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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) was interested in developing a webinar training series with topics that go beyond what is currently available at the National Interagency Review Team course or in Corps Regulatory Mitigation Workshops. The purpose of the contract between the Corps and the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) was to develop and provide advanced training materials for current and future Corps regulatory staff engaged in reviewing, approving and monitoring compensatory mitigation. However, the audience for the webinars and training workshop could also include other people who are working with or running compensatory mitigation programs such as state agency staff, etc. The project is intended to address all forms of compensatory mitigation, i.e., banks, in-lieu fee and permittee responsible. There are nine recorded webinars with an average of three presentations in each for this series that build on the information from each preceding webinar. 

List of Modules in the Training Series (9 modules)

Module 1: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: An Introduction

Module 2: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Abiotic Processes

Module 3: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Biotic Processes

Module 4: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Plan Review

Module 5: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Coherent Plans - Goals, Objectives, Performance Standards, Outcomes and Monitoring

Module 6: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: From Conceptual to Final Design

Module 7: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Anticipating the Unexpected

Module 8: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Oversight and Compliance

Module 9: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: How Interests in Property May Affect Mitigation Projects


Optional Module Quiz and Certificate of Completion for Use in Applying for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Each online module in the Compensatory Mitigation Training Series is accompanied by an optional knowledge assessment quiz available through ClassMarker. The quiz assesses understanding of the key take-away points of the training.

ASWM Members - as a benefit of membership, you will have the opportunity to download a free Certificate of Completion for each module quiz that you pass. Log In to the membership portal to access the learning modules and quizzes.

Non-Members - you have free access to view the learning modules. There is a $25.00 USD fee per module to take the online quiz towards achieving a Certificate of Completion. Secure payment is made through PayPal, either with a PayPal account or with the guest option, using a credit card.

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Module 1: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: An Introduction

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This training module provides an overall framework for review of proposed compensatory mitigation projects. Presenters focus on the processes that shape wetlands across diverse landscapes including the critical components of wetlands and wetland restoration projects: hydrology, soils and vegetation. Landscape context, wetland classification, the use of reference wetlands, function and values, and temporal considerations are also discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.
  • Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.

Part 1A: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers/Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
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Part 1A: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Part 1B: Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
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Part 1B: Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Part 1C: Presenter: Jeremy Sueltenfuss, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University
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Part 1C: Presenter: Jeremy Sueltenfuss, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University

Part 1D: Presenter: W. Lee Daniels, Thomas B. Hutcheson Professor of Environmental Soil Science at Virginia Tech
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Part 1D: Presenter: W. Lee Daniels, Thomas B. Hutcheson Professor of Environmental Soil Science at Virginia Tech

Part 1E: Presenter: Matt Schweisberg, Principal of Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC
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Part 1E: Presenter: Matt Schweisberg, Principal of Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC< /b>

Part 1F: Questions & Answers
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Part 1A: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of  State Wetland Managers/Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist, Southern  California Coastal Water Research Project
Part 1B: Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist,  Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Part 1C: Presenter: Jeremy Sueltenfuss, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University
Part 1D: Presenter: W. Lee Daniels, Thomas B. Hutcheson Professor of Environmental Soil Science at Virginia Tech
Part 1E: Presenter: Matt Schweisberg, Principal of Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC
Part 1F: Questions & Answers
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Module Quiz 1 - NonmemberTo Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this Module

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Module 2: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Abiotic Processes

PRESENTERS

• ASWM Introduction [PowerPoint Presentation]
• Lenore Vasilas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service [PowerPoint Presentation]
• Walter I. Priest, III, Wetland Design [PowerPoint Presentation]
• Steve Eggers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District [PowerPoint Presentation]

ABSTRACT

This training module discusses how to evaluate abiotic processes--soils and hydrology--critical to designing wetland restoration projects that will achieve project objectives and meet performance standards. Presenters focus on both abiotic and biotic characteristics of soils and their functions, review specific considerations with respect to hydrology and soils in tidal restoration projects, and describe a process for developing hydrology-based performance standards in freshwater systems.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.
  • Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.

