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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for October 15, 2014



Environmental seminars, forums, education, networking and social opportunities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York
& Delaware
 




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October 14-16, 2014
NJ Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) Annual Conference
Bally's Atlantic City
The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) annual conference is the premier floodplain management conference in the Northeast. With more than 40 speakers and several hundred participants, this is the conference that regional floodplain managers from the public and private sector plan to attend. In addition, many consulting firms and product vendors associated with floodplain management attend as well. The annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, geology, planning, code enforcement, floodplain management and emergency management to participate in Plenary Sessions and concurrent technical sessions on a broad range of relevant topics. The conference also includes a number of training opportunities and networking events. The conference includes a moderated Cracker Barrel session on a wide array of topics on the evening of October 14; a full conference program on October 15; a half-day program on October 16; and a proctored Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam on the afternoon of October 16. In addition, we are fortunate to have David Miller, Associate Administrator of FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, as the Keynote Speaker on October 15. Over the past 10 years, NJAFM has worked diligently to train and educate municipal officials and residents, to advocate for sound floodplain management policy, and to mitigate the adverse impacts of storms and floods. While we have made significant contributions to improved floodplain management over the past decade, much work remains to be done. This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to review the progress we have made, identify the ongoing challenges we face, and to focus on the important work at hand. The conference will feature a wide range of presentations and information regarding the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, as well as a host of technical presentations regarding pre-and post-storm planning, flood mapping, regulations, code enforcement, flood insurance and hazard mitigation. Check the NJFAM conference web site at www.njafm.org for information on abstract submissions, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities and more!


October 14-17, 2014
Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Basking Ridge, NJ
Learn the methods of the experts! This four-day course will introduce you to delineating wetlands using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which is required for use in New Jersey. Techniques taught will also be applicable to individuals interested in using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual. Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual.  Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom while performing wetland determinations during team field exercises. More information

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October 15,  2014
Introduction to Wetland Identification
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Basking Ridge, NJ
In this one-day combination classroom and field course, a nationally recognized wetlands expert will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries and introduce you to wetland plant identification and soil recognition. You will learn: Why wetlands are important; How they differ; What indicators are used for wetland identification, and About the current regulations in New Jersey.You'll also find out how to access and use government maps in order to identify wetlands on your property, on lands you may be interested in purchasing or on properties on which you conduct environmental, landscaping or other site development or remediation work. You will also get a simple introduction to the practice of wetland delineation (the technical skill of determining a wetlands precise boundaries) --- all in one day! 
More information here.


October 17, 2014

NJ’s Complicated Affordable Housing Policies: Considering the Alternatives
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thomas Edison State College
101 West State Street
Prudence Hall
Trenton, NJ 08608
COAH is in the midst of its third attempt at making rules for the “third round,” which began in 1999! The two previous attempts (in 2004 and 2008) were overturned by the courts. The Supreme Court has already been requested to short-circuit the current rule proposal before COAH even adopts it. Given the quagmire of this recent history of COAH proposals and litigation in NJ, maybe it’s time to review how other states are facilitating affordable housing production and to consider how their experiences could reshape New Jersey’s approach. Leading the discussion is Rachel Bratt, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, and author or co-author of many articles, reports, and chapters in books on housing policy. She will highlight affordable housing strategies from other states and assess their applicability in New Jersey. Two response panels will follow her remarks. The first panel, consisting of planners and housing advocates, will discuss key trends, policy principles, and what could work in New Jersey. The second panel will feature housing developers and a local official to ground the discussion in real world experiences. There will be ample time for questions and answers.



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October 21, 2014
NJDEP Case Study Training for LSRPs
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Douglass Campus Center)
This interactive one-day workshop will engage Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) and other environmental professionals to work through a typical Site Remediation Program (SRP) Case starting with an ISRA triggering event, through all the phases of remediation (PA/SI/RI and RA), including applying for and implementing a remedial action permit and culminating in the issuance of an RAO. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0514ca.html


October 18, 2014
Unlocking the Mysteries of Mushrooms
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(t) 215.482.7300 x. 118
Celebrated, coveted, feared, misunderstood; the relationship between mankind and fungi is as complex as it is ancient.  As we unravel their mysteries, mushrooms can teach us about both ourselves and the ecosystems around us.  The Mycopolitan Mushroom Company will explore the role of fungi in the forest and on the farm, offering tastings of the unique flavors and textures of the forest, and providing a look at native fungi in their habitat.  Participants will take home living mycelium to grow mushrooms. More information available here












October 21-22, 2014 
Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed's 2nd Annual Forum
Historic Hotel Bethlehem Bethlehem, Pa.

