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Two States: One Bay: A day-long discussion and workshop sessions on Raritan Bay issues ranging from habitat restoration to fisheries management and public access. June 12, 2015.

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Agenda & Presentations

8:45 – 9:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks
Sara Malone, Program Manager, Sustainable Raritan River Initiative
Dr. Judy Shaw, Program Director, Sustainable Raritan River Initiative
Dr. James Hughes, Dean of the E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers
Joan Leary Matthews, Director, Clean Water Division, US Environmental Protection Agency
Dan Kennedy, Assistant Commissioner, Water Resources, NJ DEP
Venetia Lannon, Director, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 2
Robert Pirani, Program Director, New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program - Presentation (pdf)

9:30 – 11:10 AM

Water Quality Panel - Presentation (pdf)
Moderator: Dr. Dennis Suszkowski, Science Director, Hudson River Foundation
Panelists: Jeff Myers, Bureau Director, Water Assessment Management, NYS DEC
Dan Kennedy, Assistant Commissioner, Water Resources, NJ DEP

Public Access Panel - Presentation (pdf)
Moderator: Nick Tufaro, Principal Planner, Middlesex County Office of Planning
Panelists: Sara Malone, Program Manager, Sustainable Raritan River Initiative
John Kilcullen, Director, Conference House Park, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation

Fisheries Management Panel - Presentation (pdf)
Moderator: Tom Noji, Director, NOAA National Marine Science Lab at Sandy Hook
Panelists: Peter Clarke, Fisheries Biologist, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, NJDEP
Soren Dahl, Coordinator for Seagrass Mgmt., Bureau of Marine Resources, NYS DEC

11:30 AM – 12:35 PM

Resilience Panel - Presentation (pdf)
Moderator: Rob Freudenberg, Director, Energy & Environment, Regional Plan Association
Panelists: Dave Rosenblatt, Administrator, Office of Engineering & Construction, NJDEP
Kris Van Orsdel, Dir. Infrastructure & Local Gov. Prgm., Office of Storm Recovery

Habitat Restoration Panel - Presentation (pdf)
Moderator: Debbie Mans, Baykeeper & Executive Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper
Panelists: Peter Weppler, Chief, Environmental Branch, US Army Corps of Engineers
Carl Alderson, Marine Habitat Restoration Specialist, NOAA

3:00 – 4:15 PM

Towards a Shared Agenda: Issue Reports and Discussions
Moderator: Tony MacDonald, Director, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University
Panelists: Kate Anderson, Chief, Clean Water Regulatory Branch, USEPA (Water Quality)
Kerry Miller, Assistant Director, Assn. of NJ Environmental Comm. (Public Access)
Dr. Bonnie McCay, Professor of Human Ecology, Rutgers (Fisheries)
Dr. Steven Handel, Professor Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers (Habitat Restoration)
Adam Parris, Exec. Director, Science & Resilience Institute/Jamaica Bay (Resilience)
Rob Freudenberg, Director, Energy & Environment, Regional Plan Assn. (Regional)

4:15 – 4:45 PM

Conference Closing Thoughts and Next Steps
Robert Pirani, Program Director, New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program - Presentation (pdf)



“Reaching for the past in pursuit of the future: how can our present and past efforts inform the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan and the direction of habitat restoration going forward.” 
June 26, 2012.  Carl Alderson (NOAA) and Justin Bowers (Biohabitats). NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program Habitat Webinar Series.

>> PowerPoint file (.ppt; 23 MB)

>> Audio file (.mp3, 40 MB)


 

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