Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management

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Course Title: Wetlands: Science and Regulatory Management
Course ID: GHYD-375
Status: OPEN
Date(s): November 6, 2024: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
November 7, 2024: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
November 8, 2024: 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Eastern Time Zone, NJ
Instructor: Charles R. Harman, P.W.S.
Tuition: $795 / $745*
$745 / $695* (Before October 7, 2024)

**Registered attendees will receive a PDF copy of course materials prior to the class. A hard copy may be requested for United States addresses.



**Note - For every course we have implemented live stream remote attendance.  You will need a computer and an internet connection. 

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact us via email or phone 425 270 3274.  


The objective of this 2-day course is to provide attendees with an overview of wetlands and wetlands management. 

The course will touch on the regulatory basis for the protection of wetlands in the United States, including a discussion of recent and attempted changes to wetland regulation.  In addition, there will be an overview of the methods used to delineate the boundaries of wetlands, as well as a summary of the various methods used to perform functional assessments.  Special focus will be given to the strategies and approaches to developing Nationwide and Individual Permits under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 regulation.  Additionally, there will be detailed discussions on the planning and execution of wetlands mitigation projects.

See "Course Topics" area below for full Course outline.

Course Testimonials:



“Really good broad overview to the various aspects of the wetlands permitting, regulatory, & mitigation process. Perfect for a professional like me who is familiar with wetlands concepts while wanting to learn specifics and how to’s.”Dave G. Oct 2016

“There was a great balance of breadth & depth for the course topic. It touched on a wide variety of areas pertaining to wetlands and their regulation under the CWA. The course gave me the background info & context to better understand wetlands management and mitigation. Chuck did a great job presenting the context & incorporating his wealth of experience in the field of environmental consulting and wetlands mitigation/permitting.” Angie F. Oct 2016




Intended Audience:

This course is intended for environmental professionals involved in wetlands management such as consultants, regulators, lawyers, and those in technical/scientific positions.

Continuing Education Units: 1.40 CEUs

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Course Topics

  • Introduction
  • Overview of wetlands
    • What makes a wetlands?
    • Why are wetlands important?
  • Regulatory framework
    • Federal 404 process
    • State regulations
    • Local and County regulations
    • Association with other regulations – NEPA; ESA; NHPA
    • Recent developments in regulations
  • Wetlands delineation
    • Overview of the three-parameter process
    • Historical approaches to delineation
    • USACOE Wetlands Delineation Manual and Regional Supplements
  • Functional Assessments
  • Wetlands Permitting
    • Nationwide versus Individual Permits
    • Strategic approaches to permitting
    • Permit components
  • Wetlands mitigation
    • Approaches to mitigation
  • Wetlands Construction – Restoration/Creation
    • Initial Steps
    • Planning and design – key elements
    • Construction approaches
    • Planting
    • Use of ecological/habitat enhancements
    • Monitoring
  • Special Wetland Topics
  • Conclusion

About the Instructor

Charles R. Harman, P.W.S.

Charles R. Harman, P.W.S.

Charles Harman is a Principal Ecologist with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, and Professional Wetland Scientist.  Mr. Harman has 30 years of experience in wetlands management, including delineation, evaluation, permitting, and implementation of wetlands mitigation projects.  Mr. Harman has delineated freshwater and coastal wetlands using both the 1987 and 1989 delineation manuals and has designed and managed wetland restoration projects as a result of a variety of construction activities.  He has designed and conducted detailed evaluations of the potential for ecological impacts to wetlands from the implementation of remedial actions, including pump and treat systems; linear developments, and industrial development.  He has evaluated wetlands and other ecological receptors at sites located in sensitive habitats, including bogs and fens, coastal estuaries, and freshwater swamps and marshes.  Mr. Harman has prepared and applied for a variety of permits related to natural resource management at both the Federal and state level.  Mr. Harman has obtained Nationwide Wetland and Individual Permits under the Clean Water Act Section 404 Program throughout the eastern and mid-western U.S. in advance of pipeline development, landfill construction activities and new building activities. 

Mr. Harman was a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Cooperation (ITRC) Work Group on Constructed Wetlands and the Work Group on Mitigation Wetlands.  Mr. Harman made major contributions to the Technical/Regulatory Guidelines that were published for both Teams and was an Instructor for the Internet-based training offered by each group.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Biology from Southwest Texas State University.

What to Bring

A computer with an internet connection. You may wish to have your text available and pencil and paper to take notes.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

Disability Accommodations:

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.


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