2021 Workshop Agenda

2021 Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop Agenda

 

*Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the agenda is subject to change*

 

8:00 AM | Check-in 

9:00 AM | Welcome Remarks 

  • Daniel Hayden, President, Restore America’s Estuaries
  • Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral Society
  • Ed Mahaney, Co-Chair, New Jersey Coastal Resilience Collaborative
  • Senator Cory Booker (Invited)
  • Congressman Frank Pallone (Invited)

9:30 AMOpening Plenary

  • Dr. Joe Smith, US Fish and Wildlife Service

10:00 AM | Coffee Break

10:30 AM | Morning Session: Hybrid Designs, Urban Settings, and Retrofits: Working with Communities to Balance Habitat and Infrastructure Needs 

  • Camden, NJ – Frank McLaughlin, NJ DEP and Simeon Hahn, NOAA for Camden, NJ
  • Dewey Beach, DE – Doug Janiec, Sovereign Consulting; Larry Trout, Straughan Environmental; Bob Collins, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

12:00 PM | Instructions and distribute box lunches

12:30 PM| Depart for Field Trips/Skills Sessions

Field Trip 1: Cape May County Beach and Reef Restorations, Delaware Bay. Visit various American Littoral Society restoration sites and hear from the restoration team. First Stop: Reeds Beach where sand was added to the beach after Superstorm Sandy and the first of 8 intertidal oyster reefs was constructed to keep sand on the beach for horseshoe crabs and shorebirds. Stop 2: Cooks Beach: This is one of the Society’s latest restorations and included berm creation, 3 double-rowed intertidal reefs, and the placement of sand. Stop 3: Pierces Point – See created berms and plantings completed by two Society staff during the pandemic to keep horseshoe crabs from being washed into the adjacent marsh. This strategy was employed at several other beaches in Delaware Bay.

Field Trip 2: We will visit the maritime forest in Avalon, including a 1-mile walk through the dunes of this barrier island.  Next we will stop by the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center at Rutgers University (AIC). An extremely flexible facility designed to meet the research, technology, demonstration and extension needs of the aquaculture community, we will have the opportunity to see and hear about their recently completed living shoreline installation. The final stop will be Cape May Wetlands State Natural Area to learn about bird habitat restoration. Bring sturdy footwear and be ready for the weather, as we will be outdoors and covering uneven terrain in rain or shine.

Virtual Field Trip: Join us for a virtual tour of restoration efforts along the Delaware Bay. We will visit the maritime forest in Avalon, including a 1-mile walk through the dunes of this barrier island. Schedule permitting, we will make a quick stop to see a backbay restoration site that incorporated dredge material. The final stop will be Cape May Meadows to learn about bird habitat restoration projects.  Bring sturdy footwear and be ready for the weather, as we will be outdoors and covering uneven terrain in rain or shine.

5:00 PM | Return from field trip

5:30 PM | Mixer: Exhibitor Space, Poster Session and Reception & Appetizers

9:00 AM | Morning Session: Innovation and Designing for the Future 

  • Bret Webb, University of South Alabama
  • Larry Niles, Wildlife Restoration Partnerships
  • Danielle McCulloch, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Colleen Keller, NJ DEP 

10:30 AM | Coffee Break

10:45 AM | Morning Sessions II (Breakout Sessions)

Breakout Session 1: Digital Tools for Visualization and Modeling - Kim McKenna, Stockton University;

  • Bill Schadel, The Nature Conservancy
  • Josh Moody, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary 

Breakout Session 2: Wetlands Modeling Tool - Ben Strauss, Climate Central

Breakout Session 3: Oyster Shell Recycling

  • Kellyn LaCour-Conant, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
  • Charlotte Boesch, Billion Oyster Project 

12:00 PM | Lunch

1:15 PM | Review session, open Q&A

2:15 PM | Break

2:45 PM | Closing Plenary: The Future of Nature-based Shoreline Stabilization

  • Dennis Blazak, US Navy
  • Danielle Kreeger, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
  • Bart Wilson, US Fish and Wildlife Service 

5:00 PM | Close