THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED
To draw attention to and educate policy makers and the public on the importance of maintaining and improving communities’ water infrastructure NCPPP, with funding from the Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program, convened the Integrated Water and Stormwater Infrastructure Symposium in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2018.
The Integrated Water and Stormwater Infrastructure Symposium agenda is listed below for reference.
8:00 a.m. — 8:45 a.m.
8:45 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.
Overstressed & Underfunded:
Realities and Challenges in the Water Sector – Today and in the Future
9:00 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote - The Danish Approach – Overview of the Evolution of the Approach Taken by Denmark in Water, Energy and Solid Waste
9:15 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
Barriers, Challenges and Potential Solutions to Addressing Deteriorated Water Infrastructure
Drinking water, wastewater and stormwater in the United States are generally managed, delivered, and regulated in distinct silos. A lack of coordination and integration across the water sector has often led to uneven and underinvestment and improvements that are not prioritized to ensure that they improve water quality effectively at the lowest possible cost. During this session, representatives from national organizations will lay out in stark terms their analyses of the water sector’s infrastructure challenges, the goals and projected outcomes of the approaches they are taking to address them, and the development of cross-sectional key performance indicators to assess results. Specific topics that will be covered during this session include barriers and opportunities building codes pose to water projects, the effects of regulations governing project procurement and water quality, existing federal and state funding programs and public health protection.
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Integrated Water Management and Alternative Solutions to Nutrient Pollution, Public Health Impacts and other Societal Challenges to Safe, Clean Water
Nutrient pollution, caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus production, primarily through human activity, is one of the country’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems. This contamination of the nation’s streams, rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters causes serious damage to the environment and human health and jeopardizes coastal economies.
This discussion will examine how integrated and innovative water management can help protect our waterways and improve public health. Specific topics will include how to balance green and gray infrastructure—including new technological approaches—to reduce or contain runoff, how to identify and mitigate agriculture’s effects on water quality and food supply chain initiatives that could reduce ground and surface water pollution and protect public health. Strategies for introducing a watershed approach across the three water sectors and an analysis of how the economics of an integrated approach will benefit the tax and rate payer will be discussed as well.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure: Traditional Approaches and New Paradigms
The public sector’s traditional design bid approach to project procurement often fails to provide the best solution to a jurisdiction’s stormwater problems and this type of procurement rarely takes the need for and costs of long-term operation and maintenance into account. The EPA’s innovative Community-Based Public Private Partnership (CBP3) procurement model can help jurisdictions address their stormwater management challenges cost effectively while producing substantial long-term environmental and economic benefits for local communities.
The current piecemeal approach to the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure has resulted in a regime of small-scale projects delivered at a sluggish pace and at artificially-inflated costs. By harnessing performance-based approaches involving integrated and local service delivery, green infrastructure (GI) design and implementation can create local entry-level jobs and cultivate the development of community-based industries that support GI implementation, carried out by local small and minority-owned businesses. Panelists will discuss the investment market for GI projects, traditional barriers to project development and the tools needed to conduct successful projects that improve local environments and economies.
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Stormwater Infrastructure Report Card Discussion
The stormwater sector has long been considered a secondary or ancillary infrastructure priority with insufficient budgets and limited representation in larger and more traditional infrastructure discussions. However, recent efforts at the state and national levels are raising awareness of the growing funding gap in this sector and the positive effects successful stormwater management and infrastructure development can have on local, state and national economies and on public health.
Recently, civil engineers in several states have assigned separate storm water infrastructure grades in their states Infrastructure Report Cards, providing a complete assessment of storm water infrastructure conditions, capacity, funding needs, and more. Such assessment is challenged by the lack of aggregate data and other comprehensive analysis. This session will highlight various water sector organizations’ efforts to promote storm water as a new, reportable member of the existing infrastructure family, as well as the value that can be derived from this change.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Setting Strategic Priorities
This facilitated discussion will close out the Symposium. Utilizing ideas, challenges, and opportunities identified during the Roundtables, we will begin setting priorities for the development of an integrated water infrastructure strategic action plan.
