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6th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum

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Massachusetts State House

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Nature for Water:

Exploring Water Challenges in Our Commonwealth

The 6th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum and Youth Summit is hosted by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. and sponsored by Senator Marc Pacheco in honor of the United Nation's World Water Day. This year's event will carry through on the UN's theme of nature-based solutions for water as the Commonwealth prepares for numerous challenges ahead.

The theme is succinctly described by World Water Day.org (http://worldwaterday.org/theme):

Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes.

When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.

Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.

The forum will encourage all participants to pose questions, add their insights, and think about new designs, systems and resource uses.

Where: Massachusetts State House, Document Room (Room 428), 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


6th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum Program

11:30 am Registration

11:45 am Opening Remarks

Senator Marc Pacheco, Chairperson, Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change

Sen. Marc Pacheco

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Administrator, Region One, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, EPA

Martin Suuberg, Commissioner of Massachusetts Departmet of Environmental Protection

Commissioner Suuberg

Fred Laskey, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Fred Laskey

Dr. Munira Shahbuddin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, MIT

Dr. Munira Shahbuddin


12:00 pm Award Ceremony: Special Honors for Representatives Chris Walsh and Frank Smizik and others!

Walsh and Smizik

12:10 pm Panel Discussion: What are the three most pressing water challenges for our Commonwealth and how can nature-based solutions help?

Administrator for Region 1, Alexandra Dapolito Dunn (EPA); Dr. Munira Shahbuddin (MIT); and a representative from MassDEP. Moderated by: Shimon Warden (Foundation for a Green Future)

12:40 pm Lunch and Networking Break

1:00-1:45 pm Breakout Sessions:

(1) Promoting Biophilia for Intentional Community Planning - Jan Goodman, Cityscapes and Mela Miles, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition (Thought Challenger: Rob Guillemin, EPA).

(2) Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan in response to Climate Change: Flooding and Sea Level Rise - Rep. Frank Smizik, Chairperson of Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change; Franziska Amacher, Amacher & Associates; Steve Estes-Smargiassi, MWRA; Tyler R. Swingle, MIT (Thought Challenger: Shimon Warden, Foundation for a Green Future)

(3) Nature-based solutions for Water in Mass. - Scott Bishop, Northeastern University; Dr. Munira Shahbuddin, MIT; Kate England, Boston Water and Sewer Commission (Thought Challenger: Owen Toney, Green Neighbors Education Committee).

(4) Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan in response to Climate Change: Protecting our Drinking Water - Dan Gaffney, SafeWell Corporation; Kate Bowditch, Charles River Watershed Association and Peter Lawrence, Biomimicry New England (Thought Challenger: George Corbin, Golden Leaf Development) .

UN World Water Day

Foundation for a Green Future

MWRA

BSWC

BSLA


CRWA

MAPC

MIT Water Club


Thanks for providing refreshments:

Panera Cares

Honest Tea

Cabot Cheese

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