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Monday, September 18, 2023
8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT

Presented by Dr. Michael Liptak, PhD

Identifying and Delineating Wetlands

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

Understanding Federal and Ohio Wetlands Laws and Enforcement

  • The Federal Clean Water Act
  • National Food Security Act of 1985
  • Implementing/enforcing agencies
    • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wetlands Permitting Process

  • 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, 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

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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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs,
Including 1.0 Ethics Hour

7.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects
7.0 HSW CE Hours

Floodplain Managers

Certified Planners

7.0 CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, for professional engineers, 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in Ohio. Professionals seeking continuing education credits in other states may be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar; please refer to specific board rules to determine eligibility.

This webinar has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio for 7.0 general CLE hours (live format only; not eligible for on-demand). 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

This webinar has been approved by the Association of State Floodplain Managers for 7.0 CECs for floodplain managers.
HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 7 for Certified Planners.

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

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

7.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Dr. Michael Liptak, PhD

Senior Ecologist at EnviroScience, Inc.

Dr. Liptak specializes in wetland ecology, wetland restoration, and mitigation wetland design. He earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at Ohio State University under the noted wetland ecologist Dr. William Mitsch. Dr. Liptak has over 25 years of experience in wetlands research and consulting and is a Certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America). His primary responsibilities at EnviroScience Inc. include wetland mitigation planning, wetland assessments and delineations, technical report preparation, and permitting. Dr. Liptak is a member of the Society of Wetlands Scientists and the Ecological Society of America, and regularly gives seminars on wetland issues and regulations within Ohio

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: Ohio Wetlands Science, Law and Compliance

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 7-hour course provides guidance to design professionals regarding wetland identification, explains the functions and importance of wetlands, identifies relevant state and federal laws and enforcement agencies, reviews the wetlands permitting process, offers strategies and techniques for wetland preservation, restoration, creation and enhancement, and considers ethical issues related to wetland preservation and development.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify wetlands by their vegetation and soils and understand the importance of the underlying hydrology and the role it plays in flood storage and conveyance, pollution and erosion control, wildlife habitat, recreation and more.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference the Federal Clean Water Act, and the National Food Security Act of 1985, and identify the implementing and enforcing agencies in Ohio, including the Ohio EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers, the US EPA, and more.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to review strategies and techniques for preserving, restoring, creating and enhancing wetlands with a preference for onsite and in-kind restorations. Methods, benefits and drawbacks of wetland creation will also be discussed.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to navigate ethical issues in wetland preservation and development and be able to act in the best interest of the public on wetlands issues by finding alternatives to wetland destruction, including preservation in development plans and 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: 07/18/2026

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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