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Principal/Founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC
Seth Brown is the Principal and Founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm providing a range of services from policy and infrastructure finance analysis in the stormwater sector to the development and delivery of technical and policy-related training focused on stormwater topics. Through his consulting group, Seth was a major contributor for the EPA Region III document, Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure.
Seth also acts as Director for Stormwater Programs for the Water Environment Federation (WEF) where he provides support on technical and policy issues related to stormwater management and wet weather dynamics – most notably Seth is the WEF liaison to the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA), which is an independent 501.c(3) focused on issues in the MS4 program. NMSA is comprised of 14 states and regional organizations covering 8 of the 10 EPA regions. Seth is a regular speaker at conference and events and has over 40 published articles addressing a variety of issues in the water sector.
He has 20 years in the private sector, has a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland. He is currently a PhD candidate at George Mason University, and his research focuses on economic modeling of incentive-based investments of green stormwater infrastructure on private properties.
Partnership Innovator, Office of Entrepreneurship, Corvias
As a Partnership Innovator, Greg Cannito oversees the application of Corvias’ innovative private-public partnership (P3) model, delivering model solutions to the most pressing challenges faced by cities, towns, military communities, students and families. Greg brings innovative thinking and creative problem-solving to Corvias’ Entrepreneurship Division. He was responsible for creating the transaction structure for the Clean Water Partnership, a first-of-its-kind P3 for addressing federal environmental regulatory requirements for storm water management in Prince George’s County, MD. Greg also developed a 100+ megawatt solar portfolio to assist the U.S. military in reaching sustainability goals while significantly reducing energy costs. As a Senior Vice President of Program Development, Greg successfully managed operations representing a total development budget of over $500 million at Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground in MD, and successful development of Reece Crossings, the U.S. Army’s first on-post apartments for junior unaccompanied service members. Prior to joining Corvias, Greg founded a company that delivered innovative IT solutions for the construction industry, and led business development for a number of industry clusters. Greg served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Finance. He is a sought-after speaker, presenter and writer on the topic of P3s and CBP3s, and a member of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. He is a volunteer for Special Olympics.
Managing Director, Bostonia Partners LLC
Thomas F. Dooney has over 30 years of experience as an investment banker and professional manager in the financial services industry. Mr. Dooney has served in numerous executive management roles including Managing Director and Co-Head of the Municipal Group of First Union Securities, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of CoreStates Securities Corp, Managing Director of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., and a Product Manager of Market Axess, an internet-based trading platform created by eight global dealers. Mr. Dooney is a member of the Management Committee and Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. He is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder/Chair, Earth & Water Law Group
Brent is the founder and chair of the Earth & Water Law Group, based in Washington, DC. Brent represents the interests of businesses, trade associations and other organizations before the legislative and executive branches of government. Brent offers his clients a comprehensive and strategic approach to federal relations initiatives that include a substantive background in federal and states laws and broad in-depth experience with procedures and forums that govern public policy advocacy. Brent also represents entities interested in private partnerships focusing on water and wastewater infrastructure and services and helping to facilitate public and private capital funding.
Prior to Earth & Water Law Group, Brent served in the G.W. Bush Administration as the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in U.S. EPA’s Office of Water in Washington, DC (2004-2007), where he oversaw the nation’s drinking water and surface water programs. He also served as the Sr. Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety at Suez Environnement N.A. where he managed day-to-day regulatory compliance for Suez’s U.S.-based subsidiary, United Water. Brent has practiced law at Jones Day, Hunton & Williams and, most recently, was a Partner with the law firm of Troutman Sanders. Brent has written and spoken extensively on 21st century environmental leadership and innovation. He is the founder of www.Conservefewell.org, an online forum aimed at both expanding and enhancing informed political discourse on environmental problem-solving. He also founded the Stewardship Roundtable, a non-profit organization aimed at fostering bipartisan support for conservative solutions to environmental problems.
Brent earned his B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine (magna cum laude), his M.E.M. from Duke University, and his J.D. from Duquesne University.
Dr. Charles Glass
Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and Planning, Maryland Department of Transportation
Charles C. Glass, Ph.D., P.E. was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as MDOT Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning and Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access in January 20, 2016.
