Marsh Resilience Summit Day 1 February 5
9:00 Welcome

Introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative and Summit Goals

Opening Remarks, Jeff Payne, NOAA Office of Coastal Management

Fredrika Moser, Maryland Sea Grant


Evaluating Chesapeake Bay Marsh Health

Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative

10:20 Break

Understanding Sea Level Rise and Marsh Response

Molly Mitchell, Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Marsh Extent and Projected Change

Matt Kirwin, Virginia Institute of Marine Science


So What? Marsh Ecosystem Service Impacts and Community Protection

Ellen Hubert, Ducks Unlimited

12:00 Lunch
  Sessions for Day 1
  Room 1 Room 2
1:00 – 2:50

Marsh Migration

    • Barriers to marsh migration Carl Hershner, VIMS


    • A paradigm shift: Potential use of invasive Phragmites australis to improve resilience to global change in coastal wetlands Tom Mozdzer, Bryn Mawr


    • A bigger picture: Planning and zoning tools to manage retreat Katie Spidalieri, Georgetown Climate Center


    • GPS as a tool to estimate the vertical land motion component of local sea level rise Philippe Hensel, NOAA NGS

Environmental Market Mechanisms and Other Conservation Policy Opportunities

    • TMDL credit for marsh creation Pam Mason, VIMS


    • Coastal Blue Carbon: Connecting conservation to carbon finance Stephanie Simpson, Restore America’s Estuaries


    • Insuring Natural Infrastructure: Potential Application to Marshes? Mark Way, The Nature Conservancy


    • Potential for using resilience credits to protect and restore marshes Emily Landis, The Nature Conservancy



2:50 Break
  Room 1 Room 2
3:10 – 5:00

Co-benefits of Marsh Conservation

    • Storm surge and wave attenuation benefits of marshes in the Chesapeake Bay Celso Ferriera, George Mason University


    • Marsh conservation and bird populations in Chesapeake Bay, Bryan Watts, College of William and Mary 


    • Year 1 of The Coastal Carbon Research Coordination Network James Holmquist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center


    • Characterizing the role of Jug Bay Wetlands on the water quality of the Patuxent River Patricia Delgado, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary


    • Human Health Benefits of Coastal Wetlands Ariana Sutton-Grier, The Nature Conservancy

Linking wetland conservation and community resilience

    • Marsh Migration and Human Relocation: Finding a fair path forward Liz Van Dolah, Christy Miller Hesed, Deal Island Peninsula Project


    • Underwater: Rising seas, chronic floods and the implications for the Chesapeake Bay Shana Udvardy, Union of Concerned Scientists


    • Modeling property abandonment driven by recurrent flooding in a coastal locality Pamela Braff, VIMS


    • Integrating coastal resilience into Maryland’s Critical Area Law Kate Charbonneau, Maryland DNR


    • Aquifer Replenishment and Land Subsidence, A SWIFT Perspective Dan Holloway, CH2M David Nelms USGS



5:30 – 7:30 Poster Session and Evening Reception


Marsh Resilience Summit Day 2 February 6

Legal and Policy Challenges for Future Marsh Preservation 

Elizabeth Andrews, William and Mary Law School


Marsh Roles in the Chesapeake Bay Model

Lew Linker, Chesapeake Bay Program


Pre-salted Beans: Sea level rise, Marsh Migration, and Agriculture

Keryn Gedan, George Washington University


A New Kind of Wild: Reshaping the Gulf of Mexico After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Bethany Kraft, Volkert, Inc. 

10:10 Break
  Sessions for Day 2
  Room 1 Room 2
10:30 – 12:30

Lessons learned from management techniques and restoration


    • Vegetation and soil development in restored tidal freshwater wetlands: Lessons from the Anacostia and Patuxent estuaries Andrew Baldwin, University of Maryland


    • Fire effects on ecosystem functions along a coastal elevation gradient: Implications for marsh resilience to sea level rise Julia Cherry, University of Alabama


    • Enhancing tidal hydrology at Farm Creek Marsh Erik Meyers, The Conservation Fund, Dave Curson, Audubon


    • Salt marsh restoration: lessons learned and looking forward Erin McLaughlin, Maryland DNR


    • Dredged material for tidal marsh restoration: The importance of nutrient availability Court Stevenson, Lorie Staver, UMCES Horn Point Lab


Dredge and Beneficial Use

    • Case Studies: Working with the US Army Corp of Engineers Monica Chasten, USACE


    • BUILDing resiliency: Maryland DNR approach to beneficial use of dredge material, Jackie Specht, Maryland DNR


    • Virginia’s regulatory framework for dredging and beneficial use of dredged materials Tony Watkinson, Virginia Marine Resources Commission


    • Tools for evaluating beneficial dredge material use and building marsh resilience Scott Hardaway, VIMS


    • Opportunities for building marsh resilience in Virginia: A local government perspective Lewie Lawrence, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission



12:30 Lunch
  Room 1 Room 2
1:30 – 3:30

Lessons Learned on Living Shorelines and Thin Layering

    • Living shorelines: Long term resilience and incentivizing use Donna Bilkvoic, VIMS


    • Living shorelines: Understanding and influence shoreline management decision-making Sarah Stafford, William and Mary


    • Thin layer placement as a tool to address impacts to coastal marsh habitat due to sea level rise –Case Studies and Future Considerations Sam Whitin, EA Engineering
    • Using sediment enhancement to build tidal marsh resiliency on Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Matt Whitbeck, Blackwater NWR


    • Selecting and prioritizing sites for restoration Ross Weaver, Wetland Watch



Marshes, Agriculture, and Industry

    • Facilitating the transition from coastal agricultural land to high salt marsh as sea-level rises Linda Blum, University of Virginia


    • Agroecosystems in transition: sea level rise and saltwater intrusion alter biogeochemical cycling in coastal farmlands Kate Tully, University of Maryland


    • Developing a saltwater intrusion plan for Maryland Jason Dubow, Maryland DOP


    •  Impacts of salt water intrusion on pine systems Matt Hurd, Maryland DNR



3:30 Break
3:50 -5:00 Wrap Up Discussion and Prioritizing Next Steps Forward


Note: Presentations in each session are 15 minutes long with 40 minutes of discussion at the end of the session. Speakers being added. Please check back regularly. Presentations and speakers are subject to change.