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Conference Session: Does Massachusetts Need a Wetland Ecological Function Assessment Method?
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Pre-approved for 1.5 CECs under SER's CERP Program

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Where: Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
United States

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Since wetlands and other aquatic resources first became subject to federal regulation in the mid-1970s, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and others have been developing methodologies for assessing the ecological functions of wetlands. The methods were developed primarily to predict the effects of wetland alteration and to determine appropriate types and amounts of compensatory mitigation. Methodologies continue to evolve, and conceptual development and field-testing are ongoing. This workshop is intended for those with experience in the scientific, technical, regulatory, and policy aspects of the Massachusetts wetlands program. It will provide a brief history and overview of several methodologies, then focus on discussing whether Massachusetts should develop a methodology for use under the Wetlands Protection Act.