2019 State Tribal Federal Coordination Meeting

 Translating Wetland Science into
Fair and Reasonable Government Policies


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(Updated on 4/18/19) 

Monday, April 1

7:00pm - 9:00pm   Registration 
     
7:30pm - 9:30pm    Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) Board Meeting 

Tuesday, April 2

7:30am - 8:30am   Registration 
     
Day 1 Morning:   Cooperative Federalism and Waters of the U.S.
     
8:30am - 9:00am   Welcome and Introductions: Collis Adams, Chair, Association of State Wetland Managers
     
9:00am - 9:30am   Setting the Stage: Changing Landscape of Wetlands (New Policies, Challenges and Opportunities): Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
     
9:30am - 10:00am   BREAK
     
10:00am - 11:00am   Cooperative Federalism:  Defining the State-Federal Relationship for Better Environmental Outcomes: John Goodin, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
     
11:00am - 11:30am   Waters of the U.S.: Next Steps in Determining Jurisdiction: Donna Downing, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
     
11:30am - 12:00pm
  Changes Proposed to the Compensatory Mitigation Rule: Tammy Turley, Acting Chief, Regulatory Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
     
12:00pm - 1:30pm    LUNCH 
 
Day 1 Afternoon:   The Clean Water Act and the Core Elements Framework: Building Wetland Program Capacity
     
1:30pm - 2:15pm    Section 401: Potential Updates and Next Steps: Michael McDavit, Chief, Program Development and Jurisdiction Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
     
2:15pm - 2:45pm   Changes in Section 401 & Implications for State Programs: Julia Anastasio, Executive Director, Association of Clean Water Administrators
     
2:45pm - 3:15pm    Helping States and Tribes Build their Capacity to Conduct Oil and Gas Pipeline Permitting: Brenda Zollitsch, Senior Policy Analyst and Starsha Schiller, Policy Intern, Association of State Wetland Managers 
     
3:15pm - 3:45pm   BREAK
     
3:45pm - 4:15pm   Can You Dig It: State Regulatory Programs for Dredged and Fill Activities in Waters of the State: Nicholas Warren, ORISE Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
     
4:15pm - 5:00pm  

State Panel: Building State Capacity with Wetland Program Plans: Moderator: Rebecca Dils, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Panelists:

  • Lauren Driscoll, Wetlands Program Manager, Washington Department of Ecology
  • Stacia Bax, Environmental Supervisor, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Patrick Ryan, Environmental Supervisor, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
     
Day 1   Evening Activity
     
5:30pm - 7:00pm   Reception: Hosted by Ecosystem Investment Partners
 

Wednesday, April 3

8:00am - 8:30am   Registration 
 
Day 2 Morning:   Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Reality
     
8:30am - 9:00am   Healthy Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds: Leveraging State Wetland Restoration and Protection Programs to Improve Watershed Health: Brenda Zollitsch, Senior Policy Analyst and Starsha Schiller, Policy Intern, Association of State Wetland Managers
     
9:00am - 9:30am   Federal Programs in Support of Nature Based Solutions for Pre-disaster Mitigation: Johnny Mojica, Research Lead, Earth Economics
     
9:30am - 10:00am    Exploring the Relationship Between Wetland Condition, Stream Condition and Flood Loss: Kyle Magyera, Local Government Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Wetlands Association
     
10:00am - 10:45am   BREAK AND GROUP PHOTO
     
10:45am - 11:15am   Improving Wetland and Stormwater Permitting Outcomes through Joint Management in Indiana: Brian Wolff, Surface Water, Operations and Enforcement Branch Chief, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
     
11:15am - 11:45am   Agriculture, Nutrients and Constructed Wetlands: Mark Patrick McGuire, Environmental Program Manager, Association of Clean Water Administrators
     
11:45am - 1:30pm
  LUNCH 
 
Day 2 Afternoon:   Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Reality Continued
     
1:30pm - 2:00pm   Incorporating Wetlands into Reservoir Rehabilitation Projects for Fisheries and Other Benefits in Nebraska: Ted LaGrange, Wetland Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
     
2:00pm - 2:30pm   Leveraging Ecosystem Services Valuation to Accelerate Habitat Conservation: Ellen Herbert, PhD, Ecosystem Services Scientist, Ducks Unlimited
     
2:30pm - 3:00pm   BREAK
     
3:00pm - 3:30pm   Integrated Mapping and Functional Assessment of Riverine and Coastal Floodplains and Wetlands: Data Gaps and Challenges:  Andy Robertson, Executive Director, Geospatial Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
     
3:30pm - 4:00pm    Addressing Barriers to Integration of Ecosystem Service Data into Wetland Management Programs: Elizabeth Byers, Senior Wetland Scientist, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection 
     
4:00pm  - 5:00pm   ASWM Wetland Awards
     
Day 2   Evening Activities
     
7:00pm  - 8:00pm   Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) Annual Meeting
     
8:00pm   Social Gathering
     

Thursday, April 4

     
8:30am - 9:00am    Registration 
     
Day 3 Morning     Mitigation Banking and NWCA
     
9:00am - 9:30am    Linking Monitoring Indicators to Performance Standards for Mitigation Banking: Eric Stein, Principal Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
     
9:30am - 10:00am   Mitigation Banking: Lessons Learned: Timothy Rach, Program Administrator, Florida Department of Environmental Protection 
     
10:00am - 10:30am   Barriers and Opportunities for Cross-Program Crediting: Wetlands + Streams + Conservation Banking: Denise Clearwater, Natural Resources Planner and Special Projects Coordinator, Maryland Department of the Environment
     
10:30am - 11:00am   BREAK
     
11:00am - 11:30am   Using Pipeline Mitigation and Wildlife Management Funds to Acquire 30,000 Acres of Habitat Replacement in West Virginia: Joe Hankins, Vice President, The Conservation Fund
     
11:30am - 12:00pm    Findings and Next Steps for the National Wetland Condition Assessment: Gregg Serenbetz, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
     
12:00pm - 1:30pm   LUNCH
     
Day 3 Afternoon   404(g) Assumption
     
1:30pm - 2:15pm  

State Panel: State Perspectives on Assumption of §404 – To Assume or Not to Assume? Moderators: Kathy Hurld, Environmental Protection Specialist and Ruth Chemerys, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Panelists:

  • Timothy Rach, Program Administrator, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Marth Clark Mettler, Assistant Commissioner, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Gary Setzer, Senior Advisor, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Les Lemm, Wetlands Section Manager, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
  • Ryan Chapman, Water Quality Assessment Section Supervisor, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
  • Bill Ryan, Deputy Director, Oregon Department of State Lands
     
2:15pm - 3:00pm   Work Session on Assumption for State and Federal Agencies
     
3:00pm   Adjourn
     
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