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American Wetlands Month Webinar: Can We Keep Up with Changing Estuaries? Moving from Science to Action in San Francisco Bay

J. Letitia GrenierWednesday, May 29, 2019 - 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT

SPONSORED BY:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTER

ABSTRACT

The scientists, managers, regulators and restoration experts of the San Francisco Bay shore have been working to proactively plan for our future estuary.  Over 200 people in this community contributed to a science synthesis of how to restore and maintain valuable tidal marshes, given that current models predict they will "drown" over time.  This effort was followed by a regional analysis of nature-based approaches to protect the shoreline, with place-specific mapping for every segment of hundreds of miles of the coast.  The approach and conceptual models were designed to be applicable elsewhere, and may be scalable models for other regions.

BIO

Letitia Grenier co-directs SFEI's Resilient Landscapes Program. She is the science lead for the 2015 State of the Estuary Report (a SF Estuary Partnership project) and the 2015 update to the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals (a California Coastal Conservancy project), heading a team of over 200 environmental scientists, managers, and regulators to develop science­ based recommendations for restoring and maintaining the health the Bay's tidal wetlands in the face of rising sea levels and other stressors. Letitia holds a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and has previously worked on investigating bioaccumulation of contaminants in estuarine food webs, the condition of California’s wetlands, and other ecological questions about the Bay and Delta. Her focus now is to work with partners to conserve California's living resources by developing landscape-­scale, collaborative, science ­based visions and solutions.

 
Introduction: William Dooley, Policy Analyst, Association
of State Wetland Managers

Presenter:
J. Letitia Grenier, PhD, San Francisco Estuary Institute
     Presenter: J. Letitia Grenier, PhD, San Francisco Estuary Institute 
     
   
Questions/Answers     

 

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Presentations at the Association of State Wetland Managers
2019 Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AttendeesPRESENTATIONS

Integrated Wetland and Stormwater Program

    • Brian Wolff, Surface Water, Operations and Enforcement Branch Chief, Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Incorporating Wetlands into Reservoir Rehabilitation Projects for Fisheries and Other Benefits in Nebraska

    • Ted LaGrange, Wetland Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Addressing Barriers to Integration of Ecosystem Service Data into Wetland Management Programs

    • Elizabeth Byers, Senior Wetland Scientist, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

BIOS

Brian Wolff serves as the Branch Chief of Surface Water, Enforcement, and Operations for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The branch covers Wetlands, Stormwater, MS4’s, as well as enforcement cases and operational duties for all of the water quality division. Prior to joining Water Quality, Brian served 10 years as manager of the Special Projects Section in the Office of Air Quality, and for 5 years evaluated risk assessments in the Office of Land Quality. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University.

Ted Lagrange has worked as the Wetland Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years. As Wetland Program Manager he works on a wide variety of wetland issues throughout Nebraska including partnerships, private land restoration programs, public lands management, research, regulations, and outreach. Prior to moving to Nebraska, he worked for 8 years as a Waterfowl Research Technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ted received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. His professional interests are in prairie wetlands and waterfowl/waterbird ecology.

Elizabeth Byers M.S., is a Senior Wetland Scientist with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). Her current project at WVDEP is developing a combined field and automated-GIS protocol for rapidly assessing the functions of wetlands, which is currently nearing regulatory rollout. Ms. Byers’ education includes an undergraduate degree in Geology from Brown University, Master’s in Hydrology from New Mexico Tech, and additional graduate work in ecology at Oregon State University. Prior to joining state government, Ms. Byers worked for 20 years with non-profits as an ecologist and conservationist in the Himalayas, East African rift, Rocky Mountains, and Appalachians.

 
Presenter: Brian Wolff, Surface Water, Operations and
Enforcement Branch Chief, Indiana Department of
Environmental Management
     Presenter: Ted LaGrange, Wetland Program Manager,
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  
     
   
Presenter: Elizabeth Byers, Senior Wetland Scientist,
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
   

 

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Waters of the U.S.: Interpreting Geographical, State Program and Legal Impacts of Past, Current and Future Definitions

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern

INTRODUCTION

ABSTRACT

On December 11, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies) signed the proposed “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’” rule. The agencies’ proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.” Interpreting the potential impacts of a revised definition is no easy task, especially given the diversity of aquatic systems and landscapes across the nation, the tremendous diversity of state wetland and water resource programs, the incongruous Supreme Court decisions of the past, and the multiple legal challenges that could potentially continue far into the future.

PRESENTERS

  • Andy Robertson, Executive Director of Geospatial Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, will share the results of a project that examines the spatial extent of wetlands and waters that are protected or unprotected under three different Waters of the US definitions; one based on the 2015 Clean Water Rule and two others based on Supreme Court decisions that narrow the scope of federally protected waters. This presentation will also demonstrate the use of ESRI Story Map technology as a communication tool for presenting spatial, text and graphic data to technical and non-technical audiences. [POWERPIONT PRESENTATION]
  • Les Lemm, Wetlands Section Manager for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources will present on the relationship of the WOTUS rule to Section 404 assumption, its likely effect in Minnesota, and some perspectives from staff with stand-alone state programs. [POWERPIONT PRESENTATION]
  • Royal Gardner, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law, will discuss the legal landscape: an overview of past cases that have influenced the various definitions of WOTUS, an update on current WOTUS-related litigation, and a preview of expected future WOTUS legal challenges. [POWERPIONT PRESENTATION]

BIOS

Andy RobertsonAndy Robertson is currently Executive Director of GeoSpatial Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In this role, Andy is responsible for oversight and management of all GeoSpatial Services projects, activities and staff. GeoSpatial Services is engaged in a wide variety of projects across the Lower 48 and Alaska including: wetland inventory; National Hydrography Dataset updates; spatial data development; and, natural resource condition assessments. Andy earned a Forest Technology Diploma from Sault College of Applied Technology in Ontario, Canada, a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo and completed postgraduate work in forest management at the University of Toronto. GeoSpatial Services has been a key partner of the USFWS and has been working for over 15 years to update legacy National Wetland Inventory data across the nation. Andy is a steering committee member for the ASWM Wetland Mapping Consortium and is co-chair of the Alaska GeoSpatial Council Wetland Technical Working Group.

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.

Royal C. GardnerRoyal C. Gardner is Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He is an internationally recognized expert in wetland law and policy. Recent projects include serving as the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, testifying before a World Bank arbitration panel, advising the Government of Oman regarding wetland policy, and coauthoring amicus briefs on behalf of environmental scientists. In WOTUS-related litigation, he has filed amicus briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and in the U.S. District Courts for the District of North Dakota and the Southern District of New York.

  
Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director,
Association of State Wetland Managers
  Part 2: Presenter: Andy Robertson, Executive Director of
Geospatial Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
     
 
Part 3: Presenter: Les Lemm, Wetlands Section Manager
for
the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
  Part 4: Presenter: Royal Gardner, Professor of Law and
Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at
Stetson University College of Law 
     
   
Part 5: Questions/Answers     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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