Selecting Wetland Mitigation Sites Using a Watershed Approach

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Lacey Community Center (Lacey)
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This class will teach you how to apply a "watershed approach" when selecting sites for compensatory wetland mitigation in eastern Washington. Such an approach is now required by recently adopted federal rules. The training is based on the guide for "Selecting Wetland Mitigation Sites Using a Watershed Approach (Western Washington)" that was jointly written by the Department of Ecology, the U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to meet this need. A watershed approach means that a site is selected based on the environmental conditions of the surrounding watershed as well as at the site itself. The training will include several exercises that apply the method to real sites. You will also receive a copy of the manual.
Link to guidance: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0906032.html.


(6 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)
Lunch is provided.


Note:  This is an excellent class to take before attending the “Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Needs in Compensatory Wetland Mitigation” class.


Instructors:  Dr. Tom Hruby was the former senior ecologist for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology, specializing in aquatic and coastal ecosystems. He studied the impacts of sewage and toxic chemicals on coastal, freshwater, and wetland ecosystems and developed models to assess the functions and values of wetlands. Tom Hruby developed 17 different methods for analyzing the functions that wetlands perform. He published over 25 papers published in peer reviewed scientific journals on environmental research and assessment methods.


Dr. Amy Yahnke
is the senior wetland ecologist for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She holds a Certificate in Wetland Science and Management, BS in Environmental Horticulture, MS in Forest Resources, and PhD in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She has studied wetland ecology within the contexts of amphibians, invasive plants, and stormwater management. Dr. Yahnke has experience teaching a wide range of environmental topics to audiences of all ages.

Washington State Department of Ecology 

 

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