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Wetland Hydrology

Wetlands provide benefits to humans for water quality and clarity, flood protection, and recreation. Learn about one of the most significant driving forces in the formation, function and ecology of a wetland.

Cover the basic definitions and benefits of wetlands, how wetlands are delineated, and indicators of wetland hydrology. The more advanced materials will include understanding wetland hydroperiods, how wetlands are connected to ground water and surface waters, how hydrology influences the formation of hydric soils and acts as a force that structures plant communities, how wetland hydrology influences nutrient flow, the effects of storm water on wetlands, and restoring wetland hydrology.

Plus, put your boots on the ground and take a tour of some wetlands including one of Wisconsin Wetland Association’s Wetland GemsTM.

Notes on the Field Trip What better way to learn about wetland hydrology than to get your feet wet? Be prepared to walk a half-mile or more on unpaved surfaces and boardwalks during the day. We may choose to venture into areas with saturated soil or standing water, so wear footwear you are willing to get wet. It is recommended that you wear long pants and consider bringing along insect repellent. The field trip will take place rain or shine; so please be ready.

This course can be applied to the Water Technology Certificate.

Who Should Attend

Municipal staff, engineers, landscape architects, developers, land managers, entry level natural resource consultants, students, and anyone interested in learning more about wetland hydrology and wetland ecosystem services

Course Outline/Topics

Class will begin with some of the basics about wetlands and wetland ecology, go into greater depth about wetland hydrology, and then finish with a discussion of restoring wetland hydrology.

COURSE OUTLINE

Day 1: Classroom Instruction

8-8:10am
Welcome From UWM Continuing Education Staff

8:10-8:30am
Introductions and Course Goals
– Ronald A. Londré, M.S., C.E. (GRAEF)
– Geoffrey B. Parish, P.G., P.H. (GRAEF)

8:30-9am
Basics of Hydrology
– Geof Parish

9-10am
Definitions and Benefits of Wetlands
– Ron Londré

10-10:30am
Wetland identification and delineation, wetland classification systems, Indicators of wetland hydrology
– Ron Londré

10:30-11:30am
Types of wetland hydrology and wetland hydroperiods
– Geof Parish

11:30am-Noon
How hydrology influences the formation of hydric soils
– Geof Parish

Noon-1pm
Lunch

1-2pm
Connectivity of wetlands to ground water and surface waters, nutrient flow, and carbon cycling
– Geof Parish

2-3pm
Hydrology as a force that structures plant communities
– Ron Londré

3-3:15pm
Break

3:15-3:45pm
Influence of storm water on wetlands
– Ron Londré

3:45-4:30pm
Restoring the hydrology of a wetland
– Geof Parish

Day 2: Field Trip: UW-Milwaukee Field Station / Cedarburg Bog

8-8:30am
Gather in UWM School of Cont. Ed. classroom and prepare to board shuttle or personal vehicles

8:30-9:30am
Board shuttle and travel to the Cedarburg Bog

9:30-10am
Gather at field station classroom and discuss characteristics of the Cedarburg Bog

10-11:30am
Tour the wetlands of the Field Station grounds and the Sapa Bog to investigate and learn about hydrology

Noon-1pm
Lunch

1-3:30pm
Tours the wetlands of the Cedarburg Bog to investigate and learn about hydrology

3:30-4:30pm
Board shuttle and return back

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Dates and locations to be announced.

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