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

6 – 7 pm Open House and Exhibit Hall

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