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CONFERENCE AGENDA: 

STRATEGY FOR STORMS, FLOODING & SEA LEVEL DEFENSE INVESTMENTS 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 08:45-12:30 U.S. Pacific Time Via Zoom 

08:45 CALL TO ORDER

Stas Margaronis, Propeller Club of Northern California 

09:00 WELCOME 

John Cullather, executive vice president, ‎International Propeller Club of the United States

Arvind Acharya, president, Society of American Military Engineers, San Francisco  

Brigadier General Joseph Schroedel, executive director, Society of American Military Engineers

09:15 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

Melissa Roberts, executive director, American Flood Coalition, Federal Investment In Flood-Resilient Infrastructure

09:30 INVESTING IN FLOOD RESILIENCY 

Victoria Sclafani, senior policy associate, American Flood Coalition, Highlights from “The Local Economic Impact of Flood-Resilient Infrastructure Projects” and Tools for Entities Seeking Federal Funding for Resilience

Mike Kaminski and Sharai Lewis-Gruss, lead and senior adaptation specialists, First Street Foundation, “First Street Foundation and the Flood Factor Assessment Tool”

Kathleen Schaefer, PhD candidate and former FEMA engineer, “Natural Disaster Risk: Liability or Asset?”  

10:00 STATE RESPONSES 

Louisiana

Jeff Varisco, Senior Project Manager, Programs & Project Management Division, Projects and Restoration Branch, United States Army Corps of Engineers – New Orleans District “Proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion”

Alexander Kolker, associate professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, “Sea Level Change in Coastal Louisiana: Implications for Coastal Resilience and the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.” 

California

Jonathan Camp, acting chief, Office of Smart Mobility & Climate Change, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Division of Transportation Planning, “Climate Adaptation Planning and Investment on the State Highway System”

Jeremy Lowe, coastal geomorphologist, San Francisco Estuary Institute, “Integrating Landscape Resiliency and Transportation Planning in the San Pablo Baylands of San Francisco Bay”

South Carolina
Kathryn Roscoe, senior flood risk and adaptation specialist, Deltares, “Coastal Flood Resilience Support System for Coastal Communities across the U.S”, demonstrated through a pilot project in the City of Charleston.

Texas
Meri Davlasheridze, assistant professor, Department of Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University at Galveston, “The Price of Not Investing in the Texas Coastal Spine System” 

10:45 BREAK 

11:00 LESSONS FROM THE NETHERLANDS 

Jeroen Aerts, director, Department of Water and Climate Risk, VU University of Amsterdam, “ Lessons From Shanghai and the Netherlands” 

Dirk-Jan Walstra, director of the Hydraulic Engineering Department, Deltares “Advanced Flood Protection Research & Design” 

Matthijs Bos is lead climate adaptation & flood resilience for Royal Haskoning, DHV “Software Aids to Calculating Port of Rotterdam Cost/Benefit Defenses” 

11:45 SALTWATER THREATS TO U.S. ATLANTIC, GULF & PACIFIC COASTS WATERSUPPLY 

Gracie Todd and Bill Lambrecht, co-authors, “Saltwater Threats to U.S. Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Coasts Water Supply” 

Kyle Hopkins, partner, Oisann Engineering, “Offshore desalination to mitigate flooding and saltwater threats”

12:20 CONCLUSION & SENDING THE MESSAGE TO CONGRESS 

Stas Margaronis, Propeller Club of Northern California

12:30 END 

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References 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COST OF CLIMATE AMERICAS GROWING FLOOD RISK

State by State Analysis: Property Value Loss from Sea Level Rise

American Flood Coalition

Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion (MBSD) DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement Released for Public Review and Comment