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Monday, July 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Planning for Multiple Benefits from Green Infrastructure

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This session will examine the myriad regulatory and financial pressures on localities for improved floodplain management, stormwater pollution reduction, and mitigating increasing flood insurance costs. We will examine common approaches to these problems, emphasizing conservation landscaping/green infrastructure/watershed management plans and outline how any one of these actions can provide multiple benefits for a locality.

Green infrastructure and open space approaches can help compliance with Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans/MS4 permits. They can also be part of mandated floodplain management plans. Finally, these practices can receive credit under FEMA's Community Rating System program, reducing flood insurance premiums for policyholders within that locality. Properly planned and implemented, a single approach (and a single outlay) can provide multiple credits under different state and federal programs.
Wetlands Watch has been developing information for local governments to achieve these multiple benefits and seeks to “translate” these actions into the compliance language for multiple programs. This session will examine this work and seek input from coastal planners on improving this resource 

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Shereen Hughes

Assistant Director, Wetlands Watch
Shereen Hughes, Assistant Director of Wetlands Watch, Inc. and Virginia Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP), a bay-wide sustainable landscape certification initiative. She holds a B.S. in Geology from James Madison University, Certificate of Landscape Design from George Washington University and is a Certified Virginia Planning Commissioner. She is a member of the Norfolk Watershed Task Force and co-planned the... Read More →
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Mary-Carson S. Stiff

Director of Policy, Wetlands Watch
Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff, Director of Policy at Wetlands Watch. She holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School and a B.S. in English from Bates College. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager and currently Chairs the Coastal Virginia Community Rating System Workgroup. Prior experience includes Consulting Manager for Policy & Programs for the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic at William & Mary Law School, Legal Intern for the Virginia Outdoors... Read More →
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William Stiles

Executive Director, Wetlands Watch
We are the only grassroots statewide environmental group in the country working on sea level rise on the local government level, trying to affect land use decisions along the tidal shoreline. We use a broad range of programs - land use planning, flood plain planning, FEMA's Community Rating System (two of our staff are certified flood plain managers), emergency management planning, environmental and stormwater regulatory programs - to keep... Read More →

Monday July 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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