The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strongly encouraged states and tribes to develop Wetland Program Plans (WPPs) consistent with one or more of the Enhancing State and Tribal Programs (ESTP) core elements. Wetland Program Plans can establish priorities, set short and long term program development goals and provide states and tribes with a blueprint for future action to create and improve state programs to conserve manage and protect wetlands. In 2013, ASWM completed a two-year project to assist states and tribes in developing Wetland Program Plans.  Links are provided below to a Wetland Program Plan Handbook, a series of recorded webinars and other resources that were created to assist states and tribes. Completed state and tribal Wetland Program Plans are posted by EPA Region on the EPA website.

Resources:

Wetland Program Plans Project Webinars


2013 [2012]

Held Tuesday, June 18, 2013  2:00 p.m. EST

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTER

Regulation: Oregon's State Regulatory Program for Wetlands and Waterways Conservation [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

  • Bill Ryan, Assistant Director, Wetlands and Waterway Conservation Division, Oregon Department of State Lands

ABSTRACT

The presentation discussed an outline of the existing regulatory program, the process Oregon Department of State Lands followed to develop the regulatory element of the strategic plan, and recent program improvement and regulatory streamlining efforts.

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Bill Ryan Assistant Director, Wetlands and Waterway Conservation Division, Oregon Department of State Lands

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Part 2: Presenter: Bill Ryan, Oregon Department of State Lands

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Part 3: Presenter: Bill Ryan, Oregon Department of State Lands

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State and Regional Wetland Restoration Strategies

Held Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

  • Happy American Wetlands Month – Dave Evans, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • State Wetland Restoration Programs – Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
  • Targeting Wetland Restoration Outreach  Matt Meersman, Friends of the St. Joe River Association [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

ABTRACTS

Restoration Programs are one of the four core elements identified in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies Enhancing State and Tribal Programs Initiative.  Historically, the majority of voluntary restoration program activities have occurred through large federal programs such as the North American Waterfowl Conservation Act, Partners for Wildlife and the Wetlands Reserve Program.  However, states and tribes can play important roles in the implementation of these programs as well as developing and implementing state programs.  Jeanne provided an overview of how current state wetland program plans address the wetland restoration core element. 

Matt Meersman, President of the Friends of the St. Joe River Association, highlighted a project identifying high priority wetlands and restoration sites based on water quality functional data.  Not all wetlands are created equal; this project is providing information to support a strategic approach to restoration and protection in one of the largest watersheds of the Great Lakes.  You will learn about a process that is helping watershed groups promote wetland restoration/protection to individual landowners and assisting local communities in planning for future development while minimizing the negative impacts on water quality.

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Dave Evans, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Part 2: Presenter: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

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Part 3: Presenter: Matt Meersman, Friends of the St. Joe River Association

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Part 4: Presenter: Matt Meersman, Friends of the St. Joe River Association
Questions & Answers

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Held Tuesday, March 19-21, 2013

ASWM Annual State/Federal Coordination Workshop 

A number of presentations at this workshop addressed integration of the core elements.  Thursday morning March 21 focused on how to use monitoring and assessment data to support decision making in other core elements.


Held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 1:30 p.m. EST, 12:30 CST, 11:30 MST and 10:30 PST

Your Wetland Program Plan as a Sustainable Finance Tool

INTRODUCTION

Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

PRESENTER

ABSTRACT

This session examined how your wetland program plan can be an important tool to gain support for sustainable financing for your program activities.  First, they examined how finance can be integrated into wetland program plans, including examples from actual plans. Then, they discussed how wetland program plans can be crafted to increase the likelihood of securing appropriated funds and grants.

