2015 Past ASWM's Hot Topics Webinar Series
[2017 - 2016 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012]

The Association of Wetland Managers (ASWM) works hard to stay abreast of time sensitive hot topics, including new policies, regulations and trending topics of interest to those involved and/or interested in wetland management and practice. From time to time, these topics do not fit in any of our current webinar series offerings so ASWM started offering a Hot Topics Webinar Series as a way to get important information out quickly to a broad audience. Some of the topics in the past have included the Clean Water Rule, the Ramsar Convention and international projects, complex legal cases, environmental economics and more. These webinars are advertised through our website, newsletters, social media and emails. There is no specific day of the month when these webinars occur. For more information and/or to join our email list for notices about upcoming events, please contact Laura Burchill at .

For a list of available past Hot Topics webinar recordings, click here.


Webinar: Legal Challenges to the Clean Water Rule: Which Court? What Questions? What Timeframe?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, ASWM

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is available here.

On Thursday, November 19, 2015 the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) hosted a webinar to assist participants in understanding the status of challenges to the Clean Water Rule in the courts and explore what might happen in the coming months. The webinar provided a general overview of pending legal challenges to the Clean Water Rule and the status of those challenges. Much of the presentation focused on the basis for the legal challenges and what the process is likely to be in the courts as the lawsuits move through the justice system. Presenters also discussed various bills and resolutions before Congress, as well as the possibility of a rider being attached to the expected Congressional omnibus spending bill.

Panelists were Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law and Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School. Both panelists have extensive experience in Clean Water Act law and policy issues.

       
Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne
Christie, ASWM
Presenter: Kim Diana Connolly,
Professor, Director of Clinical
Legal Education, Vice Dean for
Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law
School
        Part 2: Presenter: Roy Gardner,
Professor of Law and Director,
Institute for Biodiversity Law and
Policy, Stetson University College
of Law
           
       
Part 3: Presenters: Roy Gardner,
Professor of Law and Director,
Institute for Biodiversity Law and
Policy, Stetson University College
of Law and Kim Diana Connolly,
Professor, Director of Clinical
Legal Education, Vice Dean for
Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law
School
        Part 4: Questions/Answers

 


Clean Water Rule Webinar: Understanding Legal Challenges and Next Steps for the Clean Water Rule

Wednesday, August 24, 2015

On Monday, August 24, 2015 the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) hosted a webinar on “Understanding Legal Challenges and Next Steps for the Clean Water Rule” with presentations by Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School. It was recorded and the webinar can be viewed below.

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is available here.

       
Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne
Christie, ASWM
Presenter: Kim Diana
Connolly, Professor, Director of
Clinical Legal Education, Vice
Dean for Legal Skill, SUNY
Buffalo Law School
    Part 2: Presenter: Roy
Gardner, Professor of Law and
Director, Institute for Biodiversity
Law and Policy
    Part 3: Presenter: Roy Gardner,
Professor of Law and
Director, Institute for
Biodiversity Law and Policy
             
       
Part 4: Presenter: Kim Diana
Connolly, Professor, Director of
Clinical Legal Education, Vice
Dean for Legal Skill, SUNY
Buffalo Law School
    Part 5: Discussion     Part 6: Discussion
             


Clean Water Rule Webinar

Wednesday, June 17, 2015



On Wednesday, June 17 the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) held a webinar “Understanding the Final Clean Water Rule and Changes to CWA Jurisdiction Included in Senate Bill 1140” with presentations by Roy Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and Kim Diana Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School. Topics covered during the webinar included: an overview of changes to CWA jurisdiction under the new rule, a discussion of how the changes reflect the Carabell/Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court decisions and an overview of Senate Bill 1140, "The Federal Water Quality Protection Act". It was recorded and the webinar can be viewed below.

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is available here.

       
Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne
Christie, ASWM
Presenter: Roy Gardner, Professor
of Law and Director, Institute for
Biodiversity Law and Policy
    Part 2: Presenter: Kim Diana
Connolly, Professor, Director of
Clinical Legal Education, Vice
Dean for Legal Skill, SUNY
Buffalo Law School
    Part 3: Presenter: Roy Gardner,
Professor of Law and Director,
Institute for Biodiversity Law
and Policy
             
         
Part 4: Discussion     Part 5: Discussion      

 



American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT




Introduction Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers and Kathleen Kutschenreuter, Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Webinar Overview: Have you ever wondered what role a specific wetland plays in the international scheme of things? Does it have international significance? What can be done to protect and promote its unique contributions?

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The convention is named after its place of signing in Ramsar, Iran. The Convention has historically focused on protecting wetlands for waterfowl. However, Ramsar’s scope has expanded in recent years to focus more broadly on wetlands of “specific and irreplaceable global value.”

This webinar will provide an overview of Ramsar, the upcoming Ramsar Conference of Contracting Parties, what it means to become a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, the process to apply for designation, and the benefits of becoming a designated Ramsar site in the United States and Canada. Agencies will explain the roles their staff play to support implementation of the Ramsar Convention; site managers will share their experiences being a designated Wetland of International Importance; and education center staff will describe the range of activities that occur at their sites. Come join us to learn about the latest efforts to increase the number of Ramsar site designations and strengthen Ramsar implementation in the U.S., Canada and abroad.

The webinar will be co-hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Wetland Managers.

Presenters will include Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, Chief of Biodiversity, U.S. Department of State; Roy C. Gardner, Chair, Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel; William J. Mitsch, Chair, US National Ramsar Committee; Chris Rostron, Head, Wetlands Link International/Member, Ramsar CEPA Oversight Panel; Lind Friar, Chief of Public Affiars, Everglades National Park, Florida; Nathalie Bays, Manager of Interpretive Center Operations, Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba.

         
Part 1: Introduction: Kathleen
Kutschenreuter, Office of
Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds,
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and Jeanne Christie,
Executive Director, Association
of State Wetland Managers
      Part 2: Barbara De Rosa-Joynt,
Chief of Biodiversity, U.S.
Department of State
    Part 3: Royal C. Gardner, Chair,
Ramsar Scientific and Technical
Review Panel
               
         
Part 4: William J. Mitsch, Chair,
US National Ramsar Committee
      Part 5: Chris Rostron, Head,
Wetlands Link
International/Member,
Ramsar CEPA Oversight Panel
    Part 6: Lind Friar, Chief of Public
Affairs, Everglades
National Park, Florida
               
           
Part 7: Nathalie Bays, Manager
of Interpretive Center
Operations, Oak Hammock
Marsh, Manitoba
      Part 8: Questions/Answers      


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