Wetland Link International - Americas Webinar: Seminario web de la Red Internacional de los Humedales de Américas

Seminario web de la Red Internacional de los Humedales de Américas 

Evaluación de las actividades sensibilización ambiental en los sitios de humedales 

Miércoles 25 de Octubre de 2017 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Resumen del Seminario web:

Dedicamos la mayor parte de nuestras capacidades profesionales y de voluntarios en entregar una educación mediambiental y un trabajo de concientización con las comunidades locales, los encargados de los humedales y los socios del sector privado, pero ¿realmente tenemos conocimiento de cuán efectivas son estas actividades al generar cambios positivos en el medioambiente tanto en el comportamiento como en las acciones? Tan importante como saber si podemos demostrar esto a nuestros participantes, patrocinadores y socios de proyecto, para que de esta manera ellos puedan ver como nuestras actividades influyen en el comportamiento, en los resultados en terreno y en el avance de la protección de humedales y otros temas medioambientales. A menudo la evaluación parece olvidarse al final del proyecto, pero es una parte esencial para poder mejorar nuestro trabajo en un futuro y poder adquirir mejores resultados para nuestras propias organizaciones y redes.

Este seminario web utilizará ejemplos prácticos y fáciles de cómo realizar evaluaciones basadas en las técnicas de prueba y error utilizadas por nuestros miembros de las Américas. Estará disponible tanto en inglés como en español y después de las presentaciones se dará tiempo para debatir.

PRESENTACIONES

Comentarios Introductorios
Presentador: Chris Rostron, Red Internacional de Humedales (WLI), Reino Unido. Chris coordina el proyecto global de WLI, una red de apoyo para aquellos quienes realizan actividades educativas, de participación y concientización en los centros educacionales de humedales.

Ethel Wilkinson: Manomet (EEUU)
“Elaboración de técnicas de evaluación práctica para tu proyecto”.
Ethel trabaja con programas para establecer el desarrollo de evaluaciones a través de los variados programas de Manomet, incluyendo la conservación de humedales, el manejo inteligente de bosques y clima y la administración de almacenes de comestible. Con métricas que miden el progreso incremental de los resultados, el desarrollo de evaluaciones permite la retroalimentación en tiempo real y el ajuste del programa durante la implementación.

Susan Bonfield: Environment for the Americas (EEUU)
“Evaluando las necesidades de las minorías étnicas para evaluar el acceso a áreas naturales protegidas”.
En los Estados Unidos, las minorías étnicas generalmente son poco representadas en comparación a los visitantes regulares de las áreas naturales protegidas. Susan ha trabajado haciéndoles entrevistas a estas minorías para conocer sus opiniones ante las áreas silvestres y cuáles deberían ser los límites para los visitantes.

Sebastián Saiter / Ricardo Matus: Agrupación Ecológica Patagónica (Punta Arenas, CHILE),
"Humedal Tres Puentes, una valoración del aula natural para la conservación".
La Agrupación está compuesta por personas de diferentes profesiones, estudiantes y niños, que comparten el propósito de preservar y comprender las especies que habitan las reservas naturales urbanas de la Patagonia. Equipo interdisciplinario e inclusivo en las generaciones, ha sido uno de los puntos que la organización ha evaluado en sus líneas de trabajo para la participación de la comunidad en la conservación de los humedales. Nacido en 2007, ha enfocado su trabajo con vecinos y escuelas locales. Forma parte de la Red de Reservas Naturales de la Patagonia. 

Discusión interactiva

En la última parte del webinar habrá tiempo para discutir y debatir de manera interactiva, esta es la instancia para compartir diversas experiencias en temas sobre proyectos de evaluación. 

Debido a la alta demanda tendremos la opción de traducciones simultáneas (inglés - español)

Tendremos la opción de realizar este seminario web con traducción consecutiva de inglés a español. Este servicio se coordina con bastante anticipación, así que si estás interesado en participar de este evento y necesitas los servicios de traducción al español, contáctanos a este correo: . 

 

Past Tribal Wetland Programs Webinars

Past EPA Webinars

ASWM and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 developed a short series of educational webinars for Region 10 tribes with practical and useful information to assist in planning for wetland management and integrating management of wetlands with other tribal resources. A steering committee of tribal representatives from Region 10 provided guidance on webinar content, including representatives from the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, Snoqualmie Tribe, Yakama Nation, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Sitka Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Nez Perce Tribe, Cowlitz Tribe and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe. Although focused on tribes from EPA Region 10, these webinars maybe useful for tribes located all across the United States.

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

View a List of Tribal Wetland Programs Webinar Recordings Here

Please click on a year below to view past webinars.

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2019

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View Upcoming Tribal Wetland Programs Webinars Here

2017 Invasive Species Webinars

Harvesting Invasive Species as a Management Strategy: Opportunities, Pitfalls and Lessons Learned

Held Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. ET  

INTRODUCTION

Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACTS

Jason Goldberg
Review of harvest incentives to control invasive species

Whither to eat invasive species? From nutria to lionfish, interest has increased in how to encourage the use of invasives as a means of controlling them. While public and commercial use of invasive species could be an opportunity to support resource management, economic development, and environmental awareness, negative consequences can also occur. Success depends on many factors, yet little guidance is available on how to use incentivized harvest as an effective management tool. We will discuss the biological, ecological, human health, and socioeconomic factors involved in invasive species incentive programs, and offer recommendations to help support successful harvest programs.

Matthew Barnes
Serving invaders with a side of awareness: reflections on using harvest as an invasive species education and outreach tool 

Researchers continue to debate potential positive (population and impact reduction, economic losses recouped through new profits) and negative (generation of economic incentives to encourage further introductions) impacts of harvest as an invasive species management strategy. Increased opportunities for invasive species education and awareness campaigns represents an important- but often overlooked- benefit of the such a strategy. Matthew Barnes has served as co-founder and editor of the blog invasivore.org since 2011, and in this talk, he will reflect on lessons learned eating invasive species as an educational tool during this time, highlighting promises and potential pitfalls for the future. 

BIOS

Jason Goldberg currently serves with the Office of Science Applications (SA) in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a natural resource policy specialist.  Prior to joining SA, Jason served for 13 years with the Fish and Aquatic Conservation (FAC) Program, including the Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species; Branch of Budget, Performance, and Policy; and Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance.  Jason has also previously worked for Rep. Neil Abercrombie as a Knauss Fellow and with NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research in External Affairs.  Jason holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami (Florida) and Master's degrees in Marine Science and Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.  

Susan Pasko currently works in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Branch of Aquatic Species, serving as the as the Executive Secretary of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. In this role, Susan focuses on coordination and planning to ensure that Federal agencies are actively engaged and effectively responding to the threat of invasive species. Previously, Susan worked within NOAA Fisheries as the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator and a member of the Fisheries Strategic Planning and Evaluation Team. She holds a Bachelor degree in Marine Science from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a PhD in Aquatic ecology from Kent State University. 

Matthew Barnes is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University. His research is rooted in community ecology, predicting and explaining species distributions and dispersal in aquatic systems, with a focus on biological invasions. He utilizes a broad set of tools to address many different types of ecological questions, including predicting species occurrence with species distribution models and geographic information systems (GIS), detecting rare species through environmental DNA (eDNA) surveillance, and investigating species impacts through field observations and laboratory experiments. He also has served as co-founder and editor for the blog invasivore.org since 2011, using the concept of eating invasive species as a tool to promote education and outreach. Barnes earned his BA in Biology from Southwestern University followed by a PhD in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Notre Dame. 

Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Presenters: Susan Pasko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Jason Goldberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Part 2: Presenters: Susan Pasko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Jason Goldberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Part 2: Presenters: Susan Pasko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Jason Goldberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Part 3: Presenter: Dr. Don Uzarski, Central Michigan University
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Part 3: Presenter: Matthew Barnes, Texas Tech University

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Part 2: Presenters: Susan Pasko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Jason Goldberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Part 3: Presenter: Dr. Don Uzarski, Central Michigan University
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Biological Control Strategies and Lessons Learned for Giant Salvinia, Water Hyacinth and Alligatorweed

Held Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. ET 

INTRODUCTION

Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

PRESENTERS


ABSTRACTS

Dr. Rodrigo Diaz
Biological Control and Giant salvinia 

Biological control is the intentional manipulation of natural enemies to reduce pest populations. Classical biological control is the introduction of natural enemies from the native range of the target pest. This approach has resulted in successful control of aquatic weeds in southeastern U.S. including water hyacinth, alligatorweed, melaleuca, and giant salvinia. To successfully implement a biological control program, practitioners need to understand the life cycle, dispersal, and impact of the natural enemy. Monitoring weed and natural enemy populations is critical for the program since it helps to determine the impact during the growing season, limitations, and need for more agents or other control tactics.

Giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) is a floating fern native to Brazil. Mats of giant salvinia cover canals, lakes, and ponds, resulting in the impediment of fishing, duck hunting, and transportation. Since 2001 the giant salvinia weevil (Cyrtobagous salviniae) has been used in Louisiana and Texas to manage giant salvinia. Adults of the weevil feed in new leaf buds, and larvae feed in leaf buds and rhizomes. Damaged salvinia turn yellow-brown and eventually sink. Field observations in Louisiana demonstrated that the impact of the weevil varies from complete control in southern latitudes to minimal control in northern latitudes. Early removal of salvinia due weevil damage led to the recovery of submerged aquatic vegetation and increase of dissolved oxygen. To maximize control of giant salvinia, practitioners should monitor densities of salvinia and weevil in early spring and determine the need to supplement weevils or apply herbicides.

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Lori Moshman
Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) is an invasive aquatic weed that has been present in the U.S. since 1884.  It continues to be grown and sold in the aquatic plant trade.  Like other invasive aquatic species, water hyacinth affects freshwater industries and can cause undesirable ecological effects.  Mechanical, chemical, and biological control methods can be used to manage water hyacinth infestations and prevent further spread.

Nathan Harms
Biological control of alligatorweed 

Alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) is a South American wetland plant, introduced into the U.S. in the 1800’s. Infestations may form thick interwoven mats, leading reduced water quality, impacts to native species, and problems for boaters. Three biological control agents have been introduced into the U.S., providing rapid and near-complete control in many areas. However, alligatorweed persists in northern areas of Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina, where agents do not overwinter. In these areas agents are sometimes introduced annually but control remains limited. As of 2017, all agents are established and widespread but the alligatorweed flea beetle is most common. With mild winters as of late, natural flea beetle immigration into northern areas has provided some control without intentional introductions. 

BIOS

Dr. Rodrigo Diaz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at LSU. Rodrigo specializes on Biological Control of Pest and Ecology of Invasive Species. Before joining LSU, Rodrigo worked in the University of Florida with biological control of tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum), Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia) and West Indian marsh grass (Hymenachne amplexicaulis). Current projects in LSU include biological control of giant salvinia, Chinese tallowtree (Triadica sebifera), crape myrtle bark scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae), and Roseau cane scale (Nipponaclerda biwakoensis). Rodrigo has 45 peer-reviewed publications.

Lori Moshman is a graduate assistant in the Department of Entomology at LSU working in biological control of giant salvinia.  Her research focuses on winter management methods that can be used to increase overwinter survival of salvinia weevils in temperate climates.  Lori looks forward to graduating with her master’s degree in December 2017.

Nathan Harms is a Research Biologist at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS. His research primarily focuses on biological control of aquatic invasive plant species and impacts of invasive species on invaded ecosystems. Since 2005, he has been involved with various aspects of biological control development and implementation, from overseas exploration for new agents to rearing, release and monitoring of control agents. Since He has worked on management of submersed (hydrilla, Eurasian watermilfoil), emergent (alligatorweed, flowering rush) and floating (giant salvinia, water hyacinth, water lettuce, water pennywort) invasive plants. Currently, his focus is on seasonal aspects of alligatorweed biological control along a winter gradient in the southern U.S. 

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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Dr. Rodrigo Diaz, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology

Part 2: Presenter: Dr. Rodrigo Diaz, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology
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Part 2: Presenter: Dr. Rodrigo Diaz, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology

Part 3: Presenter: Lori Moshman, Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology
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Part 3: Presenter: Lori Moshman, Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology

Part 4: Presenter: Nathan Harms, Research Biologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
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Part 4: Presenter: Nathan Harms, Research Biologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
Part 2: Presenter: Dr. Rodrigo Diaz, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology
Part 3: Presenter: Lori Moshman, Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology
Part 4: Presenter: Nathan Harms, Research Biologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Part 5: Questions & Answers
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Invasive Species in Coastal Wetlands: Current and Future Challenges & Management Implications

Held Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. ET

INTRODUCTION

Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACTS

Tom Hall
In 2014, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Invasive Species and Climate Change prepared a report for the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and the National Invasive Species Council  entitled, “Bioinvasions in a Changing World: A Resource on Invasive Species-Climate Change Interactions for Conservation and Natural Resource Management.” The globalization of trade and transport is accelerating the risk of introducing potentially invasive species as they are moved both unintentionally and for deliberate purposes. At the same time, climate change poses a threat for the long-term. Combining the threats of invasive species with those posed by climate change can magnify the intensity associated with both issues. This presentation will summarize the findings of the report which serves as a guide to the methods, resources and assistance available for dealing effectively with invasive species and their interface with climate change at the site level, and to inform policy-making and planning at larger geographic scales.

Anne Garwood
Michigan’s Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Michigan Departments of Agriculture & Rural Development, Environmental Quality and Natural Resources. In 2013, Michigan updated the Aquatic Invasive Species State Management Plan. This plan focuses on vectors or pathways by which invasive species are moved, to prevent the introduction of new AIS, prevent the dispersal of AIS, detect and respond to new invaders, and minimize the harmful effects of AIS in Michigan. By focusing on dispersal vectors rather than individual species, Michigan is able to implement and promote specific actions to address AIS without putting all effort into single species, and without having to train everyone in the identification and biological responses of each species. This approach to AIS management is particularly useful in wetlands management where many invasive species (both aquatic and terrestrial) can become established through land alteration activities such as construction, shoreline hardening, landscaping, and other habitat alterations.

