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
Functions and values of wetlands
• Flood storage and conveyance
• Water quality and carbon storage
• Wildlife habitat
Presence of wetland vegetation
Identification of wetland soils
Importance of underlying wetland hydrology
Wisconsin wetland types
Wetland Compensatory Mitigation and Permitting
Are wetlands present? Wetland determination and delineation
Wetland permitting options: avoid, bank, in-lieu fee, PRM
• Preference for onsite and in-kind restoration
• Hydrological considerations
• Restoration techniques
• Purposes and techniques
Wetland preservation strategies and techniques
• Methods, benefits and drawbacks
Wetland Mitigation Banking
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
Mitigation bank instrument
Understanding Federal and Wisconsin
Wetlands Laws and Enforcement
The Federal Clean Water Act
National Food Security Act of 1985
Wisconsin state laws and regulations, including 2017 Wisconsin Act 183
• 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
8.0 CLE Hours
6.5 HSW Contact Hours
6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
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 LarsonApplied 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 LewandowskiHusch 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.