The SWS 2018 Annual Meeting offers unique workshops for participants to dive into current topics and may be applicable towards the Professional Certification Program. The variety of workshops will allow you to dig deeper into your specialization, learn and apply new methodologies, and discover ideas that pique your curiosity during your time in Denver. Registration for all workhops is limited. 



Wetland scientists have a wide range of interactive technology available in the form of smart phones and tablets. However, this technology is not often used as a tool in wetland science, and it is rare for an ecologist to develop applications for use in the field, outreach or education. This full-day workshop is divided into two sessions. The morning session is an introduction to Android app development using MIT App Inventor. During this session, participants will complete basic app tutorials and build several ecology apps. The afternoon session will focus on expanding app development skills and creating more field-focused apps. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to build basic Android apps using MIT App Inventor, know how to build their skills using available online resources, and will have created multiple Android apps. For more information on this workshop, click here to view the workshop website. 

Participants will need to bring a laptop, and if available, an Android mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. Extra Android phones will be available for those who do not have an Android device.

This workshop will be presented by Jere A. Boudell, Clayton State University.

Date: Tuesday, May 29
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration fee: $75


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This full-day workshop is comprised of two field practicums: 1) riparian restoration design using a hydrosere approach and 2) willow identification, harvesting and restoration, and bioengineering. 

The workshop will take place within Denver city limits, on project sites currently under construction or recently constructed. Tools and handouts will be provided, along with an opportunity to harvest and install willows for a local demonstration project.

This practicum will help start the dialogue between restoration designers, agencies, practitioners, and staff to develop a common and repeatable approach to the "zonation" of riparian restoration palettes for river and wetland systems in the southern Rockies. The field practicum will focus on identification of discrete wetland and riparian hydroseres, evaluating the great variety of existing terminology of and approaches to wetland and riparian zonation, identifying field indicators of bankfull, and evaluating the interactions between river hydrology and riparian/wetland plant community development. Finally, there will be a discussion on approaches to planning successful wetland and riparian revegetation projects during the design and construction phases.   

This session will cover the essential components of willow identification and restoration planning, harvest protocols and proper materials handling, and multiple installation tips to ensure the highest possible survivorship of willow and cottonwood restoration projects. The workshop will focus on the use of willows in bioengineering, following the guidelines found in "Living Streambanks: A guide to bioengineering treatments for Colorado streams." Basic willow biology, willow identification, and lessons learned from 25 years of willow restoration experience will also be covered. 

This workshop will be presented by John Giordanengo, AloTerra Restoration Services; David Bidelspach, Five Smooth Stones Restoration; and Gwen Kittel, NatureServe Contractor.

Date: Tuesday, May 29
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration fee: SOLD OUT
Capacity: 30


This workshop will provide an overview of federal, state and non-governmental funding resources available for climate adaptation and wetlands projects. These resources include the following:

  • FEMA - Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA), Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA), and Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA)
  • EPA - Smart Growth grants
  • Sustainable Community Program grants
  • USFWS - Coastal Program - ecosystem adaptation grants
  • National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants
  • State Wildlife Grant Program
  • NOAA - Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grant

Workshop attendees are encouraged to present additional funding resources and contribute any experiences applying for funding or managing funded projects during the open discussion. Attendees will also be encouraged to join a web-based forum after the workshop to continue working together on conducting wetland-based climate adaptation projects.

This workshop will be presented by Kurt Philipp, Wetlands Research Services.

Date: Friday, June 1
Time: 11:35am - 1:00pm
Registration fee: $50

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Using EPA's Chesapeake Bay Watershed TMDL Program as a model, this workshop will introduce the science and policy of grey and green infrastructure practices, and the approach used to develop water quality crediting. This will include a discussion of costs for credit development, which have resulted in the preferential reliance on green infrastructure over grey infrastructure. Wetlands are currently considered a structural practice (rather than a BMP) and have relatively low performance efficiencies.

A 30-ac wetland creation project will be used as an example that’s designed with pulsed flows from an agricultural watershed (poultry production) as the foundation for wetland hydrology and a combination of surface and hyporheic flow to optimize surface area and residence time. Project goals, design approach and post-construction information will be presented to contrast this and other design approaches that deliver superior water quality treatment (as well as other ecosystem services) with the “standard” stormwater treatment wetland design approach that is credited as a structural stormwater approach.

This workshop will be presented by Joseph Berg, Biohabitats, Inc.

Date: Friday, June 1
Time: 11:35am - 1:00pm
Registration fee: $50


The EPA and its state, tribal, and federal partners are collecting large quantities of ecological data for the National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA), a probability-based survey of approximately 1,000 sites across the conterminous U.S., conducted every 5 years. The data collected during the first survey in 2011 is publicly available via the EPA’s website, and the data collected during the 2016 survey will be available once quality assurance and analysis is complete. The overarching purpose of this workshop is to increase wetland scientists’ and managers’ awareness of the content and availability of this extensive m wetland dataset that can be used to support their research or programmatic efforts.

During the workshop, the EPA will briefly describe the types of field and lab data collected in the NWCA.  Then, in a series of interactive lessons, we will go over the structure and content of the data files on the website, demonstrate how to access the data and show various examples on how to compile and combine the data to meet user-defined needs. 

Participants will need to bring their own laptops to follow along with the interactive lessons.

This workshop will be presented by Ann M. Rossi, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Gregg Serenbetz, EPA; and Kendall Harris, EPA.

Date: Friday, June 1
Time: 11:35am - 1:00pm
Registration fee: $50