BIOS

Tom Hall is a wildlife biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Program for the past 32 years.  He currently is an Environmental Coordinator for Wildlife Services in Fort Collins, Colorado.  He has also worked in Nevada, Oklahoma, California, Guam, Oregon, and Denver.  Tom received a Masters in Wildlife from Oklahoma State University.  He has worked with several invasive species including feral swine, brown tree snakes, nutria, starlings, feral pigeons, feral dogs and feral cats protecting a variety of resources including T&E species and agriculture.  He has been a member of the APHIS Climate Change Working Group and on the Invasive Species, Climate Change Task Force. 

Anne Garwood is the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Ecologist for the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Anne works on wetland monitoring, invasive species management, climate change adaptation, and protection of coastal wetlands. Anne is a member of the Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Core Teams. Anne worked in the MDEQ regulatory wetlands program for several years prior to accepting the coastal wetland ecologist position in 2010. 

Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 2: Presenter: Tom Hall, USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Program
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Part 2: Presenter: Tom Hall, USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Programy

Presenter: Lori Moshman, Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology
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Part 3: Presenter: Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Part 4: Questions & Answers
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2019 NRCS Conservation Planners Training Webinars

Webinar 9: Dealing with Changing Weather Patterns in Wetland Restoration Planning

Held Monday, May 6, 2019 at 2:00-4:00 pm ET

ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series - May 6, 2019INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This is the sixth webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series.  The webinar began with a look at how weather and climate are different, and how the climate has been changing and will continue to change over time.  The webinar shared how these changes over time have affected wetlands and may continue to affect wetlands and decisions about their management.  Moving from broad climate issues to specific regional/landscape issues, the second part of the webinar explored how additional complexity is caused by regional issues, water rights, coastal issues and more.  Presentation of two illustrative case studies showed how decisions are affected by these issues in the real world.  The final segment of the webinar focused on how conservation planners and others working with wetlands can use tools to integrate climate considerations into land management.  The webinar closed with suggestions about ways to work with land managers to address climate at the site level and provide a decision-making framework for professionals working on these issues.

BIOS

Susan Galatowitsch, University of MinnesotaSusan Galatowitsch has been a faculty member of the University of Minnesota for 25 years and is professor and Head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Wetland Scientists, a member of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers, a past Fesler-Lampert Distinguished Chair of Urban and Regional Affairs, and a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa (University of Cape Town).  Her research focuses on restoration of degraded wetlands and grasslands, climate change adaptation and management of invasive species in these systems. She served as the Director, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center for three years. In addition to 75 research publications, she has authored two books, Ecological Restoration (Sinauer Associates) and Restoring Prairie Wetlands: An Ecological Approach (with Arnold van der Valk). Dr. Galatowitsch has a PhD from Iowa State University.

Ryan O’Connor, Wisconsin Department of Natural ResourcesRyan O’Connor is an ecologist and coordinates and conducts biotic inventories of natural communities for the Wisconsin DNR's Natural Heritage Inventory. His professional interests include providing land managers with high-quality data to make better decisions, developing adaptation resources, and hunting for rare and invasive plants.  He also likes introducing his daughter to wetlands by looking for frogs, turtles, and a macroinvertebrate his daughter calls a "jitterbug".

Danielle Shannon, USDA Natural Resources Conservation ServiceDanielle Shannon is a Climate Adaptation Specialist at the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), and the coordinator of the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub. Danielle helps professional land managers cope with and adapt to the challenges of climate change and is expanding the suite of adaptation resources into the field of forest hydrology and the management of forested watersheds. Find more information about this effort at ForestAdaptation.org.

 


 

Part 9:0: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 9:0: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 9.1: Trainer: Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota
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Part 9.1: Trainer: Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota

Part 9.2: Trainer: Ryan O’Connor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Part 9.2: Trainer: Ryan O’Connor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Part 9.3: Trainer: Danielle Shannon, USDA Climate Hubs, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)
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Part 9:0: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
Part 9.1: Trainer: Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota
Part 9.2: Trainer: Ryan O’Connor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Part 9.3: Trainer: Danielle Shannon, USDA Climate Hubs, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)
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Webinar 8: What are the Choices and Benefits? Matching Objectives to Programs and Getting Additional Help

Held Monday, August 5, 2019 - 3:00pm-5:00pm EDT

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

Andrew James, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
• Karen Fullen, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
• Ted LaGrange, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

ABSTRACT

This seventh webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series began with a brief overview of USDA’s many wetland-related programs. The webinar introduced these programs and when planners should consider using them. This portion of the webinar also explored the complexity created by regional issues, water rights, coastal issues, changing weather patterns and other challenges that planners need to understand in order to make effective decisions when working with landowners. The second presentation shared the potential for using the CPA-52 environmental evaluation tool to assist in planning to assess concerns and alternatives. The webinar continued with a third presentation on partner organizations and programs that provide complementary supports for wetland work. The final presentation shared examples of collaborative projects around the country that have been built around different collaboration goals, form and functions. Throughout, the webinar they shared the importance of identifying and engaging additional help from both internal and external staff experts and advice on how to engage them. It also included discussion of terminology that is accessible by landowners around wetland and these complexities, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of the work.

BIOS

Andrew JamesAndrew James is the Easement Programs Manager for Arkansas Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Wetland Easement Restoration Planning and Implementation Leader with Louisiana NRCS. Since he first joined the NRCS in 2006 and from his first day on the job his career has revolved around wetland easements. included Andrew Joined the NRCS headquarters staff in 2012 as National Floodplain Easement Program Manager and Wetland Easement Specialist, and in 2014 he moved into the National WRE Program Manager position. Andrew’s career began with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission when he was hired in 2003 as Manager of the Weddington Wildlife Management Area and shortly thereafter became the State Waterfowl Biologist, a position he filled until 2006. Andrew is a 1995 graduate of Louisiana Tech University where he majored in Wildlife Conservation and minored in Forestry, and a 2003 graduate of the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit at the University of Arkansas where he earned a MSc in Wildlife Biology.

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

Ted LaGrangeTed LaGrange has worked as the Wetland Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years. As Wetland Program Manager he works on a wide variety of wetland issues throughout Nebraska including partnerships, private land restoration programs, public lands management, research, regulations, and outreach. Prior to moving to Nebraska, he worked for 8 years as a Waterfowl Research Technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ted received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. His professional interests are in prairie wetlands and waterfowl/waterbird ecology.



Part 8:0: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 8:0: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 8.1: Trainer: Andrew James, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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Part 8.1: Trainer: Andrew James, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Part 8.2: Trainer: Karen Fullen, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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Part 8.2: Trainer: Karen Fullen, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Part 8.3: Trainer: Ted LaGrange, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Part 8.1: Trainer: Andrew James, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Part 8.2: Trainer: Karen Fullen, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Part 8.3: Trainer: Ted LaGrange, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Webinar 7: How to Talk about Wetlands with Landowners 

Presentations Recorded December 2019 (Non-Live Webinar)


INTRODUCTION

  • Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers 

TRAINERS

  • Brittany Haywood, Delaware Department of Natural Resources
  • Andy Robertson, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 

Part 7:0: Introducation: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 7:0: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 7.1: Trainer: Brittany Haywood, Delaware Department of Natural Resources
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Part 7.1: Trainer: Brittany Haywood, Delaware Department of Natural Resources

Part 7.2: Trainer: Andy Robertson, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
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Part 7:0: Introducation: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Webinar 6: Identifying Resource Concerns and Determining Landowner Objectives 

Presentations Recorded December 2019 (Non-Live Webinar)



