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America's Watershed Initiative
Galt House Hotel | Louisville, KY | September 30-October 2, 2014

Detailed Program Agenda

Please Note:  All AWI Summit functions will take place in the RIVUE TOWER of the Galt House Hotel. Click here to view the Meeting Space Map.
Tuesday, September 30
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Ohio River Basin Alliance Meeting & Working Groups
*While you are in the area, we encourage Summit attendees to consider attending this important event. Admission to the ORBA Workshop is free. Website

1:00-1:15pm       ORBA Opening Session

                          Dr. Charles "Chuck" Somerville, Chair, ORBA

1:15-3:15pm       Working Group Meetings

                                - Water Availability & Management

                                - Sustainable Growth & Competitiveness (Climate Change Group)

                                - Restoration & Protection

                                - Enterprise & Infrastructure

3:15-3:30pm       Break
3:30pm               Reconvene for Working Group Brief Outs

3:30-3:45pm       Restoration & Protection Brief Out

                          Facilitators: Suzanne Hoehne & April Vance

3:45-4:00pm       Water Availability & Management Brief Out

                          Facilitators: Erich Emery & Ted Lozier

4:00-4:15pm       Enterprise & Infrastructure Brief Out

                          Facilitator: Kari Mackenbach

4:15-4:45pm       Sustainable Growth and Competitiveness (Climate Change Study Results)

                          Facilitators: Dr. Harry Stone & Richard "Gus" Drum

4:45-5:00pm       What's Next?

                          Dr. Charles "Chuck" Somerville, Chair, ORBA

5:00 - 7:00 pm

America's Watershed Initiative Summit Registration Open -- 3rd Floor Foyer, Rivue Tower


Summit Purpose:  We know that to solve the challenges before us, we must work in new ways across the entire watershed, across interests and toward solutions that none of us can imagine alone. This event and the conversations we will have here have been designed to cause a different level of engagement and action.

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Informal Dialogue & Networking Opportunity -- Cochran Ballroom

(Refreshments Provided)

5:00 - 7:00 pm Sponsor Display Set Up -- Cochran Ballroom
6:00 - 7:00 pm Speaker & Presenter Meeting -- Archibald Ballroom
Wednesday, October 1
7:00 - 8:30 am Registration Open & Morning Refreshments -- 3rd Floor Foyer & Cochran Ballroom
8:30 - 10:00 am

Welcome and America's Watershed Initiative Introduction -- Archibald Ballroom


While much of our work to-date has been around defining these commitments and devising strategies for measuring progress against them effectively, this summit marks a turning point for us all as we move from insight to action.



America’s Watershed Initiative Steering Committee


 Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, KY


Harald “Jordy” Jordahl, Director, America’s Watershed Initiative

10:00 - 10:30 am AM Refreshment Break -- Cochran Ballroom
10:30 am - Noon

America’s Watershed Initiative Report Card -- Archibald Ballroom


 Building a bridge from the 2012 summit to today by outlining the key challenges we face and introducing the report card we’ve developed to help us track progress and target solutions



 America’s Watershed Initiative Report Card Workgroup


Dr. Charles Somerville, Dean, Marshall University College of Science & Member, AWI Steering Committee


Professor Bill Dennison and Dr. Heath Kelsey

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Integration and Application Network

Noon - 1:00 pm

Fast-Forward 50… America’s Watershed Report Card in 2064 -- Cochran Ballroom

(Lunch Provided)


Featuring:  Brigadier General Duke Deluca (Ret.), Former Commander, Mississippi Valley Division, USACE

Past President, Mississippi River Commission

No action wise is that...considering the 4 revolutions

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Deep Dive: Getting to the Heart of the Matter -- Archibald Ballroom


A dynamic, engaging form of short presentation followed by group dialogue to dive deep and explore how issues of water quantity and quality affect all of our interests across the basin.



Ben Grumbles, President, U.S. Water Alliance


Greg Heitzman, Executive Director, Metropolitan Sewer District


Nancy Delong, Director Sustainable Agriculture Systems Policy and Outreach, Pioneer DuPont


Dr. Denise Reed, Chief Scientist, Water Institute of the Gulf


Brigadier General John McMahon (Ret.), CH2M HILL, former Commander, Missouri River Basin, Northwestern Division, USACE


Tom Hanafan, Former Mayor, Council Bluffs, IA


Michael Toohey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Waterways Council Inc.


Terry Fleck, Chairman Friends of Lake Sakakawea, Bismarck, ND

2:30 - 2:45 pm PM Refreshment Break -- Cochran Ballroom
4:00 - 4:30 pm Riverfront Break – participants encouraged to continue conversation outside along the river
4:45 - 7:00 pm

Watershed Solutions Dialogue -- Waterford Room 25th Floor

(Dinner Provided)


In the evening we will host a powerful “watershed solutions” dialogue designed to engage participants in energizing and meaningful conversations around the challenges and opportunities for action associated with each of our goals.


Facilitated by:

Jennifer Simpson, Anne Murray Allen, Conversant*
* Conversant is a firm helping clients discover shared purpose across organizational and geographic boundaries. Finding alignment on shared purpose and outcomes allows teams to get into coordinated action to create results. Conversant’s simple, proven framework helps leaders and teams move from individual to collective impact.
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception Continues -- Waterford Room 25th Floor

(Refreshments Provided)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Impromptu Meeting Space Available
Thursday, October 2
7:00 - 8:30 am Registration Open & Morning Refreshments -- 3rd Floor Foyer & Cochran Ballroom
8:30 - 9:15 am

Where to From Here? -- Archibald Ballroom


Tying the previous evening’s conversations together to determine what action it’s time for now – a look by both by sub-basin view and across the whole river system.



America’s Watershed Initiative Steering Committee


Jennifer Simpson, Anne Murray Allen, Conversant

9:30 - 10:30 am Watershed Solutions Breakouts

Themes will be determined at the Watershed Solutions Dialogue evening event

Wednesday, October 1. Themes will be announced Thursday, October 2.

Location Willow Holly Dogwood Walnut
10:30 - 11:00 am AM Refreshment Break -- Cochran Ballroom
11:00 am - Noon Basin Breakouts
Basin Arkansas River, Red River, and Missouri River Basins Upper & Lower Mississippi River Basins Ohio River Basin
Location Willow Holly Dogwood
Noon - 1:00 pm

Private Sector Leadership in the Mississippi River Watershed -- Cochran Ballroom

(Lunch Provided)


Special Recognition of Supporters and Sponsors



Rainy Shorey, Ph.D., Project Manager, Euro Fabrications Division, Caterpillar Inc.


Steve Stockton, Director of Civil Works, USACE

1:00 - 2:30 pm

America’s Watershed, What’s Next? -- Archibald Ballroom


What action will you take?



America’s Watershed Initiative Steering Committee


Major General John W. Peabody, P.E., USACE, Washington, DC


Ray LaHood, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Former U.S. Congressman

2:30 pm Summit Concludes


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