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Presenter: Mark A. Dilley, PWS and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Cincinnati, OH

Holiday Inn Eastgate (I-275E)
4501 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: 513-752-4400

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

Identifying Wetlands 
M. Strain

   What are wetlands? 
   Why are wetlands Important? 
   Why delineate wetlands? 
   Wetland hydrology criteria 
   Hydrophytic vegetation 
   Hydric soils

 Understanding Federal Law and Ohio Wetland Laws 
M. Dilley

   Overview of the Clean Water Act 
      • Current status of proposed revisions 
   Implementing/enforcing agencies 
      • Federal 
   USACE-Section 404 Individual Permits, Nationwide Permits 
   USEPA-Individual Permits, Section 401 Water Quality Certification 
   US Department of Agriculture and NRCS Swampbuster Program 
      • State 
   Ohio EPA-401 Water Quality Certifications, 
   Isolated Wetland Permits, Section 402 Stormwater Permitting 
      • Local 
   SWCDs and local ordinances

Wetlands Permitting Process 
T. Eisenlohr

   Wetlands determinations and delineations 
   Determining applicability of regulations 
   Wetland permitting processes 
      • Notice provisions 
      • Review process 
      • Mitigation/compensation requirements 
   Appeals process

Wetland Preservation, Restoration,  
Creation and Enhancement
M. Dilley

   Brief history of wetland loss 
   Understanding the importance of wetlands 
      • Flood storage and conveyance 
      • Water quality improvement 
      • Groundwater recharge 
      • Erosion control 
      • Wildlife habitat 
      • Recreation and education 
      • Wetlands and climate change 
   Wetland preservation and protection 
   Wetland re-establishment terminology, techniques and 
      considerations (benefits and drawbacks) 
      • Creation 
      • Rehabilitation 
      • Enhancement 
      • Evaluating success 
      • Project examples and lessons learned

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

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

Professional Engineers
     6.5 CPD Hours/PDHs

Architects &
Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     6.5 Ohio CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This live lecture presentation is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing professional development hours/PDHs to Ohio professional engineers and 6.5 HSW contact/continuing education and 6.5 HSW contact hours to Ohio architects and landscape architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and LA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA information under this course listing.

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

The Ohio Commission on CLE has approved this program for 6.5 general CLE hours for attorneys.

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


Mark A. Dilley, PWS

MAD Scientist Associates, LLC, Westerville

Mr. Dilley earned a B.S. degree in Natural Resources (Fisheries Management) in 1991 and an M.S. degree in Environmental Science (specializing in wetlands) in 2003, both from The Ohio State University. He and his wife Christine are co-owners of a WBE, WOSB, and EDGE-certified environmental consulting firm, MAD Scientist Associates, specializing in ecological and wetland consulting. Mr. Dilley has over 20 year’s experience as a field biologist, ecologist, and wetland scientist. He is an EPA-certified Level 3 qualified data collector (QDC) for fish and habitat studies in Ohio, a certified senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America, and a professional wetland scientist with the Society of Wetland Scientists. Mr. Dilley has conducted ecological surveys in over 11 states, at a variety of sites, including Department of Energy, NASA, and U.S. military facilities, landfills, and industrial sites. His academic research has focused on biological monitoring of streams and rivers and atrazine (agricultural herbicide) fate and transport processes in constructed wetlands. In his current role, he manages several dozen projects annually involving ecological surveys; environmental education; wetland delineation, permitting, assessment; and restoration design and construction for a wide variety of public and private clients. He is also a lecturer at The Ohio State University, where he teaches Wetland Ecology & Restoration.

Tobias Eisenlohr

McKinney & Namei, Cincinnati

Mr. Eisenlohr is a litigation associate at McKinney & Namei. Prior to joining the firm, he was assistant city attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, where he served as the city’s legal counsel for its Wetlands Board, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Board, Green Ribbon Committee, Bayfront Advisory Committee, and Housing Advisory Board. In this capacity, he worked on permit applications for private development in environmentally sensitive areas, representing the public interest. Mr. Eisenlohr holds a J.D. degree from William & Mary Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University with a B.A. degree in Political Science.

Mitchel R. Strain, CPSS, PWS

Smart Services, Inc, Newark

Mr. Strain has over 30 years of experience with all aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance including preparation of environmental assessments (EA), environmental impact statements (EIS), categorical exclusions (CE) and other NEPA documentation, baseline biological assessments, and habitat evaluation procedure (HEP) analyses; threatened and endangered species surveys and critical habitat assessments; wetland and stream evaluations; cultural resource investigations; and vegetative community surveys. Mr. Strain’s particular expertise is in wetland science, including delineation, creation, and restoration of wetlands for mitigation and wildlife habitat, Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 and 401 permitting, and design of constructed wetland treatment systems.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Wetlands Laws and Compliance

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines the environmental and human benefits of wetlands, wetland protection laws, permitting, wetland identification, and wetland permitting regulations and procedures.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify wetlands on potential development sites based on vegetation and soils and explain why wetlands are important for the ecosystem, and learners will discuss the importance of wetland delineation (determining the boundaries of wetlands) before embarking on a construction project.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with federal and state laws on wetlands to ensure their protection when working on site development.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss wetland permitting policies and procedures that are necessary before undertaking development projects, including avoiding or minimizing the impacts of development on a site, rectifying those impacts, or compensating for those impacts.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain the environmental importance of wetlands, including flood storage and conveyance, water quality improvement, groundwater recharge, erosion control, and wildlife habitat, and learners will be able to discuss strategies to restore, create and enhance wetlands.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with site development planning and wetlands.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/08/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.