The Association of State Wetland Managers is a 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 who is involved with wetland resources.

ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar

ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar

Please check back for future webinars. Thank you.


Past ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar

Information on the ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series

 

 

Special ASWM Webinar: Wetland Link International North America

Wetland Link International

This webinar was held on October 29 from 1:00-5:45 eastern.

The Association of State Wetland Managers is a member of Ramsar U.S.  Partnering with Wetland Link International to provide an opportunity for wetland education and interpretive centers in North America, we presented this webinar as a multi-national venue for sharing information and collaborating on issues of common concern. The webinar provided an opportunity to learn about wetland center activities in North America, discuss effective approaches, and think about building a Wetland Center Network in North America through Wetland Link International (WLI). This was a great chance to bring a broad range of people on wetland education and interpretation together. To review the agenda, please go here. For more information about Wetland Link International, please click here.

This webinar features presenters and participants from Canada, United States and United Kingdom, including educators, state wetland program staff, consultants, non-profit organizations and government agencies.



     


   
  

Part 1: Introduction, Jeanne
Christie, ASWM &
Christ Rostron, WLI Global


Part 2: Sandra Hails, CEPA
Manager, Ramsar Secretariat


Part 3: Cully Shelton,
International Crane Foundation














Part 4:  Suzanne Pittenger-
Slear, Environmental Concern


Part 5: Nathalie Bays,
Oak Hammock Marsh


Part 6: Kris Scopinich,
Massachusetts Audubon Society














Part 7: Questions & Answers
























Certificate of Participation - March 24, 2020 Capacity Building Webinar

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the March 24, 2020 Wetland Regulatory Capacity Building Project Webinar: Sharing EPA's "Refresh" to the Enhancing State and Tribal Programs (ESTP) Framework

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Capacity Building webinar: Sharing EPA's "Refresh" to the Enhancing State and Tribal Programs (ESTP) Framework) on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 pm Eastern.

Please do the following:

  • Choose one of the options from the box below. (ASWM Member or Non-Member)
  • Once you are in ClassMarker, click on Start and enter your email address and create a password.
  • Do not click on Log in and Resume. The Resume button is there in case you misplace this specific certificate and need to retrieve it again. It won’t work for future webinar certificates.
  • You will need to create a new password for each webinar certificate you wish to obtain.
  • Then follow the prompts and enter your name as you wish it to appear on your certificate and answer the 2 questions about membership and attending the live webinar.

Answering “yes” to the question about your participation will automatically qualify you to receive a certificate for your attendance. Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.

You will be prompted to download your Certificate of Participation from ClassMarker after you complete the quiz.

Once you download your certificate, you can then submit the certificate to the accrediting organization of your choice to potentially receive continuing education units/credits. 

   
Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars. Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $25.00 US. To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 

  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $25.00 certificate processing fee. You will be prompted to pay the processing fee using PayPal, with the option to sign in as either a PayPal member or as a guest (not requiring a PayPal account and using your credit card).  

B) We encourage you to go to the ASWM.org website and become a member so that you can receive certificates at no charge for the next 12 months.  

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Burchill at or contact the ASWM office at (207) 892-3399.

 

2018 NRCS Conservation Planners Training Webinars

Webinar 4: Wetlands Ecology for Planners - Examples of Variation Across the United States

Held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 3:00-5:00 pm ET

INTRODUCTION

Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

PRESENTERS

  • Doug Norris, Wetland Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • Andy Robertson, Executive Director, Geospatial Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

ABSTRACT

This is the fourth webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The webinar began with a presentation on the variability in wetlands across the country, including how specific wetland functions and services vary by wetland type. The webinar reviewed these functions and services, which include wildlife habitat, flood attenuation, water quality improvement, recreational opportunities and more. The webinar then move to a second presentation on wetland benefits and their impact on other resources at the watershed scale.  This topic was explored through three cases examining how climatic fluctuation, flooding and water quality are impacted by the presence and/or absence of wetlands (wetland loss/wetland restoration). Participants will come away from the webinar with an increased understanding of variability of wetlands and their associated functions and services nationwide, as well as how wetland loss and wetland restoration can have impacts at the watershed scale. 
 

BIOS

Doug Norris is the Wetlands Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul, Minnesota. His responsibilities include wetland policy development, providing technical assistance on wetlands, developing wetlands-related data such as updated National Wetland Inventory maps and wetland status and trend data, and administering the DNR’s regulatory responsibilities for calcareous fens. Doug held previous positions with the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University (B.S. -Wildlife) and from the University of Missouri (M.S. - Fisheries and Wildlife).

Andy Robertson is currently Executive Director of GeoSpatial Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In this role, Andy is responsible for oversight and management of all GeoSpatial Services projects, activities and staff. GeoSpatial Services is engaged in a wide variety of projects across the Lower 48 and Alaska including: wetland inventory; National Hydrography Dataset updates; spatial data development; and, natural resource condition assessments. Andy earned a Forest Technology Diploma from Sault College of Applied Technology in Ontario, Canada, a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo and completed postgraduate work in forest management at the University of Toronto. GeoSpatial Services has been a key partner of the USFWS and has been working for over 15 years to update legacy National Wetland Inventory data across the nation. Andy is a steering committee member for the ASWM Wetland Mapping Consortium and is co-chair of the Alaska GeoSpatial Council Wetland Technical Working Group. 

