American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 2013 Summer Conference - Healthy Forests = Healthy Water
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CONFERENCE OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Thursday / June 27 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Location: Grand Ballroom Center

 

Carol R. Collier
Conference General Chair
President, American Water Resources Association
Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ

Keynote Speaker

Tom Tidwell

Tom Tidwell
Chief, US Forest Service, Washington, DC

 

PLENARY PANEL
Moderator and Opening Remarks

Paul Barten, Professor and Honors Program Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department of Environmental Conservation, Amherst, MA

Panelists:
Chi Ho Sham, Senior Vice President, Environmental Science & Policy Division
Cadmus Group, Waltham, MA

James M. Vose, Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Center for Integrated Forest Science, Raleigh, NC

David S. Warne
, Director of Watershed Protection Programs, Bureau of Water Supply, NYC Environmental Protection Agency, Valhalla, NY

Following the Keynote speech by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell a Plenary Panel will engage the audience in an interactive discussion on how and why to protect and manage forests to ensure a sustainable and reliable water supply. Panelists will include experts who work with companies on water-related risk and investments, manage public water supply watersheds, study the relationship between forest and water management, and help develop programs linking water use with watershed protection.


Thursday / June 27 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Concurrent Sessions 1, 2

Moderator - Emma Melvin
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, PA

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

Breaking New Ground: A Collaborative Approach to Protecting New England's Surface Water Supplies - John O'Neil, Manchester Water Works, Manchester , NH (co-author: K. A. Jacobs)
Building Collaboratives to Enhance Watershed Function: The Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water Quality - Guy Sabin, Southern Group of State Foresters, Colubmia, SC (co-authors: H. Simpson, J. Greis, J. Miller, P. Stangel)
Creating a Forest of Supporters - Kimberley Knox, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Laurel, MD
The Quiet Corner Initiative: Building a Research and Education Program Around Watershed-Level Assessment, Planning, and Implementation - Alex Barrett, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT (co-authors: A.Orthmeyer, S. Crotty Brown, R. Campbell , S. Hetzler)

Moderator - Sally Claggett
U.S. Forest Service, Annapolis, MD

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Assessing the Ecosystem Service of Water Provision from Northern Forest Watersheds Using the Forest Ecosystem Services Toolkit - Colin Beier, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY (co-authors: J. Caputo, P. Groffman)
Identifying Stakeholders for Ecosystem Services: Methods and Challenges for Benefit Transfer - John Westra, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (co-author: J. L. Boutwell)
Implementing PWS in a Large River Basin - Stephanie Dalke, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Washington, DC (co-author: W. Price)
From the Forest to the Faucet: Quantifying the Role of National Forests in Providing Water Supply for the Southeastern U.S. - Peter Caldwell, USDA Forest Service, Raleigh, NC (co-authors: C. Ford Miniat, C. Block, E. Cohen, S. Krieger, G. Sun, S. McNulty)

Thursday / June 27 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 3, 4

Moderator - Jessica Sanchez
Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

USDA Forest Service Watershed Condition Framework: An Approach for Assessing and Improving Watershed Condition - Michael Eberle, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC (co-author: P. Luehring)
Identifying Physical, Chemical and Biological Attributes of Least Disturbed Streams in Connecticut - Mary Becker, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hartford, CT (co-authors: C. Bellucci, M. Beauchene)
Protecting and Restoring Ecologically Significant Sub-Watersheds in the Delaware River Basin - Nathan Boon, William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (co-authors: A.Johnson, R. Wall, P. Howell)
Using High Resolution Spatial Data and Genetic Algorithms to Optimize Riparian Zone Condition and Impervious Cover Estimates in New England Watersheds - Jessica Morgan, ORISE Fellow U.S. EPA, Narragansett, RI (co-authors: N. Detenbeck, S. Rego, Y.Q. Wang)

