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 – 4:40 pm

Wisconsin Wetlands 
J. Larson

    Functions and values of wetlands
      • Flood storage and conveyance
      • Water quality and carbon storage
      • Wildlife habitat
      • Recreation
   Identifying wetlands
   Presence of wetland vegetation
   Identification of wetland soils
   Importance of underlying wetland hydrology
   Wisconsin wetland types

Wetland Compensatory Mitigation and Permitting 
J. Larson

   Are wetlands present? Wetland determination and delineation
   Wetland permitting options: avoid, bank, in-lieu fee, PRM
   Mitigation/compensation requirements
   Wetland restoration
      • Preference for onsite and in-kind restoration
      • Hydrological considerations
      • Restoration techniques
   Wetland enhancement
      • Purposes and techniques
   Wetland preservation strategies and techniques
   Wetland creation
      • Methods, benefits and drawbacks

Wetland Mitigation Banking 
J. Larson

   What is a wetland mitigation bank?
   Pros and cons of a wetland mitigation bank
   Bank site selection
   IRT and guidelines for compensatory mitigation bank design
   Bank prospectus
   Mitigation bank instrument

Understanding Federal and Wisconsin  
Wetlands Laws and Enforcement 
R. Lewandowski

   The Federal Clean Water Act
   National Food Security Act of 1985
   Wisconsin state laws and regulations, including 2017 Wisconsin Act 183
   Implementing/enforcing agencies
      • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      • U.S. Department of Agriculture
      • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Wisconsin Attorneys
     8.0 CLE Hours

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW CE Hours
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners has approved this course for 8.0 CLE hours for attorneys.

This course offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers, 6.5 HSW contact hours to architects, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects in Wisconsin. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Wisconsin.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects (Sponsor No. J885) for 6.5 HSW Learning Units and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and LA/CES.

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


John Larson

Applied Ecological Services (AES)

John L. Larson, Ph.D., is a principal ecologist at Applied Ecological Services (AES) and a certified senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America. During his 28-year tenure at AES, he has focused on wetland restoration and design, wetland construction and construction oversight, and vegetation/hydrology monitoring of mitigation sites. His experience at AES includes acting as project ecologist for The Nature Conservancy’s 7,200-acre Kankakee Sands wetland and prairie restoration in Indiana and a 575-acre wetland restoration project in Seneca Falls, New York. He has also been involved in over two dozen wetland mitigation banks in the Midwest, has recently permitted a wetland mitigation bank in Iowa and is currently preparing a mitigation banking instrument for a site in Wisconsin. Dr. Larson has been a lead scientist at AES in the ecological monitoring of hundreds of wetland restoration and mitigation projects. Additional areas of expertise include ecological restoration and management planning and design, environmental review documents, floristic analysis, land cover-type mapping, threatened and endangered species investigations, and stormwater management design for flood control and water quality. He has also completed over 300 wetland delineations throughout the Midwest.

Richard Lewandowski

Husch Blackwell

Senior Counsel at Husch Blackwell
Mr. Lewandowski brings more than three decades of experience in environmental issues, particularly surface and groundwater and the remediation of contaminated properties, to Husch Blackwell. He has the unique ability to handle client matters in any of the three branches of government – the courts, administrative agencies or legislatures. Mr. Lewandowski has defended state and federal enforcement actions, including citizens’ suits, and federal criminal enforcements. He has handled cases dealing with water permitting, solid and hazardous waste regulation, Superfund cost recovery, groundwater protection, site remediation, PCB remediation, pesticide regulation, Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 30 permits (piers, other structures and waterfront development) and wetlands.