EBC Rhode Island Program: Coastal Resilience – Nontraditional Solutions to a Nontraditional Problem


Date: September 7, 2022


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Town of Warren Council Chambers – 2nd Floor

514 Main St.
Warren, RI 02885

This hybrid program will also be hosted on Zoom.

This EBC Rhode Island Program will provide insight on nontraditional means to enhance coastal resilience and address sea level rise.  The first portion of the program will provide a case study on the Warren, RI plan to retreat from flood-prone areas via relocation of neighborhoods and some commercial activities. Efforts to protect the municipal wastewater treatment facility will also be presented.  The program will then provide insight into the state of the practice of addressing coastal resilience via natural and nature-based solutions.  Finally, a presentation focused on coastal resilience funding opportunities and strategies will be provided.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the program.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the program.

Program Agenda:
  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. – Program Begins
  • 11:30 a.m. – Program Adjourns
Program Chairs:
  • Ronald Mack, Senior Engineer, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
  • Craig Swanson, Principal Associate, Swanson Environmental Associates
Speaker Agenda:

Introduction to Warren Coastal Resilience Activities

  • Robert Rulli, Director of Planning and Community Development, Warren, RI

Coastal Retreat (“Market to Metacom”)

  • Arnold Robinson, AICP, NCI, WEDG, Associate | Regional Planning Director, Fuss & O’Neill
  • Robert Rulli, Warren, RI

Infrastructure Resilience: Warren Wastewater Treatment Facility

  • Jonathan Himlan, PE, Senior Project Manager, Woodard & Curran

Engineering with Nature: State of the Practice

  • Sam Whitin, Coastal Resilience Director, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology

Coastal Resilience Funding Opportunities

  • Joanne Throwe, President, Throwe Environmental

Moderated Discussion

  • All attendees must submit the required health questionnaire while registering for this event.
  • Attendees are encouraged to take an at-home test prior to attending any EBC in-person program.
  • While encouraged, masking is not required.
  • Please do not attend this program if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: a cough, shortness of breath, troubled breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste, or loss of smell.
  • Please do not attend this event if you are testing positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about attending this program, please reach out to EBC staff by calling the office (617-505-1818) or via email ([email protected]).

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Rhode Island Program Coastal Resilience – Nontraditional Solutions to a Nontraditional Problem can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Rhode Island Program: Coastal Resilience – Nontraditional Solutions to a Nontraditional Problem

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

The webinar recording is available to EBC Members via the Info Hub. If you are an employee of an EBC Member Company and cannot access the Info Hub, please contact the EBC Office.


Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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Town of Warren Council Chambers – 2nd Floor

514 Main St.
Warren, RI 02885

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