Moderator - Will Price
Pinchot Institute, Princeton, NJ

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Towards Science, Policy and Management Strategies for Healthy Alberta Forests to Protect Critical Water Supplies - Axel Anderson, Foothills Research Institute, Edmonton, AB CANADA(co-authors: U. Silins, K. Bladon, M. Emelko, M. Stone)
Shifting Disturbance Regimes in Forested Source Water Landscapes in Alberta's Rocky Mountains: Long-Term Impacts of Wildfire on Water Quantity, Quality, and Stream Ecology - Uldis Silins, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (co-authors: K.D. Bladon, M.J. Wagner, C.H.S. Williams, A.M. Martens, M. Stone, M.B. Emelko, A. Anderson, A. Collins, B.G. Krishnappan) .
Long Term Implications of Wildfire to Drinking Water Treatment - Monica Emelko, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON CANADA (co-authors: U. Silins, M. Stone, K. D. Bladon, M. J. Wagner, C. H.S. Williams, A. M. Martens)
Management of Wildfire Risk In Forested Regions of Alberta to Downstream Municipal Drinking Water Treatment - Kevin Bladon, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB CANADA (co-authors: U. Silins, M. D. Flannigan, M. B. Emelko, D. P. Dupont, S. W. Kienzle, M. Parisien, D. Schroeder, D. K. Thompson, C. Tymstra, J. M. Waddington, X. Wang, D. G. Woolford, B. M. Wotton)


Thursday / June 27 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 5, 6

Moderator - Jami Nettles
Weyerhaeuser Company, Columbus, MS

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

The Use of Streambank Soil Bioengineering Techniques in the New York City Reservoir Watershed (Catskills Region of New York) - Christopher Tran, SUNY Ulster/ NYC DEP, Kingston, NY
Improve Riparian Forest Buffer Implementation and Planning in Areas with Karst Features - Judith Okay, J&J Okay Consulting, Solomons, MD
An Evaluation of the Cost-Effectiveness of Gravel Application to Minimize Sediment Delivery from Forest Road Stream Crossing Approaches - Kristopher Brown, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (co-authors: W. M. Aust, K. J. McGuire, W. C. Hession, C. A. Dolloff)

Moderator - Craig Highfield
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, MD

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Riparian Forest Buffers in the Chesapeake TMDL: New Decisions - Sally Claggett, U.S. Forest Service, Annapolis, MD
Forested Watersheds and Naturally Variable Water Quality Influences the Establishment of Achievable Numeric Nutrient Criteria - Erik Schilling, NCASI, Newberry, Flo (co-authors: M. Cohen, D. McLaughlin, J. Diamond)
Testing Recovery of Stream Nutrient Levels of Paired First Order Forested Watersheds in South Carolina Coastal Plain After Hurricane Hugo - Devendra Amatya, USDA Forest Service, Cordesville, SC (co-authors: H. Ssegane, C. Trettin)

Friday / June 28 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions 7, 8

Moderator - Becky Schwartz
U.S. Forest Service Philadelphia Field Station, Philadelphia, PA

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

A Tree is the Best BMP: Reconnecting Water, Soils, and Vegetation in the Urban Environment - Michele Adams, Meliora Design, Phoenixville, PA (co-authors: N. Compton, T. Dockwiller, A. Lavalee)
Helping Water through Urban Forestry - Shirley Vaughn, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Kent, OH
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Plant One Million program-- Re-tooling the PHS Technical Assistance, Education and Incentive Programs to Reach A New Audience - Emma Melvin, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, PA (co-author: N. Safavi)
Stream Ecosystem Responses to Retention, or Restoration and Maturation of Urban Forests in Comparative New Zealand Watersheds - Marjorie van Roon, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Moderator - Ira Stern
NYCDEP, Kingston, NY

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Regional Efforts to Promote Forestry Best Management Practices: A Southern Success Story - Guy Sabin, Southern Group of State Foresters, Colubmia, SC (co-authors: H. Simpson, L. Casey, W. Owen)
Examining the Effects of Contemporary Forest Practices on Aquatic Ecosystems at Multiple Scales in the Oregon Coast Range - Maryanne Reiter, Weyerhaeuser NR, Springfield, OR
Effectiveness of Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection in Four Headwater Catchments in the Falls Lake Watershed - Johnny Boggs, USDA Forest Service, Raleigh, NC (co-authors: G. Sun, D. Jones, S. McNulty)
Quantifying Benefits and Costs of Applying Improved Forest Management Practices for Protecting Water Quality in the Northeast US - Ethel Wilkerson, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Brunswick, ME (co-author: A. Mahaffey)

Friday / June 28 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Concurrent Sessions 9, 10

