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New England municipalities operating separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) face significant funding issues. Hundreds of municipalities nationwide addressed these challenges by establishing stormwater utilities or other funding mechanisms. Other communities have tried and failed. Why did certain communities reach consensus on funding solutions while others could not?
This free EPA-sponsored workshop provides some answers. During the workshop, noted experts, MS4 town officials and audience members will outline MS4 consensus-building strategies that led to successful funding solutions. They will share their “real world” experiences building stakeholder agreement on funding solutions, and analyze the factors that contributed to their successes and failures.
During the workshop, you will learn:
Why Stormwater Utilities Succeed and Fail - A "Top Ten" List;
How to Avoid These "Top Ten" Pitfalls;
The Role of Public Outreach and Consensus-Building in Community Funding Deliberations; and;
Forging Community Consensus in Your Town: Lessons Learned from New England MS4s and Through National Case Studies and Interviews.
Attendance is free. You may bring your own lunch or order for onsite delivery. Check back 1 week before the date for more information on lunch options
Space is limited. For further information on registration, contact Erin Cabral by telephone (508-833-6600, ext. 130) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about stormwater and permitting, visit http://www.epa.gov/region1/topics/water/stormwater.html
8:30 AM – Welcome
Ira Leighton, Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1
8:45 AM - Paying for Municipal Stormwater Programs
MS4 Stormwater Program Costs: Realistic Funding Options; Rich Claytor, Horsley Witten Group
9:15 AM - Confronting Challenges and Recognizing Opportunities
Why Stormwater Utilities Succeed and Fail: A “Top Ten” List; Rich Niles, AMEC Earth & Environmental
9:45 AM – Building Community Consensus-Confronting Challenges and Recognizing Opportunities
The Role of Public Outreach and Stakeholder Processes in MS4 Funding Decisions: Lessons from Case Studies; Tom Beierle, Ross Strategic
10:15 AM – Break
10:30 AM – Building Community Consensus
Panel and Audience Discussion: Stormwater Funding Decisions-the Role of Public Consensus-Building Strategies; Rich Claytor and Anne Kitchell, moderators
Robert Robinson, Environmental Permits Coordinator, Manchester, NH;
Brutus Cantoreggi, Director, Department of Public Works, Franklin, MA;
Tamara Lee Pinard, Stormwater Program Manager, Long Creek Watershed, South Portland, ME;
Anne Gosline, Gosline & Reitman Dispute Resolution Services; Project Facilitator, Long Creek Watershed Management Plan;
Dean Peschel, Peschel Consulting; Environmental Consultant to Dover, NH;
Martin Pillsbury, Manager of Regional Planning Services, Metropolitan Area Planning Council;
Anne Capra, Senior Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission;
Kate Bowditch, Director of Projects, Charles River Watershed Association;
Dr. Robert Roseen, Associate, Geosyntec Consultants (formerly Director, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center).
Hamilton Hackney, Greenberg Traurig, Boston, MA
12:00 PM - Lunch at the Center (Order In or BYO)
12:45 PM - Confronting Challenges and Recognizing Opportunities
Collaborative Dialogue and Problem Solving: Rotating Discussion Groups
2:00 PM - Debriefing
3:15 PM - Creating Opportunities
3:30 PM - Workshop Evaluation
3:45 PM - Adjourn