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Our Conference

January 10-12, 2011
Washington, DC

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome and Lunch

Politics of 2011—What the 2010 Election Can Tell Us About An Environmental Agenda

Location: Park Ballroom

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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshops and Roundtable Discussions

Workshop: Lobbying to the Limit and Empowering Advocates

Location: Tivoli I 

Facilitator: Jaymie Gustafson, Director, Spitfire Strategies

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Strong messaging is critical to a successful communications effort. Yet crafting clear, compelling messages can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Help is on the way! This interactive session will offer strategic tips and proven techniques for identifying and effectively reaching the audiences that matter to you. We’ll also introduce you to the “message box,” a simple, intuitive tool designed to help you tap your audience’s values and overcome their barriers to create strong, concise messages that connect with the people you care about and move them to action.

 

Workshop: Communicating With Your Audience

Location: Tivoli II

Facilitator: Abby Levine, Legal Director of Advocacy Programs, Alliance for Justice

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This interactive session will explore the importance of advocacy, share success stories, and explain the distinction between advocacy and lobbying. In addition, it will describe how much lobbying 501(c)(3) public charities can do, and cover what counts as lobbying—and what doesn’t!

Discussion: Developing a Stormwater Agenda for the Region

Location: Hyde Park I and II

Facilitator: Mark Van Putten, President, Conservation Strategies LLC

Discussion Leaders:

  • Katherine Baer, Senior Director, Clean Water Program and Jeff Odefey, American Rivers
  • Tom Schueler, Coordinator, Chesapeake Stormwater Network
  • Halle Van der Gaag, Deputy Director, Baltimore Water Alliance 
 
There are many opportunities to address urban runoff pollution at the local, state, and federal levels. This session will examine the range of opportunities, highlight those with the greatest potential for advancing Bay restoration and identify ways in which to work together in 2011 to champion shared priorities.


Discussion: Legal Issues Relating to the TMDLs

Location: Hyde Park III, IV, and V

Facilitator: Ridgeway Hall, Chesapeake Legal Alliance

Discussion Leaders:

  • Rebecca Hanmer, Previous Director, U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program
  • Rick Parrish, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • James Curtin, Esq., Office of General Counsel, U.S. EPA
 
This session will look at legal issues with Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) across the country and the challenges of developing and implementing the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Discussion will include the statutory and regulatory framework, the development of the Bay TMDL, the role of models in environmental decision-making, use and implementation of Watershed Implementation Plans, and how advocates can better understand these complicated issues.


 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Congressman Elijah Cummings, 7th District of Maryland

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Panel Discussion: A Final TMDL:  What It Means for the Chesapeake Region

Location: Park Ballroom

Moderator: Jeff Corbin, Sr. Advisor to the Regional Administrator, EPA Region III 

Discussion Leaders:

  • Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator, EPA Region III
  • Robert Summers, Acting Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Christophe A.G. Tulou, Director, District of Columbia Department of the Environment
  • John Hanger, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Anthony Moore, Assistant Secretary for Chesapeake Bay Restoration, Virginia
  • Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Director of Water Resources, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
 

EPA ’s issuance of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL in December provided the direction for watershed restoration for at least the next fifteen years. The jurisdictions have submitted Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs), which are detailed blueprints for meeting the TMDL requirements under the Clean Water Act. We will hear about the TMDL from EPA , as well as each state’s perspective on the Chesapeake TMDL and the WIP process.

 

5:00 PM 

Welcome Reception

Welcome from the Choose Clean Water Coalition Co-Chairs

Location: Park Ballroom Foyer

Speakers:

  • Larry Schweiger, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
  • Will Baker, President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Chris Miller, President, Piedmont Environmental Council

 

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

George Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water & Sewer Authority

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Plenary Session: Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans - How Local Groups Can Influence Their Development

Location: Park Ballroom

Moderator: Jim Edward, Acting Director, Chesapeake Bay Program

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Discussion Leaders:

  • Hamid Karimi, Department of the Environment, District of Columbia, Controlling Stormwater from Federal Facilities
  • Ron Bowen, Anne Arundel County, Template for Phase II WIPs in Maryland, Urban/Suburban
  • Kathleen Freeman, Caroline County, Template for Phase II WIPs in Maryland, Rural/Agricultural
  • Leslie Middleton, Rivanna River Basin Commission, Virginia, Rivanna Regional Pilot Project
  • Matt Royer, Tri-County Conewago Creek Association, Pennsylvania, Non-Agricultural Sector Support for the Conewago Creek Collaborative Conservation Initiative
 

In March 2010, EPA provided the states with seed money to engage local partners in the development of localized Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). These very diverse local WIP Pilot Projects from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed address an array of different pollution sources and challenges. They represent large urban cities, sprawling suburban counties and rural agricultural areas, all facing the challenges of meeting a new Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load. It is hoped that lessons learned from these Pilot Projects will be transferrable to other areas around the Bay watershed.

