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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 6, June 2011

Now Available – Water Resources Summit Agenda and Registration!
The Horinko Group's October 2011 Water SummitRegistration and the final agenda for The Horinko Group’s Second Annual Water Resources Summit are now available! To view the agenda, register, and stay current on the latest Summit news, please take a look at our newly designed event website by visiting

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Mark Gorman at our Farm Bill Water SalonFarm Bill Salon Progress Report
On May 23, The Horinko Group and the Northeast-Midwest Institute announced the release of our report arising out of our March 15 Farm Bill Water Salon and its subsequent interviews. The report, co-authored with the Northeast-Midwest Institute, is entitled, The Next Farm Bill, New Opportunities for Environmental and Agricultural Sustainability: Overview and Recommendations. The report describes the preliminary scoping phase of the project and its outcomes related to the salon. This report marks the beginning of what could potentially evolve into a multiphase effort to develop a sustainable, mutual working relationship among agricultural and conservation stakeholders who have not traditionally collaborated on Farm Bill-related issues.

For more information on the March 15 salon and to download a PDF of the full report, please visit our Water Division Salon Series Webpage.

Water Resources Action Project Pilot

WRAP Pilot Project Dedication and Middle East Mission
As part of our commitment to fostering grassroots water resources development, Marianne Horinko, Brendan McGinnis, and Isaac Chapman of The Horinko Group have been volunteering their time to assist with the ongoing growth and development of the Water Resources Action Project (WRAP). Last month, Mr. McGinnis traveled with two fellow WRAP members, Julie Weisman and Bob Cole, to participate in the dedication of WRAP’s rain catchment installation at the Sur Baher Girls School in East Jerusalem, as well as identify additional schools for funding.

The dedication featured remarks from Naomi Sur, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem. Sur praised the school’s efforts and the children’s enthusiasm, “Seeing the kids so involved, so caring for what they are doing, I think that’s the sign of good education.” The dedication also included tours of the school’s new rain catchment system led by Amir Yechieli, the pilot project’s Installation Contractor. For more information about the project and to watch videos of the dedication, please visit WRAP's website at

The Horinko Group's Student Scholar Jill ClevelandTHG Joins University of Maryland Corporate Scholars Program, Welcomes New Addition
The Horinko Group welcomed our new intern, Jill Cleveland, to our team on June 1. Ms. Cleveland was selected for a summer internship with The Horinko Group through our recent partnership with the University of Maryland’s Corporate Internship Program. Corporate scholars are approved by the Dean of their school, and “distinguish themselves through their academic achievement and their professional drive and aspirations.” In her work for The Horinko Group, she will assist with preparations for our October 25 Water Resources Summit as well as provide additional capacity for our ongoing efforts and projects.

For more information on the University of Maryland’s Corporate Scholars Program, visit their website. To find out more about Ms. Cleveland, please visit our website's Core Group page.

Shade Foundation of America

SHADE Foundation 3rd Annual Event
On May 11, the SHADE Foundation held its Third Annual Pitchin' Posters to Strike Out Skin Cancer Event. Marianne Horinko and members of The Horinko Group were proud to join Curt and Shonda Schilling and Chairman Peter King in recognizing “those who have been outspoken on the dangers of melanoma and demonstrated a commitment to spread the message that skin cancer is preventable,” as well as honoring the winner of the SHADE Foundation’s 2011 poster contest. The Shade Foundation recognized Marianne Horinko for her support of the foundation’s efforts during her tenure as former Acting Administrator for the EPA.

To learn more about the SHADE Foundation and view the winning poster, please visit the SHADE Foundation website at

Upcoming Events

Richard Lazarus Presents to the EPGEnvironmental Policy Group (EPG) Luncheon
June 23, 2011 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Washington, DC
The Horinko Group’s Environmental Policy Group (EPG) is pleased to welcome our June luncheon speaker Maureen Sullivan, Director of Environmental Management at the Department of Defense. This month’s EPG is sponsored by Microsoft and will take place on June 23 at Microsoft's offices, located at 901 K Street Northwest in Washington, DC. Director Sullivan will speak about the Department of Defense’s position as a leader amongst federal agencies in the field of sustainability.

