AWRA 2010 Spring Specialty Conference
Oral Presentations
print


 

AWRA 2010 ANNUAL WATER RESOURCES CONFERENCE


November 1 – 4, 2010
Philadelphia, PA

(Back to CD Index)

The Table of Contents contains the titles and links to ABSTRACTS in the order they appear in the
Conference Final Program (as of Oct. 18, 2010, the date of publication of this proceedings). 
Note:  The proceedings contains only abstracts, not papers.

The papers and abstracts presented below are in PDF pdf format .
Download the free Adobe Reader to read these files.

ppt : Powerpoint presentations viewable in PDF format - will be available Nov 18
mp3 : Audio files in MP3 format - will be available Nov 18


ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Conference Opening Plenary Session
Monday / November 1 / 8:30 AM 10:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

ppt

Ari M. Michelsen
President, American Water Resources Association
AgriLife Research Center at El Paso
Texas A&M University System, El Paso, TX

Martha B. Corrozi Narvaez
Conference General Co-Chair
University of Delaware, Water Resources Agency, Newark, DE

Kathleen P. Hale
Conference General Co-Chair
New Jersey Water Supply Authority, Somerville, NJ

Jim Eisenhardt
Conference Technical Program Chair
Johnson Mirmiran and Thompson, Newark, DE

Keynote Speaker

mp3

Michael Richter
Water Resources Advocate and
former Goal Tender for the New York Rangers
New York, NY

Monday Oral Technical Sessions
November 1
SESSION 1:  PANEL: Developing a National Water Vision and Strategy

mp3
Panel Moderator:  Cheryl Ulrich
Weston Solutions, Atlantic Beach, FL

Panel Participants
mp3 Carol R. Collier, Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ
mp3 Tony Willardson, Western States Water Council, Midvale, UT
mp3 Dennis Barnett, Tetra Tech, Inc., Atlanta, GA

mp3mp3

 
Water is the most critical and strategic resource on earth, yet we have no US national policy for water management. What is needed to develop a water vision and strategy that can provide an overarching direction for water management and be accepted by both eastern and western states?  The panel will lay out the problems, concerns and potential paths forward. Speaker time will be limited to allow dialogue with each other and the audience.

SESSION 2:  Management, Restoration and Monitoring
ppt
Future Water-Supply Scenarios, Cape May County, New Jersey, 2003-2050
Pierre Lacombe, Glen B. Carleton, Robert Kecskes, Daryll A. Pope, Donald E. Rice
SESSION 3:  Watershed Planning and Management
A Comprehensive Plan for a Model Watershed
Bethany Boisvert, Shandor Szalay, Kelley Curran
SESSION 4:  International Issues: Successes and Perspectives
Service Learning and the Challenges of Effective Water Development
J. Anthony Sauder, Kathyrn McArdle, John Keenan
SESSION 5:  Promoting Adaptation in Developing Countries
ppt
Climate Change Sensitivity of Water Systems: Transferring analytical approaches from the transportation sector
Peter Schultz, Anne Choate, Michael Culp, Christopher Evans, J. Randall Freed, Robert Kafalenos, Marybeth Riley, Robert Ritter, Emily Rowan, Claudio Ternieden
ppt
Options for Improving Climate Modeling to Assist Water Utility Planning for Climate Change
Joel Smith, Joe Barsugli, Chris Anderson, Jason Vogel, David Behar, Paul Fleming
SESSION 6:  PANEL: Energy Conservation and the Water and Wastewater Industry

Panel Moderator:  Robert Ryan
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Panel Participants
Richard S. Dovey, President, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Atlantic City, NJ
Paul Kohl, Manager of Research and Energy, Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia, PA
Ben A. LePage, Senior Environmental and Remediation Project Manager,
PECO Energy Company, Philadelphia, PA
Dennis Palmer, Executive Director and Chief Engineer, Landis Sewerage Authority, Vineland, NJ

This panel discussion, sponsored by the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Section of AWRA, will focus on how water and wastewater utilities are leading the way toward sustainability through conservation and alternative energy sources. 

