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Presenter: Joseph P. Koncelik and 1 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Friday, October 23, 2020 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm CDT

How to Navigate the
New Federal Navigable Waters Protection Rule

   Understanding the reach of the Clean Water Act
   Decades of debate regarding the scope of the Clean Water Act
      • Does Clean Water Act protect groundwater?
      • Which streams and wetlands are federally protected?
   Previous interpretations of “Waters of the U.S”- the role of the U.S. Supreme Court
   Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule
   The Navigable Waters Protection Rule
   Regulations on wetlands and streams
      • Isolated wetlands protection under state law
      • Isolated streams protection under state law
   Practical lessons in the face of regulatory uncertainty
      • Army Corps Jurisdictional Determinations (JDs)
      • Obtaining the right federal and state permits for your project
   Where do we go from here?

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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

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers:
     2.0 PDHs

     2.0 CLE Hours (AZ, CA, NH, NY, VT)

Floodplain Managers:
     2.0 ASFPM CECs

     2.0 PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for landscape architects, engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities:
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885)
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059),
     Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130),
     and North Dakota.

Course-by-Course Organizations:
   International Society of Arboriculture
   Society of American Foresters
   Association of State Floodplain Managers

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for landscape architects, engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §79-1.5(i)(2), §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).


Joseph P. Koncelik

Joseph Koncelik, chair of the Tucker Ellis Environmental and Renewable Energy Group, has more than two decades of experience practicing in the areas of environmental law, property development and remediation, and oil and gas.  Mr. Koncelik has 12 years of government regulatory experience gained as Ohio EPA director and chief legal counsel under Governor Taft’s administration and as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section. He uses this unique background to help clients efficiently navigate complex issues and governmental agency administrative processes to cost-effectively reach their goals. Mr. Koncelik has significant experience in resolving a range of challenging and complex state and federal environmental issues. He has been involved in environmental due diligence associated with significant business transactions and more than 200 different properties. He is passionate about brownfield redevelopment and property remediation. Mr. Koncelik has advised clients on complex projects and helped to secure more than $15 million in brownfield grants and other financial assistance. He provides counsel, advice, and guidance to clients in all facets of Ohio and federal environmental law and related compliance issues. His areas of expertise include: air emissions, wastewater discharges, hazardous and solid waste management, construction and demolition debris, and wetlands.Mr. Koncelik has assisted clients in defending against U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources enforcement actions, including defense of criminal investigations/actions. He has assisted clients in complex permitting issues and disputes, such as wetlands/stream impacts, air emissions, and NPDES discharge permits. His clients include manufacturers, construction companies, municipalities, real estate developers, and waste management companies.  A board member of the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC), Mr. Koncelik proposed the concept of sponsoring a bill through which the State of Ohio would adopt the federal Bona Fide Purchaser Defense (BFPD). After GOPC found a sponsor for the bill, he worked with the Legislative Service Commission to draft the language and worked with numerous stakeholders to resolve questions related to the bill. The passage of Ohio H.B. 168 in 2020 represents more than two years of work by Mr. Koncelik, GOPC, and the State legislature to fill the gap in Ohio law, resulting in a significant reduction in cost and time to clean up environmental contamination on commercial/industrial property.

Michael A. Liptak, Ph.D.

EnviroScience, Inc., Northeast Headquarters, Stow, Ohio

Dr. Liptak is a member of the ecological survey team where he specializes in rare plant surveys, wetlands ecology, wetland restoration, and mitigation wetland design.  He earned his Ph.D. at Ohio State University under the noted wetland ecologist Dr. William Mitsch, and completed his graduate research on the created wetlands at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in Columbus.  Dr. Liptak has over 15 years of experience in wetlands research and ecological consulting and is a Certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America).  His main responsibilities at EnviroScience include rare plant surveys, wetland restoration planning, wetland assessments and delineations, technical report preparation and permitting.  Dr. Liptak has experience in preparing mitigation plans for many different projects, including wetland creation, restoration and enhancement, as well as preparing upland restoration and prairie planting plans.  He has extensive experience with terrestrial, aquatic and wetland surveys for projects of all sizes.  Dr. Liptak is a pre-qualified consultant certified to complete aquatic and terrestrial ecological surveys, wetland delineations, waterways permitting, and wetland mitigation design for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) projects.  He is a member of the Society of Wetlands Scientists and the Ecological Society of America.  Dr. Liptak regularly gives seminars on ecological issues and regulations within the state of Ohio.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $100.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $100.00

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