2021 Past Members' Webinar Series

Technology for Manual Delineation, Confirmation and Characterization of Wetlands: ESRI’s Wetland Identification Model (WIM) and More

Held Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET 

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

Manual delineation, confirmation, and characterization of wetlands is a time-consuming and costly process. This webinar highlighted technology available for streamlining these steps: from informing and guiding manual processes with remotely sensed data, to automating detailed landscape documentation in compliance with permitting requirements. In part one of the webinar, Gina O'Neil (Ersi) provided an overview of the Wetland Identification Model (WIM). WIM is a new Arc Hydro functionality that maps likely wetland locations using topography and machine learning, with the capacity to ingest other remote sensing data. Next, Kevin Benck (SMUMN) detailed how the machine learning workflow can be reconfigured to instead identify candidates for wetland restoration. Part two of the webinar focused on carrying out the fieldwork that these predictive models can direct. Jeremy Schewe (Ecobot) described how Ecobot software streamlines the landscape-level investigation from data entry to creation of deliverables. The webinar concluded with an opportunity for participants to ask the presenters questions.

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Gina O'NeilGina O’Neil, Ph.D., joined Esri in 2019, where she is a technical consultant and member of the Arc Hydro team. Her Esri work focuses on advanced spatial analytics related to remote sensing and hydrology. Prior to joining Esri, Dr. O’Neil completed her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. Dr. O'Neil dissertation focused on the development of WIM and involved work in LiDAR DEM analysis, python geoprocessing workflows, geomorphologic modeling, and machine learning. When she is away from her computer, she enjoys hiking in her new home of Colorado.

 

 

Jeremy ScheweJeremy Schewe is an ecopreneur meshing ecological management with tech. From combining Earth sciences and tech, raising capital and running successful businesses, to protecting thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, he lives life to its fullest. As an entrepreneur, Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), professional ecologist, botanist, environmental consultant, and executive at a tech startup, he has over 18 years of project management experience in the Americas, South Pacific, Middle East, and Europe for conservation and regulatory projects. Jeremy works in the interchange between people and sensitive habitats via wetlands delineations, T&E surveys, biological inventories, botanical inventories, EIS, AIA for PSD applications, 404/401 permits, and more.  Jeremy spends all of his free time in the wilderness, playing soccer, climbing, and pursuing the Celtic Twilight. 



Ken BenkKevin Benck joined GeoSpatial Services as a GIS Analyst in the fall of 2013. His educational background is in environmental studies, environmental geography and data analytics, giving him a wide and varied understanding on how ecosystems function. He has an extensive and varied background in engineering/environmental consulting, specifically in the application of GIS analysis to describe and model natural resources. Kevin also has considerable experience in developing database and spreadsheet applications for collecting, warehousing, and analyzing natural resource data. Additionally, Kevin has also been in the development and application of analytical and geospatial tools for ecosystem services and environmental function analysis.

State Climate Action Plans: How Maine and Wisconsin Created a Path Toward Resiliency

Held Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern

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INTRODUCTION

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

PRESENTERS

  • Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • Cassaundra Rose, PhD, Senior Science Analyst & Climate Council Coordinator, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • Maria Redmond, Director, Wisconsin's Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • Wenona Wolf, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director, Office of Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

ABSTRACTS

Hannah Pingree and Cassaundra Rose

Maine Won't Wait: Maine's New State Climate Action Plan

Maine released its four-year climate action plan, Maine Won't Wait, in late 2020. This four-year Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait, is the consensus result of months of painstaking study, dialogue, discussion, and public deliberation to determine the steps Maine must take to combat climate change.

We reviewed the 15-month process by which the legislatively-created Maine Climate Council developed Maine Won't Wait. The Council — an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens — was charged with developing this four-year Climate Action Plan to put Maine on a trajectory to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

Backed by the first comprehensive scientific and technical assessment about climate change in Maine in a decade, Maine Won’t Wait outlines the urgency with which Maine must slow the effects of climate change to make a meaningful contribution to global efforts, while also taking bold action to prepare Maine people, communities, and environment for climate-related harms to come. We will discuss implementation plans for the newly released Maine Won't Wait and lessons learned from the climate planning process.

