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Wednesday, September 7, 2022
8:30 am – 3:20 pm EDT (including a 30-min. break)


Identifying Wetlands                                                                                                  G. Fleischer
Presence of wetland vegetation
Identification of wetland soils
Importance of underlying wetland hydrology

Understanding Federal                                                                                      A. Scarborough
and New York Wetland Laws and Enforcement
The Federal Clean Water Act
National Food Security Act of 1985
Federal coastal protections laws and regulations
Freshwater Wetlands Act 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
• New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Wetlands Permitting Process                                                                                       D. Cuneo
Wetlands determinations and delineations
Determining applicability of regulations
Wetland permitting and certification processes
• Notice provisions
• Review process
• Mitigation/compensation requirements
Appeals process

Wetland Preservation, Restoration,                                                                         M. Bontje
Creation 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

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours

Floodplain Managers:

Certified Planners:
CM | 6


Continued Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in New York.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Professionals seeking continuing education credits in other states may be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar, in most cases. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

This webinar has been approved by the Association of State Floodplain Managers for 6.0 CECs for floodplain managers.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 6 for Certified Planners.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the course for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Michael Bontje

Michael Bontje B. Laing Associates
Mr. Bontje has been a practicing wetlands and mitigation scientist for more than 38 years. For NYCEDC, he has been involved in marine habitat assessment, and in permitting and mitigation for the New York Yankees Minor league baseball stadium in Staten Island and the Bush Terminal inter-pier solid waste fill in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. For other clients, Mr. Bontje has been involved in impact assessment, mitigation, restoration construction and permitting in New York City and throughout Long Island. Mr. Bontje is not only familiar with planning and permitting of freshwater and tidal systems, but has also been involved in their construction and monitoring. He has delineated or reviewed projects in both freshwater and tidal situations. Successfully completed mitigation sites range from a 0.25 acre tidal wetland site in Staten Island; an 8.0 acre freshwater site in Rockland County, New York; and a 3.2 acre freshwater site in Waterbury, Connecticut; to a 158 acre tidal wetland site in Bergen County, New Jersey. He is known for both creative and cost effective problem solving. Mr. Bontje is certified by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) as a wetland delineator (#WDCP94MD031301333). He is also a certified professional in soil erosion and sediment control (CPESC #5347) and a certified professional in storm water quality (CPSWQ #0578).

Greg Fleischer

Greg FleischerCapital Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Mr. Fleischer is the founder and principal of Capital Environmental Consultants, Inc. He is an environmental scientist and professional wetland scientist with more than 15 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. Mr. Fleischer has conducted wetland and ecological investigations at properties throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and the Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley. His areas of expertise include all aspects of federal, state, and local wetland analysis including freshwater and tidal delineation, specializing in comprehensive determinations for routine, atypical, and problem wetlands. Mr. Fleischer has extensive experience developing solutions and providing strategic advice for a wide range of clients and projects. He holds a BS degree in Biology from SUNY New Paltz and an MS degree in Environmental Science from Pace University.

Austin Scarborough

Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP
Mr. Scarborough is an associate in the environmental and land use practice group at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP in Albany. Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP is the largest law firm in the capital region and has been recognized numerous times for the firm’s experience in the environmental and land use legal field. Mr. Scarborough graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and received his Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School, where he concentrated his studies on environmental, energy, and regulatory law.

Taylor J. Strum PWS

Taylor Sturm, PWS, with B. Laing Associates, Inc.
Mr. Sturm has been a practicing wetland scientist since he joined the firm in 2012 and has been a partner since 2019. He has delineated and/or assisted with delineating hundreds of acres of freshwater and tidal wetlands and has managed and conducted numerous surveys for endangered/threatened flora and fauna. In addition, Mr. Sturm conducts or assists with conducting environmental analyses such as air quality and sound level studies on a wide range of projects. He is a project manager in his own right but frequently provides technical assistance in terms of AutoCAD drawings and data collection. A graduate from Stony Brook University, Mr. Sturm obtained a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a B.A. in German Language and Literature. He currently holds the designation of Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS #3470). While not working he enjoys his time outdoors, often found birding and hiking throughout Long Island, as well as looking for owls and moths at night

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: New York 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 New York Freshwater Wetlands Act, and they will be able to identify the agencies that are charged with enforcing these acts.

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: 12/04/2023

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: $329.00


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