Preliminary Conference Program
2019 UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER CONFERENCE
Oct. 23-24, 2019
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Moline, Ill.
PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE PROGRAM
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2019 | Stoney Creek Conference Center, Moline, Ill.
7-8:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast..............Breakfast Sponsored by EnviroNET
8:30 a.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
- Kathy Wine, Executive Director, River Action
- Mark Schwiebert, Schwiebert Foundation for Environmental Studies
8:45-10:15 a.m. | Keynote Session
10:15-10:30 a.m. | Break..............................Sponsored by Terracon
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Morning Concurrent Sessions
TRACK 1 – Sustaining the River ~ Water Quality Matters
TRACK 2 – Utilizing the River ~ Importance of Tourism, Eco-tourism and Recreation
Noon | Boxed Lunch & Networking
12-4 p.m. | Field Project Tours or In-house Workshop
WORKSHOP - “We survived 2019’s record flooding, so now what?” ~ Planning for future flood fighting, damage mitigation and prevention ~ Update on Regional Flood Alliances and 2019 Flood Response
Moderated by Ed Freer, Graef USA
- Antonio Arenas Amado, University of Iowa
- Colin Wellenkamp, Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative
- Jessica Brooks, National Weather Service
FIELD PROJECT TOUR #1 - Blue Heron Eco-Cruise & Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center - A scenic 30-minute bus trip up the Iowa side of the Mississippi River will take participants to the Rock Creek Marina and Campground, located just outside of Camanche, Iowa. Participants will board the "Blue Heron," a 24-passenger pontoon boat owned and operated by the Clinton County Conservation Board, for an approximately 1½ hour guided adventure cruise through Mississippi River backwaters. Field trip participants also can visit the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center. This tour is limited to the first 24 participants to register!
FIELD PROJECT TOUR #2 - Habitat Rehabilitation & Enhancement and Dredge Re-use Projects - A driving and walking tour of several habitat rehabilitation and enhancement project (HREP) sites, completed, under construction and proposed, and dredged material beneficial use sites, located in and around the greater Quad City area. Specific tour sites will be determined by river levels, possible dredging and construction activity and other variables. Potential sites include: Beaver Island, Princeton Refuge, Andalusia Slough HREPs; Princeton and Buffalo (Iowa) beaches, and the Centennial Bridge beneficial use of dredged material sites. This tour will be guided by Corps of Engineers, DNR and USFWS staff members who have had significant involvement with the Corps' ongoing Upper Mississippi Restoration and Dredged Material Management Programs.
4-6:30 p.m. | Reception and Student Poster Session
5 p.m. | Cash Bar Open
6:30 p.m. | Catfish Dinner and Entertainment
THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2018 | Stoney Creek Conference Center, Moline, Ill.
7 a.m. | Riverfront morning walk (weather permitting)
7-8:15 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:45 a.m. | Plenary Session
- Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers - “The Upper Mississippi River: America’s Third Most Endangered River©”
- Loren Wobig, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Water Research - “Focusing the Vision for High Flows on the Mississippi River”
9:45-10 a.m. | Break.................................Sponsored by [available]
10-11:30 a.m. | Morning Concurrent Sessions
TRACK 1 – Sustaining the River ~ Beneficial Use of Dredging & Dredge Materials
- Mark Binsfeld, J.F. Brennan - "Right-Sizing for Restoration: A Contractor’s Approach for Building EMP Island Habitats"
- Jon Hendrickson, US Army Corps of Engineers - ”Altered Hydrology – Effects on Upper Mississippi River Dredging and Habitat Restoration”
- Matt Afflerbaugh, US Army Corps of Engineers - "Channel Maintenance Dredging and Placement of Dredged Materials"
TRACK 2 – Utilizing the River ~ Economic and Philanthropic Impacts of River Tourism, Eco-tourism and Recreation
- Craig Miller, Illinois Natural History Survey - ”Economic Impacts of Recreation and Tourism”
- Mark Schwiebert, Schwiebert Foundation for Environmental Studies - “Why Folks Give: ‘A River Runs Through It’”
- Trygve Madsen, Earth Economics - “Accounting for Environmental Change: A Modernized Approach to Benefit-Cost Analysis on the Upper Mississippi River”
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Luncheon and Featured Speaker
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1-2:30 p.m. | Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
TRACK 1 – Sustaining/Improving the River ~ Agricultural Water/Storm Water Management
- Jay Solomon, University of Illinois Extension – “Storm Water Management Issues in Rural Illinois”
- Tim Wagner, Izaak Walton League – “Keep it on the Farm: A discussion regarding the practices of regenerative agriculture and how they can protect our rivers and greatly reduce flooding in the era of a changing climate.”
- Haley Haverback, University of Illinois Extension – "Biennial Report for the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy"
TRACK 2 – Utilizing the River ~ Moderated Panel Discussion: To Drink or Not to Drink (River Water, That Is)?
Moderated by (TBA)
- Bob Bohannon, City of Moline, Ill.
- Joshua Lighton, Iowa American Water
- Roger Viadero, Ph.D., Western Illinois University
- Jennifer Hoggatt, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Break.......................Sponsored by [available]
2:45 - 4:30 p.m. | Closing Plenary Session
Kirsten Wallace and Andrew Stephenson, Upper Mississippi River Basin Association – “Flooding, Sediment, and Drought Management on the Upper Mississippi River: Reflections on a series of citizen-led conversations” - UMRBA and US Army Corps of Engineers hosted meetings in Hannibal, Missouri; Muscatine, Iowa; Dubuque, Iowa; Winona, Minnesota; Godfrey, Illinois; and Cape Girardeau, Missouri brought together local citizens for conversations on reducing the risks of flooding, maintaining the navigation channel, managing river sediment, and preparing for a future long-term drought. They shared the impacts to their communities and talked about how all can work together better to address these issues. Preliminary feedback will be shared in this session.