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.

Members' Certificate of Participation 10-28-20

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the October 28, 2020 ASWM Members’ Webinar: Wetland and Floodplain Restoration for Hazard Risk Reduction and Economic Outcomes

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Members' webinar “Wetland and Floodplain Restoration for Hazard Risk Reduction and Economic Outcomes” on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern.

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2020 Clean Water Act Webinars

Please note, this was an ASWM Members’ Webinar that we have made available to the public.

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Highlights & Initial Take-Aways

Held Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:00pm-2:00pm Eastern

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INTRODUCTION

PANELISTS

BIOS

Royal C. GarnderRoyal C. Gardner is Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He is an internationally recognized expert in wetland law and policy. Recent projects include serving as the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, testifying before a World Bank arbitration panel, advising the Government of Oman regarding wetland policy, and coauthoring amicus briefs on behalf of environmental scientists. In WOTUS-related litigation, he has filed amicus briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and in the U.S. District Courts for the District of North Dakota and the Southern District of New York.

Mark Patrick McGuireMark Patrick McGuire joined ACWA in January 2016 as an Environmental Program Manager. He manages Association work in the following subject areas: Nutrients policy, legal affairs, NPDES permitting, compliance, and enforcement, pretreatment, and water quality trading. Patrick holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and a B.S. in History from Northeastern University. He is an active member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts bars.

Ken NortonKen Norton, Chair of the National Tribal Water Council, is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, and serves as the Director of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Environmental Protection Agency (TEPA). Ken has expertise in water quality and the development of water quality standards. He is a fisheries expert understanding the water quality needs of healthy salmon and other river life, and is experienced in watershed restoration. As TEPA Director, Ken oversees tribal water programs and tribal environmental programs, such as superfund, brownfields, air, pesticides, lead and solid waste. In prior years (2004 and 2009), Ken served as the Vice-Chair of the National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC) and as the NTOC Tribal Caucus lead for water issues.
 

Brenda ZollitschBrenda Zollitsch is Senior Policy Analyst for the Association of State Wetland Managers. Brenda leads national policy analysis and research projects on a wide range of wetland issues and currently leads two national EPA Wetland Program Development Grant projects, one on state and tribal assumption and the other on building regulatory capacity in state and tribal wetland programs. She also leads analysis on proposed regulatory changes to both Clean Water Act Sections 401 and the Waters of the U.S. Brenda received her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service in 2012.

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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Royal Gardner, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law

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Part 2: Presenters: Mark Patrick McGuire,  Association of Clean Water Administrators and 
Ken Norton, National Tribal Water Council

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Part 3: Presenter: Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst, Association of State
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Cultural Values Based Planning for Integrated Wetland Management on a Watershed or Reservation Scale

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET

INTRODUCTION

Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACTS

Jon Hall

Jon HallThe Reservation of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington covers approximately 22,500 acres on the Puget Sound coast in western Washington. Two priority projects illustrate how traditional ecological knowledge and cultural information is incorporated in the tribes’ wetland management activities. The detailed wetland inventory covering the reservation is currently being updated. The database that houses the wetland data layer has been modernized so that daily updates to the inventory are viewable by all tribal programs (e.g., forestry, transportation, and planning departments) within 24 hours. The inventory includes data fields that identify cultural/sensitive species, provide a cultural “score,” and record notes on traditional uses by tribal members. The Tulalip Tribes’ Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program includes the collection of cultural information and traditional knowledge for each wetland on a Wetland Cultural Values Checklist. In addition, the presence and abundance of every plant species is recorded along with a rating (on a scale of 1 to 5) of its accessibility. For example, a rating of “1” indicates that the plant species is “accessible to tribal elders; ,0.25 mile from nearest road; and flat to gentle slope, and walking shoes OK.”

Tom Elliott

Tom ElliottThe Yakama Nation considers meadows to be hotspots of cultural and natural resource values. Meadows within the Yakama Reservation extend from the upper shrub-steppe fringe to alpine areas, and support cultural foods and medicines and habitat for numerous wildlife species. In order to plan and sequence restoration and management of meadows, the Yakama Wildlife Program undertook a climate vulnerability assessment using funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The assessment included a ground based rapid assessment, remote sensing based modeling of meadow greenness and soil moisture, climate modelling for moisture regime in the past and future, and a decision matrix synthesizing these components. The results indicate that moisture regimes in meadows have changed over the last 35 years in terms of trends and abrupt change points. Project future changes include drying along an elevation gradient and shifts towards an earlier timing of maximum soil moisture for many meadows.

