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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 5, May 2011
The Horinko Group's October 2011 Water Summit

Coming Soon - October 25 Water Summit Program and Registration!
The Program is set! We are only weeks away from opening registration for our Second Annual Water Resources Summit. Mark your calendars for October 25 in College Park, MD!

This year's Summit, Sustaining Our Nation’s Water Resources – Answering the Call for Stewardship, will feature leading thinkers and practitioners addressing current challenges in three focus areas: Water Governance, Water Advocacy, and the Business of Water. We are thrilled about our lineup of presenters and our luncheon speaker, Steve Hoffman, author of Planet Water, adds an informative and provocative bonus for those able to join us for the day. We look forward to seeing many of you for a very special and worthwhile discussion focused on the future of our nation’s water resources.

We wish to extend a special early thank you to participating partners including the Conservation Fund, American Water Resources Association, River Network, National Audubon Society, Clean Water America Alliance, Low Impact Development Center, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, and American Rivers, to name a few. We commend you for your ongoing commitment to bringing more of us into the water conversation.

To view the Save the Date, please visit our website. Again, we hope each of you can join us!

May 4 Webinar ScreenshotMay 4 Flood Risk Webinar – Full Recording and PDF Now Available
On May 4, over 250 participants joined The Horinko Group for a webinar to discuss the status of Flood Risk Reduction 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. We would like to especially thank each of our presenters for making this event a true success. A great team effort!

The webinar recording and accompanying PowerPoint program are now posted on The Horinko Group’s website. To view and download, please click here.

The Horinko Group’s next webinar will take place in July 2011, featuring the timely topic of the Clean Water Act. For those seeking clarity on Section 404 jurisdiction, this will be of particular interest. Stay tuned to our webinar page as a date and time is finalized for this coming webinar.

Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership

Marianne Horinko Joins CEIL Advisory Council
Marianne Horinko, President of The Horinko Group has joined the Advisory Council of the Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership. “I am thrilled to join the leadership team at CEIL,” said Ms. Horinko. “CEIL embodies the core values of relying upon smart, market-based approaches to energy and environmental gains.”

Before founding The Horinko Group, Ms. Horinko served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste at EPA, and Acting Administrator in 2003. During her time at EPA she developed the National Approach to Response after her involvement in post September 11 environmental cleanup activities and the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster.

“Marianne brings a unique perspective to the Council and we look forward to her help in developing new private-public programming at GOVgreen,” says Ann Seltz, President, Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership.

Members of the Council help identify educational topics most valuable to government professionals charged with developing and implementing sustainable programs. Those educational topics are the basis for coverage on CEIL's web-based knowledge center as well as for CEIL's main event: CEIL's GOVgreen Conference & Exposition, taking place on November 30-December 1, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

WRAP: Rain Barrel at Sur Baher Girls SchoolWRAP Pilot Project Update May 2011: Sur Baher Girls School - East Jerusalem
The Water Resources Action Project’s (WRAP) comprehensive plan for its pilot project is now complete. The rain collection system, installed at the Sur Baher Girls School in East Jerusalem, has collected 34 cubic meters of rainwater, 3 times the volume of the reservoir. The school’s faculty has undergone extensive training to provide the necessary curriculum to the students with respect to overall purpose, process and resulting impacts from the system. The maintenance team is familiar with the technical aspects and the students are documenting water flow.

“I have to admit that the cooperation with the principal and the science team was inspiring,” says Amir Yechieli, Installation Contractor. “I believe the educational potential of running the system in the future will be fully accomplished.”

WRAP members, Bob Cole, Julie Weisman, and Brendan McGinnis, will be departing for the Middle East in mid-May. The group will identify additional schools throughout Israel, Jordan, and Palestine for future rain catchment installations.

The Horinko Group is a proud founding member of WRAP. For additional information on WRAP, please follow the project's progress at

Upcoming Events

The Horinko Group Water DivisionEnvironmental Policy Group (EPG) Luncheon
May 18, 2011 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET | Washington, DC
This month’s Environmental Policy Group luncheon will feature speaker Christian Holmes of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In February 2011, Mr. Holmes was named USAID’s first Global Water Policy Coordinator. In this role, he serves as the senior representative within USAID responsible for coordinating the implementation of key water policy initiatives, including USAID's water strategy, as well as related areas in the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, USAID Forward and the integration of the USAID water programs and policies with new agency initiatives that are critically dependent on water. The Horinko Group’s Water Division is proud to be this month’s luncheon sponsor.

To attend or receive future notices, contact Isaac Chapman at

RemTEC Summit 2011RemTEC Summit 2011: The Future of Remediation Technology
May 16 - 19, 2011 | Chicago, IL
The Horinko Group's President Marianne Horinko will be featured on a panel discussion titled, Future of Subsurface Remediation Efforts in the United States: Barriers to Success, at the RemTEC Summit in Chicago, IL on May 18, 2011. The panel will address new legal, technical, and policy advances in addressing intransigent groundwater contamination problems and will comprise of the following thought leaders:

  • Mike Kavanaugh, Principal, GeoSyntec (Panel Lead)
  • Paul Johnson, Dean of Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group
  • Allen Shapiro, Senior Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Kurt Pennell, Professor and Chair of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
The RemTEC Summit delivers a truly unique platform focused on advancing the environmental science and remediation industry. It is the place where you can hear essential sources of information on technology, application and policy affecting contaminated site restoration field from the world’s leading experts within the academic, regulatory, industry and environmental-consulting communities.

For more information or to register for this event, please visit the RemTEC Summit Website.

May is American Wetlands MonthMay 2011: Celebrate American Wetlands Month!
May marks the 21st anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time when federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, private sector organizations, and communities celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to the Nation's ecological, economic, and social health. It is also a great opportunity to discover and teach others about the important role that wetlands play in our environment and the significant benefits they provide – improved water quality, increased water storage and supply, reduced flood and storm surge risk, and critical habitat for plants, fish, and wildlife.

For additional information and to participate in this month’s exciting activities, click here.

Spotlight On...

Obama Administration Clean Water Framework

Obama Administration Releases National Clean Water Framework on April 27, 2011
On April 27, the Obama Administration released its national Clean Water Framework. The framework recognizes the importance of clean water and healthy watersheds to our economy, environment and communities, and emphasizes the importance of partnerships and coordination with states, local communities, stakeholders, and the public to protect public health and water quality, and promote the nation’s energy and economic security.

To download a PDF of the Clean Water Framework, click here.

To review the draft Clean Water Act guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, click here.

Featured Column

Excerpt from: "Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources"
Dick EngbergBy: Dick Engberg, Technical Director, American Water Resources Association
Certainly climate change is one of the hot button issues of our time. Recognizing this, the American Water Resources Association’s (AWRA) Spring Specialty Conference addressed climate change, but in a different way than other conferences on the subject. Many conferences have attempted to determine whether climate change is part of a natural cycle, whether it is occurring as a result of increased carbon dioxide emissions, or whether it is a combination of the natural cycle and the emissions.

The AWRA Conference held in Baltimore, MD, April 18-20, 2011, began with the premise that climate change, whatever its cause, is real, and because it is real, its impacts on water resources must be anticipated and managed in order to minimize their potential impacts on America’s population and economy. Therefore, the focus of this conference was on adaption issues, options, and strategies to manage climate change impacts on water resources.

Click here to read the remainder of the Featured Column.

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