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Identifying Wetlands T. Greco
Presence of wetland vegetation
Identification of wetland soils
Importance of underlying wetland hydrology
Understanding Federal and State Wetlands B. Sapp
Laws and Enforcement A. Sowatzka
Clean Water Act of 1972: structure and history
• Navigable Waters Protection Rule – April 21, 2020
• Reissuance of Nationwide Permits – September 15, 2020
• Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule – July 13, 2020
• Florida’s Request to Assume Administration of a
Clean Water Act Section 404 Program – September 16, 2020
State laws and regulations
Enforcement of wetlands laws
Wetlands Permitting Process T. Greco
Wetlands determinations and delineations
Determining applicability of regulations
Wetland permitting and certification processes
• Notice provisions
• Review process
• Mitigation/compensation requirements
Special situations: exceptional value wetlands
Wetland Preservation, Restoration, S. Miller
Creation and Enhancement
Understanding the importance of wetlands
• Flood storage and conveyance
• Pollution control and carbon storage
• Erosion control
• Wildlife habitat
Wetland preservation strategies and techniques
• Preference for onsite and in-kind restoration
• Hydrological considerations
• Restoration techniques
• Methods, benefits and drawbacks
• Purposes and techniques
Ethical Issues in Wetland Preservation and Development S. Miller
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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7.0 HSW CE Hours
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Nutter & Associates, Inc., Athens, Georgia
Mr. Greco is a principal at Nutter & Associates and an aquatic ecologist and hydrologist focusing on wetland ecology, water quality assessment, watershed planning, water resource projects, and aquatic biology. Throughout his career, he has used geographic information systems (GIS), in conjunction with field and laboratory data collection, to support critical environmental assessments. Mr. Greco is an active member on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Georgia Environmental Restoration Association and is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists.
Mitigation Management, Atlanta and Athens, Georgia
Mr. Miller is an aquatic biologist and ecological restoration practitioner. He earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and an M.S. degree in Biology from Georgia College and State University. Mr. Miller has ten years of experience with aquatic resources assessments, surveys, and restoration in the Southeastern United States. He has completed all four levels of Dr. Dave Rosgen’s Natural Channel Design courses. He is currently the only Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) in Georgia, and one of only 12 in the Southeast.
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.
Partner with King & Spalding in Atlanta
Mr. Sowatzka has over 20 years of experience practicing environmental law. He is well known for his thorough grasp of environmental issues, gleaned from his experience as an EPA enforcement attorney, general counsel, and lawyer with King & Spalding. In 2017, Chambers recognized him for his strength in defending civil and criminal enforcement matters. Mr. Sowatzka has worked on precedent-setting cases and is at the forefront of some of the most significant environmental issues of the day. He has particular expertise in water and storm water cases, having resolved numerous significant Clean Water Act enforcement matters.
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Course Title: Georgia Wetlands Law and Compliance
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course examines wetland identification, law, permitting, preservation, restoration, creation, and enhancement. It also explores ethical issues in wetland preservation and development
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify wetlands by their unique vegetation and soils, and they will be able to explain the importance of underlying wetland hydrology.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference federal and state wetlands law and discuss compliance strategies and identify law enforcement authorities.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the wetland permitting and certification processes and wetlands determinations and delineations.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of wetlands and how they can be preserved, restored, created, and enhanced as an element of a site development project.
Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to abide by ethical standards when encountering projects in or near wetlands, including acting in the interest of the public by finding alternatives to wetland destruction and including wetland preservation in development plans, and by convincing clients to preserve and restore wetlands.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with site development
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 01/27/2024
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