ERBA's 2019 Policy Conference

March 5-7, 2019

The National Press Club

Washington, DC

NETWORK

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

LEARN

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

ENGAGE

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

Pricing

Member Registration

Early Bird Registration: 

$695/person for active ERBA Members

October 1, 2018 - January 11, 2019


Regular Registration: 

$795/person for active ERBA Members

January 12, 2018 - March 4, 2019

Non-Member Registration

Early Bird Registration: 

$895/person

October 1, 2018 - January 11, 2019


Regular Registration:

$995/person

January 12, 2018 - March 4, 2019

Details

Venue

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.

Lodging

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.

AGENDA

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

8:00AM - 9:00AM

ERBA Membership Meeting

East Ballroom



8:30AM - 9:40AM

Networking Breakfast

Holeman Lounge and West Ballroom


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



9:40AM - 9:45AM

Opening Remarks

Ballroom


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



9:45AM - 10:45AM

The Role of Private Sector Restoration for Infrastructure - Views from the Administration

Ballroom


To kick off our discussions, first hear from senior officials at federal resource agencies with a recap of their agency’s actions to implement the White House Infrastructure Plan that was unveiled in February 2018. Panelists will cover policy changes that impact the restoration industry and their focus for regulatory reform as they enter 2019. 



10:45AM - 11:30AM

Mitigation Impacts and Delays - Considerations for a Practical NEPA

Ballroom


How can we make the NEPA review process symbiotic with the environmental benefits restoration projects provide? Hear the case for a better federal NEPA review process for mitigation projects. This segment will feature multiple perspectives to illustrate the NEPA challenges current faced and proposed solutions. 



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

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

Ballroom


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 initial remarks from agency representatives who have engaged with stakeholders and are navigating the path to a potential rule-making. 



12:30PM - 1:00PM

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

Ballroom


In another viewpoint, next hear from industry leaders in the private sector on the concerns and opportunities they perceive with a rule-making. This discussion will cover the potential uncertainty versus efficiencies to be gained through regulatory change. 



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

Ballroom



2:45PM - 3:30PM

The Evolving Restoration Marketplace

Ballroom


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

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

Ballroom

  

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 permittees that will cover their perspectives on mitigation and case studies illustrating the success of a robust mitigation market for providing options and flexibility to project developers.



4:15PM - 5:00PM

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

Ballroom


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

Ballroom


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

Ballroom



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

Ballroom


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

Ballroom


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.  



12:30PM 

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.