Discuss key issues in protecting and restoring water quality. Get an update on collaborative efforts underway around the Watershed, including the William Penn Foundation's Delaware River Watershed Initiative. Contribute your insights on basin-wide issues. Visit area sites that highlight efforts to protect and improve water resources, and hear public and private perspectives on opportunities and challenges in conservation and restoration work. There will be ample networking opportunities as well, including an evening reception at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.There is no fee to attend the Forum, but registration is required; visit http://bit.ly/DelawareWatershedForum to learn more about the Forum and to register online. For more information, contact Kim Beidler at 609-392-1182 of send email to kim.beidler@njaudubon.org.



October 27, 2014

Celebrate New Jerseys Contributions to the World at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, October 27, 2014 at the Palace at Somerset.


October 28, 2014

Technical Program on Stormwater Management at PA Brownfield Sites
12 noon – 1:30 pm. Pre-registration is required  
PADEP Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Check in begins at 11:30 am.  
Please pre-register and make payment on-line at: www.swepweb.com    
$15/person member; $25 person non-member; No charge for students. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP by: Friday, October 24, 2014 at http://swep.wildapricot.org/event-1765960
Please join us for a PA DEP Southeast Region educational program to help consultants and project managers plan accordingly for stormwater management at Brownfield remediation and development sites.  Presenters for this program include Stephan Sinding, DEP Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields Manager, and Domenic Rocco, DEP Waterways & Wetlands Manager. Steve and Dom will share tools and tips on what is required, and items to consider when beginning a brownfield project. ContactSonya Ward, H2M architects + engineers, Parsippany, NJ  215-375-8234 / Email:  sward@h2m.com


October 29-30, 2014
Environmental Audits & Site Assessments
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University 
This two-day course will help you navigate the legal and regulatory maze that surrounds industrial and commercial site assessments and property transactions. This class is particularly relevant to practicing LSRPs. Discover how to conduct successful - and legally viable - assessments that are consistent with ASTM Standards and other applicable Federal and State regulations. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/el0102ca.html


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November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 2014
ArcGIS Edition & Data Development
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Env. & Natural Resource Center Lab)
For those familiar with ArcGIS mapping software, including its toolbars and functions of Arc Map and Arc Catalog, this 12-hour evening program will guide you through real world editing and data management processes that are vital for intermediate GIS users to know. Includes a one-year free trial of ArcGIS 10 software. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/eg0915ca.html


November 6, 2014
Nature Preschool Open House
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Free
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(t) 215.482.7300 x. 118
Find out more about the Schuylkill Center’s unique Nature Preschool for children ages 3 – 5.  Visit preschool classrooms, meet the preschool’s director, learn about our curriculum and schedule, ask questions, and pick up a registration packet.  Bring your children – we’ll have activities to engage them.More information available here


November 13, 2014

Rapid Design and Analysis of Groundwater Remediation Systems *New Course*
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University Human Resources Training Center
27 Road 1, Piscataway, NJ 08854
This new one-day, "hands-on" computer workshop will appeal to LSRPs planning groundwater remedies and to engineers and environmental professionals who need an easy "non-modeling" way to calculate groundwater flow and aquifer response for a variety of common engineered systems, including extraction wells, collector trenches, slurry or sheet pile walls, permeable reactive barriers, and funnel and gate remedies. Attendees will receive instruction, and participate in a series of hands-on exercises, in which they will evaluate aquifer drawdown; optimize pumping well extraction rates; determine groundwater flow paths, velocities, and residence times; estimate system capture zone extent; create graphics with groundwater contours and pathlines; and examine other aspects that should be considered when designing, evaluating and optimizing groundwater remediation systems. Attendees will be introduced to a set of "calculators" that, with simplified site conditions, can serve as a screening tool to produce preliminary remediation designs. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0110ca.html


December 3-5, 2014
HEC-RAS: An Intensive 3-Day Workshop
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University
There's no question that HEC-RAS is an incredibly powerful tool but it's also no secret that it can be overwhelming, challenging and, in the hands of an inexperienced user, the end result could be numerical instability and severely flawed analyses. Can you afford that outcome on your projects? To make sense of this program, we've recruited Joe Skupien, one of the most highly rated instructors in hydrology and hydraulics, to teach this 3-day hands-on training class. In this intensive three-day workshop, led by Joseph Skupien (an expert with more than 25 years of NJ stormwater management experience), you will get a comprehensive overview of the steady flow capabilities of the current version (V4.1) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System program (HEC-RAS). More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0401ca.html


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