ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar


Webinar 5: Dealing with Reality: How to Work with Wetlands in Altered landscapes

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3:00-5:00 pm ET
(Rescheduled from January 16, 2019)


  • Ray Norrgard, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Rich Weber, NRCS retired
  • Mike McClure, Missouri Department of Conservation


This is the fifth webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The webinar will begin with a presentation on types of actions taken that have altered, degraded or destroyed wetlands over time. This will be followed by a discussion on how hydrology, source water, water budgets and the soil/water interfaces vary by the location and wetland type (Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) class) and how adjustments to these lead to changes in wetlands. NRCS definitions of actions that can be taken to improve wetlands will be shared. The third talk will cover the concepts of how restoration, enhancement, and creation can support improved wetland health and waterfowl productivity, looking primarily at the prairie potholes. The final presentation will discuss how to start with a watershed perspective to identify good management options on an individual property and introduce specific actions that can be taken working in conjunction with a landowner to improve wetland health. Participants will come away from the webinar with an increased understanding of the extent of wetland alteration, concepts to support understanding wetland variability, management options for returning wetlands to the land and supporting wetland health.


Ray Norrgard, Minnesota Department of Natural ResourcesRay Norrgard, is Minnesota born, raised, and educated; Ray has served as a wildlife professional for state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies for more than four decades. His primary focus throughout his career has been waterfowl, wetlands, shallow lakes, and education. He is currently focused on providing wetland management technical guidance to wildlife field managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

•	Rich Weber, NRCS retiredRichard A. Weber was a Wetland Hydraulic Engineer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wetland Team, CNTSC in Fort Worth, Texas from 2006 to 2017. In this role, Rich provided national leadership on wetland hydrology, including: Support for Wetland Restoration Program, Wetland Protection Policy, and E.O. 11990 Wetland Assessments. He led a national training cadre for Wetland Restoration and Enhancement and Hydrology Tools for Wetland Determination courses. From 2005-2006, Rich was Design Engineer at the NRCS Nebraska State Office where he had design and A&E Contracting responsibilities for PL-566, WRP, and EQIP programs. From 1999-2005, he was a Field Engineer at the NRCS in the Scottsbluff, NE Field Office where he had design, construction, and contracting responsibilities for the Wetland Reserve Program, EQIP Irrigation and Animal Waste Management, and CTA conservation practices. From 1997-1999, Rich was an Agricultural Engineer at the NRCS in Chehalis, WA where he had design, construction, and contracting responsibilities for Conservation District funded Stream Restoration and Fish Passage projects, and EQIP program Animal Waste Projects. And from 1986-1997, he was a Watershed Project Engineer at the NRCS in Horton, KS where he performed Construction Contract Administration for PL-566 Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention projects. Currently, he performs contract work for the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Ducks Unlimited, and KLA Environmental Services.

Mike McClure, Missouri Department of ConservationMike McClure is a Missouri Department of Conservation Wetland Service Biologist. Mike served in a wetland management position on MDC’s Grand Pass Conservation Area from 1987 to April 1997. Since then, Mike has served as the biologist on the NRCS Wetland Emphasis Team-Chillicothe, where his responsibilities focus on development of WRP/WRE restoration plans and wetland management plans for wetlands restored under WRP/WRE.


A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for these webinars. 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. Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More information can be found here.


Past ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar

Information on the ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series