The Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative 2010 Symposium

Conservation Management of the Clinch and Powell River Systems: How Towns, Roads and Development Influence Aquatic Environments

May 25-26, 2010, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Virginia.

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The Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative is convening its second symposium addressing land use effects on the health of Central Appalachian river systems with a particular focus on the Clinch and Powell watersheds of Virginia and Tennessee. The symposium will address how the built environment (towns, buildings, roads, etc) influences water quality and the fish, mussels and other animals that inhabit the diverse streams and rivers of the region. Presentations and panel discussions will cover both impacts and solutions related to stormwater runoff, transportation corridors, and regional planning for environmentally sustainable development. Who Should Attend: This symposium is for local government staff and elected officials, regional planners, development and design consultants, transportation professionals, state and natural resource agencies, college and university faculty and students, and anyone interested in how the development of their community can be compatible with the ecological health of streams and rivers in the Appalachian mountain region. For further information contact: Braven Beaty, The Nature Conservancy, 146 East Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 676-2209,

Agenda & Presentations

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Thursday, May 25, 2010

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Symposium. Brad Kreps, The Nature Conservancy
8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks: Paul SloanDeputy Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; and Maureen MatsenVirginia Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources
9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Keynote Address: Sustainable Stormwater – How Clean Water Practices Can Have Multiple Benefits in Your Community. Dave HirschmanCenter for Watershed Protection (presentation.pdf)
9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Quality Growth Makes Cents for Your Community. Jane FowlerSoutheast Watershed Forum (presentation pdf)
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session I: How the Clinch and Powell River Systems Benefit People – Moderated by Jen KrstolicUnited States Geological Survey
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Using Knowledge of Aquatic Ecosystem Services to Advance River Conservation. Paul Angermeier and Amy Villamagna, Virginia Tech (presentation pdf)
10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Biological Discoveries in the Clinch and Powell Rivers and Their Importance to Freshwater Mussel Conservation. Jess W. JonesUnited States Fish and Wildlife Service(presentation pdf)
11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Fish diversity in the Clinch and Powell River systems and Their Use as Sensitive Indicators of Ecosystem Health.Patrick RakesConservation Fisheries, Inc. (presentation pdf)
11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Recreation and Tourism Value of the Clinch and Powell Rivers. Tom Hampton, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (presentation pdf)
11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Questions for Speakers
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch in Adjacent Room: The Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative – Early Success and Future Directions. Brad Kreps,The Nature Conservancy
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session II: Water Management Impacts on Aquatic Environments – Moderated by Carol DossUpper Tennessee Round Table
1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Stormwater Impacts on Streams. Kathy DeBusk, North Carolina State University Stormwater Team (presentation pdf)
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Managing Stormwater Discharges within Local Government Jurisdictions. Michael Atchley, TN Department of Environment and Conservation (presentation pdf unavailable)
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Relative Effectiveness of Stormwater Control Strategies.Laurel WoodworthCenter for Watershed Protection(presentation pdf)
2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Questions for speakers
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session III: Stormwater Solutions for Aquatic Environments – Moderated by Paul DavisTN Department of Environment and Conservation
3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Straight Pipe Issues in Southwest Virginia. Allen Newman,Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (presentation pdf)
3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Assessment and Evaluation of Wastewater Needs of the Region. (presentation pdf unavailable)
4:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Funding Sources for Stormwater Control Projects. Andy Best– Stormwater Manager, Johnson City, Tennessee(presentation pdf unavailable)
4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Small Towns, Small Strategies for Lessening the Impacts of Stormwater: A Showcase of Successful Projects in Southwest Virginia. Kelly MillerVA Department of Conservation and Recreation (presentation pdf)
4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Questions for speakers
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Evening Mixer – Heavy Hors D‘Oeuvres and Cash Bar.

Friday, May 26, 2010

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Housekeeping Issues. Brad Kreps, The Nature Conservancy
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Session IV: Transportation Impacts and Solutions – Moderated by Jackie Davis, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. VDOT‘s Hydraulic, Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater programs. Tamara D. PritchardVA Department of Transportation (presentation pdf)
8:50 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Truck Accident Frequency and Accidental Spill Risk. Braven BeatyThe Nature Conservancy (presentation pdf)
9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The Effects of Transportation-Related Pollutants in Road Run-off on Native Freshwater Mussels. W. Gregory Cope,North Carolina State University (presentation pdf)
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Managing Stormwater Runoff From the Highway Environment. Craig Allan and Jy WuUniversity of North Carolina- Charlotte (presentation pdf)
9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Questions for Speakers
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Session V: Landscape Planning and Regional Perspectives – Moderated by Tracy Moir– McClean, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Water and Sewer Infrastructure Impacts on Development of the Region. Jim BaldwinCumberland Plateau Planning District Commission (presentation pdf)
10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Lessons from the Duck River in Tennessee. Leslie Colley,The Nature Conservancy (presentation pdf)
11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Benefits and Challenges of Planned Development. Shari Brown– Development Planner, City of Bristol, Tennessee(presentation pdf)
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. The Planning Context of Water Quality and Green Infrastructure in Blount County, Tennessee. John LambPlanner, Blount County, Tennessee (presentation pdf)
12:10 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Questions for speakers
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities in Real Local Situations- Moderated by Carl ZipperVirginia TechA panel of experts will address 2-3 ?real-world‘ scenarios from local communities and discuss options for avoiding or mitigating environmental impacts to the river systems. Skip SkinnerLENOWISCO Planning District Commission; Tracy Moir-McCleanUniversity of TennesseeJim McGlothlin,Town of Cedar BluffElizabeth AbeVA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks: Brad KrepsThe Nature Conservancy