Maine Stormwater Conference


Presentations from the 2015 Conference are available here.

Monday, November 16  |  8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

What towns need: observations from 25 years on the stormwater beat
Chet Arnold, NEMO Program Co-Founder, Director of Outreach UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

Local governments have a lot on their plate, and stormwater management is not the tastiest of morsels.  And now climate change is upping the ante for local governments to address stormwater issues.  What can be done to help towns deal with this issue?  This talk will go over some lessons learned, some lessons unlearned, and some ongoing mysteries uncovered in working with towns as part of the national award-winning NEMO program at the University of Connecticut and its extended family, the National NEMO Network.  A list of things that haven’t worked will be followed by a shorter but more inspiring list of things that have, and promising tools and strategies for the future will be discussed.

About Chet Arnold
Chet Arnold is an Extension Educator and the Director for Outreach of the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), a partnership of the Department of Extension, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and the Connecticut Sea Grant Program.  Chet has been with the University since 1987, and has worked on the Long Island Sound Study Public Outreach Program, the NEMO Program, the National NEMO Network, and CLEAR – all of which he helped to create.  He has authored several national award-winning papers and has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over $14M of external grants.  As the Center’s Director of Outreach, Chet focuses on the integration and dissemination of CLEAR land use research, geospatial tools and training, and outreach programs to best serve CLEAR’s municipal and other audiences.  His specialty is harnessing the talent of his younger and more intelligent colleagues and taking credit for their work.

Tuesday, November 17  |  1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Thinking Outside the Catch Basin
Ken Moraff, Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, EPA Region 1

How we manage stormwater in the future will influence how sustainable and resilient our communities become. There has been a huge shift in how we think about stormwater over the years, and more so recently with the emergence of green infrastructure practices which provide multiple benefits to the community. The time has come to think hard about how we both clean up stormwater to meet water quality goals, and manage it as New England’s climate is changing and we face more intense and frequent storms. Can we embrace stormwater as the “water resource” it is?  It is our future drinking water, and the base flow for healthy streams. It could provide urban water amenities, and relief from urban heat effects.  But it can also be a destructive force resulting in pollution and significant flooding and damage, even loss of life. Thinking ahead about how we manage this resource will require our collective wisdom and creative “thinking outside the catch basin.” Ken will offer insights, examples and stories to help expand our thinking on this topic.

About Ken Moraff
Ken Moraff photoKen Moraff is director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection at EPA’s New England regional office, with responsibility for federal clean air and water programs in the six New England states.  He has led major environmental projects including the Boston Harbor and Charles River cleanups, and has helped EPA develop innovative approaches to complex challenges including nutrient pollution and contaminated stormwater runoff.  Ken previously served as manager of EPA-New England’s enforcement program, where he developed strategies which integrated enforcement and compliance assistance to improve industry’s environmental performance.  He began his EPA career as an enforcement attorney and a Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator, and also worked for the City of Cambridge, MA on affordable housing issues.  He is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School.