9th Annual Wetlands & Watershed Workshop

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9th Annual Wetlands & Watershed Workshop

October 23 - October 26, 2006
Atlantic City, New Jersey

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2006
8:00 am Registration - Howard Johnson 
10:00 am  Welcome and Workshop Logistics:
Frank Reilly, Executive Director, Wetlands and Watersheds Workgroup
 
10:15 am  KEYNOTE Speakers:
Donald S. Welsh, Region III
and Alan J. Steinberg, Region II
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrators  
Session I: Monitoring Techniques and Strategies
Moderator: Mary Anne Thiesing, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
10:45 am   

Wetland Monitoring and Assessment in the Mid-Atlantic States
Regina Poeske, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III 

11:00 am  

Biological Surveys and Monitoring in the New Jersey Meadowlands
Ross M. Feltes, The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission,

11:15 am      Wetland Monitoring Strategy Development in Maryland
Denise Clearwater, Maryland Department of the Environment
11:30 am      Questions and Answers      
Session II: Wetland Hydrology and Assessment
Moderator: Frank Reilly, Wetlands and Watersheds Workgroup
11:45 am     Using Hydrology to Compare a Regional Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Classification across a Latitudinal Gradient of the Appalachian Mountains
Charles Andrew Cole, Penn State University
12:00 noon HGM-Functional Assessment
Bruce Vasilas, University of Delaware
12:15 pm      Fish Parasites as Indicators of Aquatic Resources
Donald Dorfman, Monmouth University 
12:30 pm  Antibiotic Resistant Escherichia coli in Non-tidal Wetlands of Maryland
David Tilley, University of Maryland  
12:45 pm      Questions & Answers 
Session III: Environmental Assessment Methodologies
Moderator: Bruce Vasilas, University of Delaware
2:00 pm  The Effect of Salinity and Sediment Contaminants on the Green-up Spectra of (Phragmites australis)
Francisco Artigas, The Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute  
2:15 pm        Multiple Wavelength Ultraviolet Determinations of Nitrate Concentrations, A Demonstration Project from October 2005 to July 2006
Kevin K. Olsen, Montclair State University,   
2:30 pm       Ecological Benchmarking Assessment for an Urbanized Estuarine River
Joseph K. Shisler, BBL Sciences 
2:45 pm       Questions and Answers 
Session IV: Restoration and Creation Technologies
Moderator:  Lenore Vasilas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III/Natural Resources Conservation Service 
3:30 pm       Atlantic White-Cedar Wetlands: Research Overview  (download mpg)
George Zimmermann, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey,
3:45 pm       The Atlantic White Cedar Forest Restoration in the Modernized Cranberry Bog
Emile Devito, New Jersey Conservation Foundation 
4:00 pm      A Brief Review of the Role of Microtopography and Woody Debris in the Structure and Function of Forested Wetlands with Recommendations to Improve Wetland Restoration
Charles A. Rhodes, Jr.,  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III  
4:15 pm        Ecological Restoration in an Urban Watershed
Jim M. Eisenhardt, Duffield Associates Inc.
4:30 pm       Questions and Answers  
5:00 pm Society of Wetland Scientists, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting
 
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2006
Session V: Restoration and Creation: Tracking Trends and Using the Watershed Approach
Moderator: Martin C. Rabenhorst, University of Maryland
9:00 am      Tracking New Jersey's Wetlands Loss
John Hasse, Rowan University
9:15 am       Trends in Restoration Within the Hackensack Meadowlands
Terry Doss, The Louis Berger Group
9:30 am      Demand and Economic values for Great Lakes Wetland Restoration and Preservation Programs
Frank Lupi, Michigan State University
9:45 am       Development of a Wetland Restoration Targeting Strategy for the Corsica River Watershed
Mitch Keiler, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
10:00 am    Watershed-based Plan to Restore the Hackensack Meadowlands
William P. Shadel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District, New York
10:15 am      Questions and Answers 
Session VI: Hydric Soil Analysis and Identification in Wetland Environments
Moderator: Kevin Magerr, U.S. Environmental Protection  Agency, Region III                
11:00 am  Anomalous Bright Loamy Soils- Newly Recognized Hydric Soils in the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain
Martin C. Rabenhorst, University of Maryland
11:15 am  Newly Formed Redoximorphic Features in Soils
Rosalynd Orr, University of Maryland 
11:30 am     Documenting Reducing Conditions in Soils
Martin C. Rabenhorst, University of Maryland
11:45 pm     

Organic Matter in Wetland Soil Remediation
Adam Gray, University of Maryland

12:00 noon 

Overview of Websoil Survey
Lenore Vasilas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III/Natural Resources Conservation Service 