Under the direction Pete K. Rahn, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Dr. Glass serves as a Senior Executive of MDOT’s multi-modal transportation organization with over 10,000 employees, a $5.5 Billion capital budget, and Transportation Business Units that include the State Highway Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland Aviation Administration, Maryland Port Authority, and The Secretary’s Office, management and oversight responsibilities that include the offices of Planning and Capital Programming, Freight & Multi-modalism, Real Estate & Economic Development, Small and Minority Business Policy, Environment, and Washington Area Transit.
Dr. Glass’ credentials include serving as a research and engineering professional for more than 20 years in academia and the consulting engineering industries. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Glass has held important positions as a professor, researcher, and consulting professional in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, participated in a variety of widely-attended conference proceedings, and is recognized nationally as an expert in stormwater management, green infrastructure and wastewater treatment.
Prior to his service to MDOT, Dr. Glass came from Howard University, where he served on the faculty for seventeen (17) years. In 2010, he spent time as an Environmental Engineer at the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the lead on a potential new regulation for the mitigation of sanitary sewer overflows.
He graduated from Montgomery Blair High School, in Montgomery County Maryland, in 1989 and completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in 1992 at The Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994 and 1997, respectively.
In 2017, Dr. Glass became a member of the 25th class of Leadership Maryland, a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.
A longtime Maryland resident, Dr. Glass is an avid golfer, mystery reader, and soccer coach. He is happily married to attorney Heather Morris-Glass and enjoys his time with their two boys, Caden and Michael.
Jeppe Mathias Helsted
Senior Advisor, Energy, Climate and Environment, Embassy of Denmark
Jeppe Helsted is Senior Advisor at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington DC, covering US political developments in the areas of energy, environment and climate change. Jeppe studied political science at the University of Copenhagen and has for the past six years held various positions in both the Danish and the British foreign service, mainly dealing with sustainable development, international and domestic energy policy and communications.
Deputy Commissioner, City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management Office of Watershed Protection
Responsible for managing the Office of Watershed Protection which provides environmental compliance, Industrial pre-treatment inspections and permitting, Fats Oils and Grease (FOG) inspections and permits, flow monitoring, erosion and sediment control inspections and enforcement, site development plan review and permitting, natural resources services, greenway planning, green infrastructure planning, design and implementation, water and sanitary laboratory testing and all necessary reporting to in accordance to regulatory requirement and permits. Todd has over 30 years of experience and attended Mississippi State University and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator - on Public-Private Partnerships, Technologies and Market-Based Solutions, EPA
As of September 2018, Dominique Lueckenhoff joined the Front Office team on developing, leading, and coordinating strategies and initiatives related to innovative Public Private Partnerships (P3s), next generation technologies and alternative market-based approaches to achieving “faster, cheaper, greener” environmental improvements, holistic watershed protection and community resiliency.
In this capacity, Dominique leads nationally-recognized Mid-Atlantic community-based P3 model applications, delivering large-scale integrated water infrastructure solutions. She provides support to the Regional Administrator in developing and launching high performance partnership-based solutions for small, medium and large communities with regional and national scalability. The department’s objectives are to support local viability and sustainable economic growth while addressing a range of multi-media environmental priorities, including stormwater, nutrients, lead, and emerging environmental public health risks.
In her new Advisor role, Dominique will support institutional capacity and emerging technologies that enable small business and local jobs development related to environmental restoration efforts. Dominique will work with the Region 3 Senior Leadership team to support opportunities that leverage cross-media environmental programs. As a nationally recognized expert, Dominique will apply her knowledge of P3 and alternative market-based approaches to protect and restore environmental resources.
