Online Registration for the SWS 2019 Annual Meeting workshops is now closed!

The SWS 2019 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 Baltimore. Registration for all workhops is limited. 


Streamlining Watershed Restoration and Preservation: Hands-On Watershed Resources Registry (WRR) Training

The Watershed Resources Registry (WRR) is an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS)-based screening tool created through a collaborative multi-agency process. The tool is designed to streamline permit processes, prioritize watershed needs, and increase stakeholder engagement. Using a watershed approach, this web-based tool creates an opportunity to improve resource planning and mitigation decision-making while integrating regulatory and non-regulatory programs. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basic functions of the WRR web mapping tool. Using example projects, you will assess impacts to environmental resources, locate potential restoration sites, and generate reports of site characteristics. You will also learn about how the WRR was developed and how this process can be transferred to any state to create a customized tool for resource preservation and restoration while building relationships within the resource management community.

This workshop will be presented by Ralph Spagnolo and Mike Herzberger.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Registration fee: $50
Capacity: 40

Demystifying the Challenging World of Grasses

Looking to demystify the challenging world of grasses? Then this workshop is for you! Join Sarah Chamberlain, Botanist and Curator of the Penn State Herbarium to learn skills necessary to identify this unique group of plants. The workshop will focus on basic grass morphology, the characteristics of common groups, and identification of plant specimens using Chamberlain’s recently published Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic. A slide presentation, handouts, herbarium and freshly collected field specimens will be used to illustrate plant characters, especially those that may prove an obstacle to keying. It is recommended, but not required, that students purchase the Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic. The instructor will have extra copies on hand to use during the workshop for those who do not wish to purchase the guide, as well as copies for sale the day of the workshop ($20/book personal; $25/book companies). Please bring a 10x hand lens. Microscopes will be provided.

This workshop will be presented by Sarah Chamberlain.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration fee: $50
Capacity: 20

Tidal Wetland Permitting in Maryland

The workshop will present the State permitting process for submitting a Joint Permit Application (JPA) proposing work “in, on, over, and under” State tidal wetlands.  Discussion will include the types of authorizations that can be issued by the Department, the activity parameters that govern the issuance of each type of State authorization, the review process for each type of State authorization, and the activity parameters that dictate the review and issuance of the Maryland State Programmatic General Permit-5 (MDSPGP-5) through MDE or by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 Participants will be involved in group activities to compile a complete Tidal JPA.  They will be involved in summarizing their sample application based on the workshop i.e. type of authorization that will be issued, review process, issuance of the MDSPGP-5, possible mitigation requirements, and expected review time for a final decision.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Registration fee: $50
Capacity: 50

Hydric or Not? - Interpreting soils for wetland delineation in difficult situations

A practical hands on approach to identifying problematic wetland (hydric) soils. A blend of years of practical field experience along with the use of recent advances in the science of hydric soils will be used to inform wetland field scientists. Case studies of actual hydric soil delineation issues from throughout the U.S. will be presented.  Soil science “tricks of the trade” will enable students to better address sandy soils, red soils, Spodosols, etc. University pedologists will present recent scientific advances and practical interpretations of soils for wetland delineation, function and restoration.

The afternoon field trip will reinforce the AM sessions looking at problematic soil landscapes and use of some of the new soil delineation and description technology.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration fee: $100
Capacity: 35