Water and wastewater management are highly energy intensive processes.  According to the Electric Power Research Institute, water and wastewater treatment account for nearly 4% of the total U.S. electricity demand and electrical use makes up the majority of the marginal cost of treating and distributing potable water.  Reducing energy costs can result in savings to rate payers as well as reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, moving us further toward sustainability.  This panel discussion session will focus on process changes that have been undertaken by utilities in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area to reduce energy needs and on ways in which utilities have sustainably generated energy on-site using traditional alternative energy sources such as solar and wind as well as energy sources that may be unique to the industry such as biogas generation from digesters.  The panel will also discuss how these actions can be transferred to other sites.   

SESSION 7:  Integrated Water Resources Planning
SESSION 8:  Restoration/Mitigation - Streams/Riparian
ppt
Walnut Brook Riparian Restoration
Grace Messinger, Christine Hall, D. Linda Peterson, Mary Paist-Goldman
Hoffman Park Stream Restoration Monitoring
Richard Bolton, Kathleen Hale
SESSION 9:  Communicating Science to Policy Makers / Decision Support Systems
ppt
Approaches to Calibrate Watershed Hydrologic Models in the Southeast Coastal Plain
Lauren Felker, Daniel L. Tufford, Gregory J. Carbone, John M. Grego, Peng Gao
Building New York City’s Operations Support Tool: Need and Functionalities
Joshua Weiss, James H.  Porter, Grantley W. Pyke, Daniel P. Sheer, Anthony P. Pulokas
SESSION 10:  Watershed Management for Surface Sourcewater Protection
ppt
Aqua America's Watershed Protection Program
Tony Fernandes, Preston Luitweiler
ppt
Source Water Protection in the Raritan Basin - Hitting it from All Angles
Kathleen Hale, Kenneth Klipstein, Robert O'Neil, Jen Zhang, Heather Barrett, Richard Anthes, Todd Kratzer
SESSION 11:  PANEL:  Managing Water in its Hydrologic Context: Platitude or Essential Premise? (AWRA Policy Technical Committee)

mp3
Panel Moderator:  John Wells
Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, St. Paul, MN

Panel Participants 
mp3 Sally Claggett, Chesapeake Bay Program Coordinator, USDA Forest Service, Annapolis, MD
mp3 R. John Dawes, Executive Director, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Alexandria PA
mp3pptDaniel Van Abs, Senior Director of Planning and Science, New Jersey Highlands Council, Chester, NJ
pptClinton S. Willson, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

In January 2010, the AWRA Board adopted a position statement recommending that water resources management goals, policies and rules be organized around the concept of place, where “place” means basins, watersheds or aquifer systems. The idea is that policymakers should “encourage policies and collaborations that promote hydrologic system-based planning and management.” The panel will discuss experiences with the management of watersheds and aquifers across the nation to illustrate the essential nature of the hydrologic approach and to identify the differences that region, agency, scale and scope may make.

This panel is sponsored by the Policy Technical Committee and represents one of the two “Position Statements” adopted in January 2010 by the AWRA Board of Directors on water issues of public policy significance.