Dominique has over 25 years of multi-programmatic (air, water, land) environmental experience and award-winning program development/management with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She recently served as Acting Director of the EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division, directing administration and management of all division activities, including funding and oversight, water and wastewater infrastructure funding and sustainability, and innovative public-private partnerships for improved watershed protection and water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure to protect public health and the environment, while strengthening local economies. For over 12 years, she also has been the region’s senior management champion for the Green Infrastructure (GI) and Urban Waters/Federal Partnership Initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic. Her leadership has helped garner national recognition for Region 3’s GI and sustainable community activities. In 2013, she received EPA’s James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award for efforts related to alternative financing and innovative P3s. In 2015, her work on community-based public-private partnerships included creating the first guide of its type (“Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure”) to support communities implementing large-scale, next-generation, sustainable stormwater infrastructure. Her leadership in advancing innovative, collaborative approaches and technologies is highlighted by her vision and creation of the Gold-Medal Green Highways Partnership (GHP) 10 years ago, and more recently, development and implementation of the nationally recognized Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Initiative and Partnership and the Geographic Information System-driven online Watershed Resources Registry tool to enable regulatory streamlining through improved community development and “Faster, Cheaper, Greener” watershed resources management. Her success with the G3 partnership, earned her the EPA National Honor Award for Outstanding Leadership in Collaborative Problem-Solving. As a champion of alternative partnership approaches for delivering, financing and maintaining large-scale stormwater infrastructure with over 40% cost savings and improved performance for communities, she received the 2017 National Council for Public Private Partnerships (NCPPP) Innovative Public Leadership Award. Dominique also serves on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability.
Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute
Joseph Kane is a senior research associate and associate fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.
Kane’s work focuses on a wide array of built environment issues, including transportation and water infrastructure. Within these areas of research, he has explored infrastructure’s central economic role across different regions as well as its relationship to opportunity and resilience. Across several projects, he has concentrated on the use of innovative datasets, combining them with other qualitative measures to better assess current and future infrastructure needs. From the exploration of metropolitan freight trends to the first-ever analysis of infrastructure jobs at a metropolitan level, he has coordinated the production of new metrics and developed other interactive content to better inform decisions by policymakers and practitioners across the country.
Prior to Brookings, Kane was an Economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the College of William and Mary.
Executive Director, WATERKEEPERS® Chesapeake
Betsy Nicholas is the Executive Director of WATERKEEPERS® Chesapeake, the regional coalition of 19 Waterkeepers protecting the rivers and streams of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Watersheds. She has been leading this organization since 2012. She is also the founder of the Fair Farms campaign - building a movement of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that is fair to farmers, invests in homegrown healthy foods, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them. Previously, she worked as a trial attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of U.S. Department of Justice for several years. Prior to that, she was the General Counsel for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in Atlanta, Georgia for more than five years. Betsy was also an environmental associate for law firms in New York and Washington, DC. Her experience includes, all types of stormwater pollution, industrial agriculture, regenerative agriculture, clean water act litigation, legislative advocacy, endangered species act conservation, hydropower licensing and a host of other issues that come with 20 years of environmental work. Like most clean water advocates, she also loves to get out on the water when she can.
John Robert Nuckols
Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health Services, Colorado State University
John R. (Jay) Nuckols is an Emeritus Professor in Environmental Health Sciences (Colorado State University), Principal of JRN-Environmental Health Sciences (N. Bethesda, MD), and Senior Research Affiliate Faculty in the Colorado Water Institute. He holds BS (Texas A&I U), MS (Northwestern U) and PhD (U Kentucky) degrees with Civil, Environmental Health, and Agricultural Engineering emphasis, respectively. His largely self-supported professional career (1975- present) is strongly rooted in “science for the public interest”, focused on understanding fate and transport of environmental contaminants, and integration of this knowledge into design of intervention strategies for environmental and public health protection. Notable achievements since 1974 include a USEPA Academic Fellowship Award, the Kentucky Conservation Society Conservationist of the Year Award, Founder/Director of one of the first academic programs in the world devoted to integration of geospatial sciences in health risk analysis (Environmental Health Advanced Systems Laboratory, CSU), two National Institutes of Health Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement awards based on EHASL’s contributions to improving exposure assessment in environmental epidemiology, Co-nominee - Centers for Disease Control Charles C. Shepard Science Award, and most recently finalist for the prestigious 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science Revelle Fellowship.
