Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Open 9:00 AM

Registration – Rear Lobby Hotel Carlisle

Tuesday and Wednesday

Tues. 9-10 AM


Displays and Resource Materials Area Open — Windsor Ballroom


Windsor Ballroom  - Welcome Refreshments


10:00 – 10:45 AM



1A – Location:

Windsor Ballroom

1B – Location:

Oak Room


StormwaterPA.org and Other Innovative Approaches to Getting the Word Out


Barry Lewis, Executive Director, Green Treks Network –

This session looks at some of the “social change”

efforts using new technologies to reach “beyond the choir” and create behavioral shifts.

An Update on RCAP Services for Communities & “Smart About Water Campaign”


Catherine M. Rapose, Community Development Specialist, RCAP Solutions


11:00 – 11:30 AM


Location: Windsor Ballroom

The Environmental Advisory Council as a Tool for Watershed Protection


Jon Meade, Senior Director, Pennsylvania Environmental Council


11:30 AM – 1:45 PM


Lunch/Welcome/Introduction of 2008-2009 Projects

League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund

Bonita Hoke, Executive Director, LWVPA


Clarion Ballroom

Messages for Change:

Stormwater Communications Research

Lunch Keynote Speaker:

Katherine Baer, Senior Director, American Rivers

 What works best to encourage local leaders to embrace green infrastructure to reduce stormwater and flooding? After years of interviewing, research, and message testing around the Chesapeake Bay region, American Rivers will share the process they've developed for creating messages that prompt local leaders to take action for smarter stormwater solutions. We will introduce our online stormwater messaging tutorial that will be available for participants to use as a follow-up once ready to craft specific messages.

2:00 – 2:30 PM

SESSION 1 – Plenary Session (For All Attendees)

Location: Windsor Ballroom

Pennsylvania State Water Plan Update


John Hines, Deputy Secretary for Water Management, PADEP


2:30 – 3:00 PM


Room Check-In (Hotel Carlisle)

  Refreshment Break –   Windsor Ballroom


Tuesday-- June 16, 2009

3:00 – 4:15 PM


SESSION 2 –  Plenary Session (For All Attendees)

Location: Windsor Ballroom


Artful Rainwater Design


Dr. Stuart Echols and Eliza Pennypacker, Pennsylvania State University


The concept of "artful rainwater design" is based on the premise that new stormwater management techniques focusing on non-point source pollution, water balance, and small storm hydrology can also be used to create new site amenities. These designs result in greater user satisfaction and perceived value—i.e. design that not only addresses stormwater management in better ways, but also transforms these management systems into stormwater-based amenities. These new stormwater requirements present significant amenity design opportunities that deserve to be recognized and exploited.


4:30 – 5:30  PM


Rotation Locations


A. and B. Windsor Ballroom


C. Dickinson Room

D. Oak Room

E. Board Room



WREN Success Stories – Speed-Learning


Select three different WREN project success stories from the sessions listed below and dialog with the 2008-2009 project leaders. This is a “No PowerPoint Zone,” where the audience drives the session in a small group setting.  



Rotation 1 – 4:30 to 4:45 pm    Rotation 2 – 4:50 to 5:07 pm     Rotation 3 – 5:10 to 5:30 pm

Session A –  “Emergency Spill Response Preparedness & Road Signage”

Session B –  "Stormwater Management for Homeowner Associations"

Session C –  "Reaching Adults through Student Outreach”

Session D –  "Municipal Rain Gardens"

Session E –  "Reaching Homeowners through Rain Barrel Workshops"


5:30 – 6:15 PM

Clarion Ballroom Reception with Appetizers and Beverages

Cash Bar available at Hotel Bar in the Hotel Carlisle Lobby

6:30 – 7:45 PM

Location: Clarion Ballroom


Dinner  - Introduction of 2009-2010 Projects


Conservation Landscape Initiative


Brenda Barrett, Director, Bureau of Recreation & Conservation – PA DCNR

The Conservation Landscape Initiative effort integrates Pennsylvania’s public lands, grants programs for land conservation and recreation and the goals of local communities.