12:15 pm Question and Answers 
Session VII: Human Impacts: Design and Effects on Hydrology and Plant Diversity in Aquatic Environments
Moderator: Jeff Thompson, Maryland Department of the Environment
1:45 pm        CAFO Designs at Delaware Park
Keith M. Horner, Delaware Racing Authority
2:00 pm      Maintenance Issues Related to Stormwater BMPs
Kevin Magerr, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III  
2:15 pm        Simulation of the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Wet Areas, Passaic River Watershed, New Jersey 
Duke Ophori,  Montclair State University
2:30 pm       Where's the Peak? Observations of Tidal Marsh Plant Diversity along the Patuxent and Nanticoke Rivers
Peter Sharpe, University of Maryland
2:45 pm      An Analysis of the Variability in Tidal Marsh Vegetative Cover and Production at Reference Marshes on the Delaware Bay, 1996-2005Ray Hinkle, URS
3:00 pm      Questions and Answers 
Session VIII: Implications of Current Wetlands Policy and Management
Moderator: Mary Anne Thieisng, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  Region II
3:45 pm       Overview of the Regionalization of the 1987 Corps Delineation Wetland Manual
Ralph Spagnolo, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III
4:00 pm      Regulatory Implications Based on the Recent Supreme Court Decision
Jeffrey Lapp, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III  
4:15 pm        Compensatory Mitigation Rule Part I,  Part II
Palmer Hough, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters  
4:30 pm       What the Nation's Bankers Think about Wetland Mitigation Banks?
Michael Kaplowitz, Michigan State University,
4:45 pm       Questions and Answers   
 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2006
Session IX: Breakout Sessions 
9:00 am

The 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual "Regionalization Process"
Ralph Spagnolo, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III

Discussion of the Regulatory Implications of the Recent Supreme Court Decision
Tom Slenkamp, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III

Discussion of the Proposed Wetlands Compensatory Mitigation Rule
Rich Pepino, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III

Session X: Mountaintop Mining
Moderator: John Forren, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III
Perspectives and Latest Developments Regarding Mountaintop Mining and Valley Fills Such As Regulatory Aspects; Landscapes and Watersheds; Cumulative Effects; Mitigation; Post-Mining Land Use; and Socioeconomics
10:00 am  Mountaintop Mining/Valley Fills in Appalachia
Dave Rider, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III
10:15 am  Mountaintop Mining
Dave Hartos, U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Pittsburgh District, Pennsylvania
10:30 am    Coal Mining Activities
Mark Taylor, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington   District, West Virginia
10:45 am  Terry Sammons, Attorney, Sammons Law Office, Charleston, West Virginia
Strategic Watershed Restoration: An Alternative Future for the Appalachian Coal FieldsTodd Petty, Mike Strager, and Michael Hasenmyer, West Virginia University
11:30 am       Breakout Session Report
Session XI: Green Initiatives: Partnerships and Technologies
Moderator: Richard Pepino, Franklin and Marshall University
11:45 am    The Green Highways Concept, An Overview
Denise Rigney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III
12:00 noon Opportunities for More Effective Conservation and Ecosystem Management: Green Highways Ecosystem Theme TeamBill Arguto, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III
12:15 pm     Case Western Reserve University, Promoting Watershed-Based Stormwater Management for Linear Projects through the Green Highways Partnership
Patrick Jeffers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III/NNEMS Student
12:30 pm    Questions and Answers
Session XII: Mini Training Sessions

Identification of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes, Ralph Spagnolo, U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Region III

Introduction to the National Technical Committee's Hydric Soil Indicators
Lenore Vasilas, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Winter Plant Identification
Jeff Thompson, Maryland Department of the Environment

Wetland Restoration Techniques
Al Rizzo, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Tom Bartholomew, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Assessing Wetland Soils Using Indicator of Reduction in Soils (IRIS) Tubes, Martin Rabenhorst, University of Maryland

Introduction to Soil Science
Mary Anne Thiesing, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region II

Poster Session

Green House Experimental Method toward In-situ Burial and Restoration of Contaminated Sites in Submerged Wetlands
Alice Benzecry, Farleigh Dickinson University,

Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee: Bridging the Gap Between Soils and Wetland Science
Ralph Spagnolo, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III  and  Lenore Vasilas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III/Natural Resources Conservation Service

Damage to South Florida Mangrove Forests during the 2005 Hurricane Season
Andrew Baldwin, Peter Sharpe, and David R. Tilley,  University of Maryland
The Benefits of Applying Detritus from the Same Watershed for the Purpose of Modifying Soil Organic Content within a Tidal Wetland Creation/Restoration Site (B.L. England Generation Station, Upper Township, Cape May Co., New Jersey)
Michael Lucey, Carol Tutelian, Bryan Schuler, Water's Edge Environmental LLC, and Andrew Shawl P.E.,  Atlantic City Electric Company
Salt Marsh Submergence in New York and Potential Implications of Sea Level Rise
Ellen Hartig and Vivian Gornitz, Center for Climate Systems Research/ Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Backyard Plant to Promote Plant Diversity
Susan Miller, Avon ISR
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2006
Field Trip