Waters of the United States: Present and Future Definition

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM Central Time

Education Track: Wetland, Stream Bank, Shoreline Restoration
Audience Level: All
Price: $50 for Members/ $65 for Non-Members
Credit: 1 Professional Development Hour
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The subject of this chat is the definition of waters of the United States and how the changing definition impacts the industry. There are many complicated facets to the current definition that are better understood by discussing questions from the audience who have their own experience grappling with the definition of waters of the U.S. Bring your questions and insight to what will be a lively discussion about these contentious and important issues.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify whether a water body is a water of the United States.
  2. Anticipate changes to the definition of waters of the U.S.
  3. Understand how changes to the definition of waters of the U.S. may affect a particular project.
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Presented by Aaron Brewer

Aaron is a State of Texas licensed Professional Geoscientist (P.G.) with 20 years of diverse experience in environmental consulting split between site assessment and natural resource consulting. While earning a bachelor of science degree in Plant Biology from the University of Minnesota Aaron worked on several wetland restoration research projects and focused his studies on phytoremediation. Brewer has worked as an environmental consultant since graduating in 1998. His range of experience includes due diligence evaluations, remediation system design and oversight, tank removal and regulatory closure, wetland delineation and permitting, endangered species assessments, cultural resources project management, and ecological risk assessment.

Brewer has been conducting wetland delineations and assisting clients with wetland permitting since 2000. He has maintained Wetland Delineator certification from the State of Minnesota since that program was initiated in 2005. Aaron's clients and their projects are located across the central United States, which puts him in regular contact with several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District offices in many different geographies.

The identification of wetlands and other aquatic features is always followed by questions of whether a water is a “water of the U.S.” and whether a proposed project is a regulated activity. Aaron's many endeavors into answering these questions have created a wealth of experience that he is eager to share in webinars and presentations to his clients and peers.


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