THE WETLANDS DISCUSSION GROUP
1996 Speakers Bureau Presentations
The Wetlands Discussion Group is an informal, agency-private sector forum exploring ways to make the wetland permitting process more efficient. The group is a partnership that includes representatives from the resource agencies and regulated community. Participating agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Resources Agency, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), and the California Coastal Commission (CCC).Members representing the regulated community include the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC), the California Mining Association (CMA), the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), and the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC).
One goal of the Wetlands Discussion Group is to disseminate information pertaining to the current state of wetlands permitting in California. To this end, the Group is in the final stages of creating a succinct, yet useful and informative, Wetlands Handbook (available soon!). It contains separate chapters that describe the wetlands-related goals, policies, regulatory jurisdiction, and permitting authority for the various local jurisdictions, state, and federal agencies that have wetlands oversight responsibility in California.
Another goal of the Wetlands Discussion Group is to inform those involved with wetlands permitting in California of the Group's ideas for improving and streamlining the process. To facilitate this, the Group is putting together a variable presentation that can be tailored to meet any specialized interest, format, or time slot. The overall message on streamlining is that much more wetlands regulation can be assumed on the local or regional level. If better planning for wetlands protection can be done by the Cities, Counties, Councils of Governments, etc. in California, then local jurisdictions could eventually become the "one stop shops" for all wetlands permits. Using a moderated panel and/or consecutive presentation format, the Group's resource agency members can provide a synopsis of their regulatory mandate, permitting responsibility, and their views on streamlining and delegation of authority. The Group's private sector members would be available to discuss their perspectives on expediting the wetlands permitting process. Depending on time constraints, representatives from select cities and counties could also be invited to present case examples on local wetlands policies and ordinances. An even longer format could accommodate one or more related, but separate, instructional workshops, such as one on "Local Wetlands Protection" or others that are currently being developed. To schedule a presentation for an upcoming meeting or conference in 1996, or for more information, contact Brian Hoffmann at Michael Brandman Associates, (916)362-3606.
Last update: March 5, 1996