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The Future of Water in North Carolina:
Strategies for Sustaining Abundant and Clean Water


http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/ncwater/

North Carolina is experiencing rapid growth - in population, water use, and land use change. Signs of stress, such as hotspots of water quality degradation, failing sewer and water systems, and recent droughts, illustrate the challenge of maintaining clean and abundant water for healthy growth and ecosystems. Already many in our state are tackling these challenges, but the question remains whether our water resources will withstand the pressures of today's type of growth. Yet there are opportunities to incorporate the protection of water resources into plans for North Carolina's growth. On March 1st, 2007, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions sponsored a one-day conference to provide a forum for stakeholders to discuss creative ideas and practical solutions to our state's water resource challenges. It brought together state and national experts to consider the feasibility and potential of new efforts to ensure clean water for generations to come. Panels discussed innovations in the three strategic areas below. All presentations from the conference can be found on this site, as well as a pre-conference paper outlining the state of North Carolina's water resources.

* Green Infrastructure: How can North Carolina improve its prioritization and protection of natural infrastructure to maintain good water quality, natural hydrology and water-dependent ecosystems?

* Valuing Water: How can we incorporate realistic pricing, efficiency and the value of ecosystem services into water management?

* Leverage Points: Are we making the most of the numerous federal, state, and local regulations that exist to manage water resources?


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8:30 am Arrival and Check-In at McKimmon Center, NC State Campus, Raleigh

9:00 am Introduction and Welcome

Tim Profeta
Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

9:10 am Opening Address
The Honorable Beverly Perdue,
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

====>Listen to the Opening Address

9:30 - 11:00 am Panel One: Green Infrastructure

How can North Carolina improve its prioritization and protection of natural infrastructure to maintain good water quality, natural hydrology and water-dependent ecosystems?

====>Listen to "Green Infrastructure"

Moderator: Jonathan Howes, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Curtis Richardson, Professor of Resource Ecology, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science

====>Power Point Presentation

Richard Whisnant, Associate Professor of Public Law and Government, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Government

====>Power Point Presentation

Linda Pearsall, Director, Natural Heritage Program, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

====>Power Point Presentation

Wink Hastings, Landscape Architect, National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Program

====>Power Point Presentation

11:00 am Break

11:20 - 12:50 pm Panel Two: Water Pricing, Efficiency, and Ecosystem Service Markets How can North Carolina incorporate realistic pricing, efficiency and the value of ecosystem services into water resources management?

Moderator: Jim Salzman, Professor of Law and Environmental Policy, Duke University Law School and Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science

Leonard Shabman, Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future

====>Power Point Presentation

Mark Kieser, Acting Chair, Environmental Trading Network; Senior Scientist and Principal, Kieser & Associates

====>Power Point Presentation

Jeff Hughes, Director, University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center

====>Power Point Presentation

Heather Cooley, Research Associate, The Pacific Institute

====>Power Point Presentation

12:50 - 2:00 pm Lunch and Keynote Address The Honorable Bruce Babbitt, Former Secretary of the Interior, Former Governor of Arizona, Author of Cities in the Wilderness

====>Listen to the Keynote Address

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Panel Three: Regulatory and Economic Leverage Points How can we take full advantage of the numerous federal, state, and local regulations affecting water management? How can we strengthen links between water resources and economic prosperity?

Moderator: Dave Moreau, Director, Water Resources Research Institute; Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Avner Vengosh, Associate Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science

====>Power Point Presentation

Barbara Goldberg, RTI International; former Arizona water attorney

Sydney Miller, Water Resources Program Manager, Triangle J Council of Governments

====>Power Point Presentation

Chris Beacham, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Research & Strategic Planning, North Carolina Department of Commerce

====>Power Point Presentation

3:30 pm Break

3:50 - 4:30 pm Summary Session A discussion of the opportunities and recommendations from the day's presentations. Panelists available for audience questions and discussion.

Moderator: Bill Holman, Visiting Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

4:30 pm

Conclusions and Wrap-up






































 






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