mp3

SESSION 12:  Hydrophilanthropy and WaSh Issues - Developing Countries
SESSION 13:  Surface Water Innovative Technologies
Real-time Stormwater Modeling
Baxter Vieux, Jean E Vieux
SESSION 14:  Impoundments and Levees
ppt
South Jersey Levee Inventory & LIDAR Analysis
Greg Westfall, Gary Casabona
SESSION 15:  Agricultural Hydrology Management Practices
Evaluation of Methodology for Evaluating Impact of Small Bmps on a Stream
Pat Rector, K.H. Klipstein, R. O'Neil, H. Barrett
ppt
An Assessment of Riparian Buffers at the Watershed Scale in Southern Illinois
Alex Eade, Jon E. Schoonover, Karl William James Williard, James J. Zaczek
ppt
Streambank Erosion Rates in Two Watersheds of the Central Claypan Region
Robert Lerch, C. D. Willett, R. Peacher, R. C. Schultz
SESSION 16:  Effects of Floods
mp3
Estimating the Impact of Climate Change on Coastal & Riverine Flood Hazards: A National Perspective
Steve Eberbach and Josh Kollat, Michael Baker Jr., W. Thomas, Jr., S. Agbley, D. Divoky, J. Kasprzyk
SESSION 17:  Wetlands and Lakes - Management and Restoration I
ppt
Development of an Erosion Reduction Management Strategy for Watersheds and Reservoirs in Algeria
Jacques Langlois, Henri Tichoux, Guy Parent, Pierre Roy, Andre Lauzon, Martin Harvey
SESSION 18:  Flooding and Floodplain Management
ppt
Development of an ADCIRC Storm Surge Model for the Mid-Atlantic Region
Shan Zou, Hugh Roberts, John Atkinson, Brian Blanton, Lisa Stillwell, Jeffery Hanson, Michael Forte, Rick Luettich
Innovative Transatlantic Perspectives on Flood Risk Mapping, Uncertainty and Management from the UK, Ireland and Argentina
Paul Robinson, Mike Cope, Stuart Suter, Richard Crowder, Rodolfo Aradas, Graham Piper
ppt
Is Your Stormwater Model Ready for FEMA Floodplain Mapping?
Sandeep Gulati and Patrick Victor, Jose Maria Guzman, William Joyce
SESSION 19:  Water Supply - Sustainability
ppt
Developing a Sustainable Water Supply Strategy for the City of Plantation, Florida
Courtney Licata, Hank Breitenkam, Michael Wengrenovich
ppt
Consumptive Water Use: Missing in Action
David Sayers, Kenneth F. Najjar
ppt
Assessing and Managing Water Availability in the New Jersey Highlands
Daniel Van Abs, James Hutzelmann, Otto Zapecza, Donald Rice
SESSION 20:  Water Resources in the Next Decade – Sustainability I
New Directions in Stormwater Management--LEED and Beyond
Michele Adams, Stewart Comstock, Steve Benz, Micah Silvey
SESSION 21:  PANEL: National Watershed Initiative – RSM: Implementing a National Watershed Based Planning Initiative at the Local Level, Regional Sediment Management Planning, Delaware Estuary/Basin

Moderator:  J. Bailey Smith
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District (CENAP-PL-PC), Philadelphia, PA

Panel Participants
Scott Douglas, State of New Jersey, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Trenton, NJ
Danielle Kreeger, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Wilmington, DE
Bob Tudor - Delaware River Basin Commission, Trenton, NJ


This panel discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with Regional Sediment Management Planning/Implementation for the Delaware Estuary/Basin. The US ACE has been granted funding to develop a Regional Sediment Management (RSM) Plan for the Delaware Estuary/Basin. Regional Sediment Management is a federal initiative that is gaining momentum nationally. Regional Sediment Management approaches/plans have been initiated across the country, in particular in the coastal areas. Examples include Coastal California, the Columbia River, and more locally the New York/New Jersey Harbor. RSM is a tool being applied in a variety of manners. Regional Sediment Management is an initiative that considers sediment as a resource in our watersheds/rivers/streams/wetlands. Plans to manage sediment in our basin (from source to outlet) are prepared so that policy makers and funding agents can collaborate to meet multiple objectives within a watershed. Recommendations from the plan are then implemented to achieve the broader goals. RSM planning requires all of the disciplines that AWRA members bring to the organization. RSM inherently requires multi-discipline technical input, programmatic input, regulatory input, and creative/collaborative partnerships to achieve goals. The US Army Corps of Engineers has established a RSM Workgroup comprised of several federal agencies, each of the states within the basin (DE, PA, NJ), non-profits, major municipalities, and commercial interests. The RSM Workgroup has conducted a number of technical sessions to understand the dynamics, needs, and opportunities of the estuary/basin and developed an outline for the plan. The RSM Workgroup has been charged with preparing a plan with recommendations for implementation by summer/fall 2011. The purpose of the panel session is to generate discussion in this national forum of multi-disciplined experts on potential challenges and opportunities in preparing and ultimately implementing this plan in the Delaware Estuary/Basin. The panelists will provide a brief overview of the RSM process and the Delaware Estuary/Basin system followed by a series of challenge questions for the group and audience to consider in achieving the panel's goals. 
 

