Information needs, best practices, and charting the future
Stormwater management through grey infrastructure. Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program.
January 26, 2021 | 1-2:30pm EST
Join NOAA and the Water Research Foundation, along with four water management practitioners, to learn about reevaluating stormwater design and flooding management. The talks are highlights from the recent workshop series, “Climate and Weather Information for Small- and Medium-size Water Utilities.”
The eight-workshop series held in spring-summer 2020—attended by more than 900 participants—included community drinking water and wastewater utility managers, stormwater managers, urban planners, and public works departments. Participants’ shared their experiences and highlighted their information needs for coping with the changing climate. Beyond providing feedback on how NOAA can improve its delivery of information to support water resource managers in smaller communities, participants shared innovative approaches for evaluating system vulnerabilities and design. Learn more about the workshop series »
Who should attend?
Local governments, resilience and sustainability planners, stormwater managers, civil engineers, modelers, community decision makers, watershed groups, interested public, state and federal government personnel.
Nancy Beller-Simms, Ph.D., Lead, NOAA Climate Program Office Water Risk Team
Over the last two decades at NOAA, Nancy has developed and led interdisciplinary grants programs and major studies focused on the use of climate data, forecasts and information in decision making at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. Currently she leads a team within the Climate Program Office focused on strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to flooding and co-leads the newly formed Adaptation Sciences program. The focus of today’s webinar is a result of a series of studies she led with Federal and NGO partners as well as the development of the Water Resources Dashboard. She is a geographer by training with a focus on natural hazard response and adaptation.
Franco Montalto, Ph.D. Professor, Drexel University
Franco is a civil engineer interested in the development of ecologically, economically, and socially sensible solutions to urban environmental problems, with a focus on sustainable water resources engineering, climate change and resilience. He is currently a Professor at Drexel University, where he directs the Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Lab. He is also the Founder and President of eDesign Dynamics LLC, an environmental consulting firm based in New York City, a co-Investigator for the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), serves as the Director of the North American Hub of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and in June of 2020 was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve as a Member of the 4th New York City Panel on Climate Change.
Charlie Jewell, Boston Water and Sewer Commission
Charlie currently holds the position of Director of Planning and Sustainability at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. He has over 30 years of experience directing and supporting public projects. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas State University in Urban and Regional Planning, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from UMass Boston. The Planning Department coordinates projects related to the Commission’s CSO and Stormwater NPDES Permits, Discharge Permit with the MWRA and helps coordinate work for the Commission’s Consent Decree with the EPA. The Commission is also working with other City Agencies to address Climate Change issues.
Nicholas McCullar, P.E., Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
Nichols is an engineer for the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. He has 13 years of experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling in support of wastewater and stormwater planning and design, including 6 years with the City of Portland. He worked on the BES Resilience Master Plan for climate change.
Heidi A. Roop, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Climate Science , University of Minnesota
Heidi combines climate science and science communication to connect climate change information to decision-makers and communities across the U.S. and abroad. She is an Assistant Professor of Climate Science at the University of Minnesota and is Minnesota’s Climate Change Extension Specialist. Her climate science research has led her around the world where she has participated in research from Greenland and Antarctica to the mountains of Vietnam and New Zealand. Heidi was formerly the Lead Scientist for Science Communication at the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and has worked as a researcher at the United States Geological Survey. She has also developed numerous climate change-related communication and educational products for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Exploratorium.
- Nancy Beller-Simms, NOAA Climate Program Office
- Maureen Hodgins, The Water Research Foundation
- Tamara Houston, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
- Ellen Mecray, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
- Karen Metchis, ACQ Consulting
NOAA Climate Program Office, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, The Water Research Foundation, U.S. Water Alliance, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Southeast Regional Climate Center, Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments, Climate Impacts Group, University of Minnesota, Western Water Assessment, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, ACQ Consulting