Part 2A: Introduction/Presentation
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Part 2A: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Lenore Vasilas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation

Part 2B: Presenter: Lenore Vasilas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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Part 2B: Presenter: Lenore Vasilas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation

Part 2C: Presenter: Walter I. Priest, III, Wetland Design
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Part 2C: Presenter: Walter I. Priest, III, Wetland Design

Part 2D: Presenter: Steve Eggers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
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Part 2D: Presenter: Steve Eggers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District

Part 2E: Questions/Answers
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Part 2E: Questions & Answers

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Part 2B:  Presenter: Lenore Vasilas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Part 2C: Presenter: Walter I. Priest, III, Wetland Design
Part 2D: Presenter: Steve Eggers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Part 2E: Questions/Answers
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Module Quiz 2 - NonmemberTo Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this Module
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Module 3: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Biotic Processes

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This training module provides information about how to evaluate biotic processes—plants, animals, etc. and explore 1) how they are linked to hydrology, soils and other biotic characteristics, 2) how biotic elements provide indicators of wetland health and function and 3) how to measure progress using performance standards and monitoring plans. The use of and selection of reference wetlands to determine appropriate biological communities to restore (e.g., planting palettes) is explored. By linking all these elements together presenters provide insights into how to manage abiotic and biotic elements to restore high quality, high functioning wetlands. These topics are explored using examples of freshwater wetlands including vernal pools, floodplains, riverine and coastal projects.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.
  • Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.

Part 3A: Introducation/Presentation
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Part 3A: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Matt Gause, Westervelt Ecological Services

Part 3B: Mick Micacchion, The Nature Conservancy and Midwest Biodiversity Institute
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Part 3B: Presenter: Mick Micacchion, The Nature Conservancy and Midwest Biodiversity Institute

Part 3C: Gretchen Coffman, University of San Francisco
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Part 3C: Presenter: Gretchen Coffman, University of San Francisco

Part 3D: Questions/Answers
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Part 3D: Questions & Answers

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Part 3C: Gretchen Coffman, University of San Francisco
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Module Quiz 3 - Nonmember
To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this Module

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Webinar 4: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Plan Review

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

The training module discusses how reviewers can evaluate whether a project as proposed is likely to achieve its objectives by examining some of the most important aspects of a project. Examples (including both successful and less than successful projects) from riverine, palustrine freshwater and coastal projects was provided to highlight the importance of site selection, water budgets, soils, monitoring, adaptation, and resiliency in evaluating a restoration plan.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.
  • Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.

Part 4A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers Presenter: Steve Martin, Environmental Scientist, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engin
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Part 4A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers Presenter: Steve Martin, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Part 4B: Presenter: Michelle Mattson, Environmental Scientist, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Part 4B: Presenter: Michelle Mattson, Environmental Scientist, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Part 4C: Presenter: Michael S. Rolband, P.E., P.W.S., P.W.D., Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.
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Part 4C: Presenter: Michael S. Rolband, P.E., P.W.S., P.W.D., Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Part 4D: Presenter: Karen Green, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries)
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Part 4D: Presenter: Karen Green, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries)

Part 4E: Questions/Answers
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Part 4E: Questions/Answers

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Part 4A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers Presenter: Steve Martin, Environmental Scientist, Institute  for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engin
Part 4B: Presenter: Michelle Mattson, Environmental Scientist, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Part 4C: Presenter: Michael S. Rolband, P.E., P.W.S.,  P.W.D., Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.
Part 4D: Presenter: Karen Green, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries)
Part 4E: Questions/Answers
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Module Quiz 4 - NonmemberTo Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this Module

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Webinar 5: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Coherent Plans – Goals, Objectives, Performance Standards, Outcomes and Monitoring

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This training module outlines key considerations for constructing effective performance standards that account for a broad set of physical, hydrological, and biological functions. It also covers practical considerations such alternative ways to approach “reference”, timing of when different standards should be met, and ways to develop standards that are resilient to changing conditions over time. Critical data management approaches that can improve accessibility of monitoring data necessary to evaluate standards over time are shared. An example of a condition-based approach used in Ohio is shared for assessing functional replacement for wetland mitigation. Case studies from the east coast are also included, showing how some restoration sites have failed and why, and how tiering, more attention to site-specific attributes, and the consideration of other ecological factors in the mitigation planning process may help to improve success of a mitigation site.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.

Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.

Part 5A: Introduction Marla Stelk and Presenter Eric Stein
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Part 5A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Part 5B: Presenter: Mick Micacchion
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Part 5B: Presenter: Mick Micacchion, Professional Wetland Scientist and Restoration Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

Part 5C: Presenter: Anthony Zemba
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Part 5C: Presenter: Anthony Zemba, Environmental Specialist, Certified Ecologist/Soil Scientist, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.

Part 5D: Questions/Answers
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Part 5D: Questions/Answers

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Part 5A: Introduction Marla Stelk and Presenter Eric Stein
Part 5B: Presenter: Mick Micacchion
Part 5C: Presenter: Anthony Zemba
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Module Quiz 5 - NonmemberTo Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this Module

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Webinar 6: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: From Conceptual to Final Design

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This training module identifies general best practices for evaluating conceptual designs, illustrates how designs become more refined as new information comes to light and how to best remain engaged in the design process while working towards a final, implementable design. Mitigation projects generally follow a three-phased approach to design prior to construction and implementation on the ground. These phases consist of Conceptual, Preliminary, and Final Design efforts. Examples of some of the different phases for different types of projects that may be undertaken are shared. The perspectives of Army Corps of Engineers District regulators are discussed, covering what information is necessary, when is that information necessary, and the level of detail required at each submittal milestone for review and approval. Specific examples are shared that serve to demonstrate some lessons learned and how District requirements have changed over the years.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.

Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.

Part 6A: Introduction Dawn Smith and Presenter Matt Gause
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Part 6A: Introduction: Dawn Smith, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Matt Gause, Westervelt Ecological Services

Part 6B: Presenter: Larry Urban
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Part 6B: Presenter: Larry Urban, Wetland Mitigation Specialist, Montana Department of Transportation

Part 6C: Presenter: Jeanne Richardson
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Part 6C: Presenter: Jeanne Richardson, Mitigation Subject Matter Expert, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District Regulatory Branch

Part 6D: Questions/Answers
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Part 6D: Questions/Answers

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Part 6A: Introduction Dawn Smith and Presenter Matt Gause
Part 6B: Presenter: Larry Urban
Part 6C: Presenter: Jeanne Richardson
Part 6D: Questions/Answers
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To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this ModuleModule Quiz 6 - Nonmember

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Webinar 7: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Anticipating the Unexpected

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This training modules covers issues related to compaction of created wetland subsoils which is often required for stability and to limit groundwater losses. Failure to provide a suitably loosened surface soil rooting media is a common problem, particularly for deeper rooted forested wetlands. Near-surface compaction can also drastically alter hydroperiod regimes away from intended target references. Remedies are shared such as managing soil placement and tillage operations in concert with seasonal/moisture constraints, preconstruction testing, recognition and avoidance, and remedial measures including heavy liming and organic amendments and/or keeping these materials saturated year-round. Discussions also include how post-construction plans can detail actions to address issues related to routine maintenance, adaptive management, and remediation in order to set the constructed project on a trajectory to realize the restoration objectives. The San Clemente Dam Removal project is reviewed to help illustrate routine maintenance, adaptive management and remediation, within the context of an action that will reset the Carmel River corridor to a new physical state. The Army Corps of Engineers’ perspective for review, approval, and oversight of mitigation projects where adaptive management has been used is also shared.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.
  • Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.


Part 7A: Introduction: Marla Stelk
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Part 7A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 7B: Presenter: W. Lee Daniels
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Part 7B: Presenter: W. Lee Daniels, Thomas B. Hutcheson Professor of Environmental Soil Science, Virginia Tech

Part 7C: Presenter: Shawn Chartrand
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Part 7C: Presenter: Shawn Chartrand, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Part 7D: Krystel Bell
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Part 7D: Krystel Bell, Regulatory Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Part 7E: Questions/Answers
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To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this ModuleQuiz 8

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Webinar 8: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Oversight and Compliance

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

This training module discusses oversight and compliance from the perspective of a Corps Regulator as well as important “touch points” in mitigation plan review, approval, implementation, monitoring and long-term management. Examples of effective adjustment of anticipated outcomes are given along with flexibility in the Regulator’s oversight of the compensatory mitigation process. Oversight tools that are used in Virginia in the regulation of mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs are also discussed. In addition, through several case studies, the presentation provides a state perspective of the communication and resolutions that developed when non-compliance or other issues are identified. Challenges faced by project sponsors and consultants are shared, covering issues that have occurred during the development, implementation, monitoring, and long-term management stages of mitigation projects. Potential solutions and best management practices are offered.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.
  • Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.

 

Part 8A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 8A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 8B: Presenter: Kristina Hall, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Part 8B: Presenter: Kristina Hall, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Part 8C: Presenter: Sarah Woodford, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
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Part 8C: Presenter: Sarah Woodford, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Part 8D: Ashely Zavagno, CA WRA, Inc.
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Part 8D: Ashely Zavagno, CA WRA, Inc.