SESSION 22:  Urbanization - Land Use Changes
Effects of Watershed Land Cover and Riparian Buffers on Water Quality in the Lower Kaskaskia River Watershed, Illinois
Jackie Crim, Julia D. Friedmann, Charnsmorn R. Hwang, Jon E. Schoonover, K.W.J. Williard
Impact Assessment of Alternative Landuse Development Patterns in Pennypack Creek Watershed
Mahbubur Meenar, Jeffrey Featherstone, Rick Fromuth, Manahel Awda
Permeable Pavement Monitoring at the Edison Environmental Center
Sivajini Gilchrist, Thomas O'Connor Michael Borst, Amy Rowe, Emilie Stander
SESSION 23:  Stream Processes
The Riparian Forest-Transient Storage Link in Urban Streams
Robert Ryan, Claire Welty, Philip C. Larson
SESSION 24:  Water Quality Aquifers
SESSION 25:  Freshwater Availability and Supplies
Vulnerability of U.S. Water Supply to Shortage
Thomas Brown, Jorge Ramirez, Romano Foti
Water Availability in the Colorado River Basin: Incorporating Paleo Hydrology and Climate Projections
Benjamin Harding, Subhrendu Gangopadhyay, Balaji Rajagopalan, Laura Condon
Tuesday Oral Technical Sessions
November 2, 2010
SESSION 26:  PANEL: Investing in Water – Corporate and Investor Perspectives

ppt
Moderator:  Brenda O. Bateman
Oregon Water Resources Department, Salem, OR

Panel Participants
ppt Mark Bateman, Director of Research, IW Financial
ppt Dave Stangis, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Campbell’s Soup Co.
Julie Fox Gorte, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Pax World

Sustainability investing is an umbrella term that includes values-based and socially responsible investment (SRI).  Sustainability investors evaluate how companies behave as global citizens, what they produce, and how they produce, package, transport and market products.  Increasingly, water is part of this evaluation—as an input, a commodity, a service, and sometimes a waste stream.  This panel will assess the tools and methods that investors use to reward and penalize publicly-traded companies whose business has some bearing on the world of water.

Dr. Brenda Bateman, who will moderate the panel, chairs AWRA’s Policy Technical Committee and serves as Senior Policy Coordinator for Oregon’s Water Resources Department.  She has worked in the SRI industry assessing renewable energy, human rights, and labor conditions.

Dr. Julie Gorte is Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World, a recognized leader in the field of sustainable investing.  Pax World launched the first Socially Responsible Investment mutual fund, “The Pax World Balanced Fund” in 1971, and integrates environmental, social, and governance factors into its investment analysis and decision-making.

Dave Stangis is Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at the Campbell Soup Co, the world's largest soup manufacturer, and owner of brands such as Pepperidge Farm, V8, Pace, Prego and Swanson.  He will discuss his interactions with investors over the years on the topic of water, noting the tactics that investors use to further their agendas on water, including performance measurement and information disclosure.  Previously, Mr. Stangis also served in a similar role at Intel Corp.

Mark Bateman is the Director of Research for IW Financial (IWF), an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research firm, providing investors with data about 3,000 publicly traded U.S. companies across a broad spectrum of issues.  In 2009, Mr. Bateman co-authored the study The Road Not Yet Taken:  the State of U.S. Corporate Environmental Policy and Management.  He will discuss the current state of water-related information disclosure and policies among U.S. companies and will describe how investors are incorporating water issues into their decision-making.
 

