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Wetland Construction: Planning and Functional Design

Course Code: EH0603CA16

Wetland Construction Planning and Design

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Date & Time

September 28-29, 2015
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

Description

To Construct a Functioning Wetland, You Must Understand the WET Part!

"Very much enjoyed the two wetland construction classes I attended. Going over TR-55 and the field exercise were very useful. Understanding the water budget and the use of functions to support what I am designing will really help me in the future. The drive from Kentucky was well worth it!"
- John D. Bottom, Environmental Engineer, T.H.E. Engineers, Inc., Lexington, KY

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 constructed!

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
• Architects
• Computer Assisted Design (CAD) professionals
• Any environmental professional in the process of obtaining wetland permits

Additional Information
• A digital handou
t 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

Continuing Education Credits

In addition to 1.6 Rutgers CEUs, this wetland training course is approved for the following credits:

NJ Professional Engineers: 12 CPC (continuing professional competency) credits

NJ Certified Public Works Managers: 6 Technical, 4 Management

NY State Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors: 13.5 PDH

NY Landscape Architects: 24 hr CL

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - 14

Certified Wildlife Biologists: Pending

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 12 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) - Wetland Construction: Planning & Functional Design is currently under review for approval by the SWSPCP as meeting standards for content and instruction to receive credits and/or points toward SWSPCP Professional Certification or SWSPCP Professional Certification Renewal. Click here for more information about the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP).

About the Instructor

Wetlands instructor Mal GillbertMallory 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).

Fees

Early Registration Fee

$695.00

Register on or before September 14, 2015 and save!

Multi-Course Discount Fee

$575.00

Save when you register for this class and Wetland Construction: Principles and Techniques!

Registration Fee

$725.00

After September 14, 2015

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.

Location

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Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ 08505
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Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.