 

Part 4.0: Welcome: Jeanne Christie
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Part 4.0: Welcome: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 4.1 Presenter: Andy Robertson
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Part 4.1 Introduction: Andy Robertson, Executive Director, Geospatial Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Part 4.2 Norris
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Part 4.2: Presenter: Doug Norris, Wetland Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Webinar 3: Wetlands Ecology for Planners - How Wetlands Function


Held Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 3:00-4:30 pm ET

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This is the third webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The first half of the webinar focused on explaining general wetland ecology concepts, including succession, thresholds, disturbance, sensitivity and resilience. The second half of the webinar identified how source waters (surface and groundwater) and soils define the character of a wetland, including an introduction to the Hydrogeomorphic Wetland Classification System (HGM). Participants will come away from the webinar with an increased understanding of how to consider these key concepts as they plan conservation and management activities that include wetlands.

BIOS

Stacey Clark is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Ecologist. Stacey has been an ecologist for NRCS since 2011. From 2008-2011, she served as a plant ecologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Prior to this, she worked as a Forestry Technician with the U.S. Forest Service. Stacey holds a Master’s degree in Forest Ecology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and Zoology from Michigan State University.

Kendra Moseley is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Quality Assurance Specialist focused on the development of ecological site concepts and ecological site descriptions. Her area of responsibility is from Alaska, the Pacific NW, California, Nevada, and down to Hawaii and the Pacific Islands Area. She works to ensure that all ecological site work being conducted in relation to the NRCS, including all agency projects, interagency MOUs, contract agreements, and research projects meet the existing NRCS National standards, policies, and guidelines. Kendra has been involved in the development of many of the national standards and guidelines that currently exist related to the development of ecological site concepts and site descriptions. Kendra holds both her Master of Science in Restoration Ecology and her Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Management from the University of Idaho.

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Part 3.0: Welcome: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Introduction & Clark
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Part 3.1 Introduction: Stacey Clark, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Part 3.2 Moseley
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Part 3.2: Presenter: Kendra Moseley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Part 3.3 Moseley
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Part 3.3: Presenter: Kendra Moseley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Webinar 2: Wetlands in a Watershed at the Landscape Scale

Held Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 3pm ET

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This second webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series began with an overview of where wetlands can occur in landscapes. Next, the webinar  explored the three key considerations with wetlands – hydrology, geology (soils), and vegetation. The presenters covered the importance of hydrology for wetlands, including temporal changes and the importance of time scale, the soil-water relationship and parent/source materials when looking at hydric soils, as well as kinds of wetland plants and what plant patterns tell you about how water runs off the land and the wetland itself. This webinar also covered influences from specific living resources, how different land uses affect wetlands (with a focus on agricultural land use), and how wetlands are a reflection of their surrounding landscape and watershed. The webinar concluded with discussion on how wetlands change over time and tools that can be used to understand these changes. Participants will come away from the webinar with an increased understanding of patterns on the landscape, how to identify wetlands at the watershed and field level and prepare to look at individual wetland sites.

BIOS

Kendra Moseley is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Quality Assurance Specialist focused on the development of ecological site concepts and ecological site descriptions. Her area of responsibility is from Alaska, the Pacific NW, California, Nevada, and down to Hawaii and the Pacific Islands Area. She works to ensure  that all ecological site work being conducted in relation to the NRCS, including all agency projects, interagency MOUs, contract agreements, and research projects meet the existing NRCS National standards, policies, and guidelines. Kendra has been involved in the development of many of the national standards and guidelines that currently exist related to the development of ecological site concepts and site descriptions.  Kendra holds both her Master of Science in Restoration Ecology and her Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Management from the University of Idaho.

Lenore Vasilas is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Scientist on the Soil Science Division Technical Soil Services Staff. She has been a soil scientist for NRCS for 28 years working for the first 7 years on soil survey and the rest of her career in various positions, concentrating on hydric soils issues. She has been a member of the National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils for 20 years and is the current chair of the committee.

Stacey Clark is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Ecologist.  Stacey has been an ecologist for NRCS since 2011.  From 2008-2011, she served as a plant ecologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Prior to this, she worked as a Forestry Technician with the U.S. Forest Service.  Stacey holds a Master’s Degree in Forest Ecology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and Zoology from Michigan State University. 

