January 9, 2014 1 PM EST
Join us for our annual look back at all of the important developments in wetland law and regulation. Catch up on all the latest wetland regulatory status and trends. We will also cover the upcoming jurisdictional changes to wetlands and waterways. Our live interactive webinar will be on January 9, 2014 at 1 PM EST. Click here for more information or to sign up.
2013 Webinar Rebroadcasts
- Hydric Soils
- Sedges, Grasses and Rushes
- Swamp Six Sigma
- Wetland Ferns
- Wetland Shrubs
- Wetland Wildflowers
- Wetland Ferns
- Wetland Trees
- Wetlands and the Courts
Looks for a special Holiday offer on the complete set!
NEW One Day Workshops
Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters
Is My Wetland Jurisdictional???
December 5, 2013 – Williamsport, Pennsylvania - Class FULL
December 12, 2013 – Raleigh, North Carolina - Openings Available
January 22, 2014 – Houston, Texas - Hurry Class is Filling Quickly
Check out this recent article in Greenwire that discusses our new one-day workshop!
What is a jurisdictional wetland?
A wetland or other water body that is classified as jurisdictional is a waters of the United States (WoUS).
Why is this important?
A WoUS is a highly regulated piece of real estate. You are severely limited in what you can and cannot do with a WoUS. There are numerous federal and state regulatory programs in place that regulate activities in WoUS and in some cases areas around WoUS.
How do we decide if a water body is a WoUS?
This is at the heart and soul of almost every Supreme Court challenge to the Clean water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act. It requires an intense technical review as well as a legal analysis of what is known as a Significant Nexus (SN).
So what is new?
In 2006 the Supreme Court heard the Rapanos and Carabell cases. The result was a split court decision leaving us with much confusion. In September 2013 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft document on what constitutes a Significant Nexus. This document serves as the basis of new regulatory guidance currently under review by US EPA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
What is this workshop going to cover?
This workshop will discuss the current status of the determination of a WoUS and how that may change as a result of this new report. We will break down the report in to the key sections including:
- Effects of Streams and Wetlands on Downstream Waters: A Conceptual Framework
- Streams: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Connections to Rivers
- Wetlands: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Connections to Rivers
Finally we will discuss how this new “policy” may affect how we determine if a stream or wetland is under Federal Jurisdiction under either the Clean Water Act or the Rivers and harbors Act or both.
We will also discuss some of the new terms including:
- Unidirectional Wetlands
- Bidirectional Wetlands
- Geographically Isolated Wetlands
- Biogeochemical Interactions
- Hyporheic Zones
- Alluvial Aquifers
- and a lot more!
Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is ideal for anyone seeking land use permits in and around wetlands and WoUS. It is a blend of technical and non-technical topics related to WoUS classification. But do not worry we will not bore you with a bunch of technical jargon. This discussion will be lively, practical and very informative no matter what you background is. Some professions that this workshop is ideal for are:
- Environmental Engineers and Scientists
- Engineers and Surveyors
- Land Developers
- Energy Consultants and Engineers
- Property Managers and Investors
- Real Estate Developers
- Regulatory Agencies
- Plant Managers
- Facility Operators
- Regulatory Compliance Specialists
- And anyone who is responsible for property management
We are offering this in-person workshop at three convenient locations with more to be added. Join us today and learn about these important regulatory changes.
More ==> HERE
Wetland Classes Now Posted
- November 14 - Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters, Pittsburgh, PA – More Here
- December 5 – Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters, Williamsport, PA – More Here
- December 12 – Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters, Raleigh, NC – More Here
- NEW Online Wetland Delineation Class
- Try or FREE wetland delineation sample class Here ==> Wet-Land.com
NEW Online Wetland Delineation Training
Winter/Spring 2014 Registration Now Open!
New Webinar Format
Try out our FREE webinar to see if your system is compatible.
The Swamp School is now accredited by the New York State Education Department as an Approved Sponsor of Continuing Education for Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Make sure to check out our winter classes. Want to get away from the snow? Take a class in the south and earn your continuing education hours in sunny Florida, South Carolina or North Carolina. Our wetland delineation class has been approved for 36 hours of credit with NYS.
