Workshops are part of the pre- and post-conference activities. They are optional extras. Some workshops are offered at an additional fee and some are included with your Conference Registration. We recommend you register early for these for early savings and to ensure your spot as some have limited capacity.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Basics of Banking 101 Workshop (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Includes access to online audio and materials. Early Fee (by 1/25/17): $145

FACILITATORS:  Robert W. Brumbaugh, Deputy Director, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Va.; Greg Sutter, President and Hall Holland, Senior Conservation Planner, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif.; and Craig Denisoff, President, Craig Denisoff Consulting, Davis, Calif.

Ideal for those new to or exploring an interest in mitigation or conservation banking.

How-to’s of both Mitigation and Conservation Banking are presented in this half-day workshop. Starting with the history of banking, this workshop addresses site selection and technical aspects, monitoring and the business of banking (legal, financial, marketing) including walking participant through a banking agreement.

RIBITS Workshop (12:40 – 2:15 p.m.)

Early Fee (by 1/25/17): $55  Box lunch Inlcuded

FACILITATORS:  Beattie Starr Williams, Director, Computer Sciences & Consulting Services, Applied Research Associates, Vicksburg, Miss.; Shannon Langford, Senior Software Engineer, Applied Research Associates, Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; and Steve Martin, Environmental Planner, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Va.

A web-based application developed by the Corps with support from EPA and US FWS, Regulatory In lieu fee & Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS) is being utilized by the Corps and FWS to provide information on mitigation and conservation banking activities. RIBITS provides a range of information on mitigation and conservation banking including bank locations, service areas, credit type and availability, ledgers, and supporting documentation.

The first part of the workshop includes navigation in RIBITS including entering and editing data in RIBITS, entering credit transactions in bank ledgers, loading documents and images, creation of bank limits and service areas, and editing bank data.

The second part focuses on data mining — user-generated queries data, export of data, and geographic searches. It focuses on entering and editing data in RIBITS, including entering credit transactions in bank ledgers, loading documents and images, creation of bank limits and service areas, and editing bank data.

In Lieu of Fee (ILF) Workshop (12:45 – 4:20 p.m.)

Includes access to online audio and materials. Early Fee (by 1/25/17): $100

FACILITATORS:  Rebecca Kihslinger, Science and Policy Analyst, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C. , Jessica Wilkinson, Senior Policy Advisor-Mitigation and Sara Mascola, Program Advisor, Development by Design, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, D.C.

Nationwide, in-lieu fee (ILF) mitigation programs provide aquatic resource offsets for a significant percentage of the required compensatory mitigation in the U.S. (around 7 percent annually). This workshop will provide current or potential ILF program sponsors a forum to discuss a range of issues identified by the workshop sponsors including, for example, the project approval process, the watershed approach, and long-term financing. The purpose of the workshop is to enhance knowledge transfer and support sharing of best practices across the field of ILF mitigation practitioners, thereby supporting the delivery of ILF programs that support high and consistent standards for compensatory mitigation. ESA ILF program sponsors interested in learning more about the mechanisms/challenges under the CWA 404 program, as well as network, may also wish to attend.

Advanced Stream Banking Workshop (2:15 – 4:15 p.m.)

Includes online access to audio and materials. Early Fee (by 1/25/17): $85

FACILITATORS:   Steve Jones, President, Meanders River Restoration, Ellijay, Ga., Adam Riggsbee, President, RiverBank Ecosystems, Austin, Tex. and Todd Tugwell, Regulatory Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wake Forest, N.C.

An advanced course on stream banking and restoration practices involved facilitated by banker and stream restoration experts with a local regulatory perspective, this course provides current and new information in stream banking including practices, experiences and regulatory changes affecting stream banking today.

Advanced Conservation Banking Workshop (2:15 – 4:15 p.m.)

Includes online access to materials; not recorded. Early Fee (by 1/25/17): $85

FACILITATORS:   Valerie Layne, Conservation Banking Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento, Calif. and Charlotte Kucera, Austin Ecological Services Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin, Tex.

An advanced course on conservation banking, this is an ideal workshop for those who have been introduced to conservation banking and are interested in learning more. Workshop addresses the banking market and ESA, the bank approval process, service areas, and crediting and debiting methodologies.

For the Regulator—Business of Banking (4:30 – 5:45 p.m.)

$50 (Included with government registration)

Designed for regulators but available to all

FACILITATOR: Gray Stevens, Managing Partner, Sandy Creek Partners, LLC, North Port, Fla.

