1A-Managing Environmental Liabilities Through Redevelopment
This session will explore various legal issues related to the redevelopment of brownfield properties and related key elements of successful redevelopment planning and implementation. Case Studies will be provided to help participants understand environmental liabilities associated with brownfields redevelopment.
1B-Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency and Green Business - Managing Economic Growth
This program will look at the economics of green business practices, how to implement cost-savings in energy and solid waste management and highlight with case studies.
1C- Restoration of NJ’s Natural Resources – Land Management for Ecological and Economic Growth
Restoration, in its true sense, is the goal for a healthy estuary. The panelists in this workshop will examine the importance and interconnections of restoring functioning wetlands, measuring and maximizing plant stewardship and banking public/private partnerships.
1D-Raritan River Watershed Fish Passage Initiative and Dam Removal - Perfect Together
This session will address planning and permitting issues for historic dam removals to restore the fish passage on the Raritan River. This highlights the importance of relationships between state and federal agencies and the Natural Resource Damages Program.
1E-Protecting the Raritan River: Water Quality and the Availability of Data
The three speakers will focus on the availability of data on organic and metal contaminants in the Raritan River, as well as the hydrodynamics and sediment transport that transport contaminants within the River. Joel Peccholi, from the NJDEP Division of Science, Research and Technology will comment on the value of this to NJDEP and to the citizens of the state.
1F- Sustaining Heritage: The Role of Cultural and Recreational Assets for Economic Growth
Panelists will share their expertise and discuss the benefits of linkages and partnerships as a means of expanding our cultural and recreational assets into opportunities for tourism and economic development and growth. An example from Bound Brook’s Downtown Plan, and how it incorporates a new focus on connecting to the Raritan River, will be highlighted.
2A-Addressing Natural Resource Damages in Development – Legal and Planning Issues
This session will present multiple perspectives on the challenges of meeting Natural Resource Damage assessments in New Jersey. Case studies, including a look at the legal aspects of environmental compliance with waterfront property redevelopment, will be included.
2B-Economic Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment and Restoration Ecology
This session will present cases where restoration ecology has successfully provided remediation and enhanced ecological services. Demonstration projects will be presented as examples for replication throughout the Raritan River region and across the state.
2C-Defining the Raritan Watershed Greenway at the Landscape and Local Level
This session will focus on translating the regional or landscape level vision of a Raritan River Blue/Green Corridor into reality through the combined efforts of government and private entities in regional and local master planning, responsive zoning and developments that recognize the environmental and recreational benefits of conservation easements and structured access to the River.
2D-Building a Green Infrastructure – Economic Benefits of New Strategies
This session will focus on the importance of the need to introduce pervious surfaces in municipal landscapes to serve as a management strategy for stormwater and flood reduction.
2E-NJDEP's Forthcoming Raritan Nutrient TMDL - What does it Mean to the Local Municipality
This session will provide an overview of the soon to be released Raritan Nutrient TMDL and what some of the stakeholders are doing to address water quality impairments in the Raritan River.
2F-Regional Planning for Flood Risk Reduction: A Conversation with the Federal Agencies
Historically, 80% of FEMA activities have involved floods. Mitigation has traditionally focused on floodplain protection through levees, channel straightening, and redirecting of water. How to best manage water volume is a particularly important issue for engineers today. This session begins a dialogue that will extend throughout the coming year with affected communities on the Raritan.