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Speakers

Monday, August 5, 2019

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Marc Cammarata, P.E., Deputy Water Commissioner for Planning & Environmental Services, Philadelphia Water Department

M CammarataMarc Cammarata is a regional and national leader in sustainable stormwater management practices and water resources planning. He is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University and a Master of Science in water resources engineering from Drexel University. He has spent all 21 years of his professional career with the Philadelphia Water Department where he currently serves as the Deputy Water Commissioner for Planning and Environmental Services.

His responsibilities include the integration, direction and management of the Department’s strategic environmental and sustainability programming, water quality and quantity modeling and wet weather compliance programs, flood mitigation efforts, both green and traditional infrastructure planning, stream and wetland restoration, laboratory services, and climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

His team is leading the efforts for the City of Philadelphia’s “Green City, Clean Waters” program – a 25 year, multi-billion-dollar infrastructure program integrating land-based urban sustainability goals with the goals for clean, safe, attractive and accessible rivers and streams.

Monday, August 5, 2019

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Louis N. Smith, J.D., Smith Partners, PLLP

Louis N SmithLouis Smith is an attorney who has practiced water law for more than 30 years. He is a member of Smith Partners PLLP, a law firm devoted to water resources law and public-private partnerships. His firm represents a dozen watershed organizations throughout Minnesota, and has counseled state agencies on the coordination of municipal and watershed stormwater management programs; modernization of the drainage code to better integrate drainage, wetlands management, and water quality; and implementation of Minnesota’s buffer law. He counseled the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District in structuring the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Clean Water Partnership, which completed the largest urban lake restoration project in the United States and received five environmental awards, including the CF Industries National Watershed Award and the Minnesota Governor’s Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention.  

Mr. Smith is past president of the Rivers Council of Minnesota. He was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to the Clean Water Council to guide the state’s constitutional Clean Water Legacy Fund, served as the Council’s first chair, and was reappointed by Governor Mark Dayton. Mr. Smith served as counsel for a statewide task force convened by the Department of Public Safety to develop a strategic plan for criminal justice and drug policy, and chaired a task force to develop a partnership model to promote Minnesota’s Green Economy.  
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Wesley Saunders-Pearce, City of St. Paul

Wes Saunders-Pearce Speaker ProfileWes Saunders-Pearce is a multiple-award winning advocate for clean water. As the Water Resource Coordinator for the City of Saint Paul, Wes provides leadership for citywide initiatives including green infrastructure and climate change strategies. Since joining Saint Paul in 2011 he has pioneered new frontiers for local stormwater management.

Operating from a challenging position of zero budget or staff, he has skillfully led the city towards using rain as a resource. Wes spearheads Saint Paul’s district-based approach to stormwater systems, which includes maintenance funding solutions. His innovative approach has framed strategic policy and revolutionized the city’s stormwater ordinances. He has led landmark demonstration projects such as the city’s first green alley and Minnesota’s first municipal project to harvest rainwater for indoor use.

As chair of the city’s inter-agency Water Resource Work Group, he works across departments and agencies in defining and addressing stormwater maintenance needs. Wes also is responsible for advancing the city’s stormwater regulatory program, guiding floodplain development, and protecting the city’s wetlands.

Wes holds a Bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a Master’s degree in Water Resource Science from the University of Minnesota.

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