Utilizing hypothetical case studies, the workshop is interactive and emphasizes audience participation. Includes concepts such as cost of capital, supply / demand based pricing, risk adjusted rates of return, risk / reward profiles for specific banking projects and the role of equivalency. Also identifies key risk factors in the permitting process and their potential impact on bank returns while exploring ways public and private sectors can partner to attract more private capital for wetland and conservation restoration projects.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lunch Box Workshops (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

60 minute sponsored workshops – Must Register in Advance; Limited Capacity

Workshop #1 MCDA, Risk and Design Optimization for Stream Mitigation and Restoration

Sponsored by 5 Smooth Stones Restoration and SWCA Environmental Consultants

FACILITATORS:  David Bidelspach, Engineer, 5 Smooth Stones Restoration, PLLC, Livermore, Colo. and Lee Forbes, Senior Ecosystem Restoration Engineer, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Houston, Tex.

Introducing a framework to analyze multiple goals and objectives qualitatively to reach an optimized quantitative outcome for the stakeholders to use as a basis for discussion and interaction. This quantitative assessment of qualitative inputs limit communication errors related to personality differences with stakeholders. This framework is generically referred to as a multi criteria decision analysis or “MCDA”.

The framework presented is neither new, nor revolutionary, does not require proprietary software, but it is currently being emphasized anew by many restoration and mitigation practitioners to provide better basis for design, communication of risk and decision making related to design optimization for mitigation.

This MCDA framework will be discussed, related to mitigation potential, natural channel design, three-dimensional stream design, limiting factors analysis for fisheries, flood risk, geomorphic assessment, river resiliency, cost analysis, changing points of diversion and stakeholder involvement. Design/existing risk and design optimization will also be defined and presented for discussion. The workshop will end with a MCDA led mock stakeholder involvement exercise that will require audience interaction.


Workshop #2 Using Sustainability as a Tool for Innovation in Stream Restoration

Sponsored by Ecotone, Inc.

FACILITATOR:  Scott McGill, Principal and Founder, Ecotone, Inc., Forest Hills, Md.

Stream restoration in the early 1990’s promoted the use of native materials in natural channel design to achieve efficiency and cost savings. Since that time, specifications have moved away from the use of native materials more to practices which require materials which are not readily available locally, such as sandstone boulders, or square sided boulders for imbricated riprap. In addition to the use of exotic materials, projects often require extensive haul-off of excess material due to unbalanced cut and fill. These practices can increase the project’s overall construction costs substantially, and because extensive haul in and haul off is required, increase damage to local roadways.

By incorporating sustainability principles into the three stages of a project’s development: site analysis, design, and construction/long term site integrity, the project sponsor and designer achieve greater efficiency in design, reduce the project’s carbon emissions as a result of construction, and promotes local economic development and community involvement. At the site analysis stage, the project’s on-site resources, spoil areas, and local sources of material are identified and incorporated into the overall project concept. During the concept design stage, a sustainability review is conducted where cost prohibitive components are identified and alternatives are explored.

As an example, by expanding the LOD in a project to incorporate a spoil area for excess material, haul off of excess materials is substantially reduced or eliminated altogether. During the construction phase, the designer should promote collaboration with the Contractor to facilitate efficiencies which are sometimes revealed during the construction process.

Two stream restoration case studies of constructed projects in the Central Maryland region will be presented to illustrate how the use of sustainable practices and methods can improve the integrity of restoration projects, promote efficiencies in a project’s implementation, all while reducing energy expenditures and reducing costs. Tools, methods, and specification templates for integrating sustainable practices into stream restoration design will be presented. An estimate of each project’s fossil emissions will be presented and discussed.

Workshop #3 The Watershed Resources Registry

Sponsored by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

FACILITATORS:  Sandy Hertz, Assistant Director, Office of Environment, Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters, Hanover, Md. and Kelly Neff, Chief, Mitigation and Technical Assistance Section, Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore, Md.

Learn how the innovative Watershed Resources Registry (WRR) can help your State or locality identify its best opportunities to protect, restore and conserve high quality resources and improve stormwater management within your priority watersheds.

In a one-hour workshop, experts from the State and Federal government team that collaborated to develop the WRR will demonstrate how the GIS-based tool allows resource planners to screen for preferred actions, helping analyze and score areas on a scale of one to five stars based on multi-resource benefits for restoration and/or preservation. All users, including the public, work from the same data and priorities, easily accessing the WRR’s interactive features to produce site maps and other tools for critical decision-making.

Developed by a Technical Advisory Committee comprising the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Baltimore District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of Environment, Maryland Environmental Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, EPA Region 3, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Federal Highway Administration, and others, the WRR fosters multi-agency and diverse stakeholder collaboration.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) selected the WRR for advancement to transportation agencies nationwide through the AASHTO Innovation Initiative (AII) whose purpose is to identify and champion the implementation or deployment of a select few proven technologies, products or processes that are likely to yield significant economic or qualitative benefits to the users.



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