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 25, 2019


Regular Registration: 

$795/person for active ERBA Members

January 26, 2018 - March 4, 2019

Non-Member Registration

Early Bird Registration: 

$895/person

October 1, 2018 - January 25, 2019


Regular Registration:

$995/person

January 26, 2018 - March 4, 2019

2019 Sponsors

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Sponsorship Packages

Platinum Sponsorship

$25,000


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

$7,500


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

$5,000


Sponsorship package includes:


Exhibit booth space in exhibit hall

3 complimentary registrations

Listing as sponsor on website and materials

Details

Venue

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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

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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

4:30PM - 6:30PM

Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill

HC-8, The Capitol


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


Dress Code for Reception: Business


Directions:

  • Enter the "South Door Entrance" of the Capitol on Independence Avenue, across the street from the Longworth Building.
  • Make a left at second hallway (first hallway is just after security).
  • Walk to the end of the hallway and take the elevators on the right to the Basement level.
  • Make a right down the ramp, and another right into the next hallway.
  • Walk to the end of this hallway and make a right.
  • Walk to the end of this hallway and make a left.  HC-8 will be on your right.



Wednesday, March 6

8:30AM

Registration Desk Opens


Stop by the registration desk to pick up your nametag and conference materials.  Nametags are required for entry to all conference sessions and events.



8:30AM - 9:30AM

Networking Breakfast

Holeman Lounge and West Ballroom


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



8:45AM - 9:30AM

ERBA Membership Meeting

East Ballroom



9:30AM - 9:45AM

Opening Remarks

Ballroom


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



9:45AM - 10:45AM

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


  • Moderator - George Kelly, Chief Markets Officer, Resource Environmental Solutions
  • Ryan Fisher, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) 
  • Lee Forsgren, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, EPA



10:45AM - 11:40AM

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

Ballroom


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.


  • Moderator - James McElfish, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute
  • Tim Baumgartner, Director, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Mitigation Services
  • Karen Johnson, Director, Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund
  • Greg Kernohan, Conservation Director, Ecosystem Services, Ducks Unlimited



11:40AM - 12:00PM

Networking Break

Holeman Lounge


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



12:00PM - 12:30PM

Advance Mitigation and Beyond: Addressing Uncertainty in Mitigation

Ballroom


This talk will address policy opportunities for handling uncertainty in mitigation provision and success.  The discussion will include a number of creative techniques for incentivizing advance mitigation, including more sophisticated uses of mitigation ratios and potential changes to the timing and structure of credit transactions.


  • Professor Todd BenDor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



12:30PM - 1:00PM

Priorities for Corps Regulatory Reform

Ballroom


  • Tammy Turley, Acting Chief of Regulatory, US Army Corps of Engineers 
  • Introduction by James Parker, Falling Springs



1:00PM - 2:15PM

Networking Lunch

Holeman Lounge and West Ballroom


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



2:15PM - 2:45PM

Special Address from Emerging Agency Partner: NOAA

Ballroom


  • Dr. Stuart Levenbach, Chief of Staff, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
  • Introduction by Kyle Graham, Ecosystem Investment Partners



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, including new opportunities for the industry to address the pressing challenges facing our coastal communities.


  • Matthew Fuchs, Officer, Flood Prepared Communities, The Pew Charitable Trusts



3:30PM - 4:15PM

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

Ballroom

  

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
  • Erik Michelsen, Administrator, Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, Anne Arundel County



4:15PM - 6:00PM

Networking Reception

Holeman Lounge


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



Dress Code for Wednesday Conference: Business Casual


Thursday, March 7

8:00AM

Registration Desk Opens

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your nametag and conference materials.  Nametags are required for entry to all conference sessions and events.



8:00AM - 9:00AM

Networking Breakfast

Holeman Lounge and West Ballroom


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



9:00AM - 9:40AM

Keynote Address: Congressman Westerman

Ballroom


  • Congressman Bruce Westerman, Ranking Member, House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee
  • Introduction by Travis Hemmen, Westervelt Ecological Services



9:40AM - 10:40AM

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

Ballroom


Project developers face a maze of regulations and they often turn to third-party mitigation providers to help them efficiently resolve their wetlands and species impacts.  EBRA 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. 


  • Deidre Duncan, Counsel, Waters Advocacy Coalition
  • Nick Goldstein, Vice President, Regulatory & Legal Issues, American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • Pamela Lacey, Chief Regulatory Counsel, American Gas Association
  • Melinda Tomaino, Director, Environmental Services, Associated General Contractors



10:40AM - 11:00AM

Networking Break

Holeman Lounge


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



11:00AM - 11:45AM

Navigating WOTUS, Step Two

Ballroom


This segment will offer a balanced legal analysis of the case law surrounding Justice Kennedy's 'significant nexus' jurisdictional test and the recently proposed WOTUS rule-making's treatment of the CWA legal authorities, as well as a review of outstanding relevant legal questions and policy implications of the rule-making.


  • Larry Liebesman, Esq., Senior Advisor, Dawson & Associates



11:45AM - 12:15PM

Mitigating Impacts and Delays - Considerations for a Practical NEPA

Ballroom


How can we make the NEPA review process symbiotic with the environmental benefits that restoration projects provide?  Hear the case for a better federal NEPA review process for mitigation projects.


  • Raya Treiser, Environmental Counsel, WilmerHale



12:15AM - 12:45PM

A View from the Hill

Ballroom


To close the conference and prepare for your meetings on Capitol Hill, get a view of the current political landscape and hear about key legislative challenges and priorities for the ecological restoration industry for 2019.



12:45PM 

Boxed Lunches Available

Holeman Lounge


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



1:00PM - 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: SJohnson@ecologicalrestoration.org

Jessica Marcus: JMarcus@ecologicalrestoration.org