Moderator - Devendra Amatya
USDA Forest Service, Cordesville, SC

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

Long-Term Water Quality Trends in a Managed Forest of Western Washington - Maryanne Reiter, Weyerhaeuser NR, Springfield, OR
Quantifying the Water Use of Forest Operations - Jami Nettles, Weyerhaeuser Company, Columbus, MS
The Role of Forest Evapotransiration in Maintaining Healthy Watersheds - Ge Sun, USDA Forest Service, Cary, NC (co-authors: P. Caldwell, J. Boggs)
Watering the Forest for the Trees: An Emerging Priority for Managing Water in Forested Landscapes - Gordon Grant, PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Corvallis, OR (co-authors: C. Tague, C. Allen)

Moderator - Josh VanBrakle
Watershed Forestry Agricultural Program, Walton, NY

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Soil Erosion Vulnerability Across the Conterminous U.S. - Catalina Segura, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (co-authors: G. Sun, S. McNulty, Y. Zhang)
Modeling Flow and Sediment Transport in Three Rivers and a Reservoir in the Upper Basin of the Oldman River Watershed in Alberta, Canada - Micheal Stone, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON CANADA (co-authors: B.G. Krishnappan, U. Silins, M. B. Emelko, A. Collins, K. D. Bladon)
Biological Impacts of Excessive Fine Sediment in Forested Streams - Robert Danehy, NCASI, Corvallis, OR (co-authors: W. Minshall, C. Relyea)
Impaired Waters and Silvicultural Sources - John Beebe, NCASI, Kalamazoo, MI

Friday / June 28 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 11, 12

Moderator - Trish Garrigan
USEPA New England, Boston, MA

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

The WWRI: Making Collaborative and Strategic Investments to Restore Whole Watersheds in the Pacific Northwest - Cathy Kellon, Ecotrust, Portland, OR (co-authors: K. Carone, B. Davies)
A Systems Approach to Protecting Water Quality and Working Forests: A Case Study of the New York City Watershed Agricultural Council's Forestry Program - Josh Van Brakle, Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program, Walton, NY (co-authors: T. Pavlesich)
Multi-Owner Forest Patch Health Assessment - Craig Highfield, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, MD (co-authors: L. Wrabel, D. Outen)
Beyond Borders: The Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative - Paul Susca, N.H. Department of Environmental Services, Concord, NH (co-author: A. Tolman)

Moderator - Stephanie Dalke
Pinchot Institute, Princeton, NJ

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Market-Based Incentives for Source Water Protection--Critical Elements of Success and the Struggle to Scale the Approach - Todd Gartner, World Resources Institute, Washington, DC (co-author: J. Mulligan)
Green Infrastructure Effectiveness at the Watershed Scale: A Synthesis of Performance and Strategies to Maximize Cumulative Hydrological Benefits - Jenn Hoyle, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT (co-authors: J. Saiers, M. Ashton, B. Gentry)
Leveraging the Carbon Market to Protect Clean Water: an Overview of the Clear Water Carbon Fund - Ethel Wilkerson, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Brunswick, ME
Linking the Health of Forests and Water: The Role of Incentive-Based Watershed Conservation in the Western United States - Heidi Huber-Stearns, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: J. Goldstein, A. Cheng)

Friday / June 28 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 13, 14

Moderator - Will Price
Pinchot Institute, Princeton, NJ

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

New York City Water Supply Forest Management: Balancing Planned Implementation with Emergency Response - Ira Stern, NYCDEP, Kingston, NY (co-author: F. Gliesing)
State of the Watersheds -A Measure of Sustainability for Metro Vancouver's Drinking Watersheds - Derek Bonin, Metro Vancouver, Burnaby, BC (co-author: D. Dunkley)
Case Study: City of Seattle Watershed Management - Suzy Flagor , Seattle Public Utilities, North Bend, WA (co-authors: D. Beedle, A. LaBarge)
Natural versus Engineered Solutions for Drinking Water Supplies: Lessons from the Northeastern United States - Jenn Hoyle, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT (co-authors: M. Ashton, B. Gentry, E. Alcott)

Moderator - Carol Collier
Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Protecting Forested High Value Water Resource Landscapes in the Delaware River Basin - Jessica Rittler Sanchez, Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ (co-authors: K. F. Najjar, C. Pindar)
Effect of Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation on Water Supply - Laurel Stadjuhar, West Sage Water Consultants, Denver, CO
Watershed Vulnerability and Impact Assessment, the United States Army (Army) Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, Caroline County, Virginia - Doug Fraser, EEE Consulting, Inc., Mechanicsville, VA (co-authors: S. Smizik, G. Fisher)