Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Supervisor

Sheila Kuehl

Los Angeles County

Board of Supervisors

Secretary

Wade Crowfoot

California Natural

Resources Agency

PANEL 1: SEPT. 23, 9am-12pm | PANEL 2: OCT. 15, 9am-12pm | PANEL 3: OCT. 29, 3-5:30pm

Thank You for Joining Us! Panel recordings and resources are forthcoming.

A Symposium Series on the Benefits of Green Infrastructure - Now Online!

Green infrastructure has the ability to soak up rain and heat (with vegetation) but how do we know if it's soaking up success?

Beginning with the Water Augmentation Study and later Elmer Avenue, Council for Watershed Health (CWH) has built a reputation for leveraging green infrastructure (GI) to slow, spread and sink (or soak up) stormwater where it falls, producing as many benefits as possible, and creating a sustainable landscape ethic in Southern California. CWH has since gathered lessons learned, best practices, and strategies to help inform future project design, implementation, and monitoring strategies. 

 

Today, significant investments in GI, Nature-Based Solutions and Low Impact Development Best Management Practices (LID BMPs) are being made throughout California and in LA County with its Safe, Clean Water Program (Measure W) and Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Program (Measure A). CWH and its partners recognize the need for common strategies and coordinated efforts to measure the success of GI projects from science-based, ecological, equity-driven and watershed perspectives.

 

We invite you to join us along with agencies, municipalities, academia, and GI practitioners, as we host our Rain or Shine: Soaking up Success Symposium and provide a forum to: 

>> Examine GI from multiple perspectives

>> Learn how GI benefits are being quantified

>> Share lessons learned to inform future design, implementation, and monitoring

 

 

Keynote Speakers

October 15 | Symposium Panel 2

Green Infrastructure - Collaborating & Coordinating with Communities

October 29 | Symposium Panel 3 

Green Infrastructure - Integration & Innovation

 

Symposium Series Agenda

Panel 1| September 23 | 9am-12pm

>>   Welcome 

Eileen Alduenda, Executive Director, Council for Watershed Health

>>   Panel 1 Discussion - Green Infrastructure - Indices, Metrics, and Monitoring

Yareli Sanchez, Senior Scientist, Doctoral Candidate, Council for Watershed Health

Darla Elswick, PhD, Associate at Council for Watershed Health

Bevin Ashenmiller, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, Occidental College

Sarah Dirininger, PhD, Senior Researcher, Pacific Institute

Sophie Parker, PhD, Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Mas Dojiri, PhD, Assistant General Manager, L.A. Sanitation & Environment 

Isaac Brown, D. Env., Senior Scientist, Stillwater Sciences

>>   Audience Q&A

>>   Break

>>   Poster Presentations

LA City Biodiversity Index, Michelle Barton, City of Los Angeles

 

Merced Avenue Greenway, James Powell, Alta Planning + Design

Built for Sustainability, Jennifer Swart, Water Replenishment District

>>   Closing 

Detailed Panel 1 Program

Panel 2 | October 15 | 9am-12pm

>>   Welcome 

>>   Panel 2 Discussion - Green Infrastructure - Coordination & Collaboration with

Communities 

Pauline Louie, Advisor, Urban Waters Federal Partnership 
Rachel Malarich, City Forest Officer, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles
Robin Mark, Los Angeles Program Manager, The Trust for Public Land 
Bryan Matsumoto, Program Organizer, Nature for All
Dr. Michele Romolini, Managing Director, Center for Urban Resilience, Loyola Marymount University

Carlos Moran, Watershed Coordinator, Council for Watershed Health

>>   Audience Q&A

>>   Keynote Address 

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

>>   Break

>>   Poster Presentations

Room A

1. Using Nature-Based Solutions to Enhance and More Equitably Distribute Nature in Urban Environments, The Nature Conservancy

2. Trees in Stormwater BMPs, GHD

3. Mobilizing Small-scale Green Infrastructure, Local Government Commission

4. The EWMP Reimagined: Collaboration & Partnerships Leveraging Multi-Benefit Regional Projects for Watershed Compliance, Craftwater Engineering

Room B

1. Incorporating SITES to Benefit the Local Community and Watershed, Michael Baker International

2. “Why Don’t We use Stormwater?”, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

3. City of Los Angeles Transforms an Industrial Site to a Riverside Park, City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works

4. Merced Avenue Greenway, TetraTech

Room C

1. Multi-Benefit Stormwater Projects in Los Angeles: Policy Options to Address Systemic Challenges, RAND Corporation

2. Reconnecting Lost Open Spaces through Urban Biodiversity, Stillwater Sciences

3. OurWaterLA: Engaging Communities to Reinvest in Our Water Future, OurWaterLA

4. Turning Nation’s Road Infrastructure to a Network of Stormwater Treatment Systems, UCLA

Room D

1. Bolivar Park Stormwater and Urban Runoff Capture Project, TetraTech

2. Water Resources and Disadvantaged Community Involvement Project, Center for Geospatial Science & Technology - CSUN

3. The Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries (ULART) Revitalization Plan, Studio-MLA

4. Looking Back to Advance Forward, Rancho Los Cerritos

Detailed Panel 2 Program

Panel 2 Poster Abstracts

Panel 3 | October 29 | 3pm-5:30pm

>>   Welcome & Introduction

>>   Keynote Address

Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California Natural Resources Agency

>>   Panel 3 Discussion and Q&A - Green Infrastructure - Integration & Innovation

Martin Adams, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Robert Ferrante, Chief Engineer & General Manager, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager,  Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Mark Pestrella, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Enrique Zaldivar, Director & General Manager, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment

>>   Closing

REGISTER for Panel 3

Detailed Panel 3 Program

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

 Coming Soon:

Panel 2 and 3

2020

Sponsorship

For all inquiries, please contact Elise Eberhard at eeberhard@watershedhealth.org.

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Symposium Partners

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Interested in Symposium sponsorship? Request the 2020 Rain or Shine Sponsorship Packet to learn more. For all questions and inquiries, please contact Elise Eberhard at eeberhard@watershedhealth.org.

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Supporting Sponsors    
Resources Legacy Fund                  Lim Aqua-nautic                   EW Consulting
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
National Park Service
FormLA Landscaping, Inc.
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Pictured, left: 2018 State of the LA River Watershed Symposium, Community Engagement panelists. 

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