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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 2, February 2011
Eco-Tourism Webinar

Eco-Tourism Webinar Recording Now Available
On January 19, over 100 participants from a variety of public and private organizations joined The Horinko Group for its first webinar of the 2011 season entitled, "Positioning Waterside Communities as Tourism Gateways to Americaís Great Outdoors." Featured panelists included Ron Erdmann, Deputy Director, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, US Department of Commerce; Jan Kostner, Deputy Director of Tourism, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; and moderated by Brett Stawar, President/CEO of the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The webinar recording and accompanying presentation are now available on The Horinko Groupís website. For information on co-hosting or sponsoring a future webinar, please contact Brendan McGinnis at

Brownfields 2011EPA Brownfields Program: Past, Present and Future
Upcoming Panel: April 5, 2011 at the National Brownfields Conference in Philadelphia, PA
The 2011 National Brownfields Conference held in Philadelphia, PA will feature a roundtable among former EPA Assistant Administrators for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). The panel will discuss the past, present, and future of the Brownfields program, focusing on challenges and opportunities, and any suggested changes, both administrative and legislative.

The panel is scheduled for April 5, 2011 from 1:45 – 3:00pm and includes the following speakers:
bulletElliott Laws, Partner, Crowell & Moring (OSWER AA 1993-1997)
Timothy Fields, Senior Vice President, MDB, Inc. (OSWER AA 1997-2001)
bulletMarianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group (OSWER AA 2001-2004)
bulletSusan Parker Bodine, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg (OSWER AA 2006-2009)

For more information on Brownfields 2011 please visit:

Upcoming Events

2008 EPG LuncheonEnvironmental Policy Group Luncheon
February 16, 2011 | Washington, DC | Noon - 1:30 PM
The Horinko Group regularly convenes luncheons for working professionals in the fields of sustainability and environmental policy to discuss today's emerging environmental concerns. This monthís luncheon features Ben Grumbles, President of the Clean Water America Alliance and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Water, and is being sponsored by Veolia Water. The speaker will discuss "Water and Life from AZ to DC (and All Points In Between)" as he reflects on his expiriences exploring the complex issue of water sustainability.

To attend this month, or to be notified of future luncheons, please contact Isaac Chapman at

Bottomlands Ecosystem Restoration Conference 20112011 Bottomland Ecosystem Restoration Conference: Bridging Science and Management
March 8-10, 2011 | Collinsville, IL
The seventh in a series of public conferences on river issues, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is partnering with the US Forest Service to host this three-day gathering. The conference will bring together natural resource managers, scientists, decision-makers, non-governmental organizations, and additional stakeholders from the Upper Mississippi River System and the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Click here to download a PDF of the full program. Registration is available at

For additional inquiries on this event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Megan Dooling, Logistics Co-Chair at

The Horinko Group: Water DivisionThe Next Farm Bill: New Opportunities for Environmental and Agricultural Sustainability
March 15, 2011 | Washington, DC
In partnership with the Northeast-Midwest Institute and featuring keynote speaker, Ann Mills, USDAís Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, The Horinko Group will host itís first salon of 2011 to explore the opportunities and promise of the 2012 Farm Bill. To enable collegial discussion and reflection, this is a limited gathering by invitation only. However, the proceedings will be made available to all on The Horinko Groupís website shortly following the event.

In 2011, The Horinko Group will be turning its attention, perhaps more broadly, to address the nexus of water, land, energy, economy, and the central role of this connection to the environmental health and economic future of our nation. For those interested in future salons, please contact Brendan McGinnis at

Spotlight On...

Responding to National Water Resources Challenges

USACE Report

Click here to download a
PDF of the full report.

In August 2010, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a summary report of a two-year effort to foster enhanced collaboration with states, interstates, and NGOs to further common water resources planning and management aims. As the National Water Policy debate heats up, the report entitled, "National Report: Responding to National Water Resources Challenges", will become an invaluable contribution to this dialogue.

In follow-up to this report, the Corps intends to establish a national team of federal agency representatives, along with individuals who participated in the study from interstate organizations, tribes, states, and non-governmental organizations, to develop an Implementation Plan.

The Horinko Group applauds the Corpsí efforts and will provide additional updates as announcements are made available.


Featured Column

Excerpt from: "Deconstructing The Horinko Groupís Collaborative Model for Our Nationís Water Resources"
Patrick McGinnisBy: Patrick McGinnis, Water Resources Team Leader, The Horinko Group
as presented at the Clean Water America Allianceís Water Policy Framework Meeting in Washington, DC on January 13, 2011

My time in the public sector managing partnerships taught me a great deal about the nuances of cooperative undertakings, the need for transparency, accountability, the critical nature of honest, open communication, the need for building social relevance into large public sector initiatives, and the importance of demonstrating tangible results, replicating what works, and being persistent.

These experiences, of getting things done, of recognizing that everyone has a stake in our water future, are guiding The Horinko Groupís efforts today to engage the water conversation.

In 2009, we committed ourselves to the overall effort of moving the water conversation more into the mainstream. Through our work with water sector clients we observed patterns emerging that suggested an integrated approach was more possible, practical and less complicated than many were proclaiming.

We brought together a group of colleagues to share their water stories and relate the barriers and opportunities expressed by water sector clients and subject matter experts. We set a goal for ourselves that we would not engage unless we could demonstrate and add value.

Initially, client interest had us focused on ecological services, the natural capital of aquatic systems, the infrastructure replacement backlog, and the desire to revitalize waterside communities to make them more livable. During our discussions we attempted to deconstruct a variety of water issues and in so doing a few common themes or needs emerged that seemed to cut cross or connect issues.

Click here to read the remainder of the Featured Column.

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