Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 12: Onsite Decision Making – Using Field Indicators to Assess Long-term Hydrology
    
Module Description

The module focuses on potential uses of Field Indicators of Hydric Soils to assess hydrologic characteristics of individual wetlands.   This module does not teach about the Field Indicators themselves, but rather the benefits of hydrologic characterization and considerations for the use of the Field Indicators in onsite decision making. 

Notes: It is not the objective of this module to provide training on the field Indicators themselves. Training on field indicators is available in Module 10 of this ASWM Hydric Soils Online Training Series.  To view module #10, please return to the ASWM.org training webpage, where there is a link to that module.

If you are not familiar with the basics of hydric soils, we recommend that you complete the earlier modules in the series prior to participating in Modules 10, 11 and 12 to optimize your learning experience. 

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to gain an appreciation for the potential use of Field Indicators of Hydric Soils to assess the hydrologic characteristics of individual wetlands.

Trainer Bio

Bruce Vasilas, PhD, is a Professor of Agronomy and Soil Management in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on hydric soils and wetlands ecology, identification, morphology and interpretation of hydric soils, water quality in wetlands, functional assessment of wetlands, monitoring of wetlands for hydrology and biogeochemical cycling, and other wetland and water related areas.  Bruce serves on the Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee, Soil Science Society of America, Society of Wetlands Scientists, and American Society of Agronomy. Bruce received his Ph.D.in Soil Microbiology from the University of Minnesota; and his M.S. in Soil Biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.

 

Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 11: Onsite Decision Making Using Soil Science Principles for Wetland Mitigation, Voluntary Restoration and Creation
    
Module Description

The module focuses on how wetland professionals can use soil science principles in onsite decision making for work in the areas of wetland mitigation, voluntary wetland restoration and wetland creation.  The module identifies common fallacies about wetland creation and reviews wetland soil reconstruction guidance protocols.  The module includes a review of learning from 20 years of collaborative research on the limitations of created wetland soils.

Note: If you are not familiar with the basics of hydric soils, we recommend that you complete the earlier modules in the series prior to participating in Modules 10, 11 and 12 to optimize your learning experience.

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to:

  • Describe common created wetland soil limitations.
  • Address three commonly held fallacies about wetland creation:
    1. Just make it “wet enough”; soils don’t matter.
    2. 5% OM is a magic level for wetland creation.
    3. You can’t create wetlands in coarse-textured substrates.
  • Review the development and essential components of created wetland soil reconstruction guidance protocols.

Trainer Bio

W. Lee Daniels is the Thomas B. Hutcheson Professor of Environmental Soil Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from VPI & SU in 1985. Dr. Daniels areas of specialization include stabilization and restoration of disturbed lands including areas disturbed by mining, road building, waste disposal, urbanization and erosion. In particular, he has focused his research and consulting experience in wetland impact mitigation, mine reclamation, and soil-waste management systems. His teaching programs at Virginia Tech focus on soil geomorphology and landscape analysis with particular emphasis on the relationships among surficial geology, hydrology, soil patterns and long term landscape evolution processes. Major awards include the Reclamation Researcher of the Year by the American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) in 1993, USEPA’s National Biosolids Utilization Research Award in 2000 and the Lifetime Achievement in Research Award by ASMR in 2012.

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.

 

Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 10: Onsite Decision Making Using the NTCHS Indicators of Hydric Soils (Version 7.0)
    
Module Description

The module focuses on using the NTCHS Indicators of Hydric Soils (Version 7.0) for onsite decision making about soils in the field. This module share what resources you will need to use the indicators, how to access the electronic resources (including guides, errata sheets and more).  The module will help participants understand the definitions of key terms for this work, as well as show how to combine the use of these resources effectively to aid decision making in the field.  This module brings together many of the main concepts from earlier modules (e.g. soil textures, colors, landforms) and helps the participant understand their application in an applied setting.  The module will cover important indicator caveats and provide other useful guidance for working with NTCHS Indicators of Hydric Soils in the field.

Note: If you are not familiar with the basics of hydric soils, we recommend that you complete the earlier modules in the series prior to participating in Modules 10, 11 and 12 to optimize your learning experience.

