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US EPA Proceedings: First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change

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US EPA’s First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change was held on January 6-7, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia.  Sponsored by the US EPA Office of Water & Office of Research and Development, the workshop was attended by more than 130 invited experts and stakeholders from the federal, research, utility, engineering, and academic sectors.

US EPA. (2009). "Proceedings of the First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change" (136 pp, 2.8 Mb) Publication No. EPA 600/R-09/010

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Administrative Remarks
Jim Hanlon, Director, US EPA Office of Wastewater Management
Cynthia Dougherty, Director US EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 17 Kb)

Welcome - US EPA Research, Workshop Objectives and Organization (PDF) (3 pp, 184 Kb)
Sally Gutierrez, Director, US EPA Office or Research and Development (ORD) National Risk Management Research Laboratory
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (2 pp, 10 Kb)

The EPA National Water Program's Support for Climate Change Adaptation
Benjamin Grumbles, Assistant Administrator, US EPA Office of Water
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 16 Kb)

Plenary Session I

Challenges and Opportunities in Adapting to Climate Change
Moderator: Dr. Pai-Yei Whung, US EPA Office of the Science Advisor
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (2 pp, 10 Kb)

Adaptation Challenges to the Nation and the Science Community (PDF) (8 pp, 273 Kb)
Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 21 Kb)

Adaptation Challenges to the Nation and the Science Community Perspectives from Utilities (PDF) (12 pp, 679 Kb)
David Behar, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission / Water Utility Climate Alliance
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 22 Kb)

When R&D Meets the Real World: The Challenges and Opportunities of Integrating Water Resource Management for a Changing Climate (PDF) (7 pp, 299 Kb)
Dr. James Goodrich, US EPA ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 17 Kb)


Plenary Session II

Applying Climate Science to Water Infrastructure Planning
Moderator: Jim Taft, Executive Director, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (2 pp, 11 Kb)

Where the Research Meets the Road: Climate Science, Uncertainties, and Knowledge Gaps (PDF) (6 pp, 655 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier, University of Washington 
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 22 Kb)

Information Needed for Infrastructure Adaptation Planning (PDF) (17 pp, 640 Kb)
Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (8 pp, 26 Kb)

Accommodating Design Uncertainties: Past Practices and Future Needs (PDF)  (15 pp, 133 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Doug Owen, P.E., Malcolm Pirnie Inc.
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 20 Kb)

Holistic ORD Research to Ensure Water and Energy Efficiency through Drinking Water System Sustainability
Dr. Audrey Levine, P.E., US EPA Office of Research and Development
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 16 Kb)


Plenary Session III

R&D for Water Infrastructure Adaptation
Moderator: Carol Collier, Executive Director, Delaware River Basin Commission
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (2 pp, 10 Kb)

EPA’s Global Climate Change Science Program and Water Infrastructure Adaptation Research (PDF) (10 pp, 318 Kb)
Dr. Joel Scheraga, US EPA Office of Research and Development
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 18 Kb)

AWWARF Research Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (PDF) (13 pp, 154 Kb)
David Rager, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 16 Kb)

WERF’s Climate Change Research Programs (PDF) (16 pp, 1.14 Mb)
Claudio Ternieden, Water Environment Research Foundation
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 21 Kb)

Incorporating Climatic Uncertainties into Water Planning (PDF) (9 pp, 513 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 8 Kb)
Marc Waage, Denver Water / Water Utility Climate Alliance
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 17 Kb)

Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks (PDF) (3 pp, 276 Kb)
Dr. Pai-Yei Whung, Chief Scientist, US EPA Office of the Science Advisor

Concluding Remarks
Benjamin Grumbles, Assistant Administrator, US EPA Office of Water


Track A – Climate Change Impacts on Hydrology and Water Resource Management

A.1. Projecting Hydroclimatic Changes - Part I:  Downscaling
Moderator: Linda Means, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (1 pp, 9 Kb)

Downscaling or Decision-scaling? An Overview of Downscaling (PDF) (31 pp, 900 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Dr. Casey Brown, University of Massachusetts
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 21 Kb)

Dynamic Downscaling Efforts at EPA: Regional Linkages to NOAA and NASA Global Scale Models (PDF) (17 pp, 1 Mb)
Dr. Alice Gilliland, US EPA ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 18 Kb)

Web-Archive of Statistically Downscaled Climate Projections for the Contiguous United States (PDF) (23 pp, 1.8 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 9 Kb)
Levi Brekke, P.E., Bureau of Reclamation Technical Services Center
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 20 Kb)

The North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program: A Brief Overview (PDF) (21 pp, 958 Kb)
Linda Mearns, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 17 Kb)


A.2. Projecting Hydroclimatic Changes - Part II: Local Applications of Downscaling
Moderator: David Easterling, NOAA National Climatic Data Center
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (1 pg, 8 Kb)

Regional Modeling for the Pacific Northwest (PDF) (20 pp, 1.7 Mb)
Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier, University of Washington
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 19 Kb)

Hydroclimatic Modeling for Water Resources Planning in the City of New York (PDF) (9 pp, 239 Kb)
Dr. David Major, Columbia University
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 17 Kb)

Predictive Capacity in the Colorado River Basin (PDF) (27 pp, 3.2 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Brad Udall, University of Colorado – NOAA  Western Water Assessment
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (7 pp, 24 Kb)


A.3. Evaluating Hydroclimatic Change for Water Infrastructure Adaptation - Part I
Moderator: Dr. Daniel Sheer, HydroLogics, Inc.
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (1 pg, 8 Kb)

Hydrology and Climate Change: What Do We Actually Know? (PDF) (37 pp, 874 Kb)
Dr. Robert Hirsch, U.S. Geological Survey
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (8 pp, 26 Kb)

