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Protecting the world’s wetlands: 5 essential reads

Jennifer Weeks, The Conversation World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 marks the date when 18 nations signed the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since that time, scientists have shown that wetlands provide many valuable services, from buffering coasts against floods to filtering […]

What Is the Best Weather Station for Weather Underground?

best weather station for weather underground

We all like to keep up with the weather reports to get an idea about the upcoming weather conditions. However, some of us don’t rely on the national weather service and like to have our very own weather station to get accurate and local real-time weather and even collect data, especially if it goes with […]

Wetland Grasses Identification

Wetland Grasses Identification

You know you’ve been avoiding it, learning how to identify those tricky wetland grasses. Somehow, they just keep coming back to haunt you – even appearing to dominate your wetlands. Often, only a few sparse grass plants poke up through the other plant species. However, if they do happen to be the dominant plant in […]

What are Hydric Soils?

Silty Loam Hydric Soil

Hydric soil conditions generally develop in areas that have continuous or occasional saturation and reduction in the mineral layers. ? Direct evidence of these conditions is often seen as redoximorphic features, except in histosols, and can also be verified by measuring or observing saturation and reduction of iron (evidenced by the coloration of the soil, […]

Best Two Way Radios for Mountains

Best Two way radios for mountains

Mountains offer some of the most beautiful and isolated terrain in the world. They attract hikers, hunters, and those just looking to do a little soul-searching. And while this isolation is a big reason for people seeking out mountains, they also bring the inconvenience of communication with the outside world. If you’re like me, in […]

Binoculars for Sale on Amazon

Binoculars for sale on Amazon

From bird watching to hunting to attending concerts and football games in huge stadiums, there are many reasons to invest in a good set of binoculars. The best binoculars are capable of bringing distant images to life right in front of you, with amazing resolution and clarity making you feel like you are part of […]

Wetland Protections and Permitting – Sections 401 and 404 Clean Water Act of 1972

Wetland Permitting Sections 401 and 404

When the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), with funding from the EPA, set out to conduct a comprehensive review of state wetland protections in 2005-2007, they undertook a complex task. Protecting wetlands from pollution and degradation is generally considered to fall under the Clean Water Act (CWA), [1] but the way individual states apply or build […]