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This page contains the breakout sessions at-a-glance (right), the daily schedule (below) followed by the detail for all the breakouts by session.

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2019 Environment Virginia Breakout Sessions at a Glance
2019 EV Breakout Sessions at a Glance

Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m.  Registration

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop – EMIS

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. DEQ Updates

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session A

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Breakout Session B

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Remarks by Secretary  of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring

6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Welcoming Reception with Cash Bar

Dinner On Your Own

7:00 a.m. Registration / Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open (Hall of Valor)

8:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony (Gillis Theater)

8:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker – Governor Ralph Northam

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Report on the Governor’s Initiatives (Breakout Session C, no concurrent sessions)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Careers in the Environment

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch (available across two sessions – plan accordingly)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Breakout Session D

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session E

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session F

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session G

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Light Refreshments (Hall of Valor)

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5-Star Reception (Invitation Only)

Dinner On Your Own

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration / Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Women in the Environment (WINE) Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 5K Run / 1-Mi. Walk (Sign up)

7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open

8:45 a.m. Plenary Speaker – TBD

9:30 a.m. Erchul Award Presentation and Group Photo

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session H

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ticketed Lunch and Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony (select with online registration)

2019 Breakout Sessions Descriptions (see Sessions-at-a-Glance above)

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019

Instituting Modern Environmental Data Governance Systems

Schedule
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. – break/lunch served (lunch included with registration fee)

Presenters:

  • Patrick Hecht, Senior Staff Engineer, and AECOM certified Project Manager, Raleigh, NC Office
  • Sara Schultz, Implementation Consultant, AECOM

Environmental data management has evolved into a critical component of successful business continuity and a consequence is that companies are embracing software applications designed to provide environmental data governance, processing, and reporting. This workshop addresses selection, purchasing and implementing these environmental software packages as a project.

Workshop Syllabus:

The goal of this workshop is to help attendees make well-informed decisions, understand inherent project benefits and limitations and prepare them to lead a successful environmental software project.

The workshop will provide a strategic overview of the key elements of the selection process including optional approaches to both the project structure and to the selection process itself – options that take into account existing conditions, business drivers, company cultures, and available resources. Discussions on tactics, as well as common pitfalls, to help buyers accurately and realistically evaluate vendor offerings and to make a “best fit for purpose” selection.  The session will cover information gathering techniques, tricks, and tips. Participants looking to purchase a solution will leave the session better equipped and more comfortable in making their selection.

The workshop will then address the core project elements necessary in implementing the selected software. Successful approaches and tools are outlined and their merits and potential risks discussed. We will provide R realistic budgeting, scheduling, and resource requirements for the project. Common mistakes and ways to overcome them are explained.

AECOM will also provide examples of systems implemented for existing clients (demo).

Special Sessions

Introduction/Address TBD

Location: Gillis Theater, Marshall Hall
MODERATOR:  Jeffery Steers, Director of Central Operations/Acting Director of Enforcement Division
DEQ PANELISTS:

  • David Paylor, Director
  • Melanie Davenport, Director, Water Permitting Division
  • Jutta Schneider, Director, Water Planning Division
  • Justin Williams, Director, Land Protection and Restoration Division
  • Michael Dowd, Director, Air and Renewable Energy Division

Location: Boardroom, Marshall Hall

Led by Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute alumni, supported by the Institute for Engagement & Negotiation at the University of Virginia, your input will be captured, synthesized and provided to appropriate entities for consideration. Topics will arise out of this year’s General Assembly results.

  • Topics TBD

Location: Auditorium, Nichols Engineering Building

MODERATOR: Office of Career Services, Virginia Military Institute
PANELISTS:

  • Blaine Loos,  Development Manager, Apex Clean Energy, Inc.
  • Mark Williams, Environmental Manager, Luck Companies
  • Hector Rivera, Director of Human Resources, Virginia Department of Forestry
  • One other panelist TBA

This session is geared toward students interested in learning more about careers in the environmental sector. Interested college students are encouraged to attend.

Location: Gillis Theater, Marshall Hall

MODERATOR: Elizabeth Andrews, William & Mary Law School and Director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center

  • Matt Strickler, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources

(Pre-Registration Required)
Location: Activities Room, Moody Hall

An informal gathering of women working in the environmental sector for breakfast and networking.

Session A
Tue., 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

The Impacts of Institutional Traps on Coastal Resilience

MODERATOR: TBD
PANELISTS: 

  • Elizabeth Andrews, Director of Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary Law School
  • Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director, Institute for Engagement and Negotiation
  • Angela King, Assistant Director of Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary Law School
  • Michelle Covi, Assistant Professor of Practice, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Sea Grant Extension

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (RAFT) is a collaborative tool developed to help Virginia’s coastal localities improve resilience to flooding and other coastal storm hazards while remaining economically and socially viable. The RAFT was developed by an academic interdisciplinary collaborative, the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William & Mary Law School, and the Old Dominion University/Virginia Sea Grant Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program. The RAFT features three key components: (1) a Scorecard, a comprehensive assessment of the locality’s resilience; (2) a workshop to create a one-year Resilience Action Checklist, and (3) Implementation Assistance. The RAFT scorecard was developed in conjunction with an expert advisory committee and was reviewed by a series of focus groups, including locality users and experts in social equity. The RAFT was piloted in 2017 in three communities of different jurisdiction types and in different coastal regions of the state: a city, a town and a county. All of the communities prioritized outreach/education as critical to the success of resilience action and requested assistance in green infrastructure planning. The rural communities identified management of their roads and associated stormwater infrastructure as a significant barrier to their resilience, particularly because the state is responsible for rural roads and is not always responsive to the changing flood situation at the community level. Using the lessons learned from the pilots, a regional approach focused on capacity building across the Eastern Shore was initiated in 2018 in 7 localities.

