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Presenter: Karen C. Bennett and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Fairfax, VA

Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax
3950 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone: 703-385-7774

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 - 4:30 pm

Understanding Federal and Virginia Wetlands Laws and Enforcement

   The Federal Clean Water Act

   Virginia Tidal Wetlands Act of 1972

   Implementing/enforcing agencies

      - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

      - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

      - Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Identifying Wetlands and Streams

   Importance of wetlands

      - Flood storage and conveyance

      - Pollution control and carbon storage

      - Erosion control

      - Wildlife habitat

      - Recreation

   Wetlands determinations and delineations

   Dominance of wetland vegetation

   Identification of hydric (wetland) soils

   Importance of underlying wetland hydrology

   Disturbed sites, atypical situations, problem areas

Obtaining Wetland Permits and the Certification Process

   Determining appropriate federal and state permits

      - Permit types

   Nationwide, general and individual Permits

    Wetland permitting and certification processes

      - Notice provisions

      - Review process and typical timelines

      - Consideration of ESA species, historic and/or cultural resources

      - Mitigation/compensation requirements

   Appeals process

Trends and Opportunities in Wetland Preservation, 
Restoration,Creation and Enhancement

   Mitigation banking and ecological capital development

      - Water quality

      - Environmental/mitigation credits

      - Create new revenue streams

   Wetland preservation strategies and techniques

   Wetland creation and enhancement

      - Hydrological considerations

      - Restoration techniques

   Stream restoration and enhancement

      - Purposes

      - Assessments and crediting

      - Benefits and drawbacks

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Landscape Architects
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     6.5 Virginia CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 continuing education hours to engineers, architects and landscape architects (HSW) in Virginia. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to AIA/CES and LA/CES.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.5 CECs.

HalfMoon Education is an accredited CLE provider for Virginia attorneys. The Virginia MCLE Board has approved this program for 6.5 CLE credits.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Karen C. Bennett

Attorney with Clark Hill in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Bennett is a member in the firm’s Environment, Energy & Natural Resources practice group. She represents clients on environmental and administrative law matters, focusing primarily on permitting, compliance, litigation and legislative and regulatory policy under the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Ms. Bennett has also guided clients through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cost recovery actions and appeals. She is recognized as a skilled strategist, with expertise in obtaining federal approvals for complex projects that face multi-front regulatory hurdles and public scrutiny, with special emphasis on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Bennett was vice president for Environmental Affairs at the National Mining Association (NMA), the Washington, D.C.- based trade association that represents the coal and hardrock mining industry before Congress, the Administration, and regulatory agencies. Ms. Bennett earned her JD degree from the University of Denver, College of Law, where she was the editor of the Water Court Reporter, and is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.

Avi Sareen

President/Principal, TNT Environmental, Inc.
Mr. Sareen is president and principal wetland scientist with TNT Environmental, Inc., a leading wetland and natural resource consulting firm in Northern Virginia. He is a Virginia certified professional wetland delineator, professional wetland scientist, certified arborist, and certified ecologist. Mr. Sareen’s firm is multi-disciplined, specializing in fields of wetland science, regulatory consulting, biology, ecology, botany, forest ecology and arboriculture. Mr. Sareen earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Ecology Concentration from Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University. He studied Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology at Frostburg State University.

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.