Upcoming Events

Mar
20
Mon
Wetland Delineation @ Romberg Tiburon Center, Bay Conference Center
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm

Basic Wetland Delineation is a 40-hour training course that focuses on procedures used to delineate wetland boundaries using the 1987 Corps Wetland Delineation Manual (Technical Report Y-87-1) and the Regional Supplement: Arid West Region (2008). The course will also discuss the Regional Supplement: Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast Region (2010). The main objective of this training is to provide participants with a comprehensive and hands-on introduction to delineation of jurisdictional wetlands in California.

GOAL
To be able to complete a wetland delineation using the guidelines and methods used by the Corps of Engineers according to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
1. Understand and apply the delineation methods provided by the Corps
2. Understand the field observations necessary to recognize the three wetland indicators and complete a delineation
3. Develop an awareness of the issues that affect jurisdictional determinations and identify how these issues may affect the outcome of a delineation

Lastly, we will present examples from actual delineations and permitting scenarios to demonstrate successful techniques to get a verified delineation and discuss the “grey areas” of regulatory permitting.

—please bring questions-

INSTRUCTORS

Training will be led by bay area delineation experts

Aaron Arthur, MS,

Tanner Harris, MS/PWS and

Amanda McCarthy, Ph.D/PWS

LOGISTICS

1st three days will be primarily classroom and lab based in Tiburon.

4th and 5th days we will visit sites in Marin County to apply discussion topics to real situations as well as perform a delineation in teams.

Apr
27
Thu
Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process for Wetland Projects in the San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast @ Romberg Tiburon Center, Bay Conference Center
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration now open, early bird price of $195 until 2/22,

Regular registration $215, open until filled.

(if minimum not met by 4/3 we reserve the right to cancel the training)

This one-day workshop trains participants in how to better plan for the permitting and environmental review processes for projects in the San Francisco Bay and California’s coastal zone. The event draws on the combined regulatory compliance and project management expertise of the presenters and their successful experience permitting and managing wetland restoration and infrastructure improvement projects in the San Francisco Bay and central coast of California. The course will include an overview and discussion of natural resource laws typical of California’s coastal environment, as well as a discussion of how to best integrate and coordinate multiple environmental review processes.

This workshop consists of a combination of lectures and engaging group discussion.  Lectures are team led with experts in environmental review and compliance as well as an experienced environmental restoration project manager.  Facilitated group discussion will be designed to answer participant questions on the material.

Topics Discussed

Overview of Natural Resource Laws

  • Wetlands and water quality
  • Endangered species and fish/wildlife habitats
  • Coastal zone protection laws
  • Cultural resource regulations

Integrating and Coordinating the Environmental Review Process

  • Objectives of integration
  • Integration opportunities
  • Common problems

Key Components of a Successful Environmental Compliance Approach

  • Project management
  • Coordination
  • Building and maintaining key relationships

Instructors:

April Zohn, is the environmental compliance specialist for Ducks Unlimited’s Pacific Northwest field office.   She has over 15 years of experience developing integrated permitting strategies and implementation plans for wetland restoration and infrastructure improvement projects in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, including several tidal marsh and stream restoration projects in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has organized and taught workshops on regulatory compliance through the Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program and UC Davis and Portland State University’s extension programs and is coauthor of the book Wetlands, Streams, and Other Waters: Regulation, Conservation and Mitigation Planning (Solano Press 2004). April received a BS in marine science from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1994 and a Masters Degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in 2015.

Dr. Renee Spenst is a Regional Biologist with Ducks Unlimited for San Francisco Bay and California Coast.  She possesses over 15 years of experience in wetland ecology and restoration. She manages over $20 million in project funding in support of the restoration of 10,000 acres. She has worked on tidal wetland restoration projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Estuary in multiple capacities, including environmental compliance, permitting, project planning, project development, and budgetary oversight.  Previous experience includes teaching courses in biology and habitat restoration, and working as a regulator for the US Army Corps of Engineers.