Conference Schedule

(See detailed descriptions of sessions and field trips below)

TUESDAY, MAY 22

8:00 a.m. Registration

9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome
Remarks, Mayor Danene Sorace
Breakfast Address, Malinda Clatterbuck, Lancaster Against Pipelines

Morning Sessions 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Two-hour Workshops: 
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.

TMDL: Don't be Fazed by Phase III
Agriculture: Innovative Agriculture Collaborations
Communications: Media Relations “Boot Camp”  

One Hour Session 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Turning Rooftop Runoff into Food: Innovative Community Gardens
Connie Ray, Hood College, Drew Ferrier, Director of the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies, Claire Hudson, Coastal Studies Program Coordinator at the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

One Hour Session 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Crafting Pollutant Reduction Plans for Small Bay Communities
Tom Schueler, Chesapeake Stormwater Network, David Wood, Stormwater Coordinator, Chesapeake Stormwater Network

12:00 p.m. Lunch and Plenary
Panel Discussion with Secretary Russ Redding, Secretary Cindy Dunn, and Secretary Patrick McDonnell

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Afternoon sessions  

How Environmental Justice is the New Bay Restoration
Carla Johns, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Alayna Chuney, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Tremayne Terry, Capital Region Water,
Claire Maulhardt, Capital Region Water

Economical BMP Implementation through Science Based Modeling
Jeff Swinehart, Lancaster Farmland Trust

Making Your Campaign Newsworthy: A Case Study
Stephanie Wein, PennEnvironment

Targeting Industrial Stormwater: The Many-Faced Threat of Toxic Pollution to Waterways and Communities
David Flores, Center for Progressive Reform, Sylvia Lam, Attorney, Environmental Integrity Project, Evan Issacson, Center for Progressive Reform
 

2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Field Trips

  1. Paddling, Macros and Snorkeling Oh My! (SOLD OUT) - Kayaking, macroinvertebrate testing, and snorkeling

  2. Franklin & Marshall Green Walking Tour - Green infrastructure project walking tour

  3. Susquehanna Petroglyphs Paddling Experience *LEAVING AT 1:30!* (SOLD OUT) - Canoeing on the Susquehanna (

  4. Good Food, Healthy Farms, & Clean Water (SOLD OUT) - Farm and Co-op tours

  5. Plainsect Dairy Farm Tour (SOLD OUT) - Agricultural BMP tour on local dairy farm

  6. Lancaster City Green Infrastructure Bike Tour (SOLD OUT) - Green infrastructure bike tour around Lancaster

  7. The Susquehanna by Sky (SOLD OUT) - Flight with SouthWings over the Conowingo Dam 

  8. Making Pictures That Make People Care - Outdoor photography training 

  9. Mindfulness Session - Being creative in your environment
     

6:30 - 10:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner, The Farm at Eagles Ridge
Shuttles to Farm (6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)

Shuttles to Marriott (9:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

7:30 a.m. Registration

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Free Yoga Session (Sign Up Required)

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

Young Professionals of Color Mentorship Program Kick Off
Breakfast Roundtables

9:00 a.m. Plenary Panel
The Business of Clean Water 

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Morning Workshops and Sessions

Two-Hour Workshops: 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Equity: A Community Approach to Approaching a Community: Best Practices for Successful Engagement
Shale:  Protecting Communities from the Pipeline Invasion

Sessions: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Restoring our Waterways with Healthy Soils
Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, PASA / Farmer, Village Acres Farm & FoodShed, Bill Chain, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lamonte Garber, Watershed Restoration Coordinator, Stroud Water Research Center

Influencing the Influencers
Chris Klarich, Delaware Nature Society
Ezra Thrush, PennFuture

Morning Sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Big Spring Run: Science Based Wetland Restoration
Joe Sweeny, Water Science Institute, Dorothy Merritts, PhD, Robert Walter, PhD

Mobilizing the Faith Community
Jodi Rose, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Rev. Sandra Strauss, Director of Advocacy and Ecumenical Outreach, Pennsylvania Council of Churches

11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Keynote
Nicole Lee, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Expert

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Afternoon sessions

How can behaving inclusively deepen our environmental impact?
Moira Wilkinson, Moira Wilkinson Consulting

Deep Blue See: Photography, Art, and Community Engagement
Michel Anderson, Blue Water Baltimore

Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and You
Jamie Baxter, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network