Throughout his career Dr. Nuckols has served on numerous local, state and federal panels or work groups, including Kentucky Task Forces on State Primacy for Coal Mining Regulations and on Oil Shale Mining, the Kentucky Water Quality Advisory Committee, the Lexington Fayette County Kentucky Emergency Response Local Planning Committee, the Colorado Task Force on Non-point Source Pollution, the Larimer County Colorado Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Advisory committees for Environmental Health Tracking Network Programs in CA, NJ ,NM,NY, WA, and WI, the National Cancer Institute Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project Advisory Committee, the National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune, NC, NAS reviewer on Exposure Science in the 21st Century report, the European Science Foundation working group on setting the future for water and health research, and currently as representative of the Colorado Water Institute on the US committee of the UNESCO International Hydrology Program.
His capstone professional ambition is to develop a web-based research, mentoring, and consultation platform designed to assist global education and implementation of local and regional health impact assessment and prevention, including adoption of a standard protocol for environment-based exposure and risk assessment.
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Chief of Water Quality and Watershed Management, DC Water
Matthew Ries works at DC Water in the Office of the General Manager and is the first Chief of Water Quality and Watershed Management. He is responsible for providing technical information and stakeholder engagement that will improve watersheds serving the District of Columbia. He has a broad range of responsibilities from assurance of the performance of existing assets, water quality assessment, coordination of technical assistance, and the creation, implementation and coordination of work plans and strategies to restore and protect watersheds, particularly the Anacostia.
Dr. Ries has more than 20 years of professional experience in environmental engineering and management and joined the authority in 2017. Previously he worked for 12 years as Chief Technical Officer at the Water Environment Federation, a global, not-for-profit technical and educational organization. His work at the Federation included outreach and knowledge transfer within the water sector on issues of innovation, sustainability, stormwater, resilience, and nutrient management. He also worked as a consultant in the planning, design, construction, and startup of municipal and industrial water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities.
Dr. Ries recently served for five years on the Board of Directors of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, the water resource recovery utility in Alexandria, Virginia. He also served as a Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, a global network that promotes responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable.
Dr. Ries has a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University, a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of South Florida where he is also a courtesy professor at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. His dissertation focused on the development of an urban water sustainability index and the connection between urban water utility organizational attributes and sustainability. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
President and CEO, AbTech Industries
Glenn R. Rink serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of AbTech Industries. In
these roles, he oversees the firm’s efforts to pioneer cutting-edge clean water solutions and actualize AbTech’s vision of a “world without polluted water.” Mr. Rink is most known for developing Smart Sponge® - a highly effective filtration media that absorbs pollutants from water and can be reused as a low emissions fuel source.
Mr. Rink’s work has earned him recognition in Time Magazine’s 2009 “Time 100” issue and featured as one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Mr. Rink has also appeared on Discovery Chanel’s Planet Green, Good Morning America, the Science Channel, Bloomberg Radio, Fox Business Network, and CBS’s MoneyWatch as a featured speaker, drawing attention to technologies capable of helping to quell the disastrous effects of pollutants entering the ocean and water supply.
Prior to taking AbTech public in 2011, Mr. Rink strategically managed the development, engineering, testing and commercial deployment of AbTech’s patented Smart Sponge® technology. Diverse applications of the technology allow it to target multiple points of water contamination; especially, stormwater runoff which the EPA has identified as the leading cause of water pollution. Today, Smart Sponge® technology is installed in over 20,000 locations across 16 countries and is used to combat certain pollutants in stormwater runoff, produced water and industrial waste water in operations such as fracking, nuclear power generation and tankers shipping chemicals.
Mr. Rink’s passion for environmental advocacy also extends beyond the development of innovative green technology, as he currently serves as Chairman for the Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to every community’s right to sustainable, drinkable, and fishable water.
Executive Director & President, Cleveland Water Alliance
Bryan Stubbs is a recognized leader in building stronger, innovative, and more resilient economies and communities. Since April of 2014 he has led the Cleveland Water Alliance from a nascent state into an internationally recognized water innovation cluster of corporations, universities, research institutions, public agencies, and utilities dedicated to the expansion of the Great Lake’s water innovation ecosystem, or “blue economy”: an emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe through innovation. In that role Stubbs has launched a series of innovation challenges (ErieHack and Internet of H2O), partnered on creating a sustainable harmful algal bloom warning system with NOAA, and launched the Smart Lake Erie program (instrumentation and monitoring of Lake Erie at scale). Stubbs chair’s the North America Water Innovation Cluster Leaders program with WEF/WERF/LIFT, along with overseeing CWA programming with US Ignite’s Smart and Connected Cities Water program. Stubbs holds a MBA from the University of Illinois.
Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer, GeoSyntec Consultants
Ken Susilo is a PE, D.WRE, CPSWQ and ENV SP with 28 years’ experience as a consulting water resources engineer. He is the managing Senior Principal of Geosyntec’s Los Angeles Operations, focusing on innovative planning and implementation approaches to stormwater compliance and integrated water resources. His current focus includes alternative delivery of multi-benefit projects, particularly in underserved communities. He has managed projects recognized by ASCE, WEF, APWA, and the California Stormwater Quality Association; and was named Outstanding Civil Engineer in Private Practice by ASCE (Region 9) in 2006. Ken received his BS and MS from UC Berkeley.
Chair, National Municipal Stormwater Alliance
Scott Taylor, P.E., D.WRE, FASCE is a civil engineer with Michael Baker International, Inc., in their Carlsbad, California office. Mr. Taylor received his BSCE from Cal Poly Pomona, and his MSCE from Cal State Long Beach. He is an ASCE Fellow, and a Diplomate in Water Resources Engineering. Mr. Taylor is a registered professional engineer in ten states. Mr. Taylor is the Chair of the National Academies, Transportation Research Board Standing Committee AFB65 on Stormwater. He is Chair of the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance, a 501(c)3 entity dedicated to clean water for the nation. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA).
Partner, West Group Law PLLC
Steven A. Torres is a Partner with West Group Law PLLC. Attorney Torres has 20 years of experience in municipal law, including construction and public-private partnerships and has been a project advisor and chief legal counsel who has managed in excess of $1.5 billion in project value in the areas of utilities, water and wastewater, transportation, building construction and renewable energy. Attorney Torres has significant knowledge and experience in state, federal and local regulations including zoning, land use planning, and building and environmental permitting. His range of experience in state and federal regulatory permitting, enforcement, compliance and litigation includes work under the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, National and State Environmental Policy Acts, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act among others. Attorney Torres has had several essays published in the areas of labor law, international law, municipal law and constitutional law. Prior to joining West Group Law PLLC, Attorney Torres served for thirteen years as a city attorney for four consecutive mayoral administrations in two cities. He was Corporation Counsel for the City of Fall River, Massachusetts and City Solicitor for the City of Taunton, Massachusetts.
Attorney Torres earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, and received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Daniel Webster College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1987-1990 as a nuclear operations officer.
Lucia Von Reusner
Campaign Director, Mighty Earth
Lucia von Reusner is a Campaign Director at Mighty Earth, a global environmental advocacy organization chaired by former Congressman Henry Waxman that works to reduce the environmental impacts of industrial agriculture around the world. As Campaign Director for Mighty Earth’s U.S. Agriculture program, Lucia is responsible for advancing more sustainable farming practices in industrial meat supply chains to reduce water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and also advises investors interested in promoting more sustainable agriculture.
Lucia is experienced in leading national and international campaigns to advance sustainability practices in the private sector, and has worked directly with many of the world’s largest food and agribusiness companies to develop their sustainability strategies across a variety of agricultural supply chains. Prior to Mighty Earth, Lucia led the Shareholder Advocacy program at Green Century Capital Management, the nation’s first fossil fuel free mutual fund that actively engages the publicly traded companies it invests in to improve their performance on key sustainability issues such as energy, agriculture, and political spending. Her work has been highlighted in Bloomberg, NPR, the Guardian, NYTimes, and more, and she has been asked to speak at multiple investor and corporate industry conferences on the business case for sustainable agriculture. Lucia holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and is a U.S. Fulbright Research grantee.
Hon. David H. Zimmerman
Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2014, David H. Zimmerman is a fiscal conservative dedicated to serving his community. Born and raised on a dairy farm in the 99th Legislative District, he was instilled with the traditional Lancaster County values of hard work, thrift and community service.
Agriculture is the backbone of the 99th District’s economy, and Zimmerman has a long history of working in agri-business. Working for an international company of 1,100 employees, he served as a sales manager for seven eastern states, including Pennsylvania. He has also served on the Lancaster County Agricultural Preservation Board for five years.