Maria Redmond and Wenona Wolf

Climate Action in Wisconsin! Transforming the Cheese State to Being More Sustainable and More Equitable

Recognizing the importance of addressing climate change, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes committed to making Wisconsin a champion in innovative, inclusive, and forward-leaning actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for the impacts of climate change, achieve environmental justice, and create economic opportunity. In late 2019, Governor Evers created the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change and charged Lt Governor Barnes with leading the work of the task force. Over the course of a year, the diverse, bipartisan coalition of task force members developed 55 climate solutions that span 9 sectors. Led by science and prioritizing environmental justice and community voice, the task force’s recommendations lay the foundation for the state to better adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, while also seeking economic opportunities in renewable energy and conservation.

This presentation was led by Maria Redmond, Director of Wisconsin’s Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and Wenona Wolf, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Lieutenant Governor Barnes. Both co-managed the work of the task force.

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Hannah PingreeHannah Pingree was appointed as Director to lead Governor Mills' Office of Policy Innovation and the Future in January 2019. Hannah previously served as Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010. She also served as the Maine House Majority Leader, Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, and as a member of the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs during her terms in Maine Legislature from 2002 - 2010. Hannah spearheaded successful legislation on energy, broadband, housing, environmental health, and health care during her time in office. Hannah has worked for a technology start-up in New York City; managed several family small businesses; led the development of rural housing, energy efficiency, and eldercare projects for a coalition of community non-profits; chaired her local school board; and served on numerous state and community non-profit boards. 

Cassaundra RoseCassaundra Rose is a Senior Science Analyst and Climate Council Coordinator with the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. Cassaundra managed a policy and communications program for the American Geosciences Institute between 2015 and 2019, where she connected the geoscience community with policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels to support science-based decision making on issues related to climate, energy, water, mineral resources, and natural hazards. Cassaundra has more than ten years of academic climate research experience, with expertise in long-term shifts in terrestrial and oceanographic environments and their variability. She holds a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Earth and Environmental Science from Columbia University. 

 

Maria RedmondMaria Redmond serves as the Director of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and has worked for the State of Wisconsin for 20 years. Maria is accountable for planning, administration and oversight of statewide energy programs and policies. In addition to helping with the development and implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, Maria is leading the development of a comprehensive statewide clean energy plan. The plan is centered on environmental justice, and will create a pathway to multi-sector deep decarbonization and a bustling clean energy economy that supports a diverse workforce and technology innovation.  

 

Wenona WolfWenona Wolf is a citizen of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Wisconsin Lt Governor Mandela Barnes. She works closely with the Lt Governor on climate issues and helps manage the work of the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Previously, Wolf served as the Communication and Development Director for Kids Forward and worked in government relations for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin.

Wolf has also served as the Board President for Community Shares of Wisconsin and served on the boards of We Are Healers, the Bayview Foundation, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Wisconsin Women’s Network, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.
Wolf was honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise as a 40 Under 40 Award recipient and has also been honored by the Native American Journalists Association, Brava Magazine, The Business Forum Madison, and the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.

Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenters: Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and Cassaundra Rose, PhD, Senior Science Analyst & Climate Council Coordinator, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

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Part 2: Presenters: Maria Redmond, Director, Wisconsin's Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and Wenona Wolf, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director, Office of Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes

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Using Drone Technology to Support Wetland Work

Held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm

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 INTRODUCTION

William Dooley, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

Expanding prevalence of drone technology presents an opportunity for wetland managers. Drones can support wetland program monitoring and assessment activities and regulatory work, however the technology has limitations and barriers to implementation. In this webinar presenters introduced participants to drone capabilities; opportunities and limitations in utilizing drones to support wetland programs; and perspective on what goes into establishing a drone program.

