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NCAEP: Aquatic Insect Ecology for Environmental Professionals
Monday, May 03, 2021, 12:30 PM EDT
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Upcoming NCAEP Event: Aquatic Insect Ecology for Environmental Professionals

Level 2: Broadwing Farms, Hot Springs NC

Staff of Michael Baker International (Jason York) and Penrose Environmental Consulting (Dave Penrose) will conduct a 4-day course sponsored by the NC Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) on Aquatic Insect Ecology for Environmental Professionals from May 3-6, 2021 at Broadwing Farms in Hot Springs, NC.

Aquatic insects (Benthic Macroinvertebrates) play key roles in many regulatory water quality programs in North Carolina and the Southeast.  These insects have been used by regulatory agencies to assess water pollution and trends in stream health since the mid-70’s.  Many metrics have been developed to make the use of these data effective and understandable to non-biologists.  Benthic insects are proposed as tools for the determination of stream restoration effectiveness and project prioritization by regulatory agencies.  Despite the value of this group of organisms in regulatory programs, very little is generally known about these insects as valuable regulatory tools.  This workshop series will introduce participants to the ecology and taxonomy of aquatic insects. This Level 2 Workshop is geared to Environmental Professionals including local, state and federal aquatic ecologists; interagency review teams; consulting biologists; faculty and students with aquatic emphasis; and managers with citizen science programs. For those registrants who would like to become SFS (Society for Freshwater Science) certified for Eastern EPT genera, we will be offering a 20 image-collaged exam. Registration and payment for the optional exam is separate from class fees. 

February 2021 Covid Statement: It is our top priority to look after the safety of our instructors and workshop participants during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The facility at Broadwing Farms is a covered pavilion with large doors and windows that can be opened to create an open-air setting. This space is large enough to accommodate the workshop and allow for adequate social distancing. Wearing of masks or face coverings is required when social distancing is not possible. Participants will be asked to drive company or private vehicles to our outdoor field trips to minimize exposure. Hand sanitizer will be made available to workshop participants. Registered participants are asked to abstain from international or domestic air travel for two weeks prior to the start date of the workshop. We ask that if you or any member of your household has exhibited COVID-19 related symptoms or received a positive COVID-19 test within two weeks of the start date of the workshop to please notify us and a refund will be issued. If it is determined by the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals or the instructors that the workshop cannot safely proceed, participants will be offered a refund, or their registration will be saved for a later workshop when the pandemic situation has become more safe.

The fee for the course is $675 for NCAEP members and $700 for non-members.

Additional details including an agenda and online registration
: Aquatic Insect Ecology for Environmental Professionals - Level 2