Basic Wetland Delineation (2020)

Course Overview

 This 5-day in-person course satisfies the requirements for basic wetland delineation training as specified by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and certification programs in many states. Classroom and field work focuses on application of the Regional Supplements and the portions of the 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual still valid as used by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and numerous state governments. Learn the technical guidelines for wetland delineations, field indicators of hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, and wetland hydrology, methods for making jurisdictional determinations and methods to apply in difficult situations. Class time is divided between lecture and fieldwork (24 lecture, 16 field = 40 contact hours). Scroll down for dates, locations, and a more specific list of topics covered.

Materials include a 2017 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soil Field Indicators, printed lecture notes, and a USB drive containing current 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual, Regional Supplements, Plant Lists, and other references.

This course satisfies the requirements for basic wetland delineation training as specified by the Corps of Engineers and certification programs in many states.  Choose from locations listed below.



COVID-19 Precautions

In light of state and national COVID-19 guidelines, WTI has developed plans to provide the safest possible field course environment while adhering to social distancing recommendations.  All participants must read, sign, and return our Participant Guidelines as well as our COVID-19 Liability Waiver Form before the start date of your course in order to participate. If you are unable to do this, you will not be allowed to participate in the field course. All WTI course dates will continue to be contingent on CDC and State recommendations related to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.

Your Course Includes

2017 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soil Field Indicators

This book is based on the National Technical Committee on Hydric Soils’ Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States v. 8.0.

Printed Lecture Notes and Electronic Resources

All participants receive the same lecture notes provided in our in-person courses and a thumb drive of essential electronic resources.

Instructor interaction

WTI instructors are available to answer specific questions during and after your course.

Frequently asked Questions

Where is the specific location or venue for the course?

We finalize specific logistics once a course has reached minimum enrollment and is officially “confirmed.” Once confirmed, all registered participants will be notified of specific details so travel and other arrangements can be made as needed.

Will this course cover current Regional Supplements?

Yes, this course will address and use regional supplements as appropriate for the course location. Also note that most WTI courses have broad applicability throughout the United States. Thus, whether you take Basic Wetland Delineation in the Northwest or Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands in the Southeast, most of the information in both classes will be applicable in either place.

Does this course have any certificates?

You will receive a certificate of completion with instructional contact hours documented once you have completed all course requirements (i.e. online lectures, field practicum, discussion forum participation).

Course Locations

Dates and Location options for Basic Wetland Delineation field practicum:

2020 Dates Locations Register by Location
February 3 – 7, 2020 San Diego, CA COMPLETED
March 23 – 27, 2020 Houston, TX POSTPONED
April 20 – 24, 2020 Sacramento, CA POSTPONED
May 4 – 8, 2020 Great Bend, KS CANCELLED
May 18 – 22, 2020 Portage, WI CANCELLED
June 22 – 26, 2020 Mesquite, TX CANCELLED
August 17 – 21 2020 Marysville, WA CANCELLED – SEE ONLINE OPTION
September 14 – 18, 2020 Sacramento, CA Purchase Course
September 21 – 25, 2020 Portage, WI Purchase Course
October 19 – 23, 2020 Houston, TX Purchase Course
October 26 – 30, 2020 Covington, LA CANCELLED

Also offered as a hybrid course with online lectures and field practicum. Click here to see dates.

What our participants say…

“I expected to come away ready to confidently carry out wetland delineations on my own – I feel ready. Lots of great information and the ability to work through practice delineations with the appropriate amount of guidance and supervision.”

“Instructors were awesome! Course was awesome! A LOT of information, but good information, that I would not have learned anywhere else.”

“The instructor knows the 1987 USACE Manual inside and out and is an expert in the field of wetland delineation. I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge on the subject.”

“This course helped me establish a great foundational knowledge for wetland delineations! I am so thankful for all the knowledge I gained from instructors and classmates this week!”

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Course Curriculum

This 5-day in-person course focuses on the application of the Regional Supplements and the portions of the 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual still valid as used by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and numerous state governments.

Lecture topics include:

(24 contact hours in the classroom)

  1. Federal Geographic Jurisdiction
  2. Introduction to 1987 Manual and Regional Supplements
  3. Wetland Hydrology Fundamentals
  4. Wetland hydrology field indicators
  5. Fundamental Soil Concepts
  6. Soil Color
  7. Redoximorphic Features
  8. Field Indicators of Hydric Soils
  9. Hydrophytic Vegetation
  10. Vegetation Exercise
  11. Technical Guidelines
  12. Use of Soil Surveys
  13. Methods – Part 1
  14. Methods – Part 2
  15. Difficult Wetland Situations
  16. Problematic Hydric Soils
  17. Disturbed/Atypical situations
  18. Soil Taxonomy

Field Practicum Includes:

(16 hours in the field)

  1. Safety Briefing
  2. Instructor Demonstrations and Use of Data Sheets
  3. Student Characterizatoin of Data Points and Use of Data Sheets
  4. Field Exercises

Instructor Pool

Charles J. Newling is a Certified Wetland Biologist (CWB) and Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) with over 35 years experience in wetland delineation, restoration, monitoring, and mitigation banking. He participated in writing the 1987 United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wetlands Delineation Manual and served for 8 years as the national technical coordinator for USACE wetland training. He has testified frequently as an expert on these issues.

Phil Scoles is a Registered Professional Soil Scientist (RPSS), Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), and principal of Terra Science, Inc. He specializes in wetland delineation, hydric soil evaluation, wetland hydrology assessment, permitting, mitigation, and problematic wetland situations. He has extensive experience working with hydric soils and wetland hydrology.

Barbara Walther is a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) with over 35 years of experience in wetland delineation and regulations and is a recently retired Senior Ecologist from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program. Her background includes implementing local, state and federal wetland regulatory programs, conducting delineations and functional analyses, writing and review of permit applications and training in all wetland-related topics.

Michael Whited is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS), Certified Professional Soil Classifier (CPSC), and Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) with 40 years experience as a soil scientist. He was regional director of the USDA-NRCS Soil Survey for the West Central Glaciated Region, past chair of the National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils and the New England Hydric Soil Committee, and a principal author of the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the U.S.