NOAA Atlas 14 Precipitation-Frequency Atlas of the United States: Update and Issues (PDF) (25 pp, 3.1 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 9 Kb)
Geoffrey Bonnin, NOAA National Weather Service
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 20 Kb)

National Hydroclimatic Change and Infrastructure Assessment: Region-Specific Adaptation Factors (PDF) (21 pp, 5 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 14 Kb)
Dr. Y. Jeffrey Yang, P.E., US EPA ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 24 Kb)


A.4. Evaluating Hydroclimatic Changes for Water Infrastructure Adaptation - Part II
Moderator: Dave Behar, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission / Water Utilities Climate Alliance
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (1 pp, 9 Kb)

Climate Vulnerability Assessments (PDF) (28 pp, 2.5 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 9 Kb)
David Yates, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 26 Kb)

Strategies for Assessing Impacts and Adapting to Climate Change for Wastewater Utilities (PDF) (24 pp, 1.5 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (2 pp, 12 Kb)
Laura Wharton, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (7 pp, 27 Kb)

Implicit Climate Change Adaption: Modifying System Operations for Turbidity Control  (PDF) (18 pp, 2.5 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Paul Rush, NYC Bureau of Water Supply, and Dr. Daniel Sheer, HydroLogics, Inc.
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 24 Kb)


Track B – Adaptive Management and Engineering: Information and Tools

B.1. National Infrastructure Condition Assessment and Adaptability
Moderator: Dr. Neil Stiber, US EPA Office of the Science Advisor
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (2 pp, 10 Kb)

Rehabilitation, Replacement, and Redesign of the Nation’s Water and Wastewater Infrastructure as a Valuable Adaptation Opportunity (PDF) (13 pp, 366 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 9 Kb)
Dan Murray, P.E., US EPA ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 20 Kb)

Flood Control and Surface Water Management Infrastructure in the Age of Climate Change  (PDF) (25 pp, 1.4 Mb)
Dr. Rolf Olsen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 17 Kb)

Climate Change Readiness Assessment and Planning for the Nation’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities (PDF) (50 pp, 1.5 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 14 Kb)
Dr. Steven Buchberger, P.E., National Risk Management Research Laboratory - UC Water Resource Adaptation Program Team
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 21 Kb)

Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Drinking Water Treatment (PDF) (22 pp, 166 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 14 Kb)
Dr. Robert Clark, P.E., National Risk Management Research Laboratory - UC Water Resource Adaptation Program Team
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 14 Kb)


B.2. Progressive Adaptation: Planning and Engineering for Sustainability
Moderator: Steve Allbee, US EPA Office of Wastewater Management
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (2 pp, 10 Kb)

Overview: Integrating Climate Adaptation into Lifecycle Costing and Planning (PDF) (11 pp, 52 Kb)
Steve Allbee, US EPA Office of Wastewater Management
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 16 Kb)

Adaptation of Water Infrastructure Investments to Changing Demands and Climate Variability: A Systems Approach (PDF) (34 pp, 2.2 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Dr. Vahid Alavian, World Bank
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 21 Kb)

A Review of Quantitative Methods for Evaluating Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Water Infrastructure (PDF) (18 pp, 439 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 19 Kb)
Dr. Walter Grayman, P.E., National Risk Management Research Laboratory - UC Water Resource Adaptation Program Team
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 19 Kb)

Water Use and Re-Use in Energy Technologies in a Carbon-Constrained World (PDF) (54 pp, 2.2 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 9 Kb)
Dr. Pratim Biswas, P.E., Washington University in St. Louis
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 21 Kb)


B.3. Adaptation Practices and Tools - Part I
Moderator: Josh Foster, Center for Clean Air Policy
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (2 pp, 11 Kb)

Alternative Water Supply and Drinking Water System Operations: Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation in East Bay MUD (PDF) (20 pp, 1.9 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 9 Kb)
Dennis Diemer, East Bay MUD, CA
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 18 Kb)

Stormwater Management and Extreme Precipitation: Protecting Surface Water and Source Water Quality in Ohio River Watersheds (PDF) (21 pp, 3 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Alan Vicory, Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 26 Kb)

Case Study: Risk and Management Analysis for Progressive Adaptation of Water Supply in Metro Boston  (PDF) (36 pp, 642 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Dr. Paul Kirshen, Tufts University
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (6 pp, 20 Kb)


B.4. Adaptation Practices and Tools - Part II
Moderator: Mikaela Engert, City of Keene, New Hampshire
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (2 pp, 12 Kb)

Integrated Water Management for Sustainable Water Supply in SW Florida under Global Changes: Water Reuse and Energy Considerations (PDF) (22 pp, 838 Kb)
Mark Simpson, Manatee County Manatee County Utilities Department
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 18 Kb)

EPA Water Resource Adaptation Program (WRAP) R&D Activities on Adaptation Methods and Techniques  (PDF) (17 pp, 671 Kb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 10 Kb)
Roy Haught, US EPA ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 18 Kb)

BASINS CAT, WEPPCAT, and ICLUS: Modeling Tools for Assessing Watershed Sensitivity to Climate and Land Use Change (PDF) (21 pp, 1.2 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (2 pp, 11 Kb)
Dr. Tom Johnson, US EPA ORD National Center for Environmental Assessment
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (5 pp, 19 Kb)

Metropolitan Water Availability Forecasting Methods and Applications in South Florida (PDF) (27 pp, 1.2 Mb) - Abstract (PDF) (1 pp, 11 Kb)
Dr. Ni-Bin Chang, P.E., University of Central Florida, National Risk Management Research Laboratory - UC Water Resource Adaptation Program Team
Speech: Transcript (PDF) (4 pp, 16 Kb)

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