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Resilient Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions Working Group Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Kevin Grigg
17:35
Good morning, everyone. Thanks for attending.
Brian Thompson CTDEEP
18:41
Good morning everyone, Brian Thompson, Director, Land and Water Resources Division at DEEP
Robert LaFrance
18:59
Robert LaFrance, National Audubon Society (CT)
Emily Slotnick
19:25
Good morning! Emily Slotnick, Climate Resilience Manager/Director of Env. Permitting at BETA Group
Marina Astitha
19:26
Good morning everyone. Marina Astitha, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UConn.
Mary Pelletier
19:26
Mary Pelletier, Park Watershed
Nicole Govert, Sustainable CT
19:27
Nicole Govert, Sustainable CT. Good Morning!
Michelle Andrzejewski
19:36
Hello! Michelle Andrzejewski, City of Norwalk - Planning and Zoning
Todd Berman
19:36
Todd Berman - Avangrid
Amber Garrard (she/her), Yale University
19:41
Hi all, Amber Garrard, Yale Office of Sustainability
james O'Donnell
19:44
Hi. Jim O'Donnell, CIRCA & UCONN
Jonathan Kinney
19:48
Good morning everyone. Jonathan Kinney - State Historic Preservation Officer for Connecticut.
Amy Blaymore Paterson
19:54
Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director, CT Land Conservation Council
Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet
19:57
Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet, Dept of Anthropology, UCONN
Megan Raymond
19:58
Hi, I am Megan Raymond, Principal Scientist, Wetlands and Waterways Lead at SLR Consulting.
Alicea Charamut - Rivers Alliance
20:00
Hello all! Alicea Charamut, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
David Dickson
20:08
Dave Dickson, UConn CLEAR & Extension
Bryan Garcia
20:11
Good morning all. Bryan Garcia - Connecticut Green Bank
William Lucey
20:14
Bill Lucey - Long Island Soundkeeper - Save the Sound
Chadwick Schroeder
20:25
Chadwick Schroeder, City of Bridgeport, Sustainability Manager
Thomas Baptist
20:25
Thomas Baptist, Town of East Hartford CT, Project Manager -Chief Sustainability Officer
Mark Urban
20:26
Mark Urban, Center of Biological Risk and UConn Dept. of Ecology and Evolution
Yaprak Onat
20:30
Hi everyone, Yaprak Onat - UConn CIRCA
Dean Audet
20:33
Hello, Dean Audet from Fuss & O'Neill
Samuel Alexander, SCCOG
20:34
Sam Alexander, SCCOG
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
20:40
Rebecca French, Director Office of Climate Planning, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection
Jack Matthias
20:47
Jack Matthias, Audubon CT
Russell Clark
21:05
Russell Clark, Urban Forester, PlanIT Geo
Joanna Wozniak-Brown
21:11
Good morning! Joanna Wozniak-Brown, Climate Policy Development Coordinator for Office of Policy & Management
Lisa Shanahan
21:12
I am Lisa Shanahan. I am a Common Council member for the City of Norwalk, Chair of the Ordinance Committee as well as chair of our Ad Hoc Resiliency Committee. I also sit on the board of the Norwalk Land Trust and the steering committee of Hudson to the Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership
Megan Granato
21:23
Good morning! Megan Granato here - I am the Sustainability and Resilience Manager for the Town of Groton. Listening in as an interested member of the public.
Louanne Cooley
21:34
Good morning! Louanne Cooley UConn CIRCA, CT Siting Council, Town of Mansfield PZC
Laura Magaraci
21:38
Good Morning Everyone. Laura Magaraci, Zoning & IWEO Town of North Haven.
Joseph Marrone
21:38
Joe Marrone, Area Leader - Urban and Coastal Resilience with Arcadis
Christopher Kelly
21:49
Chris Kelly - Save the Sound
Tyler Archer
21:54
Hello all. Tyler Archer, environmental and land use attorney at Shipman & Goodwin
Michael Hogan
22:02
Michael Hogan, CTDOT Transportation Principal Engineer, Hydraulics & Drainage and Soils & Foundations Units
Alysse Lembo-Buzzelli
22:23
Alysse Lembo-Buzzelli, Associate Director of Financing Programs, CT Green Bank ///// Board of Directors, CT Green Building Council
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
22:30
For an overview of the Governor's Council on Climate Change process please see these slides: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/climatechange/GC3/GC3-2022-agendas-and-minutes/Opportunities-for-GC3-in-2022-060822.pdf
Sara Morrison
22:39
Hello, Sara Morrison, Fuss & O'NeillBusiness Line Manager - Climate Adaptation
Wayne Cobleigh
23:01
Hi Wayne Cobleigh, GZA and CTGBC, note your climate resilient nature based solution sites and buildings can now apply for 2022 CT Green Building Awards applications due Sept 30 info at www.ctgbc.org
Dominic Antonio
23:04
Dominic Antonio - CTDOT, Transportation Supervising Engineer, Hydraulics & Drainage
Stephanie Bahramian
23:17
Stephanie Bahramian, Environmental Planner with Town of Bloomfield
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
27:49
A reminder to Working Group members, please introduce yourself in the chat.
