2017 State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting

 Federalism Re-envisioned: Exploring Possibilities for Enhanced
State and Tribal Roles in Water Resources Protection,
Conservation and Management


Wednesday, April 11-Thursday, April 12, 2018 


   GO TO:


Tommy Douglas Conference Center
Silver Spring, MD


Meeting Director

Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. (ASWM)



Federal Highway Administration


Ecosystem Investment Partners


If you are interested in becoming a meeting sponsor, please see Sponsorship Information or send an email to Brenda Zollitsch at brenda@aswm.org.


Host Organizations

The Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. 


The purpose of this annual meeting is to support state and tribal wetland program managers, and other wetland professionals as they respond to challenges in the coming year. Changes proposed to Clean Water Act jurisdiction anticipate a larger role for states and tribes in protecting state/tribal waters. These changes will require states and tribes to re-evaluate their respective programs for protecting water resources, specifically state/tribal dredge and fill programs. This could also lead to an increased interest in Section 404 State/Tribal Assumption, as well as require consideration of new legislation in many states that lack the authority to issue dredge and fill permits. Reduced federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act will also change the relationship between state wetland programs and other federal programs such as the Endangered Species Act, the Oil Pollution Control Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and floodplain management programs.

Changes in water resource programs should be grounded in sound science, smart policies, and integrated decision-making. New initiatives will require outreach about the benefits and challenges of proposed program changes with partners and the public on many levels. To meet these needs, presentations and discussions during this year’s two-day meeting will cover a range of topical issues. Day one, Wednesday, April 11, will be an open meeting exploring changes proposed to Clean Water Act jurisdiction and adjustments this will require in carrying out state, federal and tribal programs. Day two, Thursday, April 12 will explore state and tribal program innovation and coordination with federal resources, programs and initiatives.

On Tuesday, April 10 there will be a one-day, by invitation meeting examining methods and benefits of integrated mapping of wetland, stream/riparian and floodplain functions.


The Agenda is available here. POWERPOINT PRESENTATION NOW AVAILABLE (Updated 7/18/18)

Meeting Materials

We ill be adding additional resources that may be of help during the meeting. Please check the Meeting Materials webpage.

Photos from Meeting

Registration Information and Speaker or Participant Registration Fees


  • Participation in all Meeting Sessions
  • Conference Breaks, Lunch(s), and Reception
  • One-Year Individual ASWM Membership [ASWM Membership Information]

If you are a current member this will add an additional year to your membership. If you are not sure you are a member of the Association of State Wetland Managers, please call or email Laura Burchill at (207) 892-3399; laura@aswm.org.


Tommy Douglas Conference Center Information

10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
(240) 645-4000


Tommy Douglas Conference Center (TDCC) is located at 10000 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20903, just minutes from Washington, DC. Their 21st century training and education facility sits on over 45 acres of lush grounds, offering a peaceful and serene setting to inspire creativity and productive meetings. To visit the Tommy Douglas Conference Center website, click here. For directions, see Google Maps below.


When you arrive at the TDCC, you want to go to Building 9 (it is a glass building). You will check in at the reception desk for hotel reservations and for the meeting.

Room Rates


  • Guest may call (240) 645-4000 to make reservation under the ASWM Room Block by April 1, 2018.
  • A deposit equal to one-night’s room rate is due with each reservation. Failure to cancel a guaranteed reservation at least 48 hours prior to arrival of the reservation will result in forfeiture of advance deposit or one night's room and tax billed to the credit card.

Single Occupancy Per Night: $181.40

  • Includes tax
  • Includes: One king or queen bed; one guest.

Double Occupancy Per Night: $231.40 

  • Includes tax
  • Includes: Two queen beds; two guests. 

Room rate includes:

  • Dinner on day of arrival and breakfast the next morning. (in Dining Room, no rebates for missed meals)
  • Nightly guest room accommodations
  • WIFI in guest rooms and public space
  • Access to Fitness Center, Lounge, Recreation Room, Business Center and Self-parking

Check In/Check Out

  • Check-in is after 3:00 pm on arrival day
  • Check-out is before 11:00 am on departure day
  • Early check-outs will be assessed a $75.00 early departure fee

Other attendees

  • Meal package for guest/spouse is $60 PER DAY and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The other option is to purchase meals a la carte.


Additional Information


  • Onside Parking is Free


  • If you need any assistance getting around the Tommy Douglas Conference Center, please call the TDCC. They will have security pick you up via a golf cart.


  • Dining Information [Exiting to Conference Website]
  • Lounge and Recreation Room [Exiting to Conference Website]
  • Fitness and Relaxation Center [Exiting to Conference Website]
  • Café Hours:
    • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    • Dinner: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Bar Hours - 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
  • Late Arrival
    • Box Dinner is available for late arrival after 7:00 p.m. This must be ordered in advance when making your reservation.
  • Special Diet
    • Please let us know if you have any dietary
      restrictions such as Gluten Free, Vegetarian, etc.
      (This can be included on the registration form.)

Nearby Restaurants

  • Chipotle
  • Jewel of India
  • Viet Pho and Grill


  • Safeway Grocery Store
  • CVS
  • Small beer/wine store  

Transportation Information

The airport closest to the meeting site is Reagan National. Transportation to the meeting is available from all airports.



Shuttle Transportation From/To Airports 
(This is the best way to commute to the conference from the airports.)

  • Super-Shuttle-ExecuCar

    Reagan National: $27.00
    Dulles: $35.00
    BWI: $33.00

    Must reserve at least 2 hours in advance
    Phone: 410-859-2304
    Email: fbrown@supershuttle.com
    More information




Free Parking Onsite 

Directions to Tommy Douglas Conference Center  

Driving Directions

  • Please note traffic is very heavy in the morning.
  • From the Beltway, head North on New Hampshire Avenue, then take a left on Powder Mill Road, take the 2nd exit in the roundabout, it is the first building on the right. 

Area Map

Google Maps

Things to Do Around the Tommy Douglas Conference Center

Silver Spring, MD

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Laurel, MD

Colesville, MD

Wheaton, MD

College Park, MD

Washington, DC

Contact Information


Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst
Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc.
(207) 892-3399; brenda@aswm.org

Jeanne Christie, Executive Director
Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc.
(207) 892-3399; jeanne.christie@aswm.org

General Information

Laura Burchill
Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc.
32 Tandberg Trail, Suite 2A, Windham, ME 04062
(207) 892-3399; Fax: (207) 894-7992