WVWRI’s NBAC to Highlight Collaborative Approach to Community Redevelopment Projects at Upcoming Conference

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The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers will host their 9th annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference on Sept. 11 and 12 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

This year’s conference will highlight the Centers’ collaborative approach in helping communities throughout the state capture the maximum economic, environmental and social benefits from the remediation and adaptive re-use of brownfields.

Brownfields include all property that is hindered from redevelopment or reuse due to the presence or perceived presence of a hazardous substance or contaminant. The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers were created in 2005 by the West Virginia Legislature to empower communities to plan and implement redevelopment projects.

“Successful projects do not happen without collaboration,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. “We have some of the best resources to advance redevelopment projects right here at WVU through a diverse and knowledgeable faculty and student base.”

Since its creation in 2006, the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center has collaborated with faculty at WVU and Marshall University to provide technical assistance to communities across the state. Since then, the Center has expanded this collaboration to work with professors from a variety of fields at other institutions across West Virginia.

This collaborative work with faculty experts will be highlighted at this year’s conference in a session titled, “Redevelopment University: Collaborating for Project Success.” This session will feature a panel of WVU professors who are actively working on community projects across the state. The session will be moderated by Rocco Fucillo, state, corporate and community relations specialist with WVU, and will feature panelists Tom Bias with the School of Public Health ; Charles Yuill with the Davis College Landscape Architecture Program ; Rita Colistra with the Reed College of Media ; and Steve Cutright with the College of Business and Economics.

“All of these professors are currently working on real community projects with their students,” said Carrie Staton, West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative Coordinator at the Center. “What’s great about these collaborations is that not only are students receiving valuable learning experience, but the communities involved are directly benefiting from the high quality and timely efforts of students assisting in project tasks and objectives.”

Registration for the Conference ends on Sunday (Aug. 31).

For more information about the Brownfields Assistance Centers or to register for the 2014 West Virginia Brownfields Conference, visit www.wvbrownfields.org.


Registration for Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference Open Through Aug. 30

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Registration for the upcoming 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference ends on Aug. 30.

The event, co-hosted by the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University, will bring together researchers, policy makers, regulators, agencies and the public to share in the latest information, technologies and research relating to the Mid-Atlantic region’s water resources.

The conference will take place on Sept. 24 and 25 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown and will feature over 50 speakers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Topics will focus on the challenges and solutions facing the future of the Mid-Atlantic region’s water infrastructure.

“Water infrastructure is a vitally important issue moving into the future,” said Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute. “January’s chemical spill on the Elk River in West Virginia highlighted the need to seriously study the Nation’s water infrastructure to find better ways to protect source water and to improve the resiliency of the entire water system.”

The conference program will feature plenary sessions, three tracks of concurrent break-out sessions and several guest speakers including:

• Earl Greene – Acting Chief, External Research and Coordinator of Hydrologic Network and Analysis, United States Geological Survey
• Gerald Kauffman – Director, University of Delaware Water Resources Agency
• John Kennedy – Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Office of Ecology and Infrastructure
• John Unger – West Virginia State Senate Majority Leader
• John Sheehan – Director, Adirondack Environmental Council
• Walt Ivey – Director, Environmental Engineering Division, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

For more information about the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference, including a complete list of speakers and to register, visit www.midatlanticwc.org.

The West Virginia Water Research Institute is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University. In existence since 1967, the West Virginia Water Research Institute serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. It is the premier water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.

WVWRI Director to Speak at Upcoming Event Hosted by WVU Environmental Law Society

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West Virginia Water Research Institute Director, Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, will be a speaker at an upcoming event hosted by the West Virginia University Environmental Law Society.  The event, called “Protecting West Virginia Water:  Legislation, Litigation, and Lessons Learned for the Future of Water Regulation in West Virginia,” will provide an overall analysis of how safe public water resources are in West Virginia, as well as what changes may come in water-related regulation as a result of the chemical spill in the Elk River.  

Speakers at the event will include:

John Unger II
West Virginia Senate Majority Leader

Patrick McGinley, JD
West Virginia University College of Law

Paul Ziemkiewicz, PhD
West Virginia Water Research Institute

Alexandra Dunn, JD
Association of Clean Water Administrators

Robert Gupta, MD
Kanawha Charelston Health Departement

The event will take place on Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lugar Court Room at the WVU College of Law.

For more information about this event, visit:  http://protectingwestvirginiawater.weebly.com/