Monday, November 16
Clean water is essential to Maine’s economy and quality of life. The challenges of tight budgets, increasing State and federal regulations, plus rapidly aging infrastructure can make balancing the needs of water resources, with other competing community priorities, difficult for many Maine municipalities.
Some municipalities have received the necessary information to allow them to be proactive in protecting their water resources, and others are faced with cleaning up waters that are polluted to the point that they do not meet water quality standards.
In addition, much of the State’s tax base is intimately connected to the health of our local water resources. Studies conducted by the University of Maine show that property values decline when the health of water resources decline, impacting the economies of municipalities and the State as a whole.
Municipal leaders will share their water resource protection challenges and successes in this Conference track.
10:00 – 11:30
Session I – Clean Water: The Way Life Should Be
This session will begin with a pre-recorded message from Senator Angus King that details how Maine’s greatest asset is its natural resources. Following Senator King’s remarks, a facilitated roundtable discussion with municipal managers from around the State will focus on different ways municipalities are overcoming the challenges to protect and restore clean water.
1:00 – 2:30
Session II – Investing in Clean Water
Municipal leaders from across the State will share their experiences establishing stormwater utilities to fund clean water efforts. Business owners from the Long Creek watershed will speak to the unexpected benefits of their participation in the Long Creek Watershed Management District. Municipal leaders will benefit from hearing the business-owners’ perspective and learning that a stormwater fee has not been detrimental to their business.
3:00 – 4:30
Session III – Achieving Healthy Economies, Clean Water, and Thriving Comunities
3:00 – 3:30
Clean Water Case Study I: South Portland, ME
James Gaily, South Portland, ME
Stormwater treatment systems can be a community asset. Not only can they protect water resources, they can also add aesthetics and value in a community. Jim Gailey, South Portland City Manager, will speak to the positive feedback received from residents when trees and perennials were planted on Maine Mall Road and Gorham Road as part of a stormwater improvement project in Long Creek watershed.
3:30 – 4:00
Clean Water Case Study III: Orono, ME
Belle Ryder, Orono, ME
Complying with an MS4 Permit can be costly, both in terms of employee time and resources; however, sensible management of the six minimum control measures can reap great rewards for your community. These rewards can include better infrastructure management, closer community ties, and a better understanding of municipal infrastructure by the elected officials. The Town of Orono’s MS4 program has been integrated in every department and the community has benefited.
4:00 – 4:30
Clean Water Case Study II: Franklin, MA
Brutus Cantoreggi, Franklin, MA
Brutus Cantoreggi, Public Works Director and dynamic speaker, will discuss how Franklin, MA has developed a comprehensive green infrastructure implementation strategy to ensure that the use of green infrastructure becomes the standard operating procedure across all municipal programs. This talk is intended to showcase how municipalities can embrace the use of green infrastructure, (stormwater treatment systems designed to mimic nature), on their public streets and lands.
To view speaker bios click here.