Wetland, Stream Bank, and Shoreline Restoration
Did You Expect That? Perspectives on Flooding
Extreme flood events are occurring more frequently and with more intensity. Recent catastrophic flooding has touched nearly every region of the United States resulting in varying levels of ecosystem damage, economic hardship and loss of life. Intense rain events are predicted to become the new normal creating a need to re-examine how we plan for floods and educate the public on flood frequency and duration.
This session brings together expert panelists to describe their approach to flood planning, stakeholder awareness, recovery efforts and regulatory updates. Experiences shared will include sea level rise impacts that seem to be so slight that the localized flooding sounds an alarm when streets become impassable during 'typical' rain events. Catastrophic floods resulting from hurricanes and other extratropical events will be examined and lessons learned presented for realistic planning and goal setting for future risk avoidance. Panelists will provide perspectives from state and municipal governments, policy and planning. Session moderators will encourage audience interaction. Panelists include Shana Jones, J.D., who manages the Planning & Environmental Services Unit at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and directs the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program. Her primary research and outreach focus involves coastal flooding issues and adaptation planning. Ms. Jones’ experience includes developing robust legal and policy guidance for local governments related to environmental, land use, infrastructure, and utility-related issues. She also directs an annual Environmental Policy Academy for the Georgia House and Senate Natural Resource Committees; Jill Stewart is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of South Carolina, South Carolina Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector (CEPSCI), and South Carolina Certified Stormwater Plan Reviewer (CSPR). Since July of 2017, Jill has served in the capacity of Director of the Dam Safety and Stormwater Permitting Division within DHEC’s Bureau of Water. Jill served for 9 years as manager of the Stormwater Permitting Section. In January of 2016, she was asked to take on the challenge of managing the newly-formed Dam Safety Section. Prior to beginning her career at SCDHEC in October of 2003, she was employed for three years at a small civil engineering consulting firm in Lancaster, SC.; and John Moss who has been associated with stormwater pollution prevention compliance in the commercial construction industry since 2003. Mr. Moss has overseen turnkey compliance services for over 2000 projects in southeast Texas. He has participated in the implementation of many innovative Best Management Practices to achieve high levels of compliance in complex situations and has “value engineered” solutions for stormwater quality features such as underground detention and pond slope stabilization. Based in Houston, Texas, Construction EcoServices pioneered the model for turnkey SWPPP compliance services in the State of Texas and manages storm water quality on hundreds of commercial construction projects each year. The company is also deeply involved in providing leading edge solutions for post construction storm water quality treatment, water harvesting and erosion control.