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2016 Workshop: Green Infrastructure Research to Guide Implementation and Policy

Partnership between the NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, and the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI).

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  

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 

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? 

3:15 – 3:30     Next Steps