Advanced Hydrology for Jurisdictional Determinations

Course Overview


Advanced Hydrology for Jursidictional Determinations is an entirely online course and includes 24 contact hours of lecture. It provides in-depth treatment of the principles, concepts, and methods essential for working with disputed jurisdictional boundaries. Go beyond basic wetland hydrology and hydrologic indicators. Policy topics include: wetlands, other waters, ordinary high water marks, and “Significant Nexus.” Technical concepts include: saturation, porosity, Darcy’s law, hydraulic conductivity, permeability, infiltration, use of climate records, calculation of runoff, groundwater observation well installation, well data analysis, stream flow analysis, rating curves, and the effects of drainage by streams, ditches, and tiles.

Participants will receive a printed copy of Lecture Notes and a thumb drive of essential electronic resources. A discussion forum is available to ask questions, view and post additional material, and interact with other participants.


Tuition cost:

Your Course Includes

Printed Lecture Notes and Electronic Resources

Receive a copy of lecture notes and a thumb drive of essential electronic resources to reference after the course.

Certificate of Completion

All participants in WTI courses receive a certificate of completion recognizing the course topic and minimum number of hours required to complete the course.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

You can begin your online lectures anytime after online courses open each December. Progress at your own pace and review online lectures anytime until November 30th (online course close date).

Can I view lectures at my own pace?

Yes! You can view and review lectures as many times you wish until your course closes. All online courses close on November 30th each year.

Can I have face to face interation with Instructor

No, this is an online self paced course. However, you are free to contact the instructor via our course discussion board, or if needed, the direct messaging system from the member’s area.

Does this course count towards my certification program?

Your certificate of completion can be used to document instructional hours received in this topic. You should contact the specific certifying agency or association directly to find out how they will assess or credit this WTI course. Typically, our courses are accepted by all state and national certifying agencies and associations; however, you should confirm that with the specific certification program to which you are applying or renewing.

What our participants say…

“I just finished the Advanced Hydrology course. It was an excellent course and I learned a lot, both theoretical and practical. Very well done.”

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Course Curriculum

  • Discussion: Welcome and introduce yourself here (AHJD)
  • Discussion: I have questions or comments (AHJD)
  • Welcome to Advanced Hydrology for Jurisdictional Determinations (6 minutes)
    6 minutes
  • Overview of Hydrology (1 hour, 23 minutes)
    83 minutes
  • Landscape Relations (1 hour, 30 minutes)
    90 minutes
  • Wetland Hydrology (24 minutes)
    24 minutes
  • Hydrology Field Indicators Part 1 (39 minutes)
    39 minutes
  • Hydrology Field Indicators Part 2 (36 minutes)
    36 minutes
  • Climate-Precipitation (48 minutes)
    48 minutes
  • Climate-Growing Season (42 minutes)
    42 minutes
  • Aerial Photo- interpretation (49 minutes)
    49 minutes
  • Surface Water (1 hour, 14 minutes)
    0 minutes
  • Monitoring Water Movement (1 hour, 34 minutes)
    94 minutes
  • Ground Water (1 hour, 3 minutes)
    0 minutes
  • Measuring Infiltration (35 minutes)
    0 minutes
  • Assessing Drainage (28 minutes)
    28 minutes
  • Ordinary High Water Mark
    0 minutes
  • Lessons Learned
    0 minutes
  • Lateral Affects Exercise
    0 minutes