Megan Raymond, SLR
28:13
Sorry, how much money will be available to CT through PROTECT again please?
David Murphy
28:40
David Murphy, CIRCA Director of Resilience Engineering; and Principal at Resilient Land And Water, LLC
William Lucey
31:32
or better fish passage
Becky Bunnell
32:11
Becky Bunnell Fairfield Flood and Erosion control board listening in
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
32:16
Working group members - If you have questions for presenters, please put them in the chat.
Joanna Wozniak-Brown, CT OPM
32:25
Did they dictate what standards would apply to increasing the project to a resilient-size capacity?
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
34:09
For an overview of the Governor's Council on Climate Change process please see these slides: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/climatechange/GC3/GC3-2022-agendas-and-minutes/Opportunities-for-GC3-in-2022-060822.pdf
Rick Bennett
35:03
Rick Bennett, US Fish and Wildlife Service
John Truscinski
36:16
John Truscinski, Director of Resilience Planning, CIRCA
Malaquias Peña
38:44
Malaquias Peña, Civil and Environmental Engineering affiliated to the Eversource Energy Center, UConn
Paul Hearn
39:33
Paul Hearn, Baralmar Advisors LLC, Stamford, CT
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
40:07
Link to the DEEP Climate Resilience Fund: https://portal.ct.gov/connecticutclimateaction/executive-order/deep-climate-resilience-fund
Tyler Archer
40:08
To clarify, the local match funding is a requirement for federal funding? The state is not requiring a match?
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
41:47
@Tyler, correct. No match required for applications to the state fund, but grantees as part of their deliverables for the state fund need to conduct an assessment to identify how they will pay for the match required for federal applications.
Emily Pysh (CT DOT)
44:13
The PROTECT Program (FHWA) will provide around $90M to CT in formula funding, and make annually available $200M in competitive grant funding. There has not been a specific design standard communicated for the program, however, there is expected to be additional guidance issued when the competitive grants are announced.
David Dickson
47:21
Why is the CEEP Climate Resilience fund only funding planning and project development. Why not implementation? A lot of communities are struggling to find funding for that.
David Dickson
47:42
DEEP not CEEP
David Dickson
48:52
Is the idea to set communities up to apply for the federal funding programs?
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
50:35
@david yes, we are focused on getting our communities ready for federal funding opportunities for implementation, i.e. construction
David Dickson
51:04
ok. Thanks.
Kim Rice
58:24
Thank you!
Wayne Cobleigh
58:53
Question when would these DEEP grant applications be due for first round?
Joanna Wozniak-Brown, CT OPM
01:00:17
Thanks, Emily!
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
01:00:52
@Wayne - Track 1 planning, final applications due November 10. Track 2 project development, applications accepted on a rolling deadline, with application review beginning Oct 21 and a final deadline is Dec 2. All details are listed in the program description here: https://portal.ct.gov/connecticutclimateaction/executive-order/deep-climate-resilience-fund
Megan B. Raymond, SLR
01:01:36
thinking about getting projects shovel ready and funded, how much cepa/nepa involvement do you anticipate with ilja funded projects
Amy Blaymore Paterson, CLCC
01:02:05
Thank you!
Amy Blaymore Paterson, CLCC
01:08:46
Agree with Robert - especially if we are trying to get communities ready for federal funding opportunities for implementation.
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
01:09:01
As part of the DEEP Climate Resilience Fund we will try to help with that to some extent
Amber Garrard (she/her), Yale University
01:09:05
Great suggestion, Robert.
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
01:09:11
referring to Robert's comment
Robert LaFrance
01:09:41
Thanks all
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
01:10:23
If you are not a working group member and would like to speak during the public comment portion at the end of this meeting, please send me a direct message and I will add you to the list.
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
01:14:33
@joanna - neutral from DEEP GC3 admin perspective on formation of a policy subgroup...at the discretion of the co-chairs
Megan B. Raymond, SLR
01:14:37
thanks, emily - need to streamline some of these systems for sure
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:17:26
Survey Results:
Joanna Wozniak-Brown, CT OPM
01:19:59
Thanks, Rebecca. Good to know!
