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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: The Association of State Wetland Managers is a national nonprofit membership organization established in 1983 to promote and enhance protection and management of wetland resources; to promote application of sound science to wetland management efforts and to provide training and education for our members and the public. Membership is open to anyone. The Association has the following goals: 1. Help states develop and implement wetland regulatory and management programs; 2. Improve the coordination of wetland programs and policies at all levels of government; 3. Provide training and capacity building for state wetland programs; 4. Facilitate the integration of wetlands into water resources and watershed management; 5. Build conservation and restoration partnerships among states, tribes, local governments, nonprofits, and other interested parties; 6. Translate wetland science into fair and reasonable government policies; 7. Encourage minority participation in wetland protection, restoration and management; 8. Integrate wetlands into broader landscape and resource management initiatives. In 2012, ASWM launched Wetlandkeepers, a capacity-building campaign, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. ASWM has a goal of raising $500,000.00 to build capacity in three core program areas: wetland programs, climate change and protecting watersheds. For more information about these programs, visit: http://www.aswm.org/wetlandkeepers-campaign

Results: In 2011, we launched a newly-organized website, offered new services such as a Wetland Jobs Board, webinars on water quality standards for wetlands, published over 5 reports on critical issues essential to improving wetlands and water resources protection, such as climate change adaptation techniques applied to wetlands.

Target demographics: State and tribal wetland programs, protecting wetlands throughout the U.S., the public at large - U.S.

Geographic areas served: National (all 50 states in the U.S.A.)

Programs: Wetlands - wetlands & climate change; improving state wetland programs; wetland mapping; wetlands & water quality; Wetland Breaking News & the blog

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been a member of the ASWM for over 10 years as a representative of a state agency. Over this time, I have personally observed and been involved with the outreach, coordination, and education efforts of the ASWM. They have been instrumental in assisting states and tribels improve wetlands and water quality protection programs. I have learned and applied considerable information obtained through conversations with other state and tribal representatives during ASWMD conferences and hosted training events. The ASWM is on the cutting edge of what is happening in the field of wetlands and water quality legislation, regulation, and litigation. They also instrumental in assisting states and tribes to coordinate on a variety of issues, ranging from reviewing Corps of Engineers Nationwide Rermits to partnering with NGOs to increase the public's awareness of the importance of wetlands and to developing new and inovative ways to enhance, restore, and protect them.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was hired as my state's first Wetland Program Coordinator 15 years ago and thankfully found the Association of State Wetland Managers early on in my wetland career. The professional expetise ASWM provides to state, tribes, and others has made all the difference in helping me to develop an award winning state wetland program (Environmental Law Institute Award for Wetland Program Development 2007). What I really appreciate about ASWM is their leadership putting on webinars and conferece calls, writing technical and policy papers, and coordination with others states on pertinent issues facing wetland management and protection. The information is accurate and timely and their website is loaded with valuable resources. Executive Director, Jeanne Christie has been great to work with and has provided tailored and practical assistance to evaluate our state's statues, rules and practices and worked with me to developed recommendations to advance wetland and riparian protection. As Siskel and Ebert say, ASWM gets "Two Thumbs Up"!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an environmental professional who has worked in the wetland policy arena for many years, I have witnessed first-hand the importance of the work done by the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM). ASWM serves a critical role in the wetland community as a clearinghouse of cutting-edge wetland science and policy information. Additionally, ASWM bridges the chasm between state and federal wetland managers and facilitates much-needed dialog between the two. I highly support the work done by the Association, and consider their work to be highly ethical.