Members' Wetland Webinar Series
The 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.
Future Members' Webinar Schedule
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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The Association of State Wetland Managers is busy working on confirmation of webinar topics and presenters for 2016. Below you will find a draft list of planned future webinars to give you an idea of what we’re working on. Topics and dates are subject to change.
Long Term Financial Assurances for Wetland Mitigation and Voluntary Restoration
- Steve Martin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Palmer Hough, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA), Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
- Robert Capriola, Westervelt Ecological Services
- Angela Sturdevant, The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter
This webinar will open with a brief history and review of regulatory provisions for long-term financial assurances. The webinar will cover different types of financial assurances available and the types of projects that benefit from use of these financial tools. Several case studies of real world long-term stewardship will the shared. The webinar will also introduce participants to THe Nature Conservancy's new Long-term Stewardship Calculator.
Costs associated with long-term stewardship are inherently difficult to predict and often underestimated. To help tackle this problem, The Nature Conservancy convened national experts to develop a calculator to estimate stewardship costs and to determine the amount that should be set aside to provide a secure source of future funding. TNC developed several products, including a spreadsheet for calculating stewardship costs, an accompanying handbook and quick reference guide, and a web-based portal for these resources. This accessible tool helps consolidate and highlight common expenses to improve the ease and accuracy of calculating costs. The calculator has been designed to be used for both conservation easements and fee land, and is particularly valuable for use in calculating long-term management costs for mitigation projects to ensure that the full cost of all the mitigation requirements is appropriately covered by permittees. It’s available for free at www.nature.org/stewardshipcalculator. The webinar will include a step-by-step demonstration of the calculator and an overview of long-term endowment management principles.
Steven Martin is an Environmental Planner/Scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources. He is the National technical lead for RIBITS, teaches aspects of compensatory mitigation policy, and assists regulators in improving compensatory mitigation. Prior to joining IWR, Steve worked for the Norfolk District Regulatory Branch where he chaired five mitigation banks and helped develop District mitigation practices and guidelines.
Palmer Hough is an Environmental Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Palmer has nearly 18 years of experience in the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulatory program and serves as EPA’s national lead on wetland and stream mitigation issues. Palmer was EPA's lead on the Compensatory Mitigation Regulations which were developed jointly with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and released in 2008.
Robert Capriola is a Conservation Planner for Westervelt Ecological Services. In his work at Westervelt he is responsible for completing diligence for prospective acquisitions, preparing entitlement documents for banks, and providing guidance on permitting and construction. Pror to working for Westervelt, Rob was Senior Biologist for the California Waterfowl Association, coordinating the restoration and enhancement of wetlands on wildlife areas and duck clubs throughout the state. Rob has also worked as a wetland biologist for Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge and was President and Co-founder of Pacific Coast Restoration, a private non-profit organization that implements fisheries and wetland restoration projects on the north coast of California. Capriola received a Bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a Master's degree in natural resources from Humboldt State University in Arcata California.
Angela Sturdevant coordinates preserve management for The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter, including restoration contracts, agricultural and hunting leases, GIS mapping, easements, property taxes, watershed management planning, and more. For the past 18 months, she’s served as a Coda Global Fellow with the Conservancy’s Mitigation Learning Network, developing a stewardship calculator to support long-term management of protected sites. Angela’s experience includes working for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Chicago Park District, and Applied Ecological Services, Inc. She holds a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University, where she studied applied ecology and wetland restoration, and a Bachelor degree in Biology from Smith College.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Legal Processes for Wetland Permits
Janet Brooks, Esq
This webinar will train wetland managers and other interested wetland professionals on key considerations and procedural steps for wetland managers to think about when reviewing permits for impacts to wetlands. This is a foundation-building webinar, providing useful information about how to justify permit review decisions and avoid legal pitfalls. This webinar will be especially useful for those new to wetland permitting and offer a refresher for those who have more experience in permitting.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Developing Effective Buffer Protections: State Panelists and Presentation of Findings from a New England Study by the New England Interstate Pollution Control Commission
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
State Integration Practices Panel: Stromwater, TMDL and Wetland Management
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