 


 
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Part 2.0: Welcome and Overview: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 2.1: Introduction
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Part 2.1: Introduction: Presenter: Kendra Moseley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Part 2.2: Presenter: Stacey Clark
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Part 2.2: Presenter: Stacey Clark, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Part 2.3: Presenter: Lenore Vasilas
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Part 2.3: Presenter: Lenore Vasilas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Part 2.4: Presenter: Stacey Clark
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Part 2.4: Presenter: Stacey Clark, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Part 2.5: Summary: Presenter: Kendra Moseley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Webinar 1: Introduction to Wetlands


Held Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3pm ET

INTRODUCTION

  • Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Mangers
  • Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers 
    [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

PRESENTERS

WEBINAR DISCUSSION

This first webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly developed nine-part wetland training webinar series provided an introduction to wetlands. The webinar started with introducing the primary components of a wetland, moving on to what makes wetlands distinctive from other types of waters and land. Next, the webinar covered the variability of wetlands across the landscape, including across seasons and time and the benefits of wetlands. The training concluded with a discussion of the history of and changes in agriculture policy in relation to wetland losses and gains. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe what a wetland is and be able to explain to others the value of wetlands.

BIOS

Mary Manning is the Regional Vegetation Ecologist for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service, in Missoula, MT.  She focuses on vegetation classification, assessment, inventory and monitoring, primarily in shrubland, grassland and riparian/wetland vegetation. She also works on climate change related assessments and forest plan revision. 

Doug Norris is the Wetlands Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul, Minnesota. His responsibilities include wetland policy development, providing technical assistance on wetlands, developing wetlands-related data such as updated National Wetland Inventory maps and wetland status and trend data, and administering the DNR’s regulatory responsibilities for calcareous fens. Doug held previous positions with the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University (B.S. -Wildlife) and from the University of Missouri (M.S. - Fisheries and Wildlife).

Karen Fullen is the Ecologist and environmental compliance specialist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service West Region. A native of Fresno, California, Karen started her NRCS career in the Field Office there in 1992 in the student employment programs. After obtaining an A.S. degree in Forest/Park Technology from Kings River Community College and a B.S. in Biology with an Ecology emphasis from Fresno State in 1997, Karen became a Soil Conservationist for the Fresno Field Office. From 1999-2004, she was the Wetland Team Biologist working out of the Elk Grove Field Office to provide wetland compliance and restoration assistance across a large swath of interior northern California. Prior to joining the West National Technology Support Center Core Team in 2014, Karen Fullen served as the State Biologist and Environmental Compliance Specialist for Idaho and Utah over a period of 10 years.


 
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Part 1.0: Welcome: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 1.1A Christie
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Part 1.1A: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 1.1B: Manning
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Part 1.1B: Presenter: Mary Manning, US Forest Service

Part 1.2: Norris
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Part 1.2: Presenter: Doug Norris, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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View Past NRCS Conservation Planners Training Webinars Here

View a List of Past NRCS Conservation Planners Training Webinar Recordings Here

Pipeline Permitting Webinars

ASWM Webinar Series on Improving Aquatic Resource Protection through §401 Certification of Linear Energy Transmission Project Permits 

Project Background:

Energy projects, particularly pipelines, affect a range of aquatic resources, including wetlands.  A single pipeline can cross hundreds of wetlands and streams.  Disturbance of wetlands during pipeline development may also release greenhouse gasses.  State §401 Certification review of energy development projects is a highly complex and time-consuming task, one that challenges most state wetland programs.  The use of Section §401 to effectively participate in the FERC, DOE and other permit planning and review process relies on understanding about how energy permitting processes work.  Early, upfront coordination between the state wetland program, federal permitting agencies, developers and their consultant intermediaries has been shown to be a key to successful aquatic resource protection.  

To support this work, ASWM worked with a national workgroup to develop documents detailing pipeline permitting processes, points of access for wetland managers, key points of consideration for permit reviewers, best practices for mitigation of both permanent and temporary impacts, template energy project review materials to be adapted by state wetland programs and an online resource page with links to guidance, templates, tools, recorded webinars and contacts.

For more information and/or to join our email list for notices about upcoming events, please contact Laura Burchill at or (207) 892-3399. 

View a List of Past Pipeline Permitting Webinar Recordings Here

As part of this project, ASWM delivered four webinars on topics that have been identified to address specific training needs:

ASWM Pipeline Permitting Webinars:

  • November 7, 2018 Pipeline Permitting 101 – Clifford Brown, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources; Robert Parker, Ollsson Associates; and Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers

A List of Beaver Restoration Webinars Can Be Found Here. (PDF)

Members’ Wetland Webinar - Held March 20, 2019

Understanding State Agency Opportunities for Third Party Compliance Monitoring on Pipeline Projects 

Presenters: Mike Warner, Transcon Environmental, Inc. and Jeff Davis, Transcon Environmental, Inc.


Members’ Wetland Webinar - June 12, 2019 - 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m. ET

Identifying Listed Species and Streamlining Section 7 Consultation for Wetland Permitting (And More): Introduction to the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Online IPaC Tool

Presenter: Victoria Foster, National IPaC Program Coordinator, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The above ASWM Members’ Wetland Webinars are only available to ASWM Members. This is one of the many benefits available to ASWM members. For more information on the benefits of membership and how to join, click here. If you are a member of ASWM, please log in to the ASWM website to view the webinar held on March 20th and June 12th.

