Conference Schedule

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 | iWireless Center, Moline, Ill.


7:30 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast in Lobby


8:15 - 8:30 a.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks


8:30 - 9:15 a.m. | Keynote Session

"Climate Trends, Variability and Change: Results from Ohio River Basin/Eastern Midwest Study and What It Means for the Upper Mississippi River Basin" - Jim Noel, NOAA / National Weather Service

9:15 - 10:30 a.m. | Climate Change and Unintended Consequences
  • Observations on Global Warming - Richard Baker, University of Iowa, retired
  • TBA
  • Climate Change and the Changes to the River - William C. Veatch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


10:45 a.m. - noon | Morning Concurrent Sessions


The Potential of Hydropower

  • Partnering for Non-Powered Dam Development - Kenneth Star, Director of Outreach, American Governor
  • Harnessing the River - Ray Wingert, HDR
  • Environmental Design for Low-Head Waterways - Adam Witt, ORNL


The Need for Partnerships

  • Writing a Comprehensive Plan with Multi-State Cooperation - Ken Olson, University of Illinois,
  • 1 Mississippi Campaign Funding Program - Kelly McGinnis, Mississippi River Network
  • TBA


Noon to 1 p.m. | Lunch Program

Midwestern Impact of Climate Change: A Global Perspective - Ross Powell, Northern Illinois University


1:15 - 2:30 p.m. | Afternoon Concurrent Sessions


Floodplain Restoration

  • Floodplain Restoration: A tool to Improve Nutrient Reduction in the Mississippi River - Brad Gordon, American Rivers
  • Illinois Valley Flow Zone and Other Best Practices for Flood Response - Anthony Heddlesten, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Compliance Requirements for Ecosystem Restoration - Marvin E. Hubbell, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


How to Build Resilient and Green Infrastructure

  • Bee Branch Creek Restoration: A Funding Success Story - Deron Muehring, City of Dubuque, Iowa
  • Green Infrastructure on Campus - Nate Keener, Lewis and Clark University
  • TBA


2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Late Afternoon Concurrent Sessions


Gulf Hypoxia Update

  • How We Are Doing - Rebecca Smith, The Nature Conservancy
  • The Newest Strategies - Dr. Melissa Lenczewski, Northern Illinois University
  • How 10 Percent More Precipitation Gives Us 100-Year Floods Every 17 Years - Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor, Extension Climatologist at Iowa State University


Sediment and Nutrient Runoff

  • Soil and Water Conservation: Highlights from Across the Nation - Clare Lindahl, Soil and Water Conservation Society
  • Large and Small Watershed Planning for Nutrient and Sediment Runoff - Charles Theiling, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Runoff Risk - Dustin Goering, National Weather Service, North Central River Forecast Center


3:45 - 5:45 p.m. | Field Trips
  • Green Valley Wetland Restoration Tour
  • Bike Ride
  • Kayak Paddle


4 - 6:30 p.m. | Student Summit
  • Speakers TBA

  • 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. | Student Poster Session – Lobby


    7 p.m. | Catfish Dinner and Program
  • 2017 Canoe Voyage - Quad Cities to New Orleans - Dana Starkell, Sojourner

  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 | iWireless Center, Moline, Ill.


    8 - 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast – Lobby


    8:45 - 10:15 a.m. | Morning Concurrent Sessions


    Addressing the Challenges for Watershed Management

    • UMRS Watershed Study Proposal - Kirsten Mickelsen, Upper Mississippi River Basin Association
    • Existing Challenges for Watershed Management Planning and Implementation - Scott Tomkins, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
    • Moving Watershed Management Into the Future - Mary Beth Stevenson, Iowa Department of Natural Resources


    So Who Foots the Bill?

    • Funding for Natural and Man-made Infrastructure Investments - Robert Sinkler, INTREXON
    • Financing Concepts for Infrastructure - Michael Donahue, AECOM
    • Innovative Financing Approaches - Eric Pommer, CG/LA Infrastructure


    10:30 a.m. - Noon | Late Morning Session


    Climate Change: What Cities Can Do

    • Landscaping to Mitigate Climate Change - Amy Kay, Clean Water Manager, City of Davenport, Iowa
    • Cities, Rivers and Climate Mitigation Case Studies - Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension
    • TBA


    Noon - 1 p.m. | Networking Luncheon


    1:15 - 2:30 p.m. | Afternoon Concurrent Sessions


    A Hard Look at the Regulatory Process

    • What it Takes to Shorten the Process - Robert Sinkler, INTREXON
    • Environmental Design and the Regulatory Process - Adam Witt, ORNL
    • TBA


    Getting Back to Cases: A Look at Past Case Studies and Plans for the Future

    • City of Davenport, Iowa - Steve Ahrens and Zach Peterson, Levee Improvement Commission
    • City of LaCrosse, Wisconsin - Steve Carlyon, Director Parks, Recreation & Forestry
    • TBA


    2:45 - 4 p.m. | Closing Plenary Session

    Raising the Grade - A Discussion with Conference Speakers and Attendees