April 6 Workshop: Implementing a Drinking Water Resilience Plan for Connecticut

UConn Avery Point
Groton, Connecticut
April 6, 2018
9 am-3:30 pm

On Friday April 6, 2018 CIRCA conducted a workshop for the Dept. of Public Health Drinking Water Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Plan at the UConn Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT. Workshop attendees received training on identifying vulnerabilities to flooding, extreme weather and drought and on adaptation approaches for public water systems and resilience strategies to address those vulnerabilities. A recording of the morning oral presentations and a pdf of each speaker’s PowerPoint presentation is available below.

Workshop Presentations

Workshop webinar recording (Includes morning presentations only. Live recording meant varying sound quality. Viewers may need to adjust volume for each speaker.)

Download slides of each workshop presentation:

The Importance of Resilience, Lori Mathieu, CT Dept. of Public Health

Future Challenges of Climate Change for Community Water Systems: Drought, Precipitation and Coastal Flooding

Resilience Lessons from Community Water Systems Experience with Past Storms, Christine Kirchhoff, UConn

Keeping the Water on for Critical Facilities: Mapping Flood Risk, Amy Burnicki, UConn

Private Wells: Identifying Neighborhoods at Risk and Options to Improve Resilience, Victoria Brudz, UConn

How Well Are We Already Prepared: Reviewing the Current State of Practice for Community Water Systems, David Murphy, MMI

Resilience Laws and Policy – Tools to Maintain and Enhance Safe Drinking Water Compliance, David Murphy, MMI

A Resilience Plan for Community Water Systems, David Murphy, MMI and Christine Kirchhoff, UConn

Funding Opportunities for Resilience Strategies, Cam Walden, CT Dept. of Public Health

Managing Water Supply – Changing Our View Point, Dan Lawrence, Aquarion (Part of Using Climate Data breakout session)

Archived Workshop Information

UConn Avery Point
Groton, Connecticut
April 6, 2018
9 am-3:30 pm

Check-in and Breakfast 8:15 am

*Remote Participation Option via Webinar for Presentations*

Webinar Registration Open Through April 6

4 TCH credits are approved

Registration closed April 2 for in-person attendees

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation and the Connecticut Department of Public Health Drinking Water Section invite you to attend a workshop on Friday April 6, 2018 at the UConn Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT to implement a resilience plan for drinking water systems. Workshop attendees can expect to receive training on identifying vulnerabilities to flooding, extreme weather and drought and on adaptation approaches for public water systems and resilience strategies to address those vulnerabilities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Workshop and Webinar Participation

There will be two ways to participate in the workshop: in person or via webinar. The morning session will be available via a live webinar where remote participants can view the presentations and submit questions electronically. In person attendees only will be able to participate in the afternoon breakout sessions at Avery Point.

In-person attendee registration closed April 2

Webinar Registration open through April 6

Agenda

The morning session features presentations on the best available science and local analysis at the neighborhood scale to inform decision-making for community water systems to improve resilience to the impacts of flooding and a changing climate and tools and resources to assist with the implementation of resilience strategies. The afternoon features breakout sessions with in-depth discussion of these issues and the opportunity for in-person participants to provide feedback on the research and recommendations.

The Resilience Plan

This workshop is part of the development of a Drinking Water Resilience Plan for the Department of Public Health. Recognizing the real impacts of extreme weather and a changing climate, the CT DPH partnered with UConn CIRCA with assistance from Milone & MacBroom, Inc. to assess the vulnerability and resilience of drinking water systems and private wells in the coastal counties of the state. Following the assessment, an implementation plan will be developed. As part of developing the plan, this workshop will review the findings of the assessment and provide an opportunity to review and suggest strategies to implement it. Learn more about the project.

Who Should Attend

Stakeholders in drinking water vulnerability and resilience, including Community Water Systems staff and administrators, local health directors, councils of government staff, municipal planners and engineers and any other individuals involved with the Water Utility Coordinating Committees and the State Water Plan. Please feel free to forward this announcement to individuals in your organization who would be most appropriate.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Lauren Yaworsky at lauren.yaworsky@uconn.edu or 860-405-9124.

 

This program is funded by a grant to UConn CIRCA from the CT Department of Public Health through the CT Department of Housing Sandy Recovery Program.