In the NewsWeekly News of Interest

Listed below are links to news articles that may be of interest to the wetland community. They also appear in the monthly issue of Wetland News Digest. Readers are encouraged to send links to recent articles, publications, and other resources pertaining to wetlands in their local area to Marla Stelk, Executive Director at  and reference “In the News” in the subject box. 

For Wetland Plants, Sea-Level Rise Stamps Out Benefits of Higher CO2

University of Mississippi biologist’s findings could have impact on Gulf of Mexico’s “Dead Zone

EPA Announces $53 Million Investment in the Gulf of Mexico through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

White House Releases Technical Assistance Guide to Help Communities Unlock Resources From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

In Minnesota, the PolyMet mine pits renewable energy needs against tribes and the EPA

Lack of enforcement of regulations allows some South Dakota farmers to illegally convert wetlands to croplands


Recent Comment Letters

NAWM Comments on Revised Definition of "WOTUS"

On February 3, 2022, the National Association of Wetland Managers (NAWM, formerly the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM)) submitted comments in response to the proposed rule, “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’,” EPA-HQ-OW-2021-0602. The NAWM letter addresses the following key issue areas: 1) importance of working with states and tribes to define WOTUS; 2) importance of a durable regulatory definition of WOTUS; 3) importance of proceeding to Rule 2; 4) environmental justice concerns; 5) need to consider climate change; 6) waters included in the definition of WOTUS; 7) WOTUS tools and implementation issues; and 8) considerations for Rule 2. The full comment letter can be found here.