Members' Wetland Webinar Series

ASWM Member WebinarThe Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) holds a webinar each month for its members.  ASWM Member webinars cover a variety of topics encompassing wetland science, policy, program implementation, and legal issues. These webinars, including recordings for past webinars are available to ASWM members.  If you are not a member, you are invited to join ASWM. For information about membership, click here.

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ASWM Members webinars are generally held the fourth Wednesday of the month unless the date and time needs to be adjusted for when the presenter(s) is available.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Assessment of Wetland Mitigation Success: Findings from a New Study on Massachusetts Wetland Replication Projects

Presenters – Lisa Rhodes, Massachusetts Wetland Program, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Scott Jackson, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Abstract: In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency funded the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to undertake a new study of wetland replacement (i.e. creation).   The goal of this study was to determine whether wetland restoration and creation success had improved since a study by Brown and Veneman (1998), which found that the majority of wetland mitigation projects (54.4%) were not in compliance with the requirements of the wetland regulations.  The newly released Massachusetts study (2015) was conducted in 44 randomly selected towns where wetland permit applications were filed between 2004 and 2008 and wetland replacement areas were approved. While the study was conducted using similar methods to those used in the Brown and Veneman study, instead of evaluating success in creating a wetland based solely on an evaluation of vegetation, it also assessed soils or other indicators of hydrology (whether hydric soils and/or other indicators of wetland hydrology were present).  The study looked at whether the wetland replacement areas were similar to the reference wetlands, and whether the wetland replacement areas met the regulatory requirements of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.  This webinar will present the results of the study, including an interesting finding related to vegetation that may surprise you.  For a copy of the full presentation abstract, click here.

Lisa Rhodes has been an Environmental Analyst with MassDEP’s Wetlands Program for nearly 15 years. Lisa serves as MassDEP’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program Manager, and in this capacity oversees the annual wetland monitoring and assessment effort. Lisa also led the Wetland Mitigation Success Study currently being completed for MassDEP.  Lisa is active in the development of wetland program guidance documents and her efforts have included the Massachusetts Inland Wetland Replication Guidelines (2002), MA Wildlife Habitat Protection Guidance for Inland Wetlands (2006), and Dam Removal and the Wetland Regulations (2007). Since joining MassDEP, Lisa has been the primary reviewer of major projects considered for Variances of the Wetlands Protection Act including highway, airport and other major public infrastructure projects.  In this role Lisa also supervises construction compliance and post-construction monitoring. Lisa is the recipient of the 2013 Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Outstanding Public Service Award.

Scott Jackson, Extension Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation. Scott has provided leadership in the creation of an integrated research and extension program that builds on the research base of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His program creates new tools and approaches for natural resources conservation and has strong credibility both locally and regionally, with most of its work conducted in collaboration with conservation organizations and state and federal agencies. Scott is nationally known for his work on the impact of roads, railroads, and highways on wildlife populations and ecosystems. Scott has led the UMass Amherst effort for this Wetland Mitigation Success Study currently being completed.

Members' Wetland Webinar Series

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