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Barbara PoageBarbara Poage a hydrogeologist with 20+ years in environmental and hydrologic consulting, State of Oregon water rights and Clean Water Act 404 Assumption oversight, Barbara has a passion for life-long learning. She has a B.S. in Geology from University of Idaho and a Masters in Hydrology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. In 2009, Barbara decided to learn to fly and certificated in airplane single engine-land, then went on to fly and judge aerobatics, adding endorsements and her instrument rating. She has flown many missions for Sky Search and Rescue and was voted “Volunteer of the Year” in 2018 from her local Search and Rescue team. Her passion for flying centers around any vintage aircraft and especially warbirds, and she owns a 1946 Stinson 108 airplane. Barbara began flying drones in 2016 as a hobby, then became a FAA Part 107-certified sUAS operator and established a drone consulting business. Barbara owns four drones, preferring the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter and her newest “pocket” drone, the DJI Mavic Mini Quadcopter. She has flown drones in Search & Rescue operations, for real estate transactions, in home evaluation, and for travel promotions. 

Jessica LewisJessica Lewis serves the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians as an Environmental Scientist in the Office of Environmental Protection. She is the program lead for the tribal Wetlands Program and several other environmental programs. Jess has been an FAA licensed drone pilot for 3 years and uses aerial photography for many program areas including wetland identification, mapping, and evaluation.



 

Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

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Part 1: Introduction: William Dooley, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Barbara Poage, Oregon Department of State Lands

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Part 2: Presenter: Jessica Lewis, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

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2018 Hot Topics Webinars

Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

INTRODUCTION

Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers [PowerPoint Presentation]

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

Rising sea levels are putting hundreds of US coastal communities at risk of chronic flooding and growing land and property loss, in many cases within 15 to 20 years. Using data from real estate company Zillow and our own peer-reviewed methodology for estimating flood risk, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new analysis that identifies the number of coastal properties at risk of chronic inundation, the present-day value of these properties at the zip code level, and their current contribution to the property tax base. Join the report authors to learn about the significant implications for local economies, governments, communities and the financial sector. They will provide suggestions for changes to policies and market incentives to help mount a robust nationwide response to this immediate and growing problem. There will be time for questions after the presentation. You can read the report and view maps here.

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Kristina Dahl is a senior climate scientist for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Dahl designs, executes, and communicates scientific analyses that make climate change more tangible to the general public and policy makers. Dr. Dahl earned a Ph.D. in paleoclimate from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, and a BA in Earth sciences from Boston University.

Shana Udvardy is a climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts. Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
 

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Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Kristina Dahl, Union of Concerned Scientists

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Part 2: Presenters: Kristina Dahl, Union of Concerned Scientists and Shana Udvardy, Union of Concerned Scientists

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ASWM American Wetlands Month Webinar 

Measuring the Economic Benefits and Cost Effectiveness of Coastal Wetlands and Ecosystems

Wednesday, May 30th at 3:00pm ET

SPONSORED BY:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

INTRODUCTION

Marla Stelk, Association of State Wetland Managers [PowerPoint Presentation]

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

ASWM will be wrapping up our celebration of American Wetlands Month with a fascinating webinar discussing two report’s findings that show how investments in nature-based infrastructure can meet multiple objectives for environmental restoration, adaptation and flood risk reduction as well as result in millions of dollars in savings from storm damages. 

In 2016, the release of the report “Coastal Wetlands and Flood Damage Reduction: Using Risk Industry-based Models to Assess Natural Defenses in the Northeastern USA” gained international attention. In the report the authors quantified the economic benefits of coastal wetlands in reducing property damage from storms and flooding in the northeastern United States. Using risk industry models, they estimated that coastal wetlands saved more than US$ 625 million in avoided flood damages from Hurricane Sandy across the northeastern USA. Just this spring, a second report was released entitled “Comparing the cost effectiveness of nature-based and coastal adaptation: A case study from the Gulf Coast of the United States.” This report also shows that investments in nature-based adaptation could meet multiple objectives for environmental restoration, adaptation and flood risk reduction. In this presentation, Michael Beck and Siddharth Narayan will share their research, methods and findings from these two studies.

