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Everglades Wetland Research Park

Everglades Wetland Research Park

Treatment Wetlands


March 16-18, 2015,  Naples, FL

Instructors: William J. Mitsch and James S. Bays

Description: This course introduces the basics of using wetlands for improving water quality, particularly for treating domestic wastewater, non-point source pollution, and stormwater runoff. Design parameters including hydrology, water quality, soil physics and chemistry, and vegetation will be discussed. In addition, wetland management after construction including wildlife issues, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gases, mosquitos, pathogens, hydrologic management, and economics will be presented. Field trips will be to successful domestic wastewater and stormwater runoff wetlands in south Florida, including the stormwater treatment areas created to improve water quality of the Florida Everglades.


William J. Mitsch, Ph.D.

Prof. Mitsch is Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is also Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University. He received a B.S. in engineering at the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in systems ecology at the University of Florida, and also taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Louisville. Professor Mitsch’s research and teaching have focused on wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, wetlandcreation and restoration, ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration, and ecosystem modeling. He has co-authored or co-edited 18 books, including four editions of Wetlands and two versions of Ecological Engineering and has authored or co-authored over 500 papers, reports, and other publications. He has advised over 80 graduate students and 10 post-docs. He is founder and editor-in-chief of the journal Ecological Engineering and founder and past president of the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES). His many awards include the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize with co-laureate Sven E. Jørgensen for outstanding contributions to the world’s lakes and wetlands.

James S. Bays, M.S., S.E., P.W.S.

Jim Bays is a Technology Fellow in Natural Treatment Systems employed by CH2MHILL with over 30 years of experience in wetland planning, assessment, and design. He is a certified Senior Ecologist, Professional Wetland Scientist, and Ecological Designer. Mr. Bays received his M.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Ohio University. He specializes in the planning, design and operation of wetlands for water quality improvement for municipal, industrial and agricultural wastewaters, stormwater, and mine-impacted water and has provided senior consulting project designs for wetlands in the United States, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Jim’s particular interests are the design of treatment wetlands for public recreation, the use of integrated biochemical reactor wetlands for biological selenium reduction, and the beneficial reuse of wastewater and membrane concentrate for wildlife habitat creation.


Text: Wetlands, 4th edition (Mitsch, W.J. and J.G. Gosselink, 2007, John Wiley & Sons) is included in course fee.

Course Fee: US$1200 (includes all course materials and textbook)

Register by February 13, 2015 for a 10% discount.


Dr. Li Zhang, Everglades Wetland Research Park, 109 Kapnick Center, 4940 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL USA 34112

phone: 239-325-1364; email: