Each year, the region’s greatest environmental minds in industry, public policy and conservation converge at a member’s only retreat to take on some of the pressing issues driving green infrastructure.
The Chesapeake Stormwater Network and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, with a generous grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, host a Partner’s Stormwater Retreat, and invite about 100 federal, state, local officials, nonprofit and private organizations, who are already partnering and invested with the Alliance.
“I feel so honored to have been selected to fill one of the few spots that are opened to private individuals,” said Charlene Harper, P.E., Director of Civil Engineering at HG Design Studio, and lifelong environmental enthusiast. “The people and organizations that attend this Retreat have a great deal of influence on watershed policies and procedures.”
Public and private sector Partners who attend are an elite group of environmental stewards. Upcoming clean water challenges are addressed and tackled by stalwarts like James River Organization, Stroud Water Research and The Center for Watershed Protection, who sit shoulder-to-shoulder with interested corporate allies like Dominion Power, Luck Ecosystems and Altria. Rounding out the select group are representatives from government agencies, like the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the EPA and DEQ.
Ms. Harper is looking forward to the key speakers who will be lecturing, stating “innovative research and science will be presenting the latest technology for stormwater design.” She added with a smile, “It’s exactly what a nerd like me would love to hear about for 2 days!”
The 2017 Stormwater Retreat is held on March 15th-17th at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.