A session at 2010 Waterfront Conference

Tuesday 30th November, 2010

2:30pm to 3:25pm (EST)

6. Recreation Revolution
The human-powered recreational boating scene is growing. How to design for public access and how to accommodate recreational growth.
Never before have our waterways been enjoyed by so many. Never before has such a large constituency for the waterfront come together. What stands in the way of further growth? How do we encourage the best in waterfront designs that are essential to waterfront access, waterfront parks, natural resources protection, and recreational blue trails around the region? A look at past planning and organizing decisions to create a common understanding of what waterfront and public access planning works in the harbor and what doesn’t.

7. Opportunities for Green Infrastructure in Underserved Neighborhoods
How can we leverage regulatory changes, funding streams, financial incentives and local best practices in ways that create more green infrastructure and natural systems infrastructure opportunities in all neighborhoods? This panel will explore how community-based initiatives can shape the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, how EPA’s new National Stormwater rule and new local laws for CSO control will play a key role in the future of green infrastructure and how Philadelphia is leading the way.

8. The Rising Tide from the Bottom Up
Climate resiliency through community organizing, planning, and engagement at the local level and in our neighborhoods
Community resiliency toolkits, community planning, and emergency preparedness for better climate change strategies, waterfront designs, and community based innovation. What are the best practices and how do we make climate change adaptation more community based and more implementable?

9. Everyone Else Gets the Mud Out – Why Can’t We?
Solutions from other parts of the country for dredge materials management
Examples of successful dredge materials management from other parts of the country. How New York and New Jersey coordination could reduce the cost of dredge disposal and provide for long term solutions.

10. The Oyster and the Clean Water Act
Is a cleaner harbor possible through oyster restoration? What regulatory constraints and opportunities are there for water quality improvements?
The recent New Jersey decision banning oyster gardening may have implications for overall restoration goals for the harbor. At the same time, water quality improvements through upcoming standards for CSO control and the new Total Maximum Daily Load standards for pathogens may play a role for future oyster restoration work. Is it time to rethink the current regulatory framework or restoration goals? What is the future of restoration using oysters? What role will upcoming water quality standards play?

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Time 2:30pm3:25pm EST

Date Tue 30th November 2010

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