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Project Information

Project Information


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning: Coastal Risk Reduction


Project Scope:

This committee will provide advice to the Corps of Engineers on a range of scientific, engineering, and water resources planning issues through periodic reports. Through its reports, the committee will provide advice to the Corps on agency practices that are valid or that should be revised, and help the Corps anticipate and prepare for emerging water resources planning challenges.  Meetings between this committee and the Corps will allow for the identification of important and emerging water resources planning and policy issues of high priority to the agency and upon which they are seeking external advice.  In addition to speaking with the Corps of Engineers, the committee often will engage invited speakers from other federal agencies, U.S. congressional staff, state governments, the private sector, and relevant stakeholders.  The committee also may serve as a forum for occasional workshops on thematic issues, such as flood risk management, sustainable river system planning, hydroecosystem restoration, or implications to water management of climate change and variability.

This committee's first report (2011) identified emerging national water resources challenges and their implications for Corps of Engineers strategies and programs. 

The committee's second report (2012) addressed the future of Corps of Engineers water resources infrastructure.

The committee’s third report will focus on reducing flood risks from coastal storm surges.  The committee will address the following questions:

1.      What coastal risk-reduction strategies have been used along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts to reduce impacts of coastal flooding associated with storm surges, and what design standards or levels of protection have been used?  To what extent have these many strategies and levels of protection proven effective in terms of economic return, protection of life safety, and minimizing environmental effects? 

2.      What are the regional and national implications of expanding the extent and levels of coastal storm surge protection?  Examples might include operations and maintenance costs, sediment availability, and regional-scale sediment dynamics.

3.      How might risk-related principles contribute to the development of design standards for coastal risk-reduction projects?  How might risk-related principles increase the ability of coastal regions and communities to prepare for coastal storms and surge, and adjust to changing coastal dynamics, such as prospects of sea level rise?

4.      What general principles might be used to guide future investments in U.S. coastal risk reduction? 

Statements of task are determined through discussions between the committee and the Corps, and are subject to approval of the Academies' Governing Board Executive Committee (GBEC). 

 

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-WSTB-09-05

Project Duration (months): 18 month(s)

RSO: Johnson, Stephanie

Topic(s):

Engineering and Technology
Environment and Environmental Studies
Transportation and Infrastructure



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 07/14/2013

Richard A. Luettich, Jr. - (Chair)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Richard A. Luettich, Jr., chair, is the Sewell Family Term Professor of Marine Sciences and Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Luettich also serves as Director of the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters in Chapel Hill and is the lead-PI on the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management (DIEM). His research deals with modeling and measurement of circulation and transport in coastal waters. Dr. Luettich's modeling efforts have emphasized the development and application of unstructured grid solution techniques for geometrically complex systems such as sounds, estuaries, inlets and inundated regions. He co-developed the ADCIRC coastal circulation and storm surge model that has been applied extensively for modeling storm surge along the U.S. coast. Dr. Luettich has also participated in the development of components of the national Coastal Ocean Observing System. He served on the NRC committees to review the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Program and the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Sc.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gregory B. Baecher
University of Maryland, College Park

Gregory B. Baecher (NAE) is the G.L. Martin Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. His primary area of expertise is in infrastructure protection, with particular concern to waterways. His research also focuses on geoenvironmental engineering, reliability and risk analysis, and environmental history. Dr. Baecher has much NRC experience, as he is a current member of the NRC Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and has served on various NRC committees including water security planning for the Environmental Protection Agency; committee on science and technology for countering terrorism, and is a past member of the Water Science and Technology Board. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He received his B.S.C.E. in civil engineering from the University of California and his M.S.c. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Susan Bell
University of South Florida

Susan S. Bell is Professor of Marine Ecology in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Bell’s research focuses on topics in marine ecology, especially landscape ecology of marine systems, restoration ecology and marine conservation. Many of her ongoing studies target questions related to ecosystem response to changing marine habitats. Her work focuses on seagrass habitats (quantifying large scale distribution and change) but includes investigations in other coastal areas including mangroves, salt marshes and sandy beaches. In addition, Dr. Bell collaborates with a group of researchers, mainly based at USF, that are working on issues linking urban ecology, watersheds and human dimensions. Dr. Bell received a Ph.D. in 1979 from University of South Carolina.
Phillip R. Berke
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Phillip R. Berke is Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Environment, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Community Design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a collaborative research scholar of the International Global Change Institute in New Zealand. Dr. Berke’s research interests include land-use and environmental planning, state and local development management, sustainable development, and natural hazard mitigation in developed and developing communities. His research seeks to explore the causes of land use decisions and the consequences on the environmental, social, and economic systems of human settlements. He was a member of the Science and Engineering Board for the 2012 Update of Louisiana’s Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration and a member of the NRC’s Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences: Future Challenges and Opportunities. Dr. Berke received his B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from Empire State College, M.S. in natural resources planning from the University of Vermont, and Ph.D. in urban and regional science from Texas A&M University.
Ross B. Corotis
University of Colorado Boulder

Ross B. Corotis, NAE, is the Denver Business Challenge Professor of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research interests are in the application of probabilistic concepts and decision perceptions for civil engineering problems, with particular focus on societal tradeoffs for hazards in the built infrastructure. His current research emphasizes the coordinated roles of engineering and social science with respect to framing and communicating societal investments for long-term risks and resiliency. He previously served on the faculty at Northwestern University, established the Department of Civil Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University—where he was also Associate Dean of Engineering—and was Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UC Boulder. He has numerous research, teaching and service awards, was editor of the International Journal Structural Safety and the Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and chaired the Executive Committee of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability. He is a member of the National Academies Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and previously served on the Disasters Roundtable Steering Committee and the Committee on Integrating Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience. Dr. Corotis was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. Dr. Corotis received his S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Daniel T. Cox
Oregon State University

Daniel T. Cox is Professor in the Coastal and Ocean Engineering Program and Adjunct Faculty of College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Before coming to OSU in 2002, he was Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on coastal processes, particularly nearshore hydrodynamics, sediment transport, surf zone turbulence and boundary layer processes. He also has an interest in the design and performance of coastal structures. Dr Cox is an associate editor for the Coastal Engineering Journal and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ subcommittee to develop standards for tsunami engineering design. He received his Ph.D., M.S, and B.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Delaware.
Robert A. Dalrymple
Johns Hopkins University

Robert A. Dalrymple (NAE) is the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He works in the area of coastal engineering, with specific interests in numerical modeling of coastal processes, including nearshore hydrodynamics. His current interests are water wave modeling, tsunamis and their impact on shorelines, and the interaction of water waves with the sea bed, specifically mud bottoms. The creation of appropriate waves in the laboratory setting--such as in three-dimensional wave basins--is a sideline activity of his. He received his A.B. degree in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College, his M.S. degree in ocean engineering from the University of Hawaii, and his Ph.D. degree in civil and coastal engineering from the University of Florida.
Tony MacDonald
Monmouth University

Tony MacDonald is currently the Director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. Mr. MacDonald was previously the executive director of the Coastal States organization from 1998 to 2005. Prior to joining the Coastal States Organization, he was the special counsel and director of environmental affairs at the American Association of Port Authorities, where he represented the International Association of Port and Harbors at the International Maritime Organization on negotiations on the London Convention. He has also practiced law with a private form in Washington, D.C., working on environmental and legislative issues, and served as the Washington, D.C. environmental legislative representative of the Mayor of the City of New York. He specializes in environment, coastal, marine, and natural resources law and policy and federal, state, and local government affairs. He earned a B.A. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Fordham University.
Karl F. Nordstrom
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,

Karl F. Nordstrom is a Professor in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His research is focused on the dynamic process affecting the size, shape, and location of beaches and dunes in ocean and estuarine environments. His research also includes analysis of natural hazards, land use, and restoration of naturally-functioning environments in developed municipalities. He has worked in the USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, and Germany, and has published numerous books, including Beaches and Dunes of Developed Coasts and Estuarine Shores: Evolution, Environments, and Human Alterations. He received Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards in 1999 and 2006, and the Grove Karl Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Coastal Research and is a member of several professional associations on coastal environments and beach preservation. Dr. Nordstrom received his M.S. and Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers University.
Stephen Polasky
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Stephen Polasky, NAS, is the Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota. He previously held faculty positions at Oregon State University and Boston College. Dr. Polasky was also the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1998-1999. His research interests include ecosystem services, natural capital, biodiversity conservation, endangered species policy, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources. He has served as co-editor and associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, as associate editor for International Journal of Business and Economics, and is currently serving as an associate editor for Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society and Ecology Letters. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Michigan.
Sean P. Powers
University of South Alabama

