Meetings and Events

Each year NCAEP holds up to four dinner meetings in Raleigh, and over the last several years we have been expanding our meetings to Charlotte and Wilmington. Topics range across the diverse interests of our membership including natural resources, stream and wetland restoration, NEPA/SEPA, stormwater issues, regulatory updates, environmental ethics, and a variety of other topics. Our past speakers have included senior members of NCDENR, NCDWQ, local governments, and the Whitehouse Council of Environmental Quality. Many of our speakers' past presentations are available on the Past Meetings link. Most of our dinner meetings provide 1 Professional Development Hour of credit for those needing to keep up with certifications.

Each meeting begins with a social hour and gives our members the chance to catch up with old acquaintances and news from other specialties or interests. We then ask our speakers to present from 15 to 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. Come join us and learn something new!

Upcoming events

    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Long Leaf Room: New Hanover Public Library, NE Branch, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., Wilmington, NC 28405
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    NCAEP is pleased to announce the final session in the second round of our lunch and learn partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District.  The third meeting of the second round, Wetland Delineation Refresher, will be held on 28 August in Wilmington, NC.

    Registration by COB on 26 August is required.  Lunch will be sponsored by Land Management Group.  Please contact Ward Marotti (wmarotti@wkdickson.com) to learn about subsequent meetings' sponsorship opportunities and to suggest future meeting topics.

    Meeting Abstract:

    One of the bedrock skills of environmental field work is the ability to accurately delineate a boundary between wetlands and uplands - and to document this important work with a complete and defensible delineation report.  It has been nearly a decade since the Atlantic-Gulf Coastal Plain and Eastern Mountains and Piedmont Regional Supplements came into use in NC, and this lunch and learn session is designed to provide an overview of the supplements, data forms, appropriate documentation, and to answer questions regarding the delineation of wetlands in NC.  Toward that end, David Lekson, Chief of the Washington Regulatory Field Office and subject matter expert, will be sharing his knowledge and experience with us.  David will also explore the importance and application of the many new computer-based tools available to wetland delineators today.  Audience questions and interaction are encouraged throughout the meeting. 

    DATE:    28 August 2019
                  Lunch:11:30 AM
                  Presentation: 12:00
    PM
                


    LOCATION:  Long Leaf Room
                        New Hanover County Public Library: NE Branch Executive Dev. Ctr.

                        1241 Military Cutoff Rd. 
                        Wilmington, NC 28405

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 4101 Capital Boulevard, Conference Room 436, Raleigh, NC 27604
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    North Carolina Wetland Assessment Method (NC WAM) and Training Course
    September 10 – 13, 2019

    Class Location:
    Class taught at New Hope Center, 4101 Capital Boulevard, Conference Room 436, Raleigh, NC 27604

    919-522-6364 (Dorney cell)

    Registration Fee (Before 8/30/19):
    $835 for NCAEP members or $860 for non-NCAEP members

    Conducted by:
    NC Association of Environmental Professionals

    Taught by:
    John Dorney, Sandy Smith, and LeiLani Paugh

    Introduction:  This 4-day lecture and field course will focus on the North Carolina Wetland Assessment Method (Version 5.1) (NC WAM) that was implemented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District (USACE) in a public notice dated April 21, 2015.  The USACE intends to utilize NC WAM for internal reviews of permit applications, including decisions regarding the amount and type of compensatory mitigation, avoidance and minimization of impacts, or other decisions pertaining to aquatic resource quality and functions.  Environmental consultants, federal and state agency personnel, and local government staff members who deal with regulatory programs related to wetlands are encouraged to attend.  Emphasis will be on identification of North Carolina general wetland types, determination of evaluation areas, discussion of evaluation concepts and functional assessment metrics, experience using the computer rating calculator, and field exercises in both undisturbed and disturbed wetlands and wetland complexes.  The course will conclude with a written test, and successful students will be presented with a Certificate of Training.  Though the method is specific to North Carolina, this course may also be useful for professionals who work in neighboring states.  Continuing education credits have been requested and approved for Foresters (SAF), Engineers (NCBELS), Landscape Architects (NCBOLA), Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC), and Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ). In addition, others can be sought upon request.  In addition, others can be sought upon request.  Applicants who are interested in continuing education credits must notify us by e-mail so appropriate arrangements can be made.

    Instructors:

    John Dorney:  Senior Environmental Scientist, Moffatt & Nichol for the past five years and retired from N.C. Division of Water Quality, Wetlands and Stormwater Branch.  Mr. Dorney worked with the Division of Water Quality for over 28 years, was actively involved in the development of NC WAM, as well as the N.C. Stream Assessment Method, and has taught courses in these methods for more than 10 years, and has co-authored several papers on the method.  He is an expert in wetland and stream functional assessment, isolated wetlands, as well as wetland and stream permitting.

    Sandy Smith:  Senior Project Manager, Axiom Environmental, Inc.  Mr. Smith has worked as a private environmental consultant in North Carolina for 31 years, was actively involved in the development of NC WAM, and has co-authored several papers on the method, and has taught courses in the method for more than 10 years.  He is an expert in wetland delineation, functional assessment, and permitting.

    LeiLani Paugh:  Mitigation and Modeling Group Leader, N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Technical Service, Environmental Analysis Unit.  Ms. Paugh has worked for NCDOT for 20 years, was actively involved in the development of NC WAM, as well as the N.C. Stream Assessment Method, and has taught courses in these methods for more than 10 years.  Her background is in wetland delineation and modeling, functional assessment, mitigation, and permitting.

    Logistics:  The lecture portion of the course will be conducted in a classroom setting each morning, while field exercises will be conducted at various locations on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.  All field trips will depart from the classroom site, and vans will be provided for transportation.  Field trips are conducted in all weather conditions except unsafe weather.  If field trips cannot be conducted due to weather, the class or a portion thereof will be rescheduled.  Knee boots or hiking boots will be adequate for the field trips.

    The registration fee includes the NC WAM User Manual, class paper supplies, lunches (three), and field trip transportation, as well as field snacks and drinking waters.  Liability waivers must be signed upon your arrival to class.

    Registration:  Class enrollment is set at a minimum of 17 registrants and a maximum of 30 registrants.  All checks will be held until we are certain that the minimum number of students is achieved for the class.  Registration fees must be received by NCAEP no later than August 30, 2019 Registrations after September 2 will be charged an additional $100.00.

    Registrants cancelling their registration two (2) weeks or more prior to the event (August 27, 2019) will receive a refund of the registration fee, less a (3%) administrative fee. Registrants canceling between two (2) and one (1) week(s) prior to the event (September 3, 2019) will receive a refund, less a (5%) administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than seven (7) days prior to the event. Registrants may transfer their registration to another attendee with the same membership status (e.g. regular member, government employee member, non-member) at any time. Only one transfer per registration is permitted.

