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Principles of Wetland Design

Principles of Wetland Design

This is a new approach to understanding wetland design. This 12-week class will prepare you to diagnose and understand how a wetland should function as well as ways to improve wetland projects in peril.

Identification of the critical wetland functions will be presented including:

  • Shoreline bank erosion control
  • Sediment stabilization
  • Water quality
  • Wildlife
  • Fish (tidal, non-tidal stream/river, and non-tidal pond/lake), and
  • Uniqueness/heritage.

The next phase of the assessment includes the development of the methods and calculations necessary to properly plan for wetland hydrology. A water budget will be established to enable students to understand how water circulates through a wetland. Upon completion of the class students will be able to prepare a water budget and properly size a proposed wetland system.
The topics covered in this class include:

  • Water Cycle Principles
  • Understanding Groundwater
  • Surface Runoff Calculations
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Wetland Water Budget Development

Once the target wetland functions have been identified and the water budget is established it is time to start putting the wetland together. This phase includes:

  • Wetland planting schedules
  • Soil amendments
  • Project construction planning
  • Monitoring protocols

In an idealized situation, if the aforementioned protocols were followed, a pretty successful wetland would result. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. So the next thing we will discuss is how to take apart an existing wetland project to identify what might not be working. Sometimes this is the water budget. Sometimes it is an issue with conflicting goals. Sometimes it is just something dumb. Our forensic approach will highlight what could be fixed to restore the design back to its intended functions.

The class will conclude with the preparation of a student wetland design project based on a local site. Each student will locate a potential wetland mitigation site and prepare a detailed plan that will cover all of the finer points covered in class. Each week there will be an assignment that will serve as the data necessary for the development of the plan. The student will receive an individualized review of the site data and design to help them identify trouble spots and high points,

No Need For Out of Town Travel

All of the classroom presentations, discussions and project design can be accessed online using our Swamp Cloud. There is no software to download. You just need a standard broadband internet connection.

This class will require the student to find a suitable field site at a location convenient to them. There will be a need to do some on-site rudimentary survey work so the student will need to gain access to the site from the landowner. No trespassing, please. ?  At the end of the class you will be able to:

  • Describe the physical, chemical, and biological processes of a wetland;
  • Document the ecological processes necessary for restoring and enhancing wetlands;
  • Identify the methods used to restore, manage, maintain, and monitor the wetland system;
  • Highlight the existing and potential functions of a prospective restoration or enhancement site; and
  • Complete a wetland site design and determine associated opportunities and constraints.

Time Limits

Weekly assignments are to be turned in within the timeframe indicated for each assignment, normally ten days from the start of the lesson. Daily assignments in weeklong courses are due the next day.  You must complete all class requirements by the official end date of the course. If you are unable to complete the class within that time frame you MUST notify the Swamp School in writing. Late work may be turned in after due dates but may be penalized. If you have not completed the course by the official end date, additional time extensions can be requested but may be subject to an additional fee.  If you wish, you may transfer into the next scheduled session of the course, however, some or all of your previous coursework may not carry over to the new session and you may also be subject to a re-enrollment fee. The Swamp School reserves the right to modify this policy on a case-by-case basis.

NOTE: In the event that the student falls more than two weeks behind during the class term, the student’s course access will be suspended without notice until the student contacts the Swamp School to discuss continuation in the class or transfer to another session.  It is up to the student to contact the Swamp School to discuss re-enrollment options.

Need Extra Help?

Schedule one-on-one instructor time to aid you with your design approach (included with your tuition).

Credit Hours: 36

Questions? Give us a call at 1-877-479-2673

Event Properties

Event Date 11-11-2019
Location The Swamp School