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Michael Beck is the Lead Marine Scientist at TNC and adjunct Professor in Ocean Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. Mike focuses on building coastal resilience in the interface between risk reduction and conservation. His approach is multi-disciplinary across ecology, engineering and economics. Mike has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed publications. His work covers topics from the role of coral reefs in reducing risks from storms to the effects of people on extinctions of Pleistocene mammals. He has also published numerous popular articles including Op-eds in the NY Times, Miami Herald, Huffington Post and the Caribbean Journal. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Sydney and in 2012 Mike was also selected as a Pew Marine Conservation Fellow.

Siddharth Narayan (Sid) is a Research Scientist in Coastal Adaptation and Nature-based Solutions. A civil and coastal engineer, hailing from Chennai in southern India, he is based at the University of California Santa Cruz and works with Michael Beck, lead marine scientist at The Nature Conservancy. Sid's research interests focus on modelling interactions between natural and human coastal systems, to help develop sustainable measures for coastal adaptation. At present, he works closely with insurance risk modelers, ecologists and engineers to assess the role and value of wetlands for reducing flood risk and damages to people and property.

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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Michael Beck, The Nature Conservancy and University of California, Santa Cruz/b>

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Part 2: Presenters: Michael Beck, The Nature Conservancy and University of California, Santa Cruz and Siddharth Narayan, University of California, Santa Cruz

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Exploring Opportunities for Integrated Mapping and Functional Assessment of Riverine and Coastal Floodplains and Wetlands

  • Andy Robertson, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Focusing Restoration Where it Matters Most

  • Caroline Chan, Kentucky Division of Water

An Integration Approach to Revitalizing a Brownfield Site - Achieving Multiple Benefits through Collaboration - NVF-Yorklyn, Delaware

  • John Cargill, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Mapping Wetland and Floodplain Functions in Vermont

Migratory Bird Treaty – What’s Next?

Assessing Stream Functions for Watershed Management in Oregon

 

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Exploring Opportunities for Integrated Mapping and Functional Assessment of Riverine and Coastal Floodplains and Wetlands

Presenter: Andy Robertson, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

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Focusing Restoration Where it Matters Most

Presenter: Caroline Chan, Kentucky Division of Water

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An Integration Approach to Revitalizing a Brownfield Site - Achieving Multiple Benefits through Collaboration - NVF-Yorklyn, Delaware

Presenter: John Cargill, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

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Mapping Wetland and Floodplain Functions in Vermont

Presenter: Mike Kline and Laura Lapierre, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

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Migratory Bird Treaty – What’s Next?

Presenter: Kim Connolly, University at Buffalo School of Lab

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Assessing Stream Functions for Watershed Management in Oregon

Presenter: Dana Hicks, Oregon Department of State Lands

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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.

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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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2019 Clean Water Act Webinars

A Legal Analysis of the Clean Water Act § 401 Proposed Rule

Held Friday, September 20, 2019 - 3:00-5:00 pm Easter

INTRODUCTION

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

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACTS

On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule for changes to Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 was published in the Federal Register. The EPA has only provided a 60-day public comment period - comments are due on or before Monday, October 21, 2019 – however, EPA has requested feedback on over 130 questions. CWA § 401 is a direct grant of authority to states (and tribes that have been approved for “treatment as a state” status) to review for compliance with appropriate federal, state, and tribal water quality requirements any proposed activity that requires a federal license or permit and may result in a discharge to waters of the United States. The proposed rule has significant legal and policy implications for states’ rights to protect their water quality within their own boundaries. To assist states, tribes and others in understanding the potential legal concerns surrounding the proposed rule, ASWM has invited three of the nation’s top Clean Water Act attorneys to provide a history of significant court cases regarding § 401, its use by states and tribes, and a legal analysis of the proposed rule and potential impacts.

