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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 11, November 2011

Proceedings Now Available from October 25 Water Resources SummitWater Governance Panel - 2011 Summit
The Summit program, proceedings, speaker presentations, and photos are now available for easy download at The Horinko Group’s Website.

Making the transition from being individual water users to cooperating water stewards was the underlying theme of The Horinko Group's Second Annual Water Resources Summit. The gathering convened 116 participants to the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland on October 25, 2011 to discuss answers and insights for developing a more integrated strategy for a sustainable water future through collaborative stewardship.

In the months ahead, The Horinko Group will be announcing its 2012 discussion topics aimed to tackle a number of specific and compelling water resource issues that emerged during the Summit that warrants further discussion and action. We will continue to utilize our website and other mediums to keep you informed as our efforts progress.

EPA Approves New Water Quality Standards for Chicago River
Ice floating on a frozen Chicago RiverEarlier this month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency approved the State of Illinois’ revised water quality standards for the Chicago River system.  The U.S. EPA announced in May of this year that Illinois would need to upgrade its water quality standards to protect the health and safety of people using the Chicago and Calumet Rivers for recreational purposes.  Officials at the EPA and members of the Illinois government were pleased with the quick response by both state and local officials to raise quality and adopt these new standards. 

Read the full press release issued by EPA by visiting

Corps Mississippi Valley Division Welcomes New Commander – Meet Major General PeabodyNew Mississippi Valley Division Commander Peabody
On November 10, in a formal change of command ceremony, Major General Michael J. Walsh transferred command of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to Major General John W. Peabody.

Maj. Gen. Peabody comes to Vicksburg from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was Commander and Division Engineer of the Corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.  Previous commands include the 618th Engineer Company (Light Equipment) (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division; the 299th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, the Engineer Brigade for the 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and the Pacific Ocean Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Maj. Gen. Walsh, MVD Commander and President of the Mississippi River Commission since February 2008, has been assigned as the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

Upcoming Events

CWAA Water PrizeFree Webinar: United States Water Prize Winner Webinar Series
November 17, 2011 | 3:00-4:00pm EST
Sponsored by the Clean Water America Alliance, the U.S. Water Prize seeks to honor any U.S.-based institution, organization, or individual whose project or initiative represents effective innovation in ensuring water sustainability by advancing holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges.  Initiatives may be in the following topic areas: education, public awareness, research, technology, water resource management, or policy development.  The Alliance awarded five U.S. Water Prizes in 2011 and believes the award program will encourage and inspire continued innovation in the clean water arena. 

The second webinar in the Water & Wastes Digest/Clean Water America Alliance series will recognize the National Great Rivers Research & Education Center and the Milwaukee Water Council.  An August 31 webinar featured the City of Los Angeles.

For additional information and to register, visit the website at

The Horinko Group Moderates Green Infrastructure Panel at GOVgreen Conference
GOVgreen ConferenceNovember 30 – December 1, 2011
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

On November 30, The Horinko Group’s Water Division Team Leader, Patrick McGinnis, will moderate a seasoned panel of public and private restoration and planning experts to provide insight into upcoming policy decisions that could impact the growth of green infrastructure practices and the sustainable landscaping sector as a whole. The panel entitled, Greening Our Nation’s Backyard – Green Infrastructure, Low Impact Development, and Sustainable Landscapes, will provide lessons learned and case studies will seek to connect the dots to reveal how federal, state and local governments and the contracting community can work more effectively together to service contracts, while staying on time, within budget, and ensuring sustainable results.

For an overview of the panel, visit our website at

GOVgreen is the one event where government stakeholders can go for education and exhibits exclusively devoted to meeting the mandates to green the government outlined in Executive Order 13514.  This year’s event features 180 exhibitors and 25 different learning sessions.  Conference registration is free to government and military professionals.  The exhibit floor is free to all.

For additional information on the GOVgreen Conference and to register, visit the GOVgreen website at

The Security and Sustainability Forum’s Adaptation Webinar Series
Session Four | December 15, 2011 | 2:00 3:30pm EST – Register Free Now
Security and Sustainability ForumRegistration is now open for Session 4 of SSF’s Adaptation Webinar Series entitled, Public Health Adaptations. Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and President of the International Association for Ecology and Health, will moderate a panel of experts on how climate impacts public health planning and administration on a global scale.

Visit the Security and Sustainability Forum’s website for additional information and to register

Spotlight On...

G Tracy Mehan III

The Business of Water: It Is Time to Embrace a New Model for Water Services
Authored by G. Tracy Mehan, Principal, The Cadmus Group
Published by BNA Daily Environment Report

Water utilities in America are facing the sobering truth that there is nowhere else to turn other than to a model of business self-sufficiency for the financial and technical resources necessary to carry out their mission, according to G. Tracy Mehan III, the author of this article. He says that in a strange twist of fate, water utilities must become more business-like in how they value their water, wastewater, and more critically, their very sophisticated and capital-intensive services. They will have to manage water demand as much as water supply, and price the resources effectively while accounting for the poor and needy within their service areas.

This article was published by BNA’s Daily Environment Report in conjunction with the Second Annual Water Resources Summit, Sustaining Our Nation’s Water Resources Summit—Answering the Call for Stewardship, sponsored by The Horinko Group. This event focused on governance, advocacy, and the business of water. The author moderated the latter panel.

To download a PDF of the full article from our website, visit

To download a PDF of BNA’s coverage of the October 25 Water Resources Summit from our website, visit

Featured Column

Excerpt From: "The Path Forward via Partnerships and a Stewardship Ethic"
Donna Ayres, Senior Advisor, The Horinko GroupBy: Donna Ayres, Senior Advisor, The Horinko Group
The Horinko Group’s Water Division welcomed 116 people from government, business, NGOs, and academia to its Second Annual Water Resources Summit at the University of Maryland on October 25, 2011. Brendan McGinnis, Director of the Water Division, highlighted in his opening remarks the opportunity for all to engage in a continuing informed dialogue about one of our most challenging issues –the security of our common water future. The themes for the all-day event were rooted in collaboration and partnerships, calling attention to the critical importance of cooperation, transparency, inclusiveness, and action.

Three panels of esteemed representatives from government, advocacy groups, and the business sector celebrated success stories, shared lessons learned, and provided abundant examples, ideas, and answers to audience questions about how official and informal organizations are advancing a stewardship ethic related to water.

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