EBC Water Resources Program: Impact of Climate Change on Stormwater Management


Date: October 26, 2017


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


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The EBC Climate Change Program Series on Adaptation and Resiliency recently concluded with its fifth program, which examined the latest in adaptation and resiliency programs in the private sector.  Previous programs looked at state, municipal, federal and institutional adaptation and resiliency plans.

This EBC Water Resources Program focus’ similarly on climate change and action plans to mitigate the effects of climate change, but this program examines more specifically, how climate change is affecting programs for stormwater management.  In light of recent historical rainfall events like Hurricane Harvey, which dropped 40-52 inches of rainfall in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, discussions about how to manage stormwater from extreme events have become even more important.

The federal climate change report, recently published by The New York Times, indicates that global warming is already having a large effect on the United States.  The draft report indicates that the amount of precipitation that falls in the heaviest storms is higher across the country, when storms from the last three decades are compared to storms from 1900 to 1960.  The change has been highest in the Northeast, where 27 percent more rain falls in the worst storms.  Although the chance of Massachusetts coastal communities experiencing the same level of rainfall as experienced during Hurricane Harvey is relatively non-existent, the conversation about managing stormwater from the more frequently occurring intense and extreme events resulting from climate change is critical to ensure the sustainability of our communities.

In this program we will hear from leaders in the state that are working on planning and implementation of programs and projects aimed at addressing stormwater management issues with a focus on sustainable and resilient solutions in the wake of our changing climate.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Chair:

  • Andrea Braga, P.E., CPESC, Principal, Geosyntec Consultants

Speaker Agenda:

Where the Water Flows: in a current and future world

  • Vandana M. Rao, Ph.D., Acting Director of Water Policy, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Collaboration Towards a More Resilient System – How the Commission is Looking at Stormwater for Climate Change

  • Charlie Jewell, Director of Planning, Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Tools for Flood Risk Management and Increased Resiliency Through Intelligent Infrastructure Control

  • David Roman, PE, CFM, CPESC, Project Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Andrea Braga of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Final Agenda – Water Resources Program: Impact of Climate Change on Stormwater Management

The available presentation from the EBC Water Resources Program – Impact of Climate Change on Stormwater Management completed on October 26, 2017, can be viewed below. The presentation is not available for download.

Presentation – EBC Water Resources Program – Impact of Climate Change on Stormwater Management

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