 12:44 PM
Wetlands discussion meeting..
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Study: Farming practices must change to save Lake Erie from toxic algae

Study: Farming practices must change to save Lake Erie from toxic algae | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
it seems foolish for anyone to say 'We only want to do this voluntarily,'
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Voluntary actions are in place. Manure spreading regulations are the law. Fertilizer applicators are certified. How's that working?
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 3, 9:13 AM
We do this voluntarily? 
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2015 National Environmental Scorecard Reveals Most Anti-Environmental Congress in History

Both chambers seemingly left no environmental issue untouched in 2015, with assaults on the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Antiquities Act.
Ohio Wetlands Association's insight:
There is no time like the present to stand up for the conservation values you believe in.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 25, 4:09 PM
There is no time like the present to stand up for the conservation values you believe in.
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VernalPoolGuy

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Follow Dave as he explores the wonderful, hidden world of vernal pools.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 10, 11:38 AM
Vernal Pools?
Eric Larson's curator insight, March 25, 4:11 PM
Vernal pools?
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Advocates form fund to push environmental issues in Ohio

Advocates form fund to push environmental issues in Ohio | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
Environmental advocates plan to bring more muscle to the fights in Ohio over clean water, energy standards, coal power plants and other issues where business interests traditionally hold strong political clout. For years, the Ohio Environmental Council has done policy work, legal work and coalition building in the Statehouse, often wrestling well-heeled interests including power companies, the oil and gas industry and other business groups.
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An environmental powerhouse with legal and political expertise. They have my support.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 25, 4:12 PM

An environmental powerhouse with legal and political expertise. They have my support.

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ODNR Set to Appeal Court Decision that Threatens Sawmill Wetlands

 Governor John Kasich, Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed today they will appeal an unjust court decision ordering the state to turn over a 17-acre state wildlife area to a private commercial developer.  Thousands of citizens have called on the administration to appeal the decision and, protect one of the few remaining forested wetlands within the Columbus I-270 corridor. The Sawmill State Wildlife Education Area is home to numerous plant and animal species.
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You did it!
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Lake Erie, S. Florida algae crises share common toxins and causes

Lake Erie, S. Florida algae crises share common toxins and causes | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
Several parallels exist between the putrid algae that has sickened South Florida and the green goop that has appeared in western Lake Erie nearly every summer since 1995. Florida’s Lake Okeechobee and western Lake Erie are both huge, but shallow, bodies of water. That shallowness keeps Lake Okeechobee warm year-round. It allows western Lake Erie to warm up relatively quickly each spring. Both are especially prone to algal growth because of heavy agricultural runoff that gets into their tributaries. In Lake Okeechobee’s case, the Kissimmee River south of Orlando carries a large influx of nutrients, many from cattle ranches where nutrients flow off land much as they do off corn fields in northwest Ohio, where a combination of synthetic fertilizers and soil soaked with animal manure gets
Ohio Wetlands Association's insight:
OWA Board Member, Bill Mitsch, is quoted in this article. Thanks to Tom Henry and the Toledo Blade for their analysis.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 9:31 AM
Algae crisis?
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Black Swamp Conservancy - Local Land Named "MVW"

Black Swamp Conservancy - Local Land Named "MVW" | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
Black Swamp Conservancy’s Forrest Woods Nature Preserve was recently named the Society of Wetland Scientists first ever Most Valuable Wetland as part of their "Wetland Treasure" program. The program features and highlights wetlands that exhibit exemplary function and service.
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The new 'Wetland Treasures' program is an inspiration.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, June 15, 9:24 AM
Wetland Treasure?
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News

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MAD Scientist Associates shares news updates regarding wetland, stream, and
ecological projects.  Community volunteer projects are highlighted as well
as awards and achievements.  Check here often for updated news items!
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How do you celebrate Wetlands Month?
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Eric Larson's curator insight, June 15, 9:25 AM
MAD Scientists?
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How to Survive the Spring Rains! Find Your Closest Wetland | Wetlands Conservancy

How to Survive the Spring Rains! Find Your Closest Wetland | Wetlands Conservancy | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
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Enjoy National Wetlands Month, Get out there!
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 23, 8:19 AM
Spring rains?
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Bay Journal - Article: Water pollution plummeted after Denmark tied farm runoff to subsidies

Bay Journal - Article: Water pollution plummeted after Denmark tied farm runoff to subsidies | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
It put in the rule that farmers could only apply 90 percent of the fertilizer needed to get maximum yields, and tied their subsidies to following their budgets.
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Here is a solution, where is the political will?
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 9, 4:51 PM
Runoff and subsidies?
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Conservation needn't cut agriculture profits - environmentalresearchweb

the researchers found that some 2.5 million hectares or 27% of cropland was highly unprofitable.
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Increase profits by taking marginal land out of row crop production, implement nature based solutions to environmental problems.
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Lake Erie phosphorus-reduction targets challenging but achievable

Lake Erie phosphorus-reduction targets challenging but achievable | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
about 85 percent of the phosphorus entering Lake Erie from the Maumee River comes from farm fertilizers and manure.
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This report says that agrigultural BMP's alone will not reach the goal of 40% P reduction. Nature-based solutions will also need to be implemented. They mention grassland, I would suggest that wetlands also be included.
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Carbon Dioxide Sources From a High-Resolution Climate Model

Animation of carbon dioxide released from two different sources: fires (biomass burning) and massive urban centers known as megacities. The animation cover
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A Controversial EPA Rule Is Pitting Small Farmers Against Big Agribusiness

A Controversial EPA Rule Is Pitting Small Farmers Against Big Agribusiness | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
The Farm Bureau’s case is fictional,” Parenteau said. “Maybe they just woke up to the fact that we have a Clean Water Act, and all of these waters that they think are newly regulated have always been regulated.
Ohio Wetlands Association's insight:
The new clean water rule retains all of the farm exemptions that have always been in place.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 25, 4:11 PM
The new clean water rule retains all of the farm exemptions that have always been in place.
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These experts say Congress is ‘legislating scientific facts’ — and wrong ones, too

These experts say Congress is ‘legislating scientific facts’ — and wrong ones, too | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
A key problem, say the scientists, is that it takes a long time for trees to grow back after they’re cut down — and a lot can happen in that span of time.
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So let's say you burn an acre of trees in a day, how long before that acre captures all that carbon?
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 3, 9:14 AM
Legislating facts?
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Wetlands Worth their Weight

Wetlands Worth their Weight | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
Threats to Wetlands

“The various threats to wetlands are generally ubiquitous and include conversion of wetlands to other land uses, climate change, freshwater inflow and saltwater intrusion,” says Mike McDavit, branch chief, Wetlands Strategies and State Programs Branch, Office of Water, EPA.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 25, 4:13 PM
Value of wetlands?
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Area hog farm could be Ohio’s 3rd largest

Area hog farm could be Ohio’s 3rd largest | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
He acknowledges tension between concern for the environment and business economics.
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The Dept. of Ag. has no idea how many CAFO's are in Ohio because so many are designed to be just under the threshold for regulation, 2,500 head.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 25, 3:55 PM

Farm vs environment?