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Delaware River Basin Forum: Highlights . Vicky Binetti US Environmental Protection Agency, Region III. May 19, 2011. FORUM OBJECTIVES: Heighten awareness of issues and decisions affecting water resources—now and future—in the Delaware River Basin

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delaware river basin forum highlights

Delaware River Basin Forum:Highlights

Vicky Binetti

US Environmental Protection Agency, Region III

May 19, 2011

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FORUM OBJECTIVES:

Heighten awareness of issues and decisions affecting water resources—now and future—in the Delaware River Basin

Connect basin-wide and local actors, issues and needs

Create a framework for ongoing collaboration among officials, planners, water suppliers and other stakeholders and practitioners

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ABOUT THE FORUM:

    • Sponsored by the Source Water Collaborative
    • Staged by Local Planning Team
      • EPA Regions 2 & 3 -- NJ DEP
      • DRBC -- NY DOH, NY DEC
      • DE DNREC & DE DHSS -- PA DEP
    • Concurrent, coordinated events at six locations
      • Central event in Philadelphia
      • Five “satellite” sites: DE, NJ, NY and PA (2)
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ABOUT THE FORUM (cont’d):

    • “Green meeting” practices – minimize environmental footprint
      • Travel reduced: attend nearest meeting to participate, or view where you are
      • Website, electronic media used for communications
      • Limited printing, “eco-junk”
    • >400 participants registered at 6 locations, scores viewing throughout the day
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Sullivan County Community College

Loch Sheldrake, NY

Monroe County Public Center

Stroudsburg, PA

Reading Area Community College

Reading, PA

WHYY Public Media Commons

Philadelphia, PA

Rutgers Eco Complex

Bordentown, NJ

University of Delaware – Newark

Newark, DE

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LOCAL AGENDAS

  • Developed from local input
    • Survey of prospective participants
    • Solicitation of interests from registrants
  • Local speakers
  • Facilitated discussions to focus issues & needs, what works, & next steps
  • Summary reports sent to Philadelphia for closeout
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ISSUES

  • Need integrated leadership
  • Education-many levels, audiences
  • Communication/coordination/ outreach
  • Externalities: “True cost of water”
  • Effectiveness of local planning
  • Lack of funding
  • Stormwater management
  • Infrastructure needs
  • Marcellus Shale development
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ACTIONS/NEXT STEPS

  • Build integrated leadership
  • Education—many levels, audiences
  • Use technology, social media tools
  • Let officials know we care about water!
  • Municipal water & wastewater forums
  • Funding
  • Measuring & implementation of monitoring results
  • Enhanced government action—regulation, enforcement, transparency
  • Collaboration
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POST-FORUM PLANS & GOALS:

    • Develop summary of Forum, including process, format, outcomes
      • Basin-wide and local issues, needs, actions and recommended next steps
      • “Proceedings” posted on website
    • Potential for States, DRBC, EPA, others to provide continued leadership/facilitation
    • Maintain collaboration with stakeholders
      • “Re-convene” for status check, summer 2011
      • Website maintenance--depends on funding, support (meld into SWC site?)
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accomplished Forum objectives:
    • Heightened (& broadened) awareness of issues affecting water resources
    • Connected basin-wide & local players & concerns
    • Established expectation for further collaboration
  • Newer communications modes
    • Electronic polling of participants’ concerns, issues
    • Website for registration, agenda, evaluations, etc.
    • “Marketing” included blogs, tweets, e-mail
    • Podcasts (Google-Earth basin flyover; interviews)
    • Live web-stream broadcast
  • Uncovered stakeholders’ need for action, leadership & collaboration
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NEEDS /TO DO’s FOR SOURCE WATER COLLABORATIVE:

  • Grow awareness among memberships that your organizations are part of a great national effort
    • Be bold about role/interest in drinking water protection
    • Give the SWC (and Forums) space in publications, websites
    • Advertise tools (e.g., AWWA SWP standard, planning approaches for water resource protection)
    • Consider collaboration on cross-jurisdictional aquifers
  • Go Local
    • Encourage presence and partnerships at “local” level: State Collaboratives, watershed- or aquifer-based partnerships
    • Help us find your colleagues in the Delaware River Basin (and the Susquehanna, Potomac, Ohio, Salmon Falls…..)