Welcome to the AWRA-PMAS
...providing a forum for discussion and exchange of information and ideas relative to water resources management issues specific to our metropolitan area.
Please note new meeting date and room. Meetings will now be held on the second Wednesday of the month in the Planning Commission Conference Room, same building and floor.
Enhancing Nature for Climate Resilience
in the Delaware Estuary
Dr. Danielle Kreeger,
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Abstract: The climate is already changing in the Delaware River Basin, as reported in the 2012 State of the Estuary Report. This presentation will briefly summarize future predictions and review some of the associated environmental challenges that will result from climate change. The focus will be on an example water resource (drinking water), living resource (bivalve shellfish) and habitat resource (coastal wetlands). The good news is that the technology now exists to implement smart investments to offset projected losses for most key natural resources, a.k.a. climate adaption tactics. Public support for resilient natural infrastructure also appears to be strengthening thanks to new outreach programs such as the “Weathering Change” initiative. The recent uptick in weather extremes and associated damages, such as from Hurricane Sandy, has also fueled a surge in interest in protective natural infrastructure, such as dunes, wetlands, and living shorelines. When designed correctly, such habitats can also promote cleaner water and healthier ecosystems. The bad news is that the scale of the changes and challenges will likely dwarf any possible investments. Hence, tough choices will need to be made, and investments will need to be carefully prioritized and well designed to maintain key natural assemblages, their ecosystem services, and to protect human lives and livelihoods.
Dr. Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with more than 30 years of experience working as a research scientist and educator. She currently serves as science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, where she represents the National Estuary Program’s scientific interests. In addition to her work for PDE, she also serves as associate research professor at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. For more info, see: http://www.delawareestuary.org/dr-danielle-kreeger and http://drexel.edu/bees/contact/facultyDirectory/Kreeger/
1515 Arch Street
18th Floor Planning Commission Conference Room
Our meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June. Please click on "Events" link to register for this meeting and to see a listing of future meeting dates and topics.
2014/2015 Board Leadership
|| Chris McEntee, Greeley & Hansen
| President Elect:
|| Bridget Wadzuk, Villanova University
| Vice President:
|| Benoit Van Aken, Temple University
|| Bernadette Callahan, Stantec Consulting
|| Stefanie Rittenhouse, PA DEP Southeast Region
| Membership Chair:
|| Adam Minichelli, Greeley & Hansen
| Social Co-Chairs:
|| Nha Truong, Philadelphia Water Department
|| Daniel Wible, CH2M Hill
| Student Co-Chairs:
|| Amanda Hess, Villanova University
|| Sibia Ranjbar, Temple University
| Past President:
|| Jaclyn Rogers, Philadelphia Water Department
Thanks to our Organization Member Sponsors
Trans-Pacific Engineering - Villanova University - Warren Environmental Counsel LLP