Riparian Forest Buffers for Pollinators and Wildlife
Ryan Davis, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

Achieving Equity Across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Skeo

Engaging Non-Traditional Citizen Scientists in Clean Water Work
Carol Parenzan, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper

Where the Map Meets the Mud: Watershed Assessment
Matt Royer, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, Kristen Kyler, Project Coordinator, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, Sarah Xenophon, Watershed Technician, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center

PA Abandoned Mines, RECLAIM Act, & Reclamation: Community Outreach
Robert Hughes, Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
 

3:45 p.m. - Conference Ends


Field trips:

Paddling, Macros and Snorkeling Oh My! (SOLD OUT)
Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Audubon Naturalist Society, NorthBay Education Foundation, Shanks Mare
Participants will paddle the Susquehanna River from Shanks Mare to Fishing creek. Once at Fishing Creek participants will explore the benthic macroinvertebrate community and learn how to conduct benthic macroinvertebrate assessments. If conditions permit, participants will snorkel Fishing creek.  Participants will experience activities that connect people to rivers, will learn the basics of how to conduct benthic macroinvertebrate analysis trips, and how to conduct river snorkeling trips. 

Franklin & Marshall Green Walking Tour
Franklin & Marshall
This is a walking tour of campus and the adjacent city park. Included will be rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement, swales and more. The theme will be the college's effort to reduce storm water runoff and its harmful effect on streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Mention will be made of work by F&M professors in the field of dam removal and wetland restoration as well as the college's efforts to conserve water.

Susquehanna Petroglyphs Paddling Experience *LEAVING AT 1:30!* (SOLD OUT)
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
After a short safety/instructional discussion, participants will paddle from the Safe Harbor Recreation Area on the Connestoga Creek to the Susquehanna River where they will visit a small rock outcrop in the middle of the river. The site is covered with petroglyphs produced by early native Americans. Dr. Carr with share with us his knowledge of the site and its inhabitants before we continue our paddle down the Susquehanna to our destination on Pequea Creek. This 2 hour paddle should be comfortable for paddlers with limited experience.

Good Food, Healthy Farms, & Clean Water (SOLD OUT)
Lancaster Farmland Trust
This mobile seminar, hosted by Lancaster Farmland Trust, will introduce attendees to Lancaster County agriculture as an integral part of a local food system. Attendees will learn about farmland preservation, agricultural production, the Amish farming community, and sustainable farming practices that position agriculture as a solution to water pollution. Participants will visit Lancaster Central Market, the country’s oldest farmers’ market; Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, a non-pro􀀀t organic farmers’ cooperative of over 100 family farmers, and a preserved Amish farm with sustainable farming practices. Please dress appropriately for walking on a farm.

Plainsect Dairy Farm Tour
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Meet Henry Fisher, a young Amish dairy farmer that worked with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to bring his farm into compliance. Mr. Fisher is located in the Nickel Mines subwatershed of the Octoraro Creek Watershed. The Alliance supported Mr. Fisher to install a manure storage facility, stabilize his barnyard, and control the stormwater on his farm. From his work with the Alliance, Mr. Fisher developed a passion for conservation and the health of his watershed. 
Franklin & Marshall Green Walking Tour

Lancaster City Green Infrastructure Bike Tour (SOLD OUT)
City of Lancaster
This three-hour bicycle tour will provide participants an opportunity to view more than ten of the City’s green infrastructure program implementation projects and talk to staff, property owners, and contractors with 􀀀rsthand knowledge of the projects. The various projects exemplify the City’s key approaches to saving costs by integrating green infrastructure into public works processes and partnerships with private property owners. The City will provide comfortable, easy to ride bikes from its bike share program. The route will use city streets with and without on-street bicycle facilities, so participants should be comfortable riding with traffic.

The Susquehanna by Sky (SOLD OUT)
SouthWings
Join volunteer SouthWings pilots and issue experts from the Susquehanna Heritage on a guided aerial tour of the Susquehanna River and the Conowingo Dam system to learn more about the pollution threat posed to the Bay, land conservation in Lancaster county, and connectivity between the Susquehanna the surrounding watershed.  While aboard consider how your organization may use conservation through aviation as a tool to highlight your priority issues from the air and influence environmental decision making.   