Sean P. Powers is Associate Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama and Senior Marine Scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Dr. Powers’ research focuses on the ecology of coastal and estuarine fishes and benthic invertebrates, particularly those that support commercial and recreational fisheries. His current research includes efforts to quantify the linkages between benthic habitats and demersal fishes and invertebrates and conservation and restoration of marine benthic habitats. Dr. Powers’ received his B.S. in biology and chemistry from Loyola University, a M.S. in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in biology, with areas of specialization in ecology and evolution, zoology, and biostatistics from Texas A&M.
Don Resio
University of North Florida

Don Resio is Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the Taylor Engineering Research Institute at the University of North Florida, where he is building a new advanced degree program and developing a new curriculum in Coastal and Estuarine Engineering. He is a recognized leader in meteorology, hydrodynamics, and probabilistic analysis of environmental hazards in coastal, estuarine, and riverine areas. Dr. Resio’s research interests include the development of innovative marine and coastal structures, environmental statistics (with a focus on weather extremes), surface gravity waves in deep and shallow water, improved wave measurement systems, and coastal processes. Dr. Resio previously served as the Senior Technologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal and Hydraulics Lab from 1994 to 2011. He served as a co-leader of the post-Katrina Inter-agency forensics analysis of wave and storm surge effects on levees and subsequently became the leader of the risk analysis team for the South Louisiana Hurricane Protection Project, including consideration of the effects of climatic variability on hurricane characteristics in the Gulf of Mexico. This team developed a new technical approach for hurricane risk assessment now being used along all U.S. coastlines, which is also being extended by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency for new licensing guidelines at coastal sites. Dr. Resio currently serves as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations’ Joint World Meteorological Organization’s Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) in the area of climate effects in the ocean and is the co-chair of the U.N. Coastal Inundation and Flooding Demonstration Project. Dr. Resio earned his Ph.D at the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences.
Ap van Dongeren
Deltares

Ap Van Dongeren is a senior researcher at Deltares in the Netherlands. His research interests include wave generation, nearshore circulation, and nearshore morphology and dune erosion. Dr. Van Dongeren has been project leader on a number of national and international projects, including development and application of the Delft3D model for the Office of Naval Research. He has also led the Deltares effort to develop the open-source dune erosion model XBeach. He has led a project team to improve the performance of SWAN (a wave model) in order to derive more reliable wave boundary conditions for flood risk assessments. He is the research program leader on event-driven hydro- and morphodynamics, and is the Coordinator of an EU project on Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts. Dr. Van Dongeren received his M.Sc. from Delft University of Technology and his Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

Note (07-15-2013): There has been a change in committee membership with the appointment of Susan Bell.”

Events



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Anita Hall
Contact Email:  ahall@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1945

Agenda
One day writing session. Closed to public.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

The following members were present for closed session meeting:

R. Luttiech
P. Berke
S. Polansky
G. Beacher
R. Dalrymple.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review of all chapters to get the report ready for review.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 05, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Anita Hall
Contact Email:  ahall@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1945

Agenda
Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning:
Coastal Risk Reduction

Fourth Meeting
Keck Center
500 Fifth St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Room 103

February 18-19, 2014

Draft Agenda


Tuesday, February 18

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff Only)

8:30 – 1:00 p.m. Working Session


OPEN SESSION

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Discussion of the North Atlantic Division Comprehensive Study
TBD, USACE

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. BREAK


CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff Only)

3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Working Session

5:15 Adjourn

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff Only)

Wednesday, February 19

8:30 – 3:30 p.m. Working Session


Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

The following members were present for closed session:
By phone: Don Resio
Susan Bell
Phillip Berke
Ross Corotis
Daniel Cox
Robert Dalrymple
Richard Luettich
Jr.
Tony MacDonald
Karl Nordstrom
Stephen Polasky
Ap van Dongeren


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The following topics were discussed in the closed session:

Chapter drafts; findings and recommendations
Writing assignments and deadlines



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 07, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel
1000 Spring Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Anita Hall
Contact Email:  ahall@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3422

Agenda
Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning:
Coastal Risk Reduction

Third Meeting
Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel
1000 Spring Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
908-436-4600
Meeting Room – Salons EF