INTRODUCTION

  • Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers 

TRAINERS

  • Ted LaGrange, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Bill Edwards, Natural Resources Conservation Service 

Part 6:0: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 6:0: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 6.1: Trainer: Ted LaGrange, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Part 6.1: Trainer: Ted LaGrange, Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions

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Webinar 5: Dealing with Reality: How to Work with Wetlands in Altered landscapes

Held Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3:00-5:00 pm ET

INTRODUCTION

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

TRAINERS

ABSTRACT

This is the fifth webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The webinar began with a presentation on types of actions taken that have altered, degraded or destroyed wetlands over time. This was followed by a discussion on how hydrology, source water, water budgets and the soil/water interfaces vary by the location and wetland type (Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) class) and how adjustments to these lead to changes in wetlands. NRCS definitions of actions that can be taken to improve wetlands will be shared. The third talk covered the concepts of how restoration, enhancement, and creation can support improved wetland health and waterfowl productivity, looking primarily at the prairie potholes. The final presentation discussed how to start with a watershed perspective to identify good management options on an individual property and introduce specific actions that can be taken working in conjunction with a landowner to improve wetland health. Participants will come away from the webinar with an increased understanding of the extent of wetland alteration, concepts to support understanding wetland variability, management options for returning wetlands to the land and supporting wetland health.

BIOS

Ray Norrgard, Minnesota Department of Natural ResourcesRay Norrgard, is Minnesota born, raised, and educated; Ray has served as a wildlife professional for state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies for more than four decades. His primary focus throughout his career has been waterfowl, wetlands, shallow lakes, and education. He is currently focused on providing wetland management technical guidance to wildlife field managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

•	Rich Weber, NRCS retiredRichard A. Weber was a Wetland Hydraulic Engineer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wetland Team, CNTSC in Fort Worth, Texas from 2006 to 2017. In this role, Rich provided national leadership on wetland hydrology, including: Support for Wetland Restoration Program, Wetland Protection Policy, and E.O. 11990 Wetland Assessments. He led a national training cadre for Wetland Restoration and Enhancement and Hydrology Tools for Wetland Determination courses. From 2005-2006, Rich was Design Engineer at the NRCS Nebraska State Office where he had design and A&E Contracting responsibilities for PL-566, WRP, and EQIP programs. From 1999-2005, he was a Field Engineer at the NRCS in the Scottsbluff, NE Field Office where he had design, construction, and contracting responsibilities for the Wetland Reserve Program, EQIP Irrigation and Animal Waste Management, and CTA conservation practices. From 1997-1999, Rich was an Agricultural Engineer at the NRCS in Chehalis, WA where he had design, construction, and contracting responsibilities for Conservation District funded Stream Restoration and Fish Passage projects, and EQIP program Mike McClure, Missouri Department of ConservationAnimal Waste Projects. And from 1986-1997, he was a Watershed Project Engineer at the NRCS in Horton, KS where he performed Construction Contract Administration for PL-566 Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention projects. Currently, he performs contract work for the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Ducks Unlimited, and KLA Environmental Services.

Mike McClure is a Missouri Department of Conservation Wetland Service Biologist. Mike served in a wetland management position on MDC’s Grand Pass Conservation Area from 1987 to April 1997. Since then, Mike has served as the biologist on the NRCS Wetland Emphasis Team-Chillicothe, where his responsibilities focus on development of WRP/WRE restoration plans and wetland management plans for wetlands restored under WRP/WRE.

 

Part 5:0: Welcome: Brenda Zollitsch,
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Part 5:0: Welcome: Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 5.1: Presenter: Ray Norrgard
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Part 5.1: Presenter: Ray Norrgard, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Part 5.2: Presenter: Ray Norrgard
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Part 5.2: Presenter: Ray Norrgard, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Part 5.3: Presenter: Rich Weber
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Part 5.3: Presenter: Rich Weber, NRCS retired

Part 5.4: Presenter: Mike McClure
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Part 5.4: Presenter: Mike McClure, Missouri Department of Conservation

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2020 Section 404 Assumption Webinars

Webinar #5 – Documenting Assumable Waters for Assumption for the CWA § 404 Program

Held Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00-5:00 pm ET 

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

While the new 404(g) assumption rule has not yet been released by EPA, this webinar provided food for thought as states consider assumption before formal guidance is provided in the form of the new rule. This webinar began with an introduction to assumption and assumable waters: What are assumable waters and what role do they play in an assumed program? What does a state or tribe gain through managing assumable waters? The webinar continued with discussion of the different roles states, tribes, the Corps and EPA play in determining assumable waters and discuss what needs to be done to determine assumable waters for the assumption process. The webinar then shared the work of three different states currently engaged in different phases of the assumption process: Florida, Oregon and Minnesota. State agency staff will share their approaches to analysis, discuss how they have been working with the corps, and share information about their GIS layers, as well as any lessons learned.

PRESENTERS

Eric MetzEric Metz is a Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst in the Director’s Office of the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) (currently retired but working part time). Eric is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (Emeritus). He has worked as a state wetland regulator in both Oregon and California, been a private wetland and environmental consultant in the Pacific Northwest and in Alaska and a wetland restoration project manager for the National Audubon Society.

Randy SounheinRandy Sounhein has a master's degree in Environmental Science from Washington State University, a bachelor's degree in Geology from Central Washington University, and more than 30 years of hands-on experience with geospatial technologies and Esri products. He worked as a senior groundwater quality/GIS analyst for the State of Idaho from 1990 to 1997. He is currently the GIS coordinator for the Oregon Department of State Lands in Salem, Oregon.

Heather MasonHeather Mason is an Environmental Administrator at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, leading the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program’s training and rulemaking team. Her team is currently working on Florida’s 404 assumption effort. Her education includes an M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Environmental Management. She is also a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS).

 

Camille BeasleyCamille Beasley is an Environmental Consultant at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She works in the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program as a wetland delineation trainer, grant manager, and technology liaison. She has an M.S. in Forest Resources and B.S. in Environmental Science and Zoology.


Les LemmLes Lemm is the Wetlands Section Manager for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. He is responsible for overseeing implementation of the State Wetland Conservation Act, Minnesota’s comprehensive wetland protection law, including a robust wetland banking program. He has a variety of other experience, including working as a charter boat captain on Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods, a natural resource consultant, and the District Manager for the Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation District. Les has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Resource Economics from North Dakota State University. 



Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers; Presenter: Joe Williams, Ecosystem Investment Partners
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Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenters: Eric Metz, Oregon Department of State Lands and Randy Sounhein, Oregon Department of State Lands

Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Camille Beasley, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
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Part 2: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Camille Beasley, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Part 3: Presenter: Les Lemm, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources – Wetland Section Manager Questions & Answers
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Part 3: Presenter: Les Lemm, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources – Wetland Section Manager
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Webinar #4 - Florida's Assumption Process - Planning, Decisions and Lessons Learned

Held Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 3:00-5:00 pm ET

 INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

Representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection talked about their path to submittal of a complete assumption package to EPA. The webinar began with an overview of the agency’s structure, existing Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) program, and state wetland delineation rule. Next, Flordia's staff discussed Florida’s assumption history, reasons for assuming, and rulemaking. Next, staff shared the contents of Florida's assumption package. They shared their efforts preparing to implement their assumed program (if it is approved). The webinar concluded with sharing of lessons learned and insights and details regarding decisions that were made.

