Hundreds to Descend on Summit for River and Bay

January 23rd, 2017 News

People from across the East Coast will gather for a summit on the environment at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey on Jan. 22-25. Among other topics, they will discuss innovative ways to help communities like Atlantic City prepare for storms like Hurricane Sandy.

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has arranged almost 100 presentations for its Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit. Among them is the event’s keynote speaker: Dr. Ben Horton, a professor at Rutgers University who specializes in sea level research. Approximately 285 people have registered to take part, leaving about 35 seats available.

“The summit is unique in bringing scientists, managers, educators and restoration professionals together from across the area to share their latest findings and problem-solve in a retreat-like setting,” said Dr. Danielle Kreeger, science director at the PDE. “It’s a rare forum for exchanging ideas among groups that normally don’t intersect, such as among different environmental specialties.”

The session generating perhaps the most interest is Lessons from Hurricane Sandy. This includes five presentations describing how engineers, land managers, and others are making sites more resilient against storms.

Another popular session is Connecting Youth to the Environment. This will feature presentations about innovative programs in each state; for example, UrbanTrekkers and PowerCorp’s work in Camden.

“The Delaware River and Bay are divided among four states, so it’s really important we get folks on all sides collaborating,” said Jennifer Adkins, executive director of the PDE. “We feel we’re best suited to do that, because we’re the only organization focused on the entire environment affecting the tidal river and bay.”

Anyone can attend the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit. The cost is $180 for students, $465 for nonstudents, or $245 per day. Registration is required by Jan. 8. While lodging is not included, prices do cover continental breakfasts and lunches, as well as dinner on Jan. 23. Attendees can reserve lodging by calling the event’s venue, the Grand Hotel, at (800) 257-8550. The next opportunity to attend will be in 2019.

The Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit is possible thanks to support from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and 13 others. Information is available online at DelawareEstuary.org. Callers can also ask questions by dialing (800) 445-4935, extension 114.