Innovations in Urban Stormwater Management
You'll learn about:
The most effective and implementable stormwater management strategies in New Jersey urban areas
The dynamics and mechanisms of the planning policies and partnerships that have facilitated the adoption of more innovative urban stormwater management techniques
The specific roles that planners and other contributors in the government and the private sector have played in the development and adoption of green infrastructure for stormwater management
What has (and has not) worked, from the perspectives of key contributors
Effective urban stormwater management helps both cities and states protect people, property, and healthy ecosystems. As we increasingly face the need to manage stormwater to accommodate urban migration and redevelopment, an increasing array of innovative green infrastructure strategies can help us improve water quality, alleviate flooding, create community amenities, and shape new development. Yet implementing those strategies locally can be a challenge that requires thinking and working at many scales to build new partnerships for success.
This session explores and discusses the role planners play in achieving effective and innovative stormwater management in urban communities. It highlights and describes planning initiatives and partnerships in New Jersey that have enabled or catalyzed the adoption of innovative storm water management strategies, particularly green infrastructure, critical to meeting communities’ and states’ sustainability and resilience goals and needs.
, Hudson River foundation
Confirmed SpeakerRobert Pirani is the program director for the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program at the Hudson River Foundation. HEP is a collaboration of government, scientists and the civic sector that helps protect and restore the harbor’s waters and habitat. It is one of 28 such programs around the country authorized under the Clean Water Act. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Mr. Pirani was vice president for energy and environment at Regional Plan Association and founding executive director of the Governors Island Alliance. Among his many publications is “Nine Ways to Make Green Infrastructure Work for Towns and Cities”, (RPA, 2012). Mr. Pirani has received awards from the Environmental Advocates of New York, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and The New York Harbor School Foundation. Mr. Pirani is the co-chair of the Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee and is a board member of the Association of National Estuary Programs, Governors Island Alliance and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Mr. Pirani holds a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and BA in Environmental Studies from Hampshire College.
, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Confirmed SpeakerPippa is the Director of Planning and Resilience at SCAPE Landscape Architecture. Pippa works with planning, engineering and design teams to integrate landscape strategies that are sustainable and resilient, and that balance environment, infrastructure, development, and community quality of life needs. Her recent work includes developing coastal protection strategies for New York City’s Strategic Initiative for Rebuilding and Resilience (SIRR); working with community planning committees as part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program; and serving as a key team member in the development of SCAPE’s winning Rebuild By Design proposal, Living Breakwaters. Living Breakwaters is a comprehensive climate change resiliency strategy for the South Shore of Staten Island that will be implemented by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery with $60 million of CDBG-DR funding.
Confirmed SpeakerChris Sturm, Managing Director, Policy and Water Chris directs New Jersey Future’s water programs to upgrade urban water infrastructure, facilitate Jersey Water Works, and mainstream green infrastructure. She also leads New Jersey Future’s policy development and advocacy across a host of issues including sustainable infrastructure, climate resilience, regional planning and incentives for compact, equitable growth. Chris often creates collaborative efforts to change state and local land use policies. Chris is a member of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey and the U.S. Water Alliance. Her career experience includes serving as the assistant director of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation, as well as working for the MSM Regional Council (now PlanSmart NJ), the Eagleton Institute, and the Office of State Planning. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where she concentrated in Urban and Regional Planning.
Confirmed SpeakerStephen D. Marks is the Business Administrator for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey. Hoboken is an urban coastal community on the Hudson River directly across from mid-town Manhattan. The city has a population of over 50,000 residents, a municipal budget of over $112 million and over 400 full time municipal employees. Nearly 80% of the community is within a special flood hazard area and the city is extremely challenged by antiquated and failing infrastructure (roads, water mains and combined sewers). Stephen manages the city’s capital planning and programming function with a focus on resiliency, sustainability, green infrastructure and Sandy recovery. Before joining the city administration, Stephen worked for Hudson County, New Jersey for over 18 years in a variety of positions, including County Planning Director. As Planning Director, he managed the drafting and adoption of Hudson County’s 2002 Master Plan, Hudson County’s 2004 Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Plan, Hudson County’s 2005 Stormwater Management Plan, and Hudson County’s 2009 Site Plan and Subdivision Review Regulations for Smart Growth and Sustainable Development. Since joining Hoboken, Stephen has coordinated the $230 million Rebuild By Design project and preparation of the Post Sandy Disaster Recovery Plan, the Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan and the Micro-Grid Feasibility Report. He also managed the planning and construction of the H5 Wet Weather Pump Station, installation of Emergency Back-up Generators at Police and Fire facilities, rehabilitation of Washington Street and Observer Highway, including replacement of water mains, construction of the Southwest Resiliency Park and acquisition of the BASF property. Stephen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science from The College of New Jersey and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. He is a state licensed and nationally certified Professional Planner. He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager by the Association of State Floodplain Managers and a Green Associate by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building Certification Institute. Stephen lives with his wife and two children in Kearny, N.J.