Members' Wetland Webinar Series

ASWM Member Webinar

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.

For more information about this webinar series, please contact Laura Burchill at  or (207) 892-3399.

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.

If you haven’t used Go To Webinar before or you just need a refresher, please view our guide prior to the webinar here.

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.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Legal Processes for Wetland Permits


Janet Brooks, Esq, Attorney at Law


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.

The webinar will cover a range of general legal concepts with which wetland regulators should be familiar, including where wetland agencies fit into the three branches of government, the role of law in wetland decisions, how law evolves, powers and duties of agencies, jurisdiction over “regulated activities,” conduct of agency, making the record for court use, factors of consideration, and substantial evidence.  

This webinar will be especially useful for those new to wetland permitting and offers a refresher for those who have more experience in permitting.  Because this webinar will cover general topics and is designed for a national audience, participants will need to work with other legal specialists to determine how the information presented relates specifically to their legal processes in their state.


Janet P. Brooks, Attorney at Law LLC, focuses her practice in environmental, land use and administrative law. With more than 30 years of experience in environmental law she has represented municipalities, environmental organizations, citizens, the state environmental and agricultural agencies. She has extensive experience before state administrative agencies and municipal land use commissions and substantial trial experience. She has argued cases before the Superior, Appellate and Connecticut Supreme Court.   During her 18-year tenure in the Attorney General's Office, Attorney Brooks brought enforcement actions in administrative and court proceedings. She was engaged in lengthy administrative hearings, both for permit applications and enforcement actions. She coordinated the office's Wetlands Practice Group, litigating wetlands appeals throughout the state. Collaborating with others, she developed the legal component of training for municipal wetlands commissions incorporated into DEP's training. Since 1990 she has been a well-known speaker on wetlands training.

In the fall of 2006, Attorney Brooks, along with her co-author David F. Sherwood, published Connecticut Environmental Protection Act, Volume 15 of the Connecticut Practice Series, a practice manual on all aspects of the law, intervention in agency proceedings and direct civil actions filed in court to protect natural resources of the state from unreasonable impairment, destruction and pollution.

Attorney Brooks was awarded her Juris Doctor by Northeastern University Law School in 1981 and has bar admissions for the State of Connecticut, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Second Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Members' Wetland Webinar Series There is no charge for current members. Please click on “Current Members Register Here” to register.

ASWM Members' Wetland Webinar SeriesIf you would like to register for this and future ASWM Member Webinars and are not a current member, please click on “Join ASWM”. After receiving your membership payment you will be sent a confirmation email and you can return to this page to register.

If you would like to participate in the webinar but believe there is not enough time to join and register, please contact Laura at or call 207-892-3399.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Developing Effective Buffer Protections: State Panelists and Presentation of Findings from a New England Study by the New England Interstate Pollution Control Commission

More information and registration will be available soon. Please check back.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. ET

State Integration Practices Panel: Stromwater, TMDL and Wetland Management

More information and registration will be available soon. Please check back.

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