Tuesday – June 15, 2010

Open 9:00 AM

Registration – Rear Lobby Hotel Carlisle

Tues. 9-10 AM



Tuesday & Wednesday - Displays and Resource Materials Area Open

Windsor Ballroom


Windsor Ballroom  - Welcome Refreshments


10:00 – 11:00 AM


Location: Windsor Ballroom

Social Media Success Stories


Eric Eckl, Water Words that Work, LLC


Conservation organizations are stampeding onto social media websites like Facebook to organize events and reach out to their community. Why is that? And what does success look like?

11:00 – 11:45 AM


Location: Windsor Ballroom

Year of PA Recovery

The Energy and Environmental Investment Portfolio


Cathleen Curran Myers, Special Assistant for PA Recovery, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


11:45 AM – 1:45 PM


Lunch/Welcome/Introduction of 2009-2010 Projects

League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund

Bonita Hoke, Executive Director, LWVPA


Clarion Ballroom

Smart Growth and Water Resource

Protection in the 21st Century

Lancaster County – EPA National 2009 Smart Growth Award Winner


Lunch Keynote Speaker:

Mary Gattis-Schell, Senior Environmental Planner, Lancaster County Planning Commission


Learn about Lancaster County's nationally recognized smart growth programs and the relationship of smart growth to water resource protection efforts.   


2:00 – 2:45 PM

SESSION 2 – Plenary Session (For All Attendees)

Location: Windsor Ballroom

Update on Pennsylvania Water Resources


John Hines, Deputy Secretary for Water Management, PADEP


Tuesday– June 15, 2010 Continued

2:45 – 3:15 PM


Room Check-In (Hotel Carlisle)


3:15 – 5:30 PM


SESSION 3 –  Plenary Session (For All Attendees)

Location: Windsor Ballroom


Messaging – Water Words that Work

Eric Eckl, Water Words that Work, LLC


Make a splash with your communications! Relearn the language that everyday citizens use and you'll enjoy more success with your next pollution prevention, fundraising, or issue advocacy effort.

Eric Eckl's participation today is funded by Foundation for PA Watersheds

5:30 – 6:00 PM

6:15 – 7:45 PM


Clarion Ballroom Reception with Appetizers and Beverages

Cash Bar available at Hotel Bar in the Hotel Carlisle Lobby

Dinner - Introduction of 2010-2011 NPS Projects


Location: Clarion Ballroom


Perspectives on Watershed Collaboration Opportunities


Dinner Keynote Speaker:

Paul Zielinski, Senior Director – Water Quality & Environmental Compliance

                     Pennsylvania  American Water

This talk will focus on watershed protection projects that Pennsylvania American Water has initiated and continues to pursue to protect our water supply sources. Topics will include an update on Pennsylvania American Water's source water protection plans, Marcellus Shale activities in the Commonwealth, and a future vision of external stakeholder participation to protect valuable water resources in the State.

WREN Note:   

Two WREN 2010 grantees are partnering with Pennsylvania American Water or the Meadville Area Water Authority, which is an entity of Pennsylvania American Water’s parent, American Water.

· Lawrence County Conservation District  with Pennsylvania American Water for its 2010 Pharmaceutical Collection Project


· Crawford County Conservation District with Meadville Area Water Authority, an entity of American Water, on its Stormwater Management for Municipal Officials and Engineers Education Program


8:00 – 8:45 PM

Session 4 – Concurrent Sessions


4A – Location: Oak Room

4B – Location: Dickinson Room


New Grantee Orientation Overview

WREN Project Requirements

for ALL New 2010 – 2011

Project Attendees

Julie Kollar, WREN

This session is geared towards NEW project leaders to learn about administering your grant including:

ü       Reporting requirements

ü       Overview of “Guidelines for Conducting WREN Funded Projects”

ü       Meeting packet resources



Discussion Group


Led by Edie Stevens, WREN


Interested attendees can brainstorm together about “Getting the Message Out!”  This is an opportunity to work through some of Eric Eckl’s suggestions. 



Wednesday– June 16, 2010

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet – Location:  Clarion Ballroom.