Agenda

Tuesday, December 17

Closed Session

7:30 a.m. Breakfast provided in meeting room

8:30 a.m. Working session

10:45 a.m. BREAK


OPEN SESSION

11:00 a.m. Comprehensive Study Update
Joseph Vietri USACE

12:00 p.m. Lunch – Salon G – Committee members, NRC staff,
Guest Speakers only

1:00 p.m. Back Bay Flooding: Challenges and Potential
Strategies
Lynn Bocamazo, USACE

1:30 p.m. State Initiatives
Dan Zarrilli, New York City's Director of Resiliency
NJ DEP, invited

2:30 p.m. Insurance Perspectives on Coastal Risk
Lindene Patton, Zurich Insurance Group

3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion on Key Principles and Barriers
Rob Young, Western Carolina University
Keelin Kuipers, NOAA, invited
Doug Bellomo, FEMA
Dave Moser and Steve DeLoach, USACE
Gerry Galloway, University of Maryland
Tennille Parker, HUD, invited

Discussion will focus on the following questions:
1) Considering coastal storm risks along the East and Gulf Coasts, what factors should be considered in prioritizing federal expenditures for risk reduction (including federal capabilities that support local mitigation and response efforts)? What factors are most important? Should social or economic equity be considered, and if so, how?
2) Are nonstructural risk reduction strategies appropriately considered (and implemented) in coastal risk reduction? If not, what more could/should be done to enhance the use of nonstructural strategies?
3) What barriers need to be overcome to improve system-wide coastal risk reduction planning and prioritization efforts?
4) Is there a common vision for coastal risk reduction and an appropriate level of collaboration across agencies (local, state, and federal)?
5) The costs of coastal storm surges are primarily borne by homeowners and businesses; local, state, and federal disaster response programs; and federally backed flood insurance. If the NFIP moves toward risk-based insurance pricing, what is the role of government(at the federal, state and local levels) versus the individual in achieving coastal risk reduction? Is there minimum level of risk assurance that government (local, state, and federal) should provide?

4:30 p.m. Adjourn Open Session

CLOSED SESSION

4:40 p.m. Working session

5:30 p.m. Adjourn


Wednesday, December 18 – Salon E

CLOSED SESSION

8:00 a.m. Working session

3:30 p.m. Adjourn
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

The following committee members were present for closed session:
R. Luettich
G. Baecher
S. Bell
P. Berke
R. Corotis
D. Cox
R. Dalrymple
T. MacDonald
K. Nordstrom
S. Powers
D. Resio
A. van Dongeren


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee worked on the draft report.
Final writing assignments
Report Conclusions
Chapter editing


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 27, 2013
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Anita Hall
Contact Email:  ahall@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1945

Agenda
NRC Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning: Coastal Risk Reduction is hosting a Webex meeting on Friday, November 15 from 1-3 pm EST (12-2 pm CST). The discussion will be on Morganza to the Gulf and the New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS).

Please contact Anita Hall for more information.


We will send instructions for logging on as we get closer to the meeting date.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Stephanie Johnson
Contact Email:  sjohnson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1945

Agenda
Second Meeting
Marriott Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
Mobile, Alabama
Mobile Bay Ballroom 1&@

October 8-9, 2013

Draft Agenda

Tuesday, October 8

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff only)

8:30 a.m. Committee work session

9:45 a.m. Break

OPEN SESSION

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions,Rick Luettich, Chair

Case Studies of Corps Coastal Protection Projects

10:10 a.m. Brief Overview of the Typical Corps Planning and Design Process
Candida Bronson, USACE, Coastal/Navigation Section Chief, Planning Division (by
phone/webconference)

10:30 a.m. Florida Coastal Risk Reduction Example(s)
Candida Bronson, USACE (by phone/webconference)

11:00 a.m. Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program,Susan Rees, USACE, MSCIP Program Manager

11:30 a.m. Open discussion (with above speakers)

11:45 a.m. USACE Developments in Coastal Risk Modeling
Dave Moser, USACE (by phone)

12:15 p.m. LUNCH (Lunch provided free of charge for all speakers. Others interested in purchasing lunch should contact Anita Hall.)