Past events

30 Jul 2019 1-Day NC WAM Wetland Type Field Class - Emphasis on Basin Wetlands
25 Jul 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Wetland Delineation Refresher: Format/Forms/Tools, David Lekson
11 Jul 2019 Dinner Meeting - USFWS: Proposed NC T&E Listings
27 Jun 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Wetland Delineation Refresher: Format/Forms/Tools, David Lekson
20 Jun 2019 2019 NHP Rare Plants and Natural Communities Workshop
31 May 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
05 Mar 2019 RESCHEDULED - Surface Water Identification and Training Course (SWITC)
21 Feb 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
19 Feb 2019 RESCHEDULED - NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
07 Feb 2019 Legislative Update
31 Jan 2019 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2019
06 Dec 2018 Dinner Meeting - New North Carolina Initiatives in Climate Change and Clean Energy - Executive Order 80
26 Nov 2018 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
30 Oct 2018 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
11 Oct 2018 Dinner Meeting - Bats in the Piedmont and the Impacts of White-Nose Syndrome
03 Oct 2018 Webinar: Tribal Consultation and Engagement in the Era of Streamlining
23 Aug 2018 Dinner Meeting - NCDOT Project ATLAS
19 Jul 2018 2018 NCAEP Annual Pig Pickin'
12 Jul 2018 USACE-Wilmington District Regulatory Program Update - Coordination Procedures for Federally Listed Bat Species in Western North Carolina
21 Jun 2018 Dinner Meeting - USACE: Regulatory Program Update: Introducing the Charlotte Regulatory Field Office
07 Jun 2018 2018 Rare Plant & Natural Community Identification Workshop
24 Apr 2018 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
22 Mar 2018 Dinner Meeting - Incorporating Ecosystem Services Into NEPA
01 Feb 2018 Charlotte Winter Post-Holiday Social 2018
25 Jan 2018 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2018
09 Nov 2017 Dinner Meeting - DMS: Identifying Restoration Priorities Using the Functional Approach
02 Nov 2017 TMDL Alternatives: Category 4b Success Stories and Other Options
10 Oct 2017 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
04 Oct 2017 2017 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
28 Sep 2017 Dinner Meeting - DEQ Working Priorities and Themes
19 Sep 2017 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
14 Jun 2017 NEPA Legislative/Policy Update
06 Jun 2017 2017 Rare Plant & Natural Community Identification Workshop
09 May 2017 Surface Water Identification and Training Course
27 Apr 2017 2017 Pig Pickin'
18 Apr 2017 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
31 Mar 2017 NC WAM & SAM for Managers
27 Mar 2017 NAEP Conference
08 Mar 2017 Webinar: Environmental Practice in Flux: Transitioning to the Trump Administration
02 Mar 2017 Dinner Meeting - City of Raleigh Mitigation Bank
24 Jan 2017 Dinner Meeting - Proposed Water Quality Permit Revisions: Comment Period Open
27 Oct 2016 Dinner Meeting - NEPA/SEPA Update: Jennifer Haynie, NC Division of Water Infrastructure
13 Sep 2016 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
18 Aug 2016 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - Charlotte's Umbrella Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank: Past, Present and Future
05 May 2016 2016 Pig Pickin'
03 May 2016 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
21 Mar 2016 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
25 Feb 2016 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - NC SAM and NC WAM
27 Jan 2016 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2016
20 Jan 2016 Webinar: Status of the Clean Water Rule
10 Dec 2015 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2015 Legislative Updates
11 Nov 2015 Phase I ESA 1527-13 Updated Requirements for “All Appropriate Inquiries”
02 Oct 2015 October 2, 2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP, Durham, NC area
01 Oct 2015 Nutrient Management: Implications for Mitigation
01 Oct 2015 October 1, 2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP, Durham, NC area
10 Sep 2015 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - Advancing the Science, Policy, and Approach of Stream Restoration
13 Aug 2015 Northern Long-eared Bat Listing Update - USF&WS Asheville Dinner Meeting
03 Jun 2015 June 3, 2015 Workshop: Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Hickory Nut Gorge Area, Rutherford County, NC
14 May 2015 May 14th Raleigh Dinner Meeting - USF&WS listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat
30 Apr 2015 2015 Pig Pickin'
10 Apr 2015 Spring Herb Identification Workshop
25 Mar 2015 Webinar: Consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act Programmatic: NEPA Reviews
12 Mar 2015 Dinner Meeting - Donald van der Vaart, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
27 Feb 2015 Winter Plant Identification Workshop (moved to rain date)
25 Feb 2015 Webinar: Guidance on Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews
12 Feb 2015 Charlotte Winter Post-Holiday Social
28 Jan 2015 Webinar: Integrating Analysis of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change in NEPA Documents
22 Jan 2015 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2015
04 Dec 2014 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2014 Legislative Updates
03 Oct 2014 October 3, 2014 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
02 Oct 2014 October 2, 2014 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
25 Sep 2014 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases
17 Sep 2014 The Role of the Environmental Professional in Disaster Preparedness, Planning, and Recovery
24 Jul 2014 Wilmington Dinner Meeting - Update: Ecosystem Enhancement Program
29 May 2014 Piedmont Rare Species and Mafic Rock Communities Workshop and Fieldtrip to Durham and Granville Counties, NC
22 May 2014 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - The Environmental Management Commission & the Regulatory Reform Act
21 May 2014 NEPA 2013 Legal and Regulatory Update
07 Apr 2014 2014 NAEP Conference in St. Petersburg, FL
03 Apr 2014 Dinner Meeting - John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
09 Jan 2014 Winter Post-Holiday Social 2014
05 Dec 2013 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2013 Legislative Updates
09 Oct 2013 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - 2013 Legislative Updates
13 Sep 2013 Middle Coastal Plain (Bladen Lakes Area) Rare Plants & Natural Communities Workshop
15 Aug 2013 Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Natural Heritage Program Updates
06 Jun 2013 Coastal Plain Rare Plants Workshop
22 May 2013 2013 Pig Pickin'
21 Mar 2013 Dinner Meeting - John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
12 Mar 2013 Raleigh Webinar - ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING UNDER MAP-21 TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
24 Jan 2013 Winter Post-Holiday Social 2013
06 Dec 2012 Regulatory Reform and the Environment at the NC General Assembly
11 Oct 2012 Southern Mountain Rare Plants Workshop
19 Sep 2012 Charlotte Webinar - USACOE Permitting and 401 Water Quality Certifications
19 Sep 2012 Raleigh Webinar - USACOE Permitting and 401 Water Quality Certifications
13 Sep 2012 Will Harman to speak on: A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration Projects
23 Aug 2012 Water Quality Improvements in Charlotte/Mecklenburg: Planning, Implementation, and Ongoing Opportunities
21 Jun 2012 The Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing
20 Jun 2012 Webinar - NEPA Legal and Policy Update
23 May 2012 2012 Pig Pickin'
20 Apr 2012 Western Piedmont Rare Plants Workshop
29 Mar 2012 Determining Ecological Flows for River Basin Planning in North Carolina
17 Mar 2012 CLEAN JORDAN LAKE
18 Jan 2012 Winter Holiday Social 2012
08 Dec 2011 Environmental Decision Making: From Theory to Participation
15 Nov 2011 USACE Regulatory Update – NCWAM & NCSAM
22 Oct 2011 NCAEP'S BIG SWEEP AT FALLS LAKE
15 Sep 2011 2011 RARE PLANT & COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP
08 Sep 2011 EEP Version 2.0
11 Aug 2011 Current Trends in Stormwater Management
15 Jun 2011 NAEP Webinar - NEPA Legal and Policy Update
09 Jun 2011 Consolidated Buffer Rules and other DWQ Updates
19 May 2011 Basinwide Planning / Waters Committee Meeting
17 May 2011 2011 Pig Pickin'
07 Apr 2011 NAEP CEQ Webinar
03 Mar 2011 Compensatory Stream and Wetland Mitigation: An Evaluation of Regulatory Success
12 Jan 2011 Winter Holiday Social
04 Nov 2010 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Nov. Dinner Meeting @ BB&Y Restaurant
17 Oct 2010 Crowder District Park Invasive Species Workshop
21 Sep 2010 Fall Dinner Meeting @ BB&Y Restaurant
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