CarWA News - October 11, 2016
Dear CarWA Supporters:
We hope that everyone is recovering from Hurricane Matthew. We witnessed wetlands at work to attenuate flood flows and reduce shoreline erosion across several states. Events like this remind us why wetlands are important! Please read the monthly newsletter for CarWA announcements, wetlands in the news, and upcoming training and events.
- 2017 Wetland Treasures Selection—Your Input Needed by October 15th: Every May during American Wetlands Month, CarWA recognizes a few sites as Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas. The CarWA Program Committee will soon begin the selection process for our 2017 Wetland Treasures, and we’d love to have your input as we create a list of sites for consideration. Do you have a favorite wetland in NC or SC that is in excellent ecological condition and is important for protecting wetland biodiversity in the Carolinas? If so, please send us your idea(s) by filling out the brief form. Click here to access the form.
- T-shirts have arrived! Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered one. We are working on getting them distributed. We ordered extras, so contact us if you still want one before we run out. Click here to order now.
- Wetland Treasures Field Trip: Mason Farm Wetlands
Saturday, November 5th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (rain date: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 12 noon)
NC Botanical Gardens in Orange County, NC—directions here
Tour two valuable wetland areas—Big Oak Woods and Morgan Creek Floodplain Forest—that are part of the NC Botanical Garden’s Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Big Oak Woods is one of the largest tracts of mature bottomland swamp forest remaining in the Piedmont, with some trees exceeding 300 years of age. Morgan Creek Floodplain Forest is part of one of the largest, most intact tracts of Piedmont swamp forest remaining.To reserve a spot, email Laura England (email@example.com).
- Valuation of Water Quality in Urban Streams. North Carolina State University and RTI International were awarded an EPA grant to develop and demonstrate methods for valuing the benefits of water quality in wadeable streams in Southeast watersheds where the surrounding area is undergoing increased urban development. Read more.
- Recommendations for Water Security and Sustainability. The River Network release a report synthesizes state policies for water security and sustainability in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The report offers recommendations and models for how these policies can be strengthened. Read more.
- Meet EPA wetland scientist, Mary Kentula, and find out why wetlands are a vital component of our nation's waters. Mary works on EPA's National Wetlands Condition Assessment. Read more.
- Climate Change is Increasing Beach Salinity. A team of researcher's sampled water stored in soil and rock at a beach in Delaware Bay and analyzed them for salinity levels. Researcher conclude that changes in salinity distribution will greatly alter biological communities in the intertidal zone. Read more.
- Public-Private Investment Will Improve Critical Wetlands in 12 States. In July 2016 USDA announced an award of $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) to support 10 wetland enhancement projects on private and
tribal agricultural lands in 12 states. In total, projects will help to protect, restore or enhance 15,000 acres of wetlands in critical watersheds across the United States. A full list of projects funded is available on the WREP website.
- Hydric Soils Training. The Association of State Wetland Managers launched a series of training webinars on hydric soils. This four-part training series is for wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field. The fourth webinar entitled Using Field Observations of Soils Onsite in Decision Making will be on on Wednesday, October 12, at 3:00 pm. Click here to register for the webinar and view recordings from previous webinars.
October 17: Program Committee meeting at 6:30, 3040 E. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC. For more information, contact Amin Davis or Stratford Kay.
November 2-5: 2016 joint meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists - South Atlantic and South Central Chapters, and the Gulf Estuarine Research Society in Florida. Registration is now open! The meeting will provide a forum for scientists and students to share current research in wetland, estuarine and coastal habitats.
November 5: Wetland Treasures Field Trip: Mason Farm Wetlands, Chapel Hill, NC. 1:00 - 3:00 PM (rain date: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 12 noon). Space is limited. Contact Laura England for reservations.
November 14: Board of Directors Meeting. at 6:30 pm. 3040 E. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC. RSVP if you plan to attend.
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