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COURSE INFO PROVIDER: Whitenton Group, Inc.
COURSE TITLE: Wetland Delineation & Corps Permitting Training

Jayme Jecker
Richard Griffin
Presley Hatcher

COURSE DESCRIPTION Whitenton Group, Inc. is offering an introductory wetland delineation class. The 5-day course will provide students with an opportunity to gain a basic knowledge/understanding of wetland hydrology, soils, and vegetation as they relate to wetland delineations. The primary focus of the course is to establish the baseline ability to delineate wetlands and other potential waters of the United States for permit applications under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The course also provides details on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jurisdiction and permitting for Section 404 and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, including related requirements of other federal agencies, laws, and regulations.

The Wetland Delineation & Corps Permits Training Course is based on the Corps Regulatory Program regulations (40 CFR Parts 320-332) and related guidance, including the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual (January 1987) and the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain (November 2010) and Great Plains (March 2010) Regional Supplements.

Topics covered in the course include:
  • Overview of the Corps Regulatory Program
  • Wetland Delineation using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual (January 1987), and the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain (November 2010) and Great Plains (March 2010) Regional Supplements
  • Indicators of Wetland Hydrology, Hydric Soils, and Hydrophytic Vegetation
  • Routine and Comprehensive Delineations, Atypical Situations, Problem Areas
  • Delineation of Ordinary High Hater Marks for Other Potential Waters of the United States (streams, lakes, ponds, etc.)
  • Determining Corps Jurisdiction under Section 404 and Section 10
  • SWANCC and Rapanos Court Decisions
  • Determining Significant Nexus to Traditional Navigable or Interstate Waters
  • Permit Types (Individual, General, etc.)
  • Permit Applications and the Permitting Process
  • Mitigation - Avoidance, Minimization, and Compensation
  • GPS Data Collection following USACE guidelines
  • Permit Compliance and Reporting
  • Compliance with Other Laws Associated with USACE Permitting (Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, etc.)
  • Corps/EPA Regulatory Updates (as available)

The course is divided evenly between classroom and field instruction providing students guidance on delineating wetlands and other potential waters of the U.S. based on Corps guidance. The field training provides an opportunity to practice delineation using appropriate hydrology, soils, and vegetation indicators. Instructors provide students with the necessary tools and information to successfully conduct delineations. Student will practice at multiple `sites, working in teams to identify and delineate wetlands of various difficulties. Each peer team will present their results of their delineation to the instructors and other teams for analysis and discussion to enhance comprehension.

The course cost of $1,400/per person includes classroom and field instruction, copies of the course PowerPoint lectures, applicable regional supplements, and additional reference material for successful delineations and permit applications. Students receive copies of all reference material and direction on where, and how, to obtain the latest regulatory guidance regarding delineation, jurisdiction, and delineation-related questions. Additionally, a flash drive with all materials covered in the classroom lectures and field outings, which includes the delineation manual, regional supplement(s), USACE guidance, plant indicator list, and lecture notes, will be provided.

Credit Points: 2.5

SYLLABUS/TOPICAL OUTLINE View or download the outline here: WGISMT95-024_SecV_9467.pdf

Scott Jecker
3413 Hunter Road, San Marcos, Texas 78666
P: 512-353-3344
F: 512-212-4043


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