2014 Past ASWM's Hot Topics Webinar Series
[201920182017 - 2016 - 2015
- 2013 - 2012]

Handbook on Best Practices for the Planning, Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres

Wetland Link International North America Webinar II: Best Practice in Designing, Building and Operation of Wetland Education Centers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

ASWM’s July Members’ Webinar to learn about a new international handbook on best practices for wetland education centers and explore wetland center case studies

If you work in wetland education or you are interested in developing or improving a wetland center, the Wetland Link International (WLI) North America Network is presenting ASWM’s July webinar. The webinar will introduce the new Handbook on Best Practice in Wetland Education Centres, which was produced by ERF (Environmental Ecosystem Research Foundation, Republic of Korea) and RAMSAR. Next, the webinar will provide presentations on various aspects of wetland center work, including sharing of case studies by our enthusiastic colleagues. The final portion of the webinar will allow for discussion and sharing of your own experiences running wetland centers.

This webinar offers the opportunity to join wetland education specialists working at wetland centers to learn more about how to plan, deliver and evaluate wetland center activities. WLI hopes the new handbook will be an invaluable resource for anyone working in this field, whether you are planning to build a new center, updating your existing buildings or infrastructure, or looking for new ideas to operate your wetland center more effectively.

Webinar Agenda

1:00 – 1:10 pm
  Welcome and Introduction to the Webinar, Brenda Zollitsch, ASWM  
1:10 – 1:30 pm     Summary of the Development of the Wetland Centre Handbook, Chris Rostron, WLI/Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh  
1:30 – 1:50 pm     Master Planning for Wetland Centers, Marie Banks, WWT Consulting  
1:50 – 2:10 pm     Running Programs at Wetland Centers, Katelin Frase, Environmental Concern  
2:10 – 2:30 pm     Financial Planning and Resourcing, Mathalie bays, Oak Hammock Marsh  
2:30 – 3:00 pm    

Discussion on Best Practices in Planning and Management of Wetland Centers

Do we need a North America-specific Version of the Handbook?

Access to the Handbook – Web-based? Hard copy?

Other questions

3:00 pm     Webinar ends  


Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch,
Policy Analyst, ASWM
      Session 1: Chris Rostron, WLI/
Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh
    Session 2: Marie Banks, WWT
Session 3: Katelin Frase,
Environmental Concern
      Session 4: Nathalie Bays, Oak
Hammock Marsh
    Session 5: Questions and Answers














American Wetlands Month

Stormwater, Wetlands and Low Impact Development; Putting the Landscape to Work For Clean Water

Thursday, May 29, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Introduction Jeanne Christie, ASWM


LaMarr Clannon, Maine NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) Director


Stormwater that runs off our developed landscape is the number one source of pollutants in the Nation’s waterways and wetlands. Traditional engineered systems have not been effective at treating the extra water and urban residue that comes off our streets, parking lots and roof tops. Low Impact Development (LID) techniques are much better at treating this quantity and quality of water. Many of these techniques are also quite beautiful and work to revitalize our urban areas while protecting water quality. This webinar will cover both how stormwater interacts with wetlands and other waterbodies and how LID can improve wetland health, including how LID techniques like porous pavement, rain gardens, greenroofs and gravel wetlands can be used to protect water quality, save developers money, and provide community resiliency to protect infrastructure and wetlands from the impacts of a changing climate.

LaMarr Clannon, Maine NEMO DirectorBIO

LaMarr Clannon delivers water quality protection strategies directly to land use decision makers throughout Maine. People protect the places they know and love, and by working directly with town planning boards she emphasizes the importance of local action to protect local resources. LaMarr provides a link between the scientific community and policy makers, and works with many stakeholder groups to protect water now and for future generations.

LaMarr has a Masters in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Chemistry from Oregon State University. Her career has focused on Education and Outreach and the social sciences of changing behavior in her target audience of land use decision makers. She regularly translates “tech talk” to the masses and provides training opportunities for engineers, landscapers, design professionals, local officials and anyone else interested in water quality. LaMarr has worked for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and is familiar with the regulations many communities face, has worked with farmers and ranchers on conservation programs, and currently is Director of Maine NEMO (Nonpoint Source Pollution Education for Municipal Officials and a Stormwater Engineer with Sewall, Inc. a consulting firm that has worked extensively in the field of stormwater management and land use planning.

Status and Trends of the Prairie Pothole Region

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tom Dahl provided information on the latest regional report on the status and trend of wetlands in the Prairie Pothole region. The Prairie Pothole report is the first for this region often called the "duck production factory" and this webinar should be very innovative and informative. The Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency that provides information to the public on the extent and status of the Nation’s wetlands. The Service is required to update wetland status and trends studies of the Nation’s wetlands at ten year intervals and report to the Congress. To date, there have been five national reports on wetland status. In-between national reports, the Service has issued six targeted, regional, reports; notably the status and trends of coastal wetlands in 2009 and 2013 that lead to an interagency coastal wetland working group.


Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk,
Presenter: Tom Dahl, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service - Retired
  Part 2: Tom Dahl, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service - Retired
Part 3: Tom Dahl, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service - Retired
  Part 4: Questions/Discussion  















Options for Financing Environmental Enhancement at the Local Level in Oregon

January 23, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Introduction Jeanne Christie, ASWM


  • Nested Financing Amanda Punton, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development

PDF of the PowerPoint presentation for Amanda Punton.

PDF of the PowerPoint presentation for Glenn Barnes.


This webinar explored a structure for engaging local governments in a conversation about sustainable local financing of environmental enhancement efforts. The webinar featured a new tool created to illustrate options for generating local funds at a city, county and special district capacity. In particular, the tool brings focus to how partnerships within a watershed can layer local funding with grant and loan programs to achieve a common goal, a “Sim City” of natural resource enhancement. The Oregon Coastal Management Program and the UNC Environmental Finance Center have collaborated on this effort. We will see a demonstration of the tool and discuss how it might be used in Oregon to assist local governments develop implementation plans for meeting water quality, wetland or habitat protection targets.


Amanda Punton is the Natural Resource Specialist for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. As staff for the Oregon Costal Management Program she assists local governments in the coastal zone with planning and management measures to reduce impacts on water quality from existing and new development. As staff for the statewide land use program she works on rule implementation and policies focused on the intersection of natural resource protection with urban development and the use of resource land for farm, forest and aggregate production. Amanda has been with DLCD for 16 years. Previously she worked at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Glenn Barnes is a Senior Project Director with the Environmental Finance Center based at the University of North Carolina School of Government. He joined the Environmental Finance Center in 2006. Glenn teaches workshops for public officials, provides direct community assistance, and carries out research on a range of topics from green government, energy, and sustainability to stormwater management, water and sewer rate-setting, and wetlands and watersheds finance. Prior to joining the Environmental Finance Center, he worked for non-profits in New England focusing on renewable energy, biofuels, and environmental regulation. Glenn holds a BA and MPA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Part: 1: Introduction: Jeanne
Christie, ASWM
Presenters: Amanda Punton,
Oregon Department of Land
Conservation and
Development and Glenn
Barnes, Environmental
Finance Center at the
University of North Carolina
School of Government
      Part: 2: Amanda Punton,
Oregon Department of Land
Conservation and
Development and Glenn
Barnes, Environmental
Finance Center at the
University of North Carolina
School of Government

      Part: 3: Glenn Barnes,
Environmental Finance Center
at the University of North
Carolina School of













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