2017 Future Wetland Mapping Consortium Webinar Schedule

The WMC Steering Committee organizes bi-monthly webinars on topics of interest to the group. These webinars are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:00 p.m. eastern standard time (2:00 p.m. central, 1:00 p.m. mountain and 12:00 p.m. pacific). 

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The Wetland Mapping Consortium is busy working on confirmation of webinar topics and presenters for 2016. Below you will find a draft list of future webinars to give you an idea of what we’re working on. Topics and dates are subject to change. 


Mapping Innovations at the Michigan DEQ: New approaches, tools and technologies

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern


  • Chad Fizzell, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Jeremy Jones, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality


Chad Fizzell

Using GIS for Better Project Screening and Evaluation

With the release of MiWaters, Water Resources Division staff from the MDEQ are now relying on a GIS based screening tool to ensure coordination with all relevant state and federal partners and programs. This talk will address the methodology, GIS layers utilized, and overall approach to screening projects spatially, introduced as part of the MIWaters rollout.

Jeremy Jones

Using New Technologies to Update the National Wetland Inventory

This portion of the webinar will focus on the pilot project completed in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited. This pilot project utilized a semi-automated, object-based image analysis and segmentation process combined with head-up digitization and photo interpretation to produce an updated National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) for Kent and Washtenaw Counties in Michigan. This process utilizes high resolution 4-band imagery, high resolution lidar, and other ancillary datasets to create the new polygon areas.


Chad Fizzell works as a GIS Specialist in the Wetlands, Lakes, and Streams Unit within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Chad has a degree in Environmental Science from Michigan State University, where he specialized in Spatial Information Processing.  Chad has worked in the Wetlands program for 15 years and is the Department expert in the Landscape Level Assessment of Wetlands, Wetland Inventory, and Remote Sensing. Chad was also the lead in developing and adapting the NWI+ methodology and Landscape Level Wetland Functional Assessment process in Michigan, and applying these concepts to watershed management in the State.

Jeremy Jones has worked with geospatial technologies since 2006 and holds a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Geographic Information Systems.  As an employee for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Jeremy works on various projects including Enhanced NWI, coastal zone projects, enforcement cases, conservation easements and various aerial photo interpretation requests.  Jeremy has worked with the National Wetland Inventory Data for over 10 years and is excited to share the improvements made to the data using the improved technologies available today. 

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