NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES EPA Releases Report on Conditions in Nation’s Wetlands https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-reso...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES EPA Releases Report on Conditions in Nation’s Wetlands https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/nwca EPA has just released the National Wetland Condition Assessment: A Collaborative Survey of the Nation’s Wetlands. The report finds that less than half of wetland area, 48%, is in good condition based on plant community. Of the stressors the NWCA examined, physical alterations to wetland habitat such as surface compaction, ditches, or plant removal are the most widespread: 27% of wetland area nationally has high stress levels for surface hardening and vegetation removal, and 23% of wetland area has high stress levels for ditching. This is the first national monitoring study of the overall condition of wetlands conducted with a statistically-valid random sample approach. This study will also be placed on the 2016 Reports and Publications Page of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/ Tim Smith Sustainable Water Resources Coordinator Government Web Site, http://acwi.gov/ Sustainable Water Resources Site, https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/