MODERATOR: TBD
PRESENTATIONS:

Private Landowners’ Attitudes towards Land Conservation in Stafford County, VA

  • Ranjit Singh, Associate Professor, University of Mary Washington

Stafford County, Virginia is a fast-growing locale, facing strong development pressures. County officials acknowledge a need to find ways to preserve rural and open areas via land conservation. Nongovernmental groups are also targeting the region as a strategic priority for conservation efforts. Despite increasing interest in this “hotspot” area, little is known about private landowners’ attitudes towards conservation. In the spring of 2018, Singh began conducting interviews with dozens of private landowners in Stafford, including farmers, established families, and new arrivals, and landowners who have and have not participated in conservation efforts. This research-in-progress is intended to provide improved knowledge of the human and social dimensions that are vital to the success and sustainability of any land conservation initiatives.


TITLE TBD

  • Eric Eckl, Founder of Water Words That Work, LLC

Although landowners have access to financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, most programs are falling short of their acreage goals. To improve the success of these programs, we have explored the strategies and tactics that the most successful field staff use in their outreach to landowners. We started by exploring landowners’ perspectives on working with conservation professionals. We conducted a literature review and three focus groups with Michigan farmers. Then we focused on conservation field staff’s perspective on working with rural landowners. We identified more than 100 top field staff (“mentors”) in four states, and we mined their experience with two online surveys and three focus groups.

Our top conclusions were:

  • Our mentors believe it’s more important for rookies to develop active listening skills and network in the community than to develop subject matter expertise
  • Our mentors believe that as field staff progress in their careers, managing the workload becomes an ever-more important skill to master
  • The mentors strive to pitch conservation practices as a solution to problems that waste the landowner’s time or money first and believe rookies are inclined to focus on conservation values first
  • The mentors believe that careful pre-visit preparation and post-visit follow-up are key to successful results

TITLE TBD

  • Bobby Whitesgaruer

MODERATOR: TBD

PRESENTATIONS: 

Sustaining Natural Resources on Academic Campuses

  • Doug Deberry, Senior Scientist, Associate Professor, The College of William and Mary
  • Chris Senfield, Senior Environmental Scientist, VHB

Natural resource-related sustainability initiatives are integral components of sustainability plans for colleges and universities. Encompassing foundational concepts include: 1) ecological integrity, and 2) the human context. The former relates to the health of natural systems and captures the overall condition of natural habitats at all levels of biological organization, from organisms to populations to communities to landscapes. The latter recognizes the importance of the human context in natural resource management, and the primacy of the human dimension in the evolution of ecosystems over time. For many academic institutions, “the human context” includes a categorical directive to increase opportunities for students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and neighbors to experience natural settings unencumbered by the perceived intercession of the built environment. The synergistic connection between these two concepts – ecological integrity and the human context – can be manifested with proactive sustainability goals within natural areas and “green corridors,” and coupled with a commitment to integrate sustainability programs into curriculum development for academic programs. Opportunities for achieving this type of vision in the context of natural resources include ecological restoration; conservation of sensitive species, development of “living labs”; and improvement of natural resource access. Sustaining natural resources also opens collaborative avenues for public outreach and education, and can define institutions as responsible stewards of the natural environment.


 Organic Waste Solutions on Campus

  • Devin Lattimore, Student, Bridgewater College

The purpose of the Campus Composting Intern is to improve and promote the current composting program. I was responsible for estimating a cost-benefit analysis of the program and communicate information to the student body. The internship focuses on decreasing food waste on campus. To inform the student body, I had to research the concept of composting and what importance it has. The urgency of the message often led back limited space landfills and harmful emissions that come from them. Consequently, most of the advertising was focused around decreasing food waste. Since our dining services stay open from early morning until midnight, the bins used for pre-consumer waste are filled by lunch time each day. One aspect of my internship was connecting the four stakeholders: Black Bear Composting, the Office for Sustainability, Parkhurst Dining Services, and Facilities. I found that Bridgewater College and Parkhurst are currently cost sharing the program. A considerable amount of time was spent identifying the factors related to starting the composting pilot program at Bridgewater College. I was able to contact representatives at the Department of Environmental Quality to confirm that a simple pilot program would fall under an education exemption. The next step was to find a location on campus for constructing where a compost pile. With the help of the head of the grounds department, we were able to find an area at the edge of campus. However, the college will defer the in-house composting until we may further assess cost .


To Broaden the Understanding of Sustainability on a Micro (College) Level Scale

  • Allison Wisecup, Director of Center for Social and Cultural Research, Radford University
  • Mya Murphey, Senior, Radford University

Recently, Radford University adopted a strategic plan that explicitly recognizes the importance of sustainable practices of the university community and the future of the institution. Specifically, the plan states: “We are committed to integrating sustainable practices into all aspects of our operations and engage students across the curriculum to learn, discover, and contribute to positive current and future environmental solutions.” Out research leverages this new commitment and is a collaboration between students, faculty, the Office of Sustainability, and Facilities Management Individuals. The goal of the project is to determine the relative efficacy of different recycling strategies in multiple university contexts (academic, residential, and administrative buildings on campus) and to use the policies, practices, and materials at Radford University. As part of a larger the quasi-experimental approach to improving the diversion rate and decreasing the rate of cross-contamination, we will present our findings regarding how, often overlooked, gatekeepers in the recycling process can inform and identify inefficiencies in the process. Our research presents a unique approach to improving diversion rates in higher education through collaboration across usually disparate units in higher education. Much of the research on recycling in higher education fails to incorporate the perspective of gatekeepers (i. e. facilities management or housekeeping personnel) to identify opportunities for improvement. The adoption of a more inclusive approach allows us to develop a more holistic approach to improving the diversion rate. Those who also contributed to this project are Scott Holt and Shayna Gutcho.

MODERATOR:  Chelsea Harnish, Virginia EEC

Insights into EISA 2020: A Gradual Decline or a Steep Cliff?

