A session at 2010 Waterfront Conference

Tuesday 30th November, 2010

11:30am to 12:45pm (EST)

1. Why is the NY-NJ Harbor Missing the Boat?
Strategies to capture the societal, economic, historic, and educational value of a New York-New Jersey Harbor alive with ships and boats.
For a city surrounded by more water than almost any other in the world, there are relatively few places for visiting ships, our own historic boats, and recreational boats to dock. How does our harbor preserve and gain maritime infrastructure? Why do we again and again make decisions which deny our harbor of boats and historic boats? What strategies can we put into place now to make sure we do not lose opportunities and take advantage of economic development opportunities?

2. Ecology and Economy – A Workshop
This world-café style workshop will engage participants in addressing our greatest ecological and economic challenge: How do we begin to restore past destruction of wetlands and the filling of the NY-NJ Harbor and provide ongoing protection of the environment while still maintaining our economy and promoting ongoing economic development? Participants will generate ideas and approaches to this and then prioritize the ideas to see which are most promising. Results will be used to inform implementation of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan and other important harbor and waterfront plans in New York and New Jersey.

3. We have a Plan to Bring Our Harbor Back to Life!
Implementation of the NY-NJ Harbor Comprehensive Restoration Plan
What are the next steps in New York and New Jersey for making sure the restoration plan becomes reality? What are the technical, regulatory, and funding barriers that must be overcome and how can local funding be leveraged?

4. Future of the Port
Larger ships? Deeper channels? Regional port or national port? Raze or raise the Bayonne Bridge. A discussion about how a 21st century port will be with a focus on economic and environmental opportunities.

5. How to Get 2 Million Kids on and in the Water
Models of success for scalable on-the-water education that meets curriculum standards
Model water-based environmental education programs from around the region, a curriculum for the NY-NJ Harbor, and innovations to prepare our next generation of decision makers.

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Time 11:30am12:45pm EST

Date Tue 30th November 2010

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