February 2014 Luncheon

Wetlands, they're not just swamps anymore

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

1.0 CM Credits Pending

SPEAKER:  Scott D. Harding, CPSS/CS - Vice President, Director of Natural Resource Sourvice at SCI Engineering, Inc.

Wetlands have a strained past in the United States.  We’ve drained them, filled them, plowed them, and dumped our garbage and sewage in them.  They were looked upon as breeding grounds for disease, they restricted travel, and they impeded agriculture and economic development.   Wetlands were just considered swamps, bogs, and marshes.  As a result, the U.S. EPA estimates that United States lost over half (110 million acres) of the nation’s wetlands, most of which occurred since 1950.

Today we use the word wetland to give the land form a more distinguished, scientific character.  Wetlands are now recognized as delicate but useful ecosystems.  The February luncheon is intended to instruct planners about the uses and benefits of wetlands.   Scott Harding, Certified Professional Soil Scientist and Vice President of SCI Engineering, will present best practices for incorporating wetlands into development, codes and ordinances cities can consider relating to wetland management including wetland banking, and an explanation of the National Wetlands Inventory.

Metro East Park and Recreation District
(MEPRD) Office and Trailhead
104 United Drive
Collinsville, Illinois 62234

11:30 - 12:00 Registration
12:00 - 1:30   Lunch & Presentation


Members:  $15
Non-Members:  $18
Students:  $10

Registration Deadline: No later than Friday, February 14th at NOON

Lunch Menu - Select One:
Completely compostable and recyclable box lunches will be ordered from Local Harvest Catering.  Choices are:

  • Mediterranean Sandwich (v): cucumbers, roasted red peppers, olives, lentil spread, feta, red onions, & greens on a Companion ciabatta roll.
  • Mediterranean Salad (v): cucumbers, roasted red peppers, olives, lentil spread, feta, red onions, greens, & balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Missouri Club: local hormone-free ham & bacon, Buttonwood Farms turkey, white cheddar, and greens on a Companion ciabatta roll.
  • Local Turkey Wrap: Buttonwood Farms turkey, cucumber, red onions, garlic aioli, & greens wrapped in a flour tortilla.
  • Ham-It Up: ham, house pickles, and greens on a Companion ciabatta roll.

All choices include Billy Goat potato chips, fruit, & chocolate chip cookie.  Beverages also provided.

Click here to register.