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Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

©Margaret Pizer/VASG

An impressive lineup of law, policy, and science experts spoke on March 15 and 16 at the Virginia Chesapeake Coastal Law & Policy Symposium. The Symposium was organized by the students in William & Mary Law School’s Environmental Law Society, Environmental Law and Policy Review and the new Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic and will form the basis for an upcoming issue of the Enviromental Law and Policy Review. The Symposium featured presentations on a range of topics including the new TMDL regulations, climate change mitigation strategies, wetland mitigation, and sea level rise. William & Mary Law student Kelci Block has summarized the talks from Day 1 and Day 2 of the Symposium on the Environmental Law Society Blog.

Agenda

Friday, March 15th

1:00 – 1:15 PM
Introduction: Daniel Doty & Dean Ronald Rosenburg

1:15 – 2:00 PM
An Overview of the Bay Restoration: Joe Maroon (Maroon Consulting LLC)

2:00 – 2:30 PM
TMDL Clean-Up Strategy: Robert Nelson (UMD)

2:30 – 2:50 PM
DEQ Response: Russ Baxter (DEQ)

2:50 – 3:00 PM
BREAK

3:00 – 3:30 PM
Ecosystem Services Trading Business: George Kelly (Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC)

3:30 – 4:15 PM
Mitigation Panel: Donald Carr (Attorney), Jim Perry (W&M/VIMS), George Kelly, Whitney Saunders (Attorney/Banker) & Steve Marin (USACE)

4:15 – 4:30 PM
BREAK

4:30 – 5:00 PM
VDOT v. EPA: Carla Poole (AquaLaw)

5:00 – 5:30 PM
Litigation Issues: Rick Parrish (SELC)

5:30 – 6:00 PM
Concluding Address: Jeff Corbin (EPA)

6:00 – 7:00 PM
SYMPOSIUM RECEPTION

 

Saturday, March 16th

8:30 – 9:00 AM
BREAKFAST

9:00 – 9:30 AM
The Role of Non-Profit Organizations: Margaret “Peggy” Sanner (CBF)

9:30 – 10:00 AM
Changing Non-Profit Role to Meet TMDL: Shana Jones (W&M/VCPC)

10:00 – 10:15 AM
BREAK

10:15 – 11:00 AM
TMDL Panel: Lewie Lawrence (MPPDC), Whitney Katchmark (HRPDC), Arthur Butt (DEQ), & James Davis-Martin (DCR)

11:00 – 12:00 AM
Shellfish Aquaculture for TMDL: Mark Luckenbach (VIMS) & Troy Hartley (VA Sea Grant)

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Non-Point Source Compliance: James Davis-Martin (DCR) & Arthur Butt (DEQ)

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Perspective From a Lifetime of Service – Public to Private to Non-Profit: Tayloe Murphy

2:00 – 2:15 PM
BREAK

2:15 – 2:45 PM
Sea Level Rise: Jessica Grannis (Georgetown Law)

2:45 – 3:45 PM
Sea Level Rise and Wetland issues: Skip Stiles (Wetland Watch) & Carl Hershner (VIMS)

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Concluding Remarks
Legislative Perspective: Congressman Rob Wittman