BIOS

Timothy RachTimothy Rach is a Program Administrator in the Submerged Lands & Environmental Resources Coordination Program at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He has been with DEP for over 23 years in various management and supervisory positions. Most of his time has been in the Environmental Resources Permitting program regulating development in wetlands and surface waters. Tim is responsible for overseeing the statewide implementation of the ERP rules and regulations within the Department, Water Management Districts and local delegated programs. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology from Troy University and a Masters of Science degree in Ecology from Old Dominion University.

Heather MasonHeather Mason is an Environmental Administrator at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, leading the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program’s training and rulemaking team. Her team is currently working on Florida’s 404 assumption effort. Her education includes an M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Environmental Management. She is also a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS).

Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers; Presenter: Joe Williams, Ecosystem Investment Partners
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Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenters: Tim Rach, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Part 2: Presenter: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
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Part 2: Presenter: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Part 3: Questions & Answers
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Webinar #3 – Mitigation Banking Considerations for States and Tribes Exploring Assumption of the CWA Section 404 Program

Held Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 3:00pm-5:00pm Eastern

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This webinar is the third webinar in ASWM’s Assumption Webinar Series. The webinar addressed considerations states and tribes should explore when considering assuming the Clean Water Act Section 404 Program. The webinar started with basics of mitigation banking and how it fits into assumption, as well as the role of assumption in streamlining permitting processes and mitigation creation. It explored the benefits and challenges around mitigation banking and discussed how these affect the various parties involved. Next, the webinar moved to the state perspective, describing the different state scenarios under which assumption of mitigation banking may occur. What is at stake when states assume mitigation banking and what should be on their checklist of considerations? The webinar concluded with discussion of some of the more complex issues associated with the topic, including emerging legal considerations.

BIOS

Joe WilliamsJoe Williams works as Assistant Director of Markets for Ecosystem Investment Partners, working with developers to develop mitigation banks. Prior to Joining EIP, Joe was the director of operations for Meritract, a nationwide mitigation banking company. Joe served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, focusing on agroforestry, environment, business, and education initiatives. Joe earned a BS from James Madison University and a master of environmental management, master of forestry, and a graduate certificate in international development from Duke University.

Less LemmLes Lemm is the Wetlands Section Manager for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. He is responsible for overseeing implementation of the State Wetland Conservation Act, Minnesota’s comprehensive wetland protection law, including a robust wetland banking program. He has a variety of other experience, including working as a charter boat captain on Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods, a natural resource consultant, and the District Manager for the Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation District. Les has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Resource Economics from North Dakota State University.

Heather MasonHeather Mason is an Environmental Administrator at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, leading the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program’s training and rulemaking team. Her team is currently working on Florida’s 404 assumption effort. Her education includes an M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Environmental Management. She is also a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS).

Chris TannerChris Tanner has served in positions in the state and federal government, including most recently at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, where he focused on legal issues related to water, wetland mitigation, and the environment. Prior to working at the District, Chris served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Financial Services and then as Senior Cabinet Aide to Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, advising on matters pertaining to acquisition, management, and disposition of state lands, including sovereignty submerged lands; challenges to local comprehensive plans; land use regulation; community development districts; and the supervision of state deemed “areas of critical state concern.” Prior to attending law school at Florida State University, Chris served as an intern at the White House, which ultimately led to a position as assistant to the President’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor.

Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers; Presenter: Joe Williams, Ecosystem Investment Partners
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Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Joe Williams, Ecosystem Investment Partners

Part 2: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Les Lemm, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources – Wetland Section Manager
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Part 2: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Les Lemm, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources – Wetland Section Manager

Part 4: Questions & Answers
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Part 4: Questions & Answers

Part 3: Presenter: Chris Tanner, Manson, Bolves, Donaldson, Varn
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Part 3: Presenter: Chris Tanner, Manson, Bolves, Donaldson, Varn

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Part 2: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Les Lemm, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources – Wetland Section Manager
Part 4: Questions & Answers
Part 3: Presenter: Chris Tanner, Manson, Bolves, Donaldson, Varn
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Data Management for Assumption of the 404 Program

Held Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 3:00-4:30 pm EST

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

Andy Robertson, Saint Mary's University [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
• Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
• Chad Fizzell, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
• Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
• Eric Metz, Oregon Department of State Lands [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

ABSTRACT

States working towards assuming the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 Program have a lot of data management needs and requirements. This webinar  shared approaches to data management for assumption from multiple states currently assumed or preparing to assume. As EPA prepares to release the new 404(g) rule, the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) is working with states and tribes to help them explore potential opportunities for assumption and identify needs and opportunities to provide technical assistance. Data management is a common theme among needs discussions. The webinar opened with an introduction of the data issues and followed with presentations by states that have developed different systems to manage data critical for assumption work. Pleas note: This webinar did not provide any official guidance to states and tribes. Such guidance is forthcoming from EPA in the forms of a new CWA 404(g) Rule and any associated EPA guidance.

BIOS

Andy RobertsonAndy 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. GeoSpatial Services has been a key partner of the USFWS and has been working for over 18 years to update legacy National Wetland Inventory data across the nation. Andy is a steering committee member for the ASWM Wetland Mapping Consortium, an ASWM Board Member and is past-chair of the Alaska GeoSpatial Council Wetland Technical Working Group.

Anne GarwoodAnne Garwood is the Supervisor of the Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit for the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. Michigan is an assumed state. Anne works on program development, guidance and training development, and supports administration of Michigan’s Section 404 Program. The Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit also works on wetland mitigation banking, wetland identification, wetland monitoring, stream restoration and mitigation, and inland lakes projects. Anne previously worked in the EGLE regulatory wetlands program, and also served as the EGLE coastal wetland ecologist, prior to accepting her current position in 2019.

Chad Fizzell, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and EnvironmentChad Fizzell works as a GIS Specialist in the Wetlands, Lakes, and Streams Unit within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Chad is the Department expert in the Landscape Level Assessment of Wetlands, Wetland Inventory, and Remote Sensing. Chad was also the lead in developing and adapting the NWI+ methodology and LLWFA process in Michigan, and applying these concepts to watershed management in the State.

Heather MasonHeather Mason is an Environmental Administrator at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, leading the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program’s training and rulemaking team. Her team is currently working on Florida’s 404 assumption effort. Her education includes an M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Environmental Management. She is also a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS).

Eric Metz, Oregon Department of State LandsEric Metz is a Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst in the Director’s Office of the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) (currently retired but working part time). Eric is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (Emeritus). He has worked as a state wetland regulator in both Oregon and California, been a private wetland and environmental consultant in the Pacific Northwest and in Alaska and a wetland restoration project manager for the National Audubon Society.

 

Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers; Presenter: Andy Robertson, Saint Mary's University
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Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Andy Robertson, Saint Mary's University

Part 2: Presenters: Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Chad Fizzell, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
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Part 2: Presenters: Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Chad Fizzell, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Part 3: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Eric Metz, Oregon Department of State Lands
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Part 3: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Eric Metz, Oregon Department of State Lands

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Part 2: Presenters: Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Chad Fizzell, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Part 3: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Eric Metz, Oregon Department of State Lands
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 Assumption 101: Introduction to Assuming the CWA Section 404 Program

Held Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:00-5:00 pm EST

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This webinar is the first in ASWM’s Assumption Webinar Series. The webinar began with an introduction the concept of assumption, share EPA’s current efforts to encourage assumption and review the basic steps in the assumption process and requirements. Next two states that have already assumed the program will share their experiences as assumed states and what the benefits and challenges have been. Next, the webinar covered alternatives to assumption. Finally, ASWM introduced its new assumption project and the planned dialogues, webinars and products that will be available to wetland managers as a result of the project.

BIO

Kathy Hurld, EPAKathy Hurld is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. Her nearly 30 years’ experience working on ocean, coastal, wetland, agroforestry and other environmental issues, has taken her throughout the U.S. and internationally as she worked on both the local and international level. Currently, Kathy is the is the EPA’s staff lead on Clean Water Act Section 404(g) and works to assist states and tribes pursuing assumption of the program. She is co-leading the revision of the assumption regulations with Ms. Ruth Chemereys. Kathy has a BS in biology from Hope College and a Master’s in Public Administration from American University.

Heather MasonHeather Mason is an Environmental Administrator at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, leading the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program’s training and rulemaking team. Her team is currently working on Florida’s 404 assumption effort.

Anne GarwoodAnne Garwood is the Supervisor of the Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit for the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. Michigan is an assumed state. Anne works on program development, guidance and training development, and supports administration of Michigan’s Section 404 Program. The Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit also works on wetland mitigation banking, wetland identification, wetland monitoring, stream restoration and mitigation, and inland lakes projects. Anne previously worked in the EGLE regulatory wetlands program, and also served as the EGLE coastal wetland ecologist, prior to accepting her current position in 2019.

Susan LockwoodSusan Lockwood has worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for 36 years. She worked in NJ’s Freshwater Wetland program when it first began in 1987, worked on wetland regulations for 17 years beginning with the first amendments in 1989, and prepared and guided to success the State of New Jersey’s assumption application in the early 1990s. Since that time, she has become a resource for States considering assumption, attending stakeholder meetings, participating in phone conferences, and answering numerous questions about New Jersey’s assumed program. In 2016-2017, she represented New Jersey on the EPA’s Federal Advisory Committee on assumption. She is currently the Supervisor of the Mitigation Unit in the Division of Land Use Regulation.

Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Kathy Hurld, US Environmental Protection Agency

Part 2: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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Part 2: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Part 3: Presenters: Susan Lockwood, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 3: Presenters: Susan Lockwood, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers

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Part 2: Presenters: Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Part 3: Presenters: Susan Lockwood, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Certificate of Participation - June 10, 2020 Hot Topics Webinar

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the June 10, 2020 ASWM Hot Topics Webinar: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State Wetland Programs and Early Adaptations

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM webinar “Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State Wetland Programs and Early Adaptations” on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern.

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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. 

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    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 Hot Topics Webinar 1-12-21

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the January 12, 2021 ASWM Hot Topics webinar: Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Review of Trump Administration Rulemakings and Charting a Path Forward

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM Hot Topics webinar “Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Review of Trump Administration Rulemakings and Charting a Path Forward” on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 2:00–4:00 pm Eastern.

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Certificate of Participation for the May 29, 2020 ASWM Hot Topics Webinar

How to Receive a Certificate of Participation for the May 29, 2020 ASWM American Wetlands Month Hot Topics Webinar: Importance of Wetlands in Floodplain Function and Ecosystem Services

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you participated in the entire live ASWM webinar “Importance of Wetlands in Floodplain Function and Ecosystem Services” on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern.

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Please select the appropriate certificate process:

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2020 Hot Topics Webinars

Exploring the Nexus Between Wetlands, Agriculture, and Ecosystem Benefits

Held Monday, November 9, 2020 - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern

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INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

DESCRIPTIONS

Amy Kaleita
Farmed prairie potholes: Challenges & Opportunities

Prairie potholes are enclosed depressions with no natural drainage, until a spill point is reached, that retain water for some portion of the year. Forty-four percent of the Des Moines Lobe of Iowa drains to potholes, and they are a common feature in row crop fields. Potholes are a nuisance to farmers because they are usually the last places in the field to dry out, and spring rains can cause ponding which can drown young row crops. Potholes also have water quality implications, due to having higher soil nitrate stocks than uplands, and our work has shown an increase in dissolved reactive phosphorus concentration in potholes over the course of an inundation event.

This project included extensive documentation of the inundation patterns and water quality within several farmed potholes in the Des Moines Lobe. Management alternatives such as conservation tillage, retirement of the pothole, and improving pothole drainage (95-99% of potholes in Iowa are already drained, but may have room for additional capacity) were tested using a small watershed model, which is calibrated to reflect the monitored conditions and then changed to reflect the new management practices. A simple and user-friendly app was created from these modeling results, for individuals to explore the flood risk and management options of their own potholes.

Nestoria L. Wright
Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas CWA Sec.104 (b) (3) Wetland Program Development Project Report 2019

The Kickapoo Tribe Environmental Office (KEO) Wetlands Program monitors and assesses wetlands on tribal and surrounding lands. Information obtained is used to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of these wetlands as well as promote the restoration of historic wetland sites. The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Environmental Director and Wetlands Program Coordinator have conducted the 2019 wetland field assessments using the National Wetlands Conditional Assessment methods. They were able to team up with Norman Ecological Consulting to conduct assays of 8 local wetlands including the well-known Mascoutah Marsh as a reference. These field assessments consisted of water, vegetation, and soil collection, not to mention notation of hydrology indicators and buffer characterization. The restoration of these sites is critical considering how important the wetlands are in preventing flooding, improving water quality, providing ecological niches for wildlife, and maintaining the overall health of our ecosystem. Since more than half of the land in Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas is used for agriculture, the wetlands can be utilized to lower harmful effects of insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, and run-off. By completing the 2019 field season they have been able to update the KEO’s wetland records.

Our Specific Goals of Wetland Development Project are to identify and assess the:

  • Location, wetland size, type of water body, hydrology, soils
  • Land use and impacts on wetland
  • Inventory of noxious and invasive weeds, cultural plants, and wetland plants
  • Potential wetland functions and values
  • Fluctuations in groundwater levels
  • Water quality parameters including nutrients & bacteria

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KaleitaAmy Kaleita is a Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. Holding a teaching and research appointment, Kaleita works in the area of information technologies for precision conservation. Her research program includes design of sensing and monitoring systems for farm- and small watershed-scale soil and water data, and utilization of such data in modeling and decision support systems. She has authored or co-authored 42 peer-reviewed journal articles and leads a collaborative research program with more than $7 million in external support. She teaches courses for both engineering and technology students and has received over $4 million in external support for education programs. Kaleita holds a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering from Penn State, an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in hydrology, and PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois.

WrightNestoria L. Wright completed her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management major in Health Services Organization and Policy (HSOP) and Psychology at Wichita State University, Master’s in public health (MPH) and Community Leadership Development at the University of Kansas and Wichita State University and a Ph.D. Public Health major in Epidemiology, at Walden University. She joined Kickapoo Tribes in Kansas in April 2019. Prior to working at the Kickapoo Tribe EPA, she has been employed at the US Air Force since 2011-February of 2019.She also worked as an Epidemiologist and Health Planner at Shawnee County Health Department Topeka Kansas, where she served as an Emergency Preparedness and Community Outreach Epidemiologist since 2004-2008. Prior to working in the Local and State Health Department as a public health Professional she was teaching Undergraduate Healthcare Administration and Health Promotion courses and presently teaching Masters’ in Public Health Online Courses since 2007 to present. She looks forward to continuing developing and promoting a comprehensive environmental protection programs for the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas that will protect the natural, cultural, and human resources.

Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Wetlands from the Nebraska Sandhills to Iowa’s Restored Ag Lands

Held Monday, September 21, 2020 - 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Eastern

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INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

  • Steven Hall, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • Andrew Dzialowski, Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

DESCRIPTION

The U.S. EPA generously funds multiple wetland research and implementation projects each year, with each EPA Region awarding grants for specific activities in their respective areas. Two awardees from EPA Region 7 (which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri) shared the results of their Enhanced State and Tribal Program (ESTP) grants: Steven Hall from the Iowa State University, and Andy Dzialowski from Oklahoma State. Bios and abstracts for both presentations can be found below.

PRESENTERS

  • Steven Hall, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
  • Andrew Dzialowski, Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University

ABSTRACT- STEVEN HALL

Most depressional wetlands in the Des Moines Lobe of Iowa are partially drained and managed for row crop production. These depressions typically have flashy hydroperiods and experience intermittent ponding throughout the growing season, often causing complete crop mortality, and their environmental impacts remain poorly understood. We found that cropped depressions were hotspots of nitrate leaching, yielding 40% higher nitrate (140 kg N ha-1 y-1) than cropped uplands, with higher methane emissions and similar nitrous oxide emissions as cropped uplands. In contrast, restored wetlands with consistently ponded conditions provided substantial net nitrate removal (1600 kg N ha-1 y-1) and similar nitrous oxide emissions as cropped depressions, albeit with greater methane emissions. In sum, cropped depressions are both poor croplands and poor wetlands under present management conditions. Improving the drainage characteristics of cropped depressions while establishing restored wetlands at catchment outlets merits consideration to optimize environmental and agronomic outcomes in these landscapes.

ABSTRACT - ANDY DZIALOWSKI

The Nebraska Sandhills is the largest grass-stabilized dune system in the Western Hemisphere. It contains thousands of wetlands and it has been identified as an ecosystem of major concern. Despite the ecological importance of the Sandhills, very little is known about the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the wetlands in this region. Therefore, we conducted an ecological assessment of Sandhill wetlands to establish baseline conditions, identify indicators that can be used in monitoring programs, and begin to identify reference conditions. We focused on macroinvertebrates because they respond to environmental change, affect wetland function, and provide important nutritional resources for waterbirds in the region. We also sampled permanent waterbodies in the Sandhills to document the impacts of invasive carp on macroinvertebrate communities and to compare macroinvertebrate communities between permanent lakes and wetlands in the region.

Steven HallBIOS 

Steven Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. His research Andrew Dzialowskiprogram in biogeochemistry examines the impacts of soil processes on environmental services and impacts, particularly those related to water quality, soil fertility, and climate change.  

Andrew Dzialowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He received his PhD in Aquatic Ecology in 2003 from the University of Kansas. His research over the past 12 years at OSU has focused on invasive species, wetland ecology and bioassessment, water quality and reservoir management, and metacommunity ecology. 

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State Wetland Programs and Early Adaptations

Held Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
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INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

Our world changed overnight with the COVID-19 pandemic. While we all focus on protecting public health, weathering the economic freefall and increasing the country’s medical capacity, every other aspect of business as usual has also been disrupted. Among these disruptions are systems and processes relied on by state and tribal agencies (and their wetland programs). To better understand the current landscape for these programs, the changes that are being made to accommodate health and safety concerns as well as comply with lock-downs and no contact orders, ASWM has been speaking with wetland program staff from around the country. This webinar started with ASWM sharing findings from these discussions. Next, state presenters shared about their experiences adapting in their states, including sharing about official state executive and administrative orders, changes in site inspection and travel protocols, as well as changes to monitoring and assessment activities. The webinar ended with an invitation for state and tribal wetland program staff to participate in information gathering through a new ASWM National Dialogue focused on COVID-19-related issues.

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Brenda ZollitschBrenda Zollitsch is Senior Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers. Brenda’s areas of expertise include water resource policy, stormwater management, collaborative environmental policy implementation, and most recently, climate adaptation. At ASWM, Brenda conducts research and policy analysis on wetland and stream issues, manages projects; designs, coordinates and evaluates training for wetland professionals. Brenda is currently leading multi-year national projects on state and tribal wetland regulatory capacity building and Assumption of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Program, as well as many smaller projects. She is currently gathering information about the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on state and tribal wetland programs, as well as adaptations that these programs are making to function in this next work context. Brenda earned her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine and double Master’s degree from Boston University in International Relations and Environmental Resource Management.

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

Stacia Bax, Missouri Department of Natural ResourcesStacia Bax is the Environmental Manager of the Financial Assistance Center’s Clean Water Section within the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Stacia has nearly 20 years of experience with the department in various areas related to the water program and state parks, with the 11 years working with Section 401. She recently started a new chapter in her career helping communities finance their wastewater and associated projects as part of Missouri’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, with hopes to promote wetland and stream restoration where she can.

Audra MartinAudra Martin works in the Water Quality Division at NEIWPCC. She coordinates two wetland workgroups, which bring together representatives across the northeast to discuss topics of shared concern, including permitting and regulatory issues and wetlands monitoring and assessment. Audra also serves as a project manager for NEIWPCC’s work to improve the habitat and water quality in Long Island Sound. She holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Texas Christian University. 

 

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American Wetlands Month Hot Topics Webinar
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mportance of Wetlands in Floodplain Function and Ecosystem Services

Held Friday, May 29, 2020 - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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SPONSORED BY:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACTS

Presentation by Dave Fowler, Association of State Floodplain Managers
As we move into the new century, we face hard choices concerning our riverine and coastal floodplains. Development along our rivers and coasts with little thought for floodplain functions, cannot continue. People living near water continue to experience ever-increasing flood risks. Management of flood prone areas has for too long been “engineering-centered,” with little consideration to preserving or restoring the natural functions of floodplains for flood management. The gap between flood control and more environmentally sustainable floodplain management must be bridged. This can be accomplished by moving away from attempts to control the water in a watershed or along a coast and moving toward a philosophy which accepts that floods happen and appreciates them as a natural function. We should anticipate the flooding process and plan our development and infrastructure accordingly. Instead of controlling the water, we should control how and where we allow human activities to adversely affect it.

Presentation by Brian Ritter, Nahant Marsh Education Center
Nahant Marsh, located in Davenport, IA is one of the largest remaining urban wetlands on the Upper Mississippi River. Nahant Marsh’s journey from an EPA superfund site to a diverse ecological restoration and active education center, and key aspect of the City of Davenport’s flood plan, will be discussed.

Presentation by Shelly Morris, The Nature Conservancy
Dogtooth Bend (Alexander Co. Illinois) has experienced flooding for decades, and these floods are becoming more frequent, longer in duration, and more unpredictable in timing. Many landowners have expressed an interest in alternatives to farming and are actively looking for financial mechanisms to do so. The Nature Conservancy is working with NRCS and other partners to assist with a path forward, and in 2019 $25M was allocated through NRCS easement programs to purchase easements and restore a large portion of this area. Restoration of this Mississippi River floodplain will provide a variety of ecosystem services as well as financial assistance to interested landowners.

