- Open Waters Initiative
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- Upcoming Events
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- 2014 WATERFRONT CONFERENCE
- Talking Transition
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- Conference Sponsors
- Morning Plenary
- Access and Equity Panel
- Adapting to Climate Change Panel
- Emerging Sustainable Harbor Panel
- Ferries Bang for the Buck Panel
- Harbor Coalition: The Heavy Lift Panel
- Harbor Coalition: Waterfront Project Workshop
- Implementing Water Quality Panel
- Lunch Panel: Climate Change
- NJ Comprehensive Waterfront Plan Panel
- Open Up the Harbor!
- Safety and Real Time Water Quality Panel
- Saturday Morning Keynote
- Use Public Money Wisely Workshop
- Wakes Panel
- Waterfront Design Panel
- Waterfront Financing and Governing Panel
- World Class Attraction Panel
- 2012 Heroes of the Harbor Awards
- 2011 Waterfront Conference Floating Follow-Up
- 2010 Waterfront Conference
- CONFERENCE PROGRAM
- Morning Keynote and Plenary Sessions
- Conference Sponsors
- Historic Boats
- Ecology & Economy Workshop
- A Plan to Bring Our Harbor Back to Life
- Future of the Port
- Recreational Revolution
- Opportunities for Green Infrastructure
- Oyster & the Clean Water Act
- Show Us the Money
- Waterfront Edge Design
- A Green Working Waterfront
- Water Mass Transit
- Program Recap
- Climate Change Resiliency
- Dredged Materials Management
- Harbor Education
- 2013 Waterfront Conference
- 2014 Heroes of the Harbor Awards Dinner and Parade of Boats
- The Waterfront Platform for New York City
- After Sandy
- Harbor Literacy Points
- Voters Guide
- City of Water Film
- MWA in the News
- 2014 Summer Aqua Calendar
- Best Waterfront Day Trips
- Press Releases
- MWA Live from Abu Dhabi
- WaterWire Archive
- Waterfront Action Agenda
To View or Download the Conference Program, Click Here: CONFERENCE PROGRAM
BOAT TOURS 8:00am to 9:00am - Narrated Boat Tour of the Harbor (Departs from Gangway 3 in Battery Park near Castle Clinton) 6:00pm to 7:00pm - Harbor Cruise & Evening Reception (Departs from Gangway 3 in Battery Park near Castle Clinton)
PLENARY SESSIONS 9:00am to 11:15am - Comprehensive Waterfront Plan Implementation - Regional Opportunities for Collaboration and Funding 1:30 to 2:00pm - The New York-New Jersey Harbor Caucus
1. Why is the NY-NJ Harbor Missing the Boat? 2. Ecology and Economy-A Workshop 3. A Plan to Bring Our Harbor to Life 4. Future of the Port 5. Getting 2 Million Kids ON and IN the Water
6. Recreation Revolution 7. Opportunities for Green Infrastructure in Underserved Neighborhoods 8. The Rising Tide from the Bottom Up 9. Everyone Else Gets the Mud Out--Why Cant We? 10. The Oyster and the Clean Water Act
11. Support for Our Urban National Park 12. Show Us the Money 13. Edge Design for the Rising Tide & Aquatic Life 14. A Green Working Waterfront Works 15. Water Mass Transit - A Citywide Plan for our Region
Highlights of the Comprehensive Restoration Plan & the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan in NY and NJ
A morning harbor tour on Entertainment Cruises' Atlantica, looking at the CRP and CWP. Views include Liberty State Park and the Brooklyn waterfront. Light refreshments included.
Harbor Cruise and Evening Reception
A scenic cruise around the NY-NJ Harbor, giving you time to mingle with old friends and meet other conference-goers and waterfront leaders. Thanks to our boat sponsor, Statue Cruises, and our Reception Sponsor, New York Container Terminal.
Comprehensive Waterfront Plan Implementation
Moderator: Robert Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Adrian Benepe, NYC Parks & Recreations; David Bragdon, Mayors Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability; Amanda Burden, NYC Dept. of City Planning; Cas Holloway, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection; Seth Pinsky; NYC Economic Development Corporation; Christine Quinn, NYC Council (invited)
Regional Opportunities for Collaboration and Funding
Col. John R. Boule II, US Army Corps of Engineers; Captain Linda Fagan, Coast Guard; Bob Martin, NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection (invited); Robert Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor of Economic Development; Chris Ward, Port Authority of NY and NJ.
The New York-New Jersey Harbor Caucus
Senator Robert Menendez, US Senator for New Jersey (invited) Senator Charles Schumer, US Senator for New York (invited) top of page
1. Why is the NY-NJ Harbor Missing the Boat?
Strategies to capture the societal, economic, historic, and educational value of a New York-New Jersey Harbor alive with ships and boats.
For a city surrounded by more water than almost any other in the world, there are relatively few places for visiting ships, our own historic boats, and recreational boats to dock. How does our harbor preserve and gain maritime infrastructure? Why do we again and again make decisions which deny our harbor of boats and historic boats? What strategies can we put into place now to make sure we do not lose opportunities and take advantage of economic development opportunities?
