2013 Roanoke River Currents Watershed Conference


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What: A full day on the latest watershed issues

When: October 11, 2013

Conference: 8:00 to 4:30


Where: Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA

Franklin Hall (Atrium, Blue Ridge Mountain Room, Panthers Den, Virginia Room)


This one-day conference on the latest actions and issues shaping the Roanoke River will focus on stormwater, emerging watershed issues, water quality, quantity and resource management, tourism and recreation, and restoration and land management. The day will include lunch and keynote address, stormwater utility panel discussion and more on the beautiful Ferrum College Campus. See below for more details.


Conference Schedule:

Roanoke River Currents Watershed Conference

Ferrum College, Virginia

Franklin Hall

October 11th, 2013

8:00 – 8:45

Registration, Displays and Continental Breakfast

(FH – Atrium)


Opening Remarks: Bill ModicaURRR Chairperson

Welcome Address:   Dr. Jennifer Braaten -  President of Ferrum College

(FH - Blue Ridge Room)


Session 1 : Emerging Issues

(Virginia Room)

Session 2:

Water Quality & Quantity

(Blue Ridge Room)

Session 3:


(Panthers Den)


Climate Change: A Water Scientist Perspective

 Dr. Tamim Younos

(Cabell Brand Center)

Save our Streams – Smith Mountain Lake

Larry Iceman

(Smith Mt. Lake Assoc.)



Protecting the Moratorium on Uranium Mining in Virginia

Laura Cascada

(Sierra Club/Keep the Ban)

Water Quality of Leesville Lake

Dr. Thomas Shahady

(Lynchburg College)

The Role of Groundwater in the Roanoke River Streamflow

Dr. Charles Sinex

(SML Water Mgmt Comm.)




Stormwater Management in Virginia – A Historical Perspective

Cody Boggs

(Dept. of Env. Quality)

Smith Mountain Lake and Climate Change: Can we measure an effect?

Dr. Carolyn Thomas

(Ferrum College)

Developing Sediment Load Thresholds Protective of Aquatic Life

Dr. Gene Yagow

(Virginia Tech, BSE Dept.)


Blueways and the Roanoke River

Shane Sawyer


Total Nitrogen Analysis in Smith Mountain Lake

Dr. Maria Puccio

(Ferrum College)

Pigg River TMDL Implementation

Michael Tabor

(Blue Ridge SWCD)




Lunch, 100-Year Perspective and Keynote Address:

100-Year Perspective of the Upper Roanoke River Watershed : Randy Stow, Smith Mountain Lake Association

Keynote Address: Climate Change and Water Resources, Dr. Rory Coffey, Visiting Scholar from the Dublin School of Biosystems Engineering, University College, Dublin

(Blue Ridge Room)


Session 4:

Stormwater Utilities: Development

Strategies to Implementation – case studies from 3 localities

(Blue Ridge Room)


Perspective: City of Roanoke

Christopher Blakeman and Phil Schirmer


Perspective: Town of Blacksburg

Carolyn Howard and Andrew Kassoff


Perspective: City of Lynchburg

Erin Hawkins

2:30 -3:00

Coffee Break  and Poster Session


3:00 -3:45

Stormwater Utility Panel Discussion

(Blue Ridge Room)

3:45 - 4:30

Closing Session: Open Forum

(Blue Ridge Room)


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Parking Information:

All conference parking will be in the Ferrum overflow parking lot. Please follow signs directing conference attendees to  the parking area.



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Dates: Registration open from August 30th, 2013 to October 8th, 2013.

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