2018 Past ASWM Pipeline Permitting Project Webinars Series

Webinar #4: Pipeline Permitting 101

Held Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 3-5 pm ET  

INTRODUCTION 

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This webinar has been designed to help provide a basic overview for regulators that are new to oil and natural gas pipeline permitting and provide a review for others who already are engaged in this work. The webinar began with an overview of the expansion of oil and especially gas pipeline development in recent years and the associated growing need for review of pipeline permit applications by state and tribal aquatic resource regulators.  The webinar covered pipeline basics – how pipeline projects are planned, the general steps in construction, and the potential to participate in a pre-application phase during which many key planning decisions are made.  The webinar discussed the different processes involved in oil and gas permitting.  Next, the webinar providef an overview of §401 Water Quality Certification and where this review process fits into overall planning and permitting. The webinar discussed examples of how states and tribes have dealt with conditioning §401 certifications and share lessons learned.  The webinar concluded by describing new resources designed for those working on pipeline permitting that will soon be available on the Association of State Wetland Managers’ website.

BIOS

Clifford Brown has worked for West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section, since 1989 and currently serves in the DNR Environmental Coordination Unit as the lead for oil and gas related activities. Responsibilities include review of Section 401 applications, coordination with WVDEP and USEPA for mitigation and restoration associated with administrative orders and consent decrees, coordination with USFWS related to the National Wildlife Refuge System, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, coordination with the USFS for oil and gas projects on the Monongahela, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in West Virginia, and serves on the AFWA Energy and Wildlife Policy Committee and the agency coordinator for review of FERC projects in West Virginia. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Robert Parker has worked in state government, nonprofits and consulting firms, developing a critical breadth of knowledge about the regulatory process from many perspectives. He is the former Section 401 Coordinator at Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and currently works as a independent consultant. While at NDEQ Robert also coordinated the state’s Storm Water Management Plan Grants Program and served as project manager for Watershed Management Plans in development by Nebraska Natural Resources Districts under the state's Nonpoint Source Management Plan.  Before relocating to the Great Plains, Robert worked in the Great Basin region with threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout. He has a B.S. in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University, where he completed undergraduate research in genetic and morphologic differentiation in isolated populations of rough sculpin (Cottus asperrimus) in California’s Pit and Fall Rivers. Prior to his career in science and policy Robert spent nearly two decades working as a professional whitewater and fly fishing guide in Alaska, California, Montana, and Chile.

Brenda Zollitsch, PhD is Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers, leading ASWM’s research on wetland and stream issues. She has been the PI on an ongoing multi-year project exploring ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of state and tribal permitting of oil and gas pipeline projects. In addition to her work for ASWM, Brenda serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service teaching courses in public policy. She also assists water resource collaborations as a strategic planner and professional facilitator. Brenda holds her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and a double Masters’ degree in International Relations and Environmental Resource Management from Boston University.   

 

Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 2: Presenter: Robert Parker, Wetland Policy Consultant
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Part 2: Presenter: Robert Parker, Wetland Policy Consultant

Part 3: Presenter: Clifford Brown, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
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Part 3: Presenter: Clifford Brown, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Part 4: Presenter: Clifford Brown, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
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Part 4: Presenter: Clifford Brown, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Part 5: Presenter: Robert Parker, Wetland Policy Consultant
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Part 5: Presenter: Robert Parker, Wetland Policy Consultant

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Webinar #3: Horizontal Directional Drilling: Understanding Context when Reviewing Oil and Gas Pipeline Permit
Applications

Held Monday, October 29, 2018 – 3-5 pm ET 

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is often considered a best practice for pipeline construction. However, in practice, HDD is only appropriate in certain contexts. This webinar started with a geology primer identifying contexts where HDD both commonly works and does not work well and why. Next, the state and tribal regulators shared their perspectives on reviewing permits that include HDD and some of their lessons learned. They shared the kinds of information that it is beneficial for reviewers to request and common considerations when reviewing and conditioning permit applications that include proposed HDD. Alternatives to HDD and their strengths and weaknesses also was discussed. The webinar concluded with information about new resources for those working on pipeline permitting efforts that will soon be available on the Association of State Wetland Managers’ website.

BIOS

Richard Dalton is a Geologist and Manager for the Office of the State Geologist in the Division of Water Supply and Geoscience at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  He started with the Bureau of Geology and Topography in spring of 1967 where he was involved mapping the limestone and dolomite geology of northwestern New Jersey. He spent six years doing spill response of oil and hazardous chemicals, then was moved back to the New Jersey Geological Survey where he works in the Office of the State Geologist today.  He is also a member of the New Jersey Well Drilled and Pump Installers Licensing Board.  He holds a BA in geology from Rutgers University. 

Patrick Ryan is an Environmental Supervisor within the Division of Land Use Regulation at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He supervises a permitting staff responsible for environmental reviews of wetlands, highlands, waterfront, and flood hazard area permit applications for northern New Jersey. Mr. Ryan has a M.S. in Ecology from Penn State University and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cook College, Rutgers University.

