NOAA's Chief Scientist to Speak at Great Water Cities

April 14, 2016
Richard Spinrad will present keynote "Water Risks, Flooding and Resilience"

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad, chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has joined the lineup of speakers for Great Water Cities 2016: Rainfall to Results in Action. Scheduled for May 10 to 11 at the Mid-America Club in Chicago, this latest installment of the Water Environment Federation (WEF)’s Great Water Cities dialogue series connects storm water practitioners with storm water experts.

The two-day event will build upon the findings of the WEF Stormwater Institute’s “Rainfall to Results: The Future of Stormwater” report and provide a catalyst for continued advancement in several key areas of storm water management, including recognizing its inherent value as a reusable resource.

Spinrad will anchor the first day’s discussions with a luncheon keynote: “Water Risks, Flooding and Resilience.” As an influential driver of U.S. policy and program direction for science and technology priorities, the internationally recognized scientist and NOAA executive will share the agency’s strategy for storm water management and risk mitigation.

In addition to Spinrad’s keynote, summit attendees will also participate in a series of small table discussions led and moderated by a diverse group of leading storm water authorities from the U.S. and Australia (list follows). Panel topics include: closing the funding gap; managing assets and resources; working at the watershed scale; and supporting innovation and best practices.

  • Bob Adair, President, Convergent Water Technologies Panelists
  • Joel Baker, University of Washington, Tacoma, Tacoma Water Cluster
  • Lynn Broaddus, President, Broadview Collaborative Inc.
  • Ryan Brotchie, Managers of Water Services Planning, Integrated Planning, Melbourne Water and GHD Australia
  • Preston Bryant, Former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Rudy Chow, Director, Baltimore Department of Public Works
  • Robert Considine, Managers of Water Services Planning, Integrated Planning, Melbourne Water and GHD Australia
  • Eileen O’Neill, WEF Executive Director
  • Chris French, WEF Storm Water Director
  • Dave Gatterman, Environmental Services Director, Southern Sandoval County - Arroyo Flood Control Authority
  • Korey Gray, Business Development Officer, DC Water
  • Karen Kubick, Director of the Wastewater Enterprise Capital Improvement Program for the city and county of San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission
  • David St. Pierre, Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Tom Kunetz, Assistant Director of Engineering, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Howard Neukrug, Past Commissioner, Philadelphia Water, Senior Fellow, U.S. Water Alliance
  • Marcus Quigley, Chief Executive Officer, OptiRTC
  • Sandra Ralston, Principal, Consensus LLC
  • Karen Sands, Director of Planning, Research and Sustainability, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Andrew Sawyers, Director, District of Columbia Office of Wastewater Management
  • Bill Stowe, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works
  • Prisca Weems, Storm Water Manager for City of New Orleans, La.

Source: WEF

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