Opening Plenary Speakers

Tuesday, November, 7 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Bethany Bezak, PE, LEED AP, Green Infrastructure Manager, DC Clean Rivers Project, DC Water

Bethany Bezak will discuss the development and implementation of DC Water’s green infrastructure asset management program and provide lessons learned on incorporating urban stormwater assets into an established enterprise asset management system in her presentation entitled "Big City green infrastructure implementation: lessons learned; National GI Certification."

Saeed Farahmandi, P.E., Senior Engineer Manager, City and County of Denver, Public Works

Saeed Farahmandi will present on forebay railing to help capture floatable debris and to prevent debris from getting into lakes and wetlands, Denver bay /Street forebay, and the use of Drone in Wastewater Operation. His presentation is entitled: "Local perspectives on practice and advances in O&M (particularly use of drones)"

John Lenth, Herrera Environmental Consultants

John Lenth will speak on the development of stormwater control measure maintainability protocols at the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Stormwater Technology Testing Center, including baseline maintenance needs, life cycle maintenance costs, and independent evaluations of control measures.

Adam Lindquist, Director, Healthy Harbor Initaitive, Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore

Cities are amazing resources of people and power (both hard and soft), but many have polluted waterways that are considered "dead" or "toxic" by residents. Restoration of rivers, bays and oceans will require the resources that urban populations can bring, but first they must be engaged in the process. The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore uses innovative technologies, clever social media and passionate community organizing to remind residents why clean water is important and how they can become part of the solution. Waterfront Partnership projects include the internationally successful "Mr. Trash Wheel", innovative "floating wetlands" and an urban oyster restoration project that aims to plant 5 million oysters by 2020.


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