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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, 2016 12:04 PM
Rainforests  and carbon?
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March for Science

It is time for scientists, science enthusiasts, and concerned citizens to come together to make ourselves heard.
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Defend the Earth with Science!
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Laws needed to protect Great Lakes from farm runoff, joint commission reports

Laws needed to protect Great Lakes from farm runoff, joint commission reports | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
Voluntary measures to protect the Great Lakes from farm manure have proven insufficient and governments should now turn their minds to legislation
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Voluntary measures to protect the Great Lakes from farm manure have proven insufficient and governments should now turn their minds to legislation.
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Water and Climate Dominate World Economic Forum Risk Report - Circle of Blue

Water and Climate Dominate World Economic Forum Risk Report - Circle of Blue | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
Water crises and climate change worry business and political elite. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue Environmental risks, steadily rising in importance, are recognized as authentic and relentless obstacles to peace, wealth, and health, according to the World Economic Forum’s global risk report, an annual survey of business, academic, and political leaders. The report analyzes …
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Four of the five environmental risks in the report, all related to climate change and extreme weather, are judged to be large impact and high likelihood threats.
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Homebuilders see profit in Trump

Homebuilders see profit in Trump | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
Almost two-thirds of U.S. adults say stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost, according to a Pew survey last year.
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Almost two-thirds of U.S. adults say stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost, according to a Pew survey last year. Homebuilders who look forward to fewer environmental restrictions don't factor in the cost of habitat loss and wetland destruction.
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What happens if the Trump Administration scraps the Waters of the U.S. Rule?

What happens if the Trump Administration scraps the Waters of the U.S. Rule? | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
“If someone from the EPA was driving by here, saw the water submerged in here, they could then say this is 'Waters of the U.S.,' they could then come in and require regulations,” he says.
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“If someone from the EPA was driving by here, saw the water submerged in here, they could then say this is 'Waters of the U.S.,' they could then come in and require regulations,” he says.
This attitude betrays a profound misunderstanding of the rule.
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Boomtown, Flood Town

Boomtown, Flood Town | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
the flood control district has no plans to study climate change or its impacts on Harris County, the third-most-populous county in the United States.
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Ignoring science kills people causes $1 Billion in damages with a single storm, yet "the flood control district has no plans to study climate change or its impacts on Harris County, the third-most-populous county in the United States."
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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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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
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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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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, 2016 9:24 AM
Wetland Treasure?
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News

News | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
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, 2016 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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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, 2016 4:51 PM
Runoff and subsidies?
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Why Midwestern wetlands are especially important for combating climate change

Why Midwestern wetlands are especially important for combating climate change | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
We know a lot about how important wetlands are for filtering water, and controlling floods. A new study documents another big benefit wetlands give us:
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Another reason to add to a long list of benefits. Thank you Dr. Fennessy!
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Washington’s white pelicans, long listed as endangered, make a comeback

Washington’s white pelicans, long listed as endangered, make a comeback | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission also recently removed bald eagles and peregrine falcons from the state list of “sensitive species,” reflecting their steady recovery since the 1970s when the pesticide DDT was banned under federal law.
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Occasionally seen in Spring migration in Ohio, they prefer to refuel in coastal wetlands along Lake Erie.
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At Blackwater refuge, rising sea levels drown habitat

At Blackwater refuge, rising sea levels drown habitat | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
The view from the observation deck over a meadow of brown marsh grasses would make a nice postcard. Eagles roost on tall pines, muskrats burrow in mounds of mud and straw, and black ducks splash in a pond.
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There not draining the swamp, to the contrary, they are raising the marsh!
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‘Nature-based solutions’ is the latest green jargon that means more than you might think

‘Nature-based solutions’ is the latest green jargon that means more than you might think | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
It may sound vague, but the term represents real and vital concepts.
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We have also used 'biomimicry' with some success.
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Harnessing the humble plant cuticle - SWI swissinfo.ch

Harnessing the humble plant cuticle - SWI swissinfo.ch | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
A common plant structure is the driving force behind a new EU research project, thanks to its potential for inspiring novel materials.
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Biomimicry was one of the topics at our last wetlands science summit. Now, engineers look to nature for inspiration.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, December 26, 2016 10:16 AM
Interesting article.
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ENDANGERED SPECIES: Rep. Bishop aims to repeal landmark conservation law

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Rep. Bishop aims to repeal landmark conservation law | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
"We're bracing for a frontal assault on the Endangered Species Act," said Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife's president and CEO. "At this point, we just need to sleep with our eyes open and see how this plays out."
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"We're bracing for a frontal assault on the Endangered Species Act," said Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife's president and CEO. "At this point, we just need to sleep with our eyes open and see how this plays out."
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Eric Larson's curator insight, December 26, 2016 10:19 AM
Endangered species act?
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Chicago River Gets 600 Feet of Floating Gardens

Chicago River Gets 600 Feet of Floating Gardens | Ohio Wetlands | Scoop.it
To attract wildlife and clean up the waterway. 
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This restoration provides many wetland values. Will it also help to clean the water?
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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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 4:59 PM
Healthy soil and water?