Wetland Monitoring Techniques
This 12-week online program will present the latest state of the science protocols for monitoring and managing wetland communities. These methods are used for both constructed wetland mitigation projects as well as existing wetland habitats. Each week we will be discussing techniques and procedures for specific aspects for monitoring including:
- Designing a Monitoring Program
- Surface Water
- Ground Water
- Soil and Sediment
- Wetland Vegetation Including:
- Other Wildlife
- Quality Assurance/Quality Control
These techniques include the use of US Army Corps of Engineers, US EPA and many State and University developed procedures.
This class is offered online and includes weekly discussions, presentations, field assignments, and other course-related activities. You can use a local wetland site for your field assignments so there is no need to travel far to complete this program.
Many of the weekly topics include the discussion of monitoring equipment; however, you do not need to purchase these to complete our course. For example, we will provide sample well data for the assignments related to groundwater monitoring. Alternatively, if you do have access to monitoring equipment you can use these to complete your assignment. You are encouraged to submit your “real” data as part of the assignment. This is a fantastic way to get practical hands-on experience with a real project while having us look over your shoulder.
Weekly assignments are to be turned in within the timeframe indicated for each assignment, normally ten days from the start of the lesson. Daily assignments in weeklong courses are due the next day. You must complete all class requirements by the official end date of the course. 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 after due dates but may be penalized. If you have not completed the course by the official end date, additional time extensions can be requested but may be subject to an additional fee. If you wish, you may transfer into the next scheduled session of the course, however, some or all of your previous coursework may not carry over to the new session and you may also be subject to a re-enrollment fee. The Swamp School reserves the right to modify this policy on a case-by-case basis.
NOTE: In the event that the student falls more than two weeks behind during the class term, the student’s course access will be suspended without notice until the student contacts the Swamp School to discuss continuation in the class or transfer to another session. It is up to the student to contact the Swamp School to discuss re-enrollment options.