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.
Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands
Brian Gara, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
This webinar will focus on the “Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity – Floristic Quality” (VIBI-FQ) as a tool for monitoring natural and mitigation wetlands in Ohio. This assessment methodology represents a streamlined approach for evaluating the diversity and sensitivity of the plant community. The development of the VIBI-FQ occurred over the course of many years. Ohio EPA shares that it’s development was only made possible “by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Ohio EPA has thoroughly tested this procedure using our historical database of several hundred reference wetlands located throughout the state, as well as a random selection of 50 wetlands monitored as part of the Ohio Intensification of the National Wetland Condition Assessment. Several case studies demonstrating the utility of the VIBI-FQ as a tool for determining the ecological success of wetland restoration projects will be discussed, including those associated with brownfield remediation, 401/404 mitigation, and 319 funding.
Brian Gara is a Wetland Ecologist with the Ohio EPA, specializing in the study of native hydrophytic plants and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to enhance the quantity and quality of Ohio's wetland resources. He has worked on numerous research projects to better understand these important aquatic resources. Some past studies include: a detailed statewide assessment of the ecological condition of Ohio’s remaining wetland resources, the development of a GIS application to identify potential high quality vernal pool restoration sites, and the integration of wetland assessment into the total maximum daily load (TMDL) process. He graduated with a BA in Art and Biology from Bluffton College (1985), an MS in Botany from Ohio University (1987), and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Environmental Science (1995).
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
State Buffer Protections – State Regulatory Panel
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Groundwater Withdrawals and Wetlands
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
State Integration Practices Panel: Stormwater, TMDL and Wetland Management
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
State Integration Practices Panel: Floodplains, Hazard and Wetland Management
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