Confluence 2017 – “Protecting our water resources, are you up to the challenge?”
Thursday, September 14th 2017
  • 8:00 am – Registration Desk Open at the Francis Marion Hotel
  • 8:30 – 11:30 am – Pre-conference Workshop
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Opening Remarks:  Jason Lemieux, HDR, Confluence Conference Chair
  • Opening Lunch – Keynote Speaker:  Mayor Karen Weaver, Flint Michigan

  • 1:15 – 3:15 pm – Session I:  Responding to Water Quality Challenges
    • Astrid Schnetzer, Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at NCSU – Toxic Algae: The Not-so-Simple State of the Science and Considerations for Water Management and Utilities
    • Ken Tuck, Director of Water Treatment at Spartanburg Water and Scott Willett, Executive Director of Anderson Regional Joint Water System - Taste and Odor Control
    • Harold Harbert, Watershed Outreach Manager at GAEPD - Rivers Alive, Project WET and Adopt-A-Stream – Collaboration and Partnerships:  Is Citizen Engagement Right for You?
  • 3:15 – 3:40 pm – Networking Break
  • 3:40 – 5:10 pm  Session II:  Responding to Water Availability Challenges
    • Barry Gullet, Director of Charlotte Water and Chairman of Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group – History and next steps for the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group
    • Katherine Zitsch, Natural Resources Division Manager with Atlanta Regional Commission – A 16-Year Story:  How Metro Atlanta water planning has dramatically driven down water use and affected future needs
    • Clay Duffie, General Manager at Mount Pleasant Waterworks - Groundwater Resources Availability and Planning
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Networking Social – Scarecrow Hearth & Liquor Bar (23 Ann Street, Charleston, SC 29403)


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Friday, September 15th 2017
  • 7:30 – 8:15 am – Morning Mojo – Breakfast for attendees
  • 8:15 – 9:15 am – Session III:  Regulatory Response:  State Regulators Interactive Panel Discussion – Facilitated by Dr. Carol Couch, Executive Director of the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences
    • David Baize, Water Resource Policy Advisor, Environmental Affairs, SCDHEC
    • Jennifer Welte, Environmental Program Manager at Georgia Environmental Protection Division
    • Dan McLawhorn, Associate City Attorney, Raleigh, NC
  • 9:15 – 9:45 am  Networking Break
  • 9:45 – 11:45 am – Session IV:  Responding to Extreme Events
    • John Shelton, USGS Assistant Director for Data-South Carolina – Hurricane Matthew: U.S. Geological Survey Response
    • Mark Wilbert, Director of Emergency Management and Resilience and Tracy Mckee, GIS Director, City of Charleston – Planning and Preparing Sea Level Rise
    • Rebecca West, Chief Operating Officer, Greenville Water – Responding to Wildfires
    • Scott Willett, Executive Director of Anderson Regional Joint Water System – South Carolina Drought Committee Update
  • 11:45 am – Closing Remarks