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America's Watershed Initiative
Galt House Hotel | Louisville, KY | September 30-October 2, 2014

Detailed Program Agenda

Tuesday, September 30


Ohio River Basin Alliance Meeting & Working Groups

ORBA Opening Session
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Somerville, Chair, ORBA

Working Group Meetings

- Water Availability & Management

- Sustainable Growth & Competitiveness (Climate Change Group)

- Restoration & Protection

- Enterprise & Infrastructure

Restoration & Protection Brief Out

Facilitators: Suzanne Hoehne & April Vance

Water Availability & Management Brief Out

Facilitators: Erich Emery & Ted Lozier

Enterprise & Infrastructure Brief Out

Facilitator: Kari Mackenbach

Sustainable Growth and Competitiveness (Climate Change Study Results)

Facilitators: Dr. Harry Stone & Richard "Gus" Drum

What's Next?

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Somerville, Chair, ORBA

Wednesday, October 1


Welcome and America's Watershed Initiative Introduction

While much of our work to-date has been around defining these commitments and devising strategies for measuring progress against them effectively, this summit marks a turning point for us all as we move from insight to action.

Featuring: America’s Watershed Initiative Steering Committee

- Maria Koetter, Director of Sustainability on behalf of Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, KY

- Major General John W. Peabody, P.E., USACE, Washington, D.C.     PRESENTATION

- Harald “Jordy” Jordahl, Director, America’s Watershed Initiative     PRESENTATION 1     PRESENTATION 2

America’s Watershed Initiative Report Card

Building a bridge from the 2012 summit to today by outlining the key challenges we face and introducing the report card we’ve developed to help us track progress and target solutions

 Featuring: America’s Watershed Initiative Report Card Workgroup

- Dr. Charles Somerville, Dean, Marshall University College of Science & Member, AWI Steering Committee


- Professor Bill Dennison and Dr. Heath Kelsey, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Integration and Application Network



Fast-Forward 50… America’s Watershed Report Card in 2064

No action wise is that...considering the 4 revolutions

Featuring:  Brigadier General Duke Deluca (Ret.), Former Commander, Mississippi Valley Division, USACE, Past President, Mississippi River Commission


Deep Dive: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

A dynamic, engaging form of short presentation followed by group dialogue to dive deep and explore how issues of water quantity and quality affect all of our interests across the basin.

 Featuring:  Ben Grumbles, President, U.S. Water Alliance     PRESENTATION


- Greg Heitzman, Executive Director, Metropolitan Sewer District     PRESENTATION


- Nancy Delong, Director Sustainable Agriculture Systems Policy and Outreach, Pioneer DuPont     PRESENTATION


- Dr. Denise Reed, Chief Scientist, Water Institute of the Gulf

- Brigadier General John McMahon (Ret.), CH2M HILL, former Commander, Missouri River Basin, Northwestern Division, USACE


- Tom Hanafan, Former Mayor, Council Bluffs, IA

- Michael Toohey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Waterways Council Inc.     PRESENTATION

- Sue Lowry, Wyoming State Engineer's Office on behalf of Terry Fleck Fleck, Chairman Friends of Lake Sakakawea, Bismarck, ND


Watershed Solutions Dialogue

In the evening we will host a powerful “watershed solutions” dialogue designed to engage participants in energizing and meaningful conversations around the challenges and opportunities for action associated with each of our goals.

Facilitated by: Jennifer Simpson, Anne Murray Allen, Conversant*     PRESENTATION

Conversant is a firm helping clients discover shared purpose across organizational and geographic boundaries. Finding alignment on shared purpose and outcomes allows teams to get into coordinated action to create results. Conversant’s simple, proven framework helps leaders and teams move from individual to collective impact.

Thursday, October 2


Where to From Here?

Tying the previous evening’s conversations together to determine what action it’s time for now – a look by both by sub-basin view and across the whole river system.

 Featuring: America’s Watershed Initiative Steering Committee

- Jennifer Simpson, Anne Murray Allen, Conversant

Watershed Solutions Breakouts


Resilient Strategy and Action Planning

Communication, Engagement & Coalition Building Collaborative Leadership & Governance





Basin Breakouts


Arkansas River, Red River, and Missouri River Basins

Upper & Lower Mississippi River Basins

Ohio River Basin






Private Sector Leadership in the Mississippi River Watershed

Special Recognition of Supporters and Sponsors

 Featuring: Rainy Shorey, Ph.D., Project Manager, Euro Fabrications Division, Caterpillar Inc.

- Steve Stockton, Director of Civil Works, USACE

America’s Watershed, What’s Next?

What action will you take?

 Featuring: America’s Watershed Initiative Steering Committee

- Ray LaHood, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Former U.S. Congressman

Summit Concludes

Summit News

Program Book
Program Book (PDF)

AWI Summit Survey

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