  • Kyle Kichura, Lighting Channel Manager, Franklin Energy

Utility program changes due to EISA lighting standards are no surprise. It’s been a hot topic on the mind of utilities, implementers and evaluators alike. And while the long-term impacts will mean diminished savings from traditional “go-to” sources, the near-term effects are yet to be determined. The new standards are set to go into place in 2020 (depending on who you talk to), raising baselines associated with screw-in LED technology, however, not all utilities are taking the same path. EISA standards are still somewhat undefined and other extraneous factors such as shifts in the demand curve, manufacturing specifications, and technical resource manual updates, complicate the movement toward adoption. To better understand the issues in play for adopting EISA standards, the movement toward new baselines and other major program updates, research is currently being conducted to understand these topics. An evaluation of TRMs, current program plans and surveys with manufacturers, other vendors, evaluators, and utilities will provide a starting point for program changes and the movement toward market transformation.


Virginia Energy Sense: Value Your Power

  • Andy Farmer, Information Resources Manager, State Corporation Commission

Virginia Energy Sense (VES), the state’s energy education program under the State Corporation Commission, seeks to educate Virginians about the value of saving energy and motivate them toward helping Virginia achieve its goal of reducing electric energy use by 10 percent below 2006 levels by the year 2022. Seeking to further educate Virginians in all parts of the state about the value of reducing electric energy consumption, VES launched a targeted campaign focusing on individual communities across the state. We worked with our community partners and leveraged their personal relationships within their communities to share our materials and drive people to our website. In an effort to reach a more targeted audience of teachers in local communities across Virginia, VES developed the Virginia School Energy Curriculum in 2017, approved by the Virginia Department of Education in early 2018.


“Insulation, Air Sealing, and Ventilation: Three Elements We Can’t Ignore in New Residential Construction”

  • Dustin Derrick, Branch Manager, Creative Conversation

As environmental professionals, there are three elements we can’t ignore in new residential construction: insulation, air sealing, and ventilation. This presentation will compare existing methods of insulation to new and improved methods within the industry, discuss the interconnected role of air sealing and ventilation in homes within our region.

Description: In this session, you will learn how successful voluntary environmental programs foster collaboration and actions to improve environmental performance beyond what is required by regulation or other requirements.

MODERATOR:  TBD

Businesses for the Bay – Collaboration is Key to a Cleaner Chesapeake

  • Kate Fritz, Business Partnership Management, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

DEQ’s Voluntary Pollution Prevention Programs (VEEP, Virginia Green & Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards)

  • Meghann Quinn, Office of Pollution Prevention, VA DEQ

Leveraging Voluntary Program Benefits to Enhance Environmental Performance

  • Dave Gunnarson, Senior Staff Environmental Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Session B
Tue., 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

MODERATOR: Joshua Saks, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources


PANELISTS: 

  • Cindy Schulz, Endangered Species Biologist, Virginia Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Panelist TBA
  • panelist TBA
  • panelist TBA

MODERATOR: TBD
PRESENTERS: 

  • Scott Ambler
  • Darryl Glover
  • Kendall Tyree

MODERATOR: TBD
PRESENTATIONS:

Building Virginia’s Fast Charger Network

  • Marcy Bauer, Director of Programs, EVgo

In 2015-2016, VW was found to have employed deceptive practices in the handling of their diesel vehicle emissions compliance and marketing of those vehicles. They were sued by various entities as a result of that finding. A settlement was reached in which VW agreed to various remedies, including funds distributed to all affected states to be spent on various air quality improvement measures, including EV charger deployment. In 2018, after a highly rigorous process, EVgo was selected to build the nation’s first statewide fast charger network using funds from Appendix D of the VW Settlement – for the Commonwealth of Virginia. EVgo will describe the plan and progress towards building that network, and the benefits of having a statewide EV fast charger network.


Overcoming Barriers to Transportation Electrification

  • Thomas Ashley, Policy and Market Development Associate, Greenlots

Nationally, transportation accounts almost one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions. Internal combustion engine vehicles contribute to the urban heat island effect, exacerbating impacts of climate change. Public health impacts associated with poor air quality include increased asthma attacks and cardiac arrest. The U.S. today spends $81 billion annually protecting overseas oil reserves – which does not include the human cost associated with this military effort. As a result, it is within our best interest to leverage EVs to address environmental challenges. There are two driving barriers hindering EV adoption – the vehicle price and a lack of public charging infrastructure. While both are important, the deployment of increased infrastructure is truly in the national spotlight. Greenlots, as a leading provider of electric vehicle charging software and services, is ideally positioned to introduce this topic and relevant policy solutions at the Environment Virginia Symposium. In particular, the deployment of smart charging technology can help realize the complete value of EV charging deployments. This technology, which connects stations to the internet through charging management software, allows site hosts to charge a fee to EV drivers, analyze utilization, and shift vehicle charging to off-peak times, among other capabilities. By working with utilities, charging infrastructure can be deployed in a comprehensive and strategic manner that prioritizes EV equity and access for all potential drivers. However, the gains needed for EV adoption and public infrastructure will not occur without significant policy and regulatory engagement – which will be explored in this presentation.


Revolutionizing Transit with Battery-Electric Buses

  • Eric Reynolds, Proterra, Regional Sales Director

Public transit is on track to go 100% electric before any other vehicle sector and transit agencies across the country have embraced the EV trend. Transitioning to a zero-emission fleet provides economic and environmental benefits to transit agencies of all sizes. Advancements in electric vehicle battery and drivetrain technology, as well as charging infrastructure services, have made the transition to 100% electric possible. This presentation will look at the state of the EV transit industry, progress happening with electrifying public transit in Virginia and throughout North America, and discuss technology and services that are enabling widespread adoption.


Presentation Title TBD

  • Joseph Tannery

PRESENTATIONS:

Presentations Title TBD

  • Eric Lasalle, Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Presentations Title TBD

  • Tom Faha

Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act Compliance: Connecting the Dots from Plans to Implementation

  • Christine Ng, Senior Managing Consultant, Ramboll Inc

Many industrial facilities subject to the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act are required to obtain permits and plans to comply with air emissions, stormwater discharge, and oil spill prevention regulations.  However, once the required permits and plans are in place, routine compliance requirements, such as monitoring, training, and recordkeeping, may fall off the radar. The presentation will identify common compliance challenges from the plant floor to the corporate office, and offer best practices from a wide range of industries for staying on track.