2. Ecology and Economy – A Workshop
This world-café style workshop will engage participants in addressing our greatest ecological and economic challenge: How do we begin to restore past destruction of wetlands and the filling of the NY-NJ Harbor and provide ongoing protection of the environment while still maintaining our economy and promoting ongoing economic development? Participants will generate ideas and approaches to this and then prioritize the ideas to see which are most promising. Results will be used to inform implementation of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan and other important harbor and waterfront plans in New York and New Jersey.
3. We have a Plan to Bring Our Harbor Back to Life!
Implementation of the NY-NJ Harbor Comprehensive Restoration Plan
What are the next steps in New York and New Jersey for making sure the restoration plan becomes reality? What are the technical, regulatory, and funding barriers that must be overcome and how can local funding be leveraged?
4. Future of the Port
Larger ships? Deeper channels? Regional port or national port? Raze or raise the Bayonne Bridge. A discussion about how a 21st century port will be with a focus on economic and environmental opportunities.
5. How to Get 2 Million Kids on and in the Water
Models of success for scalable on-the-water education that meets curriculum standards
Model water-based environmental education programs from around the region, a curriculum for the NY-NJ Harbor, and innovations to prepare our next generation of decision makers. top of page
6. Recreation Revolution
The human-powered recreational boating scene is growing. How to design for public access and how to accommodate recreational growth.
Never before have our waterways been enjoyed by so many. Never before has such a large constituency for the waterfront come together. What stands in the way of further growth? How do we encourage the best in waterfront designs that are essential to waterfront access, waterfront parks, natural resources protection, and recreational blue trails around the region? A look at past planning and organizing decisions to create a common understanding of what waterfront and public access planning works in the harbor and what doesn’t.
7. Opportunities for Green Infrastructure in Underserved Neighborhoods
How can we leverage regulatory changes, funding streams, financial incentives and local best practices in ways that create more green infrastructure and natural systems infrastructure opportunities in all neighborhoods? This panel will explore how community-based initiatives can shape the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, how EPA’s new National Stormwater rule and new local laws for CSO control will play a key role in the future of green infrastructure and how Philadelphia is leading the way.
8. The Rising Tide from the Bottom Up
Climate resiliency through community organizing, planning, and engagement at the local level and in our neighborhoods
Community resiliency toolkits, community planning, and emergency preparedness for better climate change strategies, waterfront designs, and community based innovation. What are the best practices and how do we make climate change adaptation more community based and more implementable?
9. Everyone Else Gets the Mud Out – Why Can’t We?
Solutions from other parts of the country for dredge materials management
Examples of successful dredge materials management from other parts of the country. How New York and New Jersey coordination could reduce the cost of dredge disposal and provide for long term solutions.
10. The Oyster and the Clean Water Act
Is a cleaner harbor possible through oyster restoration? What regulatory constraints and opportunities are there for water quality improvements?
The recent New Jersey decision banning oyster gardening may have implications for overall restoration goals for the harbor. At the same time, water quality improvements through upcoming standards for CSO control and the new Total Maximum Daily Load standards for pathogens may play a role for future oyster restoration work. Is it time to rethink the current regulatory framework or restoration goals? What is the future of restoration using oysters? What role will upcoming water quality standards play? top of page
11. Support for Our Urban National Park
A Fair Share for Our National Park – What can be done to save Gateway?
Why aren’t we paying attention to our Urban Parks? What is the consequence of disinvestment at Gateway National Park and Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge? What are the current efforts to revitalize urban national and local parks?
12. Show us the Money
New advocacy and funding mechanisms to bring our share of funds to the harbor.
What Funding Mechanisms are needed and what advocacy must we do to bring more federal funding to New York and New Jersey for the harbor? What restoration and coalition building efforts in the Everglades, Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and similar sites, are applicable to the New York New Jersey Harbor?
13. Edge Design for the Rising Tide and Aquatic Life
Regulation, design, & barriers to innovation-making visionary waterfront designs real.
From new housing developments to great and new parks, much of our waterfront use and contour is being defined for the indefinite future. How do we maintain design and permitting flexibility for a world class waterfront? How do we make innovative ecological design and restoration, from small bulkhead redesigns to the Rising Currents exhibition at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), real in New York and New Jersey? What are the regulatory, social, and planning barriers and how can they be addressed?
14. A Green Working Waterfront Works
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Air Quality, Water Quality, Job Quality
Regulation, innovations and programs supporting redevelopment, revitalization, retention of working waterfronts in New York and New Jersey. Examples from other parts of the country and how we make it work here.
15. Water Mass Transit – A Citywide Plan for our Region
What does the soon-to-be-released New York City Ferry study imply for the future of ferry service in New York and New Jersey? What are the next steps forward in planning and funding better ferry service from New Jersey to NYC and between boroughs? top of page