Two States: One Bay — 7th Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony

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Two States:  One Bay

A bi-state conversation about the future of the Raritan Bay

7th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony

Friday, June 12, 2015

Douglass Student Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey



On Friday, June 12, 2015, more than 200 leading representatives from government, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and businesses as well as concerned citizens from New York and New Jersey came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for managing the bi-state waters of the beautiful Raritan Bay.  Through expert presentations and collaborative discussions, the participants identified key steps for advancing regional efforts for habitat restoration, coastal resiliency, water quality, fisheries management, and public access.

Conference Sponsors and Partners

2015 Award Recipients and Press Release

Conference Agenda

Speakers Biographies

Two States: One Bay – a bi-state testimonial video prepared for this conference, by Orion Weldon

Conference Summary

Conference Participant List

Conference Sessions and Presentations

  • Introductions
    • Dr. Judy Shaw, Sustainable Raritan River Initiative
    • Joan Leary Matthews, Clean Water Division, USEPA
    • Dan Kennedy, Water Resources, NJDEP
    • Venetia Lannon, NYS DEC
    • Robert Pirani, NY-NJ HEP
  • Water Quality Panel (pdf)
    • Dennis Suszkowski, Hudson River Foundation
    • Jeff Myers, Water Assessment Management, NYS DEC
    • Dan Kennedy, Water Resources, NJDEP
  • Public Access Panel (pdf)
    • Nick Tufaro, Middlesex County Office of Planning
    • John Kilcullen, Conference House Park, NYC Parks & Recreation
    • Sara Malone, Sustainable Raritan River Initiative
  • Fisheries Management Panel (pdf)
    • Tom Noji, NOAA National Marine Science Labe at Sandy Hook
    • Peter Clarke, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, NJDEP
    • Soren Dahl, Seagrass Management, Bureau of Marine Resources, NYS DEC
  • Resilience Panel (pdf)
    • Rob Freudenberg, Energy & Environment, Regional Plan Association
    • Dave Rosenblatt, Office of Engineering & Construction, NJDEP
    • Kris Van Orsdel, Infrastructure & Local Government Programs, Office of Storm Recovery
  • Habitat Restoration Panel (pdf)
    • Debbie Mans, NY/NJ Baykeeper
    • Peter Weppler, Enviornment
    • Carl Alderson, Marine Habitat Restoration, NOAA
  • Towards a Shared Agenda:  Issue Reports and Discussions
    • Tony MacDonald, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University
    • Kate Anderson, Clean Water Regulatory Branch, USEPA
    • Kerry Miller, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
    • Bonnie McCay, Human Ecology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    • Steven Handel, Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    • Adam Parris, Science & Resilience Institute/Jamaica Bay
    • Rob Freudenberg, Energy & Environment, Regional Plan Association
  • Closing Remarks (pdf)
    • Rob Pirani, NY-NJ HEP
Two States: One Bay was produced by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative and the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program