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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 9, September 2011

2011 Water Resources SummitOctober 25 Water Resources Summit Draws Near
The Horinko Group's October 25 Water Resources Summit is less two months away. Register soon to ensure you don’t miss this important dialogue!

Sustaining Our Nation’s Water Resources – Answering the Call for Stewardship
October 25, 2011
The University of Maryland at College Park

To view the full agenda and register, please visit the Summit Website at

Adaptations to Protect Physical Infrastructure in a Changing Climate
September 28, 2011 | Next Installment in SSF's Free Webinar Series | Register
Security and Sustainability ForumThe Security and Sustainability Forum launched its Adaptation and National Security Webinar Series earlier this year. The webinars, designed as a complimentary 5-part series, seek to assist practitioners from government, industry and academia to better understand and promote effective measures to adapt to the complexities of a changing climate.

The series continues on September 28 with Session 3 – Adaptations to Protect Physical Infrastructure in a Changing Climate – moderated by Lynn Scarlett, Former Department of Interior Deputy Secretary. Her panel will include:

  • Lindeen Patton, Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Financial Services;

  • Kevin Shafer, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and President, National Clean Water Association; and,

  • Paul Harrison, the Senior Director of the Environmental Defense Fund's Mississippi River Delta Restoration Project.

Visit the SSF website to register for this webinar, access past sessions, and stay tuned for future installments.

World Rivers DayCelebrate 2011 World Rivers Day!
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways, highlighting the many values of rivers while striving to increase public awareness and encourage the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

Activities are taking place in countries around the world including Australia, Canada, Russia, India, Bangladesh, and the United States. For information on how you can participate, visit the World Rivers Day website at:

Upcoming Events

Resources for the Future RFF Seminar "Managing Extreme Events in our Rivers and Coastal Areas: Reflections on the Dutch Approach"
September 14, 2011 | 8:30 – 10:00am EDT | Washington, DC
In the Netherlands, water management is a daily activity. Without dikes and coastal dunes, close to two-thirds of the country would be under water. Building on centuries of water management, the Netherlands has recently adopted a policy of "Room for the Rivers" as part of a new Delta Program to improve flood risk management in the face of a changing climate. What have the Dutch learned from their long history in managing water and their new flood policies? Can their experience offer any lessons for the United States?

During this breakfast seminar, Wim Kuijken, the Netherlands’ Delta Commissioner, will offer remarks on what his country has learned about floodplain and flood risk management and discuss new policies his country is adopting. Other panelists will provide commentary on the context of the issues in the United States, U.S. experiences with flood risk management, and emerging policy options going forward.

To register for this seminar or for additional information, visit

Paul Yaroshack at the most recent EPG LuncheonEnvironmental Policy Group (EPG) Luncheon
September 21, 2011 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Washington, DC
On September 21, the Environmental Policy Group welcomes Jonathan Smith, co-founder of DC-based Blue Legacy International. Mr. Smith is an expert in cause marketing, message management and grassroots advocacy, and in 2008 joined with Alexandra Cousteau to create and launch Blue Legacy International. This month’s EPG luncheon will feature a presentation and discussion about how non-profit organizations, governments and communities are collaborating to deliver a new model of environmental restoration in the Colorado River Delta.

The luncheon will be hosted at The Horinko Group offices, located at 2300 N Street NW on the First Floor in the Training Room. To RSVP and attend or to receive future luncheon notices, please contact Isaac Chapman at

First Biennial RiverWatch SymposiumFirst Biennial Illinois RiverWatch Symposium
Peoria, IL | October 4, 2011
The first Biennial RiverWatch Symposium will be held on October 4 in Peoria, Illinois. The event will highlight the progress of the RiverWatch program including over 15 years of citizen scientist research being made available to the public for the first time. Everyone with an interest in their local streams, water quality, or volunteer programs is encouraged to attend. The RiverWatch Symposium is hosted and sponsored by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center and the Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System.

To submit a poster, register, or for more information, click here to visit the website.

Charting New Waters Save the Date: Colorado Regional Freshwater Forum
October 18, 2011 | 9:00am – 5:00pm | Denver, CO
On October 18, Charting New Waters (link to website) is hosting the Colorado Regional Freshwater Forum. This one-day event will bring together a diverse group of water leaders and experts from Colorado and other parts of the United States to exchange ideas and insights about how Colorado is addressing its most vexing freshwater challenges and the implications for national solutions.

For additonal information about Charting New Waters, visit their website at

Spotlight On...

Wildlife Habitat Council: 23rd Annual Symposium

Wildlife Habitat Council Announces 23rd Annual Symposium
November 14 - 15, 2011 | Baltimore, MD
Join the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) for its 23rd Annual Symposium, People, Partnerships and Pathways, November 14-15, 2011, at the Hilton Baltimore in Maryland.

This year’s conference will explore the many ways individuals are connected through the mission of the WHC: connecting wildlife through corridors projects, connecting people to nature, and connecting communities through partnerships. Innovative sessions will explore a diverse array of topics, with activities focusing on education and collaboration. Participate in hands-on workshops or explore the natural world on an outdoor field trip.

Online registration ends November 2. To register or for additional information, click here.

Featured Column

Podcast: "A Focus on Water with G. Tracy Mehan"
textBy: G. Tracy Mehan, Principal, The Cadmus Group
Podcast made available courtesy of the Center of Environmental Innovation and Leadership

The Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership (CEIL) recently released a copy of its Green Government Podcast Episode 21: A Focus on Water with G. Tracy Mehan. This podcast focused on water, wastewater and the role of water in green infrastructure and urban planning with Tracy Mehan of the Cadmus Group.

Mr. Mehan has been involved in the regulation of wastewater and drinking water infrastructure for decades. He currently leads the Cadmus Group in advising clients on water-related issues, including the Safe Water Drinking Act and Clean Water Act. Previously, he served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. EPA.

Click here to listen to the full podcast.

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