2010 Maine Water Conference
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
2010 Plenary Speakers
Professor of Watershed Hydrology, Natural Resource Program Leader Director of URI Water Quality Cooperative Extension Program
What the flux? Tracking and solving the nitrogen problem from Maine's coves to Fiji's Coral Coast
From the Gulf of Maine to the South Sea Islands, watershed inputs of nitrogen (i.e., the flux of N) have increased greatly in the past 50 years – and are linked to a cascade of coastal problems – from algal blooms to hypoxia. Seemingly simple questions, like “Where should we focus our control efforts?” and “What methods generate the best levels of control?” have proven to be frustratingly complex for scientists and managers. Recent advances in watershed science now promise new approaches to identify key areas of contamination and offer a host of solutions to reduce nitrogen flux to coastal waters.
Art Gold’s research addresses the effects of land use and natural features on water quality, with particular focus on sources and sinks of nitrogen in mixed-use watersheds. His outreach/extension activities are directed towards local and state decision-makers and promote the use of best management practices and GIS decision support tools to mitigate both cumulative and site-specific effects of human alterations.
At the University of Rhode Island, Art is the Natural Resource Program Leader for Land Grant Programs and Associate Director of the Coastal Institute. His current professional activities include service as Senior Advisor to a UN research project on water quality values of wetlands and director of the Northeast States and Caribbean Islands Regional Water Program, a CSREES funded project that includes extension and research faculty from all Land Grant Institutions within EPA’s Regions 1 and 2.
Principal Engineer and Vice President, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc.
Stormwater - Back to the Future
In the very old days rain just fell on the ground, soaked in, and ran into ditches. We have gone through a lot of changes since then, a lot of stormwater design paradigms. Today there is a rapidly growing understanding, reflected in regulatory changes, that those "good old days" are here again and the path forward for tormentor regulation and management is "back to the future."
Andrew J. Reese, Principal Engineer and Vice President, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc., has over 30 years experience in a wide variety of stormwater management, water resources, hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, and management roles. He earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Cornell University he master’s degrees in business administration from Boston University and hydraulic engineering from Colorado State University.
He has worked in all fifty states in a wide variety of assignments from highly technical modeling and criteria development to stakeholder group facilitation and stormwater utility implementation. He is known as a leading expert in municipal stormwater program development, NPDES permitting, LID and green infrastructure design and planning, and stormwater program and funding implementation.
Mr. Reese has been a popular speaker at over 200 conferences, short courses and meetings including the keynote for the first annual STORMCON conference. He has published over fifty articles and has co-authored a best-selling 1400 page textbook on Municipal Storm Water Management, now in second edition.