Federal Wetlands Science, Law and Compliance
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Wednesday, October 26, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT (including two 30-min. breaks)
Autry Akins, PWS , Larissa Herrera, PWS, John L. Larson,
Ph.D., & Bill Sapp
Evolving understanding of the value of wetlands
History of wetland destruction and development
From wetlands destruction to wetlands preservation
Wetland Identification and Delineation
Identifying wetland hydrology
Identifying wetland soils
Identifying wetland vegetation
Environmental Services Provided by Wetlands
Understanding the importance of wetlands
• Flood storage and conveyance
• Pollution control and carbon storage
• Erosion control
• Wildlife habitat
Wetland Preservation and Restoration
Wetland preservation strategies and techniques
• Preference for onsite and in-kind restoration
• Hydrological considerations
• Restoration techniques
Wetland creation: methods, benefits and drawbacks
Wetland enhancement: purposes and techniques
Understanding Federal Wetlands Laws and Enforcement
The Federal Clean Water Act
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
• State natural resources/environmental departments
Ethics Issues in Wetland Preservation and Development
Acting in the best interest of the public on wetlands issues
Finding alternatives to wetlands destruction
Including wetland preservation in development plans
Convincing clients to preserve and restore wetlands
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6.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour
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Autry Akins PWS Senior Scientist/Project Manager, Geosyntec Consultants
Mr. Akins has provided technical work on a variety of projects throughout the Gulf coast area performing numerous wetland delineations, threatened/endangered species surveys and monitoring, successfully obtaining many US Army Corps of Engineers Section 404/10 and Coastal Zone permits, overseeing mitigation/restoration projects, and managing projects from conception and scoping through permit issuance. Mr. Akins is experienced in working with industrial and energy clients throughout the Gulf Coast to navigate natural resources regulatory framework and meet their project needs.
Larissa Herrera PWS
Holland Engineering – Southfield
Ms. Herrera is an aquatic biologist with over eight years of experience in natural resource assessment, including wetland delineations, environmental permitting, stream assessments, mussel/macroinvertebrate surveys and identification, and threatened and endangered species surveys. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology and Program in the Environment (PitE) from the University of Michigan and an M.S. degree in Water Resource Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Ms. Herrera recently moved back to the mitten to work for Holland Engineering’s Environmental Group. She holds a USFWS permit to survey and handle federally listed mussel species. Her favorite mussels are the spectaclecase and snuffbox.
John L. Larson
Applied Ecological Services, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Mr. Larson 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.
Senior Attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) in Atlanta
Mr. Sapp focuses on protecting the swamps, tidal creeks, and salt marshes of the Georgia and Alabama coasts and leads SELC’s Georgia Coastal Initiative. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his Master of Law degree in Environmental Law from George Washington Law School (with highest honors). Before joining SELC, he served as an assistant regulatory attorney with the Chief Counsel’s office of the Army Corps in DC, clerked for Judge Edenfield in federal district court in Savannah, was an associate at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, and served as the lead wetlands attorney for Region 4 of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Course Title: Federal Wetlands Science, Law and Compliance
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This six-hour course examines federal wetlands science, law, and enforcement, as well as wetland identification, preservation, restoration, enhancement, benefits, and ethical issues related to wetland development.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference and discuss federal wetlands laws and be able to identify implementing and enforcement entities.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify wetlands by the soils, vegetation and hydrology, and be able to delineate wetlands.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to review strategies and techniques for wetland preservation, restoration, and enhancement, and discuss the methods, benefits and drawbacks to wetland creation.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss ethical issues related to wetland preservation and development such as acting in the best interest of the public, finding alternatives to wetlands destruction, including preservation in development plans, and convincing clients to preserve and restore wetlands.
LUs: 6.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with site development
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date:
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