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.

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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.


Becoming a Ramsar-designated Internationally Important Body of Water: Understanding the Opportunities Created and Lessons Learned from the Niagara River Corridor’s Recent Designation

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern

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PRESENTER

  • Kim Diana Connolly, Professor and Vice Dean; Director of Clinical Legal EducationKim Diana Connolly, Professor and Vice Dean; Director of Clinical Legal Education, University at Buffalo School of Law

ABSTRACT

On Thursday October 3rd, the Niagara River Corridor celebrated designation as an internationally important body of water under the international Ramsar Treaty, becoming the 40th Ramsar site in the United States. Such a designation is proven to afford many benefits to the community and ecosystem that is recognized. The Niagara River Corridor, a strait that connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, is an environmental and cultural treasure of unique ecological character, home to more than 700 species of plants, 300 bird species, 100 fish species, and various mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and mussels, some of which are endangered. It also is an economic and tourism driver for the region, drawing visitors for birdwatching, nature photography, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and other recreational activities. There are many other sites in this nation and around the world that although smaller, still meet the criteria and have earned the coveted Ramsar designation. This webinar will share the background that led up to the designation, as well as what partnerships were developed and efforts undertaken to bring about designation. Professor Connolly will share the steps in designation the process, as well as tips and lessons learned for others interested in exploring Ramsar designation for their wetland in the United States.

BIO

Connolly, Kim Diana has focused a large part of her academic career on laws and policies that regulate and protect wetlands. She serves as a Professor of Law, and the Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Learning for the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she directs the Clinical Legal Education Program. She teaches environmental law courses, including the Environmental Advocacy Clinic. She also studies, writes and speaks about environmental and animal law policies, creatively examining and sharing ideas as to how to move toward a sustainable future. After earning her law degree, she has advocated in multiple arenas, including in judicial settings, before federal, state and local legislative bodies, with federal, international, state, and local administrative bodies, and beyond. When she joined academia, Professor Connolly began exploring environmental and related policies. She has written both traditional and non-traditional works, and presented at numerous conferences around the world. Professor Connolly’s work has been used by policy-makers as well as cited by scholars. Prior to her teaching career, she practiced law with a number of Washington, D.C., law firms, including Beveridge and Diamond and Hunton & Williams. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her LL.M. with highest honors from George Washington University Law School. Professor Connolly did her undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar, and served as a VISTA volunteer between college and law school. She also received a certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and a certification in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Professor Connolly spent many happy hours of her childhood in the wetlands of Cape Cod, and her favorite opening line of any article or chapter she has ever had published is “Wetlands are nifty.”

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A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this webinar. Free Certificates of Participation are a benefit of ASWM membership. Non-Members who request a certificate will be charged a processing fee of $25.00. You will have up to 60 days to retrieve your certificate.

Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More Information can be found here.
 


In Lieu Fee Mitigation for Impacts to Aquatic Resources: Current Program Instruments and Implementation Practices in the United States

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern

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PRESENTERS

  • Rebecca L. Kihslinger, Environmental Law Institute
  • Erin Okuno, Institute of Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law

ABSTRACT

In-Lieu Fee (ILF) mitigation is one of the three primary mechanisms—along with mitigation banks and permittee responsible mitigation—that permittees can use to satisfy compensatory mitigation requirements. Through an ILF program, a permittee may satisfy their legal obligations under the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule by purchasing credits from the program “sponsor”—a government or non-profit natural resources management entity—who then uses the funds to restore, enhance, or protect wetlands and streams. To date, ILF programs have implemented hundreds of compensatory mitigation projects across the country and many more projects are pending or in the planning stages. In addition, new programs continue to come online to provide additional compensation options for permittees. This webinar will share findings from a report published in July 2019 by the Environmental Law Institute and the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law outlining the range of practice in ILF mitigation and describing innovative approaches across the country. The goal of the report and this webinar is to 1) support the development of effective ILF mitigation programs and 2) enhance the capacity of state/local/tribal governments and others that develop or oversee ILF programs in order to improve the protection and restoration of watersheds and aquatic ecosystems across the country.

BIOS

Rebecca KihslingerRebecca Kihslinger, PhD, is Science and Policy Analyst and Director of the Wetlands Program at the Environmental Law Institute. Rebecca directs ELI’s work on climate adaptation and community resilience, naturally green planning, and wetlands issues. She has led projects and written on opportunities for wildlife conservation in natural hazard areas, nature-friendly land use planning, the ecological success of wetland compensatory mitigation, and local and state wetland protection programs. She is currently working with partners in the Upper Mississippi River Basin to bring together hazard mitigation planners, emergency managers, and wetland and wildlife managers to identify opportunities to collaborate on projects that yield both flood hazard mitigation and habitat conservation benefits. Rebecca received her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the University of California, Davis, CA. 

Erin OkunoErin Okuno serves as the Institute of Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law’s Foreman Biodiversity Fellow and assists the director with the institute’s education, research, and service activities. A 2013 Stetson Law graduate, Erin received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law, where she also served as editor in chief of the Stetson Law Review.



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A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this webinar. Free Certificates of Participation are a benefit of ASWM membership. Non-Members who request a certificate will be charged a processing fee of $25.00. You will have up to 60 days to retrieve your certificate.

Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More Information can be found here.
 


The Future of Restoration of Wetlands from Constructed Impoundments

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern

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PRESENTERTom Biebighauser

  • Tom Biebighauser, Wetland Restoration and Training

ABSTRACT

The webinar will illustrate techniques developed for restoring natural wetlands, streams, and rivers affected by the construction of impoundments since the early 1900's, presenting as an example the Yaqan Nukiy Hunting Grounds Ecosystem Restoration Project, which is taking place on Lower Kootenay Band Lands near Creston, British Columbia. The techniques being shared during this webinar have direct application for the restoration of wetlands, streams, rivers, and floodplains across the United States and Canada.

BIO

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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A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this webinar. Free Certificates of Participation are a benefit of ASWM membership. Non-Members who request a certificate will be charged a processing fee of $25.00. You will have up to 60 days to retrieve your certificate.

Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More Information can be found here.
 


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