Basic Wetland Delineation

How Does This Course Work?

Learn Basic Wetland Delineation in ONE WEEK! This 5-day in-person course 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).

Materials include a 2017 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soil Field Indicators, a USB drive containing current 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual, Regional Supplements, Plant Lists, and other publications, and Lecture Notes.

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.

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:

2019 Dates Locations Register by Location
February 4 – 8, 2019 San Diego, CA Purchase Course
Feb. 25 – Mar 1, 2019 Houston, TX Purchase Course
April 1 – 5, 2019 Sacramento, CA Purchase Course
May 20 – 24, 2019 Portage, WI Purchase Course
June 10 – 14, 2019 Mesquite, TX Purchase Course
August 12 – 16, 2019 Marysville, WA Purchase Course
September 9 – 13, 2019 Covington, LA Purchase Course
September 23 – 27, 2019 Portage, WI Purchase Course

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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. Online lectures must be completed before your selected field practicum dates.

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