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JANUARY LUNCH MEETING:
Tuesday January 13th, 12:00  to 1:00
Speaker: Michael J. Nichols, C.E.P.
M.J. Nichols & Associates, LLC

1 PDH WILL BE OFFERED AT THIS MEETING

Topic: Wetlands Delineation in Florida

Chapter 62-340 F.A.C. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Federal Manual for the Delineation of Jurisdictional Wetlands ('87 Manual) and its regional supplement are the the sole sources of identifying and delineating jurisdictional wetlands for State and Federal regulatory purposes in the State of Florida, respectively. The primary components for determining those boundaries include definitions and parameters combined with methods to differentiate uplands or open water habitat from wetlands. The definitions of both the State rule and Federal Manual focus on the terms "regular and periodic inundation or saturation". The other two (2) parameters that are used are generally less difficult to establish in the field with the limited time frame required for making these determinations. Hydric soils and hydrophytic vegetation indicators and lists have been established and methods employed within the rule and Manaual/Regional Supplement in order for qualified individuals to quantify areas in the field that ultimately meet the criteria of being a jurisdictional wetland. It is important to note that the definition of a wetland in both the rule and the Manual is a legal definition and not a scientific definition. This distinction is important because it may mean that in certain circumstances not all wetlands will result in a review that establishes them as jurisdictional wetlands subject to various agency requirements.

Location: Vista Center – 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411 (Room 1E-58)

Directions: From I-95, head West on Okeechobee Blvd. until you pass over the Turnpike. Then take a right at the second light (Jog Road) heading North, and continue about a third of a mile. Finally, on your right will be The Vista Center Government Building Main Entrance. Be sure to park in Visitor’s Parking.

Make ONLINE Reservations for This Month's Lunch Meeting
or call Raymond Sciortino at 561-799-3855 x5005 Branch officers encourage reservations to be submitted online.

ASCE Florida's Chapter Website:
http://www.fla-asce.org/



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