State and Local Initiatives

1:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: State and Local Efforts on Coastal Storm Risk Reduction
Jim Murley, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council
Rhonda Price, MS Dept. of Marine Resources
Tracie Sempier, MS/AL Sea Grant
Michael Shelton, Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Jerome “Zee” Zeringue, Executive Director, LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

2:45 p.m. BREAK

Social Science Perspectives

3:00 p.m. Coastal Residents' Responses to Storm Surge Risk, Michael Lindell, Texas A&M

3:30 p.m. Living with the Threat of Storm Surge:Perspectives on Coastal Community Risk Perception
and Resilience
Craig Colten, LSU and Director of Human Dimensions, Water Institute of the Gulf

4:00 p.m. Discussion

4:30 p.m. Public Comment
(Members of the public interested in addressing the committee for up to 3 minutes must sign up during the meeting before 4:30 p.m.)

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, October 9th

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff only)

8:00 – 3:00 Working session
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

The following committee members were present for closed session:
R. Luettich
G. Baecher
S. Bell
P. Berke
R. Corotis
D. Cox
R. Dalrymple
T. MacDonald
K. Nordstrom
S. Polasky
S. Powers
D. Resio
A. van Dongeren


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The following topics were discussed in closed session:

Discuss preliminary key report messages and report vision

• Discuss agenda of 3rd meeting, including presentations
• Discuss information needs
• Agree upon assignments and deadlines




The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 29, 2013
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Stephanie Johnson
Contact Email:  sjohnson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3385

Agenda
Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning:
Coastal Risk Reduction


First Meeting?
Keck Center
500 Fifth St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Room 101

August 26-27, 2013

Draft Agenda


Monday, August 26


CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff Only)

8:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break


OPEN SESSION

11:00 – 11:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions, Rick Luettich, Chair

11:10 – 11:30 a.m. Background on Coastal Storm Risk Reduction along East and Gulf Coasts
and Context for Study, Major Gen. Michael Walsh, USACE (by phone)

11:30 – 12:00 a.m. Sponsor-Committee Discussion of Statement of Task
Steve Stockton, USACE, Director of Civil Works
Major Gen. Michael Walsh, USACE (by phone)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH (at Center)


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Federal Issues and Perspectives on Coastal Storm
Risk Reduction on the East and Gulf Coasts
Steve Stockton, USACE, Director of Civil Works
Holly Bamford, NOAA, Asst. Admin. for National Ocean Service
TBD, FEMA
John Haines, USGS Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator
Jim Pendergast, EPA, Associate Director, Wetlands Division

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Congressional and State Interests and Perspectives
on Coastal Storm Risk Reduction on the East and Gulf Coasts
Kate Skaggs, MD
Carl Hershner, VIMS (by phone)
Others TBD

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. BREAK

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Taskforce: National Building Standards for
Coastal Flood Risk Reduction
TBD

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Description of Ongoing Corps Efforts on Coastal Storm Risk Reduction
Stephen DeLoach, USACE, Deputy Chief, Engineering and Construction

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Discussion

5:15 Adjourn


Tuesday, August 27

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 – 3:30 p.m. Working session

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

The following committee members were present for closed session: R. Luettich
G. Baecher
S. Bell
P. Berke
R. Corotis
D. Cox
R. Dalrymple
T. MacDonald
K. Nordstrom
S. Polasky
S. Powers
D. Resio
A. van Dongeren.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The following topics were discussed in the closed session:

Discussion of statement of task, study goals,
Identify key questions to address and approach

Report Planning
Tentative outline of chapters
Match committee members to specific tasks/issues
Assign chapter leaders, teams

What materials/information should be gathered?
Identify sources of information
Assignments for chapter sections

Future Meetings
Develop draft work plan
Location of 2nd meeting
Discuss agenda of 2nd meeting, including presentations
Scheduling/location of 3rd, 4th meetings



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 18, 2013
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Las Vegas, Nevada
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Sarah Brennan
Contact Email:  sbrennan@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3856

Agenda
The entirety of this meeting will be held in closed session.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

1. David Dzombak
2. Patrick Atkins
3. Linda Blum
4. Robert Dalrymple
5. Mike Demissie
6. Terry Fulp
7. Larry Larson
8. Diane McKnight
9. A. Dan Tarlock
10. Peter Wilcock


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

1. Reviewed status of the report.
2. Discussed remaining issues that still need to be adressed in the report.
3. Discussed timeline of report completion and dissemination
4. Determined final writing assignments for committee and staff.




