Agenda

Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 – 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 – 4:30 pm

Identifying Wetlands      A. Tinsley

   Presence of wetland vegetation

   Identification of wetland soils

   Importance of underlying wetland hydrology

Understanding Federal Law and Indiana’s Wetland Laws         M. Smedley, B. Schroeder

   The Federal Clean Water Act

   National Food Security Act of 1985

   Indiana Isolated Wetlands Law

   Implementing/enforcing agencies

      • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

      • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

      • U.S. Department of Agriculture

      • Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Wetlands Permitting Process         R. Jones

   Wetlands determinations and delineations

   “Public waters wetlands” and “wetlands”

   Wetland permitting processes

      • Notice provisions

      • Review process

      • Mitigation/compensation requirements

   Appeals process

Wetland Preservation, Restoration, Creation and Enhancement         B. Harvey

   Understanding the importance of wetlands

      • Flood storage and conveyance

      • Pollution control and carbon storage

      • Erosion control

      • Wildlife habitat

      • Recreation

   Wetland preservation strategies and techniques

   Wetland restoration

      • Preference for onsite and in-kind restoration

      • Hydrological considerations

      • Restoration techniques

   Wetland creation

      • Methods, benefits and drawbacks

   Wetland enhancement

      • Purposes and techniques

Credits

Architects/Landscape Architects

   6.5 HSW Contact Hours
   6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
   6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Professional Engineers

   6.5 PDHs

Floodplain Managers

   6.5 ASFPM CECs

Indiana Attorneys

   6.5 CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in Indiana. HalfMoon Education is approved as an engineer continuing education provider in Indiana.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Courses approved by the AIA qualify for Indiana architects.

Indiana architects, landscape architects, and engineers with continuing education requirements in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this activity for 6.5 CECs.

HalfMoon Education is an Indiana-approved CLE provider for attorneys, and this course is approved for 6.5 CLE hours.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

Speakers

Benjamin Harvey

American Structurepoint, in Indianapolis, INMr. Harvey is senior environmental specialist at American Structurepoint. Known for turning challenging projects into reality, American Structurepoint, headquartered in Indianapolis, has developed an international reputation since 1966 for its multi-disciplinary work throughout the built environment. American Structurepoint offers a diverse variety of services in-house, including architecture, civil engineering, construction inspection, environmental consultation, information technology, investigative/forensics, land surveying, planning and landscape architecture, structural engineering, transportation, and utility infrastructure. Its staff of more than 300 experienced professionals is equipped to spot opportunities, tackle challenges, and maximize resources, exceeding clients’ expectations and saving them both time and money.

Randy Jones

President of AquaTerra Consulting in Franklin, INMr. Jones has worked with wetland, watershed, and water quality issues since 1995, including work experience with the Allen and DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and he has worked in a wetland regulatory position with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management- Section 401 Water Quality Certification Program. Mr. Jones has worked as a private consultant with AquaTerra Consulting since leaving IDEM in 2001, where he specializes in wetland delineations, permitting and mitigation planning, as well as watershed management planning.

Brianna Schroeder

Partner at Janzen Schroeder Ag Law LLC in Indianapolis, IN

Ms. Schroeder focuses her legal practice on litigating complex environmental matters, drafting contracts for agribusinesses and farms, and assisting agricultural clients with regulatory compliance and land use issues. Her experience ranges from defending dairy farms against nuisance suits to negotiating solar leases and advising farmers on wetlands compliance. Ms. Schroeder has also litigated environmental insurance coverage, environmental liability, county zoning, and other complex litigation matters throughout Illinois and Indiana, representing a wide variety of clients from large corporations to municipalities to private individuals.

Matthew Smedley

Indiana Department of Environmental Management in IndianapolisMr. Smedley is a wetlands project manager within IDEM’s Office of Water Quality-Wetlands and Stormwater Section, where he has implemented Indiana’s 401 and Isolated Wetland’s Program in the north-central territory. He received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Science with a specialization in Conservation from Purdue University’s School of Agriculture, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources. His professional background includes approximately six years of working within the private industry as a wetland scientist and as a project manager for Alt & Witzig Engineering located in Carmel, Indiana, where he performed wetland delineations, permit consultations/submittals, and wetland/stream mitigation conceptual design along with environmental assessments in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

Albert Tinsley

United States Department of AgricultureMr. Tinsley serves as Indiana state compliance specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Indianapolis.