To Construct a Functioning Wetland,
You Must Understand the WET Part!
As state and federal wetland mitigation standards evolve away from an acre-for-acre approach to a focus on replacing wetland functions, your understanding of the wetland's "wet part" has never been more critical.
Building on your understanding of wetland functions, this course will guide you on the many factors required to plan and design a functional wetland with an emphasis on two key components that drive success: DDT (depth, duration & timing) of site hydrology and the landscape position.
Through both classroom lessons and field training at a constructed wetland complex, you’ll learn "real world" applications, including:
Hydrogeomorphology: The importance of landscape position and where water is coming from
Water Budget Calculation: Water inputs/outputs and TR-55 runoff curves
The Thornthwaite Method: One method for calculating evapotranspiration
Hydrographs: Create useable hydrographs for presentation of your wetland design
And much more!
Although there are several critical factors affecting a wetland's functions (from soil parent material to climate to organisms), the two key design components stressed by our instructor are: addressing the landscape position (hydrogeomorphology) of the site and understanding the DDT (depth, duration & timing) of the site's hydrology. In fact, the single biggest mistake in botched wetland construction projects is
failure to understand the amount and seasonal distribution of water
over time. Attend this two-day program and learn about the DDT of water and how
to calculate/anticipate hydrologic patterns before your wetland is
Why Take Our Wetland Construction Design Course?
The class will introduce you to the fundamentals of functional design and provide you with the means to rapidly assess the distribution of hydrology on your site and create useable hydrographs for presentation of your wetland design.
Rutgers instructors pioneered this functional hydrologic approach to wetland construction and have been teaching it since 1988. We are still one of only two schools in the nation that teach this approach. (Click here for Instructor Mallory Gilbert's bio.)
Who Should Take Our Wetland Construction Courses?
• Environmental Consultants
• Field Biologists
• Wetland Scientists
• Design / Civil Engineers
• Computer Assisted Design (CAD) professionals
• Any environmental professional in the process of obtaining wetland permits
• A digital handout includes critical published hydrology references and an excel spreadsheet file for preparing hydrographs.
• Please dress for fieldwork.
• Learn the 7 Fundamental Steps for Wetland Construction Success
• Read about the History and Future of Functional Wetland Design
• Download Brochure (PDF)
We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.
Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ 08505
Directions and Map
Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
Mallory N. Gilbert, PWS, CPSS, CPSSC (Mal) has been a private consultant since 1986 and has more than thirty-five years of professional experience in plant sciences, natural resources management, and wetland and soil sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Forestry Facilities Design (1972) and a Master of Science degree in Agronomy/Soil Physics (1975), both from the University of Connecticut. He co-developed and has been a principal Instructor for the Rutgers University "Freshwater Wetlands Construction" course since its inception in 1990. Although this innovative course predates the calendar year 2001 National Research Council (NRC) report Compensating for Wetland Losses Under the Clean Water Act by eleven years, the recommendations released in the 2001 NRC report regarding planning and design of constructed wetlands mirror Rutgers course content. Newly designed for 2013, Rutgers' Wetlands Construction courses will continue to emphasize use of local wetland reference sites; soils investigations; assessment of weather data; hydrology studies of the depth, duration, and timing of water as predictors of wetland morphology and function; and preparation/use of model hydrographs to plan and construct successful wetland projects.
Mal has authored numerous environmental reports, publications, and regulations for a variety of state, federal, and private organizations. In addition, he has worked as a contributing scientist contractor for the former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mal has edited and published The Land Judging Guide for Vermont (third and fourth editions), has authored portions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Laboratory Engineer Research and Development Center, Wetlands Research Program: Wetlands Engineering Handbook (ERDC/EL TR-WRP-RE-2) and, most recently, served on the peer review panel for the "Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual: Northcentral and Northeast Regions." Mal is currently serving as Ethics Committee Chair for the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program, Inc. (SWSPCP). He has also served the SWSPCP as an Executive Board Member, as President Elect (2007-2008), President (2008-2009), and Immediate Past President (2009-2010).