River Basin; and the Committee on Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems: Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

VICTORIA ALVAREZ is senior environmental planner and liaison to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District for the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans). She earned a B.A. (botany) and M.A. (biology) from California State University. Her professional experience includes research, regulation, consulting, and management involving plant biotechnology, endangered species identification, vegetative mapping, botanical studies, Clean Water Act regulation, compensatory habitat mitigation and restoration, and mitigation monitoring. She represented the California Department of Transportation at the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board's Environmental Research Needs in Transportation Conference in November 1996, where she participated on the Wetlands Subcommittee.

ROBERT O.EVANS is associate professor and extension leader in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1991. His research interests include wetland restoration of prior converted cropland; instream wetland construction, restoration, and enhancement; establishment of riparian vegetative buffers; and restoration and enhancement of riparian wetlands. He has 15 years of experience applying, testing, and validating hydrological simulation models for a variety of field applications, including wetland delineation and restoration. Dr. Evans currently serves on the North Carolina Senate Select Committee on Coastal River Water Quality and Fish Kills and is technical adviser to the Water Quality Section, North Carolina Division of Water Quality, North Carolina Wetlands Restoration Program, North Carolina Conservation Enhancement and Reserve Program, and North Carolina Irrigation Society. He is also chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Water Resources Engineering Division's Water Quality Committee and the ASCE Task Committee establishing “Guidelines for Restoration of Prior Converted Cropland.”

ROYAL C.GARDNER is a professor of law and director of Graduate and International Programs at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously he served in the Army General Counsel's office as the Department of the Army's principal wetland attorney, advising the Assistant Secretary of the Army (civil works) on legal and policy issues related to administration of the Clean Water Act Section 404 program by the Corps of Engineers.

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