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CarWA News - December 5, 2016

Dear CarWA Supporters:

We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Hopefully everyone has recovered from the elections.  Regardless of whether your candidates won or lost, we need to move forward.  We have a great opportunity to promote and educate our new leaders on the importance of wetlands and their protection.  

It is important to remember our mission:  To promote the understanding, protection, restoration, and enjoyment of North and South Carolina’s wetlands and associated ecosystems through science-based programs, education, and advocacy.

To fulfill our mission we need help for our supporters. Currently, we are conducting a giving campaign to raise funds to cover our basic operating costs and programs. In January, we will asking for your time by indicating activities and program area you would be interested in supporting. When a committee has a need for volunteers, they will can reach out to interested volunteers.

Let it be known that the Board of Directors greatly appreciate the support of all Carolina Wetland Association supporters, whether it be financial or volunteering your time for a committee, task force, or an event.  We need volunteers to make the organization successful!

Finally, the Board of Directors are working very hard on a Business Plan which will help set a sustainable direction for CarWA.  Following the Business Plan will be a Strategy Plan that will identify specific projects that organization needs to be engaged in and how they will be funded.  We would like to ask you, our valuable supporters, for your ideas!  What projects, campaigns, products, outreach events/activities, etc. do YOU think CarWA needs to do.  This is YOUR organization and we really want your ideas!  We would love for each supporter so submit at least one idea for your organization!   Please send your ideas to Rick at


  • Wetland Calendars are still available.  Thanks to everyone who has ordered a CarWA calendar, and it containa beautiful pictures of wetlands across the Carolinas.  Thanks to all who submitted photos and to the 13 winners!  If you have not ordered you calendar, you can do so on our webpage with a $25 donation.
  • T-shirts are still available!  Thanks to everyone who has ordered one.  Be sure to get yours before we run out.  Click here to order now. 
  • Volunteer needed to be a Public Information Officer.  This volunteer would help establish relations with the press and other organizations to help spread CarWA's message. They would also create press releases of CarWA activities and events.  Experience would be great, but a desire to help would be just as good! Contact Rick Savage if you are interested in this position.
  • Volunteer needed for Supporter Coordination.  This volunteer would help maintain our supporter lists and to create ways to recruit more supporters.  This person would also survey our supporters in terms of skills that may be of use to the organization and would need to do some outreach to our supporters to keep them engaged in how they can help the organization.Contact Rick Savage if you are interested in this position.
  • The tentative 2017 Board of Directors meetings of the Carolina Wetlands Association are:  Jan. 23, Mar. 20, May 15, July 17, Sept. 18 and Nov. 27.  These dates will be approved by the Board at the January meeting.  MARK YOUR Calendars - everyone is invited. Meetings start at 6:30, locations to be announced.

  • Recording available:  Improving the Quantity and Quality Coastal Wetland in the U.S. South Atlantic.  Presented by Kristine Cherry, Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA); Kim Mathews, RTI International, and Jason Doll, Moffatt & Nichol for the Association of State Wetland Managers.  For more information and to view the recording, click here.
  • Recording Available: Wetlands & Climate Change: A Summary of Current Wetland Scientific Findings. Presented by Gillian Davies, BSC Group, Inc. and President, Society of Wetland Scientists for the Association of State Wetlands Managers.  For more information and to view the recording, click here.
  • The Wilmington Star News reports that Flytraps threatened yes, but not close to extinction. Click here to read article
  • Gauging Matthew’s Environmental Damage to North Carolina by Kirk Ross, Coastal Review Online.  Click here to read article.  
  • During Sandy, wetlands averted $625-Million in Damages By Jackie Snow – Hakai Magazine 
    In 2012, tropical cyclone Sandy made landfall in the United States’ northeastern coast, killing scores and causing extensive damage. The storm went on to become the second costliest cyclone in US history, after Hurricane Katrina. But as new research shows, it could have been much worse. Confirming their long-argued role as natural defenses, scientists calculated that coastal wetlands prevented as much as US $625-million in property damage during the storm. Storm surge causes much of the damage during a tropical cyclone, but wetlands helped absorb some of the wave energy and rising water. For full article, click here.

  • 2017 National Wetlands Awards – Deadline for Nominations is December 21st  
    The National Wetlands Awards are presented annually to individuals who have excelled in wetlands protection, restoration, and education. The program is administered by the Environmental Law Institute and supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, NOAA Fisheries, and the Federal Highway Administration. For more information, click here.  For nomination guidelines, click here.

  • Photos Show Overflowing Factory Farm Waste in NC After Hurricane Matthew  By Georgina Gustin – InsideClimate News 
    After Hurricane Matthew swept across North Carolinain September, environmental groups took to the air and have released photos showing dozens of factory farms deluged by the storm's heavy rains, spilling potentially toxic animal waste into the state's rivers. The Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance released the images, organized in "before and after" photos that show the extent of the flooding and potential pollution in the hardest hit areas. For full story, click here.

Training Opportunity

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 3pm ET. Floodplain Management:  Comprehensive Local Planning and Programs: Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Approach. Presenter: Tim Trautman, PE, CFM, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, Engineering & Mitigation Program Manager Click here for more information and to register.

Upcoming Events

December 12-13:  Dogwood Alliance Steering Committee Meeting for the Wetland Forest Initiative.  Charleston, SC.  Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District:  560 King St, Charleston, SC.  Agenda here.

January 23 at 6:30: Board of Directors Meeting at 6:30 pm. 3040 E. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC. RSVP if you plan to attend. 
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