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    2018 National Wetlands Awards – Deadline Extended!

    The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 National Wetlands Awards. ELI is pleased to announce a new category this year — Wetland Business Leader.

    The deadline to submit a short-form nomination has been extended until January 22, 2018. It is quick and easy to nominate your favorite wetland hero! Please visit http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org for more details.

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    2018 National Wetlands Awards – Accepting Nominations!

    The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 National Wetlands Awards. ELI is pleased to announce a new category — Wetland Business Leader. The deadline to submit a short-form nomination is December 22, 2017. Please visit http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org for more details.

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    The State of Compensatory Mitigation

    The State of Compensatory Mitigation:
    An ELI Public Seminar held in conjunction with the 2017 National Wetlands Awards

    Compensatory mitigation has been a rapidly growing industry among states, nonprofits, and the private sector ever since EPA and the Corps released the 2008 Mitigation Rule, providing clarification to aid agencies, states, permittees, consultants, and other involved in mitigation process. Since then, further efforts have been made to provide guidance through various rules and memorandum, however, with the Trump Administration’s plans for change, some of which have already occurred and others on the horizon, what can the many facets of the mitigation industry expect moving forward? From state in lieu fee programs to private and nonprofit mitigation banks, panelist will discuss the future prospects and challenges that face the many aspects of this industry and what it means for wetlands protection. Please click here to register for this event.

    Panelists:
    Kathryn Campbell, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute (moderator)
    Collis G. Adams (2017 National Wetlands Awardee), Administrator, NH Dept. of Environmental Services Wetlands Bureau
    Karen Bennett, Partner, Clark Hill PLC
    Donna Collier, Chair, National Environmental Banking Association & Manager, Valencia Wetlands Trust
    Vince Messerly, President, Stream and Wetlands Foundation

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    2017 National Wetlands Awards Ceremony

    You are cordially invited to join ELI in recognizing the achievements of the 2017 National Wetlands Award recipients. RSVP is required, please click here to register for the ceremony. To learn more about the work of this year’s five awardees, please visit http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org.
    May 18, 2017
    U.S. Botanic Garden
    100 Maryland Avenue SW
    Washington, DC 20001
    6-8 pm

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    Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era: A Discussion with ELI – Corrected Date

    Join Environmental Law Institute President Scott Fulton and the authors of a special report, Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era, for a discussion of its findings.

    Our attorneys will present highlights from their research and answer questions from the audience. This event is being held in response to the growing demand for unbiased answers and analysis on how deregulatory initiatives by the new Administration and Congress will impact environmental protection, governance, and the rule of law. The report explains the legal mechanisms and processes that may get deployed, how they work, and the effect on the current regulatory landscape. It responds to the questions that are increasingly being asked of ELI: What are the pathways and impacts of regulatory reform efforts likely to be undertaken? What are the opportunities for the public and other stakeholders to engage relative to reform initiatives?

    This brown-bag lunch event (with webinar option) is free and open to the public, but you must register. Please REGISTER HERE by April 24. Contact mcmurrin@eli.org with questions.
    Panelists:
    Scott Fulton, President
    Jay Austin, Senior Attorney; Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law Reporter
    Tobie Bernstein, Senior Attorney; Director, Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Program
    James M. McElfish, Jr., Senior Attorney; Director, Sustainable Use of Land Program
    Benjamin Solomon-Schwartz, Public Interest Law Fellow

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    Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era: A Discussion with ELI

    Join Environmental Law Institute President Scott Fulton and the authors of a special report, Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era, for a discussion of its findings.

    Our attorneys will present highlights from their research and answer questions from the audience. This event is being held in response to the growing demand for unbiased answers and analysis on how deregulatory initiatives by the new Administration and Congress will impact environmental protection, governance, and the rule of law. The report explains the legal mechanisms and processes that may get deployed, how they work, and the effect on the current regulatory landscape. It responds to the questions that are increasingly being asked of ELI: What are the pathways and impacts of regulatory reform efforts likely to be undertaken? What are the opportunities for the public and other stakeholders to engage relative to reform initiatives?

