Judy Helgen is a retired research scientist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She worked to develop biological monitoring of wetlands water quality based on aquatic invertebrate communities; co-developed a citizen wetland volunteering monitoring program; and led the state's investigation into widespread deformed frogs especially in the late 1990s. She's the author of "Peril in the Ponds: Deformed Frogs, Politics, and a Biologist's Quest." She earned her PhD at the University of Minnesota in zoology/aquatic biology.
A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court strips away protections from our nation’s remaining treasure of isolated wetlands. The court has reverted to the dark days when wetlands were viewed as dirty swamps to be drained — habitats with no value. There’s a convoluted legislative and regulatory history which gave the U.S. Army Corps […]