MODERATOR: TBD
PRESENTATIONS:

Assessing and Building Resiliency to Climate Change

  • Claire Still, Sustainability Specialist, AECOM

AECOM has a robust climate change and resilience practice completing work across the country for both the public and private sector. This presentation will provide a high-level overview of a couple of projects that AECOM has worked on in this space. This will include state-level resilience work in New York, where we are currently completing individual state agency climate vulnerability assessments by looking at how climate change could affect their operations and the people they serve. The presenter is a part of the core team for this project and will provide a background on the approach of these assessments and how the state agencies will utilize them in their adaptation planning.

The presentation will also provide an overview of a project completed in New Orleans on small business resilience to disasters. We modified the United Nations Disaster Resilience Scorecard to focus on the resilience of small- to mid-sized businesses and how they prepare for disasters. The team then interviewed 200+ businesses and synthesized the results across the city and provided recommendations to the city and businesses to improve resilience. The presentation will provide an overview of the Disaster Resilience Scorecard and the quantitative results from the data collected from the businesses. The presentation may also feature examples from other projects that are occurring now or may occur before the Symposium in March 2019.


Regional Planning Approaches to Addressing Climate Change

  • Andrea Sweigart, Associate Principal, AECOM

Regional planning is an effective way for local governments and communities to identify and address projected climate change impacts. The presentation will take a look at this approach with a deep dive into the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) AECOM is leading among the Cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the four (4) Navy installations. As a regional study covering both Norfolk and Virginia Beach, the JLUS is focused on evaluating the present and future impacts of flooding on the facilities and infrastructure that support the Navy, and developing actions that the Cities could potentially take in response to flooding issues that could reduce or eliminate both short- and long-term risks for the military.


Leveraging Available Data to Understand and Mitigate Loss during Extreme Storm Events

  • Lisa Jeffrey, Senior Associate, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Matthew Jones

This presentation will provide an approach to leverage readily available data during storm events to better understand potential consequences, mitigate impacts and enhance public safety. There is currently a great deal of emphasis on establishing municipal resiliency plans, understanding risks and vulnerabilities. This approach shifts the focus to informed decision making during a storm event, making use of the large amounts of historical and real-time available data. As reported in the daily news, municipal leaders are being called on to make educated decisions regarding public safety during storm events. This decision support framework can be used to draw from the available data sources both internal to the municipality (historic, repetitive flood loss data, tidal flooding levels, roadway elevations) and external public sources of data (FEMA flood maps, NOAA rain gages, USGS rain and flood stage data etc.). Using a business intelligence framework, leaders can draw on these data sources to enhance public safety. This methodology represents another tool for municipalities facing increased frequency and intensity of storm events.


The Impacts of Institutional Traps on Coastal Resilience

  • Zane Havens, Graduate Coastal Resilience Fellow, Virginia Sea Grant/Clark Nexsen

Rising sea levels and frequent storm events have made flooding a real threat for coastal communities. Despite the increasing intensity and frequency of these catastrophes, flood preparation and mitigation efforts are still lacking in many areas, and the institutions responsible are often criticized for these shortcomings. This presentation aims to identify within the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Flood Insurance Program several “institutional traps”, or self-reinforcing processes that limit an institution’s ability to cope with and prepare for a disturbance event. Using three case studies (amphibious foundations, the Resiliency Adaptation Feasibility Tool, and Hurricane Florence), this presentation will spotlight instances where these obstacles have stifled innovations in flood mitigation, as well as illustrate successful attempts to circumvent these traps and to make real progress in the field of floodwater management.

Session C
Wed., 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Gillis Theater, Marshall Hall

MODERATOR: Elizabeth Andrews, William & Mary Law School and Director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center

  • Matt Strickler, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
  • David Paylor, Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Clyde Christman, Director, Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Rob Farrell, Virginia State Forester, Virginia Department of Fire Programs

Session D
Wed., 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

MODERATOR: Tammin Younos
PRESENTATIONS:

In Virginia, 4,730, 951 people, nearly 60 percent of Virginia population lives in coastal areas. As a result, a multitude of water-related problems is facing coastal Virginia. These include but not limited to significant water demand and consumption; saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifers; impact of agricultural runoff, urban stormwater runoff, and industrial effluent discharge on the coastal ecosystem; offshore drilling impacts; and sea level rise attributed to climate change. All of the above concerns demonstrate the need for a paradigm shift toward integrative and sustainable water management in coastal Virginia. Panelists will focus on 3 themes related to water management in coastal Virginia:

Groundwater Recovery Planning for Virginia’s Coastal Plain Aquifers

  • Scott Kudlas, Office of Water Supply, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Sea Level Rise and Adaptation Strategies in Eastern Virginia

  • Molly Mitchell, Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

The Need and Potential for Alternative Water Supplies in Coastal Virginia

  • Tamim Younos, Green Water-Infrastructure Academy

Urban Land Trust Partnering with Coastal Communities: Building Resilience to Sea Level Rise Through Conservation

  • Mary-Carson Stiff, Director of Policy, Wetlands Watch

Wetlands Watch is working on a project to pioneer the use of land conservation as a tool for sea level rise adaptation, converting frequently flooded residential areas to healthy wetlands. This project includes collaboration with an urban land trust and two local governments to pilot trailblazing programs that will work alongside an existing local framework: acquisition funding through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants program in one community and a resilient zoning ordinance in the other. We are working to develop these complicated and first of their kind programs into routine conservation transactions with predictable and replicable outcomes. Our goal of this initiative is to develop two exemplar pilot sea level rise adaptation programs, grounded in land conservation and wetlands creation, that are exportable to other coastal communities.