Rick Gitar is the Water Regulatory Specialist and Tribal Inspector for the Fond du Lac Reservation – Office of Water Protection, located in northeast Minnesota, where he has worked for over 20 years. He is the administer of Fond du Lac’s Wetlands Protection and Management Ordinance, their Clean Water Act 401 Water Quality Certification program, and provides CWA Section 402 oversight for projects on the Reservation. Rick is also a credentialed inspector for EPA, conducting compliance inspections in the areas of wetlands and storm water. He conducts Fond du Lac’s environmental reviews under NEPA and the tribe’s Tribal Environmental Policy Act Ordinance. Rick received a double major B.S. in Biology (Botany Focus) and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Superior and a M.S. in Environmental Biology (Botany Focus) from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Rick is also a Master Herbalist and teaches adult extension classes. He is currently enrolled in the online Doctorate of Herbal Medicine Program with AMNAH College.

Brenda Zollitsch, PhD is Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers, leading ASWM’s research on wetland and stream issues. She has been the PI on an ongoing multi-year project exploring ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of state and tribal permitting of oil and gas pipeline projects. In addition to her work for ASWM, Brenda serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service teaching courses in public policy. She also assists water resource collaborations as a strategic planner and professional facilitator. Brenda holds her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and a double Masters’ degree in International Relations and Environmental Resource Management from Boston University. 

Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers Presenter: Richard Dalton, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Part 2: Presenters: Patrick Ryan, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Rick Gitar, Fond du Lac Reservation
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Part 2: Presenters: Patrick Ryan, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Rick Gitar, Fond du Lac Reservation

Part 3: Presenters: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers and Richard Dalton, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
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Part 3: Presenters: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers and Richard Dalton, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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Webinar #2: Cumulative Adverse Effects of Pipeline Development on Wetlands and Other Aquatic Resources

Held Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 3 pm ET

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTER

ABSTRACT

Energy projects, particularly pipelines, affect a range of aquatic resources, including wetlands. Impacts to wetlands from pipeline activities range from both short- and long-term destruction and disruption of wetlands and other aquatic resources to water quality impacts, habitat loss, increasing invasive species and compromised quality of critical areas. The adverse effects of a pipeline on a single wetland are important, but of equal or greater concern is the effect of pipelines that cross multiple watersheds and multiple wetlands. A single pipeline can cross hundreds of wetlands and streams, which can lead to cumulative adverse effects (CAE).

This webinar provided an introduction about how CAE can be conceptualized, the language used to discuss CAE, and the legal basis for CAE. The presentation discussed a framework for considering adverse effects, including a review of general approaches for CAE assessments and ways to address these effects. The webinar concluded with the presentation of a thought-provoking approach to conducting simple assessment of CAE that could be adapted for use by wetland professionals as they work to identify and address CAE for projects they are planning and/or permits they are reviewing. The webinar ended with information about the Association of State Wetland Managers’ recent pipeline permitting project and forthcoming resources on CAE that will be available on ASWM’s website.

BIO

Wing Goodale is Senior Deputy Director for the Center for Ecology & Conservation Research and Director for the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) in Maine.  He is a NSF IGERT fellow in the UMass Offshore Wind Energy Program. Goodale has worked at BRI since 2000 and is now the deputy director. At BRI, he has raised or helped manage over $7.5 million of funds for more than 60 conservation biology projects. Goodale has served on municipal committees, environmental nonprofit boards, professional boards, and college boards, including the governor appointed Maine Board of Environmental Protection.  Wing is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Environmental Conservation at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He also has his Master of Philosophy in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colorado College.
 

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Webinar #1: Improving the Information Pipeline: Working with Consultants During Oil and Gas Pipeline Permitting Processes

Held Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3 pm ET

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This webinar provided insights about how wetland and other aquatic resource regulators can improve working relationships with consultants who serve as intermediaries for energy companies working on oil and gas pipeline development projects.  This webinar shared insights from state permit reviewers on some of the common challenges, ranging from different understandings of permitting processes, points of access, pipeline terms and use of language.  The webinar discussed helpful ways of working together to establish common understanding, share key concerns about impacts to aquatic resources and incorporate best practices to address those impacts.  The webinar presented a new resource developed by ASWM to help guide more productive conversations and relationships between regulators and consultants, focusing on creating transparency, common understandings, and strong relationships that facilitate both efficient permit review processes and protection of aquatic resources.

BIOS

Evan Hansen is Principal of Water and Energy Programs for Downstream Strategies, LLC a consulting firm in West Virginia.  Evan’s work focuses on resource and environmental problems and solutions in three areas: water, energy, and land. He manages interdisciplinary research teams, performs quantitative and qualitative policy and scientific analyses, provides litigation support and expert testimony, develops computer tools, provides training, and performs field monitoring. He is engaged in ongoing source water protection activities and works with watershed organizations and agencies on Clean Water Act and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act issues such as permits, TMDLs, antidegradation, and watershed-based plans. Evan has his M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Evan is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and has worked with ASWM on this project through a Network Innovation Grant from the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation.

