List of Certified Wetland Specialists (4/1/13) (PDF format 109KB)
CWS Training Opportunity - Basic 4-Day Wetland Delineator Training Course, September 10-13, 2013
SMC is hosting the Basic 4-Day Wetland Delineator Training Course presented by the Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research (IWEER) at the Central Permit Facility in Libertyville on September 10-13, 2013. For course information, see: http://www.wetlanded.com/CourseSchedule.cfm?CourseCode=BWDT&OrderID=47809). Completion of an approved wetland delineation training course such as this is one of the requirements for becoming a Lake County Certified Wetland Specialist (CWS). Please share this training opportunity information with all interested parties.
Corps Updated Plant List (June 2012)
NEW: Updated National Wetland Plant List for Midwest Region (June 1, 2012)
Wetland delineations performed in Lake County, IL after June 1, 2012 shall use the updated NWPL for the Midwest Region.
About the CWS Program
The Isolated Waters of Lake County (IWLC) program, per the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO), outlines the requirements of a Certified Wetland Specialist (CWS).
A CWS is required for performing wetland delineations and preparing WDO permit applications for proposed wetland impacts in Lake County. Communities seeking certification from SMC for IWLC reviews must have a CWS on staff or hire a CWS consultant. See current CWS list.
A CWS is a wetland professional that meets the minimum levels of experience and training. In addition, the CWS must pass the CWS exam offered by SMC.
Minimum CWS Requirements
- Bachelor's or higher degree in biology, earth science, etc.
- Three years wetlands experience or 6 years without a degree.
- Completion of an SMC-approved wetland delineation training course.
The CWS exam is a 52-question, open book exam administered by SMC. There is no fee for taking the exam, but registration is required. To register, email Glenn Westman or call 847.377.7718. You must bring your own copy of the WDO.
If you are interested in applying for the CWS, see:
For IWLC Program assistance, please: