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Restoring the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary:
Ensuring Ecosystem Resilience and Sustainability in a Changing Future
- Agenda


June 3, 2014

Alexander Hamilton US Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY

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9:00-9:30

Registration, light breakfast, and poster viewing

9:30-9:45

Welcoming Remarks: NY-NJ Harbor  Estuary in a changing baseline
Robert Pirani, Director of the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program

9:45-10:10

The Waters We Share: A Shared Vision for Restoring the Estuary- Lisa Baron, US Army Corps of Engineers/NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Restoration Work Group Chair

10:10-11:25

Panel 1: Progress and Next Steps for Comprehensive Restoration Planning and Actions in the Estuary 
Steve Zahn, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation
John McLaughlin, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Marc Matsil, The Trust for Public Land
Debbie Mans, NY/NJ Baykeeper
Marit Larson, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Dr. Andrew Peck, The Nature Conservancy

Moderator: Lisa Baron, US Army Corps of Engineers/NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Restoration Work Group Chair

11:25-11:40

Break and poster viewing

11:40-12:00

Impacts of restoration strategies on growing flood hazards, and unknowns
Dr. Philip Orton, Stevens Institute of Technology

12:00-1:00

Panel 2: Real opportunities and limitations for incorporating  ecosystem restoration into resiliency planning
Dan Zarrilli, NYC Mayor’s Office
Peter Weppler, US Army Corps of Engineers
Catherine Seavitt, City University of New York
Pippa Brashear, Parsons Brinckerhoff
and others to be announced
Moderator: Dr. Steven Handel, Rutgers University

1:00-1:45

Working lunch/breakout groups: proceed to lunch in lobby area; introduction and details regarding the facilitated breakout group session

1:45-2:45

Facilitated break-out group discussions: see attached/below breakout group descriptions and self-assign at the registration table

2:45-2:50

Break

2:50-3:10

Mannahatta2409.org: where do we go from here?
Dr. Eric Sanderson, Wildlife Conservation Society

3:10-3:55

Next Steps: Report out from break-out session facilitators and discussion of top priorities. Panelists: Breakout group facilitators
Moderator:  Kate Boicourt, New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program

3:55-5:00

Panel 3: Moving Forward: Securing Commitments and Resources for Action
Venetia Lannon, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation
Chris Zeppie, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
*Others to be announced

Moderator:  Roland Lewis, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

5:00  

Closing remarks and next steps (Rob Pirani, NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program)

 

 


Break-out groups

# 1: Setting priorities for restoration in a changing future.  This group will identify and discuss key actions needed to advance knowledge of best restoration practices, particularly given climate change and anticipated sea level rise. Identify actions, information gaps, and obstructions to be addressed to increase the feasibility and effectiveness of using nature-based solutions as part of the adaptation response.  Facilitators: Lisa Baron, US Army Corps of Engineers and Kristin Marcell, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation

#2: Moving forward on implementation. The group will identify best options, strategy, and needs for securing resources and commitments for the conservation and restoration, including capital, management, and monitoring.  Facilitators to be announced

# 3: Community engagement: successfully involving and maintaining volunteers in restoration, citizen science, and stewardship Facilitators: Jim Lodge, Hudson River Foundation and Peter Malinowski, Urban Assembly NY Harbor School

This event is funded by an agreement awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program and in part by the Hudson River Foundation

Restoring the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary - Ensuring Ecosystem Resilience and Sustainability in a Changing Future
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"The Waters We Share" is a collaborative effort developed by the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program,
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
and the US Army Corps of Engineers - New York District.
Photo credit in masthead: c. Don Riepe, American Littoral Society


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