Making Pictures That Make People Care
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Pictures have made people care about the environment for 150 years. Today they are also one of the strongest ways to get attention online, especially on social media. Knowing a few basic skills will help you use visual communication consistently and effectively, in order to tell stories with emotional impact. This session will introduce different types of successful photos as well as the creative devices that anyone can use to make better pictures. Attendees should come with questions about their own photographic challenges, and should bring their smartphone cameras in order to test some techniques and get live feedback. 

Mindfulness Session
FoxHaven Farm
We will take a contemplative walk downtown connecting to nature in an urban environment at the start of this workshop. Through group discussions, mindfulness exercises, games and meditations – we will focus on: Introducing mindfulness, revealing why experiencing nature is essential for well-being, enjoying mindfulness & sensory games and meditations, and exploring why being mindful of nature is essential for creating a more sustainable world.


Two-Hour Workshops:

Agriculture: TBA

Communications: Media Relations "Boot Camp"
During this session, we’ll do some role playing to help you feel more comfortable talking to reporters and confident about when and how to pitch your organization’s stories. You’ll leave the session with concrete tools you can use to help build media lists, determine what is news and what isn’t, pitch reporters, write press releases and other media statements, find get your organization’s issues covered when reporters aren’t interested, and more. This session is ideal for organizations with smaller communications offices, or where the staff person designated to handle media relations has multiple duties (we’ve been there!). Those with more communications experience will find a great space to share success and their own tips and cautionary tales with colleagues.

Equity: A Community Approach to Approaching a Community: Best Practices for Successful Engagement
Building transparency through collaboration is essential to the success of our clean water movement. During this workshop we will unpack how watershed organizations can become better allies with those facing environmental injustices in their region. From a community perspective, we will explore barriers to meaningful engagement and will identify best practices to build better partnerships with community leaders working on the ground. This workshop will feature a panel discussion and breakout sessions.

Shale: Protecting Communities from the Pipeline Invasion
Join this workshop to hear from six different activists - all battling different pipelines with different tactics and strategies. Each presenter will provide a case study on a particular tactic, discuss what went well and what didn’t, and provide helpful advice for other pipeline fights.  Participants will have a chance to engage with the panelists in small groups and take a deeper dive into the issues. Specific topics will include community outreach, advocacy, legal tactics, technology, communications, coalition building, nonviolent action, and art. Participants will walk away with new insights to energize their own work, whether against pipelines or  another threat.

TMDL: Don't be Fazed by Phase III
The midpoint assessment and Phase III WIPs are an important opportunity for the Choose Clean Water Coalition to influence the second half of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. To take advantage of this opportunity, the Coalition is developing an advocacy plan with the goal of supporting each state in meeting its 2025 goals. The plan is designed to identify leverage points and advocacy opportunities that will help shape the midpoint assessment decisions and WIP development processes and set the stage for more targeted state-level advocacy on the issues that will be needed to achieve WIP commitments and TMDL goals. Join this session to hear an update on TMDL progress and assist in developing this advocacy plan for a crucial point in the Bay clean-up. Participants will have the opportunity to work with state-specific breakout groups to determine key actions in their state and ensure their states actions are included in the watershed-wide approach.

Sessions:

Michel Anderson, Blue Water Baltimore
Deep Blue See: Photography, Art, and Community Engagement

At Blue Water Baltimore we know that nobody understands the solutions to the complex challenges facing an urban neighborhood better than its residents. Photovoice is an internationally utilized, grassroots research method that enables a community to identify, represent, and enhance their surroundings through an artistic process. It uses the immediacy of photography and storytelling to furnish evidence and promote an effective, participatory means of sharing expertise to influence public policy. This session will explain the photovoice method and how it was used in two Baltimore City neighborhoods.

Jamie Baxter, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network
Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and You

Are you still waiting for the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network (CBFN) to knock on your front door with huge check for a million bucks? Whether you are or have given up on that for some time, this session is for you! Engage directly with staff and foundation members of the CBFN to learn more about who and what they are, the latest trends in funding and provide your input on how they could help strengthen the collective clean water movement in the region.

