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Course Name: Ecological Evaluation
Course Code: EZ0404WA24
Date: January 10-11, 2024
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm EST (Log-in time: 8:30 am)
Format: Live, instructor-led
Registration Fee: $315 per person
Multi Person Discount Fee: $295 per person (Save when you sign up with a colleague!)
Registration Closes: January 9, 2024 at 12:00 pm EST
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When working with environmentally sensitive sites in New Jersey, a full understanding of the NJDEP’s ecological evaluation process is critical. In this online class, experts in the evaluation of the environmental impacts related to hazardous waste sites will review ecological evaluation and risk principles and then walk participants through New Jersey’s ecological evaluation process (including updates based on the revised guidance) using real case studies. Students will learn how elements such as baseline, bioavailability, and risk management can assist in addressing potential ecological risks at their sites.
The NJDEP’s Ecological Evaluation Technical Guidance document and its revisions provide details on how to conduct an Ecological Evaluation (EE) and an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) for environmentally sensitive natural resources (ESNR) that may be impacted by contaminated sites. This interactive class will cut through the legal and scientific jargon and focus on a variety of practical examples to illustrate how to address ESNRs as an LSRP or other environmental professional. Participants will leave class with a decision tree of approaches for investigating, managing, and ultimately remediating adverse ecological concerns.
Who Should Attend?
The information presented in this course can benefit site remediation professionals and other environmental professionals seeking to better understand the ecological evaluation process. Past participants have included:
- Environmental Consultants
- Health Officers
- Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP)
- Plant Managers
- Project Managers
Meet Your Instructors
Charles R. Harman, P.W.S.
A Principal Ecologist and Regulatory Services Branch Manager at Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc., Charles Harman has 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting field. He 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, and he has conducted ecological risk assessments using a variety of USEPA headquarters, regional, program, and state methodologies. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Biology from Southwest Texas State University.
Paul Bovitz, Kleinfelder
Paul Bovitz is a Senior Project Manager at Kleinfelder. His core knowledge and skill areas include: Wetlands Restoration, Ecological Risk Assessment, Remedial Investigations, NEPA, Green Ports, Strategic Planning, Operations, Federal Contracting, Natural Resources Management, and Financial Analysis. He is a member of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association of New Jersey, Society of Wetland Scientists, Association of Energy Engineers, and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He serves as an acting member of the New Jersey Governor’s Science Advisory Board, Ecological Sciences Committee and formerly served on the Comparative Risk Analysis Panel of the NJDEP. His educational background includes a BS in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, an MS in Ecology from Rutgers University, and an MBA from Rutgers Business School.
“Provided a good overview of Ecological Evaluation requirements in NJ.”
– Past Participant
Most useful aspect of the course: “Breadth of info and plenty of case studies to understand applicability.”
– Past Participant
“The overall complexity and rigor of risk assessment and eventual remediation was eye opening.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The Ecological Evaluation course is approved for 0.6 Rutgers CEUs (6 contact hours), as well as the following credits from professional organizations.
CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): 6.0 CECs – Course No. CTLEP-410
NJ Continuing Legal Education: 6.0 CLEs
NJ Drinking Water and Wastewater Operators: 7 TCHs (Approval # 01-081501-30)
NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists (HO/REHS): Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 6.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).
NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 1 Regulatory, 6 Technical CECs
NJ Professional Engineers: 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits
Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals: 6 Technical (non-DEP) Credits – Course No. 1814
Course Requirements and Policies
This online course will be delivered via Zoom.
Equipment you will need to access this training:
- A computer, tablet, or smartphone
- Microphone is not necessary (all students will be muted on entry; you can use the “chat function” to type your questions and interact with the instructor)
- Webcam is optional but not necessary
- Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)
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- If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.
- If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:
- Your full name
- The shared email address that needs to be changed
- Your unique email address
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Photo ID Requirement
Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.
- You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
- The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
- After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.
Cancellations and Substitutions
A $75 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Program Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about Ecological Evaluation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Program Coordinator: Pamela Springard-Mayer
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