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Glenn Barnes, University of North Carolina

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Part 2: Presenter: Glenn Barnes, University of North Carolina

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Part 3: Questions & Answers

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HeldTuesday, January 15, 2013 – 2:00 p.m. EST – postponed until April 16

Regulation: Identifying common characteristics of a good regulatory program plan


2012 


Held Tuesday, July 17, 2012 
– 2:00 p.m. EST


Held Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Held Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Assessment and Monitoring: Identifying common characteristics of a good assessment and monitoring plan

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS 

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Jeanne DiFranco, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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Part 2: Presenter: Joanna Lemly, Colorado Natural Heritage Program

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Held Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Communication (General) – Using a WPP as an effective communication tool.  Identifying other successful communication approaches that have been used

INTRODUCTION

  • Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

PRESENTERS

  • Discussion on Outreach and Communication in Wetland Program Plans – Dave Davis, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Advancing Blended Value – Joe Starinchak, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Dave Davis, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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Part 2: Joe Starinchak, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Water Words That Work Make a splash with your communications! Relearn the language that everyday citizens use and you’ll become more confident and successful as you set out to enlighten the uninformed and persuade the undecided to take a stand or take action on behalf of our rivers, lakes, and oceans. 

INTRODUCTION

  • Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

PRESENTER

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Erik Eckl, Water Words That Work

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What is a Watershed?

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Part 2: Presenter: Erik Eckl, Water Words That Work

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Environmental Awareness - Video From Hawaii

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Part 3: Presenter: Erik Eckl, Water Words That Work

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Environmental Awareness - Video from Tennessee

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Part 4: Presenter: Erik Eckl, Water Words That Work

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Part 5: Presenter: Erik Eckl, Water Words That Work

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Schuykill Project

Four Everyday Citizens

 


Held uesday, November 20 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Water Quality Standards for Wetlands: Identifying common characteristics of a good WQS plan

INTRODUCTION

  • Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

PRESENTERS

  • Exploring the Need and Feasibility of Modifying Montana's Water Quality Standards to Improve the Protection of Wetlands and Water Quality – Randy Apfelbeck, Montana Department of Environmental Quality  [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • Assessing the Criteria for Water Quality Standards for Wetlands in New Mexico – Shelly Barnes, New Mexico Environment Department  [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
  • California Wetland and Riparian Area Protection Policy – Bill Orme, California State Water Resources Control Board [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Randy Apfelbeck, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

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Part 2: Presenter: Shelly Barnes, New Mexico Environment Department

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Part 3: Bill Orme, California State Water Resources Control Boards

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Part 4: Questions & Answers

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 Tuesday, December 18 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Communication with State Legislatures

INTRODUCTION

  • Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

PRESENTER

  • Minnesota Wetland Protection and Restoration Programs – Rep. Rick Hansen, Minnesota House of Representatives [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Rick Hansen, Minnesota House of Representatives

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Part 2: Presenter: Rick Hansen, Minnesota House of Representatives

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State Wetland Program Plans

Wetland Program Plans (WPPs) are organized to address 1-4 Core Elements out of EPA’s Core Element Framework. In each listing for state WPPs below, the corresponding Core Element Key indicates which elements are addressed within the plan.

Core Element Key:
MA = Monitoring & Assessment
R = Regulatory
VRP = Voluntary Restoration & Protection
WQS = Water Quality Standards for Wetlands

 

AL: Alabama Wetland Program Plan – MA
(2011-2015) Contact: Lisa Huff ph: (334) 260-2752

AK: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (PDF)
(2016-2018) Contact: Jim Rypkema Contact: Angela Hunt
ph: 907-269-6285

CA: California Wetlands Conservation Program DevelopmentMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2010 - 2015) Contact: Glenda Marsh ph: (916) 445-1739
Bill Orme ph: (916) 341-5464

CO: Colorado Natural Heritage Program Wetland Program PlanMA
(2011-2015) Contact: Joanna Lemly ph: (970) 491-2127

CT: Connecticut’s Inland Wetlands Program PlanR
(2015-2019) Contact: Darcy Winther ph: (860) 424-3063

DE: Delaware Wetland Monitoring StrategyMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2016-2019) Contact: Mark Biddle ph: (302) 672-1153

FL: Florida Wetland Program Plan – MA, R, VRP, WQS
(2013-2106) Contact: Andrew May ph: (850) 245-8495

