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2019 Deepwater Horizon Restoration Summit

Register Now for the Deepwater Horizon Restoration Summit

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites you to attend the Florida Deepwater Horizon Restoration Summit on:

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

The Summit will highlight information about ongoing, planned, and potential restoration efforts and priorities in Florida associated with Deepwater Horizon funding.

The Summit will serve as the annual meeting of the Florida Trustee Implementation Group.

The final agenda will be posted at a later time.

This event is open to the public.

Hotel Information

Below are a few hotels within a short drive of the Emerald Coast Convention Center:

Please check back frequently for updates. 

Draft Agenda - Deepwater Horizon Restoration Summit - November 14, 2019

Morning Session

9:00-9:30am Morning Keynote Speaker
9:30-10:45am First Concurrent Session:

DWH Overview and Status Update Panel

Moderator: Phil Coram, Program Administrator, Deepwater Horizon program, DEP   

Topic: RESTORE - Pot 2
Presenter: Ben Scaggs, Executive Director, RESTORE Council

Topic: Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
Presenter: Ben Frater, Assistant Restoration Manager, DOI

Topic: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
Presenter: Mike Sharp, Director, NFWF-GEBF

Topic: State Expenditure Plan – Pot 3
Presenter: Warren Yeager Chair Gulf Consortium, Gulf Co. or Dan Dourte, Balmoral Group

National Estuary Programs

Moderator: Jessica Bibza, National Wildlife Federation

Topic: Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership
Presenter: Jennifer Hecker, Executive Director, CHNEP

Topic: Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Presenter: Maya Burke, Science Policy Coordinator, TBEP

Topic: Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Presenter: Mark Alderson, Executive Director, SBEP

11:00am-12:15pm Second Concurrent Session:

Techniques and Strategies for Coastal Resiliency Panel

Moderator: Leslie Ames Reed, Deputy Chief of Staff, DEP

Topic: Coastal Resiliency Vulnerability Assessments
Presenter: Whitney Gray, Program Consultant, DEP

Topic: Land Acquisition
Presenters: TBD

Topic: Living Shorelines role in Coastal Resiliency
Presenter: Matt Posner, RESTORE and Resilience Program Manager, Natural Resources Management Department, Escambia County

Living Coastal and Marine Resources Project Case Studies Panel

Moderator: Gareth Leonard, Gulf Restoration Coordinator, FWC

Topic:  GEBF Increased Capacity for Marine Mammal Response
Presenter: FWC-FWRI

Topic: GEBF Eliminating Light Pollution on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches
Presenter: Sea Turtle Conservancy

Topic: GEBF Restoring Florida's Shorebird & Seabird Populations
Presenter: Audubon

12:15-1:45pm Lunch and Exhibit Hall

Afternoon Session

1:45-2:15pm Afternoon Keynote Speaker
2:30-3:45pm Third Concurrent Session:

Recreation Project Case Studies Panel

Moderator: Jim Reynolds, Environmental Consultant, DEP

Topic: NRDA Florida Coastal Access project
Presenter: The Trust for Public Land

Topic: NRDA Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration
Presenter: Keith Mille, Biological Administrator, FWC

Topic: NRDA Norriego Point Restoration and Recreation project
Presenter: Pearce Barrett, NRDA Project Manager, DEP

Panhandle Estuary Program Panel

Moderator: Darryl Boudreau, Watershed Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy

Topic: Perdido/Pensacola Estuary Program
Presenter: Matt Posner, RESTORE and Resilience Program Manager, Natural Resources Management Department, Escambia County

Topic: Choctawhatchee Estuary Program
Presenter: Melinda Gates, Environmental Coordinator, Walton County, Acting Staff for the Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Coalition

Topic: St. Andrew/St. Joe Bays Estuary Program
Presenter: Jim Muller, RESTORE Act Coordinator, Bay County Board of County Commissioners

4:00-5:15pm Fourth Concurrent Session:

Restoration Project Case Studies Panel

Moderator: Lisa Robertson, Environmental Administrator, DEP

Topic: RESTORE Gulf of Mexico Habitat Restoration via Conservation Corps Partnership Project
Presenter: Katie Flowers, GulfCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy/AmeriCorps

Topic: RESTORE Apalachicola Region Restoration Initiative
Presenter: Ben Battle, USDA

Topic: NFWF GEBF Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration
Presenter: Anne Birch, Marine Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Science Panel

Moderator: Becky Prado, Deputy Director, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, DEP

Topic: Top 5 frequently asked questions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Presenter: Monica Wilson, Ph.D., Oil Spill Research Extension Specialist, Florida Sea Grant

Topic: RESTORE Pot 5 Research - Florida Centers of Excellence
Presenter: Elizabeth Fetherston-Resch, Program Director, FLRACEP

Topic: RESTORE Pot 4 Research – RESTORE Science Program
Presenter: Julian Lartigue, Director, NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program

5:30 – 6 pm Public Meeting:
Florida Deepwater Horizon Restoration Priorities
Leslie Ames Reed, Deputy Chief of Staff, DEP

6 – 7 pm Open House and Exhibit Hall

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October 23, 2019 - 10:32am

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