Thursday, March 17, 2016
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Central Office Room PA129B
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome/Introduction
9:10 – 10:05 Green Infrastructure in New York State: State Agency Perspectives
DEC and EFC staff will discuss state agency roles, policy frameworks, and general research needs, with Q&A and open discussion to follow.
o Koon Tang, NYSDEC Division of Water, Bureau Director of Water Permits
o Suzanna Randall, NYS EFC, Manager of Green Policy, Planning and Infrastructure
o Fran Dunwell, NYSDEC, Hudson River Estuary Program
10:00 – 11:05 Monitoring and CSOs: Municipal Perspectives
Communities that are implementing green infrastructure to reduce CSOs will discuss their approach to monitoring and how they are using the results.
o Madison Quinn, Onondaga County, Save the Rain Program
o Julie Barrett O'Neill, City of Buffalo, Buffalo Sewer Authority
o Miki Urisaka, NYC Department of Environmental Protection (invited)
o Michael Miller, CHA
- Albany Pool CSO Long Term Control Plan
- Albany Pool Stormwater ILF and Credit Banking Feasibility Study
11:05 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Green Infrastructure Research: Academic Perspectives
Scientists will summarize research findings on green infrastructure performance related to water quality and quantity.
o Kate Meierdierks, Siena College
- Watershed-Scale Evaluation of Green Infrastructure Effectiveness at Reducing Runoff and Pollutant Loads
o David Chandler, Syracuse University
o Discussion: What does the latest science show about green infrastructure performance, and how can this inform make management decisions?
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 1:45 Discussion of Research/Monitoring
Possible topics include:
• What are the knowledge gaps that require more research/monitoring for better management decisions?
• How can we improve the systematic evaluation of green infrastructure?
• What is the best way to communicate findings and uncertainty?
• Are there opportunities for adaptive management?
1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 2:55 Small Group Discussion of Strategies
Possible topics include:
• How can science best inform management and implementation?
• Are there other barriers or opportunities for more strategic implementation?
• What roles can scientists, communities, policymakers, and funders play to move this forward? What actions can other key stakeholders take?
2:55 – 3:15 Discussion of Funding
How will future research or monitoring be funded?
- NYSERDA Climate Adaptation Research and Strategies PON
- NYS WRI
- EFC Green Innovation Grant Program
- DEC Water Quality Improvement Program
- DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grants