TWS Panel Discussion
ROOM: RSCC, D2
Increasingly, obtaining funding for infrastructure projects in the State of California mandates the development and delivery of a project that not only achieves the built objective (e.g., flood protection, water storage, etc.), but equally considers and incorporates other important goals and objectives, including restoring ecosystem function, improving fish and wildlife habitat, improving water quality, retaining and promoting agriculture, and increasing recreational opportunities. Successful implementation of these multi-benefit (also known as multi-objective) projects necessitates navigating through a myriad of regulatory, design, financial, ecological, and management interests and constraints. This session brings together experts and practitioners to discuss the successes, challenges, and hurdles to achieving balance in multi-benefit projects and will provide insight on how multi-benefit project objectives are defined and achieved in a landscape of competing interests and limited resources. The panel will consist of one or more representatives of each of these: regulatory agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms specializing in restoration design. Each panelist will have an opportunity to briefly present multi-benefit project case studies and share their experience and insights in working through all aspects of a multi-benefit project including: planning and design, regulatory permitting and approval, construction, and long-term stewardship. Panelists will have an opportunity to share experiences in seeking interdisciplinary collaboration among various stakeholders in order to balance different objectives. A facilitator will then lead a question and answer session – including opportunities for audience participation – that explores the trade-offs of different objectives within multi-benefit projects.
Organizers: Lynn Hermansen, Mark Ashenfelter, Vance Howard
Supported by: GEI Consultants, Inc.