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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 4, April 2011
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The Horinko Group's Second Annual Water Resources Summit
The Horinko Group Announces Second Annual Water Resources Summit To Be Held October 25, 2011 at the University of Maryland
The Horinko Group is pleased to announce its Second Annual Water Resources Summit entitled, Sustaining Our Nation’s Water Resources: Answering the Call for Stewardship, scheduled for October 25, 2011. This year's gathering will be hosted at the Stamp Student Union on the campus in College Park, MD.

Three sectors will play a pivotal role in setting the tone for this year’s Water Summit – the public sector, advocacy sector, and business sector. Join thought leaders, seasoned practitioners, and decision-makers to discuss and reveal recent gains to better integrate and innovate. Participants will hear insights from the nation’s leading water practitioners on how these three sectors can better align to produce measurable, replicable and system-based outcomes.

The one day panel series promises to establish a mark for what’s taking place today and what’s being planned for tomorrow. This is an important conversation for anyone currently operating in the water world.

Mark your calendar and stay tuned as the final agenda and regisration becomes available in the coming weeks!

Ann Mills addresses the Salon attendeesThe Next Farm Bill – March 15 Salon Proceedings Now Available
In partnership with The Northeast-Midwest Institute, The Horinko Group convened the first in its 2011 Water Resources Salon Series on March 15 to bring together various parties to pursue an interest-based approach to forming a consensus for the 2012 Farm Bill agenda.

Attendees represented federal and regional agencies and private/non-profit organizations committed to greater system-based stewardship outcomes. The discussion sought to identify sources of conflict, catalog interests of parties, frame issues, and develop preliminary process proposals.

The proceedings are now available on The Horinko Group’s website and can be downloaded in PDF format on our website. We will utilize our website and other media to keep you informed as the salons progress forward.

Wildlife Habitat Council

Wildlife Habitat Council serves as Founding Member of Stewardship Action Council
In an effort to promote and raise additional awareness of complimentary efforts to advance a collaborative approach to biodiversity, The Horinko Group applauds the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) for being a founding member of the Stewardship Action Council (SAC). SAC seeks to drive sustainable and socially responsible business practices and results through encouragement and recognition of accomplishments that extend beyond or exceed those attainable through normal compliance activities.

WHC’s participation in this partnership adheres to its mission to increase the amount of quality wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands and to connect communities through conservation education and partnerships. WHC’s core programs, Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning, complement many of the SAC Membership Requirements by promoting voluntary efforts by landowners. These programs, along with WHC’s Corporate Wildlife Habitat Certification/International Accreditation Program are available to help SAC members define, implement and evaluate management systems and build partnerships to increase their effectiveness.

To learn more about WHC or SAC, please visit their websites at http://www.wildlifehc.org and http://www.stewardshipaction.org.

Upcoming Events

The Horinko Group Water DivisionRegister for our Upcoming Webinar: The State of Flood Risk Reduction in the United States
May 4, 2011 | 2:15 - 4:00 PM EDT | Free Registration
The Horinko Group, as part of its 2011 Global Sustainability Webinar Series, will host a panel of thought leaders and practitioners on May 4, 2011 to discuss the status of Flood Risk Management in the United States and the prognosis for moving the effort in a sustainable direction that reduces risk and gradually restores the ecological services performed by our nation’s floodplains.

Invited panelists include:

  • Sam Riley Medlock (Moderator)
    Policy Counsel, Association of State Floodplain Managers
  • Sandra Knight
    Deputy Assistant Administrator of Mitigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Alex Dornstauder
    Deputy Director for Homeland Security at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Larry Larson
    Executive Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers
  • James Fiedler
    President, National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies
  • Andrew Fahlund
    Senior Vice President for Conservation, American Rivers

For additional information on this webinar topic please visit our website or click here to register.

American Water Resources AssociationAWRA Spring Specialty Conference, “Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources”
April 18 - 20, 2011 | Baltimore, MD
The 2011 Spring Specialty Conference, “Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources: Adaptation Issues, Options, and Strategies,” is designed to address the frustrations experienced by scientists, engineers, water managers, and policy makers over the real or perceived disconnects between science and policy regarding climate change, and the difficulties these disconnects present in decision making. Experts will debate appropriate approaches for climate change adaptation. Federal, state and local agency officials will discuss their climate change adaptation strategies and approaches. Case studies on how new programs are being designed or old programs refitted to adjust to climate change will be presented in concurrent sessions.

For the full agenda and registration information, visit the AWRA Conference Website.

International Code CouncilInternational Green Construction Code Hearing
May 15 - 21, 2011 | Dallas, TX
The Horinko Group’s President Marianne Horinko will testify at the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) hearing in Dallas, TX from May 15 – 22, 2011. Ms. Horinko will comment on the challenges facing small non residential buildings in complying with rapid changes to the Code. She will also address the unique environmental and economical complexities these buildings face when viewed through a life-cycle analysis lens. For more information on the hearing, visit the International Code Council.

Spotlight On...

USACE National Report: Responding to National Water Resources Challenges

Excerpt from: "Powering Up in a Collaborative Way: Informing Integrated Water Resources Management"
By: Ada Benavides, Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers HQ
Management of the water resources of the United States is a complicated business. The States take the lead, but the Federal government has been involved nearly since its creation.

Some trite-but-true expressions are most meaningful today:

  • We suffer from information overload.
  • The Federal government is so fractured that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.
  • We keep reinventing the wheel.
  • Federal data are just not readily available.
  • Technology transfer is a good thing, but too hard to do.
  • Knowledge is power, and we need it.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers heard these laments often from state and local water resources managers and others during its national assessment in 2008-2010 to explore ways to collaborate with States, interstate organizations, non-governmental organizations, and others to improve water resources planning and management and sustain critical water resources for the future. At regional conferences conducted as part of this process, the Corps received a strong call to make data and information about water resources more integrated and accessible. States indicated that they desire quantitative data about resources levels and conditions, increased monitoring to collect and evaluate such data, trend information, and technical expertise that they lack but know the Federal government possesses – especially to plan and manage their resources at a watershed scale.

A key recommendation of the Building Strong Collaborative Relationships for a Sustainable Water Resources Future project, summarized in the national report Responding to National Water Resources Challenges, (August 2010) was to move toward integrated water resources, specifically to assist states in collaborating with Federal agencies for more integrated management of water and related land resources.

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Featured Column

Excerpt from: "Friends of the Earth Middle East and Water Resources Action Project Join Forces"
Friends of the Earth Middle EastBy: FoEME Leadership: Gidon Bromberg (Israeli Director), Nader Khateb (Palestinian Director), and Munqeth Mehyar (Chair and Jordanian Director)

In January of this year, Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) and Water Resources Action Project (WRAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding expressing the desire for ongoing collaboration between the two organizations. As a result of this memo, the two organizations will work together to improve water usage practices and access to potable water in East Jerusalem and Palestine.

FoEME is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Its primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect shared environmental heritage. In so doing, it seeks to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in the region. FoEME has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv, and is a member of Friends of the Earth International, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the world.

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