Members' 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.

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. 

Michigan’s Web-based Permitting Tools for Reporting and Public Access: A Tour of Michigan’s MIWaters Data and Lessons Learned

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm 

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Chad Fizzell, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and EnvironmentPRESENTER

• Chad Fizzell, Wetlands GIS Specialist, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

The MiWaters application is a web-based permitting process, allowing Michigan to fulfill federal electronic reporting requirements and providing an online component for access to public information. The focus of MiWaters is permitting and compliance, including wetland permitting, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), storm water, groundwater discharge, aquatic nuisance control, Part 41 construction, and land and water interface permits. It also includes electronic reporting of untreated or partially treated sanitary wastewater. MiWaters was developed to make it easier for the WRD to communicate with, and provide services electronically to, the regulated community. Functions and features provided by MiWaters include:

  • Allowing electronic submission of permit applications
  • Providing validation and feedback to permittees
  • Managing permissions, deciding who can view, edit, and submit applications or submittals.
  • Allowing Wastewater treatment plants to manage biosolids application sites online.
  • Providing near real-time notifications, to the permittee, of any violations determined by the system or by staff, providing permittees with an early "heads up" and opportunity to correct problems.

This webinar will introduce participants to the many functions of MIWaters and share many of the critical lessons learned about creating databases to manage water resource data.


Chad Fizzell, Wetlands GIS Specialist, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality—Chad Fizzell works as a GIS Specialist in the Wetlands, Lakes, and Streams Unit within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Chad is the Department expert in the Landscape Level Assessment of Wetlands, Wetland Inventory, and Remote Sensing. Chad was also the lead in developing and adapting the NWI+ methodology and LLWFA process in Michigan, and applying these concepts to watershed management in the State.

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Large-scale Wetland Restoration that Harnesses the Power of Natural Infrastructure for Water Quality Improvement in Agricultural Landscapes

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm 


• Owen Steel, Ducks Unlimited Canada

• Brian Page, Ducks Unlimited Canada

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Wetland Drainage in the United States: An Update on the Status of Drainage and New Restoration Findings

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm 


Tom Biebighauser Tom Biebighauser, Wetland Restoration and Training


Tom Biebighauser has restored over 2,400 wetlands and streams across Canada, 26-States, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan since 1979. He retired in 2013 after working 34-years for the USDA Forest Service as a Wildlife Biologist, where he started wetland and stream restoration programs across the United States. Tom has served as an instructor for the British Columbia Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute for 16-years, restoring over 250-wetlands and streams across Alberta and British Columbia since 2003. Having built over 1,400-dams, he has since decommissioned over 300 -dams. Tom learned about drainage and irrigation from contractors who spent their lives destroying wetlands. Tom has developed highly effective and low-cost techniques for building wetlands and streams for rare species across North America. He builds habitats that require little, if any maintenance, and do not involve the use of diversions, dams, dikes, pipes, or pumps. Tom has written 4-books about wetland restoration, and instructs online college and field courses on the topic. He received the United States National Wetlands Award for Conservation and Restoration in 2015.

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