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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

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Translating Science for Comprehensive and Environmental Plans

  • Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Laboratory, Horn Point Laboratory 2020 Horns Point Road Cambridge, MD, 21613 United States (map)

Join APA Maryland and University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science for an exciting and educational workshop. Learn about the challenges of applying science to planning strategies and more! You can check out the workshop program HERE.

Look forward to guest speakers:

Dr. Josh Ginsberg, President, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
“From Global to Local: Five Reasons to be Optimistic about Climate Change"

With the ice caps melting, sea levels rising, oceans acidifying, and extreme weather events becoming commonplace, the impacts of climate change are clearly accelerating. With the US proposed withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords, and more generally a political environment that is toxic to science, how can one remain optimistic about the future of the planet? In this lecture, Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York,  will argue that we need to harvest optimism and ensure that our science helps us address the problems that will face us as we work towards a more sustainable, and less scary, future. Dr. Ginsberg will look at global and national trends in meeting the Paris targets, examine how energy production is shifting in favor of renewables, discuss how regulatory frameworks (international and domestic) have been successful in addressing other major air pollution challenges,  and discuss some trends in the recovery of key sentinel species to argue that there is reason for hope.

Dr. Ming Li, UMCES Professor
“Sea level rise, changing tides, and stronger storm surge in Chesapeake Bay”

Climate change, sea-level rise, and associated storms are putting Maryland’s people, property, natural resources, and public investments at risk. Sea-level rise and ocean warming may produce unexpectedly high sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay and cause extensive flooding in Maryland. Dr. Li will describe the regional impact of climate change and extreme weather events on the Chesapeake Bay. He will also show how different coastline management options lead to dramatic differences in the response of tidal ranges and storm surges to sea-level rise.

Brian Ambrette, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
“Getting from science to decision making”

The Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Partnership is currently engaged in a project to produce county-scale sea level rise planning scenarios and translate them into actionable, science-based local policy recommendations for reducing flood risk. This presentation will explore key components of this translation process: regionalism; participatory engagement; and the integration of multiple scientific, planning, and policy disciplines.

Zoe Johnson, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
“Climate change and planning”

Peter Claggett, USGS, Chesapeake Bay Program
“Crediting land use planning and conservation towards meeting the Bay TMDL”

The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) mandates that all Best Management Practices (BMPs) needed to meet water quality standards in the Bay are installed by 2025 and that jurisdictions must account for potential growth in pollutant loads over time.  BMPs approved for use in restoring water quality include a long list of engineered practices to control and treat point and non-point sources of pollution.  Examples of approved BMPs include wastewater treatment and septic system upgrades, stormwater detention and infiltration facilities, fertilizer and manure management, and stream restoration.  For the first time in the 35-year history of the Bay restoration effort, land use planning and land conservation are now included on the list of approved BMPs.   Land use planning is arguably the most cost-effective BMP and the first action that is considered when developing long-term ecosystem restoration strategies.  This presentation will discuss how land use planning and land conservation actions are recognized and credited towards the Bay TMDL. 

Rich Hall, New Castle County Department of Land Use
“Planning and land use”

Learn how improved land use analysis has helped advance smart growth policies and technical assistance.  Learn how to engage the public with this information!

Lisa Craig, Director of Resilience with Michael Baker International & Principal for The Craig Group, LLC, "Weather It Together Initiative"

Launched in 2013 as a preservation planning tool for incorporating cultural and historic resource considerations into hazard mitigation planning, the Weather It Together initiative has received accolades from the State of Maryland, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and FEMA as a model for resiliency planning in historic communities.  Using the "how-to" guidance developed by FEMA for Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Planning, a community-based project team partnered with 30+ public agencies and private organizations to develop the nation's first CRHMP focused on addressing the impacts of flooding on the Annapolis Historic Landmark District.  This presentation will review the four essential planning steps: Organizing Resources, Assessing Risk, Setting Priorities and Writing the Plan and Implementation Considerations, providing some tips and techniques for replicating the planning process in other historic communities.

Please join on the FB event page HERE.

Purchase workshop tickets HERE.

Earlier Event: April 26
Light Rail 2018
Later Event: April 28
Baltimore WaterCycle 2018