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Technical Program

The schedule is subject to revision (changes of presenters, withdrawals) in the months leading up to the Conference. To assist participants in planning their time at the Conference, the Final Program and abstracts will be made available online by January 28. Everyone preregistered by that date will receive an email providing links to the resources.

See pages 12-50 of the Preliminary Program for additional details.

The technical program will begin on Monday evening, February 11, with the Plenary Session, "Healing Earth: Searching for an Ecological Design Science and Practice" presented by Dr. John Todd (John Todd Ecological Design).  Dr. Todd’s address will explore evolution’s legacy as a window into a new design science and address fundamental questions of our time, namely the restoration of landscapes and aquatic ecosystems throughout the world through his organizations, Ocean Arks International and John Todd Ecological Design. He will address decoding Nature’s operating instructions and the subsequent invention of living technologies as well as the concerns manifested with the fusion of ecology and economics. Ultimately the goal is to help stabilize climate, restore biodiversity, and heal the Earth.

More than 550 platforms and posters will be presented in 43 breakout sessions Tuesday through Thursday. The Conference will conclude with a closing roundtable discussion, "2019 Conference Recap: Takeaways and What's Next?" on Thursday afternoon. 

The breakout sessions and panels are organized into five concurrent, thematic tracks:

A. Remedy and Restoration Implementation
B. Remediation and Restoration Alternatives
C. Management Approaches and Policy
D. Environmental Processes and Modeling
E. Characterization, Assessment, and Monitoring


The following four panel discussions will be presented:

  • Challenges in Evaluating Fish-Sediment Exposure at Contaminated Sediment Sites
  • Rethinking Environmental Dredging: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Incorporating Sustainability Principles in Superfund Sediment Remediation Projects
  • Alternative Financial Models for Funding Contaminated Sediment Cleanup: Public-Private Partnerships, Local Sponsorship, and Redevelopment Benefit: How Can We Get More Done?

Program Committee

Conference Chairs

  • Lisa Lefkovitz, PMP (Battelle)
  • Pam Rodgers (Battelle)

Technical Steering Committee

  • Andrew Bullard, MEM, PMP (CDM Smith)
  • Katherine Cronin (Deltares)
  • Steve Garbaciak (Foth)
  • Marcia Greenblatt (Integral Consulting, Inc.)
  • Karl Gustavson (U.S. EPA)
  • Amy Hawkins (U.S. Navy)
  • Mandy Michalsen (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Steve Nadeau (Sediment Management Work Group)
  • Steve Sands (Clean Earth)
  • Phillip Spadaro (The Intelligence Group)
  • Tim Thompson (Science and Engineering for the Environment, LLC)
  • Patricia White (Jacobs)