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to:

  • Explain general guides for using the NTCHS Indicators in the field
  • Recall the definitions of importance
  • List important caveats to the guides
  • Review the general structure of the indicators
  • Provide a few common indicators as examples

Trainer Bio

John Galbraith, PhD, has been teaching about soils, agronomy, environmental science and wetlands since 1990 and coaches the soil judging team. He is also a Soil Information cooperative extension specialist. John received his B.S. and M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University. John received a Ph.D. in Soil Science at Cornell in 1997. In between, he worked for ten years as a USDA and university Soil Scientist in eight states, mapping ½ million acres of soil. He taught at Cornell and the University of Florida in 1998-99, then began working at Virginia Tech in 1999. John enjoys gleaning, sports, exercise, gardening, science, geology, and nature in general.

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.

 

Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 9: Landform and Landscapes – HGM and Hydric Soils
    
Module Description

The module focuses on the Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) system and hydric soils. The classification of wetlands in the HGM system is based on landscape position, dominant water source, and hydrodynamics – the magnitude and direction of water inflow and outflow.  Information on these parameters is contained in soils information, which is housed in the Web Soil Survey and the soils database.  While HGM interpretations are not provided directly, knowledge of soils attributes can be readily applied to make HGM class and sub-class designations.  These attributes can be used to aggregate soil map units into HGM site concepts.  A site concept is valid when all map units have similar water budgets, are in the same watershed positon, and have the same water movement vectors.  The HGM system also requires the definition of a Reference Domain, within which HGM classifications are valid.  Since soil map unit concepts are generally consistent within a Major Land Resource Area, this boundary is the first selection for the Reference Domain.  Since landscape position is more meaningfully defined as watershed position, the HUC-12 watershed scale is useful for heads-up testing of map unit aggregations. Since map units often need to be either aggregated, or disaggregated into components, the use of Digital Elevation Data is useful for performing these “lumping” or “splitting” operations.  The final result should be a HGM sub-class with associated map units, or components, which can be mapped across the MLRA extent, and which is useful for land managers and conservation planners. 

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize that the classification of wetlands using the HGM system is based on landscape position, dominant water source, and hydrodynamics.
  • Understand that information on these parameters is contained in the soils information housed in Web Soil Survey and the soils database.  
  • Recognize that knowledge of soils attributes can be readily applied to make HGM class and sub-class designations.
  • Understand that attributes can be used to aggregate soil map units into HGM site concepts.  
  • Better recognize when a site concept is valid
  • Understand that the HGM system also requires the definition of a Reference Domain
  • Understand when and how specific types and uses of HGM data are useful in hydric soils work

Trainer Bio

Richard Weber, P.E. is the Wetland Hydraulic Engineer on NRCS’s National Wetland Team, housed at Fort Worth, TX. He provides hydrology support for NRCS wetland restoration programs and wetland protection policy.  He also assists with the application of wetland functions to address water quality, floodplain management, and other resource concerns.  Prior to his appointment in Fort Worth, he worked in the field in Kansas, Washington, and Nebraska.  He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Kansas.

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.

 

Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 8: Landform and Landscapes – Problematic Landscapes and Parent Materials
    
Module Description

The module focuses on problematic landscapes and parent materials.  Most hydric soils exhibit certain common morphological characteristics that allow you to identify them as a soil that meets the hydric soil definition. Problem soils are hydric soils that do not exhibit these common hydric soil morphologies. The lack of a morphological indicator despite the soil developing anaerobic conditions in the upper part can be caused by many things including problematic parent material, certain environmental conditions, and the replenishment of iron oxides or new sediments in the upper part of the soil. For some problem soils, alternate morphologies that can only be used in specific problematic situations have been developed. For those problematic situations where an indicator has not been identified, alternative methods of identifying the soil as hydric must be employed. These techniques are outlined in chapter 5 of the Corps of Engineers Regional Supplements.

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to:

  • Identify common morphological characteristics that identify soils that meet the hydric soil definition.
  • Understand that some hydric soils do not exhibit these common hydric soil morphologies.
  • Understand that soil developing anaerobic conditions in the upper part can be caused by many things including problematic parent material, environmental conditions, or the replenishment of iron oxides or new sediments in the upper part of the soil.
  • Identify alternate morphologies that can be used in specific problematic situations.
  • Know where to locate these techniques in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Regional Supplements.

Trainer Bio

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

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.