Joanna Wozniak-Brown, CT OPM
01:20:01
I think this WG could have helpful contributions to the format and process for the feeding and tracking of the resilience project pipeline, given the efforts happening across the state.
Joseph Marrone, Arcadis
01:20:07
I think the interaction of flood risk reduction and environmental regulations would be worth talking about
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:21:15
Survey Results: 1. Stormwater Management including green infrastructure & drainage improvements, 2. Inland/ riverine flood risk management, 3.Resilient nature-based shoreline, including living shorelines, 4. Coastal/ tidal flood risk management
Marina Astitha
01:26:08
I have to sign off as I teach in 10min. I am very glad to be part of the group.
Kevin Grigg
01:26:33
Thanks for attending.
Katharine Morris
01:28:09
What types of permitting and regulatory issues
Mary Pelletier
01:28:21
thanks!
Tyler Archer
01:30:55
Thanks all. Would appreciate some clarity from the co-chairs on their vision for the final work product we are anticipated to develop, what it should include, and how the cross-cutting themes will be incorporated?
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
01:31:29
FYI, you can rename yourself in Zoom and add your affiliation. Hover over your name in the "Participants" list and go to "More" and then "Rename". adding affiliations here can help you get to know each other in such a large group.
Mary Pelletier
01:31:40
What about scale, perhaps we ought to look at holistic ecological planning at large scales. Benefits of multiple small scale green infrastructure features can be easily erased by approval of a parking lot/big box store, or synthetic turf field.
Katharine Morris
01:31:46
Thanks
Katharine Morris
01:32:26
Interesting
james O'Donnell
01:32:56
Lets get a list of obstacles...
Katharine Morris
01:33:03
Yea I’ve heard about that with respect to nature based solutions of solar panel siting to prevent watershed leaching // tracking erosion etc
Katharine Morris
01:34:12
Perhaps collaborating with colleges
Katharine Morris
01:34:16
Like UConn extension
Katharine Morris
01:34:23
Yea great information, thanks!
Amber Garrard (she/her), Yale University
01:35:24
Thanks for these examples! Are there any official processes for collecting and documenting these kinds of challenges?
Katharine Morris
01:35:53
++
Eric Hammerling, CFPA
01:36:05
Thank you, Alicea! Well said.
Amy Blaymore Paterson, CLCC
01:37:10
To Alicea's point, I encourage folks to look at the subgroup reports from the GC3 Working and Natural Lands WG esp Forests, Wetlands and Rivers. Link to all reports: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Climate-Change/GC3/GC3-Working-group-reports
Louanne Cooley
01:38:51
Would be helpful if regional authoriteis like COG's could serve as stormwater authorities.
Mary Pelletier
01:38:51
Absolutely agree with Alicea Charamut, the benefits of protecting and revitalization of riparian buffers ought to be recognized as an affordable nature-based solution.
Louanne Cooley
01:38:55
Only New London
William Lucey
01:39:01
To Alicea's point preserving open space, protecting riparian buffers, removing dams, not building in floodplains have low O&M costs.
Brian Thompson CTDEEP
01:40:16
https://www.northeastoceancouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Regulatory-Challenges-and-Opportunities-for-Living-Shorelines-in-New-England_2022.03.04-1.pdf
David Dickson, UConn CLEAR
01:40:58
Rebecca - can DEEP Climate Resilience planning or Proj Devleopment funds be used for exploring/setting up utilities?
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
01:41:15
Thankyou @Eleanor for bringing in an equity lens issue to this discussion
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
01:41:32
https://resilientconnecticut.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2761/2022/08/Flood-Climate-Resilience-and-Erosion-Board_fact-sheet-8.24.22.pdf
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
01:41:42
this is in addition to stormwater utility authorization
Katharine Morris
01:42:06
Elle I’d love to see your research//preliminary findings!
Louanne Cooley
01:42:25
Thank you! looking forward to working with the group.
Katharine Morris
01:42:26
Goodluck on the grant!
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
01:42:28
Thank you to the co-chairs!!!
Sarah Watson, CT DEEP
01:42:51
FYI, the first webinar for the DEEP Climate Resilience Fund will be Friday, Sept 22 from 12-1pm. See the website for all information: https://portal.ct.gov/connecticutclimateaction/executive-order/deep-climate-resilience-fund
Rebecca French, CT Dept. Energy & Env. Protection
01:43:20
General guidance is there NO written report requirement. An oral presentation to the GC3 is the deliverable.
Amy Blaymore Paterson, CLCC
01:43:47
Thank you for this opportunity. Looking forward to rolling up sleeves and coming up with strong recommendations.