To attend or receive future notices, contact Isaac Chapman at

Security and Sustainability ForumSecurity and Sustainability Forum Launches Adaptation Webinar Series
Session One: Adaptation in a Changing Climate and its Impact on National Security
June 21, 2011 | 10:15 - 11:45 AM Eastern | Register Now for this Free Webinar
The Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) has announced the launch of its new webinar series focused on adaptation. SSF's Free Adaptation Webinar Series aims to assist managers, decision-makers and professionals from government, industry and academia to better understand and promote effective measures to adapt to the complexities of a changing climate.

Session One entitled, Adaptation in a Changing Climate and its Impact on National Security, is an introduction to adaptation and the natural and socioeconomic impacts affecting the security of the nation, and features moderator, Eileen Shea, Director, NOAA Integrated Data and Environmental Applications Center and a panel of experts including: Missy Stults, Climate Director, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA; and Lynne M. Carter, Ph.D., Associate Director, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program and Coastal Sustainability Studio, Louisiana State University.

To register or for more information on the webinar series, visit the Security and Sustainability Forum online at

The Horinko Group Water DivisionOur Next Free Upcoming Webinar – Clean Water Act Regulation Following Rapanos: Clear As Mud?
July 27, 2011 | 2:15 - 3:45 PM Eastern | Register Now

The Obama administration’s recently proposed joint EPA/Corps of Engineers rulemaking is an attempt to provide clarity in the post-Rapanos world of wetlands regulation. But will it provide certainty and stability for both the regulated and regulatory communities?

The new guidance has already drawn criticism from some members of Congress and industry, who view it as overreaching, and members of environmental groups, who view it as not going far enough. This webinar will provide insight from both the regulated and regulatory communities on their views regarding the value of these new guidelines in providing regulatory clarity, predictability, consistency and transparency in the protection of our nation’s water quality.

Expert panelists include:

  • Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group (Moderator)
  • Beth Pitrolo, Assistant District Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District
  • David Evans, Director, Wetlands Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency HQ
  • Deidre Duncan, Partner, Hunton & Williams
  • Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
To register or to learn more about this webinar, please visit our website.

American Rivers20th Anniversary of the National River Cleanup™
June is National Rivers Month, and The Horinko Group applauds the continued efforts of American Rivers as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their National River Cleanup™. Launched in 1991, the National River Cleanup™ engages volunteers to organize and participate in the cleanup of their local rivers. The rivers in this United States see millions of tons of trash dumped into them annually making ongoing volunteer cleanup efforts that continue to address this problem vital to the sustainability of our river systems.

To find out more information about American Rivers or to register to volunteer for a cleanup near you, please visit their website at

Spotlight On...

2011 Water Market Review

Must Read TSG's 2011 Water Market Review
The Horinko Group has reviewed the recently published 2011 Water Market Review by TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group (TSG). We highly recommend this resource for anyone operating in the water sector. This comprehensive annual report provides key insight into trends and developments in the world water market. This report can be downloaded free of charge at

For a far more detailed review of world water markets, future water challenges and opportunities, you may also be interested in TSG’s recent book, The Future of Water, published in April 2011. For additional information, click here.

Featured Column

Excerpt from: "Time To Invest In A Sustainable River System"
Isaac ChapmanBy: Jennifer Frazier, Director of the Mississippi River Program, American Land Conservancy
As contributed to the Memphis Commercial Appeal

The historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 is still rolling south, leaving untold private tragedies and colossal economic damage in its expansive wake. The final cost is not yet known, but previous floods on the Mississippi that made the record books, such as the one in 1993, cost as much as $15 billion. Those recovery costs do not include the billions taxpayers spend to maintain an extensive network of federal levees, floodwalls and other river-control systems that were designed to save lives and property, but which also destroy wildlife habitat and contribute to catastrophic floods like the one this year.

We cannot afford to keep doing it this way. It's time to spend our money wisely and invest in a sustainable river system that meets the needs of communities, industry and the environment.

Click here to read the remainder of the Featured Column.

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