Wetlands provide many free services to our communities, from flood storage to protecting
water quality. They also inspire debate and confusion among developers and local governments
regarding how and where land development can occur. Without understanding the link
between land uses and their cumulative effects on wetlands, individual land use decisions often
complicate wetlands management and land development processes and limit the important
functions that wetlands provide to us free-of-charge.
This event is designed to help local elected and appointed officials, government staff, and local
professionals understand why wetlands issues are important, understand the laws and rules
governing them, as well as understand how well-informed decision making can yield more
efficient results that adequately protect our coastal resources while continuing to meet land use
and development needs.
The seminar will feature experts from regulatory agencies and
those versed in the legal issues that arise over wetlands. Our
speakers work hand in hand with officials, staff, and professionals
and are able to address the complex processes of local
government decision-making and permitting for land
development. They will provide an open forum for discussing
solutions and actions that ensure more efficient and
comprehensive planning for wetlands and development.
Participants will also have the opportunity to experience some
local wetlands first-hand through a field trip guided by wetland
Nicole Saladin, Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Phone: (843) 904-9034