GA: Georgia EPD Wetland Program Plan – MA, R, VRP, WQS
(2011-2016) Contact: Jennifer Welte ph: (404) 675-1753

ID: Idaho Fish and Game (PDF) – MA, VRP
(2012-2019) Contact: Chris Murphy ph: 208-287-2728

IN: Indiana Department of Environmental Management
(2015-2022) Contact: Randy J. Braun ph: 317-234-3980

IA: IowaMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2016-2020) Contact: Brandon Harlan ph: 515-725-8378

KS: Kansas Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2013-2017) Contact: Debra Baker ph: (785) 296-0612

ME: Maine Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2017-2022) Contact: Jeanne DiFranco ph: (207) 822-6359

MD: Maryland Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2016-2020) Contact: Denise Clearwater () ph: 410-537-3781

MA: Massachusetts Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2013-2017) Contact: Lealdon Langley ph: (617) 574-6882

MI: Michigan Department of Environmental QualityMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2019-2024) Contact: Amy Lounds ph: 517-284-5530

MN: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PDF) – MA, R, VRP, WQS
(2012-2017) Contact: Mark Gernes ph: 651-757-2387

MO: Missouri (PDF) – MA, R, VRP, WQS
(2013-2018) Contact: John Horton ph: 573-751-2867

MT: Montana Department of Environmental Quality Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2020-2030) Contact: Steve Carepenedo ph: 406-444-3527

MT: Montana Development Plan for a Statewide Wetland and Riparian Mapping, Assessment and Monitoring ProgramMA, VRP
(2021-2025) Contact: Linda Vance ph: (406) 437-1083

NE: Nebraska Wetland Program Plan MA, R, VRP, WQS
(2011-2013) Contact: Ted LaGrange ph: (402) 471-5436

NV: State of Nevada Wetland Program PlanMA, VRP
(2017-2022) Contact: Kristin Szabo ph: 775-684-2901

NH: New Hampshire Wetland Program Plan MA, R, VRP, WQS
(2017-2023) Contact: Collis Adams ph: (603) 271-4054

NJ: New Jersey Department of Environmental ProtectionMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2019-2022) Contact: Metthea Yepsen ph: 609-984-7739

NM: New Mexico Wetlands Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2011-2016) Contact: Maryann McGraw ph: (505) 827-0581

NC: North Carolina's Wetland Program Plan Monitoring and Assessment MA
(2013-2017) Contact: Lori Montgomery ph: (919-807-6479)

ND: North Dakota's Water Quality Monitoring Strategy for Surface Waters MA
(2008-2019) Contact: Mike Ell ph: (701) 328-5214

OK: Oklahoma Conservation Commission (PDF) – MA, R, VRP, WQS
(2013-2018) Contact: Brooks Tramell ph: (405) 522-6908

OR: Oregon Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2017-2021) Contact: Kathy Verble ph: (503) 986-5295

PA: Pennsylvania Aquatic Resource Protection and Management Action PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2011-2020) Contact: Sidney Freyermuth ph: (717) 772-5977

RI: Rhode Island Wetland Program Core Elements Plan MA, R, VRP
(2017-2019) Contact: Russell J. Chateauneuf ph: (401) 222-4700 x770

UT: Utah's Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2018-2023) Contact: Toby Hooker ph: (801) 537-3376 Jodi Gardberg ph: (801) 536-4372

VT: Vermont Wetlands Program Plan: Strengthening Core Elements of a Comprehensive Wetlands Program in Vermont MA, R, VRP, WQS
(2017-2021) Contact: Alan Quackenbush ph: (802) 241-3761

VA: Virginia Comprehensive Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2015-2020) Contact: David Davis ph: (804) 698-4105

WA: Washington StateMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2016-2021) Contact: Lauren Driscoll ph: 360-407-7045

WV: West Virginia Wetland Program PlanMA, R, VRP, WQS
(2016-2020) Contact: Walt Kordek ph: (304) 637-0245

WY: Wyoming Wetland Program Plan (PDF)  VRP
(2018-2023) Contact: Steve Tessmann ph: 307-777-4584