SESSION 27:  Source Water Protection/Watershed Restoration - Raritan Basin
A Partnership to Protect Waterways: The River-Friendly Programs
Richard Anthes, Heather Barrett, Kathleen Hale
Prioritization of Riparian Buffers on Agricultural Land in the Raritan Basin
Jennifer House, Christine Hall, Kathy Hale, Zeyuan Qiu
ppt
Addressing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution in Priority Watersheds of the Raritan Basin
Kathleen Hale, Christine Hall, Patrick Natale, Richard Anthes
SESSION 28:  Ecosystems - Case Studies
ppt
Concentrated Flow Path Development in Southern Illinois Riparian Buffers
Jon Schoonover, Ryan C. Pankau, K.W.J. Williard
ppt
Nitrogen Leaching from Harvested and Intact Autumn Olive Patches in Southern Illinois
Karl Williard, Andrew Somor, Derek Evans, Robin Davison, John Groninger, Jon Schoonover
SESSION 29:  Information Management and Tools - Innovative Techniques
pptpptppt
New Orleans Drainage Master Plan - Small System Modeling
Jessica Watts, Thomas E. Nye, Gabriel F. Bacca-Cortes
ppt
Integration of Time-Varying Metrological Data for Hydrologic Modeling
Kelly Knee, Eoin Howlett, David Maidment, Roy Mendelssohn, Cara Wilson
SESSION 30:  Water Quality and TMDLs
The Jackson River Benthic TMDL 'Impaired River with Hydrologic Regime Controlled by a Dam
Djamel E. Benelmouffok, Raed M. El-Farhan, Bjoern Michaelis
Application of Chesapeake Bay Community Model to TMDL Development and Watershed Studies
Jing Wu, Gary W. Shenk, Lewis C. Linker, Dinorah Dalmasy, Cherie Schultz, Robert W. Burgholzer
SESSION 31:  PANEL: Antidegradation of Surface Waters – The Journey from National Policy to Practice


Moderator:  Kenneth Najjar
Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), West Trenton, NJ

Panel Participants
mp3 Chuck Barcsz, National Park Service, Division Chief, Wild & Scenic Rivers, Northeast Region
mp3 Kenneth Najjar, DRBC, Planning and IT Branch Manager
mp3 ppt Robert Limbeck, DRBC, Watershed Scientist
mp3 Chad Pindar, DRBC, Project Review Section Supervisor
mp3  Feng Shi, DRBC, Water Resources Modeler

Antidegradation of the nation's surface waters is an element of the Clean Water Act that requires an approved policy and implementation procedure as one of three major components of a Water Quality Standards program. Yet implementation of antidegradation is lagging behind other programs. This panel will explore antidegradation policy and provide a case study of implementation in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). Antidegradation of rivers possessing high water quality is among the top goals of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers program. The National Park Service (NPS) leads the effort to protect and manage surface waters designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Among the rivers designated are three reaches of the Delaware River between Hancock, NY and Trenton, NJ. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is an interstate agency that manages the water resources of the DRB, which provides water to 16 million people and is home to 8 million residents. DRBC established an antidegradation program known as Special Protection Waters (SPW) to maintain high existing water quality (EWQ) and healthy watersheds in the entire non-tidal Delaware River from Hancock to Trenton. To implement the program DRBC adopted regulations in the 1990s to control point and non-point source pollutant loadings to SPW. In order to manage the program a water quality monitoring and assessment program using a control-point approach was developed. Site-specific quantitative water quality targets based on EWQ have been assigned to control points in the river and at tributary confluences. Implementation of the SPW program includes analysis of new or expanding discharges against targets to assure that EWQ is maintained in the river. Due to the increasing number of applications in the SPW watershed, review of projects has shifted from single project analyses to cumulative impact analyses using models that consider all watershed influences on water quality. 

SESSION 32:  Spectrum of Initiatives in Basin Planning
SESSION 33:  Case Studies: Large Scale Watershed Planning
Comprehensive Watershed Restoration Plan for the Anacostia River
Bjoern Michaelis, Raed M. El-Farhan, Djamel E. Benelmouffok, Stephen Parker
SESSION 34:  Green Infrastructure I
SESSION 35:  Forest Hydrology: Surface Water BMPs and Water Quality
Soil Erosion Potential Following Prescribed Burning in the Mixed Hardwood Forests of the Ozark Hills in Southern Illinois
Kyle Monroe, Jon E. Schoonover, Charles M. Ruffner, Karl W.J. Williard, John W. Groninger
Wednesday Oral Technical Sessions
November 3
SESSION 36:  Water Resources Education Strategies
SESSION 37:  Wetlands/Lakes - Management and Restoration II
Early Detection and Rapid Response Water Chestnut Task Force
Pat R, Rector, K.H. Klipstein, M. Haberland
An Assessment of the Vadnais Lake Hypolimnetic Aerators
James Cook, Raymond M. Hozalski, Michael Semmens, Miki Hondzo
SESSION 38:  Surface Water BMPs I
SESSION 39:  Groundwater Sustainability and Protection
ppt
Assessing the Availability of Groundwater Resources in Georgia
Mark Maimone, James Kennedy, Katherine H. Zitsch
SESSION 40:  Water Resources in the Next Decade - Water Quality and Management
Assessing Stream Quality: The Value of Historic Water-Quality Data
Charles L. Dow, Anthony K. Aufdenkampe, Thomas L. Bott, John K. Jackson, Louis A. Kaplan, Alfred E. Schuyler, Bernard W. Sweeney
SESSION 41:  PANEL: The Need to Protect Headwaters and How to Do It

