Members' Wetland Webinar Series

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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.

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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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What Stream and Wetland Restoration and Protection Projects would You Fund with $165 million?

How Ohio EPA Generated Funds to Address the Loss of Ecological Function and Biological Diversity Threatening the State’s Water Quality

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST


Tom Harcarik, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


Ohio EPA established the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) in 2000 to help address the loss of ecological function and biological diversity threatening water quality in Ohio. WRRSP funds specifically target the protection and restoration of the highest quality aquatic habitats and biological communities. WRRSP funds are generated by advancing the interest to be paid on loans awarded through Ohio’s wastewater State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program that is administered by Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA).
The SRF loan program provides below-market rate financing to Ohio municipalities for the planning, design and construction of wastewater infrastructure projects. Participating SRF loan recipients voluntarily agree to “sponsor” a WRRSP project as part of their loan by entering into a formal sponsorship agreement with the WRRSP project implementer. As of October 2016, the WRRSP program has awarded $165 million in funding for 128 projects. The WRRSP has successfully protected 4,500 acres of wetlands and 399,225 linear feet of streams. The WRRSP has also removed 12 dams and restored 703 acres of wetlands and 119,539 linear feet of streams.

This webinar will present an overview of DEFA’s Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) including program administration, technical criteria, and summarize the success of the program.

Note: To qualify for WRRSP funding, a project must either by itself, or in concert with other past, present or future projects, result in the full protection or restoration of the targeted aquatic resources. Streams must either be in attainment of or be fully restored to at least the warmwater habitat (WWH) aquatic life use. Wetlands must achieve or be restored to a Category 3 designation. Eligible projects include stream and wetland protection through fee-simple property acquisition, and stream and wetland restoration projects that correct impairments to those resources. Typical stream restoration projects include, but are not limited to, dam removals, stream restoration using natural channel design and riparian zone revegetation. Similarly, wetland restoration projects include, but are not limited to, invasive species control, restoration of hydrology by breakage of drain tiles and other rehabilitation efforts.


Tom Harcarik is an environmental planner with Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance where he evaluates stream and wetland protection and restoration projects under the innovative Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program. Tom also assists communities by reviewing potential environmental impacts to streams and wetlands, threatened and endangered species, historic properties, floodplains and other environmental resources that may result from projects seeking financing through Ohio’s wastewater and water State Revolving Fund programs. Tom has worked for Ohio EPA for over 32 years, including 18 years in the 401 Water Quality Certification program and Wetland Ecology Group. Tom has co-authorized several Ohio EPA reports describing how wetlands may be integrated into the TMDL process and be used to reduce nutrient loadings into streams and lakes. Additionally, Tom represented Ohio EPA in civil enforcement matters and served as the technical liaison to the Attorney General’s Office for Ohio EPA’s solid waste and unregulated hazardous waste programs. Tom received a B.S. in Conservation, with a focus on aquatic ecology, from Kent State University and completed course work in Environmental and Public Policy at the Ohio State University. Tom currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the ASWM Board of Directors.

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