2017 Past ASWM's Hot Topics Webinar Series
[2016 - 2015 - 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.


Nationwide Permit Rule Webinar: Low-head Dam Removal: Technical Issues and Considerations for State/Tribal/Federal Review

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Introduction: Jeane Christie, Executive Director, ASWM and Peg Bostwick, Association of State Wetland Mangers

PRESENTER

ABSTRACT

The New Frontier: An Overview of Recent Policy and Regulatory Changes Affecting Dam Removal Projects

Removing dams and other instream barriers can be one of the fastest, most effective ways of restoring ecological function. However, as more dam removal projects are proposed, many proponents have found that the regulatory environment can be unreasonably complicated, time consuming, and expensive for both the applicant and regulatory authorities. Over the course of the last 18 months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has completed rulemaking that has a direct bearing on implementation of future dam removal projects and attempts to address some of these challenges. This presentation will provide an overview of the issuance of the new Corps nationwide permit (NWP) 53, Removal of Low-Head Dams, including the use of case studies to illustrate select projects where this type of permit may have been applicable.

BIOS

Serena McClain is a director of river restoration with American Rivers in Washington, DC. She has worked in the river restoration field for more than 15 years, engaging with regional and national stakeholders to demonstrate how to enhance safety, quality of life and economic development by restoring the natural function of rivers. McClain has managed and provided technical assistance to projects around the country, utilizing her communications and policy expertise to ensure that local communities and key decision-makers are aware of the opportunities available to them and are equipped with the tools necessary to aid them in those decisions. She currently leads the program’s dam removal practice.

Jim MacBroom earned BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a registered Professional Engineer in five states. He is Vice President of Milone & MacBroom Inc, a Civil and Environmental Engineering consulting firm located in Cheshire Connecticut, and he developed and taught graduate courses in River Processes & Restoration and Applied Hydrology at Yale University for 17 years. He has over 35 years of experience in watershed management, open channel hydraulics, dam repair and removal, fish passage, computer modeling, fluvial morphology, stream restoration, and tidal systems. Jim is a member of the ASCE Stream Restoration Committee, American Rivers Technical Advisory Committee, and was a speaker at the annual University of Wisconsin continuing education course on dam removal.

Jim has planned, designed, and inspected many river restoration and dam removal projects including earth, timber crib, and concrete structures, with a special interest in sediment management, channel evolution, and design of natural-like bypass channels.

A recording of the January 19 webinar, “Overview of the Final Rule on Issuance and Reissuance of the §404 Nationwide Permits” is available here.

         
   
Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie and Peg Bostwick, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Serena McClain, American Rivers
  Part 2: Presenter: Serena McClain, American Rivers   Part 3: Presenter: James MacBroom, Milone & MacBroom
         
     
Part 4: Presenter: James MacBroom, Milone & MacBroom
  Part 5: Questions/Answers    
         

Overview of the Final Rule on Issuance and Reissuance of the §404 Nationwide Permits

Thursday, January 19 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Introduction: Jeane Christie, Executive Director, ASWM and Peg Bostwick, Association of State Wetland Mangers

PRESENTER

Dave Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]

ABSTRACT

On Friday, January 6 the Final Rule on Issuance and Reissuance of §404 Nationwide Permits (NWPs) was published in the Federal Register. The NWPs authorize a variety of activities in jurisdictional waters and wetlands under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, as long as those activities result in no more than minimal adverse environmental effects. The 50 existing and two new nationwide permits for living shorelines and lowhead dam removal will go into effect on March 18, 2017. There are differences between the proposed rule for nationwide permits issued in June of 2016 and the final rule published on January 6. The purpose of this webinar is to a provide a briefing to state and tribes and other interested parties understanding the final changes to the existing nationwide permits as well as gain additional information about the two new nationwides. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. A more thorough understanding of the contents of the final rule will facilitate Section 401 Certification and Coastal Consistency Review as well as discussions between the states and the Corps Districts on development of regional conditions in the coming months.

BIO

David Olson is a Regulatory Program Manager at the Headquarters office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has worked for the Corps since 1991, beginning as a Regulatory Project Manager at the Baltimore District, evaluating permit applications for work in waters and wetlands. In 2002, he began working at his current position at Corps Headquarters. He manages the Corps' nationwide permit program and works on Endangered Species Act compliance. His other responsibilities include providing advice on applying wetland and stream mitigation policies and regulations. He is also developing an approach for cumulative effects analysis in the Corps' regulatory program.

   
Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie and Peg Bostwick, Association of State Wetland Managers   Part 2: Presenter: Dave Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   Part 3: Presenter: Dave Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
         
   
Part 4: Presenter: Dave Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   Part 5: Presenter: Dave Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   Part 6: Questions/Answers
         

 

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