Andy Robertson

The Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Community’s Environmental Department (SMC) has created a web presence in order to share the accomplishments of its ambitious wetland development program with the public and other stakeholders. The website is incorporated into the Stockbridge-Munsee Community’s existing web presence and includes wetland program information along with a variety of static and interactive maps and infographics about the tribal community and its history. The website employs a combination of ESRI Story Maps and traditional web content to describe topics such as:

  • Wetland development program goals and progress of the Tribe’s wetland restoration/demonstration projects
  • Education of tribal members and the general public about importance of wetlands
  • Improving communication with partnering agencies
  • Providing a repository of accessible/interactive wetland data
  • Providing summarized water quality data/impaired watershed assessment data

This presentation provided an overview of the goals and objectives of the SMC wetland program, the link between wetland management (including inventory and restoration) and tribal history and culture and a demonstration of the final website.

BIOS

Jon Hall is the Wetland Biologist for the Tulalip Tribes of Washington where he manages the tribes’ wetland programs.  His work in wetlands began in 1975 when he was a biologist for the New York State Wetlands Inventory.  Between 1976 and 1981, he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife at the headquarters of the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) in St. Petersburg, FL.  In that position, he was involved in wetland mapping in over 32 states.  Between 1981 and 2001, Mr. Hall was the NWI Coordinator for Alaska.  He held the same position for the Pacific Region (CA, OR, WA, ID, NV, HI, and the Pacific Islands) between 2002 and 2006.  Following retirement from Federal service, Mr. Hall was an environmental consultant until being hired by the Tulalip Tribes in 2016.  As a consultant, he provided wetland assessment expertise for large projects throughout the U.S. such as pipelines, mines, and windfarms.  Mr. Hall has also worked on specialized projects including assisting the government of Greece (through the U.S. State Department) in starting a Greek Wetland Inventory; and working with the Central Intelligence Agency to utilize classified satellite assets to inventory wetlands and hydrologic features, and monitor wildlife populations (e.g., walrus).

Tom Elliott is a Riparian Ecologist working for the Yakama Nation on floodplain management and restoration. He hails originally from Virginia, where he fell in love with hardwood forests and swamps just beyond his backyard. Moving west, he worked in the San Francisco Bay area, immersing himself in the native flora and abundant weeds of the coastal hills while he worked in native plant restoration for a National Park. In 2005 he arrived in Yakima and was awed by the shrub-steppe desert and the beautiful streams and rivers that run through it. He earned his master's degree at CWU in biology, studying the riparian cottonwood forest and trying to understand the interplay between natural and human driven processes along the Yakima River. His goal is to contribute to conserving and restoring floodplain, riparian, and wetland ecosystems in Central Washington in support of Yakama tribal resource values. 

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. 

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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers

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Part 2: Presenter: Jon Hall, Tulalip Tribes of Washington

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Part 3: Presenter: Tom Elliott, Yakama Nation

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Part 4: Presenter: Andy Robertson, GeoSpatial Services at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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Certificate of Participation Assumption Webinar - 11-6-20

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the November 6, 2020 ASWM Assumption Webinar: Documenting Assumable Waters for Assumptin fo the CWA § 404 Program

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Assumption webinar "Documenting Assumable Waters for Assumptin fo the CWA § 404 Program" on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 pm Eastern.

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  • 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.
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  • 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 questions.

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

   
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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:
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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).  

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2020 Tribal Wetland Programs Webinars

Advancing Tribal Wetland Programs Through Innovations in Monitoring & Assessment

Held Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EST

INTRODUCTION

Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACTS

Yvonne Vallette and William Kirchner
Using National Wetland Inventory Data to Assist State/Tribe Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Efforts

