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Contact:  Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Wetland Restoration Techniques Workshop set for April 12, 2012 at the St. Jones Reserve

DOVER (March 23, 2012) – “On the ground” wetland construction techniques will be the primary focus of a Wetland Restoration Techniques Workshop set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012  at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Wetland managers, scientists, contractors and consultants are encouraged to attend the workshop, certified by the American Planning Association to provide credit hours for their members.

The workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn innovative wetland construction techniques and best management practices. Tom Barthelmeh of DNREC’s Drainage and Stormwater Section and Al Rizzo of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will highlight successful techniques and present lessons learned from their own experiences developing and implementing wetland and channel restoration projects. Topics of discussion will include effectively working with landowners, wetland planning and project agreements.

In a unique opportunity for hands-on experience, participants will form teams to design and construct a model “wetland-in-a-box” that fulfills the requirements of a restoration scenario. Workshop leaders will coach teams through design and construction, assess their work and lead a discussion on the implications that each wetland model may have in a real world situation.

The workshop was developed by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Training Program, with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The cost to attend the workshop is $15, with lunch and refreshments to be provided.

Registration is required by Friday, April 6 by visiting

For more information or questions about the workshop, contact Kelly Valencik, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, at or at (302) 739-3436 or go to

Vol. 42, No. 103

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