Part 8E: Questions/Answers
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Part 8A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
Part 8B: Presenter: Kristina Hall, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Part 8C: Presenter: Sarah Woodford, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Part 8D: Ashely Zavagno, CA WRA, Inc.
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To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this ModuleQuiz 8

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Webinar 9: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: How interests in property may affect mitigation projects

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

To ensure that mitigation projects are provided long-term protection through real estate or other available mechanisms it is necessary to understand basic concepts of property law, including title concepts, encumbrances of property, priority of interests, and potentially severed interests or estates. The goal of this training module is to share real estate legal concepts within the framework of planning for successful site protection for mitigation sites, and to address issues arising from prior and severed interests in property pledged to protect mitigation projects. Information is shared to shed light on questions regarding self-sustaining aquatic resource mitigation and restoration projects, methods to protect aquatic resources from future water demands in perpetuity, and federal and state regulatory requirements. Examples are provided of how water rights have governed mitigation success and failures within arid regions. Property interests are also discussed, including how they can affect mitigation projects as well as the numerous other associated interests that can compound the effects on a project’s costs and overall feasibility. Additional examples are provided of mitigation projects that were able to successfully overcome these challenges and another project that was unable to overcome the challenges.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Understand how biotic structure is influenced by abiotic factors, primarily ecological processes, and how the onsite and offsite ecological processes the create and sustain wetlands on the landscape. 
  • Learn how compensatory mitigation plans must appropriately identify the proper landscape setting, and demonstrate an understanding for past, present and anticipated future landscape characteristics and connections with respect to the proposed compensatory action.
  • Understand the role of appropriate ecological reference and data requirements to identify the trajectory of the development of targeted vegetative communities.
  • Understand how the presence or absence of hydrology – both surface and subsurface - healthy hydric soils, landscape connectivity and other current landscape elements, provide both opportunities and constraints for a compensatory mitigation plan to meet its intended goals and objectives and the importance of an appropriate monitoring plan to measure progress.
  • Understand what should be available to a compensatory mitigation plan reviewer in order to evaluate whether a compensatory mitigation plan is likely to meet the project’s goals, objectives and performance standards.
  • Learn about diverse wetland types, how wetlands connect to the broader landscape and how hydrographs vary by wetland type.


Part 9A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
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Part 9A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers and Valarie Layne, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Part 9B: Presenter: Paul Loftus, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Part 9B: Presenter: Paul Loftus, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Part 9C: Presenter: Kara Hellige, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Part 9C: Presenter: Kara Hellige, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Part 9D: Presenter: Robin Bedenbaugh, RES
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Part 9D: Presenter: Robin Bedenbaugh, RES

Part 9E: Questions/Answers
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Part 9E: Questions/Answers

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Part 9A: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
Part 9B: Presenter: Paul Loftus, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Part 9C: Presenter: Kara Hellige, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Part 9D: Presenter: Robin Bedenbaugh, RES
Part 9E: Questions/Answers
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To Take the Quiz and Receive a Certificate of Completion for this ModuleQuiz 9

If you are a current ASWM Member, Log In here. If you are not an ASWM Member, there is a $25.00 USD fee per module quiz. To proceed with payment and access the module quiz, select the Module 1 Quiz button to transfer to the ClassMarker system. Upon successful completion of the module quiz, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion for 1.5 hours of training.
 
 

CLASSMARKER INFORMATION
 

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

Participants who both view the module presentation and complete the module quiz are eligible for an ASWM Certificate of Completion for 1.5 hours of training.

To receive your certificate, you must BOTH:

  1. Certify that you completed viewing the Compensatory Mitigation training module video presentation. Answering “no” will result in no certificate being issued.
  2. Complete all knowledge quiz questions with the required minimum of eighty percent (80%) of the questions answered correctly. You will be provided two attempts to take the quiz for the module. If at the end of your second attempt you have not been able to achieve a minimum score of eighty percent, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate.

You will be prompted to download your Certificate of Completion 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.

If you did not answer at least 80% of the quiz questions correct on your first attempt, you can re-take the test one more time (total of two attempts). Return to the ASWM module page and START the test again (vs Resume).

You must use the same email, username and password for the second quiz attempt for this same module. ClassMarker will recognize your email for the specific training module and will not charge you for the second attempt. If you do not achieve at least 80% of the quiz questions correct on your second attempt, you will not be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion.

We encourage you to go to the ASWM.org website and become a member so that you can receive Certificates of Completion (trainings) and Certificates of Participation (live webinars) 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. 

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