ERBA's 2019 Policy Conference

March 5-7, 2019

The National Press Club

Washington, DC



Network with fellow colleagues and industry leaders in the ecological restoration sector.


Hear the latest news and policy updates from policy makers and experts in Washington DC.


Attend a Congressional Reception and network with your representatives on Capitol Hill.


Member Registration

Early Bird Registration: 

$695/person for active ERBA Members

October 1, 2018 - January 25, 2019

Regular Registration: 

$795/person for active ERBA Members

January 26, 2018 - March 4, 2019

Register Now

Non-Member Registration

Early Bird Registration: 


October 1, 2018 - January 25, 2019

Regular Registration:


January 26, 2018 - March 4, 2019

Register Now


Platinum Sponsorship


Sponsorship package includes:

Exhibit booth space in exhibit hall

8 complimentary registrations

Sponsorship of an evening reception or a meal

Logo on conference lanyards

Company spotlight feature in conference advertisement

Rotating ad on the conference mobile app

Listing as a sponsor on website and materials

Gold Sponsorship


Sponsorship package includes:

Exhibit booth space in exhibit hall

5 complimentary registrations

Sponsorship of networking breaks

Listing as sponsor on website and materials

Silver Sponsorship


Sponsorship package includes:

Exhibit booth space in exhibit hall

3 complimentary registrations

Listing as sponsor on website and materials




The National Press Club

For more than a century, the National Press Club has been Washington's home for news, business, and social events in the nation's capital.  With easy access to Capitol Hill, the National Press Club is the ideal spot for networking in Washington DC.




The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

Located just 1/2 mile from the National Press Club, the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown is located in the heart of Washington DC.  Enjoy a discounted rate of $289/night by booking in ERBA's room block.

Book Your Stay


Tuesday, March 5

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill

Join ERBA members, ecological restoration professionals, and Capitol Hill staffers for a networking reception on the Hill.

Dress Code for Reception: Business

Wednesday, March 6

8:30AM - 9:30AM

ERBA Membership Meeting

East Ballroom

9:00AM - 9:50AM

Networking Breakfast

Holeman Lounge and West Ballroom

Networking with fellow conference attendees and peruse the exhibit hall over breakfast.

9:50AM - 10:00AM

Opening Remarks


  • Travis Hemmen, President, Ecological Restoration Business Association
  • Sara Johnson, Executive Director, Ecological Restoration Business Association

10:00AM - 10:45AM

A Decade Later, the Compensatory Mitigation Rule Revisited - the Public Sector Perspective


Notable components of the White House Infrastructure Plan imply revisions to the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule.  For many in the industry, opening up the Rule is a controversial topic.  Join us for opening remarks from senior agency officials who have engaged with stakeholders and are navigating the path to a potential rule-making.

  • Ryan Fisher, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) - invited
  • Lee Forsgren, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, EPA - invited

10:45AM - 11:30AM

In-Lieu Fee Program Operation, Challenges, and Best Practices


Join us for a moderated discussion on an important tool in the mitigation toolbox for permittees and regulators - in-lieu fee programs.  Following a multi-year study on the topic by the Environmental Law Institute, the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, and Stetson University College of Law, and on the cusp of a potential Compensatory Mitigation Rule-making, this discussion is particularly timely for policy makers and the industry to consider shared challenges and recommendations to improve mitigation implementation and performance.  Two of the challenges we expect to review include the ILF project approval process and questions around long-term management requirements and providers.

11:30AM - 12:00PM

Networking Break

Holeman Lounge

Networking with fellow conference attendees and peruse the exhibit hall over light snacks and refreshments.

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Understanding the Client: The Need for Creative and Flexible Mitigation Delivery


Project developers face a maze of regulations and they turn to third party mitigation providers to help them efficiently resolve their wetlands and species impacts.  ERBA has engaged with industry groups over the past year to better understand their challenges and opportunities for members to work together.  Join us for a discussion between industry representatives and counsel that will cover their perspectives on upcoming mitigation policy changes and general recommendations for regulatory reform under multiple federal programs.

