American Water Resources Association 
Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Section 

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. 

Upcoming Event

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: and


One Parkway Building 
1515 Arch Street
18th Floor Planning Commission Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA

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

 President:  Chris McEntee, Greeley & Hansen
 President Elect:  Bridget Wadzuk, Villanova University  
 Vice President:  Benoit Van Aken, Temple University 
 Treasurer:  Bernadette Callahan, Stantec Consulting
 Secretary:  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

AMEC Foster Wheeler - Black & Veatch - CH2M Hill - Gilmore & Associates 

 Greeley and Hansen - Hatch Mott MacDonaldHazen and Sawyer 

 McCormick Taylor - Philadelphia Water Department 

 Riordan Materials - Stantec Consulting - T&M Associates 

Temple U. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 Trans-Pacific Engineering - Villanova University - Warren Environmental Counsel LLP 


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