Clifford Brown has worked for West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section, since 1989 and currently serves in the DNR Environmental Coordination Unit as the lead for oil and gas related activities. Responsibilities include review of Section 401 applications, coordination with WVDEP and USEPA for mitigation and restoration associated with administrative orders and consent decrees, coordination with USFWS related to the National Wildlife Refuge System, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, coordination with the USFS for oil and gas projects on the Monongahela, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in West Virginia, and serves on the AFWA Energy and Wildlife Policy Committee and the agency coordinator for review of FERC projects in West Virginia. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Brenda Zollitsch, PhD is a Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers. Brenda conducts research and policy analysis on wetland and stream issues. Brenda has recently completed a national status and trends/state summaries project analyzing 50 state wetland programs across the United States and a national stream identification, delineation and mitigation study, a communications case study project and a wetland training needs assessment and enhancement project. She currently leads projects focused on increasing access to high quality wetland training and improving energy permitting to protect wetlands. In addition to her work for ASWM, Brenda is a Switzer Environmental Fellow, serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine teaching courses in public policy and sustainable communities and assists water resource collaborations as a professional facilitator. Brenda holds her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and a double Master’s degree in International Relations and Environmental Resource Management from Boston University. 


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2015 [2014, 2013, 2012] 

Using Beaver as a Wetland Restoration Tool: Restoration Lessons Learned and an Introduction to the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT)

A PowerPoint of the presentation is available here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern

Presenter – Joe Wheaton, Associate Professor and Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab Director at Utah State University

A PowerPoint of the presentation is available here.

Webinar Description: This webinar will introduce the topic of reintroducing beaver to assist in wetland restoration and provide multiple benefits, including groundwater storage, fisheries habitat and wildfire suppression. The webinar will focus on beaver reintroduction in the Montane West, but will have broader applicability.

The presentation will cover the historical role of beaver in maintaining water resources, how the loss of beaver has affected these resources and how their reintroduction can provide a range of ecosystem services, including the restoration of wetlands and their associated benefits. However, the introduction of beaver can be problematic in many locations and for many reasons. The second half of the presentation will cover the importance of careful site selection and the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT), a tool developed at Utah State University to assess potential locations for beaver reintroduction using science-based siting variables.

Joe Wheaton is an Associate Professor at Utah State University and a fluvial geomorphologist with over a decade of experience in river restoration, including working with beaver in restoration. Joe runs the Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab at Utah State U. and is a leader in the monitoring and modeling of riverine habitats and watersheds. He is the co-director of the Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation & Restoration. He worked four years in consulting engineering before completing his B.S. in Hydrology (2003, UC Davis), M.S. and Ph.D. in Hydrologic Sciences (2003, UC Davis; 2008, U. of Southampton, UK). He has worked as a lecturer (U. of Wales 2006-08), Research Assistant Professor (Idaho State U. 2008-09) and is an Assistant Professor at Utah State U. (2009-present) where he teaches GIS, Fluvial Hydraulics and Ecohydraulics. 


American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT      




Introduction Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers and Kathleen Kutschenreuter, Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Webinar Overview: Have you ever wondered what role a specific wetland plays in the international scheme of things? Does it have international significance? What can be done to protect and promote its unique contributions?

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The convention is named after its place of signing in Ramsar, Iran. The Convention has historically focused on protecting wetlands for waterfowl. However, Ramsar’s scope has expanded in recent years to focus more broadly on wetlands of “specific and irreplaceable global value.”

This webinar will provide an overview of Ramsar, the upcoming Ramsar Conference of Contracting Parties, what it means to become a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, the process to apply for designation, and the benefits of becoming a designated Ramsar site in the United States and Canada. Agencies will explain the roles their staff play to support implementation of the Ramsar Convention; site managers will share their experiences being a designated Wetland of International Importance; and education center staff will describe the range of activities that occur at their sites. Come join us to learn about the latest efforts to increase the number of Ramsar site designations and strengthen Ramsar implementation in the U.S., Canada and abroad.

The webinar will be co-hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Wetland Managers.

Presenters will include Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, Chief of Biodiversity, U.S. Department of State; Roy C. Gardner, Chair, Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel; William J. Mitsch, Chair, US National Ramsar Committee; Chris Rostron, Head, Wetlands Link International/Member, Ramsar CEPA Oversight Panel; Lind Friar, Chief of Public Affiars, Everglades National Park, Florida; Nathalie Bays, Manager of Interpretive Center Operations, Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba.

 

           
Part 1: Introduction: Kathleen
Kutschenreuter, Office of
Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds,
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and Jeanne Christie,
Executive Director, Association
of State Wetland Managers
      Part 2: Barbara De Rosa-Joynt,
Chief of Biodiversity, U.S.
Department of State
      Part 3: Royal C. Gardner, Chair,
Ramsar Scientific and Technical
Review Panel
                 
           
Part 4: William J. Mitsch, Chair,
US National Ramsar Committee
      Part 5: Chris Rostron, Head,
Wetlands Link
International/Member, Ramsar
CEPA Oversight Panel
      Part 6: Lind Friar, Chief of Public
Affairs, Everglades National Park,
Florida
                 
             
Part 7: Nathalie Bays, Manager
of Interpretive Center
Operations, Oak Hammock
Marsh, Manitoba
      Part 8: Questions/Answers        
                 

2014

August

There was no webinar for August. Thank you.


Wetland Link International North America Webinar II: Best Practice in Designing, Building and Operation of Wetland Education Centers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT  

ASWM’s July Members’ Webinar to learn about a new international handbook on best practices for wetland education centers and explore wetland center case studies

Handbook on Best Practices for the Planning, Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres

If you work in wetland education or you are interested in developing or improving a wetland center, theWetland Link International (WLI) North America Network is presenting ASWM’s July webinar.  The webinar will introduce the new Handbook on Best Practice in Wetland Education Centres, which was produced by ERF (Environmental Ecosystem Research Foundation, Republic of Korea) and RAMSAR.  Next, the webinar will provide presentations on various aspects of wetland center work, including sharing of case studies by our enthusiastic colleagues. The final portion of the webinar will allow for discussion and sharing of your own experiences running wetland centers.

This webinar offers the opportunity to join wetland education specialists working at wetland centers to learn more about how to plan, deliver and evaluate wetland center activities.  WLI hopes the new handbook will be an invaluable resource for anyone working in this field, whether you are planning to build a new center, updating your existing buildings or infrastructure, or looking for new ideas to operate your wetland center more effectively.

Webinar Agenda

1:00 – 1:10 pm       Welcome an Introduction to the Webinar, Brenda Zollitsch, ASWM        
               
1:10 – 1:30 pm       Summary of the Development of the Wetland Centre Handbook, Chris Rostron, WLI/Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh                  
               
1:30 – 1:50 pm       Master Planning for Wetland Centers, Marie Banks, WWT Consulting      
               
1:50 – 2:10 pm       Running Programs at Wetland Centers, Katelin Frase, Environmental Concern      
               
2:10 – 2:30 pm       Financial Planning and Resourcing, Mathalie bays, Oak Hammock Marsh      
               
2:30 – 3:00 pm      

Discussion on Best Practices in Planning and Management of Wetland Centers

Do we need a North America-specific Version of the Handbook?

Access to the Handbook – Web-based?  Hard copy?

Other questions

            
               
3:00 pm       Webinar ends      
               

  

       

Introduction:
Brenda Zollitsch,
Policy Analyst, ASWM
     
Session 1:
Chris Rostron,
WLI/Nathalie Bays, 
Oak Hammock Marsh
  Session 2: Marie Banks, 
WWT Consulting
             
       
             
Session 3: Katelin Frase, 
Environmental Concern
      Session 4: Nathalie Bays, 
Oak Hammock Marsh
  Session 5: Questions and 
Answers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Key Findings from ASWM's National Report on State Definitions, Jurisdiction and Mitigation Requirements in State Programs for Ephemeral, Intermittent and Perennial Streams in the United States

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT    

Introduction - Marla Stelk, ASWM

Presenter Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, Policy Analyst, ASWM

A PowerPoint of the presentation is available here.

Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, Policy Analyst, ASWMThis ASWM Member’s Webinar will present key findings from our two-year project to document the status of and trends in stream identification, delineation and mitigation practices for ephemeral, intermittent and perennial streams across the United States.  The webinar will present highlights from the study’s comparative analysis, which was based on in-depth interviews with state staff from 47 states.  The webinar will present findings on how stream impacts are integrated into state dredge and fill and 401 certification programs, information about stream identification and assessment methods, and practices for mitigating stream alteration and degradation. The study finds substantial variability in the terms and methods used by states and provides a valuable snapshot of practices and where they are trending at this time of rapid growth in mitigation programs and practices. This project was funded by a U.S. EPA Wetland Program Grant and the McKnight Foundation.

        

Part 1: Introduction:
Marla Stelk, ASWM
Presenter: Brenda
Zollitsch, PhD, Policy
Analyst, ASWM
  Part 2: Brenda Zollitsch,
PhD, Policy Analyst,
ASWM
  Part 3: Brenda Zollitsch, 
PhD, Policy Analyst, 
ASWM
         
     
Part 4: Brenda Zollitsch, 
PhD, Policy Analyst, 
ASWM
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 2013

Designing Wetlands for Rare Amphibians

In celebration of American Wetlands Month the May Members’ Webinar is available to both members and nonmembers.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST     

Presenter  Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service

Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service

Populations of certain amphibians are in steep decline.  Chytridiomycosis fungus, urban development, and global warming are appearing to spell doom for many species.  The good news is that something can be done to help rare species of amphibians by restoring wetlands.  You’ll see how wetlands can be designed and built to provide habitat for the wood frog, four-toed salamander, Chiricahua leopard frog, red-legged frog, eastern spadefoot, and great basin spadefoot.

Tom Biebighauser is an ASWM member who works as a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service.  He has restored over 1,500 wetlands in 20-States and 2-Canadian Provinces, assisting thousands of private landowners and agency personnel with the design and construction of wetlands for improving wildlife and fish habitat. He teaches practical, hands-on workshops across North America where participants learn about wetland restoration and drainage by becoming involved in the design and construction of naturally appearing and functioning wetlands.  Tom has written three books about restoring wetlands A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds in 2003, Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair in 2007, and Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide, in 2011. Photos showing some of the wetlands he has built are available for viewing hereYou may contact him at

              
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 2012

 Coastal Blue Carbon - What's all the Fuss About?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. EST  


Presenter Steve Emmett-Mattox, Restore America’s Estuaries 

Length: 90 minutes 

Learn about the emerging concept of coastal blue carbon and how it could help achieve tidal wetland management goals. Topics will include 

  • The voluntary carbon markets
  • The carbon storage and sequestration potential of tidal wetlands
  • Current coastal blue carbon activities in the U.S. and globally, emphasis on the U.S.
  • Application of coastal blue carbon to restoration and conservation
  • How to get involved
  • Future directions and next steps
                   
Part 1: Introduction &
Steve Emmett-Mattox
        Part 2: Steve
Emmett-Mattox
          Part 3: Questions &
Answers
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Water Quality Standards for Wetlands

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. EST  

Presenters Jeanne Christie and Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers, Jennifer Linn, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Length: 90 minutes

The Association of State Wetland Managers recently completed a two-year project on the development of water quality standards for wetlands, which included a comprehensive document “Wetland Water Quality Standards for States" availablehere. Characteristics of wetlands differ from lakes and rivers. Many of the parameters used to develop standards for flowing and deep water habitats are not applicable to wetlands, which often do not have standing water year-round. Jon Kusler and Jeanne Christie along with Jennifer Linn from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will:

  • summarize the project
  • review the typical framework for the development of water quality standards,
  • describe how these can be applied to address wetlands and
  • explore how the recently completed document and other resources available can be used by states and tribes to aid in development of water quality standards for wetlands.
                 
Part 1: Introduction - Jeanne
Christie, ASWM; 
Why Water Quality
Standards for Wetlands -
Jennifer Linn, U.S. EPA
        Part 2: Wetland Water
Quality Standards for States
- Jon Kusler, ASWM
        Part 3: Questions & Answers  


National Wetland Plant List

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. EST

 Presenter Dr. Bob Lichvar of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

       

         
Part 1: Introduction &
National Wetland Plant
List
        Part 2: Wetland Plant List
Website
          Part 3: Questions & Answers



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Members' Wetland WebinarThe Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) holds a webinar each month for its members. ASWM Member webinars cover a variety of topics encompassing wetland science, policy, program implementation, and legal issues. These webinars, including recordings for past webinars are available to ASWM members. If you are not a member, you are invited to join ASWM. For information about membership, click here.

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Protecting Wetlands through Integration with State Buffer and River Corridor Programs

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

PRESENTERS

  • Chuck Horbert, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
  • Rob Evans, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Gretchen Alexander, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

ABSTRACT

Wetlands can be protected through a range of integrated efforts. This webinar will explore how wetlands have benefitted from buffer and river corridor protection programs in two states. The webinar will begin with an introduction to Rhode Island’s new Wetland Rule – its history and protections, focusing on the state’s buffer regulations. Rhode Island will share their recent changes to state jurisdictional authority and resulting proposed rule, including how the proposed changes differ from what the state has now.

The webinar will continue with a presentation on Vermont DEC’s River Corridor Program and its progress after twenty years of focused work. Vermont will share how they define river corridors and why the definition is important for informing tools and frameworks. After sharing about the evolution of the program, staff will share the authorities they have in statute and how this authority is used as well as what needs remain and what work still needs to be done.

The final presentation will have Vermont’s DEC staff sharing how mapping has played a key role in those resource protection efforts. Staff will explain what information goes into creating a river corridor map, the direct applications of those maps and how they tie in with an ongoing Functioning Floodplains Initiative, specifically how they are being used to identify and prioritize floodplain projects and tie into TMDL work. At the end of the webinar, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask the panelists questions.

BIOS

Chuck HorbertChuck Horbert began his career as a wetland biologist for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management in 1989. After 30 years in the Freshwater Wetlands Program, most of it as a Program Supervisor, Chuck accepted a position as a Deputy Administrator in DEM's Office of Water Resources, with oversight responsibilities for Wetlands, Water Quality Certification, and Construction Stormwater Programs. Chuck earned his B.S in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Rhode Island. He is an avid canoeist and camper, and can often be found in or near wetlands on the weekends.

 



Rob EvansRob Evans is a hydrologist with over 20 years of experience in flood hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain mapping and management. In his current role as manager of the Vermont Rivers Program, he oversees an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists responsible for managing, protecting and restoring natural river and floodplain processes to enhance water quality, ecological health, and flood resilience. Rob holds an M.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Mary Washington College.

 

 




Gretchen AlexanderGretchen Alexander has worked for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Rivers Program for nearly 15 years and currently serves as the Program’s Science, Restoration, and Mapping Team leader. She and her team conduct a myriad of activities including Stream Geomorphic Assessment, River Corridor Mapping, and Restoration/Conservation of VT rivers and their floodplains. She holds an M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Michigan and an B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont.

 

 

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Wetland Restoration Permitting Project

2012

Tuesday, July 10 1:00 p.m. EST and 3:30 p.m. EST

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