Speaker Presentations

Keynote Address: Anne Castle
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
Closing Plenary: Mary Miss
Panel A-1: The Colorado River How did we get here? Panel A-2: Contemporary Issues Mitigation, Restoration and Water Conservation Panel A-3: The Colorado River in the 21st Century Panel B-1: Facing Water's Challenges in Today's World Panel B-2: Getting Back to Cases Panel A-1: Water Conservation Innovation What Cities can Do

Conference Schedule

Get-Acquainted Dinner (optional pre-conference event)

St. Paul’s Church and Cultural Center, 645 S 2nd Avenue, Yuma

Wednesday, January 24

Get-Acquainted Dinner Registration at Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Lobby
Dinner and refreshments at the old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, built in 1909 and repurposed as a cultural events center in the charming Century Heights neighborhood. Includes transportation to/from event- departing from Hilton Garden Inn
Transportation back to Hilton Garden Inn
St.Paul's Church

Pre-Conference Field Trip Showcasing Yuma's Waterfront and the Colorado River
(optional pre-conference event transportation included)

**Note: Closed-toe walking shoes required for tour of Imperial Dam**

Thursday, January 25

Pre-Conference Field Trip Registration and Continental Breakfast at Pivot Point Conference Center lobby.
Briefing and Walking Tour of Gateway Park and the Yuma East Wetlands, a 400-acre wetlands restoration which is considered a model for restoration in the desert Southwest.
Walking tour of the Yuma West Wetlands, a 110- acre riverfront park converted from the City’s landfill.
Lunch at the Pivot Point Conference Center.
Travel to and tour of the Imperial Dam, an engineering marvel where nearly 90% of the remaining water in the Colorado River is diverted, mostly to California. Depending on time, we’ll stop by the Imperial Date Gardens for a quick tour and delicious date shake.

Welcome Reception and Dinner

(includes transportation to/from event)
Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, 220 N. Prison Hill Rd., Yuma

Thursday, January 25

Welcome Reception and Dinner Registration at Pivot Point Conference Center.
Transportation to reception and dinner, departing from Pivot Point Conference Center.
Welcome Reception | Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park which opened in 1876. You’ll be in for a memorable evening in a very historic and intriguing space.
Transportation back to Hilton Garden Inn

Urban Waterfronts 2018:
33rd Annual International Conference on Urban Waterfront
Planning, Development and Culture

(All educational conference sessions, breakfast, and lunch held at Pivot Point Conference Center)

Friday, January 26

Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast.
Welcome, Water Ceremony
The Water Ceremony has become a conference tradition. Individuals, who have been asked to bring a small bottle of water from the rivers, lakes or bays that touch their cities, pour the water into a bowl to symbolize the waterfront community’s collective commitment to the health of the world’s waters as well as to sound waterfront planning and development practice. If you would like to join in the ceremony, please bring your contribution.
Keynote Address: “The Years of Living Dangerously - Ebbs and Flows on the Colorado River" Anne Castle, senior fellow, University of Colorado Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resource, Energy and the Environment, Boulder, Colorado (former assistant secretary for water and science, US Department of the Interior)
Coffee Break

Concurrent Morning Sessions

Panel A-1: The Colorado River: How Did We Get Here?

The panelists will provide a comprehensive overview of the development of the Colorado River in the 20th Century, including establishing legal rights to and allocation of river water; the building of the dams, the resulting environmental damage, and attempts to meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act.
  • The Dam Building Era: 1908 to 1968: Epic Accomplishments and Overreach: Jim Cherry, principal, CWM, Inc., Yuma, Arizona (former area manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma, Arizona)
  • Unintended Consequences: Environmental Damage: Dr. John (Jack) Schmidt, professor of watershed sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah (formerly with United States Geological Survey)
  • The Multi-Species Conservation Program: A Major Mitigation Effort: John Swett, program, manager, LCR Multi-Species Conservation Program, Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, Nevada

