The Montana Water Center and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality have initiated a series of annual training courses, to build professional capacity regarding wetland science and regulation in our state. Participants will be eligible for CEUs from Montana State University, and course hours can be applied against the requirements for the Professional Wetland Scientist certification credential. These courses may be of interest to natural resource professionals,planners, attorneys, conservation district supervisors, watershed groups, elected officials, graduate students and others.

2014 Course

Wetland Regulations: Understanding Federal, State, and Local Regulations and the Permitting Process in Montana

This course is designed to provide thorough and detailed instruction on federal and state wetlands regulation.

When:   September 16-17, 2014
Where:   Montana State University-Bozeman
Cost:   $250
CEUs: CEUs are available from the MSU Extended University


Registration is open!


Course registration is open. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Who Should Attend?

Natural resource professionals, floodplain managers, local officials, graduate students, attorneys, watershed group members and Conservation District managers.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the regulations that affect wetland resources in Montana. Participants will learn about the Clean Water Act and other federal programs that influence wetland regulation, applicable state wetland regulations, and a variety of local wetland ordinances in Montana though an online self-study module and two days of classroom lecture, discussion, and activities.

Organizers and Lecturers
Wyatt Cross, Montana State University
Stephanie McGinnis, Montana State University
Steve Carpenedo, MT Department of Environmental Quality
Todd Tillinger, US Army Corps of Engineers
Jeff Ryan, MT Department of Environmental Quality
Scott Opitz, MT Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Beau Downing, MT Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Rich McEldowney, RESPEC Consulting & Services
Larry Urban, MT Department of Transportation

Course Format

This course is being conducted in two parts.

Part 1: Online Self-Study Module
The online self-study module will be available to registered participants from August 25th- September 14th. This required module will provide the background on federal, state and local wetland regulations that affect wetlands in Montana. The purpose of this module is help assure that all participants have a comparable level of understanding of regulations prior to the classroom instruction. This module includes a testing requirement that must be completed before the September 14th deadline. Registered participants will receive an email with login instructions for completing this module.

Part 2: Classroom module
The classroom module will be held in Bozeman, MT September 16th-17th on the Montana State University Campus. The classroom portion will expand upon the information from the online self study module and will cover in-depth topics on the permitting process in Montana and jurisdictional determinations made by the US Army Corp of Engineers.

Please note: A parking permit is required to park on campus!  Permits may be purchased from the University Police, located on the corner of S. 7th Ave and Kagy Blvd, or at the information kiosk located on the corner of S. 7th Ave and Grant. The cost of a daily permit is $3.00.

Course Objectives

Participants will gain a better understanding of Montana's wetland regulations and an increased ability to navigate the wetland regulatory and permitting process in Montana.


Participants will be responsible for their own lodging and meals.


The Montana Department of Environment Quality and the Montana Water Center



2012 Resources

The course materials for the 2012 Wetland Training can be found here.


2011 Training Resources

The course materials for the 2011 Wetland Regulations Training can be found here.


For More Information Contact:

Stephanie McGinnis, Montana Water Center