ReACT: Resilient Infrastructure in Action Conference

November 20, December 4 & December 11, 2020

Resiliency Infrastructure in ActionNEWEA’s Watershed Management, Stormwater and Sustainability Committees invite you to to attend the ReACT Resilient Infrastructure in Action conference that will take place virtually.

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Global climate change is affecting our environment. As a result, we’ve seen increased temperatures, more intense and frequent precipitation events and rising sea levels. The effects of climate change in combination with our aging infrastructure is a cause of great concern to State and local officials.  In the past, we’ve relied on large centralized systems to solve our problems. However, due to the uncertainty of climate change, we must look to the future.  Embracing a combination of resiliency-based solutions with agile and flexible infrastructure design may achieve the solutions we are seeking.

Resiliency in Action is the focus of this conference.  This conference will discuss effective and sustainable strategies being used to plan, design, and implement resiliency projects in areas susceptible to our changing climate.  In addition, the conference will explore existing funding programs throughout the New England region, as well as future financial opportunities to bring resiliency-based projects to fruition.

Session 1: “Assessment and Planning Approaches to Build Community Resilience”
As our understanding of climate impacts to our communities and infrastructure has grown, so has our expertise to develop strategies to help communities build resilience. This session will share best practices and case studies to support a better understanding of approaches and projects to build resilience.

Session 2: “Coastal Adaptation Strategies for Infrastructure and Urban Resilience”
Coastal urbanized areas are increasingly experiencing threats from rising sea levels and severe weather. This session will present a range of case studies discussing adaptation strategies coastal communities are undertaking to harden infrastructure, increase flood protection, and improve stormwater management.

Session 3: “Evaluating Benefits, Return on Investment, and Funding Strategies for Resiliency Projects”
Climate stressors and the increasing frequency of sever weather strain community funds and resources to build more resilient projects. These projects, however, also have the potential for positive socioeconomic impacts. This session will explore ideas and provide examples of innovative funding approaches that can help bring projects to life.

Municipalities, utilities, watershed associations, State agencies and others that are responsible for transportation, water, sewer, stormwater and other infrastructure will gain valuable insight from topics presented at this conference.  Learn what communities are doing to enhance resiliency of our critical municipal infrastructure; resiliency-based financing options, and how others have identified practical solutions to these often complex problems.



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