David Flores, Center for Progressive Reform
Sylvia Lam, Attorney, Environmental Integrity Project
Evan Issacson, Center for Progressive Reform
Targeting Industrial Stormwater: The Many-Faced Threat of Toxic Pollution to Waterways and Communities

Like construction sites and city streets, many industrial facilities are regulated by state permits for polluted stormwater discharges. But no two industrial facilities are the same, and the types of toxic pollutants discharged are varied. Industrial stormwater discharges can be substantial sources of contamination for rural, suburban, and urban waterways. In communities with high densities of industrial facilities, the public health ramifications of industrial stormwater regulation may be less familiar than that of air pollution, but they are not insignificant. This session will provide a ‘soup-to-nuts’ primer on industrial stormwater for advocates, focused on understanding the pollution source, how it is regulated, and how advocates can ensure accountability and pollution reductions through permit and enforcement advocacy.

Robert Hughes, Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)
PA Abandoned Mines, RECLAIM Act, & Reclamation: Community Outreach

The presentation will describe what the PA Abandoned Mine Lands Campaign is, its members, and what the coalition of organizations across PA support and advocate for in relation to abandoned mine reclamation. The presentation will also highlight and update attendees on the Surface Mining Control & Reclamation Act Title IV Fee Reauthorization efforts in PA and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Discussions will be around why PA has been so successful in leveraging state, federal, foundation, private sector, co-gen, and coal industry funds to reclaim abandoned mine sites, remediate rivers and streams polluted by past mining practices, and build strong coalitions in underserved communities to improve the quality of life in the coal.

Carla Johns, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Alayna Chuney, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Tremayne Terry, Capital Region Water
Claire Maulhardt, Capital Region Water
How Environmental Justice is the New Bay Restoration

We have seen a positive shift in the Bay watershed that is now looking at a new way of restoration: Creating an environmentally-just Bay through policy, environmental justice grants, and community engagement. This will be a joint session with speakers from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Capital Region Water of Harrisburg, PA. We will explore ways to reduce polluted stormwater runoff, increase community engagement, discuss legal ways to bring awareness to environmental justice, and look at current projects that are being implemented to increase Bay restoration in South-Central Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Chris Klarich, Delaware Nature Society
Ezra Thrush, PennFuture
Emily Rinaldi, PennFuture

Kristin Zilcosky, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters & Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania
Influencing the Influencers & Citizen Advocacy in the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River Watersheds

Whether it is convincing county park supervisors to plant riparian buffers, asking school superintendents to permit classes to take off-site field trips or soliciting a funder for a project or program, building support among key individuals and groups can help you persuade decision-makers and achieve your desired goal. In this session, we will explore, learn and delve into best practices for how you can engage your constituents, colleagues, and community in ways that will empower and create opportunities for them to be the champion you need. Staff from Delaware Nature Society and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania will share their experiences and current work.

Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake
Hannah Smith-Brubaker, PASA / Farmer, Village Acres Farm & FoodShed
Bill Chain, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Lamonte Garber, Stroud Water Research Center

It’s time we stop treating soil like dirt. By improving the overall health of soil, farmers have the ability to reduce runoff during storm events, increase water infiltration, "capture" crop nutrients, and reduce fertilizer use. Healthy soils can also fight climate change, preserve biodiversity, and increase farmer yields. Learn about the science behind and practice of building soil health, how it protects our waterways, policy levers to promote these farming practices, and how this issue can build bridges with nontraditional allies.

Carol Parenzan, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Engaging Non-Traditional Citizen Scientists in Clean Water Work

What do prisoners, paddlers, pipeline construction monitors, parochial school students, plain sect communities, interfaith community members, university students, passengers on a paddlewheel riverboat, dog walkers, “coal crackers,” and one energetic puppy have in common? They are all engaged in citizen scientist work with Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper. In this session, explore outside the traditional citizen scientist box and discover ways to engage community members in your clean water work. This highly-interactive session will include a hands-on, mind-mapping exercise to expand your current thinking about community connections and move participants from connecting through activities to caring about and advocating for clean water.

Connie Ray, Hood College
Drew Ferrier, Director of the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
Claire Hudson, Coastal Studies Program Coordinator at the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
Turning Rooftop Runoff into Food: Innovative Community Gardens

This session will explore the issue of stormwater runoff in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and present one creative way a group in Frederick, MD is involving the community in addressing it. Learn about how community organizations in Frederick are working together to install unique vegetable rain gardens that divert stormwater runoff to serve a productive purpose – growing fresh vegetables for disadvantaged members of the community.