Zimmerman’s public service also includes serving on the Lancaster County Transportation Committee and the Lancaster County Planning Commission. In 2005, he was selected by his colleagues to serve as the chairman for the East Earl Township Board of Supervisors. In 2006, he was chosen to serve as the township’s roadmaster.
In these positions, Zimmerman worked with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Conservation District and the state Department of Transportation. He built an understanding of complex state regulations that can hold back economic growth. He worked with his colleagues and members of the Lancaster County delegation to the General Assembly to deliver services and critical infrastructure while maintaining his fiscal responsibility to his community – even under tight budgets.
Zimmerman’s commitment to his community stems from his family and his faith – they are the bedrock on which his public service is built. The 99th District owes its strength to its families and family values, and he considers it a high honor to continuing serving this community at the state level.
William Brennan | Strategic Adviser, Equilibrium Capital
Seth Brown | Founder and Principal, Storm & Stream
Barbara Bryant | National Council for Public and Private Partnerships
Greg Cannito | Partnership Innovator, Corvias
George 'Kim' Chaffee | Board Member, US Biochar Initiative
Dylan Cronin | Business Development Associate, CEG Solutions
Karelyn Cruz | National Program Leader, USDA NIFA
Heather DeLucia | Development Associate, CEG Solutions LLC
Tom Dooney | Managing Director, Bostonia Partners / President-Elect of NCPPP
Mo Ehsani | President & CEO, QuakeWrap, Inc.
Emily Feenstra | Director, Infrastructure Initiatives & Public Affairs, American Society Of Civil Engineers
Katie Forman | Environmental Program Associate, Association of Clean Water Administrators
Dr. Charles Glass | Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning, Maryland Department of Transportation
Julian Gonsalves | Consultant, WSP USA
Charles Hegberg | reGENESIS,Consulting Services, LLC
Rebecca Higgins | Senior Hydrogeologist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Michael Houlihan | Senior Principal Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants
Joseph Kane | Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, Brookings Institute
Adam Krantz | Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Clean Water Agencies
George Kelly | Chief Markets Officer, RES
Rick Kelly | Triad Strategies
Joshua Kurtz | Policy Director, Nature Conservancy
John Kosco | Program Manager Environmental Policy, National Association Of Home Builders
Dominique Lueckenhoff | Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Jim Lyons | Manager, Prince George’s County, MD
David Marten | Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Representative Denny Heck
Natalie Mamerow | Senior Manager, Federal Government Relations, American Society of Civil Engineers
Josh Meyer | Partner, West Group Law
Aaron McCrady | Manager, Hannon Armstrong
Magda Monteza | Humphrey Fellow. Syracuse University
Emma Moran | Biology Policy Specialist, USDA
Colleen Newman | Director of Government Relations, National Association of Water Companies
Betsy Nicholas | Executive Director, Waterkeepers Chesapeake
Liam O'Meara | General Manager, Environmental Quality Resources, LLC
Adam Ortiz | Director, Prince Georges County Department of Environment
Emily Remmel | Director of Regulatory Affairs, National Association Of Clean Water Agencies
Benjamin Ried | Attorney,Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Glenn Rink | Founder, President, and CEO, ABTech Industries
Andrew Schulman | Professional Staff Member, House Armed Services Committee
Sanjiv Sinha | Vice President, P3GreatLakes
John Smolen | Attorney, Nossaman, LLP
James Soltesz | CEO, Soltesz, Inc.
Shawn Stancill | Project Executive, CEG Solutions
Frank Starr | Business Development Director, Energy Systems Group
Mae Stevens | Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
Ken Susilo | Geosyntec Consultants
Wing Tam | Assistant Division Manager, Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program Manager, City of Los Angeles
Scott Taylor | Project Manager. Michael Baker Intl.
Patrick Thompson | President & CEO, EnergyWorks Group
Steven Torres | Partner, West Group Law
Jacob Vind | Trade Commissioner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark & Danish Water Technology Alliance
Jason Washington | National Council for Public and Private Partnerships
Teno West | Managing Partner, West Group Law
Charles Zdebski | Attorney, Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott
Harry Zhang | Program Director, Water Research Foundation
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