HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Back to Search

Presenter: Amy Armstrong and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Columbia, SC

Columbia Marriott
1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-771-7000

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:00 pm

Understanding Federal Wetlands Laws and South Carolina Enforcement
S. Spitz, A. Armstrong

   The Federal Clean Water Act
      • Definition of wetlands
      • Implementing/enforcing bodies
   Jurisdictional wetland determinations and delineations
   Wetland permitting process
      • Activities requiring permits
      • Demonstration of unavoidable impacts
      • State Water Quality Certification (and/or Coastal Zone Consistency Determination)
      • Mitigation
   Appeals process

Wetland Preservation, Restoration, Creation and Enhancement
R. Needham

   Understanding the importance of wetlands
      • Flood storage and conveyance
      • Pollution control and carbon storage
      • Erosion control
      • Wildlife habitat
      • Recreation
   Wetland preservation strategies and techniques
   Wetland restoration
      • Preference for onsite and in-kind restoration
      • Hydrological considerations
      • Restoration techniques
   Wetland creation
      • Methods, benefits, and drawbacks
   Wetland enhancement
      • Purposes and techniques

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

     6.0 South Carolina CLE Hours
     6.0 Georgia CLE Hours
     6.0 North Carolina CLE Hours

Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

Architects &Landscape Architects
     6.0 HSW Continuing Ed Hours
     6.0 AIA HSW Learning Units
     6.0 LA CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.0 ASFPM CECs

Professional Geologists
     7.0 CE Hours

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It has been approved by the South Carolina Commission on CLE, the Georgia Commission on CLC, and the North Carolina State Bar Board of CLE for 6.0 CLE hours for attorneys.

This course offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in most states, including South Carolina. This seminar also offers 6.0 HSW hours to South Carolina landscape architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in South Carolina.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and LA/CES.

Engineers, architects and landscape architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.0 CECs.

The South Carolina Board of Registration for Geologists has approved this seminar for 7.0 CE Hours.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for course approval.


Amy Armstrong

Executive Director, General Counsel, South Carolina Environmental Law Project
Ms. Armstrong started working for SCELP in September 2002, after receiving a competitive two year fellowship from Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association of Public Interest Law. Once her fellowship ended, she became a staff attorney at SCELP, a position she held for more than eight years until the untimely death of SCELP’s founder, Jimmy Chandler. Ms. Armstrong graduated from University of South Carolina in May, 2002, with a J.D. degree and Master´s degree in Earth and Environmental Resource Management. She is a Liberty Fellow and also serves as a municipal court judge for the City of Georgetown. Ms. Armstrong received her B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1992. Before attending law school, she worked with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, managing a population of federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. The South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) is a non-profit public interest law firm, dedicated to the protection of the South Carolina environment.

Robert N. Needham, PWS

Founder of Needham Environmental, Inc., Winnabow, NC
Mr. Needham opened his wetland consulting firm in 1989. The firm has performed wetland delineations in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama and the District of Columbia. Work has been primarily in the east where large wetland acreage and developmental pressure coincide. Determinations have ranged from lots to 2000 plus acres. The firm has successfully provided expert witnesses regarding wetlands. Mr. Needham has demonstrated a knowledge of regulations, policy guidance, and technical expertise applicable to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. During his nine years of employment in the Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program, Mr. Needham was responsible for enforcement actions of Section 404 violations. This included wetland delineation, coordination with agencies, and the development of restoration/mitigation plans. His technical knowledge of wetlands and vegetation succession, coupled with his common sense approach, resulted in an exceptionally high ratio of resolved cases without litigation. A portion of his duty in the Alaska District involved the review of technical work of three biologists, and he provided multiparameter wetland training to 20 Alaska District regulatory personnel. In addition to his Corps experience, Mr. Needham’s years of association with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington have added to his scientific knowledge, particularly his knowledge of vegetative communities. His graduate work, comparing bird populations among three forest swamps, was related to changes in vegetation as a result of flooding frequency. His wetland mapping experience, with the Corps and under contract with the Corps, exceeds 1600 square miles. With this experience, he has become adept at recognizing long term changes in vegetative communities in relation to hydrologic changes. Mr. Needham received a B.S. degree (emphasis in Ecology) and an M.S. degree (emphasis in Wetlands) from the University of North Carolina- Wilmington. He is a certified wetland professional with the Society of Wetland Scientists.

Stephen A. Spitz

Of Counsel with Stevens & Lee in Charleston, SC
Mr. Spitz concentrates his practice in real estate, property and equity law and is an experienced appellate advocate in South Carolina. He is certified as a mediator in both the state and federal system in South Carolina where he assists parties in resolving disputes involving real estate and other matters outside of the litigation process. Mr. Spitz is a former professor of law at Charleston School of Law, where he taught for 10 years, and the University of South Carolina Law School, where he taught for 25 years. He chaired Gov. Mark Sanford’s and Gov. Richard Riley’s committees on water issues in South Carolina, and was appointed special counsel for the Governor’s Interstate Water Negotiating Team with the State of Georgia. He also received Gov. Riley’s Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the State of South Carolina and was honored with the J. Lee McDonald Distinguished Service Award from the Palmetto Land Title Association in 1996. Mr. Spitz is a regular speaker at various South Carolina Bar continuing legal education seminars on the topics of property law, real estate transactions and equity and equitable remedies.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.