The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 12, 2012
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Sarah Brennan
Contact Email:  sbrennan@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3422

Agenda
MONDAY DECEMBER 12—ROOM 101

“Charting a Sustainable Path for Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastructure”

Open Session: Members of the Public Welcome
9:00 am-9:20 Introductions, Agenda, and Meeting Goals
David Dzombak, NRC Committee Chairman
Carnegie Mellon University

Overview of National Research Council and Committee Charge and Plans
Jeff Jacobs, Study Director
National Research Council

9:20-9:35 Sponsor Perspectives and Interests
Theodore "Tab" Brown, Chief, Planning and Policy
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

9:35-10:00 Corps of Engineers Infrastructure Recapitalization Program
Lenna Hawkins, Recapitalization Project Manager
Institute for Water Resources
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

10:00-10:25 National Infrastructure Condition, Trends, and Needs
Patrick Natale, Executive Director
American Society of Civil Engineers
Reston, VA

10:25-10:50 Federal Budget Issues and Trends for Water Resources Infrastructure
Sally Ericsson, Program Associate Director
Natural Resources, Energy and Science Programs
Office of Management and Budget

10:50 BREAK

11:10-11:35 Commercial Navigation Infrastructure Needs
Amy Larson, President
National Waterways Conference, Inc.
Arlington, VA

11:35-12 noon Transportation Alternatives to Inland Waterways for U.S. Agriculture (remote presentation)
Stephen Fuller, Professor
Department of Agricultural Economics
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

12:15 pm-1:15 LUNCH

1:15-1:40 Hydropower Infrastructure Futures and Alternatives
Michael Sale
M.J. Sale and Associates
Wartburg, TN

1:40-2:05 Public-Private Partnership Alternatives for Water Infrastructure
John Christmas, Senior Vice-President
Hannon Armstrong
Annapolis, MD

2:05-2:30 Challenges in Setting Priorities for Future Corps Infrastructure
G. Edward Dickey, Affiliate Professor of Economics
Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD

2:30 BREAK

2:45-3:10 National Levee Infrastructure and Floodplain Management
Larry Larson, Executive Director
Association of State Floodplain Managers
Madison, WI

3:10-3:45 Ecological Restoration and Water Infrastructure: Florida Everglades and Coastal Louisiana
Linda Blum
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia

Robert Dalrymple
Whiting School of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

CLOSING SESSION
3:50-4:15 National Water Infrastructure and Corps Planning Challenges
Leonard Shabman, Resident Scholar
Resources for the Future
Washington, DC

4:15-4:40 National Water Resources Infrastructure Priorities
Debra Knopman, Vice-President and
Director of Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment Division
Rand Corporation
Arlington, VA

4:40-5:05 Discussion

5:05-5:15 Closing Remarks
David Dzombak

5:15 Recess
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

1. David Dzombak
2. Patrick Atkins
3. Linda Blum
4. Robert Dalrymple
5. Mike Demissie
6. Terry Fulp
7. Larry Larson
8. Diane McKnight
9. J. Walter Milon
10. A. Dan Tarlock
11. Peter Wilcock
12. Greg Baecher

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

1. Discussed presentations given in open session on December 12, 2012.
2. Discussed direction of the report and the ability to integrate the recently presented information into the report.
3. Determined writing assignments for committee and staff.
4. Prepared for next meeting.



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 12, 2012
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Hotel Blackhawk
200 East 3rd Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Sarah Brennan
Contact Email:  sbrennan@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3422

Agenda
WEDNESDAY JULY 6
Open Session: Members of the Public Welcome
9:15-9:30 Introductions and Overview of NRC and Committee on Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning
David Dzombak, Chairman, Carnegie Mellon University
Jeff Jacobs, Study Director, National Research Council


9:30-9:50 Corps Rock Island District (MVR) Missions and Infrastructure
Gary Meden, Deputy
Programs and Project Management
Corps of Engineers, Rock Island

9:50-10:40 Operations and Maintenance Challenges
Mike Cox, Assistant Chief
Operations Division
Corps of Engineers, Rock island

10:40-11:00 Break


11:00-11:30 Balancing Navigation and the Ecosystem
Ken Barr, Chief
Environmental and Economic Analysis Branch
Corps of Engineers, Rock Island

11:30-12 noon System-wide Integrated Water Management and Collaboration
Chuck Spitzack, Regional Manager
Navigation and Environmental Sustainability Program
Corps of Engineers, Rock Island

12 noon-1:00 pm Lunch

Corps of Engineers Federal Partnerships
1:00-1:25 Bob Clevenstine, Fish and Wildlife Bioogist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Moline, IL