    This brown-bag lunch event (with webinar option) is free and open to the public, but you must register. Please REGISTER HERE by April 24. Contact mcmurrin@eli.org with questions.
    Panelists:
    Scott Fulton, President
    Jay Austin, Senior Attorney; Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law Reporter
    Tobie Bernstein, Senior Attorney; Director, Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Program
    James M. McElfish, Jr., Senior Attorney; Director, Sustainable Use of Land Program
    Benjamin Solomon-Schwartz, Public Interest Law Fellow

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    ELI-Columbia Green Infrastructure Symposium

    The impacts of climate change increase the risks and costs associated with stormwater management, maintaining water quality, flooding and extreme weather events. Communities can leverage existing federal, state, and local programs in innovative ways to maximize the benefits of green infrastructure for climate change adaptation and hazard mitigation.  New York City is home to two examples of such efforts. One involves a state-local initiative to carpet public and private properties in the city with green infrastructure. The other involves the acquisition of properties in hard hit communities using hazard mitigation and disaster recovery grants. Once these properties are acquired and existing structures removed, the land must be dedicated to open space, recreational, or wetland management uses. Panelists will discuss the challenges and benefits associated with these and similar programs that support to adopt nature-based approaches to climate change adaptation.

    Introductory remarks:
    Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

    Panelists:
    Justin Gundlach, Climate Law Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (moderator)
    Dr. Patricia J. Culligan, Professor, Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
    Lisa Bova-Hiatt, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, New York State
    David Salvesen, Director, Sustainable Triangle Field Site, University of North Carolina
    Alisa Valderrama, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

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    Developing Wetland Restoration Priorities for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilience in the MARCO Region

    Working with New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — the five members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) — the Environmental Law Institute prepared a detailed assessment of methods to identify, conserve, and restore wetlands for protection of communities and ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change. The webinar will examine the tools and approaches available, and panelists will focus on use of science in designing priority systems for wetland restoration and conservation in climate adaptation focusing on practical and innovative Maryland and New York area examples.

    Speakers:
    Rebecca Kihslinger, Science and Policy Analyst, ELI (moderator)
    Jim McElfish, Senior Attorney, ELI
    Nicole Maher, Senior Coastal Scientist, The Nature Conservancy (NY)
    Kelly Collins-Choi, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Maryland DNR

    Date/Time: Jan. 24, 2017, 1:00pm-2:30 pm (ET)

    To register for the webinar, please click this link:
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2881888525578329347

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    2017 National Wetlands Awards – Nomination Deadline Extended!

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    There is still time to submit a nomination to the 2017 National Wetlands Awards – The deadline has been extended until Dec. 21, 2016.
     

     
    Kathryn R. Campbell
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    2017 National Wetlands Awards – Now Accepting Nominations!

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    The Environmental Law Institute is now accepting nominations for the 2017 National Wetlands Awards. We are accepting nominations of individuals in six categories:

    Conservation & Restoration
    Education & Outreach
    Landowner Stewardship
    Science Research
    State, Tribal, and Local Program Development
    Wetland Community Leader

    Please visit http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org or contact Kathryn Campbell at campbell@eli.org to learn more!

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    4th Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop

    Register now for the 4th Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop!

    You are invited to join us on November 3rd, 2016, in Gulfport, Florida, for a full-day wetlands workshop featuring a speaker in the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series. Attendees have the opportunity to visit a local wetland mitigation site, hear from numerous wetland experts, participate in breakout session, and attend a networking reception. The two part workshop will explore in-depth the issues surrounding state/local wetlands management and transforming brownfields to wetlands.

    To learn more about this event, please visit: http://www.eli.org/events/4th-annual-eli-stetson-wetlands-workshop
    Kathryn R. Campbell

    Environmental Law Institute
    1730 M Street NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202)939-3806
    campbell@eli.org

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    Citizen Science, New Technologies, and Wetland Monitoring Event Next Week

    The Environmental Law Institute will be hosting a session on “Citizen Science, New Technologies, and Wetlands Monitoring,” on May 11 from 12:00-1:30 pm. Join our panel of experts as they discuss innovations in the field of wetlands monitoring, the need for citizen-generated data, and issues of privacy, data quality, and volunteer liability. This event is being hosted in conjunction with the 2016 National Wetlands Awards ceremony that will take place later that evening at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

    This session is free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to register: http://www.eli.org/events/citizen-science-new-technologies-and-wetlands-monitoring.

    If you have any questions about the event, feel free to email me. We hope to see you there!

