Training helps protect wetlands

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) partnered with various state and federal agencies to offer three one-day workshops, Wetlands and Water Quality: Regulating Construction Impacts in Coastal Areas on April 15-17, 2014.

Fifty-four participants attended the workshop, including staff from the cities and counties, to:

  • Understand the function and value of wetlands;
  • Evaluate examples of typical projects that require environmental clearance; and,
  • Learn the roles of regulatory agencies in the wetlands and water quality permit review process.

Presentations by representatives from:

  • Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Mississippi Office of the Secretary of State

An afternoon panel discussion was also held to answer any questions that participants might have related to permitting or projects in their own cities and counties.

All of those that completed the evaluation agreed or strongly agreed that attending the class was a good use of their time and 78 % agreed that the class increased their understanding of construction regulations in wetlands. Eighty-eight percent of participants said that they learned something that they would apply in their work or future decisions. Many participants also said that they enjoyed meeting all of the staff that was in charge of the permitting so they know who to contact in the future.

 

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