2018 Past Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series

 
An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Abiotic Processes (Part 2 of 4)

Monday, July 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 1:00 central, 12:00 mountain, 11:00 pacific  

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT

Over the past three decades compensatory mitigation has become an important strategy for addressing the adverse environmental impacts that result from dredge and fill activities. Compensatory mitigation project should be designed to replace lost ecological services at an alternative location.  Federal and State regulatory staff routinely review these proposals to ensure that projects will achieve the desired outcomes.  But what exactly should compensatory mitigation project reviewers consider in evaluating a proposal?  The purpose of this second of four webinars is to assist compensatory mitigation project reviewers by providing information about how to evaluate abiotic processes--soils and hydrology--critical to designing wetland restoration projects that will achieve project objectives and meet performance standards.  Presenters will focus on both abiotic and biotic characteristics of soils and their functions, review specific considerations with respect to hydrology and soils in tidal restoration projects, and describe a process for developing hydrology-based performance standards in freshwater systems.  The webinar presentations should run around 100 minutes and will be followed by a questions and answer session.

BIOS

Lenore Vasilas is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Scientist on the Soil Science Division Technical Soil Services Staff. She has been a soil scientist for NRCS for 28 years working for the first 7 years on soil survey and the rest of her career in various positions concentrating on hydric soils issues. She has been a member of the National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils for 20 years and is the current chair of the committee.

Walter I. Priest, III after over 40 years in the public sector working for the Virginia Division of Shellfish Sanitation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the NOAA Restoration Center, Walter, currently works with his consulting firm, Wetland Design and Restoration. He is a Professional Wetland Scientist. His work experience at VIMS included: permit review and environment impact assessment, tidal wetlands inventories, beneficial use of dredged material and wetland restoration. While with the NOAA Restoration Center, he provided project management for a wide range of fisheries habitat restoration projects including: large and small scale tidal wetland restorations, oyster reefs, Living Shorelines, seagrass restoration and dam removal projects. He also designed and helped implement a number of tidal wetland restorations at remediated Super Fund sites. He has also developed Prospectus’ and design for two tidal wetland mitigation banks as well as conducted long-term monitoring of two other tidal wetland mitigation banks. During his career he has been involved with over 70 habitat restoration projects involving over 100 acres providing: design, detailed critical review, project management, construction oversight, volunteer plantings and/or long-term monitoring. He recently authored a chapter in the book, Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-based Shoreline Protection, entitled, Practical Living Shorelines: Tailored to Fit in Chesapeake Bay.

Steve Eggers is a Senior Ecologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District Regulatory Branch. He has worked with the Corps of Engineers for more than 40 years. Steve is widely recognized as a regional and national expert in wetlands, serving as a member of a national team responsible for updating the Corps wetland delineation manual, as well as participating in the update of the national wetland plant list and co-authoring the book Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Steve provides training and technical assistance with wetland delineations and restoration projects. He has helped further understanding of wetland science and connecting it with public policy.


An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation (Part 1 of 4)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 1:00 central, 12:00 mountain, 11:00 pacific 

INTRODUCTION

PRESENTERS

ABSTRACT 

Over the past three decades compensatory mitigation has become an important strategy for addressing the unavoidable environmental impacts that result from dredge and fill activities. Compensatory mitigation projects should be designed to provide self-sustaining, long-term replacement of lost ecological functions and services.  Federal and State regulatory staff routinely review these proposals to ensure that projects will achieve the desired outcomes.  But what exactly should compensatory mitigation project reviewers consider in evaluating a proposal?  The purpose of this webinar was to provide an overall framework for review of proposed compensatory mitigation projects.  Presenters focused on the processes that shape wetlands across diverse landscapes including the critical components of wetlands and wetland restoration project: hydrology, soils and vegetation. Landscape context, wetland classification, the use of reference wetlands, function and values, and temporal considerations will be discussed.

BIOS

Eric D. Stein, D.Env. is a Principal Scientist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), where he is head of the Biology Department. Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects. Dr. Stein has authored over 100 journal articles and technical reports and participates on numerous technical workgroups and committees related to water quality and wetland assessment and management. Prior to joining SCCWRP in 2002, Dr. Stein spent six years as a Senior Project Manager with the Regulatory Branch of the Los Angeles District Corps of Engineers, and four years with a private consulting firm.

Jeremy Sueltenfuss is a Wetland Ecologist at Colorado State University, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. His research focuses on wetland hydrology, and the hydrologic drivers of wetland form and function. Jeremy’s research has focused primarily on mountain systems, ranging from the wetlands of Juneau Alaska down to the Peruvian Andes. By understanding how water flows through and across the landscape, Jeremy tries to apply his research on degraded and hydrologically altered wetlands to restore these vital ecosystems. His dissertation research focused on the use of hydrologic performance standards for wetland mitigation.

W. Lee Daniels is the Thomas B. Hutcheson Professor of Environmental Soil Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from VPI & SU in 1985. Dr. Daniels areas of specialization include stabilization and restoration of disturbed lands including areas disturbed by mining, road building, waste disposal, urbanization and erosion. In particular, he has focused his research and consulting experience in wetland impact mitigation, mine reclamation, and soil-waste management systems. His teaching programs at Virginia Tech focus on soil geomorphology and landscape analysis with particular emphasis on the relationships among surficial geology, hydrology, soil patterns and long term landscape evolution processes. Major awards include the Reclamation Researcher of the Year by the American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) in 1993, USEPA’s National Biosolids Utilization Research Award in 2000 and the Lifetime Achievement in Research Award by ASMR in 2012.
 

Matt Schweisberg () is the Principal of Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC (www.wetlandsns.com), where he provides policy, regulatory and technical advice and assistance for clients seeking to navigate a wide range of regulatory and non-regulatory issues related to wetlands and other aquatic resources. He works throughout the U.S. Matt is a Professional Wetland Scientist under the Professional Certification Program of the Society of Wetland Scientists. He is a retired federal wetlands ecologist and wildlife biologist who spent over 32 years with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency at its HQ office in Washington, D.C. and New England Region office in Boston. Matt served as Chief of the New England Region’s Wetlands Protection Program and Senior Wetland Ecologist, and on national work groups developing guidance and regulations on Clean Water Act jurisdiction. He has testified before federal grand juries and served several times as an expert witness in federal, state, and private litigation. He co-instructs a week-long intensive course on wetland identification and delineation at the Eagle Hill Institute in Maine, and has taught courses in wetland regulation, restoration and creation, wetland ecology, and wetland identification and delineation for federal and state agencies, academic organizations, and environmental consultants. He received his degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine. 

 

     
Part 1A: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of
State Wetland Managers

Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist, Southern
California Coastal Water Research Projec
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      Part 1B: Presenter: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist,
Southern California Coastal Water Research Projec
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Part 1C: Presenter: Jeremy Sueltenfuss, Department
of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State
University
      Part 1D: Presenter: W. Lee Daniels, Thomas B. Hutcheson
Professor of Environmental Soil Science at Virginia Tech 
         
     
Part 1E: Presenter: Matt Schweisberg, Principal of
Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC  
        Part 1F: Questions & Answers - Coming Soon

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