This Year the WPA and WDCP are joining together with the Minnesota Water Resources Conference to host a special session for wetland science. This day-long session being offered at the Water Resources Conference is in lieu of the stand-alone Minnesota Wetland Conference that has been held over the past 10 years. We hope this opportunity provides a more diverse and exciting experience for our members. As with past Minnesota Wetland Conferences, this special session offers participants WDCP continuing education credits.
Wetlands in Minnesota’s landscapes provide important functions and values to the public including water quality improvements, floodwater attenuation, wildlife habitat, groundwater recharge, recreational opportunities, and commercial uses, among others. The complex roles of wetlands in the changing landscape continue to be studied and documented. In joining with the Minnesota Water Resources Conference, this special session provides an excellent forum to focus on wetlands subject matter to improve collective wetlands knowledge and increase understanding of how wetlands integrate with water resources management throughout the state.
SPECIAL SESSION AGENDA
Block 1: Performance Standards and FQA
10:00 - 11:00 AM: Steve Eggers; US Army Corps of Engineers, "Performance Standards for Wetland Mitigation"
11:00 - 11:30 AM: Jason Husveth; Critical Connections, "Assessing Wetland Vegetation Restoration Performance Using the Minnesota Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) Method
Block 2: Wetlands in Landscapes
1:15 - 1:45 PM: Steve Kloiber; MN Department of Natural Resources, "Minnesota's New and Improved Wetland Inventory: Features and Applications"
1:45 - 2:15 PM: Lucinda Johnson, Will Bartsch, Katya Kovalenko, Kristopher Johnson, Kristi Nelson; Natural Resources Research Institute, Steve Kloiber; MN Department of Natural Resources, "Development of an Updated Restorable Wetland Inventory (RWI) for Minnesota
2:15 - 2:45 PM: Brian Huberty; US Fish and Wildlife Service, Joe Knight, Keith Pelletier, Trevor Host; Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory, University of Minnesota, Paul Morin; Polar Geospatial Center, "Great Lakes New Dynamic Coastal Wetland and Habitat Inventory Map"
Block 3: Understanding Wetland Processes
3:15 - 3:45 PM: Kate Kleiter, Geologist, "Wetlands and Geology in Minnesota"
3:45 - 4:15 PM: Jennifer Gruetzman; US Fish and Wildlife Service, "Potholes in the Prairie: Defining Wetland Hydrology"
4:15 - 4:45 PM: Laura Wehr, Tony Havranek; WSB & Associates, Inc., "Assessing Wetlands on a Watershed Level to Prioritize Mitigation, Restoration, Preservation"
4.5 Direct Credits
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