A Free Conference in the Areas of Stormwater Management , Water Conservation & Road-Stream Crossings, Thursday, April 11, 2013
State Senator Tarr of Gloucester delivers a call to action in his opening remarks
This conference explored the current science and emerging regulatory requirements in the areas of Water Conservation, Stormwater Management and Road-Stream Crossings (bridges and culverts) and discussed cost-effective tools to respond to the new regulations in these areas. Expert speakers focused on ways that municipalities can work proactively toward meeting the new requirements while protecting the environment. The conference was attended by more than 85 individuals including representatives from at least 20 of the PIE-Rivers region towns. Speaker biographies and links to some of the material presented at the event are included below.
- Welcome/ Introduction (video above)
~ Special Guest Bruce Tarr, Massachusetts Senate - Senator Tarr, a Republican from Gloucester, is currently serving his 9th term in the Massachusetts State Senate and his first as Minority Leader. He represents the First Essex & Middlesex District, which is comprised of 17 North Shore communities. Prior to his election to the Massachusetts Senate in 1994, Senator Tarr served two terms in the Massachusetts House as the representative for the 5th Essex District.
- Water Resources in the Region: The structure and function of our coastal watersheds and how local actions affect the broader region
~ Anne Giblin, PhD, Senior Scientist, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory - Anne’s research interests are in microbial processes in soils and sediments, especially those that influence how coastal ecosystems processes nitrogen and carbon. She is currently the lead scientist on the Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research site.
- Stormwater Management & New Regulations: Overview of stormwater management including changes to stormwater and water management regulations
~ Scott Horsley, President, Horsley Witten Group – Scott has 25 years of professional experience in the fields of watershed planning and water resources management. He has worked as a consultant to federal, state, and local jurisdictions, and private industry throughout the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and China. Scott has been an innovator in the environmental profession, and thrives on bringing new and fresh approaches to challenging projects. Scott has a strong understanding of the full range of technical, planning, and policy issues associated with land use and environmental science.
- Implementing Water Conservation: Water conservation and leak detection measures from the perspective of a municipal water department
~ Greg Krom, Superintendent, Topsfield Water Department – Greg has worked for the Topsfield Water Department for over 20 years and has served as Water Superintendent for the last 7 years. The department supplies water to approximately 80% of the town and to the Masconomet Regional School District. In addition to managing Topsfield’s water utility, he has served on the Mapping Committee, Stormwater Management Committee and the Surface and Groundwater Study Committee. He also has experience with drainage analysis and stormwater modeling for residential and commercial development projects.
- Roads, Rivers and Stream Crossing Standards: Opportunities to design bridges and culverts that improve public safety and watershed health while saving money
~ Amy Singler, Associate Director, River Restoration Program, American Rivers – Amy works for American Rivers’ River Restoration Program and The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River Program managing dam removal projects and promoting efforts to improve river restoration in New England. She also leads regional efforts for both organizations on culvert and stream crossing policy and implementation. Amy previously worked for the Massachusetts state rivers program for seven years where she worked as a project manager and outreach coordinator, working statewide to promote river protection and implementation of restoration projects.
- Wrap Up and Discussion
~ Hunt Durey, Deputy Director, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration – Hunt works with many partners to restore and protect the Commonwealth’s rivers, wetlands and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment. From 2000 to 2009, he served as the Restoration Planner and then Manager of the Massachusetts Wetlands Restoration Program. Prior to that, Hunt served as the Conservation Agent for the town of Boxford, MA and worked for a private environmental consulting firm as a project manager and wetland scientist.
~ Ipswich River Watershed Association staff
Cy Pres Anti-Trust Settlement funds, Jessie B. Cox Trust, Sheehan Family Foundation