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Presenter: Thomas Dombrowski and 2 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Log into Webinar:               7:30 - 8:00 am CDT
Morning Session:               8:00 - 11:00 am CDT
Break:                                11:00 - 11:30 am CDT
Afternoon Session:            11:30 am - 3:10 pm CDT

Identifying Freshwater Wetlands
T. Dombrowski

   Presence of wetland vegetation
   Identification of wetland soils
   Importance of underlying wetland hydrology

Understanding Federal and Virginia Wetland Laws and Enforcement
J. Roller

   The Federal Clean Water Act (Section 401 and 404)
   Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1899
      • National Food Security Act of 1985 Subtitle III of Title 28.2 of the Code of Virginia Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)
      • Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act • Virginia Tidal Wetlands Act
      • Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act
   Implementing/enforcing agencies
      • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
      • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Wetlands Permitting Process
T. Dombrowski

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

Wetland Preservation, Restoration, Creation and Enhancement
J. Perry

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

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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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 LU|HSW

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

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

AICP – Planners
     CM | 6.5

     Virginia CLE Pending

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to engineers, architects and landscape architects (HSW) licensed 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 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and by the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to AIA/CES and LA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES course information under this seminar listing.

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

This course is approved by the American Institute of the Certified Planners of the APA for 6.5 Certification Maintenance units.

HalfMoon Education is an accredited CLE provider for Virginia attorneys. This course has been submitted to the Virginia MCLE Board for approval, which is pending.

The Virginia MCLE Board approved this course as an in-person event. HalfMoon Education has submitted a request to conduct it as distance learning event, which is under review. Current information on this can be found at www.halfmoonseminars.org.

Attendance will be monitored and certificates of completion will be available to those who attend the full event for download and printing upon completion of a follow-up quiz with at least 80% accuracy. The quiz may be attempted multiple times.


Thomas Dombrowski

Thomas Dombrowski works as an environmental engineer with Prince William County Department of Public Works Watershed Branch, Woodbridge VA. He is the County Wetland/Stream/EA Specialist, conducting wetland delineations and guiding various county projects through the regulatory process (Section 404 Wetlands Permits, NEPA and State Environmental Review Process) in order to secure the appropriate permits and funding. Mr. Dombrowski is also the manager of the Prince William County Stream Program. He conducts assessments of county streams and determine if they are candidates for restoration. Mr. Dombrowski coordinates stream restoration design, obtains required project permits, and is the project manager for the construction of the restoration projects.

Dr. James E. Perry, III, Faculty Emeritus

Dr. James E. Perry, III, Faculty Emeritus, is a professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). His primary research interests involve monitoring stress and documenting long-term changes in vascular plant communities of tidal and non-tidal wetlands, and the relationship of those changes to changes in environmental parameters within watersheds. His current projects include establishing methods for determining status of watersheds and the success of created and restored habitats; vegetation community dynamics in restored and created wetlands and watersheds; and life history, distribution and abundance, and threats to rare and/or endangered vascular plants.


Jon Roller, AOSE PSS CNMP is principal environmental scientist and cofounder of Ecosystem Services (ES), a natural resource consulting firm located in Charlottesville, Virginia. His work focuses on assisting the firm’s clients through the vast regulatory permitting framework for their projects. ES’s clients include localities, state agencies, developers, contractors, landowners, farmers and non-profit organizations. Mr. Roller graduated from Virginia Tech, earning a bachelor of science degree in Crop, Soil and Environmental Science. He is a licensed professional soil scientist, a qualified wetlands expert, a master alternative onsite soil evaluator, a certified nutrient management planner and a certified DEQ ESC Inspector.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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: Virginia Wetlands Law and Compliance

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5 hour lecture presentation examines freshwater wetland identification, federal and state laws and enforcement agencies, permitting processes, and wetland preservation, restoration, creation and enhancement strategies.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify freshwater wetlands through the identification of wetland soils and vegetation, and they will be able to explain the importance of underlying wetland hydrology.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference federal and Virginia wetland laws and enforcement agencies.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss wetlands determinations and delineations, determine the applicability of wetland regulations, and describe the wetland permitting process.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of wetlands, including flood storage and conveyance, pollution control and carbon storage, erosion control, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to describe the methods and benefits of wetland restoration, creation, and enhancement.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site development

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/03/2023

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.