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  • REM-405 Dec 1-2, 2016 | NWETC
    taught very well I have a better understanding of ERA s I am very impressed with the course C Marchand September 2013 The instructor was great He was very knowledgable of the subject and explained it well Very Helpful even for someone involved in a ERA for the last four years C Marchand September 2013 Reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes government employees nonprofits students and AFS NAEP NEBC TAEP members You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 425 270 3274 Online registration is strongly encouraged Please wait to receive a course confirmation email roughly one month prior to the class before making any travel arrangements Continuing Education Units 1 20 CEUs More Information Course Topics Regulatory requirements General overview of ecological risk assessment Review of the 8 step ERAGS process Regional and or state approaches and perspectives Problem formulation Conceptual site models Characterization of exposure Characterization of ecological effects Risk characterization Uncertainty analysis Special circumstances Conclusion About the Instructor Charles R Harman P W S A terrestrial ecologist Charles Harman has over 23 years of experience in the environmental consulting field Chuck specializes in natural resource related assessment and management activities including ecological risk assessments sediment evaluations biological assessments natural resource damage assessments wetlands management and ecological restorations He is responsible for the completion of ecological risk assessment projects and wetlands evaluations at hazardous waste sites and industrial facilities around the country He utilizes his expertise in vertebrate zoology and physiology botany and applied and systems ecology in the development of ecological risk assessments at CERCLA RCRA and other hazardous waste sites Chuck has conducted ecological risk assessments using a variety of USEPA headquarters regional program and State methodologies and has been involved at sites ranging in physical location from New England to the tropics and has focused on terrestrial aquatic and wetland systems Chuck has also managed the assessment of potential impacts to natural resources as part of complex Environmental Assessment EA projects under NEPA or Department of Defense related regulations Projects have included energy related activities such as wind farm development and LNG terminal siting as well as large scale construction and development He has been actively involved in the design and construction of both mitigation wetlands and constructed wetlands for treatment purposes He has designed and managed wetland restoration projects as part of remediation activities including red maple swamps freshwater marshes and coastal emergent marshes Chuck has assisted clients in the evaluation of potential NRD claims at both the Federal and the State level He has extensive experience in designing and directing complex environmental investigations and negotiating with state and federal regulatory agencies and is actively involved in many aspects of natural resource damage assessment including the verification of injuries and lost services and the development of detailed restoration plans His duties include client and project management supervision of junior staff as well as technical completion of work assignments What to Bring Pen or pencil to take notes

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  • NEG-350 Dec 6-7, 2016 | NWETC
    from the same organization When colleagues attend the program together the organization benefits not only from these employees gaining skills but also from shared knowledge they can use to team up and support one another or act as in house consultants able to give advice to other employees Attendees will learn how to Suspend judgment and diagnose what is causing conflict Facilitate quality respectful communications Engage disputants in a search for common values Analyze conflict styles and how to deal with anger Balance power differences Apply a simple but effective conflict resolution model Use the three features of durable agreements Prepare for a negotiation Identify the complex undercurrents in any negotiation and react to them Understand the interests that drive negotiating behaviors and therefore desired outcomes Apply questioning techniques to uncover each party s negotiating interests and use that information to create solutions Create solutions that preserve and enhance relationships that are essential for success in a team oriented environment or an outside provider client relationship Most people like myself prior to the class know the informal ways of negotiating with the course you learn formal ideas on the subject Sisay A November 2015 This was a great class the best part was the role playing and follow up after I really feel like I am walking away with new incredibly valuable skills A Childs May 2014 Reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes government employees nonprofits students and AFS NAEP NEBC TAEP members You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 425 270 3274 Online registration is strongly encouraged Please wait to receive a course confirmation email roughly one month prior to the class before making any travel arrangements Continuing Education Units 1 30 CEUs More Information Course Topics Collaborative Negotiations Situation Assessment Preparing to Negotiate Managing the Negotiation Conflict Management Diagnosing Conflict Creating Flexibility and Options Creating Durable Agreements About the Instructor Michael Fraidenburg Mike Fraidenburg designs and delivers facilitation services ranging in format from small technical and task oriented workgroups to large audience conferences He has extensive experience facilitating science intensive issues and as a certified mediator using interest based bargaining techniques to create consensus in his facilitations His facilitation experience includes international scientific review panels discovery and coordination meetings of regional groups e g data managers programmers statisticians and program evaluations and strategic planning Mike has been facilitating online meetings to collect citizen participation input create consensus opinions of advisory groups conduct strategic and operational planning and for training other facilitators in online facilitation techniques What to Bring Pen or pencil to take notes and paper if you do not want to write in your manual Lunch will be on your own but drinks and snacks will be provided each day Billing Information In order to guarantee a space in a course the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card State and government agencies paying with

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  • RSTAT-400 Dec 7-8, 2016 | NWETC
    Perform common statistical tests including t tests ANOVA and linear models Develop basic scripts to automate and document procedures and analyses Please note that attendees will need to bring a laptop to class with the R software program Instructions on how to download the program will be emailed out prior to the class Instructor will also be available to help attendees with the download at the beginning of class if needed Reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes government employees nonprofits students and AFS NAEP NEBC TAEP members You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 425 270 3274 Online registration is strongly encouraged Please wait to receive a course confirmation email roughly one month prior to the class before making any travel arrangements Continuing Education Units 1 30 CEUs More Information Course Topics Installing R and R libraries Reading and writing data read write and viewing R data sets Creating new variables and recoding or renaming variables Manipulating data order merge aggregate t which Summarizing data sapply summary table xtabs Visualizing data par plot hist points line barplot pie boxplot Statistical analysis cor t test lm and regression diagnostics R programming basics program control and user defined functions About the Instructor Kevin Ceder Kevin Ceder is an Ecosystems Analyst with Cramer Fish Sciences Kevin has 10 years experience using quantitative methods to support data driven integrated resource management planning and assessment He excels in developing tools that reduce complex processes to easy to use and easy to understand systems for decision makers Kevin has over 10 years of experience using R as his primary data management and analysis tool and excels in providing R programming solutions He has provided R training and coaching to a diverse clientele With CFS he is a lead environmental statistician helping clients visualize the complex relationships between land management activities and the affected environment Kevin s focus is on analysis and modeling of forest ecosystems to help stakeholders understand the influence management activities can have on terrestrial and aquatic habitat and ultimately their influence on salmon and trout He combines doctoral level understanding of ecosystem processes with expert tool building skills to lead the development of integrated mathematical simulation models Kevin offers expertise in numerous areas growth development and management of forest stands ecosystem data compilation and analysis forest and population simulation model development and use ecosystem assessment model development and use spatial analysis and cartography and software development to create integrated tools Prior to joining Cramer Kevin spent 15 years as a biometrician and was involved in many projects to evaluate the effects of forest growth and management on ecosystem outputs Kevin provided simulations for numerous assessment projects in Washington and Oregon evaluating everything from harvest volume and carbon sequestration to fire risk and wildlife habitat Kevin received his B S and M S degrees in forest management and silviculture from the University of Washington where he is currently a doctoral candidate in forest biometrics He has

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  • POL-302 Dec 13-14, 2016 | NWETC
    May 2013 Liked the major points on how to write purpose and need determining alternatives and cumulative impacts Also on determining significance and disclosing methods M Worah July 2013 Reduced tuition is available to employees of Native American tribes government agencies nonprofits students and NAEP members You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 425 270 3274 Please wait to receive a course confirmation email roughly one month prior to the class before making any travel arrangements Continuing Education Units 1 30 CEUs More Information Course Topics DAY 1 Writing the Perfect FONSI Ultimate conclusions Basic conclusions Evidence Reasons Timing the NEPA process to the decision making process Idea Proposal Recommendation or report Decision action Monitoring supplements Eight good reasons not to prepare an EIS Writing the perfect EA or EIS Eight plain language questions any EA or EIS should readily answer Writing the perfect ROD Double winnowing SCOPE Alternatives Proposal for action Need underlying the proposal Action alternatives Alternative places to go Alternative ways to get there No action alternative Mitigation not included in the proposal Decision factors Writing the perfect cumulative impacts analysis Actions Reasons to lump Reasons to split Impacts Direct indirect and cumulative Increments to past other present and reasonably foreseeable future actions Writing the perfect cumulative impacts analysis continued Administrative Record DAY 2 SCOPE Alternatives Proposal for action Need underlying the proposal Action alternatives Alternative places to go Alternative ways to get there No action alternative Mitigation not included in the proposal Decision factors Writing the perfect cumulative impacts analysis Actions Reasons to lump Reasons to split Impacts Direct indirect and cumulative Increments to past other present and reasonably foreseeable future actions Writing the perfect cumulative impacts analysis continued Administrative Record About the Instructor Owen Schmidt Owen L Schmidt BA MA JD has more than 32 years of service with the Federal Government He has served as Senior Counsel with the U S Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel in Portland Oregon where he advised the Forest Service Natural Resources Conservation Service and other USDA agencies in Washington and Oregon He was also a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Oregon Before joining USDA in 1991 he was an attorney for the Bonneville Power Administration where he joined the legal staff after several years as an Environmental Specialist Mr Schmidt received his J D from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis Clark College 1977 and a B A 1969 and M A 1973 in biology from St Cloud State University Minnesota Mr Schmidt is a frequent author and lecturer on the National Environmental Policy Act He served as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association s Book Publication Committee for the Section of Environment Energy and Resources and as a Vice President for the Ninth Circuit The Federal Bar Association He was the Editor of Oregon Birds a quarterly journal of Oregon Field Ornithologists for 14 years 1985 99 and is a long time