mp3
Panel Moderator:  Carol R. Collier
Executive Director, Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ

Panel Participants
mp3 Aaron Lien, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Washington, DC
mp3 Sally Corrigan, Director of the Office of Community Planning, Milford, PA
mp3 Sean McGuinness, Superintendent of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Beach Lake, PA
mp3 Eric Olsen, The Nature Conservancy, Skylands Program Manager and
 Chair of the Common Waters Initiative, Chester, NJ

In 1600 BC, Emperor Yu of China stated: "to protect your rivers, protect your mountains." This is still true today, and there are many factors threatening the headwater mountains of the Delaware River. The Delaware Basin supplies water to over 15 million people including the City of Philadelphia.  The integrity of the water supply is threatened by changes in the headwaters due to increasing residential and commercial development and natural gas well drilling. The panel members, who each have an important role to play in the protection of the headwaters, will discuss their innovative collaborative process that brings together community leaders from three different states, educates the public, and prioritizes lands to be preserved and areas for restoration. There will be time for discussion.

SESSION 42:  Delaware River Basin Restoration and BMPs
Mussel Powered Living Shorelines for Salt Marsh Erosion Control
Laura Whalen, Danielle Kreeger, David Bushek, Angela Padeletti, Joshua Moody
Modeling Recent Flooding in the Delaware River
Daniel J. Goode, Edward H. Koerkle, Hydrologist, Joan D. Klipsch, Engineer, Amy L. Shallcross
SESSION 43:  Issues in Water Quality Trading
Optimal Pollution Trading without Pollution Reductions: A Note
Hale W. Thurston, Jorge H. Garcia, Matthew T. Heberling
SESSION 44:  Groundwater Infiltration and Recharge
Data Collection to Demonstrate Efficacy of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR Through a Thick Vadose Zone
Stephanie Moore, James A. Kelsey, John T. Kay, John M. Stomp, III
Soil Moisture Measurements for Determining ET and Recharge Fluxes Along a Hillslope
Mark Ross, Daniel Rodriquez, Jeff Vomacka1, Kenneth Trout
Groundwater Impacts of Stormwater Infiltration: Considerations for Low Impact Development
Dan O’Rourke, Matthew Gamache, Kristina Masterson, Mark Maimone, Scott Coffey
SESSION 45:  Varied Impacts of Climate Change I
SESSION 46:  PANEL: The Mid-Atlantic River Basin Commissions – Addressing Increasingly Complex Problems

mp3
Panel Moderator:  Carol R. Collier
Executive Director, Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ

Panel Participants
mp3 James Richenderfer, Director, Technical Programs, Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
mp3 Joseph K. Hoffman, Executive Director, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River, Rockville, Maryland
mp3 Cherie Schultz, Director of CO-OP Operations, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin Commission
mp3 Brigadier General Peter A. "Duke" DeLuca, Commander, USACE North Atlantic Division (NAD) Pennsylvania Commissioner
Lori Mohr, Pennsyvania Department of Environmental Protection - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Mid-Atlantic Region has three interstate/federal river basin commissions covering portions of seven states. Their mission is to manage the water resources of their respective basins, without regard to political boundaries. Panel members- commissioners and staff of the three agencies - will discuss the increasingly complex issues of water supply allocation including human use and ecological flows, impact of natural gas well drilling and climate change, changing relationships with state regulatory programs, and moving toward integrated water resources management.  Formal comments will be kept to a minimum to encourage open dialogue. 