    Kathryn R. Campbell

    Environmental Law Institute
    1730 M Street NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202)939-3806

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    2016 National Wetlands Awards Ceremony Invitation

    Good afternoon,

    On behalf of the Environmental Law Institute, you are cordially invited to attend the 2016 National Wetlands Awards on May 11, 2016, from 6-8pm. Please join us in recognizing the work of individuals who have shown an extraordinary commitment to the protection of our nation’s wetland resources. The evening will begin at 6pm with a reception and feature inspirational stories of wetlands protection. Tickets are free, but space is limited. Click here to reserve your ticket for the ceremony.

    Kathryn Campbell
    Editor, National Wetlands Newsletter
    Environmental Law Institute
    1730 M Street NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202)939-3806

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    2015 ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop Invitation

    You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop:

    Each fall, the Environmental Law Institute partners with Stetson University School of Law to host a workshop for wetland professionals. This year’s theme is “Wetlands Mitigation and Long-Term Stewardship: Financial Challenges and Title Issues” and will take place in Gulfport, FL, on November 12, 2015. The event will feature speakers from U.S. EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, wetland mitigation banks, and federal/local government. There will also be an optional field trip to a local wetland mitigation site. Lunch and a reception is included in registration fee. CLE credit and webinar options available. Please visit our website for more information and online registration: http://www.eli.org/events-calendar

    Kathryn R. Campbell
    Editor, National Wetlands Newsletter
    Environmental Law Institute
    1730 M Street NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202)939-3806

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    Send in your nominations for the 2016 National Wetlands Awards!

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    The Environmental Law Institute is now accepting nominations for the 2016 National Wetlands Awards! Individuals are eligible in six categories: Conservation & Restoration; Education & Outreach; Science Research; State, Local, and Tribal Program Development; Landowner Stewardship; and Wetlands Community Leader.The deadline to submit nominations is November 20, 2015. Please visit http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org to learn more!

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    Water Resources in the United States: Science Briefing

    The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) are pleased to present an expert panel on the science behind the proposed Clean Water Act rule. The panel will supplement the findings of the U.S. EPA document Connectivity of Streams & Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review & Synthesis of  the Scientific Evidence, with basic information on watershed science and the hydrologic cycle, as well as, evidence for the essential physical, chemical and biological connections between the upper watershed and the coast.

    To RSVP for this event (required), please visit: http://www.eli.org/events/water-resources-united-states-science-briefing

    Speakers:
    Dr. Denise Breitburg – Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
    Dr. Robert Brooks – Pennsylvania State University, 2013 National Wetlands Awards Recipient
    Dr. Stuart E.G. Findlay – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2015 National Wetlands Award Recipient

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    2015 National Wetlands Award

    You are invited to attend the 2015 National Wetlands Awards! This year the Environmental Law Institute and our federal agency partners will recognize the work of seven individuals from around the country for their innovation and dedication in wetlands protection. The ceremony will take place at the U.S. Botanic Garden on May 21, 2015. A reception will begin at 6pm, followed immediately by the ceremony at 6:30 pm.

    To learn more about this year’s award recipients and to RSVP,
    please visit: http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org

     

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    Capitol Hill Briefing on Water Resources

    Water Resources in the United States: Science Briefing

    Understanding the connections between streams, wetlands, and downstream waters

    The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) are pleased to present an expert panel on the science behind the proposed Clean Water Act rule. The panel will supplement the findings of the U.S. EPA document Connectivity of Streams & Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review & Synthesis of  the Scientific Evidence, with basic information on watershed science and the hydrologic cycle, as well as, evidence for the essential physical, chemical, and biological connections between the upper watershed and the coast.

    Where: Capitol Building Visitor Center, Washington, DC
    When: May 21, 2015, 10:30am-1:00pm

    Agenda

    10:30am: Meet the recipients of the 2015 National Wetlands Awards
    10:45am: Introductions
    11:00am: Science Panel
    12:30pm: Q&A Session

    The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required. Refreshments will be provided.

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    2015 National Wetlands Awards Invitation

    You are cordially invited to attend the Environmental Law Institute’s 2015 National Wetlands Awards ceremony! This year marks the 26th anniversary of the awards, which has recognized over 150 individuals for their dedication and innovation in wetland protection and conservation across the country. Learn more about this year’s seven award recipients. A reception will begin at 6pm, followed immediately by the ceremony at 6:30pm.
    May 21, 2015
    6pm-8pm

    U.S. Botanic Garden
    Washington, DC
    RSVP Required

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