Corps Wetland Delineation Training 2015

Dr. Amanda McCarthy teaching RTC students at Ring Mountain Preserve in Tiburon, California. Photo courtesy W. Sprangler

Dr. Amanda McCarthy teaching RTC students at Ring Mountain Preserve in Tiburon, California. Photo courtesy W. Sprangler

WRA’s Associate Principal Dr. Amanda McCarthy co-instructed a 40‐hour U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) wetland delineation training at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC), the San Francisco State University’s marine and estuarine research facility.  The class is based on the Corps’ certification program that is specific to wetland delineation and is intended to reduce the level of effort required by the agency in verifying delineations under the Section 404(b)(1) requirements of the U.S. Clean Water Act.

Engaging through Best Practices and New Technology

Example of algal matting on hydric soils. Photo courtesy W. Sprangler

Example of algal matting on hydric soils. Photo courtesy W. Sprangler

The course provided training methods, techniques, and scientific foundations for performing jurisdictional determinations for wetlands as regulated under the Clean Water Act.  Students applied the Corps’ delineation methods to determine the presence of wetland vegetation, hydrology, and hydric soils, complete delineation data sheets and reports for Corps approval.

With the goal of bringing new technology and techniques to the class, one of WRA’s GIS Analysts, Sundaran Gillespie, taught an hour segment to the students on GIS technique, Corps’ mapping standards, data cleanup, and new technology which will be expanded in the Advanced Delineation Course schedule for Fall 2015.

Congratulations to WRA’s team for completing the training: Ellie KnechtScott YargerClara Laursen, and Ben Saragusa.  Read more about WRA’s wetland delineation capabilities.