Panel B-1: Facing Water’s Challenges in Today’s World

While waterfronts have always faced a variety of weather-related challenges, they are also currently coping with a host of newer issues: sea level rise; hurricane; flooding and the imperative for more resilient, ecological solutions; better ways to treat the water’s edge; and ensuring public access, among others.
  • The Restoration of Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Post Hurricane Sandy: Mark Jaworski, regional technology leader for coastal planning and engineering, Jacobs CH2M, New York, New York
  • New York Non-Profit Takes on a Host of Issues – From Access to Education, From Marine Transport to Rising Water: Roland Lewis, executive director, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, New York, New York
  • Resilient Houston Recovers Once Again: Matt Baumgarten, associate, SWA Group, Houston, Texas
Conference Luncheon
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards: 1987 – 2017 A Thirty Year RetrospectiveThis unique, comprehensive visual overview of The Waterfront Center’s top honor award-winning projects and plans as chosen by interdisciplinary juries illustrates both the breadth of the types of work and the wide-ranging geography the program has encompassed. Fasten your seat belts for global adventure.
Coffee Break

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

Panel A-2: Contemporary Issues: Mitigation, Restoration and
Water Conservation

The panelists will provide diverse perspectives on the challenges and opportunities to heal and restore the Colorado River, with a particular focus on the Yuma community.
  • The Development and Damming of the Colorado River: A Yuma Historical Perspective: Charles Flynn, executive director, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Yuma, Arizona & Brian Golding Sr., Economic Development Director Quechan Indian Tribe
  • Healing the Entire River: A Broader Perspective: Dr. John (Jack) Schmidt, professor of watershed sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah (formerly with United States Geological Survey)
  • Reviving the River: A Quarter Century of Community Based Restoration on the Legendary Colorado River: Fred Phillips, principal, Fred Phillips Consulting, Flagstaff, Arizona

Panel B-2: Getting Back to Cases

The current waterfront phenomenon dates back to the mid-70’s and continues unabated. Cities that undertook steps to reclaim their edges with and without success in some instances have been and are moving forward with plans for the future.
  • The Baltimore’s Storied Inner Harbor Began an Enormous Transformation that Continues Apace: David Benn, principal, Quinn Evans Cho Benn, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Pioneering and Award-Winning Projects along Portland’s Extensive Waterfront: Carol Mayer-Reed, principal, Mayer-Reed, Portland, Oregon
Reception and Dinner
Colorado River State Historic Park, 201 N. 4th Avenue, Yuma
(Walk from Hilton Garden Inn to Colorado River State Historic Park–located directly west of the hotel)
Registration and Reception
A full-fledged Mexican Fiesta awaits you with margaritas, mariachis and merriment!

Saturday, January 27 - All events at Pivot Point Conference Center

Conference Registration and Buffet Breakfast

Concurrent Morning Sessions

Panel A-3: The Colorado River in the 21st Century

This session reflects the varying perspectives on the future of the Colorado River. A central focus of Yuma’s economy is making its farming sustainable by continuing to increase water efficiency. Mexico has a tremendous stake in the river’s future. The session concludes with a sobering assessment of the total demand being placed on the river and what we, together, can do about conserving and enhancing water resources.
  • Viewing of short film, “Milk & Honey”- produced in partnership with American Rivers and the Hispanic Access Foundation featuring the Lower Colorado River, America’s Most Endangered River of 2017. This film explores the connection between the Lower Colorado River and the people who live and work with the river every day to grow our nation’s food.
  • Challenges for Agriculture: A Yuma Farmer’s Perspective: Tom Davis, manager, Yuma County Water Users Association, Yuma, Arizona
  • Challenges for the Environment: Can the River Ever Once Again Flow to the Ocean?: Osvel Hinojosa, director of conservation, Pronatura Noroeste, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study, and Options to Conserve and Enhance Supply: Jim Cherry, principal, CWM, Inc., Yuma, Arizona (former area manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma, Arizona)

Panel B-3: Water Conservation/Innovation: What Cities Can Do

Panelists will address a series of techniques to conserve water and assure resiliency. Encouraging storm water management with such things as green roofs, rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable surfaces and the like has been catching on. Other techniques such as natural bank stabilization, restoring wetland habitats and daylighting will be explored.
  • Water Conservation, Flooding and State of Upper Mississippi – a Thirty Plus Year Story: Kathy Wine, executive director, River Action, Quad Cities, Iowa and Illinois
  • Stormwater Management and Ancillary Water Issues: Richard D. Barrett, principal, design director, MIG, San Diego, California
  • Exploring The Intertwine, Integrating the Built and Natural Landscapes in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region: Mike Houck, executive director, Urban Greenspaces Institute and Co-Founder, The Intertwine Alliance, Portland, Oregon
Coffee Break
Closing Plenary: Mary Miss, artist, founder City as Living Laboratory, New York, New York
Downtown Walking Tour (Optional)
Several lunch spots to choose from

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