A Workshop on Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials for Resilient Tidal Marsh Restoration and Creation

Event Timing:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Check-in at 10:30 AM

Program runs 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:

Maritime Aquarium

10 North Water Street

Norwalk, CT 06854

Registration is Open: Register Here

Draft Agenda

Description:

Creating and restoring marshes along shorelines has the potential to enhance both ecosystem resilience and provide green infrastructure to better protect communities from the impacts of flooding and sea level rise. Recently the use of dredged sediments for the creation and restoration of marshes was piloted in the northeast and mid-Atlantic coastal states as a resilience strategy, particularly after Superstorm Sandy impacted the region. While information on these projects is being shared locally, there remains a need to increase collaboration and share resources and project experiences across state and regional boundaries.

The UCONN Department of Marine Sciences and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) invite you to attend a free workshop on the Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials for Resilient Tidal Marsh Restoration and Creation. The workshop will bring together case study presentations of projects from Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey, and a feasibility study for the state of Connecticut. Project planning, design, permitting, implementation and monitoring will be discussed by representatives from fellow state and federal regulatory agencies, funding organizations, and researchers. The workshop is designed to provide opportunities to network with fellow managers while sharing lessons learned, and to build future collaborations.

Who Should Attend: This workshop targets researchers, practitioners, resource managers, regulators and planners with direct experience on marsh restoration or creation projects using dredged sediments in the region of coastal Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Space at the workshop is limited to facilitate a robust conversation around the workshop topics. We will be capturing the outcomes of the workshop in a summary report.

Registration: Registration is Open. There is no cost to register for the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own transportation and housing.

Directions: We highly recommend using the Metro-North rail line to attend the workshop. The Aquarium is within walking distance of the South Norwalk Station.

From Metro-North Railroad South Norwalk Station
The Maritime Aquarium is a one-hour train ride from Grand Central Station. Get off at South Norwalk. Exit and walk down the driveway, turning right onto Monroe Street. Walk to the light and turn left onto South Main Street. At the next light, make a right onto Washington Street and proceed to the first light, where you will turn left onto North Water Street. The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater entrance will be in front of you. (You can enter the Aquarium here; IMAX purchase not required.)

Driving Directions and Parking: https://maritimeaquarium.org/visit-the-aquarium/directions

Food: Lunch will be served.

Housing: There is no hotel room block for this workshop. If you need a hotel recommendation, please contact kimberly.bradley@uconn.edu.

Questions: Please contact Kim Bradley at kimberly.bradley@uconn.edu with any questions.

Acknowledgments: We would like to thank the planning committee for their time and effort to make this workshop a success. The planning committee members are:

  • Peter Francis – CTDEEP Coastal Resources Section of Land & Water Resource Division
  • Robin Murray –NJDEP – Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning Coastal Zone Management
  • Steve Jacobus – NJDEP Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning Coastal Zone Management
  • Elizabeth Semple – NJDEP Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning Coastal Zone Management
  • Lesley Patrick – Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
  • Jessica Fain – Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
  • Dave Hudson – The Maritime Aquarium
  • Thomas Naiman – The Maritime Aquarium
  • Jennifer O’Donnell – UConn Department of Marine Sciences
  • Rebecca French – UConn Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  • Kimberly Bradley – UConn Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  • Colleen Dollard – UConn Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Housing Sandy Recovery Program to the University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) for a feasibility study for Connecticut. We would also like to thank the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for the generous donated use of their facilities for this event.