Jodi Rose, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
Rev. Sandra Strauss, Director of Advocacy and Ecumenical Outreach, Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Mobilizing the Faith Community

The faith community is a critical partner in the fight to restore clean water. Mobilizing this sector requires understanding what motivates them. Come hear about successful collaborations with -- and within -- the faith community and the underlying lessons about those successes. Then, discuss in small groups, how to translate these lessons into your own context.

Matt Royer, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center
Kristen Kyler, Project Coordinator, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center
Sarah Xenophon, Watershed Technician, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center
Where the Map Meets the Mud: Watershed Assessment

 The development of a comprehensive watershed assessment method by Penn State’s Agriculture and Environment Center supports municipalities, landowners, and scientists in prioritizing implementation of best management practices. This assessment can be replicated in a variety of regions at varying scales and for a broad range of uses. Additionally, it requires minimal training and low capital investment, making this strategic method widely accessible and cost effective. By integrating commonly available tools and models, while approaching assessment with scientific accuracy and practical application, the Center has created a process to supply prioritized projects for long-term planning, implementation, and monitoring.

Tom Schueler, Chesapeake Stormwater Network
David Wood, Stormwater Coordinator, Chesapeake Stormwater Network
Crafting Pollutant Reduction Plans for Small Bay Communities

 A majority of developed lands in the Bay watershed are located in small communities that are regulated by Phase 2 MS4 stormwater permits or are not regulated at all. This workshop session will present new methods to help communities expand their efforts at Bay restoration, that are especially geared to the headwater states of PA, NY and WV. This session will also feature effective strategies for the advocacy community to be a local catalyst for greater effort

Joe Sweeny, Water Science Institute
Dorothy Merritts, PhD
Robert Walter, PhD
Big Spring Run: Science Based Wetland Restoration

Big Spring Run is one of the most successful wetland restoration sites in the country. Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania agricultural watershed headwaters, it has been the subject of over 20 years of pre- and post-restoration scientific study by a wide range of academic and governmental institutions including Franklin & Marshall College, EPA, Pennsylvania DEP and the US Geological Survey. Led by the principal investigators, Drs. Dorothy Merritts and Robert Walter of Franklin and Marshall College/Water Science Institute with Jeffrey Hartranft of PA DEP this session will cover the background, methods and results of the project.

Jeff Swinehart, Lancaster Farmland Trust
Economical BMP Implementation through Science Based Modeling

East Lampeter Township in Lancaster County with 140+ Old Order Amish farmers presents a challenge regarding outreach, engagement and BMP implementation. Lancaster Farmland Trust utilized a farm-to-farm, face-to-face approach to gather data related to BMPs on all farms. The data collected was processed via a modelling program to identify cost-effective BMPs to make water quality improvements, while simultaneously assisting the township with MS4 compliance.

Stephanie Wein, PennEnvironment
Making your campaign newsworthy: A Case Study

In a world where many of the policies around which we work seem difficult or obscure to the general public, how do we make them compelling, newsworthy and comprehensible to the general public? We’ll use the case study of PennEnvironment’s series of reports entitled “Rough Waters Ahead”, which told the story of the impact that proposed cuts to the EPA budget would have on the watersheds of the Susquehanna, the Delaware River, Lake Erie, and Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers and their tributaries. This presentation will discuss strategies to improve the likelihood of news coverage, and to garner support and understanding from the general public for policy issues that can often be complicated and confusing.

Moira Wilkinson, Moira Wilkinson Consulting
How can behaving inclusively deepen our environmental impact?

 As the cost of clean water rises in the United States, access to it decreases. In the six Chesapeake Bay Watershed states, between 12.7 and 24 percent of children live in poverty, with Black, Hispanic and Native American children over-represented in this population. Awareness is growing among organizations committed to water restoration of the need to include the people most affected by the problems, in bringing about the solutions. This workshop employs a ‘learn by doing’ approach to equity by introducing participants to three Inclusive Engagement tools that individuals and institutions can use to meet their goals more effectively and deepen their impact for environmental justice.
 

Ryan Davis, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Riparian Forest Buffers for Pollinators and Wildlife

Riparian forest buffers are critical for water quality. They are also a potential lifeline for animals that would otherwise have no habitat in our modern agricultural landscape. Many species which were once common now face steep declines and extirpation due to changing land use and agricultural practices. This includes pollinators, which are cornerstones of our ecosystems and economy. Riparian forest buffers can be designed to provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife species with just a few tweaks, and these added benefits of buffers can be a powerful motivator for landowners considering conservation on the farm.