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8:30 – 9:00 am CST
Morning Session
9:00 am – 12:15 pm CST
12:15 – 12:45 pm CST
Afternoon Session
12:45 – 4:00 pm CST

Identifying Wetlands                                                                 D. Jacob

Presence of wetland vegetation
Identification of wetland soils
Importance of underlying wetland hydrology

Understanding Federal and State Wetlands                     K. Van Bruggen/
Laws and Enforcement                                                              J. Esch
The Federal Clean Water Act
National Food Security Act of 1985
State and tribal laws and regulations
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
• State agencies and tribal governments
Overview of wetlands permitting process

Wetlands Determinations and Delineations                     K. Cameron-Howell
Wetlands determinations and delineations
Mitigation/compensation requirements

Wetland Preservation, Restoration, Creation                     D. Jacob
and Enhancement
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

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Professional Engineers
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
6.0 LU|HSW

North Dakota Attorneys
6.0 CLE Hours

Landscape Architects
6.0 HSW CE Hours

LA CES  (LA CES credits only available for attending live Webinar)
6.0 HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers

Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and
6.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in North
Dakota and South Dakota. It offers 6.0 HSW continuing
education hours to landscape architects licensed in North
Dakota and South Dakota. HalfMoon Education is an
approved continuing education provider for North Dakota
professional engineers. This course offers 6.0 CLE credits (0.0
Ethics) to North Dakota attorneys.

This course has been approved by the American Institute
of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.0 LU|HSW
(Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing
Education System for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is
reportable to the AIA/CES and LA CES.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved
this event for 6.0 CECs for certified floodplain managers.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants
who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a
passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).


Jayne E. Esch

Jayne E. Esch is an attorney at Rinke Noonan Law Firm.
She practices in South Dakota and Minnesota, specializing in agricultural and environmental litigation and criminal defense matters. She has experience representing clients in Fish and Wildlife Service wetland easement map appeals and compliance matters, South Dakota drainage permitting and civil law rule litigation, Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act compliance and reasonable use rule disputes, Endangered Species Act litigation, Clean Water Act compliance, NRCS certified wetland determinations, Farm Bill and crop insurance compliance, and general litigation and criminal defense matters. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and was a member of the University of Minnesota’s Dairy Judging Team during undergrad. She attended the University of Minnesota Law School and joined Rinke Noonan after graduating in 2017.

Karen Cameron Howell

Karen Cameron Howell is President of Wetland Specialists, Inc.
She is a wetland ecologist with a Master’s degree from South Dakota State University where she studied plant science (entomology). She has over 40 years of extensive experience in environmental compliance, wetland identification and delineation, and water quality resource assessment. She has completed 3,500 wetland determinations in her career and is a certified wetlands instructor. Karen’s strong wetlands technological foundation, along with her “big picture” approach to wetlands functions and values, allows her to provide insightful response to complex issues.

Donna Jacob PHD

Donna Jacob, PhD, PWS, is an Environmental Scientist at Houston Engineering, Inc.
(HEI) with 25 years of experience in the areas of wetland ecology research and applied science. After stints in paleobotany at the Smithsonian Institution and the Field Museum of Natural History, she changed research interests to contemporary ecosystems and received her PhD from University College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. She then spent ten years as an Assistant/Associate Research Professor at North Dakota State University, working as Co-Director of the North Dakota Metal Analysis Core (NIH) and founding the Wet Ecosystem Research Group. She supervised six students pursuing PhDs, four students pursuing master’s degrees, and over 100 undergraduates in the biogeochemistry laboratory. She also published 28 peer-reviewed scientific articles. In 2014, she moved to the private sector and became a wetland practitioner at Houston Engineering, Inc. She now spends her time working to protect and enhance natural areas by performing aquatic resources delineations and various ecological assessments, developing wetland banking and restoration sites, and writing NEPA documents. She is a long-time member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and received certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) in 2015. She lives in rural Minnesota with her scientist husband and future-scientist teenage son.

Kale Van

Rinke Noonan

Mr. Van Bruggen concentrates his practice in agricultural law, including farm program benefits; crop insurance disputes, farm leases and drainage law; environment and natural resources; water law and wetland regulation. He graduated magna cum laude from North Dakota State University with a degree in Business Administration. He received his law degree, with an emphasis on food and agriculture, from the Drake University Law School with highest honors and Order of the Coif. Mr. Van Bruggen serves on the MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Section Council and as the Section’s Secretary.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Dakota Wetlands Law and Compliance

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.0 hour live online presentation covers wetland identification, the wetland permitting process, federal and state wetland laws, and wetland preservation, restoration, creation and enhancement.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify wetlands by the presence of particular vegetation and identifying their soil.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with relevant provisions in the Federal Clean Water Act and the National Food Security Act, plus state and tribal laws and regulations and the agencies that are charged with enforcing these acts and regulations.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of wetlands and will be able to describe strategies and techniques for preserving, restoring, creating, and enhancing wetlands.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain the wetlands permitting process, including when it is necessary, notice provisions, review process, mitigation and compensation requirements, and the appeal process.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of site evaluations

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/17/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $299.00