Title TBD

  • Robb Braidwood, Deputy Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management

Title TBD

  • Jeremy Sharp, Principal Planner, City of Norfolk

MODERATOR: Tanya Denckla Cobb
PRESENTERS:

  • Greg Mathe, Electric Transmission Communication Consultant, Dominion Energy
  • Ruth Prideaux, Director of Generation Construction, Dominion Energy
  • Janet Phoenix

Leveraging and Upgrading Private BMPs for Mutual Public/Private Benefit

  • Ari Daniels, Water Resources Engineer, Center for Watershed Protection
  • David Hirschman
  • Kip Mumaw
  • Stavros Calos

Previous studies have demonstrated that retrofit of existing BMPs is one of the most promising and cost-effective approaches to achieving TDML pollutant reduction goals. While many retrofits have taken place on public land, it is much more challenging to implement retrofits of privately owned BMPs. However, in Albemarle County, as well as many other Bay jurisdictions, these private BMPs represent many more facilities and many more acres treated than a public-only approach to retrofitting. Under a NFWF grant, Albemarle County and the Center for Watershed Protection piloted a system to identify and prioritize the retrofit of private BMPs, examined methods to reach out to and engage private BMP owners, developed concept plans for private BMP retrofits to be constructed as part of implementing a County private BMP retrofit program, and fed into the eventual implementation of two retrofits – a bioretention retrofit of a dry detention pond, and a stream restoration that spanned a municipal boundary and offered a shared and split pollutant removal credit scenario. The workshop format will be a mix of presentation, small group and interactive activities, and whole group discussion. We will cover the prioritization method, landowner outreach, implementation methodology, the results (in presentation), and perhaps most importantly, lessons learned including (but not limited to) managing expectations with a lot of uncertainty, and leveraging partnerships.


Presentation Title TBD

  • J. Douglas Fritz, Senior Water Resources Planner, GKY & Associates, Inc.

Identifying the most Cost-Effective BMPs for Improving Water Quality and Maximizing Co-Benefits

  • Olivia Devereux, President, Devereux Consulting, Inc.

Best management practices (BMPs) must be implemented to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads in order to meet requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). To support these efforts, we developed estimates of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reduction effectiveness and cost per unit reduced for each BMP using CAST. CAST is the Chesapeake Bay Program Phase 6 model. Using a series of BMP “isolation” model scenarios, we determined the pounds of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reduced for each BMP. The design of the scenarios isolates the load reduced from each BMP while including the interaction effects of other BMPs, and is useful for assessing relative differences among BMPs. The annualized cost per pound reduced per year may then be calculated using available estimates of unit cost per BMP. This information can enable targeting of the most effective BMPs at the lowest cost. Co-benefits of implemented BMPs were explored using qualitative impact scores developed for the Chesapeake Bay Program to support integrated implementation for multiple Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership management strategies. The ability to tie the same action, or BMP, to multiple objectives facilitates program and funding prioritization, and may result in a greater likelihood of implementation. Using a small watershed, we illustrate the potential to reduce costs, improve nitrogen and phosphorus reductions, and impact co-benefits.

MODERATOR: TBD
PRESENTORS:

  • Lynn Crump, Environmental Programs Planner, Va-DCR
  • Leighton Powell, Executive Director, Scenic Virginia

Beginning in the 1960s when the national focus went to the idea of protecting ‘Our Natural Beauty’. This was part of the push by President Johnson for a Great Society. The White House Conference on Natural Beauty brought together 100’s of conservationists to talk about what should be done. As a result of that effort, many Acts of Congress were developed to help the environment over the next several decades. The Organic Act, the Highway Beautification Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Clean Water Act, and so on. Since that time there have been great strides made to clean up our air and waters. However, along the way, the value of the beauty of scenic assets of our land have been left aside. Although the federal agencies have a requirement to plan for scenic assets, and they do a good job, the state and local communities have for the most part NOT taken into account the scenic attributes and the sense of place first introduced in the 1960s. It is our goal with this session to share some insights into the benefits of including scenic asset analysis in planning and to show that it also reflects the values of clean air, water and other more precisely regulated resources of our Virginia Landscape.

Session E
Wed., 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Reaching Virginia’s Hispanic Community

  • Kenny Fletcher, Virginia Communications Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Spanish speakers are a rapidly growing demographic in Virginia that spends a significant amount of time outdoors but often are not a focus for outreach by environmental organizations in the Commonwealth. In early 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation launched a pilot effort to work with the Hispanic community in Richmond area. Successful events since then include regular appearances on a Spanish-language radio show, tree plantings, boat trips, gardening workshops, and other events with dozens of Spanish speaking participants. CBF has also developed Spanish language social media, web pages, and flyers. This presentation details successes, challenges, and lessons learned through photos, stories, quotes, and descriptions.


Interactions Between Extreme Heat, Urban Design, and Public Health in Richmond, VA

  • Jeremy Hoffman, Climate and Earth Scientist, The Science Museum of Virginia

Extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related fatalities in the US over the last several decades. Extreme heat waves in Richmond, Virginia, have already gotten longer and more intense and are expected to continue worsening into the future due to human-caused climate changes. Dense urban environments, where around 80% of the US population lives, amplify these extreme heat events through the “urban heat island effect,” whereby human structures absorb and re-emit more of the sun’s energy than natural landscapes, significantly raising local air temperatures. Here, we investigate the strength of the urban heat island effect in Richmond using citizen scientists performing car traverses during an extreme heat event in July 2017. Results indicate at least a 16°F difference between the warmest and coolest areas of the city at the same time. Investigation of American Community Survey census block group data suggests that these areas of amplified heat share specific population characteristics. Trends analyzed from Richmond Ambulance Authority emergency response and Virginia Department of Health ESSENCE data further identify these areas as experiencing higher rates of heat-related health burden. Here I will share results from these investigations and hope to inspire further work in other Virginia counties, both urban and rural.


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  • Queen Zakia Shabazz, Coordinator, Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative

Richmond City School Case Examples

PRESENTATIONS:

Emerging Role of Local Governments In Virginia’s Energy Future

  • Demetra McBride, Bureau Chief, Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management, Arlington County

Emerging Role of Local Governments In Virginia’s Energy Future offers an exciting proposition — what if local governments expanded their conventional role, activities, and partnerships to stimulate and advance the Commonwealth’s Energy Plan and the aggressive goals and strategies under the Grid Transformation and Security Act (2018)? This presentation is a dynamic, interactive exploration of the diverse partnerships and roles local governments can pilot and administer and the value-added from local government contemporizing as a navigator, co-pilot, and demonstration platform at the nexus where local government, the private sector, Energy Utilities, economic opportunity, and security meet.


