State of the Markets CoverTrout Headwaters, in conjunction with the National Mitigation Banking Association is pleased to release its annual “State of the Markets” Report for 2014 showing trends in Wetland Mitigation Banking over the period from 2000-2013 with updated data provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  This concise report is available only to THI clients and partners interested in the latest statistics and trends for the growing industry.  To request a copy by email info@troutheadwaters.com

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A recent report from The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) provides a detailed glimpse into the positive economic impacts resulting from environmental restoration activities. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program has contributed $18.6 million to local economies, leveraging $142 million with partner contributions, for a combined total of $161 million spent on PFW program projects. “For every dollar spent by the PFW and Coastal Programs, $7 to $9 of restoration work is happening on the ground,” according to the report.

Looking at only at a single year (FY 2011) for example, the “total economic stimulus created by the PFW program amounted to $292 million in output and 3,500 new jobs” notes the report.

>Read the report http://www.fws.gov/home/pdfs/restoration-returns.pdf

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From our friend and reader Dennis Grether comes this photo from north of Tucson, AZ  of a grand, tall saguaro cactus and a red fox that he found (and photographed) in its top. “I couldn’t quite figure out why he was there,” says Grether,  although the fox stayed most of the day.  “The next morning, he was gone.”

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The half-hour documentary “Water: The Lifeblood of Energy” from Prairie Public Broadcasting describes the connection between water and energy and how cities and utilities across the western United States are using combinations of collaboration, conservation, and new technology to squeeze more use out of every precious drop.

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Status-and-Trends-of-Wetlands-in-the-Conterminous-United-States-2004-to-2009_Page_001With the 2013 release of trend data for U.S. wetlands (with apparent delay) came concerning statistics about the nations vanishing wetland resources.   This report does not draw conclusions regarding trends in the quality or condition of the Nation’s wetlands, rather focusing on wetland areas and extents.  The report discloses estimated net losses of more than 60,000 acres in the years 2004- 2009 and signals reason for continued concern with implementation of the nation’s requirement for ‘no net loss.’

The report notes: “The cumulative effects of losses in the freshwater system have had consequences for hydrologic and ecosystem connectivity. In certain regions, profound reductions in wetland extent have resulted in habitat loss, fragmentation, and limited opportunities for reestablishment and watershed rehabilitation.”

Further examination of wetland condition on the national level has been initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency in conjunction with the Fish and Wildlife Service and other Federal, State and Tribal partners.

>Read the Full Report

http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Documents/Status-and-Trends-of-Wetlands-in-the-Conterminous-United-States-2004-to-2009.pdf

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With rulemaking intended to clarify jurisdiction for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act, the recent notice for public comment has expectedly attracted lots of attention.  Release of the rule has been met with cautious praise as well as criticism.

In release of the proposed rule, USEPA and USACE are acting to protect resources like intermittent and ephemeral streams, which many argue are the lifeblood of some of the Nation’s most fragile landscapes. >Read Details

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-proposes-greater-protections-for-streams-wetlands-under-clean-water-act/2014/03/25/4811cd36-b42c-11e3-b899-20667de76985_story.html

Ongoing loss of U.S. wetlands despite the Clean Water Act and its requirement for ‘no net loss’  has further drawn attention onto the agencies and the unsustainable plight of the nation’s precious water ‘collectors and filters’.  >See Trends

http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Documents/Status-and-Trends-of-Wetlands-in-the-Conterminous-United-States-2004-to-2009.pdf

The proposed rule is supported by the latest peer-reviewed science, including a draft scientific assessment by EPA, which presents a review and synthesis of more than 1,000 pieces of scientific literature. The rule will not be finalized until the final version of this scientific assessment is complete and is open for public comment for 90 days from publication in the Federal Register.

More information: www.epa.gov/uswaters  Watch Administrator McCarthy’s overview: http://youtu.be/ow-n8zZuDYc  Watch Deputy Chief of Staff Arvin Ganesan’s explanation: http://youtu.be/fOUESH_JmA0

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Trout Headwaters, Inc. has pioneered big data systems for industry and private users enabling comprehensive analysis of various environmental data sets across a broad range of ecosystem services and markets.  Leveraging the capability to relate many, many, layers of complex data will continue to provide unique insights for our firm and our customers. Get your interactive tools today!  >Learn more about EcoBlu Analyst  by emailing us info@troutheadwaters.com

In a recent interview with McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland, Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund points out that what gets measured, gets managed.  By serving markets increasingly interested in green goods and services, the advent of big data presents opportunities for businesses to improve their bottom line and the environment, he says.  >Read Full Story

http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/fred_krupp_on_the_benefits_of_monitoring_resource_use?cid=ResourceRev-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1404&utm_content=buffer83730&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

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Levi Novey, writing in the Huffington Post blog points up the importance of getting young people “excited about the amazing world we live in, and helping them learn how they can play their own role in protecting it.”  For Novey, who is playing a key role at The Corps Network in helping to build a modern Civilian Conservation Corps  (what U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has called “CCC2.0″), this important work is about engaging the next generation of conservation stewards and community leaders.  His recent post “Cultivating the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders” applauds those who recently received the White House “Champions for Change” honors and calls on us to lend our hands to this important work.  >Read More

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A program intended to insure that American Children have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, builds on a Forest Service tradition of conservation and education.   “The challenges associated with climate change and water will not be resolved in a few years. It will take generations. Kids must understand why forests are so valuable so they will grow into citizens who support conservation,” according to USFS.

Educators, parents—and resource managers—are increasingly concerned with the growing disconnect between children and nature, and the kind of future we are creating for our children.  The Forest Service has a tremendous number of ongoing activities to help connect children with nature.  >Learn More via http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/conservationeducation/about/?cid=fsmrs_100571

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