Royal C. Gardner
Gardner provided a history of state water quality certification provisions, beginning with the Water Quality Improvement Act of 1970. He discussed the key U.S. Supreme Court cases that interpret Clean Water Act Section 401 (PUD No. 1 of Jefferson County v. Washington Department of Ecology and S.D. Warren Co. v. Maine Board of Environmental Protection), as well as other cases mentioned in the proposed rulemaking. He will also highlight significant aspects of the proposed rule: time limitations on state certification decisions; restrictions on the scope of what states may consider in the certification process; and federal agency review (and possible rejection) of state certification decisions.

Mark A. Ryan
Mark discussed the administrative process EPA is required to follow to promulgate a final rule, how the likely litigation will play out and the possibility of Congress invoking the Congressional Review Act. Mark also discussed how this effort fits into other CWA reform efforts by the Trump administration.

James M. McElfish, Jr.
James discussed the reliance by many states on 401 as a basis for wetlands regulatory programs; the various types of conditions that states have applied to 401 certifications to protect water quality in the context of federal licenses and permits and what limitations the proposed rule would place on such conditions; and the potential impacts of the proposed rule on enforceability of state conditions.

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Royal C. GardnerRoyal 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 RyanMark Ryan is an Attorney with Ryan & Kuehler PLLC in Winthrop, Washington where he has a national and regional practice that focuses on Clean Water Act (CWA) counseling and litigation, water rights and land-use issues. Prior to Ryan & Kuehler, Mr. Ryan spent 24 years as an EPA trial attorney, where he was one of EPA's leading experts on the CWA. He has published and spoken extensively on the CWA, and he is the long-standing editor of the American Bar Association’s Clean Water Act Handbook. He received his B.S. in natural resources from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Indiana University School of Law (cum laude), where he was an editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Mr. Ryan's Clean Water Act Blog, where he provides summaries of recent developments under the CWA, can be viewed at ryankuehler.com. Mr. Ryan can be reached at .

James M. McElfishJames M. McElfish, Jr. is a Senior Attorney; Director with the Environmental Law Institute Sustainable Use of Land Program.
Jim McElfish’s research focuses on development choices and their links to land use, water resources, biological diversity, and infrastructure policy. ELI’s Sustainable Use of Land Program makes connections among laws, policies, taxes, investments, and land use decisions. His work includes research on coastal zone activities, renewable energy siting, enforcement, and conservation outcomes. McElfish served as representative of the natural environment on the American Planning Association’s multi-year Growing Smarter Legislative Guidebook Directorate. McElfish also leads ELI programs on water resources, examining how watersheds and resources can be evaluated, used, conserved, and restored. He is a nationally recognized authority on NEPA and a former litigator in private practice and with the Department of the Interior. McElfish has been an ELI Senior Attorney since 1986.

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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers Presenter: Royal C. 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: James M. McElfish, Jr., Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute and Mark A. Ryan, Principal, Ryan & Kuehler PLLC

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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.

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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:

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    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. 

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    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.  

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2015 Past Clean Water Act Webinars

Webinar: Legal Challenges to the Clean Water Rule: Which Court? What Questions? What Timeframe?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, ASWM

On Thursday, November 19, 2015 the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) hosted a webinar to assist participants in understanding the status of challenges to the Clean Water Rule in the courts and explore what might happen in the coming months. The webinar provided a general overview of pending legal challenges to the Clean Water Rule and the status of those challenges. Much of the presentation focused on the basis for the legal challenges and what the process is likely to be in the courts as the lawsuits move through the justice system. Presenters also discussed various bills and resolutions before Congress, as well as the possibility of a rider being attached to the expected Congressional omnibus spending bill.

Panelists were Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law and Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School. Both panelists have extensive experience in Clean Water Act law and policy issues.

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is available here. 

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, ASWM
Presenter: Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School

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Part 2: Presenter: Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law

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Part 3: Presenters: Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law and Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School

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Clean Water Rule Webinar: Understanding Legal Challenges and Next Steps for the Clean Water Rule

Wednesday, August 24, 2015

On Monday, August 24, 2015 the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) hosted a webinar on “Understanding Legal Challenges and Next Steps for the Clean Water Rule” with presentations by Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School. It was recorded and the webinar can be viewed below.

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is available here.

