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CarWA News - May 2018

Message from Rick

Dear Wetlands Supporters:

As you know, May is American Wetlands Month and 2018 Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas were recognized during special tours throughout the month.   These wetland treasures are recognized for their significance in terms of what they contribute to our well-being and the services they provide including water quality protection, flood control, mitigating sea level rise, storing carbon, and much more. We recently approved two new members to the Board of Directors - we welcome Heather Clarskson and Tara Allden to the Board (more about them next month).   

We also say farwell to two members who helped draft our charter. 
John Dorney served as Secretary for the Carolina Wetlands Association for three years and brought invaluable experience in wetland policy.  John will continue to serve as co-chair of the Policy Committee.  Stratford Kay is also leaving the Board after three years of service and has served on the Program Committee, coordinated our SC Wetland Treasures and is our invasive plant expert! He will continue to serve as co-chair of the Program Comittee. 

And as always, thank you for your support of the Carolina Wetlands Association.

Rick Savage


  • Join us Saturday, June 16 for a tour of Green Swamp in Brunswick County, NC at 10:30 AM.   The Green Swamp Preserve protects more than 17,000 acres of diverse wetland habitats that are differentiated by variations in soil conditions, hydrology, and topography. The site supports populations of numerous rare species, including 21 species of orchids and 17 species of carnivorous plants. Contact Rick Savage ( if you are interested in attending the tour. 
  • Wanted: Wetland Scientists to conduct site surveys:
    • JUNE 2:  30+ acre wetland near Garner that the owner wants to perserve and use the property for education and research.  We are in need of botanitss to help survey the wetland.
    • JUNE 30:  Spruill Farms ( in Washington County (NC).  There severals acres of wetland that are not a part of the Albemarle Sound that Carolina Wetlands Association will be surveying.
    • Please contact Rick Savage ( if you are interested in these opportunities.
  • Presentation from the technical sessions on wetlands at the NC Water Resources Research Institutes's annual conference in March are now available online. Thanks to everyone who presented, attended, and/or stopped by our booth. Click here to access the presentations.
  • Thank you to our volunteers from Reptile and Amphibian Day and the town of Cary's Arbor Day festival. Let us know about events and festivals in your area! 
  • Mud Day at the Walnut Creek Wetlands Park on May 19th was wet, but successful.  Thanks to Alvin, Jessica, Heather, and Eesha for representing Carolina Wetlands Assocation at the event!
  • The Wetland Forest Initiative held its steering committee meeting on May 22-24 at the Walnut Creek Wetlands Park.  The Carolina Wetlands Assocation is a member of the steering committee.  Click here for more information.

  • Atlantic Coast Pipeline gets violation notice from state over tree cutting. Click here to read article
  • A softer approach, living shorelines as an alternative to a hardened coast. Click here to read article
  • Invisible Connection between Groundwater and Wetlands. Click here to view a presentation from geologist Kenneth Bradbury (University of Wisconsin - Madison).
  • Report: Wood pellet mills threaten public health in North Carolina. Click here to read article.
  • Critics: NC Water Safety Act Endangers Water Quality. Click here to read article.

Training Opportunities

  • The NC Aquatic Data Hub is hosting a series of training workshops across the state on stream monitoring methods. Anyone who engages or is interested in engaging citizen scientists in monitoring streams should attend. Training is available in Tarboro (June 6-7). To register:

Upcoming Events

June 16: Tour of Green Swamp (Wetland Treasure of the Carolina), Brunswick County, NC. Contact Rick Savage ( if you are interested in attending the tour. 

July 21: Lower Savannah River Alliance's 5th Annual Swallow-tailed Kite Outing. Allendale, South Carolina. Click here to register. 
July 23-25:  Conference on Research in the Watersheds.  Shepardstown, WV.   Click here for more information.  

October 17-18: South Carolina Water Resrouces Conference. Columbia, SC. Click here for more information


Donate Today to Support Wetlands
Currently, your donations are the only source of funding for our organization. All donations are tax deductible and can be made online through Paypal Giving Fund or by mail.  More information is available on our website.  Everyone who donates at least $20 will receive a Carolina Wetlands Association car magnet. Please check the box to share your name and email so we can get you mailing address.Thank you for your support!

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