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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 1, January 2011
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Marianne Horinko

Marianne Horinko named Chair of Water Resources Action Project
The recently formed Water Resources Action Project (WRAP) named Marianne Horinko, President of The Horinko Group and former US EPA Acting Administrator as Chair of the DC-based, not-for-profit organization whose goal is to improve water quality for under-served communities in the Middle East. WRAPís approach is technical and operational, with an emphasis on practical means to improve public health and the quality of life. The membership is drawn from a broad range of political, ethnic, and religious backgrounds operating with strict political, ethnic and religious neutrality. The group is currently finalizing the technical specifications for its initial pilot project, a rain collection unit at Sur Bahr Girls School in East Jerusalem. Completion for the pilot is scheduled for Spring 2011. Stay tuned for future updates as WRAPís efforts progress by visiting www.wrapdc.org.

 
National Academy of Science Progress Update
Upcoming Public Session: January 24, 2011 at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA
Marianne Horinko will continue her participation on the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council study on “Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort.” Led by the Water Science and Technology Board, the goal of the study is “to improve hazardous waste management at problematic sites where the presence of recalcitrant and/or poorly accessible contaminants is preventing site closure." Find out more on the NAS website.
National Water Policy Dialogue Gains Steam
Upcoming Remarks: January 13, 2011 at the CWAA National Dialogue in Washington, DC
The Clean Water America Alliance is hosting a dialogue on January 13, 2011 in Washington, DC to seek input from the water sector on a draft framework for a national water policy. The dialogue will feature a keynote address by Peter Silva, Assistant Administrator of Water at the US Environmental Protection Agency and presentations by Lynn Broaddus, Director of Environmental Programs at the Johnson Foundation and Patrick McGinnis, Water Resources Team Leader for The Horinko Group.

The Horinko Group recently distributed a set of actionable Recommendations for addressing our nation's water resources issues on a national scale. The report entitled, "Promoting the Sustainability of Our Nationís Water Resources," is a compilation of past executive-level listening sessions hosted by The Horinko Groupís Water Division on a quarterly basis. Each session topic closely examines watershed-based public and private initiatives through a systems perspective. Participants are invited to increase their understanding of how best to empower organizations to more effectively engage in water planning and decision-making.
2011 Water Resources Salon Developments
Upcoming Salon: March 2011 at The Horinko Group offices in Washington, DC
The next installment in the Water Resources Salon Series is scheduled for March 2011 entitled, The Next Farm Bill Ė New Opportunities for Environmental and Agricultural Sustainability. The discussion will be moderated by Mark Gorman, Policy Analyst for The Northeast-Midwest Institute and will explore the history of the Farm Bill and current realities surrounding our nationís agricultural subsidy and conservation programs.
Upcoming Events

webinar

January 19, 2011
2:15 – 3:45pm ET
Free Registration

Hosted by:

The Horinko Group: Water Division

The Horinko Group Kicks Off 2011 with first Eco-Tourism Webinar
Positioning Waterside Communities as Tourism Gateways to Americaís Great Outdoors

Our nationís natural water systems continue to emerge as iconic destinations for nature based and heritage tourism. These new tourism focused economies are helping water based cities and communities diversify their economic base while building a richer sense of place for residents. In many cases, tourism provides the financial safety net for communities losing their industrial/manufacturing ways of life.

This webinar will highlight efforts currently underway to establish tourism centered on water-based destinations, as well as the potential economic impacts of such efforts. The panel will explore the role that federal and state government can have to better assist local communities in planning and leveraging resources to market their waterside communities within a consolidated, regional approach.

Panelists:
bulletRon Erdmann, Deputy Director, US Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
bulletJan Kostner, Deputy Director of Tourism, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Office of Tourism

Moderator:
bulletBrett Stawar, President and CEO of the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and Chairman of the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway.

webinar

January 26, 2011
11am – 12:30pm ET
Free Registration

Hosted by:

American Bar Association

Financial Assurances Teleconference
Financial Assurances: Is the Government Asking Too Much?

The American Bar Association is hosting this teleconference to explore the growing use of financial assurance to address environmental risks, the balance between environmental accountability and regulatory flexibility, and the financial implications to the regulated community.

Panelists:
bulletBob Casselberry, Environmental Attorney, US Steel
bulletShelia Deely, Senior Counsel-Environmental, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
bulletRay Leclerc, Assistant Deputy Director, Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program, California Department of Toxic Substance Controls

Moderator:
bulletMarianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group

Featured Column

Lynn Scarlett

Excerpt from: "Conservation in a Time of Scarcity"
November 30, 2010 as presented to The Nature Conservancy
By: Lynn Scarlett, Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior (2005-2009)

As I contemplated the current conservation landscape, I thought of a passage in Alice in Wonderland. Alice, coming upon a fork in the road, looks up to see the Cheshire cat eyeing her from a tree above. Seizing the opportunity for help, she asks: “Tell me, please, which way ought I to go from here.” The grinning cat replies: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

Yet perhaps reaching a destination is not as simple as the Cheshire cat advised. Success depends also on the lay of the land. And so it is with the Nationís conservation journey.

Thinking of the Cheshire catís quip, I believe the conservation community knows where it wants to go. The challenge is how to succeed in a context of political, social, and economic change.

I want to explore the lay of the landóthe political, social and economic tableau within which conservation goals must now unfold and tease out possible implications for policy strategies. That tableau offers a mix of both clear and cloudy elements. Let me begin with what seems clear, which has, I discern, two key dimensions.

First, national, state, and local levels of government face severe fiscal constraints. At the local level, many cities are facing large deficits. Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, and Los Angeles all have deficits greater than 10 percent of their general funds. At the state level, 46 states struggled to close budget shortfalls this year, including deficits in California and Texas in the double-digit billions. Shortfalls collectively approached $126 billion, or 19 percent of the total budgets in the 46 deficit states. At federal level, deepening concerns about the deficit are driving a clamor for belt-tightening. For agencies like the Interior Department, 2012 cuts could range from 7 to 15 percent.

Second, the economy remains unstable. That instability stretches globally, despite pockets of economic dynamism in China and elsewhere. That instability is affecting private, foundation, and corporate philanthropic spending, which showed a 3.6 percent decline in 2009, with some individual sectors experiencing larger declines.

But let me turn to the blurrier picture. How might we diagnose the recent election?

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