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Working groups

Working groups are your chance to dive into focused topics, discuss issues and concerns with a group of colleagues facing similar challenges, or develop action plans on particular topics. No pre-registration is needed to participate in working group special sessions.  Please note that these sessions may be held concurrent with other conference content (workshops, roundtable conversations, field trips, and concurrent sessions).

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Tribal Wetland Programs Working Group - By Invitation Only

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2024
Time: 10:40 am – 12:00 pm

This session will provide tribal wetlands staff with the opportunity to more formally interact, share ideas and best practices, and identify opportunities for collaboration and growth. This working group contributes to efforts to foster long-term collaboration, dialogue, and exchange of information that supports and encourages strategic, effective efforts to restore and care for wetlands in Wisconsin. By invitation only.

Facilitator: Mike Jones (Stockbridge-Munsee Community Ecology Department)

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Sackett decision: Implications in Wisconsin

Thursday, February 22, 2024
Time: 10:40 am – 12:00 pm

In May 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Sackett vs EPA, that significantly narrowed the scope of wetlands and headwater streams protected under the federal Clean Water Act.  Recent analysis suggests the decision eliminates federal protection for nearly 90% of Wisconsin’s wetlands. The purpose of the workgroup is to share information and gather insights about the current and potential implications in Wisconsin. The discussion will be informed by short presentations by invited speakers on the extent of current federal protections, how state and local policies help bridge the gap, and wetland permitting trends pre- and post-decision. We will wrap up by identifying ongoing evaluation needs, and actions that may be needed to track related developments at the state and federal levels.  

Facilitators: WWA Policy Program staff

Practitioners' Working Group

Thursday, February 22, 2024
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

This session will begin with a panel overview and then offer an opportunity for wetland practitioners—including consultants, federal, state, and local regulators, land managers, and others—to discuss current issues relevant to their daily work. The agenda will be set by the facilitator with the input of those who participated in similar sessions at previous WWA conferences.

Facilitators: Kaley DuCoeur (Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.) and Dan Salas (Stantec)