  • Associated General Contractors
  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association 

1:00PM - 2:15PM

Networking Lunch

Holeman Lounge and West Ballroom

Networking with fellow conference attendees and peruse the exhibit hall over lunch.

2:15PM - 2:45PM

Keynote Address


2:45PM - 3:30PM

The Evolving Restoration Marketplace


The mitigation banking industry opened the door for governments and companies to look to the private sector for innovative ways to meet their environmental goals and requirements. This segment will review existing law and pending legislation outside the scope of traditional CWA § 404 projects, which may be emerging markets for the industry and also address some of the pressing challenges facing our coastal communities. 

3:30PM - 4:15PM

An Innovative Approach to Stormwater Challenges - Opportunities for Permittees and Providers



Local governments are increasingly looking to private sector providers for creative ways to use their funding to meet or exceed their stormwater goals.  This segment will focus in on the lessons learned from case studies and the key policy and business take-aways for private restoration companies looking to enter or expand their portfolio of stormwater projects.  We'll also explore policies and practices of municipality stormwater projects that could be employed in other regions and on larger geographic scales.

  • Timothy Male, Executive Director, Environmental Policy Innovation Center
  • Adam Ortiz, Director, Department of the Environment, Montgomery County Government - invited

4:15PM - 5:00PM

Beyond Mitigation: What the Future Holds for Ecological Restoration as an Asset Class


What policy environment are investors looking for in the ecological restoration marketplace? Join us for a discussion between current and prospective investors on their policy concerns over the past year, opportunities for greater certainty, and considerations to weigh before investing in a new green infrastructure space. 

5:00PM - 6:30PM

Networking Reception

Holeman Lounge and West Ballroom

Network with fellow attendees and peruse the exhibit hall over drinks and light appetizers.

Dress Code for Wednesday Conference: Business Casual

Thursday, March 7

8:30AM - 9:30AM

Networking Breakfast

Holeman Lounge and West Ballroom

Network with fellow attendees and peruse the exhibit hall over breakfast.

9:30AM - 10:15AM

WRDA 2018 in Review


Hear from top Washington DC water resources policy experts about the current state of the Water Resources Development Act and the Act’s impact on Civil Works mitigation and other ecological markets. They will review implementation of WRDA 2018 and 2016, and take a look ahead at what the industry should focus on in the expected 2020 WRDA amendments.

10:15AM - 10:45AM

Keynote Address - Leading Member of Congress


10:45AM - 11:15AM

Networking Break

Holeman Lounge

Network with fellow attendees and peruse the exhibit hall over light snacks and refreshments.

11:15AM - 12:00PM

A New Approach to the Endangered Species Act


Since the ESA’s passage in 1973, the act has not faced such strong calls for reform as we heard over last year. This panel will outline the legislative changes that were proposed and the concerns that led to the organized reform effort. 

12:00PM - 12:30PM

A View from the Hill


In this closing session, hear insightful remarks from senior policy staff of important committees, including Senate Environment & Public Works, Senate Energy and Natural Resources, House Natural Resources, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.  


Boxed Lunches Available

Holeman Lounge

Grab a boxed lunch on your way up to the Hill.

12:30PM - 5:00PM

Individually-scheduled Hill Visits

ERBA encourages all conference attendees to take advantage of their time in Washington and arrange for meetings with the Offices of their Congressmen. ERBA is happy to help attendees identify the scheduler for your Congressional Office and provide some industry talking points. 

Dress Code for Thursday Conference: Business Casual

Recommended Dress Code for Hill Visits: Business

*Please note that this agenda is still subject to change, pending policy developments and confirmation from invited speakers. 

View a sample agenda from previous ERBA Policy Conferences:

Contact Us

Need More Information?

For more information on registration, sponsorship packages, venue, and agenda, please contact us:

Sara Johnson:

Jessica Marcus: