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WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON WETLANDS PROTECTION

Release Date: 10/27/1998
Contact Information: Bonnie Lomax (215) 814-5542 Ruth Podems (215) 814-5540

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.  - The mid-Atlantic and northeast offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will co-host and participate in a three-day workshop addressing the importance of wetlands protection.  The Wetlands Regulatory Workshop is scheduled for November 4-6, 1998 at the Holiday Inn on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J.  This is the first national workshop addressing this important issue.  

The workshop hosted by the Regulatory Interagency Steering Committee, will focus on increasing dialogue and fostering partnerships between federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and the regulatory communities.  

John Studt, Chief of the Regulatory Branch U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C. will deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m. on November 4.  Other highlights include a lunchtime discussion on Wednesday featuring Gregory Peck, EPA’s Director of Wetlands Division and Mike Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works; and a Thursday morning session on the proposed nationwide permits. The full agenda includes representatives from federal, state and local governments; academia; environmental organizations; the private sector and international environmental agencies.  

Wetlands is the collective term for marshes, swamps, bogs and similar areas that develop between open water and dry land.  These areas are found in every state in the nation.  Wetlands help improve water quality; reduce flood and storm damage; and provide important fish and wildlife habitat.

All sessions are open to the public.  Registration will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday,  November 3. and from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. each morning of the event.  For more information on registration and the workshop contact Ralph Spagnolo of  EPA’s Environmental Services Division at 215-814-2718.

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