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The Swamp School’s comprehensive wetland delineation training is entirely local and offered in multiple locations!
NEW: Significant Nexus Determination Procedures
The new Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Regional Supplements are published and many of them are being used for permit decisions. Even if you are an experienced wetland delineator, you need this class. Each Regional Supplement presents unique challenges that warrant training to fully understand.
The Swamp School has developed a customized learning program for each of these regions. The classes are offered in local provinces based on socio-economic as well as ecological characteristics. Each province has unique features that include several wetland manuals. Most states require the use of more than one regional supplement.
The Swamp School’s method of teaching includes using all of the required regional supplements that are associated with the province. Students benefit by gaining an understanding of the subtle differences between the manuals. Geographic divides do not always represent the intricacies of the ecoregions identified in the various Regional Supplements. This class highlights where which manual should be used and why.
The training includes a 4-day field and classroom workshop. In the classroom, we will present the specific refinements to the 1987 Wetlands Delineation Manual. Both manuals present changes to the analysis of soils, vegetation, and hydrology. The focus of the discussion will be to highlight the changes as well as discuss potential ramifications of adding new wetland indicators. Many of the public comments focused on the implication that sites might be called wetlands under the new Manuals that may not have been identified using just the 1987 Manual.
During the field portion of the class, we will complete several data points using the new Regional Supplement data forms. Sites have been selected to focus on the appropriate Regional Supplements and the local environmental conditions. On all sites, the 1987 Manual will also be utilized to compare and highlight any changes in the analysis. We will also identify strategies to present to the Corps if a site meets the Regional Supplement wetland criteria, but not the 1987 Manual criteria.
These workshops cover basic wetland training and includes the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Manual and the new regional supplements. We cover the conceptual framework of the wetland indicators as well as the regulatory context, court decisions, and related laws in this module.
You choose which Regional Supplement you need to be trained on. We offer all 10 and you can add more as you need them. Each Regional Supplement module presents all of the relevant wetland indicators as they pertain to that region. See our different regions/state matrix below:
USACOE Region/State Matrix
|Alabama||Florida||Georgia||New York||North Carolina||Pennsylvania||Tennessee||Texas|
ALL NEW FOR 2019 - Point Intercept Method
Each student will receive as part of this class our all-new custom wetland densitometer. In addition, we will also include a custom automated vegetation inventory worksheet specifically designed to be used with the USACOE Point Intercept Sampling Method.
Our classes are instructor lead by one of our highly qualified team members. They help clients understand the technical and regulatory aspects of wetland rules. Our instructors share their “real-world” expertise with students so that they may gain wisdom and technical know-how. This personal support and high-quality training sets The Swamp School apart and is the reason our many clients have included government enterprises, engineering firms, energy companies, regulatory organizations, educational institutions, and real estate agencies.
KEY OBJECTIVES FOR THE COURSE
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Distinguish key manuals and their usage in wetland determination
- Recognize important historical milestones in wetland delineation
- Know key case law which affects wetland delineation
- Pinpoint key agencies and their role in wetland determination
- Understand the nature of the classification of Waters of the United States
- Demonstrate knowledge of who can issue a Jurisdictional Determination and which agencies oversee the 404 program
- Identify hydrophytes and their use in wetland delineation
- Map plant communities and their respective data points
- Demonstrate basic competency in basic hydrology and recognition of key hydrology indicators
- Determine hydric soils and usage of Munsell Soil Chart
- Understand problem areas and local differences in wetland delineation
- Recognize atypical wetland areas and how to account for these in wetland delineation
- Use various data collected to write reports used for wetland determination by USACE
- Capture and understand offsite data usage in wetland delineation
- Distinguish between the two approaches of onsite wetland delineation
- Proper placement of flags demarking wetland areas
This course has been pre-approved by the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) as meeting standards for content and instruction and, upon successful completion, has been judged to be immediately eligible to receive credits and/or points toward SWSPCP Professional Certification or SWSPCP Professional.
Weekly assignments are to be turned in within the time-frame indicated for each assignment, normally ten days from the start of each lesson. Similarly, tests, quizzes, forum discussions, and other course-related activities are to be turned in when indicated by the instructor.
You must complete the class by the end of the session. If you are unable to complete the class within that time frame you MUST notify the Swamp School in writing. Late work may be turned in but may be penalized. Additional time extensions can be requested via your instructors. You can transfer to the next scheduled class for an additional fee. However, some or all of your previous coursework may not carry over to the new session. The Swamp School reserves the right to modify this policy on a case-by-case basis.
Most students must have supervisor approval to participate in these classes, so they will be looking for standards and credentials.
You get one regional supplement module with your Basic Training purchase.
You will receive a follow-up email confirming your contact information.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS: 36
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