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skill, SUNY Buffalo Law School

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Part 2: Presenter: Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy

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Part 3: Presenter: Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy

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Part 4: Presenter: Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skill, SUNY Buffalo Law School

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Part 5: Questions/Answers

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Part 6: Questions/Answers

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Clean Water Rule Webinar

Wednesday, June 17, 2015



On Wednesday, June 17 the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) held a webinar “Understanding the Final Clean Water Rule and Changes to CWA Jurisdiction Included in Senate Bill 1140” with presentations by Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School. Topics covered during the webinar included: an overview of changes to CWA jurisdiction under the new rule, a discussion of how the changes reflect the Carabell/Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court decisions and an overview of Senate Bill 1140, "The Federal Water Quality Protection Act". It was recorded and the webinar can be viewed below.

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is available here.

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy

Play

Part 2: Presenter: Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skill, SUNY Buffalo Law School

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Part 3: Presenter: Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy

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Part 4: Discussion

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Part 5: Discussion

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Certificate Capacity Webinar September 29

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the September 29, 2020 Wetland Regulatory Capacity Building Project Webinar Series: Improving Enforcement in Wetland Regulatory Programs

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Wetland Regulatory Capacity Building Webinar Improving Enforcement in Wetland Regulatory Programs on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 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 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:
    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.

 

Certificate of Participation for the Beaver and Wetland Restoration Webinar - March 10, 2021

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the March 10, 2021 Beavers and Wetland Restoration Webinar “Beaver Restoration for Climate Resiliency”

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Beavers and Wetland Restoration Webinar “Beaver Restoration for Climate Resiliency” on Wednesday, March 10, 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:
    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 CertificateA) Select thNon-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 for the March 25, 2021 NFFA Webinar

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the March 25, 2021 NFFA Webinar: Protecting and Restoring Urban Wetlands for Community Benefits

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live NFFA Webinar: "Protecting and Restoring Urban Wetlands for Community Benefits" on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern.

Please do the following:

  • Click on this link: https://www.classmarker.com/online-test/start/?quiz=c4y605ba71dde419
  • 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 questions about 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. 

Certificates for the NFFA webinars are free to all participants.

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

2019 Tribal Wetland Programs Webinar

 Balancing Tribal Economic Development, Sustainable Cultural Uses and Wetland/Aquatic Resource Protection and Restoration

Held Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 3:00pm-5:00pm Eastern

INTRODUCTION

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

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACTS

Tom Elliott

The Yakama Nation’s Toppenish Creek Corridor Enhancement plan is a long-term, integrated project to restore and manage natural and cultural resources along lower Toppenish Creek in the Yakama Reservation. Lower Toppenish Creek flows out of mountain headwaters, across a large alluvial fan, and then for 32 miles through expansive floodplains that formed in an ancient channel of the much larger Yakima River. The extremely low stream gradient and broad floodplains support extensive wetland complexes, which in pre-development times provided rich wetland and aquatic resources to the Yakama people, including salmon and steelhead runs in the stream and wapato (Sagittaria latifolia) and tule (Schoenoplectus acutus) in wetlands.

However, in the late 1800s Tribal land began to be sold under the Dawes Act and large-scale irrigated agriculture was initiated. In the early 1900s, the Wapato Irrigation Project was established and eventually built out to encompass over 180,000 acres of land and over 1,100 miles of irrigation canals and ditches. This vast system utilized lower Toppenish Creek as a sump and conveyance canal for return flow from up-slope irrigation water, with negative effects for natural and cultural resources. Wetlands and the alluvial fan were drained, the creek channel became channelized in certain reaches, and polluted water flowed into the channel. Salmon runs were extirpated, steelhead runs declined dramatically, and wetland plants became unavailable for tribal use.

To redress this damage, the Toppenish Creek corridor plan calls for 30 years of actions to separate the irrigation system from the natural stream, restore in-channel and floodplain habitat, increase water quality, enact land protection, and recharge alluvial fan groundwater while maintaining the important agricultural economy. In this presentation I described the lower Toppenish Creek ecosystem, changes brought to it by agricultural development, and the philosophy, approaches, and actions the Yakama Nation has developed to restore and manage Tribal resources.

Allison Warner

Quil Ceda Village in Lieu Fee Program – Mitigation from a Watershed Approach in the Tribal Context

Quil Ceda Village (QCV), an incorporated, Federal Tribal City, completed approval of the first Tribal In Lieu Fee (ILF) program in the nation, in November 2013. QCV, is an interesting story of 2,000 acres of the Tribes 22,500-acre land base that was seized under imminent domain by the Department of Army during WWII for the purposes of an ammunitions depot, and then repurchased by the Tribes. This area is currently zoned for development as the Tulalip Tribes’ urban commercial area, being located at the eastern perimeter of the Reservation, and adjacent to Interstate-5. However, this is an area of historic wetlands that were ditched, drained and filled by the Department of Army. The Tribes sought a mechanism for addressing wetland impacts from potential Lessees on tribal land within the city that could also provide for a smoother leasing and development process. The ILF program allows for a separation of mitigation plan approval from the lease negotiation and permitting process, while allowing the tribes to use fees collected from lessees to achieve restoration goals in the watershed. A watershed-based Compensation Planning Framework of resource loss and needs guides all of the mitigation site and project selection process for the ILF. As the first tribal ILF program in the nation, several key issues specific to Indian Country and legal issues challenged and guided development of the program.

Kara Kuhlman
The Lummi Indian Reservation (Reservation) is located in northwest Washington State, approximately 80 miles north of Seattle, Washington and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Lummi Nation Wetland and Habitat Mitigation Bank (Bank), which generates mitigation credits to compensate for unavoidable wetland impacts occurring on the Reservation and within the Bank’s service area, is the first tribally developed and operated commercial wetland mitigation bank in the United States. The Bank is comprised of nearly 2,000 acres on three separate sites within the Nooksack River floodplain and estuary on the Reservation and is part of both a wetland management program and an overall salmon and shellfish habitat restoration effort. As part of the Lummi Nation’s ongoing efforts to balance residential, municipal, and commercial development with natural resources protection, the Bank provides for the long-term wetland mitigation needs of tribal members, the tribal government, and other public and private end users to ensure effective compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts of development activities. The purpose of this presentation was to provide a brief overview of why and how the Bank was developed and to discuss how the Bank supports tribal sovereignty and the protection of natural and cultural resources.

BIOS

Tom ElliottTom Elliott is a biologist 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.

5memAllison Warner has been working as a wetland ecologist/wetland program coordinator for the Tulalip Tribes at Quil Ceda Village since 2008. She developed and obtained approval for the Quil Ceda Village in-Lieu Fee Program and works in strategic planning, permitting and wetland mapping and mitigation for Quil Ceda Village. She developed a watershed scale wetland mitigation plan for Quil Ceda Village in association with the In Lieu Fee Program. Allison has been involved in restoring Northwest landscapes since 1992, upon graduating from the UC Berkeley College of Forestry and Natural Resources. She has a Master’s of Science in forest ecology, and a Bachelor’s degree in soil science, both from UC Berkeley. She currently serves as Executive Vice President for the Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Chapter and has served with the Board since 2007.

Kara KuhlmanKara Kuhlman has over 10 years of experience in natural resources management. She has worked for the Lummi Nation’s Natural Resources Department since 2013 and has been the Water Resources Manager since 2018. She has a Masters of Sciences Degree and a Bachelors of Sciences Degree in Environmental Science and is a Certified Floodplain Manager. Prior to working for the Lummi Nation she was Adjunct Faculty at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment and a Field Biologist working with a range of public and private partners throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

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

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Part 2: Presenter: Tom Elliott, Biologist for the Yakama Nation Wildlife Program

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Part 3: Presenter: Allison Warner, Wetland Ecologist/Wetland Program Coordinator for The Tulalip Tribes at Quil Ceda Village

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Part 4: Presenter: Kara Kuhlman, Water Resources Manager for the Lummi Nation

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Part 5: Questions/Answers

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