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AMWS is fully committed to the professional development of our members. As a result, we offer a variety of workshops on wetland science and regulatory updates. Non-members are welcome to attend. However, membership is encouraged through reduced workshop rates and other benefits.

AMWS workshops are recognized for their value: nowhere else will you find top working wetland scientists "giving back" to the profession at such affordable rates. As a result, AMWS members only are offered the limited number of seats during the first two weeks of posting an event.

As an added value of AMWS membership, we also offer social networking opportunities with other environmental professionals. These events generally take place in central Massachusetts, and may include appetizers and drinks, as well as a speaker.

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Left Photo: Courtesy Brent Baeslack (Haverhill ConCom) - Instructors Dwight Dunk (CDM) and Chad Sumner (SumCo Eco-Contracting) discuss the riprap foot of the restored slope at low tide during the field portion of the 9/30/11 AMWS Riverbank Stabilization Techniques Workshop in Haverhill, Mass. Of note, the tree stump in the water is secured by cables, and was added to aid stability and provide fish habitat.

Right Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Garner (Patrick Garner Co.) - Instructor Art Allen (EcoTec) at a deep hole featured at the AMWS Advanced Soil Identification Workshop, held June 22nd & 23rd, 2010, in Grafton, Mass.




Above Photo: Courtesy of Briscoe Lang (Pare Corporation). The field portion of the AMWS workshop, Classic River Morphology, was held 9/26/14

on the West Branch of the Swift River in Belchertown. Here instructors Heidi Davis (MassDEP), Paul Beaulieu (Tighe & Bond) and Patrick Garner

(Patrick Garner Co.) explain bankfull.


Additional workshop photo courtesy of Heidi Davis (MassDEP).




Most of us work independently or by ourselves in the field. AMWS workshops and meetings are a chance to get collegial feedback.


                                                                                                 ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS THROUGH WEDS., NOV. 5TH


Nov. 14, 2014  (Friday)

Annual Meeting: "Member's Choice" (half-day)

Warren Conference Center, Ashland, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - noon

                                           Annual Meeting: “Member’s Choice”




Moderator:  Matt Varrell (AMWS Secretary; Needham Conservation Director)


    8:15-9:00     Registration, Continental Breakfast


    9:00-9:15     Opening Remarks

                       John Rockwood (AMWS President; EcoTec)


    9:15-9:30     Update on MassDEP Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage Advisory Group

                       Glenn Wood, Esq. (AMWS Government Affairs Chair; Rubin & Rudman)


   9:30-10:15    Topic #1:  Wetland Biogeochemistry, including the Benefit of Carbon Sequestration

                       Dr. Mark Hines (UMass-Lowell College of Sciences)

                       Have you ever wondered about the biogeochemical reactions going on in a wetland soil and how                            geology, landscape position, plants and water pathways play a role? Dr. Hines will introduce us to                          the “Sequence of Reduction,” and discuss the chemical cycles that occur within wetlands. He will                          also discuss the current debate regarding the ability of wetlands to contribute to carbon  

                       sequestration, based on recent articles. If time permits, the floor will be open discussion of the

                       application of wetland biogeochemistry to the practice of wetland science.

                        (Member’s Choice topic suggested by Ingeborg Hegemann, BSC Group)


10:15               S-T-R-E-T-C-H


10:15-11:00    Topic #2:  How Stream Crossing Standards can be more Effectively Implemented on the

                      Local Level

                      Panel discussion moderated by Karen Adams, and includes Nicole Sanford (City of Northampton);                          Alan Anacheka-Nasemann (Corps of Engineers); Scott Jackson (UMass-Amherst)

                      Many AMWS members see firsthand the problems Department of Public Works face with projects 

                      they consider to be routine culvert replacements.  State and federal requirements encourage

                      redesign  of the crossings to improve aquatic organism passage. This is not an easy process and

                      becomes a real problem if the town has waited until the culvert fails. Funding is often the issue. What

                      tools are available to be proactive? Is there a means to inform the towns which crossings are

                      important to upgrade, so they can plan better? Are there lessons from the success and failure of

                      upgraded crossings? Can towns get culverts upgraded by developers needing mitigation if these

                      critical crossings are more widely known? Can state and federal requirements be more user-friendly?