Our New York State Education Department Approved Sponsor listing can be found ==> HERE
Wetland Jobs in the Northeast (PA, VA, NJ, NY, OH, NC, WV, MD, KY, TN) The Marcellus Shale Formation
With this find there are environmental responsibilities. We have prepared a customized class for wetland scientists to get them up to speed on what new delineation requirements are associated with this project. Join us in June to learn about all of the new Army Corps of Engineers Wetland updates and how they impact the exploration of the The Marcellus Shale formation.
Considering Wetlands and Agriculture
When producing an annual agricultural commodity, USDA program participants must apply an approved conservation system that meets the substantial reduction or no substantial increase definitions. To maintain eligibility, participants must also certify that they have not produced crops on converted wetlands after December 23, 1985, and did not convert a wetland after November 28, 1990, to make agricultural production possible. This class has been prepared to present the technical aspects of wetland delineation so that the farmer, rancher, attorney and other concerned individuals will understand the process of wetland identification and delineation. Students will learn what constitutes a wetland from a regulatory and legal perspective as well as from a practical “in the field” view. This class differs from our US Army Corps of Engineers in several key areas. First, it is specifically focused on agricultural wetlands. The issue of farmed wetland, prior converted wetlands and many other unique wetland types are discussed. Second, this class is intended to be an introductory regulatory and technical class. Field work is not required for this class. Third, this class is offered exclusively online and can be completed in the comfort of your home or office.
Who Should Take This Class:
- NAD Attorneys
- Technical Service Providers
- Real Estate Brokers
More Information ==>HERE
Do you have a group of folks that need to get trained? If so, contact us about custom wetland training. We will come to you.
More information about this can be found ==> HERE
The Swamp School We provide discipline-focused education and training in environmental and wetlands management. At home or in the field, The Swamp School has a course designed expressly for you from the recognized environmental scientist and instructor, Marc Seelinger.
Wetland Hydrology Design Online Class Sneak Peak
Online, classroom and field course offerings are focused on your environmental needs, including:
- Assessment for wetland delineation
- Design for mitigation
- Green LEED Building Training for Green Infrastructure
- Real Estate continuing education (NCREC)
- OSHA for HazWoper and Workplace Safety
- Planning of watersheds
- Carbon Offset through conservation and restoration
- Education for teachers and wetlands enthusiasts
DO I HAVE A WETLAND ON MY PROPERTY? The answers to this question, and the obvious follow-up question (“If I do, then where are the wetland boundaries?”), have significant implications on property values, wildlife management activities, restoration and enhancement potential, and regulatory review. Our wetland delineation training classes are designed to provide you with a background regarding the science and practice of wetland determination and delineation. These classes will help you whether you plan on preparing a wetlands delineation or just need to know the basics about wetland delineation. Our wetlands classes will help you understand and analyze the work of consultants and regulatory agency staff regarding wetland delineation. Furthermore, this information will allow you to be a careful and educated consumer when selecting a wetland consultant. It is important to note that wetland determination and delineation can be a complicated process that requires substantial technical knowledge. The Swamp School offers classes for affiliated industries like real estate to complete wetland training programs used at environmental consulting firms. OSHA Training The Swamp School offers a premier online safety training portal for Construction, General Industry and OSHA Outreach Training. Our interactive online courses include the 10 Hour Outreach, 30 Hour Outreach, and the Hazwoper 40 Hour, 24 Hour and 8 Hour Refresher. Get your OSHA training online today! New and Updated Courses: Our staff of Safety Professionals has recently completed the annual revision of our OSHA 10 Hour Construction Outreach , OSHA 30 Hour Construction Outreach, OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Outreach and OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Outreach Courses. The revisions feature updated content which address changes to the OSHA standards, enhanced illustrated text and revised quiz questions. Now Available: OSHA General Industry Outreach Course Study Guides!
Take a sneak peek at our online wetlands classes.