From aspwe.org, Wetland Engineering and Restoration
What is the American Society of Professional Wetland Engineers?
The American Society of Professional Wetland Engineers is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of the engineering practices for wetland restoration and the professional development of its members.
Why should I join?
There is no cost to join and this is the best place to find information related to not just the science of wetland restoration but more specifically the technical difficulties of constructing and creating wetlands from the engineer's perspective. We don't want to become a big Association but rather a focused one.
Do I have to be a Professional Engineer to join ASPWE?
No, anybody can become a regular member of the Society, but only registered professional engineers and surveyors will be considered professional members and listed as such on the Wetland Engineer tab.
How do I join
Its easy, just go to the log in / create account link at the upper right corner of any webpage and complete the form. You will be asked to verify your email address.
Do I have to be a member to contribute?
No, anyone can contribute. However, contributions by non-members will be scrutinized closely by our staff (and by other members) to maintian the highest quality of information possible on this site. Members may be afforded other privilages from time to time including periodic features of their projects on our home page.
Do you have a forum where I can express my opinion?
Originally this site had a thriving forum, the spammers of the world turned it into a maintenance nightmare and so it has been disabled. If enough interest surfaces then we may try some new forum software and bring the forum back later. With the conversion of the site to a wiki format we are asking people to carry out discussions on the 'discussion tab' at the top of every page. This method is much more cumbersome but if yoru opinion really matters then you'll figure it out! Basically the discussion page is just like any other wiki page, add your thoughts to the bottom of the page and please respect the entries of those who expressed their thoughts above you.
How is this site funded?
The site is funded mostly at the expense of the editor, Robert Charney. Some expenses are defrayed through advertising and donations.
Are my donations tax deductible?
Probably not, always talk to your tax advisor to be sure. ASPWE has never been formalized and is not recognized as a charitable or 501c organization by the IRS. Your donations are used to defray costs for the website that are normally incurred solely by the editor, Robert Charney. In the unlikely event that contributions and advertising revenue exceed expenses then he is responsible to pay taxes on the difference.
Why don't you include wetland biologists and ecologists in your association?
We do! Wetland biologists, ecologists, and environmental scientists are all welcome to join and participate in the our site! See the Disciplines page for a discussion on all the various professions that contribute to wetland restoration science.
ASPWE recognizes however that the very upstanding Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) organization may be better suited to the role of the many disciplines working in the wetland restoration field. We do not want to duplicate their work. Our goal is to focus specifically on the challenges faced by engineers, surveyors, and technical staff struggling to solve restoration challenges.
Is this information limited to America?
ASPWE has its roots in the United States but has become much more than just a US organization. The majority of our contributors and visitors are from the North American continent and we keep 'American" in the title because of the name recognition that the brand already enjoys. We hope that our international contributors do not take offense and see the site for what it is... a repository of very good information that may be applicable around the world.
Will this site be translated into other languages?
Ah, well, all in good time. That is a lot of work and we're not there yet. Hopefully the answer will be YES! someday.