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  • Krista Ritterwold

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  • Jon Morrill

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  • Cary Webster

Virginia Coastal Groundwater Management

  • Scott Kudlas, Director, Div of Environmental Enhancement

This presentation will provide up-to-the-minute information on activities being undertaken to characterize and manage coastal groundwater, new compliance activities and efforts to broadly engage stakeholders.


Developing Sustainable Groundwater Use on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

  • Britt McMillan, Principal Geologist, Eastern Shore of Virginia Groundwater Committee / Arcadis

Abstract: The Eastern Shore depends entirely on groundwater for all potable and most non-potable supplies such as irrigation water. Because the peninsula is surrounded by large bodies of saltwater, groundwater becomes brackish at relatively shallow depths, and the total available groundwater supply is very limited. This has led to the USEPA designation of the Columbia – Yorktown-Eastover Multi-aquifer System as one of only two Sole Source Aquifers in Virginia, effective 1997. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Groundwater Committee is a bi-county committee formed in 1990 by Accomack County and Northampton County to support sustainable use. An important component is increasing use of the far more sustainable Columbia (surficial) aquifer. However, about 90% of actual use is from the far more limited Yorktown-Eastover aquifer. This has resulted in localized saltwater intrusion. A recent challenge for the Shore is a large number (57) of unpermitted withdrawals. Much of the water will be used for cooling: a prime use for the surficial aquifer. However, less than 2% are proposing to use the surficial aquifer. Principal reasons given have been statements such as: “the surficial aquifer does not yield water of sufficient quantity or suitable quality.” Available use and water quality information does not support this statement. While the DEQ moves forward to address these users through a Consent Order, the Groundwater Committee is taking steps, as will be discussed in this presentation, to increase the use of the surficial aquifer for these and future groundwater users.

  • Emily Russell

Session F
Wed., 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

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PRESENTATIONS:

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  • Richard Street

Review of Decommissioning Requirements for Utility-Scale Solar in Virginia

  • Francis Hodsoll, CEO, SolUnesco, LLC

SolUnesco’s ongoing decommissioning research provides a comprehensive review of the requirements imposed by counties in Virginia related to the decommissioning of solar-generating facilities. SolUnesco identified zoning ordinances that include decommissioning requirements from 15 counties and examined the decommissioning conditions from (31) approved permits. Combined, SolUnesco has found 31 instances where a county explicitly requires a decommissioning plan. Most counties incorporate requirements that the decommissioning costs be secured by an adequate surety. In 35 instances counties require financial security while allowing for a letter of credit, cash, or a guarantee by an investment grade entity. Many county ordinances and solar permits addressed salvage value (SV) in the decommissioning cost estimates (DCE). Counties that eliminate SV from the calculation create a financial barrier to projects in their county for little to no benefit. Most counties that we examined are silent on the inclusion of “salvage value,” in the calculation of net decommissioning costs, in their zoning ordinances. There are several instances in our analysis where solar projects have requested SV credit and the county has not weighed in. Seven counties have mentioned the requirement for inclusion of SV credit in the DCE. In three instances the counties have adopted approaches that recognize SV and protects against fluctuations. Two counties have disallowed for the inclusion of SV. To address changes to market conditions, most counties include a mechanism for calculating changes in removal costs. In 21 instances counties require the DCE to be updated every five years.

Presenters:

  • Ruth Debrito
  • Tom Handler, Senior Manager, Business Process Excellence, STIHL
  • Tim Denning, Director, Environmental Services and Safety

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Conversation on Implementing the Governor’s Priorities

  • Ellen Shepard
  • Will Cleveland
  • Rebecca Tomazin

Presenters:

  • Kimberly Reece, Professor of Marine Science, Chair Department of Aquatic Health Sciences, VIM
  • Todd Egerton
  • Tish Robertson

A lively panel discussion with representatives from several disciplines will discuss a five-year effort to envision and build a sustainable environmental program. Ms. LeRose will share the city’s motivation for becoming the first municipality to voluntarily develop an integrated approach to water management, the challenges it faced, and how, in the last year, the City has begun partnering with organizations and other municipal departments to implement the plan. Ms Bourne will share the engineering firm’s key concerns, along with the metrics used to prove the course of action. Ms. Mitchell will share key strategies for communicating with the broader public. Ms. Denckla Cobb will share challenges and strategies for engaging stakeholder organizations meaningfully. An additional panelist – Peggy Sanner from Chesapeake Bay Foundation – will discuss challenges from the perspective of a stakeholder participant and community partner.

PRESENTERS:

  • Susan Mitchell, Account Director, West Cary Group
  • Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director, UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation
  • Grace LeRose, Department of Public Utilities
  • Heather Bourne, LimnoTech

Session G
Wed., 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Janine Whitken
  • William Payne

PRESENTATIONS:

Science, Money and the Law: Making Environmental Compliance A Priority for Management

  • Jennifer Boeder, Promoting Environmental Compliance Programs to Management, Prince William County Government
  • Rosie Clark, Environmental Specialist, Risk Management Division

Environmental programs have historically been seen as feel-good programs that are nice to do when there are extra funds. The goal of this presentation is to discuss ways to make environmental programs relevant and in-line with overall management goals so the program is respected, funded, promoted and embraced by management. Prince William County has done this by focusing on projects that have the greatest impact by focusing on money, science, and the law. Examples: Pollution prevention saves money because we buy fewer materials and handle them less. Recycling universal waste reduces regulatory reliability when compared to disposal; improper management of the waste can lead to serious fines and damage to the County’s reputation. Using sound science to identify less hazardous cleaning products reduces employee exposure, OSHA HazCom requirements, waste management costs, and wear and tear on our facilities. These kinds of conversations make management sit up and take notice of what was once considered a non-critical program that focused on activities that made people feel good for participating, rather than having any true impact. The result of this strategy for Prince William County was tripling of the number of personnel assigned to the program and a continually increasing budget and management focus on compliance.