8:00 – 9:15 AM

SESSION 5   Concurrent Sessions

Plenary Start -8:00 am – Please be on time

Rotation Locations


A.  Oak Room

B.  Dickinson


C.  Oak Room

D.  Dickinson


E.  Oak Room

F.  Dickinson

WREN Success Stories – Speed-Learning

Select three different WREN project success stories from the sessions listed below and dialog with the 2009-2010 project leaders. This is a “No PowerPoint Zone” where the audience drives the session in a small group setting.    Plenary Start Time:   8:00 am – Due to tight scheduling

                required to make the Speed Learning Sessions work, please arrive on time


 Rotation 1 – 8:05 to 8:25 am   

Session A: Reaching Adults thru Community Rain Gardens – E. Fallowfield Twp, Chester County

Session B: Big Run Cleanup Video & Placemat Contest – PA Cleanways, Lawrence County Rotation 2 – 8:30 to 8:50 am    

Session C: Better Streamside Management in Urban Parks – City of Allentown

Session D:  Showcasing Rain Gardens at New Berlin Ballfield, L. Penns Creek WA,Union Cty

Rotation 3 – 8:55 to 9:15 am

Session E: Watershed Reforestation Outreach – White Clay Wild & Scenic, Chester Cty

Session F: Student Rain Garden Design Challenge & Installation – Doylestown Twp, Bucks Cty

9:20 – 10:00AM

SESSION 6 – Concurrent Sessions


5A – Location:

Oak Room

5B – Location:

Dickinson Room

Transforming Stormwater Management into Community Amenities

Nancy Minich, HTR, RLA, Principal,

NAM Planning & Design, LLC

The native landscape is nature’s best stormwater management system.  Nancy will feature tips for making a successful municipal stormwater project that is both an artful and functional improvement using basic BMPs. We will examine the key to linking your project to the larger watershed goals, developing a manageable project, engaging community support, incorporating education into the project, and proper ongoing management of the project after completion.

Protecting Pennsylvania’s Drinking Water through Computer Modeling and Geospatial Analysis

Al Guiseppe, Geologist, SSM Group, Inc.

The Source Water Protection Technical Assistance Program (SWPTAP) is a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) project aimed to assist community water systems in developing a source water protection plan.  This session will provide three examples from across the Commonwealth where computer modeling and geospatial analysis can help a water system identify potential water quality threats to its water supply.

10:00 – 10:30AM

Room Check-out   (Hotel Carlisle)

Refreshment Break – Windsor Ballroom

10:30 to 12:00 PM

SESSION 7 – Plenary Session (For All Attendees)

Location: Windsor Ballroom

What Pennsylvania Municipalities Can and Should Do to Protect Water Resources: Sustainability Begins at Home


Wesley Horner, Senior Advisor for Water Resources – Brandywine Conservancy

Municipalities have substantial power to protect and manage water resources.  Wes’s presentation will highlight what municipal officials can and should be doing to manage water more effectively and sustainably – stormwater, wastewater, and water supplies – even amidst the dizzying array of state and federal rules and requirements.



Wednesday– June 16, 2010 Continued


SESSION 8 – Plenary Session (For All Attendees)

Location: Windsor Ballroom


Talking about Water so Municipal Officials will Hear!

John Hoekstra, Director of Watershed Advocacy, Green Valleys Association

Working with municipalities to advance better environmental protection of natural resources – with many messages from so many different agencies, organizations, and individuals, who do they take stock in?



1:45 PM

Lunch Buffet and Keynote Speaker

Location: Clarion Ballroom

Outlook for Pennsylvania

Lunch Keynote Speaker:

John Quigley, Secretary – PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

An overview of the issues the Department faces as the Marcellus gas industry grows in the state



1:45 – 2:00 PM


2:00 – 2:45 PM

SESSION 9 – Concurrent Sessions


9A – Location: Oak Room

9B – Location: Dickinson Room

 Maintain the Rain: Why Keeping It Out Of The Drain Makes Dollar Sense


Janie French, Director of Green Infrastructure Programs, SW PA

PA Environmental Council

Lisa Brown, Director of Operations and Outreach,

Nine Mile Run Watershed Association


Presentation will discuss the many value added advantages for incorporating green infrastructure into watershed restoration and protection. Emphasis will be placed on the spectrum of triple bottom line principles for ecology, economics and societal benefits.


Encouraging Agricultural Partnerships for Sustainable Watersheds


Matt Royer, Director, Lower Susquehanna Initiative, Agriculture and Environment Center Penn State Cooperative Extension


This session will present concepts for partnership building in agriculturally impaired watersheds, using the Conewago Creek as a model.  The Conewago Creek Conservation Initiative is an innovative multi-partner, community-based project currently underway in the Conewago Creek watershed in Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon Counties.  Successes and challenges will be discussed, as well as opportunities for scaling up/transferring lessons learned to other watersheds in Pennsylvania

2:45 – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Location: Windsor Ballroom

Julie Kollar, Program Director, Water Resources Education Network

2010 WREN Best Networker Award.  Our many thanks to our partners who have generously provided us with door prizes:

                Acorn Naturalist                                       Anonymous (3)                        Island Press

                Klean Kanteen                                         Silver Lake Research              Stream Restorations Inc.



Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. 

~    Henry Ford