1:25-1:50 Christopher Rolleston, Iowa Mitigation Branch Director
Federal Emergency Management Agency

1:50-2:15 Collaboration with Upper Mississippi River States
Barb Naramore, Executive Director
Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, St. Paul, MN

2:15-2:40 NGO Partnerships: The Nature Conservancy
Gretchen Benjamin, Program Director, Large Rivers
The Nature Conservancy Great Rivers Partnership
La Crosse, WI

2:40-3:00 Break

3:00-3:30 City of Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery and Planning
Dave Elgin, Public Works Director/City Engineer
City of Cedar Rapids

3:30-4:00 City of Davenport Flood Preparedness and Planning
Michael Clarke, Public Works Director
City of Davenport

4:00-4:30 Public comments
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

1. David Dzombak
2. Patrick Atkins
3. Linda Blum
4. Robert Dalrymple
5. Mike Demissie
6. Terry Fulp
7. Larry Larson
8. Diane McKnight
9. J. Walter Milon
10. A. Dan Tarlock
11. Peter Wilcock


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

1. Discussed presentations given in open session on July 6, 2011.
2. Discussed direction of the report and the ability to integrate the recently presented information into the report.
3. Determined writing assignments for committee and staff.
4. Prepared for next meeting.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 15, 2012
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Sarah Brennan
Contact Email:  sbrennan@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202 334-3422

Agenda
TUESDAY APRIL 5--ROOM 206
Open Session: Members of the Public Welcome

9:30-9:50 Introductions and Overview of NRC and Committee on Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning
David Dzombak, Chairman, Carnegie Mellon University
Jeff Jacobs, Study Director

9:50-12 noon Corps of Engineers
Steve Stockton, Director of Civil Works
Corps of Engineers

Several other Corps of Engineers civil works leaders will join this discussion

Topics to be discussed:
Reflections on committee’s first, 2011 report
Plans for committee’s subsequent phases of work


12 noon-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-1:15 Corps of Engineers: Flood Risk Management
Pete Rabbon, Special Assistant, Flood Risk Management Program
Corps of Engineers

1:15-1:30 Corps of Engineers: Levee and Dam Safety
Tammy Conforti, National Levee Safety Program Manager

Travis Tutka, National Dam Safety Program Manager
Corps of Engineers

1:30-1:45 Corps of Engineers: Navigation
Jeffrey McKee, Coastal Navigation Program Manager
Corps of Engineers

1:45—2:00 Corps of Engineers: Risk and Uncertainty
Dave Moser, Chief Economist
Corps of Engineers

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-2:35 Environmental Values of Naturally Functioning Floodplains: Implications for Planning
John McShane
Environmental Scientist and Team Leader, National Estuary Program
Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, D.C.

2:35-2:55 State-level collaboration with Corps of Engineers flood programs
Deborah Mills
Senior Project Manager
Dewberry
Fairfax, Virginia

3:00-3:15 National Flood Policy Challenges
Gerald Galloway, Jr.
Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering
University of Maryland

3:15-3:45 Public comments

3:45 Recess
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

1. David Dzombak
2. Patrick Atkins
3. Linda Blum
4. Robert Dalrymple
5. Mike Demissie
6. Terry Fulp
7. Larry Larson
8. Diane McKnight
9. J. Walter Milon
10. A. Dan Tarlock
11. Peter Wilcock

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

1. Discussed presentations given in open session on April 5, 2011.
2. Discussed the committee's role and influence in USACE's future plans.
3. Discussed possible topics for next committee report.
4. Defined direction for the committee.
5. Prepared for next meeting.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

NONE

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 19, 2011
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  -
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
The entire meeting will be held in closed session for committee members and NRC staff only.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

David Dzombak
Patrick Atkins
Gregory Baecher
Linda Blum
Robert Dalrymple
Mike Demissie
Terry Fulp
Larry Larson
Diane McKnight
Walter Milon
Dan Tarlock
Peter Wilcock

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Topics for the committee's final report
Writing assignments and deadlines
Schedule for report review and release



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 11, 2010
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
1325 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Stephen Russell
Contact Email:  srussell@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3422

Agenda
WEDNESDAY JULY 7
Open Session: Members of the Public Welcome
9:30-9:50 Introductions and NRC Project Overview
Dave Dzombak, Chairman, Carnegie Mellon University
Jeff Jacobs, Study Director, NRC Water Science and Tech. Board