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Dave Fowler, ASFPMDave Fowler spent 36 years with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District working on a variety of water resource issues. He is most proud of the Flood Management work removing more than 300 residential and commercial structures from the regulatory flood plain, design and construction of eight major flood management projects, restoration and rehabilitation of more than 15 miles of channelized urban streams, and his role in starting the MMSD Green Seams program, a land acquisition program to protect natural flood storage. He retired from the MMSD in May and is currently working at the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a Senior Project Manager. He has been active with ASFPM for over 20 years and has served in numerous leadership positions. He is a founding member of the Wisconsin ASFPM state chapter. In 2005 Dave was awarded the River Networks “River Hero” Award at their annual conference in Keystone Colorado, and in 2016 he was awarded the Louthain Award for Distinguished Service to ASFPM and the Individual Watershed Award at the Sweet Water Clean Rivers Clean Lakes conference in Milwaukee.

Brian Ritter, Nahant Marsh Education CenterBrian Ritter is the executive director of Nahant Marsh Education Center and the Program Coordinator and professor for Eastern Iowa Community College’s Conservation Program. He has been serving with Nahant since 2007 and with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) since 2002. Brian earned his BS in Psychology with a minor in Biology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA and his MS in Community Health, with an additional 40 graduate hours in Biology from Western Illinois University. Additionally, he has training in wetland delineation, botany, and wildland firefighting. During his tenure at Nahant, he has expanded the education program, established a summer research program, and grown the marsh preserve. In addition, he occasionally serves as a Biology adjunct faculty at St. Ambrose University. During his free time, he works around his small farm, Rockingham Hollow Farm, LLC, where raises organically-grown produce and goats. 

Shelly Moris, The Nature ConservancyShelly Morris is the Director of Floodplain Strategies for the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In addition to working across Kentucky, she also covers floodplain conservation efforts for the Conservancy in western Tennessee and southern Illinois. She convenes a variety of agencies and stakeholders to develop collaborative approaches to advance the pace and scale of floodplain restoration and protection. Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2003, she received a BS in Biology from Murray State University and a MS in Biology from University of Louisville. 

 

Part 1: Introduction: William Dooley, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Presenter: Dave Fowler, Association of State Floodplain Managers

Part 2: Presenters: Brian Ritter, Nahant Marsh Education Center and Shelly Morris, The Nature Conservancy
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2021 Past Hot Topics Webinars

Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Review of Trump Administration Rulemakings and Charting a Path Forward

Held Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 2:00pm-4:00pm ET

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INTRODUCTION

  • Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

PRESENTERS

  • Julia Anastasio, Association of Clean Water Administrators 
  • Royal Gardner, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy Stetson University College of Law [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • James M. McElfish, Jr., Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute 
  • Donna Downing, Senior Legal Policy Advisor, Association of State Wetland Managers
  • Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers 

ABSTRACT

The Trump Administration has been a time of substantial change to aquatic resource protection programs, as well as to rulemaking processes used to define program requirements.  For example, on January 30, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, which spearheaded his Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and directed all agencies to repeal at least two existing regulations for each new regulation issued in FY 2017 and thereafter. This initial E.O. laid the context for the subsequent E.O. 13778, Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule, which was published in the Federal Register just four days later, on February 28.   The extent and speed of changes to aquatic resource protection programs has posed substantial challenges to states and tribes who have substantial responsibility under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

Clean Water Act programs address “waters of the United States,” and as a result the regulatory definition of that threshold term determines the scope of multiple aquatic resource and water quality protections. The Trump Administration’s 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) replaced the Obama Administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule with a narrower definition of WOTUS.  Because CWA programs address waters of the US, the new narrower definition created a domino effect and reduced the extent of protections from those programs.  For example, CWA Section 401 certifications are required only for permits or licenses that may result in discharges into WOTUS, Nationwide Permits under section 404 apply only to discharges of dredged or fill material into WOTUS, as does section 404’s requirement for compensatory mitigation for impacts to WOTUS.  As the extent of waters considered to be WOTUS shrinks, so do the protections of programs such as these.  In addition, the Trump Administration has undertaken rulemaking to revise these and other CWA programs, further affecting the programs’ abilities to protect aquatic resource and water quality. 

In this webinar, the implications of these changes for state and tribal aquatic resource programs were examined and discussions included past, recent and ongoing rulemakings and court cases, enforcement issues, points of process for moving forward, and potential actions by the new Biden Administration. 

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Julia AnastasioJulia Anastasio joined the Association of Clean Water Administrators in May 2014 as the Executive Director and General Counsel. ACWA is an independent, nonpartisan national organization of state and interstate water program managers, who on a daily basis implement the water quality programs of the federal Clean Water Act. At ACWA, Ms. Anastasio focuses on working with state water program directors and EPA’s Office of Water on ensuring that the states have the resources they need to implement the Clean Water Act in their home states. Ms. Anastasio has over two decades of experience in government, administrative and environmental law and federal policy development. She began her career with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as an Executive Policy Specialist and returned to Washington, DC in 2005 to work for the America Public Works Association (APWA). While at APWA, she focused on environmental, sustainability and infrastructure development at the local, state and federal levels. Ms. Anastasio earned her B.A. from Franklin Marshall College, her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, and her J.D. from American University.

Royal 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.



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.


Donna DowningDonna Downing is the Senior Legal Policy Advisor, Association of State Wetland Managers. Donna was the Jurisdiction Team Leader in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. Donna worked on a variety of issues at EPA, with a focus in recent years on the geographic scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions. She also served as EPA’s staff lead for CWA section 401 water quality certification, and on wetland-related legal issues. Prior to joining EPA in 1998, Donna worked for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment and in private law practice. She has a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University, an MPP from the University of California at Berkeley, a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, and an LLM in Environmental Law summa cum laude from George Washington University Law School. Donna has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School since 1996, teaching environmental law. In what’s left of her time, she moonlights as a professional potter and an unprofessional horse trainer. Donna also enjoys traveling and has traveled by reindeer sled in the Swedish Arctic, gone winter camping with dog sleds in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, and bicycled the Burma Road in China.

Marla StelkMarla Stelk is the Executive Director at the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) where she has worked on wetland policy and management issues since 2013. Marla has over 25 years of experience working on wetland, water, and wildlife issues, policy and research, land use planning, communications and organizational leadership. Marla has led research at ASWM on topics such as ecosystem service valuation for wetland restoration, the role of wetlands in floodplain and natural hazard management, wetlands and watershed health, wetland mapping and communications. Prior to coming to ASWM, Marla worked for a variety of environmental and social nonprofit organizations helping to build organizational capacity, manage projects and improve internal processes. Marla also has a successful background in small business management and ran her own custom metal sculpture studio for 15 years. Marla earned her MA in Community Planning and Development with a focus on Land Use and the Environment at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and her BA in Environmental Issues from Colorado College. 


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Part 2: Presenters: Julia Anastasio, Association of Clean Water Administrators; Donna Downing, Senior Legal Policy Advisor, Association of State Wetland Managers; and Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers

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