 

Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 7: Landform and Landscapes – Landscapes and Hydric Soils
    
Module Description

The module focuses on typical hydric soil morphologies associated with major wetland types-tidal marshes, peat bogs, perennially-inundated swamps, mineral soil flats, floodplains, depressions, and slope wetlands. The roles of landscape position, hydroperiod, and hydrodynamics on soil morphology will be emphasized. Soil morphology is impacted by the duration of inundation, and the seasonal vertical fluctuations in water tables. Water collecting surfaces such as closed depressions facilitate ponding; water shedding surfaces on slopes promote rapid movement of surface water through the wetland. Peat bogs are hydrologically isolated and permanently saturated; floodplains receive hydrologic inputs from overbank flow and groundwater discharge, and exhibit short-term inundation. Therefore, because of differences in landscape position and associated hydrologic characteristics different types of wetlands produce distinctive hydric soils.

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to:

  • Identify typical hydric soil morphologies associated with major wetland types;
  • Understand the basic roles of landscape position, hydroperiod, and hydrodynamics on soil morphology;
  • Understand that soil morphology is impacted by the duration of inundation and the seasonal vertical fluctuations in water tables;
  • Understand how water-collecting surfaces, such as closed depressions, facilitate ponding;
  • Understand how water-shedding surfaces on slopes promote rapid movement of surface water through the wetland; and  
  • Identify how differences in landscape position and associated hydrologic characteristics different types of wetlands produce distinctive hydric soils.

Trainer Bio

Bruce Vasilas, PhD, is a Professor of Agronomy and Soil Management in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on hydric soils and wetlands ecology, identification, morphology and interpretation of hydric soils, water quality in wetlands, functional assessment of wetlands, monitoring of wetlands for hydrology and biogeochemical cycling, and other wetland and water related areas.  Bruce serves on the Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee, Soil Science Society of America, Society of Wetlands Scientists, and American Society of Agronomy. Bruce received his Ph.D.in Soil Microbiology from the University of Minnesota; and his M.S. in Soil Biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.

 

Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 6: Hydric Soil Processes - The Hydric Soil Technical Standard
    
Module Description

The module focuses on the Hydric Soil Technical Standard.  The Hydric Soil Technical Standard (HSTS) provides a quantitative method of determining if a soil meets the definition of a hydric soil. The HSTS can be used to: 1) Identify a soils forming as hydric soils when a field indicator may not be present (e.g. wetland creation sites, problematic hydric soils); 2) Evaluate the current functional status of a hydric soil (e.g. change to hydrology); and 3) Propose changes to hydric soil indicators (e.g. expanding jurisdictional extent of an indicator, revising an existing indicator, adding a newly developed indicator). The HSTS requires quantitative measurements showing the soil becomes saturated and anaerobic in the upper part during normal precipitation years.

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to:

  • Identify The Hydric Soil Technical Standard (HSTS) as a quantitative method for determining if a soil meets the definition of a hydric soil.
  • Understand that The HSTS can be used to:
    • Identify a soils forming as hydric soils when a field indicator may not be present (e.g. wetland creation sites, problematic hydric soils);
    • Evaluate the current functional status of a hydric soil (e.g. change to hydrology); and
    • Propose changes to hydric soil indicators (e.g. expanding jurisdictional extent of an indicator, revising an existing indicator, adding a newly developed indicator).
  • Understand that The HSTS requires quantitative measurements showing the soil becomes saturated and anaerobic in the upper part during normal precipitation years.

Trainer Bio

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

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.

 

Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 5: Hydric Soil Processes - Hydric Soils Functions
    
Module Description

The module focuses on wetland functions attributed directly to hydric soils. Functions are the biological, chemical, and physical processes that occur in wetlands. Hydric soils play a direct role in the wetland functions of water retention (short term and long term), sedimentation, carbon sequestration and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients. Due to their capacity to become anaerobic close to the surface, hydric soils support unique plant communities and wildlife habitat unlikely to be found in uplands. Functional capacity is influenced by landscape position, hydrologic characteristics, and soil characteristics. Soil characteristics that affect wetland functions include porosity, permeability, drainage class/hydroperiod, organic matter content, slope, micro-topography, and chemical properties.

