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Course Name: Restoration Ecology
Course Code: EW0330WA24
Date: March 21 & 22, 2024
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT (Log in at 8:15 am EDT)
Format: Live, instructor-led
Registration Fee: $425 per person
Early Bird Discount Fee: $395 per person (expires March 7, 2024)
Registration Closes: March 20, 2024 at 12:00 pm EDT
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This online course is designed for ecologists, engineers, planners, and landscape architects involved in the recovery of impacted river, lake, riparian, wetland, and coastal environments. Drawing heavily upon real-world examples of Restoration Ecology in practice, this class will focus on the multi-disciplined recovery of degraded, damaged, or impaired ecosystems.
- Applications of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Techniques
- Green Infrastructure and Storm Resiliency
- Reconnecting Streams to their Floodplains
- Regulation and Design
- Removal of Low-head Dams and Culverts
- Restoration Ecology
- Stream Daylighting
- Wetland Banking
Attendees will increase knowledge of the multi-disciplined recovery of degraded, damaged, or impaired ecosystems, drawing upon real-world examples of Restoration Ecology in practice. They will exhibit understanding of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Techniques; elucidate FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System; explain processes for reconnecting streams to floodplains; and display an understanding of stream daylighting, wetland banking, as well as regulation and design of ecosystems.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone looking to learn sustainable techniques to reduce stormwater impacts can benefit from this class, including:
- Civil Engineers
- Code Enforcement Officers
- Environmental Scientists
- Landscape Architects
- Licensed Site Remediation Professionals
- Project Managers
- Public Works Managers
- Restoration Specialists
Meet Your Instructor
Dr. Stephen J. Souza is the owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years of project experience managing and restoring lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Dr. Souza received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, his M.S. from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Souza is the Founder of Princeton Hydro, LLC and served as the company’s President until his recent retirement from Princeton Hydro in 2019.
Dr. Souza has served as an instructor and course coordinator for the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education for over 25 years. He is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University and also conducts professional continuing education courses at Montclair State University.
Dr. Souza is a past president of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), as well as the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS). He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). Dr. Souza’s achievements include the NJ-American Water Resources Association Peter J. Homack Award (2012), the NALMS Lake Management Success Story Award (2017), and the NYS Federation of Lake Associations Lake Tear of the Clouds Award (2018). He is a frequent guest speaker for the NJ Coalition of Lake Associations, as well as NJDEP, NYSDEC, and other entities dedicated to the protection, restoration, and management of water resources.
“I thought everything was useful. I am just beginning to study Ecological Restoration and attempting to apply it to my job so this was a helpful summary of what to expect and what to keep in mind.”
– Past Participant
“I really benefited from the green infrastructure flood plain management discussion. I also thought that the presentation about ecological restoration on capped sites was very interesting.”
– Past Participant
“I learned about how coastal ecosytems can be restored and the value of rain gardens in controlling urban runoff.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
This Restoration Ecology course is approved for 0.7 Rutgers CEUs (7 contact hours) as well as the following credits from professional organizations.
NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 5 Technical, 2 Government Contact Hours
NJ Drinking Water and Wastewater Operators: 7 TCHs (Approval #01-021602-30)
NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists (HO/REHS): 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 course will be awarded 7.5 CEs.
NJ Land Surveyors: 6 credits
NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 6.5 Technical Credits
NJ Professional Engineers: 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits
NY Landscape Architects: 10.5 HR CL, 10 HR EA
NY Professional Engineers/ Land Surveyors: 7 PDHs
NY Professional Geologists Professional Development Hours: 7 PDHs
American Planning Association: Pending
Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM): 7 CECs
Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) Program: 7 CECs
Course Requirements and Policies
This online course will be delivered via Zoom.
The day before the course begins, registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course. Please log into Zoom 15 minutes before the course start time for a brief overview of the online format. The course will start promptly at 8:30 am EDT.
Equipment you will need to access this training:
- Computer or tablet
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Photo ID Requirement
Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.
- You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
- The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
- After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.
Cancellations and Substitutions
A $100 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Program Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about Restoration Ecology, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills
Administrative Assistant: Amy Smith
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