The Benefits of Asset Management to Environmental Services for Compensatory Mitigation Projects

  • David Hurst, Program Manager, Asset Management
  • Chris Senfield, Senior Environmental Specialist, VHB

Recent advances in data management technology have increased public and private opportunities to utilize asset maintenance practices in the environmental services industry.  In 2019, environmental services depend on an efficient, data-driven workflow to achieve project goals, share results effectively, and demonstrate environmental compliance. Establishing asset management programs and purposefully aligning them with environmental service goals ensures a more reliable, understandable, and consistent project life-cycle. This alignment brings stability and continuity to services that involve short and long-term needs for data collection, analysis, performance measurement, risk assessment, project prioritization, and more. Asset management principles can be applied to any number of environmental service assets, such as natural resource data, project planning, regulatory compliance, technical documentation, marketing, and business development. In this example, compensatory mitigation project assets pertaining to site selection, project design, data collection, reporting, and credit analysis are highlighted to show the benefits of asset management programs toward improving efficiency, project workflow, and regulatory compliance.

Virginia joined the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) in September 2018. This panel will discuss what it means for VA to be a member of TCI and look at options for the Commonwealth to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation sector. The panel will have a particular focus on policies related to smart growth / urban solutions.

PRESENTERS:

  • Trip Pollard
  • Chris Bast
  • Maggie Gendron

SPCC Lessons Learned

  • Matthew Stafford, Compliance Coordinator, DEQ
  • Chris Konen, Project Engineer, OBG
  • Rachel Burris

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans are a common requirement for many industrial sites. Methods of achieving and maintaining compliance with the regulations vary depending on each site’s specific operational needs. This presentation will identify lessons learned from SPCC Plan implementation for a variety of clients in various industries.

Are you new to the environmental fields?  This session is for you to make new connections with like-minded professionals who are bringing fresh energy into their areas of expertise and perhaps struggling with some of the same issues. We’ll include a presentation and a speed table networking activity with some time to mingle before joining the conference-wide networking reception.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Environmental Professionals

  • Christine Ng, Senior Managing Consultant, Ramboll

Today’s environmental professionals are expected to be adept in multiple roles – problem solver, trusted advisor, project manager, decision maker, mentor – all while staying abreast of scientific, regulatory, market, and policy changes affecting their field.  Drawing on personal experiences and observations while working in the environmental consulting field, the presentation will explore factors affecting professional success and personal fulfillment. This presentation will highlight important skills for development and share practical approaches to professional development.  Note that the views expressed in this presentation are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of her organization.

Session H
Thu., 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Over the past two years, Virginia went from having no federally recognized tribes to having seven: the Pamunkey, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock and Nansemond tribes and the Monacan Indian Nation.

In addition, the Commonwealth recognizes four other tribes, the Mattaponi, the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway), Nottoway of Virginia and the Patawomeck.

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities that arise as some of the tribes change their relationship with the Commonwealth and the federal government, especially in the areas of environmental regulatory programs, funding/partnering opportunities, and natural resource priorities.

Presenters:

  • Elizabeth Andrews
  • Brian Hamilton
  • Lauren Porter
  • Dr. Ashley Spivey
  • Sharon Baxter
  • Deputy Chief Atkins

A Message in a Bottle

  • Jessica Barthel, Undergraduate Student, Roanoke College

Global plastic consumption is untamed and ever increasing. Plastic is the primary component of litter and aquatic debris resulting in 8K tons of plastic entering oceans each year (Lytle, 2017). With predictions that there will soon be more plastic particles in the oceans then fish by weight (Mathuros, 2016). Research has focused largely on the prevalence of plastic in the oceans. However, information about plastics in rivers and streams, the main contributors to ocean pollution, is lacking. The role of these smaller systems needs to be addressed to better understand and combat the issue of plastic pollution, primarily to reduce inputs into the larger system and prevent further degradation. This study focuses on gaining a greater understanding of the prevalence of plastic pollution within stream systems of the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia to develop approaches for reducing plastic inputs. Three stream reaches were chosen along an urban gradient to assess the quantity of plastics in and within the respective floodplain to understand the impact of development. Plastics were collected for count and categorization, with the usage of bedload traps to capture microplastics and calculate plastic loading. The data will provide insights into the local plastic pollution issue to inform educational and policy initiatives to reduce plastic debris. This information will also be foundational in campus and community efforts, including a Roanoke College plastic audit and various outreach efforts including the surrounding community during the spring of 2019 to raise awareness and reduce plastic debris entering local waterways.


Optimizing for Ethanol Blending in Gasoline: Better Fuel Efficiency and Fewer Emissions

  • Kevin Frautschi, Student, James Madison University
  • Salar Haji, Student, James Madison University
  • Cordell McCurry, Student, James Madison University

Blending ethanol into gasoline is common practice in the United States as part of a government initiative to reduce dependency on foreign oil, reduce environmental impact, and reduce the cost of fuel. Unfortunately, most internal combustion engines are not properly tuned to run on ethanol or ethanol blends. This creates a significant waste of energy and fuel. The objective of this study was 1. To increase the fuel economy (MPG) on 10% ethanol blends (E10) and 2. To reduce CO2 emissions by re-tuning the vehicles onboard computer. Tests were carried out using a modern, fuel-injected 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster engine. Results were measured using a 5-gas analyzer and Dynojet 250i dynamometer. Preliminary data shows a 5% improvement in fuel economy (MPG) and a 5% reduction in CO2 emissions when our custom tune was compared to the stock tune when running a 10% ethanol fuel. The electronic control unit (ECU) was reprogrammed to advance spark ignition timing and adjust O2 sensor target voltages using DynoJet’s Powervision software. The improvements in fuel economy and emissions reduction were made by reprogramming the engine’s electronic control unit and can be easily replicated and applied to other fuel-injected, spark ignition vehicles. If applied throughout Virginia and Nationwide, this simple re-tuning strategy would yield significant fuel savings and substantial reductions in harmful exhaust gas emissions.


