WRA’s Bay Area delineation experts Amanda McCarthy, PhD and Tanner Harris will co-lead a two-day advanced wetland delineation training at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) for Environmental Studies November 3-4, 2016.
This training program, provided in joint collaboration with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and RTC, will expand upon the wetland delineation principles discussed in basic wetland delineation, focusing on problematic indicators of hydric vegetation, soils, and hydrology. The first day will be classroom-based while the second day will be on site in Marin County to apply discussion topics to real situations.
Upon completion of the training, students will be able to develop a wetland hydrology monitoring program, determine plant species composition and percent cover using transect sampling/direct sampling techniques, and analyze soil characteristics useful in wetland delineation using field and laboratory techniques.
In addition, the course will cover:
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) delineation submittal requirements;
- Methods and procedures for collecting and presenting the data requested by the Corps; and
- Recent changes to the Corps wetland delineation verification procedures that arise due to litigation outcomes and public comment; and
- Successful techniques to get a verified delineation and discuss the “grey areas” of regulatory permitting.