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Monday, May 8 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Harbor and Tributaries Study: What We Need to Know Now

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ NY & NJ Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study (HATS), designed to ensure comprehensive solutions to historic flooding, has been met with both enthusiasm and consternation. This discussion considers what the region might realistically expect from the Army Corps of Engineers, both states, and New York City for HATS funding, implementation, and execution of projects. What are the right planning projections? How do we justify billions in investment that may not protect us before 2040 or 2050? Among the focal points for discussion are timelines, costs, state and federal processes, and other non-project, non-technical aspects of the study.

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Phil Bedient

Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, Rice University
Dr. Philip B. Bedient is the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the SSPEED Center at Rice University. He teaches and performs research in surface water hydrology, disaster management, and flood modeling and prediction systems (FIRST & FAS5). He has directed over... Read More →
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Dale Morris

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Charleston
Dale Morris is chief resilience officer for the city of Charleston, S.C. Dale's primary role is the integration of comprehensive water management, planning and adaptation processes into city policy, land-use, and water projects, and the addition of broader resilience approaches to... Read More →
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Sahana Rao

Staff Attorney, N.Y. Regional Team and Environment, Equity & Justice Center, Natural Resources Defense Council
Sahana Rao (she/they) uses legal and policy tools to support communities of color, low-income communities, and environmental justice coalitions in the New York/Northeast region and across the country. Prior to joining NRDC, they practiced environmental law as an associate attorney... Read More →
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Tyler Taba, WEDG

Senior Manager for Climate Policy, Waterfront Alliance
Tyler Taba joined Waterfront Alliance in January 2022 as the senior manager for climate policy. He is charged with developing climate change policy and strategy, leading the coordination and convening of the Rise to Resilience coalition, and identifying changes and trends in climate... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Safra Hall (1st Floor)