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that states and tribes use a consistent, thorough and timely wetland monitoring and assessment program as a critical tool for them to better manage and protect their wetland resources. These programs allow states and tribes to: 1) establish a baseline in wetlands extent, condition and function; 2) detect change; and 3) characterize trends over time. To further assist States and Tribes, EPA’s Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDG) provides needed financial resources to support actions and activities that together comprise a comprehensive wetland monitoring and assessment program, which must be able to identify the location and extent of these resources in designing their monitoring and assessment efforts.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) is a publicly available geospatial data set that provides detailed information on the abundance, characteristics, and distribution of streams and wetlands throughout the US. Natural resource managers can use the data to promote the understanding, conservation and restoration of these aquatic resources. In 2016, FWS released version 2.0 of their national NWI dataset, which is a comprehensive characterization of all surface water features on the landscape, including a wide range of wetlands and other aquatic ecosystems, like streams. NWI 2.0 data is a reasonable representation of the resources at the landscape scale. Because of its coarse scale, and the classification, the data is suitable for establishing a baseline for resources either statewide or at watershed scale. This comprehensive dataset allows the accurate, consistent calculation of area and ecological classification to best support geospatial summaries and modeling for management decisions and for identifying monitoring and assessment efforts that will support State or Tribal aquatic resource programs. This presentation will explore the specifics on the use or development of NWI compliant data into a State/Tribal monitoring and assessment program or project.

Ferin Davis Anderson
Integrating Drone and LiDAR Technology into Tribal Wetland Programs

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), located 30 miles southwest of Minneapolis, MN, was awarded an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tribal Wetland Program Development Grant in 2019. The proposal was developed with the intent to advance and refine the SMSC’s existing wetland program by focusing on an EPA core element involving monitoring and assessment. SMSC plans to incorporate LiDAR (light detection and ranging) elevation data to examine the location of current and potentially historic wetlands. They will be using a drone (UAV) mounted LiDAR system that collects derivatives based on hydrologic, surface, terrain and landform features with accuracy in the range of 10-20cm. This LiDAR data will help identify important wetland functional drivers and categorize wetlands using the hydrogeomorphic (HGM) classification system based on landscape position. SMSC seeks to demonstrate how UAV-mounted LiDAR can be used as a tool to further prioritize ecologically significant wetlands and identify potentially restorable wetlands.

Eric Krumm
An ArcGIS-Based Spatial Analysis of Jurisdictional Wetland Extent within the Leech Lake Reservation In North Central Minnesota

As a component of a comprehensive, long-term wetland surveying and mapping strategy the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) Water Resources Program developed an assessment platform to evaluate a range of potential jurisdictional Waters of the United States (WOTUS) scenarios within the external boundaries of the Leech Lake Reservation in North Central Minnesota. Federal definitions and the scope of Clean Water Act regulation across the United States have been influenced by regular federal updates as well as Supreme Court rulings since its inception in 1972. While the specific definitions of “wetlands” and “tributaries” have remained relatively static over the course of Clean Water Act implementation, the criteria for determining if these water bodies are regulated by the Clean Water Act (i.e. jurisdictional) have varied considerably. An adaptable ArcGIS-based assessment model was developed that could be used to provide the LLBO Water Resources Program with a remotely determined range of potential WOTUS interpretations across the entire Reservation to aid in resource planning while also allowing the flexibility to update the model based on field-based mapping efforts and any potential future revisions to the Clean Water Act.

BIOS

Yvonne ValletteYvonne Vallette is an Aquatic Ecologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For the last twenty-three years she has worked at EPA Region 10’s Oregon Operations Office in Portland serving as the Region’s coordinator for enhancing State and Tribal Programs. Her work with EPA is focused on the technical and policy aspects of the Clean Water Act (CWA), including Section 404. Her practicable experience includes work in: aquatic resource monitoring and assessment, 404 enforcement, compensatory mitigation, impact analysis, CWA jurisdiction, 404 program assumption, and aquatic resources restoration.

Ferin Davis AndersonFerin Davis Anderson is the Lead Environmental Scientist for the Land and Natural Resources Department. She has held this position since 2019. Ferin is responsible for managing, restoring and conserving prairies, wetlands, woodlands, and forests for the SMSC. She determines and implements best conservation management practices. Additionally, Ferin collects, analyzes, and reports on data collected in the field pertaining to wetland, prairie and forest vegetation. Ferin also oversees a team of specialists and technicians in the Land and Natural Resources Department. Ferin completed her Master of Natural Resources Stewardship at Colorado State University and her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from North Dakota State University. She also earned her Associate of Science and Arts degrees from the Turtle Mountain Community College in North Dakota.

Eric  KrummEric Krumm is a Water Resources Technician for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Water Resources Program in Cass Lake, MN. Originally from the Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin, he moved to Northern Minnesota in 2015. He specializes in limnology, stream ecology, water quality assessment, hydrology, and population and trophic dynamics of fisheries in Upper Midwest rivers and streams. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Winona State University in Winona, MN where his capstone project dealt with trophic dynamics of fishes along a longitudinal gradient of a large river system. Additionally, he acquired a M.S. in Biology from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, MN where his thesis work involved the effect of hydrology on the growth and recruitment of fishes in mid-sized streams in the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province of Minnesota. Currently the focus of his work is on wetland jurisdictional analysis related to the recent change in the Waters of the United States Rule and water quality standards development for the waters of the Leech Lake Reservation. He enjoys fishing, hiking, bird watching, and canoeing with his wife.

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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Yvonne Vallette, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

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Part 2: Presenters: Ferin Davis Anderson, Lead Environmental Scientist, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Eric Krumm, Water Resources Technician, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Water Resources Program

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Part 3: Questions & Answers

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Certificate of Participation Assumption Webinar 2-26-21

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the February 26, 2021 ASWM Section 404 Assumption Webinar “Understanding Alternatives: State Programmatic General Permits and Assumption of the § 404 Program”

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Section 404 Assumption Webinar “Understanding Alternatives: State Programmatic General Permits and Assumption of the § 404 Program” on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 pm Eastern.

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Non-Member CertificateA) 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).  

Join ASWMB) 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.  

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2018 Clean Water Act Webinars

In the Courts - What's next for Waters of the United States Rule?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 

Presented at the Association of State Wetland Managers 2018 Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting

INTRODUCTION

Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

PRESENTERS

  • Kim Diana Connolly, University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Steve Johnson, Mercer University School of Law

BIOS

Kim Diana Connolly has focused a large part of her academic career on laws and policies that regulate and protect the planet and its inhabitants. She serves as a Professor of Law, and the Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Learning for the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she directs both the Advocacy Institute and the Clinical Legal Education Program. She teaches environmental law courses, including the Environmental Advocacy Clinic. She also studies, writes and speaks about environmental and animal law policies, creatively examining and sharing ideas as to how to move toward a sustainable future.  Professor Connolly’s commitment to environmental justice began before she attended law school, when she ran a non-profit working to bring social justice to those facing a lack of access to clean water and sanitary wastewater removal in North Carolina. After earning her law degree, she has advocated in multiple arenas, including in judicial settings, before federal, state and local legislative bodies, with federal, international, state, and local administrative bodies, and beyond.  When she joined academia, Professor Connolly began exploring environmental and related policies. She has written both traditional and non-traditional works, and presented at numerous conferences around the world. Professor Connolly’s work has been used by policy-makers as well as cited by scholars. Prior to her teaching career, she practiced law with a number of Washington, D.C., law firms, including Beveridge and Diamond and Hunton & Williams. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her LL.M. with highest honors from George Washington University Law School. Professor Connolly did her undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar, and served as a VISTA volunteer between college and law school. She also received a certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.

Stephen M. Johnson is a Professor of Law at Mercer University Law School in Macon, Georgia. He received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and an LL.M. in environmental law from the George Washington University Law School. Prior to teaching, he served as an attorney for the Bureau of Regulatory Counsel in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now DEP) and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Defense Section, where he worked on wetlands litigation and other environmental litigation.

He joined the Mercer faculty in 1993 and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2002-2012. He specializes in Environmental Law, Administrative Law and Statutory Law. In addition to authoring numerous articles on environmental law and administrative law, he has written a book on Wetlands Law, published by CALI’s eLangdell Press, and co-edited an American Bar Association book on Wetlands Law.

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Kim Diana Connolly, University at Buffalo School of Law and Steve Johnson, Mercer University School of Law

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Part 2: Presenter: Steve Johnson, Mercer University School of Law and Kim Diana Connolly, University at Buffalo School of Law

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What's next for Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)?

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. ET

INTRODUCTION

Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers [PowerPoint Presentation]

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

On January 22, 2018, the Supreme Court held unanimously that challenges to EPA’s and the Corps of Engineers’ promulgation of the Clean Water Rule in 2015, which defined the term “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act, may be brought only in the district courts. What does this decision mean for the stay of the Clean Water Rule that was issued by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals shortly after the new rule took effect? And does it even matter now that the executive branch has announced its intention to rescind the Clean Water Rule and replace it with a definition of WOTUS that will narrow the reach of the Act? Two experts on WOTUS will explore these questions, and yours, in a webinar on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10:30 AM EST.

BIOS

Royal C. Gardner is Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He is an internationally recognized expert in wetland law and policy. Recent projects include advising the Government of Oman regarding wetland policy, coauthoring a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of environmental scientists, and creating an interdisciplinary course that facilitates discourse among experienced scientists, policymakers, and students.

His research and scholarship focus on U.S. and international wetland legal and policy issues, with an emphasis on biodiversity offsets. He has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. In 2006, he won the National Wetlands Award for Education and Outreach. In 1999–2001, Professor Gardner was appointed to the National Research Council’s Committee on Mitigating Wetland Losses.

An executive editor of the Boston College Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, he graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School. He then clerked for Chief Judge Francis J. Boyle of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. From 1989 to 1993, he served in the Army General Counsel’s office as the Department of the Army’s principal wetland attorney, advising the assistant secretary of the Army (civil works) on legal and policy issues related to the Corps of Engineers’ administration of the Clean Water Act section 404 program. At Stetson, Professor Gardner has served as director of graduate and international programs, associate dean, vice dean, and interim dean.

Stephen Samuels, now retired, was previously Assistant Chief of the Environmental Defense Section of the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, Mr. Samuels supervised a staff of 15 attorneys handling federal district court litigation involving all the major environmental pollution statutes. Mr. Samuels has 31 years of experience enforcing and defending the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulatory program. During that time, he helped lead the federal government’s litigation responses to the Supreme Court's decisions in SWANCC, Rapanos, Sackett and Hawkes. Until his retirement in January 2017, Mr. Samuels headed the DOJ litigation team that defended challenges to the Clean Water Rule. Mr. Samuels is a frequent speaker on Clean Water Act jurisdiction at conferences around the country. Mr. Samuels previously was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Energy and with the law firm of Breed, Abbott & Morgan. Mr. Samuels earned his J.D. in 1977 from Stanford Law School and his B.A. in 1974 from Tulane University.

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Stephen Samuels, Retired from the U.S. Department of Justice

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Part 2: Presenters: Stephen Samuels, Retired from the U.S. Department of Justice and Royal Gardner, Stetson University College of Law

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Part 3: Presenters: Stephen Samuels, Retired from the U.S. Department of Justice and Royal Gardner, Stetson University College of Law

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Part 4: Questions & Answers

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Clean Water Act Webinars

Clean Water Act WebinarsThe federal Clean Water Act (CWA) is the main piece of federal legislation that protects the Nation's waters. Within the CWA, there are a number of sections that specifically address protection or regulation of wetlands. As such, ASWM closely follows all proposed and final CWA rules pertaining to wetlands and uses this webinar series as a vehicle to share timely information regarding any proposed regulatory changes and how they might impact state and tribal wetland programs.

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

If you haven’t used Go To Webinar before or you just need a refresher, please view our guide prior to the webinar here.

View Past Clean Water Act Webinars Here

View a List of Past Clean Water Act Webinar Recordings Here

Please check back for future Clean Water Act Webinars. Thank you.

Certificate of Participation Members 11-18-20 Webinar

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the November 18, 2020 ASWM Members’ Webinar: Wetland Drainage in North America: An Update on the Status of Drainage and New Restoration Findings

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Members' webinar “Wetland Drainage in North America: An Update on the Status of Drainage and New Restoration Findings” on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm 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 questions.

Once you download your certificate, you can then submit it 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:
    Member CertificateAll 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:Non-Member Certificate

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).  

Join ASWMB) 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.

 

Certificate of Participation - ASWM Section 404 Assumption Webinar - March 22, 2021

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the March 22, 2021 ASWM Section 404 Assumption Webinar “Conducting Federal-State/Tribal Regulatory Crosswalks for Clean Water Act Section 404 Assumption”

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Section 404 Assumption Webinar “Conducting Federal-State/Tribal Regulatory Crosswalks for Clean Water Act Section 404 Assumption” on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 3:00-4:30 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:

Non-Member CertificateA) 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).  

Join ASWMB) 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.

 

Publications

ASWM PublicationsThe Association conducts research and publishes reports, guidebooks, news articles, brochures, white papers, and summaries of findings of symposia and workshops. These are available electronically to all interested individuals and organizations.

New Features & Publications 2014-2015

ASWM Board Meeting Minutes

Below are the ASWM Board Meeting Minutes to date.