Date(s) - 01/17/2018
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Matt Ross Community Center
Evaluation of wetlands, streams, archeology, and habitat is a necessary component of many permitting processes and requires a multidisciplinary scientific approach, utilizing skill sets from geology to ecology to community outreach. This presentation will cover wetland delineation methods in commonly encountered Midwest settings such as row-cropped land, different ways to approach jurisdictional determinations based on wetland and stream scenarios, archeological assessments and situations that can lead to more in-depth archeological analysis, habitat assessment and evaluation, the relationship of these activities to the overall permitting process, and considerations for on-site mitigation of wetlands and streams versus compensatory mitigation.
The definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) has been under scrutiny for some time. During the Obama administration, the EPA had developed a regulation to better define these waters, but the rule has been under challenge in the courts and by the Trump administration. We will discuss the current status of the regulation, why EPA thought it was necessary, why it is being challenged, what might be expected under the current administration, and the current impact on wetlands permitting.
Lindsay James, R.G., is a Project Manager and licensed professional geologist at Blackstone Environmental, Inc. Lindsay has broad experience providing environmental consulting services and focuses primarily on solid waste, hydrogeological evaluation, groundwater compliance, and wetland delineation and management services. Lindsay’s technical focus has been on groundwater compliance including monitoring and modeling, statistical analysis, hydrogeological site characterization, and source evaluation. Lindsay is dedicated to serving the environmental community through outreach and education. She is currently the Chairman of the City of Overland Park Environmental Advisory Council and serves on the MARC Solid Waste Grant Review Committee. Lindsay has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Geoscience from the University of Iowa.