mp3 Closing remarks, Q&A

SESSION 47:  Sustainability and Master Planning
SESSION 48:  Ecosystems Restoration and Mitigation
SESSION 49:  The Art and Science of Land Preservation for Source Water Protection
Planning For Land Preservation
Robert O’Neil, Jen Zhang, Julie Hajdusek
SESSION 50:  Nutrients and Nutrient Management
ppt
Applying BNR Technology to meet TMDL Total Nitrogen Requirements at large-scale WPCPs
Norman Bradley, Robert Smith, Paul Pitt, Sarah Dailey, Keith Mahoney, Elio Paradis
SESSION 51:  PANEL: Water System Losses – The Six Billion Gallon Question

Panel Moderator:  Kenneth Najjar
Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ

Panel Participants
Kenneth Najjar, Planning and IT Branch Manager, Delaware River Basin Commission
Andrew Chastain-Howley, Regional Director, Miya Water
George Kunkel, Assistant Chief, Water conveyance, Philadelphia Water Department
David Sayers, IT and Water Use Section Supervisor, Delaware River Basin Commission

Water systems lose a staggering six billion gallons of water per day nationally, enough water to supply the needs of the ten largest cities in the US! While water efficiency measures by end users have been shown to reduce system demands, these efforts are often offset by growing system losses due to aging water distribution infrastructure. The key to addressing this problem is accountability for treated water as it moves from source to customer. This panel session will define the role that water loss reduction can play in water management. The panel will present the current state of water loss practices and show how new methods can help tackle water system losses and save millions of dollars in lost revenue. The session will focus on the new water loss control approach developed by the International Water Association (IWA) and American Water Works Association (AWWA) for performing distribution system water audits and system upgrades. Significant developments that have occurred in the area of water accountability in recent years include the release of Free AWWA Water Audit Software, which will be presented and demonstrated. The Philadelphia Water Department's successful experience implementing the IWA/ AWWA water audit methodology will be profiled. Philadelphia, which created the first public water supply in 1801, is again leading the industry by being the first utility in the US to employ the new methodology in 2000. The panel will conclude with an overview of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) regulatory changes in the area of water loss management. These regulations were passed in 2009 and come into full effect in 2012. The DRBC is one of only a handful of regulatory agencies in the US that has embraced the new water loss control approach in recognition of the benefits that controlling water losses can play in water resources management.

SESSION 52:  International Water Resources Perspectives
ppt
Water Quality Modelling with SWAT for a Watershed in Northern Algeria
Jacques Langlois, Joumana Abou-Nohra, Pierre Roy, Guy Parent, Raphaël Fauchère, Lennart J. Lindahl
SESSION 53:  Surface Water – Planning
A Collaborative Process to Identify the Most Feasible Aquifer Recharge Sites in Oklahoma
Matt Bliss, Nathan Smith, Michael Smith, Wayne Kellogg, Kyle Arthur, Terri Sparks
SESSION 54:  Chesapeake Bay - Monitoring, Evaluation and Adaptive Management
A Tool for Evaluating Stream and River Health in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Katie Foreman, Claire Buchanan, Jackie Johnson, Andrea Nagel, Bill Dennison, Adam Griggs, Sara Powell
ppt
Assessing Watershed Health in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area
Gwen Stanko-Sivirichi, Fred Jacobs, Christy Stoll, Sandy Collins, Nancy Pentz, Steve Stewart
SESSION 55:  Agricultural Hydrology: Fertilizers and Irrigation
ppt
Vulnerability Assessment of Agricultural Water in Taiwan
Yun Ju Chen, Nien Ming Hong, Pin Yu Chen
ppt
In-Situ Field Lysimeters for Optimizing Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency
Effi Tripler, Alon Ben-Gal, Zehava Yehuda, Naftali lazarovitch
Thursday Oral Technical Sessions
November 4
SESSION 56:  Water Management in a Changing Climate
mp3
Water Availability in the Colorado River Basin: Climate, Drought, and Compacts
Matthew Brown, Ray Alvarado, Blaine Dwyer, Ben Harding, Erin Wilson, Joel Smith, Jim Pearce
SESSION 57:  Interdisciplinary Approach in the Pinelands of NJ-Groundwater Withdrawals
SESSION 58:  Green Infrastructure II
ppt
Centralized Stormwater Management in an Urban Combined Sewer System
Matthew Condiotti, Chris Crocket, Marc Cammarata
SESSION 59:  Water Supply - Innovation, Conservation and Treatment
SESSION 60:  Water Resources in the Next Decade - Sustainability II
ppt
Triple Bottom Line Analysis of Philadelphia's Combined Sewer Overflow Control Options
Janet Clements, Bob Raucher, John Cromwell, Leland Deck, Dave Mills, Eric Horsch
Green City, Clean Waters: Retrofitting Today's City with Tomorrow's Urban Water System
Matthew Vanaskie, R. Dwayne Myers, Jim Smullen, Marc Cammarata
SESSION 61:  PANEL:  Water and Energy – Emerging Issues