8:15 – 9:30 PM

Special Evening Session


Oak Room


Speed Learning/WREN Night at the Movies


Session F –  "Educating through a Community Pharmaceutical Take Back Program"

Session G –  "Getting Urban Kids Involved - Let the Earth Force be with You"





Wednesday-- June 17, 2009

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet – Location:  Clarion Ballroom


8:00 – 8:30 AM

SESSION 4   Concurrent Sessions


4A – Location:

Oak Room

4B – Location:

Windsor Ballroom


New Grantee Orientation

Julie Kollar

You’ve got the grant—What’s Next?

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

¨       Reporting requirements

¨       Overview of “Guidelines for Conducting WREN Funded Projects”

¨      Meeting packet resources


Networking Session

2008-09 Wrap-up Leaders


Edie Stevens



  Project Leaders are invited to share success stories and messages that work.


8:30 – 9:05AM

SESSION 5 – Concurrent Sessions


5A – Location:

Oak Room

5B – Location:

Windsor Ballroom

Buffers and How to Sell Them


Kristen Travers, Education Manager Stroud Water Research Center  


A discussion of the science behind streamside buffers and messaging points to help “sell” buffers in your community.

Assessing Water Resources Using the Water Analysis Screening Tool (WAST)


Marla H. Stuckey, Hydrologist, USGS


This talk will summarize the USGS tool (WAST) developed in collaboration with DEP to evaluate watersheds for the State Water Plan. An example of a completed watershed evaluation will be shown.

9:05 – 9:20 AM


9:20 – 10:00 AM

SESSION 6 – Concurrent Sessions


6A – Location:

Oak Room

6B – Location:

Windsor Ballroom


“Red Streams Blue” Program


Jane FavaCoordinator

An approach to restoring streams back to health to meet PA water quality standards

Protecting Source Water

from Pesticides


Lyn Garling – Manager - PA IPM Program,

Penn State University            


10:00 – 10:30AM

Room Check-out   (Hotel Carlisle)

Refreshment Break – Windsor Ballroom

10:30 to 11:30 AM

SESSION 7 – Plenary Session (For All Attendees)

Location: Windsor Ballroom

Marcellus Gas & Water Resource Impact

         Water Quality Results from Private Well Study


Bryan Swistock, Water Resources Extension Associate - Penn State University


Wednesday-- June 17, 2009 Continued

11:30 –
 12:00 PM

SESSION 8 – Plenary Session (For All Attendees)


Location: Windsor Ballroom


Source Water Collaborative and EPA Directions in Water Protection


Vicky Binetti, Associate Director, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection -  USEPA Region III


The Source Water Collaborative is a coalition of 23 national organizations united to protect drinking water.  This session will provide an update on the Collaborative’s activities, and an overview of water resource protection initiatives underway at EPA, at the national and regional level.



1:40 PM

Lunch Buffet and Speaker Remarks

Location: Clarion Ballroom

 “How to Speak English”


Jeanne Clark, Director of Communications – PennFuture


Successful environmental outreach campaigns, using social marketing & hot new social media tools for action


1:50 – 2:45 PM

SESSION 9 – Plenary Session (For All Attendees)


Location: Windsor Ballroom


"New York City's Comprehensive Eco-System Strategy to Protect Drinking Water and Save Money"


Dave Warne, Assistant Commissioner and Director of Watershed Protection & Planning, New York City Department of Environmental Protection


New York City is one of the largest water systems in the U.S. delivering water to 9 million people. To fend off the $6 billion dollar price tag for a new filtration facility and the associated $300 million per year for operating costs, New York City opted to protect its vital water-filtering ecosystems by investing up-front in nature's services. The City has implemented a comprehensive watershed protection program in partnership with upstream neighbors to protect the Catskill/Delaware Watershed and preserve natural filtration services as a more cost effective and sustainable means of maintaining water quality.  In 2007, it received a 10 year extension of the Filtration Avoidance Determination from EPA and continues to implement core programs critical to water quality protection. These include community and wastewater management, septic repair and replacement, land acquisition, farm management, forest easements and riparian and buffer programs. These protections are needed to ensure that water quality remains high and that a filtration plant will not be necessary.


2:45 – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks and door prizes.

Our many thanks to our partners who have provided us with door prizes:

Acorn Naturalist


Island Press

Klean Kanteen


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm - Ralph Waldo Emerson