Steve Peene, Ph.D., (Florida) and Adrienne Nemura, P.E. (Ohio) will present “Resiliency Planning for Coastal Storm Flooding: Leveraging the Right Data” at the 95th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 10–12, 2022.

Steve Peene is a Senior Principal with ATM, a Geosyntec Company; he is based in Florida and offers more than 32 years of experience focused on water resources. Steve conducts water resources analyses including sea-level-rise and coastal-surge modeling, watershed planning, and stormwater management planning. He facilitates NPDES MS4 permitting, evaluates nonpoint- and point-source pollution in surface water systems, and conducts hydrologic, hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality modeling. His practice also includes evaluating impacts to ecological resources in surface waters and designing and implementing surface water monitoring and restoration projects.

Adrienne Nemura is a Principal Water Resources Engineer with Geosyntec and is based in Ohio. Adrienne more than 35 years of experience focused on helping clients identify cost-effective and sustainable solutions to meet their water quality goals. She has worked for more than 40 cities and wastewater utilities, state and federal regulatory agencies, industrial facilities, airports, attorneys, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, and trade associations.

Additional Geosyntec practitioners presenting at WEFTEC include George Hollerbach, P.E., BCEE, CSP, Edward Horai, (New Jersey), Rishab Mahajan, P.E., CFM, CPSWQ, (Illinois), and Elizabeth Toot-Levy (Ohio).

WEFTEC brings together water professionals from around the world; it offers water quality education, access to leading experts, the latest technology and trends, and proven solutions. The event is hosted by the Water Environment Foundation (WEF).

A nonprofit association, WEF provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals who help clean water and return it safely to the environment. WEF members have worked to protect public health, served their communities, and supported clean water worldwide since 1928.

Presentation Information:

Topic: Resiliency Planning for Coastal Storm Flooding: Leveraging the Right Data
Speakers: Adrienne Nemura, Geosyntec Consultants, and Steve Peene, ATM, A Geosyntec Company
Date/Time: October 11, 2022, at 8:35–8:50 a.m. CDT

Abstract: Infrastructure planning and analysis through the lens of resiliency requires reliance on detailed data and leveraging the most reasonable technical sources. To achieve the best outcome, the following questions must be answered: What? So What? How? What is the purpose (an exposure assessment or vulnerability assessment)? What are the right data for a comprehensive evaluation? Now that we have the right data and comprehensive evaluation, so what? How can the data be used to implement actionable strategies? Utilizing the right data in the right way ensures the right outcomes. These outcomes can influence millions of dollars in capital improvements. Our panelists will share their experiences answering the above questions for several local governments and agencies in the southeastern United States, including the following:

  • Broward County, Florida (100-Year Flood Map and Resiliency Project)
  • Southeast Palm Beach County Coastal Resiliency Partnership, Florida (Multi-Jurisdictional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment)
  • Mobile County, Alabama (Dauphin Island Causeway Living Shoreline)

Based upon real world case studies, four individual presentations by principal scientists and investigators will answer the What, So What, and How related to infrastructure with a focus on the following climate threats:

  • Sea level rise (tidal flooding and storm surge)
  • Land degradation/erosion
  • Precipitation extremes (rainfall-induced flooding)
  • Extreme heat
  • Extreme winds

In addition to addressing the aforementioned climate threats, the scientists and investigators will explain how to develop the right data to assess climate threats, take the data and make it meaningful for risk assessments, and determine design alternatives for mitigation or adaptation.

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