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MEREDA's "Treading Softly Around Vernal Pools" Breakfast Seminar - Bangor

March 26, 2008 - 7:30AM
to 11:00AM

Seadog Banquet & Conference Center
26 Front Street
Bangor, ME



About the Event:

A vernal pool is usually a shallow, natural depression in level ground, with no permanent above-ground outlet, that holds water seasonally. By definition, vernal pools are devoid of fish, and thus allow the safe development of natal amphibian and insect species.

The pools are dry most of the year and fill with the winter rains, reaching their peak in the spring. Once filled, they are full of life. The most obvious inhabitants are various species of frogs and toads. One of the best studied vernal pool habitats in the world is Frog Pond in Orono, Maine.

In 2006, Maine DEP revised its regulations to include standards for activities in and adjacent to Significant Vernal Pools, which take affect in September of 2007. How do you identify a vernal pool? Why are they important? How do you define “Significant”? How does the presence of a vernal pool and the new rules affect potential development? Make plans to attend this seminar and learn the answers to these questions and many more.


The Program:

MEREDA revisits the topic of vernal pools by hosting this fourth seminar in Bangor.

In addition to presenting the ecology, biology, and regulation viewpoints, this seminar adds the legal and engineering perspectives of how vernal pools can potentially impact a project or development.

We have allotted one full hour after the presentations for Q&A with the panelists. With new rules having gone into effect in September, you won’t want to miss this timely and informative event.


Meet the Panelists:

Aleita “Lee” Burman, C.S.S., C.W.S. is a Senior Wetland Scientist with S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc., a Maine Certified Soil Scientist and Licensed Site Evaluator, and a New Hampshire Certified Wetland Scientist. Her Wetland Science work includes wetland delineations, functional assessments, and state and federal wetlands permitting; vernal pool assessments; Soil Science; dredge spoil permitting; and MDEP, LURC, NHDES and Corps compliance and permitting. She earned an A.A.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science from Paul Smith’s College and a B.S. Natural Resources, Soil and Water Conservation from the University of Maine.

Mike Mullen has worked for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection since 1983 and he is currently the Enforcement and Field Services Unit Coordinator in the Division of Land Resource Regulation. His responsibilities include overseeing the Unit’s efforts in complaint response and resolution, and providing regulatory and technical assistance to the public for activities regulated due to their size or proximity to protected natural resources.

P. Andrew Hamilton is an attorney with Eaton Peabody and has more than 20 years experience in general environmental counseling and regulatory compliance, natural resource permitting, and land use permitting. He also serves as general counsel to several Maine municipalities. Mr. Hamilton is the Chair of the Environmental Law and Municipal Law practice groups at Eaton Peabody. His practice concentrates on environmental compliance counseling, and representing clients in proceedings under state and federal environmental laws.

Andrew Johnston, P.E., CEng, CEnv, MCIWEM of SYTDesign Consultants. Andrew is a senior civil engineer with SYTDesign Consultants, a civil engineering and landscape architectural firm headquartered in Cumberland, Maine. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Brighton Polytechnic University in England and spent several years working on large scale public works projects in the UK.

Mr. Johnston’s work includes planning, design and permitting for several large development projects in the State of Maine including a new county jail facility in Madison and a proposed 180-unit residential development in Portland. He has taken an active role in development of new State and local storm water and planning ordinances through participation in technical committees, stakeholder groups and focus groups.

In the 1990’s he worked for Acer Consultants and WS Atkins in the UK on design and construction of large-scale public works projects to improve surface water quality throughout the south of England. In 1998 Andrew moved to the US and worked for Northeast Engineers and Consultants, Inc in Middletown, Rhode Island as a design engineer and later as head of the Site/Civil Department. His experience included design, permitting and construction oversight of residential, commercial, golf course and resort community developments.

Mr. Johnston is a registered professional engineer in the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island and a Chartered Professional Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management in the United Kingdom. Andrew is currently pursuing LEED accreditation.

David Dunning with S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc., will act as Moderator.




Continuing Education Credits:

This course has been approved for three (3) hours of Legal & Broker Credits

 
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