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  • POL-500 Dec 15, 2016 | NWETC
    and participants real examples to compare discuss review B Campbell March 2013 I liked the enthusiasm and extensive knowledge that applied to a wide range of projects K Becker October 2013 If you have any trouble registering please call 425 270 3274 ext 103 Please wait to receive a course confirmation email roughly one month prior to the class before making any travel arrangements Continuing Education Units 0 70 CEUs More Information Course Topics Types of questions that will be asked and answered What is an extraordinary circumstance that would take an action normally excluded out of consideration for categorical exclusion Is a no action alternative absolutely necessary in an environmental assessment What is an environmental baseline What is an appropriate alternative for a proposal involving unresolved conflicts over alternative uses of available resources What is an adverse environmental effect that cannot be avoided When is an issue or matter relevant and when is it not What is the threshold for supplementing an EA Can a programmatic EIS on a long term plan of actions be supplemented with dozens scores or even hundreds of EAs FONSIs on the many actions that implement the plan of actions over time If the plan of actions has significant consequences at what point does the accumulation of implementing actions become significant About the Instructor Owen Schmidt Owen L Schmidt BA MA JD has more than 32 years of service with the Federal Government He has served as Senior Counsel with the U S Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel in Portland Oregon where he advised the Forest Service Natural Resources Conservation Service and other USDA agencies in Washington and Oregon He was also a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Oregon Before joining USDA in 1991 he was an attorney for the Bonneville Power Administration where he joined the legal staff after several years as an Environmental Specialist Mr Schmidt received his J D from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis Clark College 1977 and a B A 1969 and M A 1973 in biology from St Cloud State University Minnesota Mr Schmidt is a frequent author and lecturer on the National Environmental Policy Act He served as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association s Book Publication Committee for the Section of Environment Energy and Resources and as a Vice President for the Ninth Circuit The Federal Bar Association He was the Editor of Oregon Birds a quarterly journal of Oregon Field Ornithologists for 14 years 1985 99 and is a long time member of the Oregon Bird Records Committee What to Bring Pen or pencil and paper to take notes if you don t want to write in the manual Drinks and snacks will be provided each day Lunch will be on your own Billing Information In order to guarantee a space in a course the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit

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  • Quick Study | NWETC
    sharing 2 4 minute videos of some of our instructors presenting key concepts from their areas of expertise These concepts are related to the material that they present in their classes and are designed to contain actionable information that a viewer can apply We hope that past and future attendees of our courses will find them useful and that you ll share your ideas for more topics that our team can cover in upcoming videos The inaugural presentation is by Michael Fraidenburg who presents our Facilitation Online Meeting Facilitation Negotiation Conflict Resolution and Persuasive Speaking courses His Quick Study series of tips for facilitators will undoubtedly answer several questions people might have about facilitating and each one addresses a different aspect of being a facilitator In Quick Study 1 he describes the number one mistake that facilitators make So watch the video and learn how to avoid this common mistake then for come back soon to see more from Mike and from our other instructors Tags 2016 content instructor Facilitation action mistakes Quick Study Fall Catalog A Federal District Court Issues First Decision Regarding New Waters Of The US Regulations EPA Clean Water Act New Regulations re Waters of the

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  • Fall Catalog! | NWETC
    about EPA s Waters of the United States several offerings of an updated version of the Contaminant Chemistry course that was our first class EVER back in 2000 and a first time in a new area session of our popular Aquatic Toxicology class Click on a state near you below to see what we offer in your area or visit our Courses and Subjects page to see all of the subjects in each field We hope to see you in class soon Click the state to see list of all currently posted courses Alaska California Colorado Minnesota Montana Oregon Texas Washington Washington DC Area All US States Online We re already getting started posting some 2016 classes so check back often to see what s coming up Tags Fall Catalog Classes Water Air biology remediation Toxicology Chemistry Leadership Policy Regulations Quick Study Fall Catalog A Federal District Court Issues First Decision Regarding New Waters Of The US Regulations EPA Clean Water Act New Regulations re Waters of the United States NWETC at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting Happy Fourth Summer Sale Habitat Restoration Webinar Series 2015 EPA Driving Improvement Methodology Into Government Organizations What You Don t Know CAN

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  • A Federal District Court Issues First Decision Regarding New “Waters Of The US” Regulations | NWETC
    isolated bodies of water Many of these areas are already regulated under the existing clean water act permit program Another argument was that the regulations surpass the Congressional intent However the Supreme Court decisions require the consideration of whether a significant nexus exists between many small and isolated water and more traditionally jurisdictional waters which extends beyond Congressional intent The intent of the rule was to clarify which waters are covered by the federal Clean Water Act after two major Supreme Court rulings and subsequent guidance modified the existing regulations and how they are interpreted There are significant changes involving new boundaries or distances from traditionally regulated waters called bright lines designed to clarify which waters are regulated There is also new dependence on the 100 year floodplain in determining the bright lines The new rules do not change the way permit decisions are made or change how permits are issued They also do not change the determinations of the limits of waters in terms of ordinary high water mark or high tide lines nor do they change the definition of wetlands or the way wetland boundaries are determined An interesting point is while claims state that the new regulations would expand federal jurisdiction if one considers how jurisdiction is currently determined based on guidance issued after the Supreme Court decisions how much would the new regulations actually add North Dakota along with Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado Idaho Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Mexico South Dakota and Wyoming are the states that filed a lawsuit against the federal government charging that the rule constituted an improper expansion of its powers Some other States have challenges to this regulatory action in appellate courts EPA said in a statement that the court s order would only apply to the states involved in

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