2017 Stormwater Management Workshop
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Saint Joseph’s University Campus
Campion Student Center

Guest Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:  Maya K. van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper:  “The Green Amendment:  Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment”
Maya K. van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.  The role of the Delaware Riverkeeper is to give the Delaware River, and the communities that depend upon it and appreciate it, a voice at every decision making table that could provide help or do harm. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has its main office in Bristol, PA and can be found on the web at www.delawareriverkeeper.org.

Van Rossum, an environmental attorney, strategist, community organizer, facilitator, coalition builder and manager, has led DRN for over 20 years. As Delaware Riverkeeper, she organizes concerned citizens, testifies before state and national governing bodies, oversees DRN litigation, and watches over the Delaware River and all of its tributaries. Through appointments by governors and agency heads, she has played a role in shaping water quality, quantity and habitat policies and regulation in the Delaware River watershed for nearly two decades.

Bruce W. Hardy, Temple University:  “Strategic Communication and Behavior Change”
Bruce W. Hardy is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Social Influence at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple in July 2015, he held positions at University of Pennsylvania and Louisiana State University. His primary focuses are science, health, and political communication; knowledge acquisition, opinion formation and behavior; emergent technologies and society; and advanced research methods. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Environmental Communication, Public Opinion QuarterlyJournal of CommunicationCommunication Theory, and Political Communication. Hardy’s research has won national and international scholarly awards from the American Publishers Association, the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. He is also a Distinguished Research Fellow with the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Christopher Anderson of the Philadelphia Water Department & Maggie Rwakazina, AICP of Trans Pacific Engineering present:  “Finding Common Ground:  Challenges & Success in Maintaining Watershed Partnerships Through Long-Term Training & Processes”
Complex watershed planning goals, such as improving watershed health and the responsible stewardship of water resources, have no easy or short-term solutions. Challenges stem from an evolving framework of regulations, relationships, and resources. Philadelphia’s integrated water resource management approach has centered on public outreach, partnership-building, scientific monitoring and planning analysis. Join us for a collaborative and interactive discussion on maintaining partner engagement through a long term planning process.  We will use role-playing scenario to build on the knowledge and experience of both the facilitators and participants. Local case studies and academic research will be presented to assist in our problem-solving.

Rachel Hogan Carr, The Nurture Nature Center
Building community resilience to hazards means that residents and community leaders must have knowledge about their risk and the steps they can take to reduce it. But talking about environmental hazards and risk isn’t always easy.  How can communities engage with residents to help them understand risk, and how can communities build a culture that is risk-aware and ready to plan and respond accordingly? Rachel Hogan Carr, Executive Director of Nurture Nature Center, will discuss strategies residents and leaders can use to communicate risk and build support for preparedness and planning actions.

Financial Support:
The workshop is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation William Penn Foundation

Saint Joseph’s University
The Lower Merion Conservancy
Villanova University
Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative

The workshop is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Saint Joseph’s University and the Lower Merion Conservancy.