                      (Member’s Choice topic suggested by Karen Adams, Corps of Engineers)


11:00-11:45     Topic #3:  Discussion of Reconciling MassDEP Replication Requirements with the Federal

                       In-Lieu Fee Program

                       Panel discussion moderated by Matt Schweisberg, and includes: Lealdon Langley (MassDEP);

                       Patrick Garner (as a former AMWS & MACC President, Patrick Garner Co.)

                       State and federal mitigation requirements have diverged, frustrating many. MassDEP has significant

                       issues with ILF programs. They include the potential temporal loss of wetlands while projects    

                       proposed in the ILF program are carried out, the emphasis on preservation rather than replication or

                       restoration, failure to meet the “no net loss” policy, nexus in resources lost and those authorized by

                       ILF, as well as additional issues such as town by-laws. Further, the WPA and 401 require 1:1

                       mitigation. The state does not have flexibility, except with variance projects, and has no plans to

                       change the regs. Nevertheless, DEP is currently considering policy to address this problem. Audience

                       input is invited.

                       (Member’s Choice topic suggested by Matt Schweisberg, Wetland Strategies & Solutions)



11:45-12:00     Business Meeting

                       John Rockwood and Matt Varrell

                       Includes financial report; new business from the floor, members-only raffle    

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Includes Continental breakfast. 3 hours toward CEUs (actual number determined by certifying agency) &

3 free chances for members to win $100 cash! 


Cost: Member $95; non-member $155 











Not an AMWS member? See "Join" section on this website!


(1) Fees are due in advance of the workshop. Should you require reimbursement by your employer, an invoice will be provided upon request.

(2) In the unlikely event that we have insufficient registrations two (2) weeks before a workshop, we reserve the right to cancel it. Your fee will be returned in full.

(3) If you must cancel seven (7) days or more before a workshop, your fee will be returned, less $25. No refunds seven (6) days or less before a workshop. Note: Substitutions are fine and may be made without charge, as long as the difference between member and non-member fees is paid, and there is no one on the Wait List. Please note that your substitute will not receive a Certificate of Attendance unless AMWS is notified before the workshop so the Wait List may be checked and availability confirmed.

**We regret the cancellation charge, but your absence may affect whether the workshop is held, and will affect the instructors, who key their presentation to participants. Additionally, your absence affects catering, the number of printed materials and AMWS itself--as we have fixed expenses.

(4) Registration is only guaranteed when you are given confirmation by email. Do not assume you are registered otherwise. Workshop participants often receive box lunches or supplies that are not ordered in excess. Additionally, the instructor/participant ratio must be maintained for optimal learning.
(5) Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Wait List will be maintained.
(6) CEUs are usually available from the certifying authority. All participants are given a Certificate of Attendance.



NOTE: As of 1/01/11, Continuing Ed units are no longer pre-approved by the N.H. Board. You still need continuing education, but it is now call Continuing Education Hours (versus units), w/ 1 hour = 1 CEH. It is the responsibility of the candidate to decide whether or not the course is relevant to the practice of Soil or Wetland Science. For more info, see




AMWS ALSO LISTS ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND MEETINGS OFFERED BY OTHER GROUPS that may be of interest to our members. Mention of a particular conference, course, or company does not imply endorsement by AMWS.

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Nov. 21-23

Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming,

Tufts University, Medford, Mass.


Biodiversity for a Livable Climate promotes maximizing nature's potential to remove excess carbon from the air, with dozens of speakers with worldwide experience and perspectives. Information on the program, speakers and links can be found at:  There is an early bird discount on registration through Oct. 31st, plus student and group discounts.



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