mp3
Panel Moderator - Martha Corrozi Narvaez
University of Delaware, Institute for Public Administration, Water Resources Agency, Newark, DE

Panel Participants
mp3 Ed A. Theriot, Louis Berger Group, New Orleans, LA
mp3 Danielle Kreeger, Partnership for the Delware Estuary, Wilmington, DE
mp3 Jamie Shallenberger, Princeton Hydro, Ringoes, NJ
mp3 Speaker #4

In recent months the nexus between water and energy has been profiled in various media outlets, in particular as it relates to oil and natural gas and created significant discussion on water policy and energy policy and the connections between them.  Examples include our traditional source of energy (oil) and the effects of the BP oil spill along the Gulf Coast waters and desires to tap alternative fuels such as natural gas (the Marcellus Shale fields) and the potential impacts to water quality resulting from this exploration in the Northeast United States.  Panelists will provide view points on the opportunities and challenges that these two examples present for affecting water and energy policy and their nexus as the national debate on energy policy and alternative approaches continues.
SESSION 62:  Surface Water BMPs II
SESSION 63:  Conflict Resolution and Communication
ppt
Ensuring an Effective Voice in Interstate Conflicts
Thomas Wilmoth, Donald Blankenau
SESSION 64:  Coastal New Jersey Groundwater Management
Arsenic in Sediments and Waters of the Coastal Plain of New Jersey, USA
Julia Barringer, Zoltan Szabo, Pamela A Reilly, Jennifer L Bonin, Kimberly Cenno, Marzooq Alebus, Adam Mumford, Lily Young
SESSION 65:  Varied Impacts of Climate Change II
SESSION 66:  Water and Energy Nexus Alternatives
SESSION 67:  Water and Conflict
SESSION 68:  Coastal Zone Management and Restoration
ppt
The Role of Barrier Island Restoration on Hurricane Surge and Wave Reduction
Alison Sleath Grzegorzewski, Mary A Cialone, Ty V Wamsley
ppt
Impacts of Withdrawls on the Thermal Regime of the Weeki Wachee River
Daniel Mendelsohn, Steve Peene, Ray Pribble
ppt
Climate Change Indicators for Coastal Management
Anne Choate, Elizabeth Strange Susan Asam, Marybeth Riley-Gilbert
SESSION 69:  Modeling in Information Management
SESSION 70:  Pathogens and Water Quality
Release and Resuspension of E. coli from Direct Fecal Deposits in Streams
Rachel McDaniel, Michelle Soupir, Ross Tuttle, Chris Rehmann
Targeted Monitoring Protocol for Fecal Contamination
Amy Soli, Thomas Amidon, Gary Bowles
SESSION 71:  Funding through Restoration
mp3
Predicting Water Quality in a New Lagoon System in the Caribbean
Deborah Crowley, Daniel Mendelsohn, Matt Goodrich
SESSION 72:  Stream Ecology
SESSION 73:  Policy and Legal - Creative Solutions
ppt
Equitable Stormwater Billing and Urban Stormwater Management
Casey Thomas, Aaron Ogle, Erin Williams
SESSION 74:  Water Quality Monitoring
ppt
Perfluorinated Chemicals in the Delaware River
Ronald MacGillivray, Thomas J. Fikslin
E. coli Distribution & Streambed Processes of the Greybull River
Corey Beaugh, Ginger Paige, Scott Miller, Carl Legleiter, Steve Jones
SESSION 75:  Surface Water BMPs and Mitigating Impacts