Return to the WRA CalendarDecember 15, 2020

Start Time: 8:45 am
End Time: 3:45 pm
Location: Via Zoom
Hosted by: WRA

WRA Fall Technical Event


Theme: Innovation and Partnerships
Format: Virtual
Date(s): December 15, 2020
Keynote: Cheryl Norton, President, NJ American Water
Cost: PDEs $25 members, $35 Nonmembers, Free if PDEs are not needed

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WRA Fall Technical Event Panels

Welcome 8:45 – 9:00am Jane Rowan, President

Panel One 9:00 – 10:00am: AI Driven One Water Monitoring, Analysis and Prediction Systems
Jen Garigliano, Chief of Staff, NYC Environmental Protection Bureau of Water Supply

Speakers: Suni Sinha, Brian O'Malley, Jason Railing, Dr. Francoise Chauvin, NYC Bureau of Water Supply

Overview of NYCDEP and DRBC’s work with the National Science Foundation and Virginia Tech on operationalizing sustainability and resilience in communities through “Artificial Intelligence-Driven One Water Monitoring, Analysis, and Prediction System (AI-1WaterMAPS)”: The term “One Water” refers to an integrated system of systems view of water systems to include natural, built and socioeconomic water systems. AI-1WaterMAPS will create the next frontier of scalable, convergent decision support ecosystems that (i) encompass cyber, physical, and social technologies as well as natural, physical, and socioeconomic water systems, and (ii) empower small and large communities in river basins to balance competing demands for water resources and services in a sustainable and resilient manner. Enabled by recent breakthroughs in information technology, digital infrastructure, artificial intelligence (AI), and human-computer interfaces, the AI- 1WaterMAPS will galvanize novel research, education, institutional interactions, innovative partnerships, and water sector stakeholder engagement.

Student Speaker 10:00 – 10:15am

Panel Two 10:15 – 11:15am:
Future leader perspectives on the three big challenges of our time in water management: (1) the global pandemic, (2) diversity and our racial awakening, and (3) climate change

Gerald McAdams Kauffman, Director, University of Delaware Water Resources Center, Biden School of Public Policy & Administration, Newark, Del.

Kelly Slabicki, Director of Water Quality, City of Wilmington Water Department, Wilmington, DE
Anna Singer, Environmental Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Hometown: Burlington, VT
Sophie Phillips, Energy & Environmental Policy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Hometown: Katonah, NY
Hayley Rost, Public Administration, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Hometown: Lafayette Hill, PA
Karmyn Pasquariello, Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Hometown: Pompton Lakes, NJ
Jady Young Perez, Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Hometown: Panama City, Panama
Delaney Doran, Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Emily Jimenez, Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

Panel Three 11:15 am – 12:15pm:
Trends in Fixed Income Capital Markets during the COVID Crisis

Tom Beckett, Senior Vice President, NW Financial Group
Michael Stanton –- Head of Strategy and Communications, Build America Mutual

COVID-19’s affects on the water sector are significant. In the Delaware River Basin, operational resilience has assured safe, uninterrupted water supply and treatment despite supply chain challenges, the need for drastic alterations to workflow to protect workers, and in some cases, declining revenue. Meanwhile, the need for capital investment intensifies for our ageing infrastructure under pressure from changing weather patterns and expanding water quality treatment requirements. Although Fixed Income Capital Markets have stabilized after initial pandemic -driven turmoil, transaction drivers are changing with borrowers rescheduling debt and accelerating capital plans in today's low interest rate environment. Concurrently, Green Bonds are increasingly in the headlines as an innovative solution to this formidable but mission critical problem. What’s real, what works, and why.

KEYNOTE 12:15 – 12:55pm: Interview with:
Cheryl Norton, President of New Jersey American Water

Interviewer: Aine Crossan, herSustainability Podcast, Co-Founder

Networking Breakout Sessions 12:55 – 1:15pm

Panel Four 1:15 – 2:15pm: Clean Water is Good for Business
Richard Lawton, Executive Director, New Jersey Sustainable Business Council
Susan Harris - Cerulean, LLC
Michele Deery - Riverbend Green Roofs

"The economy vs. the environment" is a familiar, but false choice. In fact, creating a more vibrant and sustainable regional economy is largely dependent upon maintaining a healthy Delaware River Watershed.

Presented through the "triple-bottom-line" lens of people, planet, profit, you will learn about the American Sustainable Business Council's "Clean Water is Good for Business" campaign as a way of raising the business voice in support of water protection and sustainable water management practices. You will hear from three business leaders who will offer examples from their work of the many economic, social and environmental benefits of green infrastructure.

Panel Five 2:15 – 3:15pm: Jamaica Bay Estuary Restoration Project
Jen Garigliano, Chief of Staff, NYC Environmental Protection Bureau of Water Supply

Speakers: John McLaughlin, Dr. Pinar Balci, Ira Stern, NYC Bureau of Water Supply

Jamaica Bay Estuary Restoration Project: Jamaica Bay is a shallow bar-built embayment that connects with Lower New York Bay to the west through Rockaway Inlet. Jamaica Bay contains approximately 16,000 acres of surface waters and 3,000 acres of islands and marshes. The mean depth of the Bay is approximately 13 feet, with maximum depths reaching 30 to 50 feet in navigation channels and sand borrow pit areas. Jamaica Bay lies at the southwestern tip of Long Island and is located primarily within the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. It serves as an important ecological resource for populations of flora and fauna. The Bay has evolved over the last 25,000 years as a complex network of open water, salt marsh, grasslands, coastal woodlands, maritime shrublands, and brackish and freshwater wetland communities. The wildlife use of these systems is commensurate with this complex network of natural systems. These varied natural communities support 91 species of fish, 325 bird species and provide important habitat for many species of reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. The Bay is a critical stopover area along the Eastern Flyway avian migration route. Jamaica Bay also provides numerous recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, bird watching, bicycling, walking, and picnicking. NYCDEP has undergone an extensive program to clean up the bay and would give an overview of its efforts.

Networking Breakout Sessions 3:15 – 3:45pm: Two Breakout Zoom Sessions

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