CEMS at Geotech Field Days – Navigating the Muddy Waters: A Wetland Delineation Journey – 6/20

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Navigating the Muddy Waters: A Wetland Delineation Journey at Geotech Field Days

Blair Jenet, Environmental Planner/Natural Resources Professional, and Claire Dolphin, Environmental Scientist, Anchor QEA

Thursday, June 20 2024, 12:00pm-1pm (no regularly scheduled luncheon in June 2024)

Geotech Field Days, 2650 E. 40th Avenue Denver, CO 80205, United States (map) – free parking

In person free registration and information here

CEMS has received one (1) general CLE credit for this presentation

This presentation will delve into the details of how the combination of specific hydrology, hydric soils, and hydric vegetation defines a wetland. The policies of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and how this policy pertains to the protection and permitting of activities located in wetlands, as related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permits will be discussed. This presentation will walk through the various types of USACE permits as related to the regulation of various activities occurring in wetlands. The CWA in the United States mandates the protection of wetlands, and developers, landowners, and agencies must comply with wetland regulations during the construction, land use planning, and permitting processes.

Office and field methodologies will be explored in-depth to provide a picture of how to conduct a wetland delineation. A wetland delineation is the process of identifying, characterizing, and mapping wetlands, and is essential to establishing the location and size of a wetland for the purposes of complying with the CWA and other federal, state, and local regulations.

Wetland delineation efforts are conducted under the guidance of the 1987 USACE Wetlands Delineation Manual and the applicable Regional Supplement to classify an area as a wetland based on three main categories – presence of hydric soils, presence of hydrology and presence of hydric vegetation. This presentation will discuss how to use the 1987 USACE Wetlands Delineation Manual and USACE Regional Supplements that pertain to field work in Colorado.

Blair Jenet,
Environmental Planner/Natural Resources Professional, Anchor QEA

Blair is an environmental professional with over seven years of consulting experience preparing environmental documents and supporting permitting and environmental resource management efforts for private, state, and federal projects. My expertise is in the flora and fauna of the Eastern U.S. and I am a Wetland Professional in Training with years of field experience conducting and leading over 75 wetland and water delineations and wetland delineation reports. I have years of experience working as a technical lead and negotiating the jurisdictional approval and permitting process. In my current role, I am focused in leading the preparation and review of permits related to CWA Section 404 and 401, Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10, ESA Sections 7 and 10, the USACE, and the USFWS, in addition to numerous state and county level permits. I routinely facilitate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process for our clients. In my free time you can find me hiking in the mountains, working at a local vineyard, and playing with my many dogs.

Claire Dolphin
Environmental Scientist, Anchor QEA

Claire Dolphin has been an environmental scientist for over ten years. Her experience is in building and managing field efforts for regulatory compliance inclusive of water quality monitoring and sampling, sediment sampling and characterization, soil sampling, wetland characterization, and boating operations. Claire primarily focuses on planning logistics for field and sampling operations and subsequently writing deliverables based on data collected and analyzed. Claire has supported permitting for projects focused on biological and ecological aspects of requirements for USACE, NEPA and CEQA documents. Her areas of technical experience include benthic sampling, water quality chemistry, sediment sampling, assessment and characterizations, and associated reporting. Claire earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles in 2011 and her Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. In my free time, you can find me in the mountains (snow or dirt) or spending time on the water and with my family.

Registration will be handled with Geotech Environmental Equipment for their annual Field Days.  Information and schedules can be found here.  Registration can be found here.



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