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Course Title: ACOE Wetland Delineation / Regional Supplement for Eastern Mountains and Piedmont/ Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Training


Course Mission:  This training will encompass the mandated 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual and Regional Eastern Mountains Piedmont (EMP) & Midwest protocols to train an individual to identify the presence and boundaries of Waters of the United States.


Course Timeline: 4-day course (30+ hrs).  Course will be 1.5 days in classroom and 2.5 days in field. There is an optional day field trip to a prestine wetland in SW Ohio.  


Date: July 8-11, 2024 or July 22-25, 2024 


Cost: $1100 professional; $550 NKU student; $660 non-NKU student    


Registration: Click here.


Course Materials: Provided


Course Objectives:

·      History of Wetland Regulations

·      Gain the knowledge for an individual to delineate wetlands per the protocols of ACOE, state, and local agencies

·      Course covers in detail the Eastern Mountains and Piedmont & Midwest Regional Supplements

·      Learn to determine if a site satisfies hydrophytic vegetation requirements

·      Learn to identify some wetland plant species

·      Learn to determine if a site satisfies hydrology requirement based on field indicators of hydrology

·      Learn to determine if a site has hydric soils based on field indicators

·      Understand biological, chemical, and physical features of wetlands

·      Learn to determine boundaries of a wetland or if a site is within a wetland

·      Learn to determine if a water is a WOTUS based on the 2015 Clean Water Rule, and current regulations for WOTUS


Course Topics:

·      ACOE 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual

·      History of Wetland Regulations

·      WOTUS events SWANCC vs US decision, Rapanos vs. US decision, 2015 Clean Water Rule

    Definitions of WOTUS and how it has changed over time

·      Cowardin System

·      Wetland hydrology

·      Primary and secondary field indicators

·      Learn how to thoroughly fill out wetland delineation forms

·      Learn online and literature reference materials useful in wetland determinations

    Thorough coverage of the Eastern Mountains and Piedmont (EMP) and Midwest Regional Supplements 


Reminder: Dress appropriately for weather and mosquitos