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the basic biological, chemical and physical processes attributed directly to hydric soils that provide wetland functions;
  • Understand how hydric soils play a direct role in the wetland functions of water retention (short term and long term), sedimentation, carbon sequestration and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients;
  • nderstand that hydric soils support unique plant communities and wildlife habitat unlikely to be found in uplands due to their capacity to become anaerobic close to the surface;
  • nderstand that functional capacity is influenced by landscape position, hydrologic characteristics, and soil characteristics.
  • dentify soil characteristics that affect wetland functions, including porosity, permeability, drainage class/hydroperiod, organic matter content, slope, micro-topography, and chemical properties.

Trainer Bio

Bruce Vasilas, PhD, is a Professor of Agronomy and Soil Management in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on hydric soils and wetlands ecology, identification, morphology and interpretation of hydric soils, water quality in wetlands, functional assessment of wetlands, monitoring of wetlands for hydrology and biogeochemical cycling, and other wetland and water related areas.  Bruce serves on the Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee, Soil Science Society of America, Society of Wetlands Scientists, and American Society of Agronomy. Bruce received his Ph.D.in Soil Microbiology from the University of Minnesota; and his M.S. in Soil Biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.

 

science links and resources

Links & Resources

Wetlands: A Guide to Scientific Literature - Paul A. Keddy, 2016

Society of Wetland Scientists

Society for Ecological Restoration

Wetlands – U.S. EPA website

Wetlands – U.S.D.A website

Wetlands Watch - website

Hydric Soils Online Training Series

Module 4: Hydric Soil Processes - Redox Reactions and Redoximorphic Features
    
Module Description

This module begins with a review of redox reactions and redoximorphic features. Reduction and concurrent oxidation (redox) are the dominant chemical processes taking place in wetland soils. There are abiological and biological driven redox reactions in wetland soils. The module will focus on the reactions driven by microbial breakdown of organic matter in soils under saturated conditions that lead to unique anaerobic conditions that meet the hydric soil definition of USDA. The redox reactions lead to mobilization of soluble Fe and Mn (depletion zones and surfaces) and subsequent reoxidation (concentration zones and surfaces), collectively called redoximorphic features. Redox feature types are identified through images. Description of the features will be briefly reviewed, in preparation for use as components of field indicators of hydric soils.

Target Audience

Wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field.

Module Learning Objectives

By taking part in this online training, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand reduction and concurrent oxidation (redox), the dominant chemical processes taking place in wetland soils.
  2. Understand the reactions driven by microbial breakdown of organic matter in soils under saturated conditions
  3. Identify redoximorphic feature types for use as components of field indicators of hydric soils

Trainer Bio

John Galbraith, PhD, has been teaching about soils, agronomy, environmental science and wetlands since 1990 and coaches the soil judging team. He is also a Soil Information cooperative extension specialist. John received his B.S. and M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University. John received a Ph.D. in Soil Science at Cornell in 1997. In between, he worked for ten years as a USDA and university Soil Scientist in eight states, mapping ½ million acres of soil. He taught at Cornell and the University of Florida in 1998-99, then began working at Virginia Tech in 1999. John enjoys gleaning, sports, exercise, gardening, science, geology, and nature in general.

Presentation (Vimeo)


Link to Online Quiz

To complete this module, use the following link to access the module quiz on ClassMarker.  Once you complete and submit the quiz, it will be automatically graded and you will receive your quiz score and the correct answers.  Passing the quiz will also qualify participants to download a Certificate of Completion that the participant can submit themselves to accrediting organizations for continuing education credits.

To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificates of Completion for this Module

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 0.5 hours of training.

Using the ClassMarker online system, ASWM will ask you to certify that you completed viewing the entire hydric soils training module video presentation.

You will need to develop a username and password in ClassMarker. Once you click on the quiz link, you will be prompted again to provide your name and email address, which will be used to process your certificate.

To receive your certificate you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing of the video presentation.  Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all 5 quiz questions, getting three or more of the questions correct.  You will be provided three attempts to take the quiz for the module.  If at the end of your third attempt you have not been able to get three or more correct, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

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

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

Please select the appropriate certificate process:

  • I am an ASWM Member:
    All ASWM members receive free Certificates of Participation for webinars.  Non-Members will be charged a processing fee of $10.00 US.  To receive your free Certificate of Participation, click here.

    If you are not a current ASWM Member, you must select the non-member certificate link to receive your certificate. 
  • I am not an ASWM Member:
    If you are not an ASWM member, please either:

A) Select the Non-member Certificate Option (to begin the module quiz, click here) to get your certificate. All non-ASWM Members are required to pay a $10.00 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.