10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
National Webcast 1: The State of Our Watersheds
Experts working in different regions of the country will sound off, presenting their perspective on the state of their unique watersheds—the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River Basin, Mississippi Watershed (including the Gulf of Mexico), and the Columbia River Basin, and the major challenges for the next three to five years. Each speaker will provide their unique federal, state, local, and/or private sector views, providing thoughts on how best to meet the challenges and opportunities for their region.
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Celebrating 25 Years of the Center for Watershed Protection, Looking Back and Looking Forward
This short national broadcast will include a short look back, honor individuals and communities, and a short session on the Center for Watershed Protection looking forward. Every in-person attendee will also enjoy birthday cake with lunch!
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
National Webcast 2: Innovation in Practice – Integrated Water Resources Management and Implementation
Resources and research point to both the need and effectiveness of an integrated water resources management approach resulting in better planning and implementation, but this can be much harder than it sounds. Different stakeholders, agencies, and resource protection and restoration goals can lead to disparate pathways and often mixed results in overall watershed benefits. This session will focus on innovations and case studies toward a more integrated water resources approach including case studies from communities:
Blueprint Columbus, An Integrated Plan for Resolving Sewer Overflows and Improving Stormwater Discharges
Susan will present the City’s integrated watershed management program. Their Blueprint Columbus program is described as four pillars: lateral lining, roof water redirection, a voluntary sump pump program, and green infrastructure to eliminate stormwater entry into the sanitary sewer system.
Susan Ashbrook, Sustainability Director, The City of Columbus, OH
Using Watershed Investment Programs to Protect Drinking Water
Todd is a co-author of an October 2016 WRI report that surveys watershed investment programs across the United States and presents lessons learned through these programs. In other work he evaluated the cost-effectiveness of natural infrastructure options versus built infrastructure alternatives. (Journal AWWA, 2014) As the nation faces the collective financial impact of aged built water infrastructure, Todd, through case studies, details watershed investment programs that build the natural infrastructure with quantifiable improvement in water quality and supply.
Todd Gartner, Senior Associate & Natural Infrastructure for Water Manager at the World Resources Institute
Urban Forestry and Stormwater Management: The Benefits and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations
Urban tree canopy benefits are not isolated to the beauty, energy and livability of a community. Urban trees benefit stormwater management. These “straws to the sky” can be placed in stormwater structures and if kept healthy provide multiple benefits to our urban environment. Shade, water, CO2 and nutrient capture, and transpiration are a few of the benefits. Dr. Hathaway’s study of urban trees and water quality will help our understanding of these benefits and where some of the research gaps exist.
Dr. Jon Hathaway, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
National Webcast 3: Emerging Tools in Watershed Protection, Restoration, and Implementation
There are a number of new tools and technologies quickly emerging in the watershed field that have the promise of changing the way protection and restoration projects are conducted. These tools include mobile computing, remote sensing, agricultural advances, new tools in behavior change, and innovative financing mechanisms. The Center for Watershed Protection has scanned the country for the latest innovative and emerging tools in watershed protection, restoration, and implementation. We have presenters who will share information on how mobile computing, real time monitoring, remote sensing, and geographic information systems may impact future watershed work.
Collaborative GIS-centric Field Data Collection Used by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
In this segment Jeff will discuss and briefly demonstrate NEORSD’s use of GIS-centric tools for mobile devices that are used for field data collection activities. A collaborative web-based GIS platform (using ESRI’s ArcGIS Online) allows project teams to better collaborate and collect, access, analyze and manage inspection data, condition assessment data, design drawings and related files – in order to make better business decisions. The philosophy used for development of this platform was – allow project stakeholders and decision makers to know what is going on “right here & right now”. Inspection forms, utility maps, historical plans, videos, and reports are all linked through their GIS platform and available via the “cloud”. Additionally, the District also uses “Story Maps” to provide public access to select watershed information such as water quality data, biological surveys, and reports.
Jeff Duke, GIS Services Manager, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Mapping and Inspection Applications
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, with payloads such as GPS cameras, hi-res RGB cameras, IR sensors, and LIDAR produce impressive results. A web search easily brings up videos of bridge inspections, 3-D modeling, LIDAR to calculate mining cuts, and heat surveys of roofs and buildings. Dr. Dharmapuri leads Michael Baker’s LIDAR program and will talk about use of UAS in inspections and watershed surveys and some of the equipment and software needed to take advantage of this emerging technology.
Dr. Srini Dharmapuri, LIDAR Scientist, Michael Baker International
Forecast-Based Controls: Maximizing Storage Before the Storm
The use of dynamic control systems for stormwater management has historically been quite limited. Most current efforts in the field of stormwater engineering focus on analyzing and developing designs that passively achieve target stormwater management objectives; however, passive systems rarely represent optimal solutions. When stormwater facilities function ineffectively and are not managed as assets, communities are negatively affected by a range of financial and environmental impacts including costly fines, poor water quality, localized flooding, and combined sewer overflows (CSOs).
This presentation will focus on Continuous Monitoring and Adaptive Control (CMAC), an innovative alternative to passive stormwater management facilities. In particular, this presentation will demonstrate the potential of CMAC technology by 1) detailing how it lowers the risk of managing stormwater and infrastructure, and enables communities to dependably keep their watersheds safe and in compliance and 2) highlighting case studies of communities that have achieved objectives such as improved water quality and reduced flooding.
Marcus Quigley, CEO, Opti