Counting Carbon: A Greenhouse Gas Assessment of Roanoke College

  • Ryan Duregger, Student, Roanoke College
  • Katherine O’Neill, Student, Roanoke College

Rapidly changing environmental, social, and economic conditions have presented an incredibly difficult problem to both current and future environmentalists. Proposed solutions that lean heavily on ideas of resilience, mitigation, and adaptation have become increasingly popular. A key component to a successful response is the carbon footprint, and countless organizations have begun to actively monitor and lower theirs. The purpose of this project is to determine the greenhouse gas emissions of Roanoke College by utilizing all available College records and compiling them into the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP), a tool that assists colleges with measuring, calculating, and reporting carbon footprints. This assessment builds on two prior assessments (2009, 2011), but distinguishes itself in three key ways: (1) having a third data point allows for trend analysis; (2) over the past seven years there has been extensive construction on campus; (3) the college now has an energy management program. A greenhouse gas assessment can serve as a baseline for implementing sustainable change. By identifying the what, how, and where of the emission problem, it becomes much easier to craft strategies to mitigate these emissions and improve energy and economic efficiency. For Roanoke College, calculating its carbon footprint opens a whole new avenue of possibility. The carbon footprint will reveal areas of inefficiency, which presents the opportunity to save money and help the environment simultaneously.

Integrating Climate Adaptation Measures into VDOT Structure Design Decisions

  • Bridget Donaldson, Associate Principal Research Scientist, Virginia Transportation Research Council
  • Lewis Lloyd, Research Scientist, Virginia Transportation Research Council

Virginia has become increasingly active in efforts to understand and manage the impacts of the changing climate. The need to adapt infrastructure to accommodate these changes is one of several areas of focus in the state. Existing transportation infrastructure, such as bridges and culverts, were typically not designed to accommodate the expected increases in sea level, precipitation intensity, salinity, and temperature. Transportation departments are becoming increasingly aware of the need to make climate-based design decisions, but large ranges in climate projections can make such decisions difficult. The Virginia Transportation Research Council, the research division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), conducted a study to provide VDOT’s Structure and Bridge Division with information that will help guide decisions on the design of more resilient culverts and bridges given climate projections specific to Virginia. Most of the information was collected from the literature, but state DOTs, subject matter experts, and authors of climate change studies were also contacted. This presentation will (1) provide examples of measures adopted at the national and state transportation levels to accommodate the impacts of climate change, (2) summarize climate projection research in Virginia, and (3) describe guidance provided to VDOT for selecting a climate-based approach and creating projection-based design standards. Conference attendees will learn how climate change research is influencing road structure design decisions in Virginia. This information will be of particular interest to those who research climate change and those responsible for guiding or implementing climate-based decisions.


Regional Approaches to Coastal Resiliency in Hampton Roads

  • Benjamin McFarlane, Senior Regional Planner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Ashley Gordon, Coastal Analyst, HRPDCVA

Abstract: The Hampton Roads region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of flooding and sea level rise due to its coastal location, relatively low-lying topography, and a significant level of residential, commercial, and industrial development. In response, the HRPDC has identified coastal resiliency as a focus area for its work program, including the establishment of an official staff-level advisory committee and a commission subcommittee to guide the HRPDC staff’s work and advise the commission. Over the past year, the HRPDC staff has focused on several specific efforts related to resiliency. One is the development of a regional assessment of local resiliency projects, plans, and policies that have been recently implemented, are underway or are in planning. This will help the region convey a comprehensive assessment of the work that is being done and the need for future work and assistance. Another effort underway is the development and adoption of regional policy and approach to incorporating sea level rise into local planning and infrastructure design efforts. A common policy and approach will help directly with projects of regional concern and will also help reduce confusion for residents, developers, staff, and decision-makers. A third effort is the development of estimates of the first floor elevations of residential structures. This is a key data gap for local resiliency planning, and a regional analysis will both reduce the cost of developing the data and help with local and regional planning efforts.


Flooded Roads: Sensors to Avoid Them, Policies to Improve Them

  • Whitney Katchmark, Principal Water Resources Engineer, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission is working on a simple approach to minimizing the impact of roadway flooding by providing information to drivers about which roads are flooded. The agency is also working with VDOT to improve future roadway designs that incorporate sea level rise and changes in our precipitation patterns. A new initiative has been launched to estimate the congestion caused by various flooding scenarios.

  • Leslie Romanchik, Hazardous Waste Program Manager, Office of Financial Responsibility and Waste Programs, DEQ

PRESENTERS:

  • Scott Hoppe, Founder/CEO, Sabreez PBC
  • Alex Lopez, Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, Oracle

PRESENTERS:

  • Edward Henefin, General Manager, HRSD
  • Dan Holloway, Project Manager, Jacobs
  • Kurt McCoy, Hydrologist, USGS
  • Charles Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research, HRSD

The SWIFT Research Center began recharging the Potomac Aquifer System with SWIFT Water in May 2018. As of September 2018, nearly 60 million gallons of SWIFT Water have been recharged into the aquifer. HRSD has been gathering significant data on the water treatment process that produces SWIFT Water (water that meets drinking water standards) from HRSD effluent at their Nansemond Treatment Plant, stabilizing and optimizing the treatment process to ensure SWIFT Water can be produced consistently and efficiently. Additionally, HRSD has been gathering data on the impact of SWIFT Water on the native groundwater at the point of recharge and from monitoring wells at the Research Center. Finally, the USGS is monitoring the impact of SWIFT Water on land subsidence and water levels in the aquifer at their extensometer, 500 yards from the SWIFT recharge well. All of this data is advancing the knowledge base regarding managed aquifer recharge in Virginia and the most current data will be presented at the symposium – nearly a full year’s worth. The presentation will include a panel of HRSD researchers and USGS staff.

The presentation will be delivered in 3 parts, with a speaker and presentation on the advanced water treatment data, a speaker and presentation on the groundwater quality data and a speaker and presentation on the land subsidence and water level data.

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