 

 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Breakout Sessions

Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling: Case Studies of Its Impact on Water in Our Region 

Location: Tivoli I

Facilitator: Rachel Dawson, Northeast Midwest Institute

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Marcellus Shale gas drilling—in a process known as hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking—injects two to five million gallons of water, sand and undisclosed chemicals deep underground to break up shale rock and release natural gas. Hailed as a bridge energy supply, Congress exempted Marcellus Shale drilling from some federal environmental regulations. Now states in the region are confronting the impacts of that decision in different ways. Come listen to examples of the progression of drilling in our communities and what advocates are doing, as we discuss a regional approach to addressing this important clean water issue.

 

Show Me the Money: Federal Chesapeake Bay and Water Appropriations 101 

Location: Hyde Park III, IV, and V

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Speakers:

  • Josh Saks, Senior Legislative Representative, National Wildlife Federation
  • Mike Burke, Projects Director, Office of Senator Ben Cardin
 
Annual appropriations provide hundreds of millions of dollars to support restoration efforts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In this breakout session we’ll provide an overview of the appropriations process and the various appropriations accounts and projects that benefit water quality from Cooperstown to Virginia Beach. Finally, we’ll discuss the appropriations outlook for the 112th Congress and how you might play a role in the process.


Great Waters: What We Can Learn From Our Colleagues Around the Country

Location: Tivoli II

Moderator: Teresa Pierno, Executive Vice President, National Parks Conservation Association

Panelists:

  • Jeff Skelding, Campaign Director, Healing Our Waters- Great Lakes Coalition
  • Sarah Barmeyer, Great Waters Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Brian Moore, Legislative Director, Audubon
  • Malia Hale, Great Waters Coalition Co-Chair, National Wildlife Federation
 

Pollution, invasive species, sewer overflows and other problems impact our waters across the United States. While our community grapples with restoring the Chesapeake Bay, other great waters like Puget Sound, The Great Lakes, and the Everglades are also working to restore their ecosystems. These areas have learned important lessons about policies and actions they’ve undertaken to protect and restore their environments. Join us for a discussion about strategies that our colleagues are using to protect water in these areas.

 

Diversity in the Clean Water Movement: Perspectives on Our Work

Location: Hyde Park I and II

Facilitator:  Vernice Miller-Travis, Vice-Chair, Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities

Speakers:

  • Andy Fellows, Chesapeake Regional Director, Clean Water Action
  • Emily Enderle, Legislative Representative, Earthjustice 
 
Clean water is essential to life, and our relationship to water in the Chesapeake region is more important than ever. Come hear about diverse voices in the clean water movement, and how we move beyond the typical approaches of mainstream environmentalism. Join the discussion of how we better engage with one another in clean water goals, as our ultimate success as a movement depends on it.
 
 
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Lunch

Innovative Approaches to Clean Water Challenges

Location: Park Ballroom

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12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Congressman Glenn Thompson, 5th District of Pennsylvania 

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Restoring the Anacostia River - Lessons Learned From an Urban Clean-Up Effort

Location: Park Ballroom

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Moderator: Jim Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society

Speakers:

  • Bob Hoyt, Director, Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Irv Sheffey, Environmental Justice & Community Partnerships Program, Sierra Club
  • Diane Cameron, Conservation/Advocacy Program Director, Audubon Naturalist Society
  • David Tuchmann, Development Manager, Akridge
  • Brooke DeRenzis, Project Director, DC Appleseed
 

Described as the District’s forgotten river, the Anacostia represents the challenges of cleaning up urban streams everywhere. Panelists from the environmental, social justice and business communities will discuss the progress that has been made to restore the Anacostia and the challenges that will define the clean-up effort in the future.  

 

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Low-Impact Development in the District: Join a Field Trip to Learn More About Green Roofs, Green Streets, and Green Alleys

  • RiverSmart Rooftops
  • Green Streets
  • Anacostia Waterfront
  • Watts Branch
  • RiverSmart Schools
  • RiverSmart Homes
  • RiverSmart Washington: A Community Based LID Retrofit Campaign
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Chesapeake Bay Funders Network Reception

Speakers:

  • Allan Hance, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Verna Harrison, Executive Director, Keith Campbell Foundation
 
7:00 PM Banquet Dinner

Congressman Chris VanHollen, 8th District of Maryland

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Chuck Fox, former EPA Senior Advisor to the Administrator for the Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia River

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Van Reiner, President and CEO, Maryland Science Center

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Michael Hankin, Chair, Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and President & CEO, Brown Advisory

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Adam Ortiz, Mayor, Edmonston, MD

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast

 

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Congressman Rob Wittman, 1st District of Virginia

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Plenary Session: Smart Growth and Watershed Implementation Plans: Strategies for Clean Water in Our Communities

Location: Park Ballroom

Moderator: Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

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Panelists:

  • Chris Zimmerman, Chairman, Arlington County Board, Virginia
  • Bill Stack, Deputy Director of Programs, Center for Watershed Protection
  • Bill Kastning, Director, Planning and Codes Department, Town of Denton, Maryland
Join us for a panel discussion highlighting places in our region where smart growth decisions are playing an important role in improving communities and protecting water resources. This session will feature research on stormwater and land protection, and examine how smart growth can help protect local steams and lower the cost of complying with new regulations

 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Strategy Session – State Breakouts

Location: Park Ballroom