2017 Agenda and Keynote

We are looking forward to unveiling this year's Confluence Conference agenda. As you know, we are passionate about annually creating the best forum in which to discuss the water issues that bind and divide our region, individual states, and communities. 

Come find out if:

  • You are ready to respond to water quality challenges?
  • You are prepared to respond to water availability issues?
  • How your regulators are responding to these challenges?
  • What others are doing to prepare for extreme event?

The 2017 Confluence theme is:  "Protecting Our Water Resources; Are You Up To The Challenges?"  The Confluence agenda is currently being finalized.  Below is a draft outline of topics to be included:

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)

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