SECTION 404 ASSUMPTION PROJECT WEBINAR SERIES

Clean Water Act Section 404 Assumption WebinarASWM is currently conducting a project on Clean Water Act Section 404 Assumption. This webinar series addresses key elements and issues of assumption that are faced by states and tribes. Content in this webinar series does not replace formal rulemaking and guidance from EPA. Webinars will cover some of the basic considerations for states and tribes, as well as share examples of states and tribes working on assumption activities.



Webinar #4 - Florida's Assumption Process - Planning, Decisions and Lessons Learned

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 3:00-5:00 pm ET

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PRESENTERS

  • Tim Rach, Florida DEP
  • Heather Mason, Florida DEP

BIOS

Timothy RachTimothy Rach is a Program Administrator in the Submerged Lands & Environmental Resources Coordination Program at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He has been with DEP for over 23 years in various management and supervisory positions. Most of his time has been in the Environmental Resources Permitting program regulating development in wetlands and surface waters. Tim is responsible for overseeing the statewide implementation of the ERP rules and regulations within the Department, Water Management Districts and local delegated programs. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology from Troy University and a Masters of Science degree in Ecology from Old Dominion University.

Heather MasonHeather Mason is an Environmental Administrator at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, leading the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program’s training and rulemaking team. Her team is currently working on Florida’s 404 assumption effort. Her education includes an M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Environmental Management. She is also a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS).

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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.


Webinar #5 – Documenting Assumable Waters for Assumption for the CWA § 404 Program

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00-5:00 pm ET

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PRESENTERS

  • Eric Metz, Oregon Department of State Lands
  • Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Les Lemm, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources – Wetland Section Manager

ABSTRACT

While the new 404(g) assumption rule has not yet been released by EPA, this webinar will provide food for thought as states consider assumption before formal guidance is provided in the form of the new rule. This webinar will begin with an introduction to assumption and assumable waters: What are assumable waters and what role do they play in an assumed program? What does a state or tribe gain through managing assumable waters? The webinar will continue with discussion of the different roles states, tribes, the Corps and EPA play in determining assumable waters and discuss what needs to be done to determine assumable waters for the assumption process. The webinar will then share the work of three different states currently engaged in different phases of the assumption process: Florida, Oregon and Minnesota. State agency staff will share their approaches to analysis, discuss how they have been working with the corps, and share information about their GIS layers, as well as any lessons learned.

PRESENTERS

Eric MetzEric Metz is a Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst in the Director’s Office of the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) (currently retired but working part time). Eric is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (Emeritus). He has worked as a state wetland regulator in both Oregon and California, been a private wetland and environmental consultant in the Pacific Northwest and in Alaska and a wetland restoration project manager for the National Audubon Society.

Heather MasonHeather Mason is an Environmental Administrator at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, leading the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program’s training and rulemaking team. Her team is currently working on Florida’s 404 assumption effort. Her education includes an M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Environmental Management. She is also a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS).

Les LemmLes Lemm is the Wetlands Section Manager for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. He is responsible for overseeing implementation of the State Wetland Conservation Act, Minnesota’s comprehensive wetland protection law, including a robust wetland banking program. He has a variety of other experience, including working as a charter boat captain on Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods, a natural resource consultant, and the District Manager for the Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation District. Les has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Resource Economics from North Dakota State University.

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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.


Webinar #6 – Strengthening Opportunities for State Assumption of the Section 404 Dredge and Fill Program: Final Project Findings

Date: TBD

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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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