Ecological Risk Assessment-An Introduction: Webinar

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An Introduction to the Approach and Strategy in Performing ERA's
Course Title: Ecological Risk Assessment-An Introduction: Webinar
Course ID: REM-405W
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): March 4, 2014: 10:00am - 12:00pm
March 5, 2014: 10:00am - 12:00pm
March 6, 2014: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Online-WEBINAR

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Instructor: Charles R. Harman, P.W.S.
Tuition: $345
$295 / $295* (Before January 28, 2014)
Class is Closed


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Ecological Risk Assessment: Advanced Webinar


**This course will be presented online as a live webinar in three 2-hour sessions. Sessions will be recorded and will be available to all enrolled attendees.**

All classes will be from 10 a.m.-noon Pacific (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain) (noon to 2 p.m. Central) and (1-3 p.m. Eastern).

This webinar is being presented by Sustainable City Networks and NWETC

This introductory course will be focused on the general policy and technical approaches to conducting an ecological risk assessment.  It will provide a broad overview of the ecological risk assessment (ERA) process as it is used in evaluating potential environmental risks and liabilities associated with hazardous waste sites using the basic ERA paradigm as outlined in USEPA’s Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (ERAGS).  ERA’s in both aquatic and terrestrial settings will be examined, and active engagement with the attendees will reinforce the points presented. 

After completing the course, attendees will have a general understanding of the process of planning and preparing for the completion of an ERA, including data development needs, selection of endpoints, and the development of lines of evidence.

Environmental professionals, consultants, environmental lawyers, governmental employees, and environmental students who may have the opportunity to manage or oversee the development of an ecological risk assessment will benefit from this introductory course. NWETC recommends that anyone who will be completing an Ecological Risk Assessment attend the Advanced course as well.

"Very knowledgable instructor…[liked] case studies and field trip." N. Bland, July 31-Aug.1, 2013

"Knowledgable/experienced and a good presenter..[liked] intro to a subject I need to understand." A. Kapell, July 31-Aug.1, 2013

"The information was presented/taught very well.  I have a better understanding of ERA's.  I am very impressed with the course." C. Marchand, September 2013

"The instructor was great! He was very knowledgable of the subject and explained it well.  Very Helpful – even for someone involved in a ERA for the last four years." C. Marchand, September 2013


Intended Audience:

The introductory segment of the course is intended for environmental professionals including, but not limited to, environmental consultants, environmental lawyers, governmental employees, and environmental students who may have the opportunity to manage or oversee the development of an ecological risk assessment.

Continuing Education Units: 0.60 CEUs

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Course Topics

  • Regulatory requirements
  • General overview of ecological risk assessment
  • Review of the 8-step ERAGS process
  • Problem formulation
  • Conceptual site models
  • Characterization of exposure
  • Characterization of ecological effects
  • Risk characterization
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Special circumstances

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

Attendees should have a computer with an internet connection, and a headset or speakers are recommended. Further instructions will be provided after registration.

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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