9:50-10:20 Overview of Central Valley
• Sacramento River
Dan Tibbits, Corps of Engineers, Sacramento

• San Joaquin River
Sara Schultz, Corps of Engineers, Sacramento

• Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers Delta
Brooke Schlenker, Corps of Engineers, Sacramento

10:20-10:50 Vegetation and Delta Levees
Paige Caldwell, Corps of Engineers, Sacramento
Mike Mierzwa, State of California Dept of Water Resources, Sacramento

Water Supply and Fisheries
Ron Milligan, Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento
Mike Mierzwa, State of California Dept of Water Resources, Sacramento

10:50-11:10 Break

11:10-11:50 Ongoing Corps of Engineers and Collaborative Activities
• Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study
Miki Fujitsubo, Corps of Engineers, Sacramento

• Bay-Delta Conservation Plan
Ron Milligan, Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento
Mike Mierzwa, State of California Dept of Water Resources, Sacramento

• Central Valley Project Operations
Ron Milligan, Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento

• Delta Islands and Levees Feasibility Study
Brooke Schlenker, Corps of Engineers, Sacramento

• Levee Stability Program
Brooke Schlenker, Corps of Engineers, Sacramento

11:50-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Other Agency Perspectives:
• State of California DWR—Flood Risk Management and Water Supply
Mike Mierzwa, State of California Dept of Water Resources, Sacramento
Rod Mayer, State of California Dept of Water Resources, Sacramento

• Local Perspective
Mike Hardesty, Central Valley Flood Control Assn (RD 2068), Dixon, CA
Lewis Bair, Reclamation District 108, Grimes, CA

• US Fish and Wildlife Service
Michael Hoover, USFWS, Sacramento

• NOAA Fisheries
Howard Brown, NOAA, Sacramento

• Bureau of Reclamation
Ron Milligan, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:35 Consulting and Collaborating with the Corps of Engineers
David Ford, President
David Ford Consulting Engineers, Inc., Sacramento

3:35-3:55 Corps of Engineers and Bay-Delta Restoration
Ronald Stork, Senior Policy Advocate
Friends of the River, Sacramento

3:55-4:20 Public comments

4:20 Recess


THURSDAY JULY 8
Closed Session: Committee members and NRC staff only
8:30-2:30

2:30 Adjourn
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

David Dzombak
Patrick Atkins
Gregory Baecher
Linda Blum
Robert Dalrymple
Mike Demissie
Terry Fulp
Larry Larson
Diane McKnight
J. Walter Milon
A. Dan Tarlock
Peter R. Wilcock

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee reviewed and discussed the presentations given on Wednesday. The Statement of Task and the report draft were discussed at length. The meeting adjourned after discussing the future of the draft and delegating writing assignments.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 24, 2011
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Stephen Russell
Contact Email:  srussell@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3422

Agenda
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16—ROOM 101
Open Session: Members of the Public Welcome
10:30-11:00 Introductions and Overview of NRC and Committee on Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning
David Dzombak, Chairman, Carnegie Mellon University
Jeff Jacobs, Study Director, NRC Water Science & Tech Board

11:00-11:30 WSTB Studies for the Corps of Engineers: 1999-2010
Jeff Jacobs, Study Director

11:30-12 noon Lessons from the NRC Water Science and Technology Board ‘Standing Committee’ for the USGS
Stephen Parker, Senior Director, NRC WSTB

12 noon—1:15 Lunch in meeting room

1:15—3:00 Corps of Engineers Water Resources Planning: Program Overview and Key Challenges:
Major General William T. Grisoli
Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Steven L. Stockton, P.E., SES
Director, Civil Works
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

(Several other senior Corps of Engineers professional staff will be in attendance and participate in the afternoon discussions).

3:00-3:20 Break

3:20-4:30 Open Dialogue: Identifying Specific Topics of Investigation for the NRC Committee

4:30-5:00 Public comments

5:00 Recess


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Closed Session: Committee members and NRC staff only
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

David Dzombak
Patrick Atkins
Gregory Baecher
Linda Blum
Robert Dalrymple
Mike Demissie
Terry Fulp
Larry Larson
Diane McKnight
J. Walter Milon
A. Dan Tarlock
Peter Wilcock

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

After debriefing the previous day's public session, the Committee discussed future projects and report plans. The committee agreed on writing assignments and deadlines for those assignments.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 24, 2011
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications