Wetlands and Water Quality: Regulating Construction Impacts in Coastal Areas, Apr 15-17, 2014, Grand Bay Reserve

Topic(s): Wetland Protection
Priority Issue(s): Habitat Conservation
Host Partner(s): Grand Bay Reserve
Location:  Various locations in MS
Date/Time: calendar icon4/15/2014 – 4/17/2014
Price: $0.00
Max Applicants: 30

This one-day workshop for city and county staff in the permitting, building, zoning, and public works offices. It is being held in each of the coastal counties:

April 15, 2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Community College
Gautier, MS
9am – 3pm

April 16, 2014
Hancock Bank
Waveland, MS
9am – 3pm

April 17, 2014
MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center
Biloxi, MS
9am – 3pm

This workshop is designed to inform city, county, MDOT, and MDOH staff about state and federal environmental regulations that impact development in coastal areas.

The workshop is intended for two audiences:

1.      Staff that are applying for permits on behalf of their city or county

2.      Staff that need to know when a permit is required by DMR or USACE and to understand the roles each agency plays in the application evaluation process.

Attendees should expect to learn how construction affects wetlands and water quality as well as why and how government agencies regulate these impacts. By the end of the workshop, participants should be better able to assist homeowners with development decisions and hopefully reduce occurrences of wetland and construction stormwater violations.

This workshop is open to city and county staff only. Specifically, those in the Planning or Community Development or similar departments that focus on zoning, public works, permitting, building, or activities of like nature. Space will be limited to three staff from each city, county or state agency; registration will be capped at a maximum of 30 participants.


  • Understand the function and value of wetlands;
  • Evaluate examples of typical projects that require environmental clearance; and,
  • Learn the roles of regulatory agencies in the wetlands and water quality permit review process.

Presentations by representatives from:

  • Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
  • Mississippi Office of the Secretary of State
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Target Audiences:
This workshop is targeted for City and County Planning, Zoning, Public Works, and Building Officials, and Utility Authorities. Others will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified if a spot is available.

To Register:
Due to limited space, registration preference will be given to city, county, MDOT, and DOH staff.  This workshop is free (and lunch is included), but registration is required. Sign up online by clicking the “Register Online” box on the top right corner of this Web page.

Contact Larissa, CTP Coordinator, by calling 228-475-7047 or emailing her.

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