American Water Resources Association
Achieving Resiliency Goals through Comprehensive Vulnerability Assessment & Flexible Adaptation Planning
Jeff Naumick, PE
Senior Principal Engineer at Hazen and Sawyer
While there are many uncertainties surrounding climate change, it is virtually certain that sea levels will continue to rise for many centuries. Coupled with the effects of storm surge from more frequent and intense extreme events, resulting impacts are expected across a range of sectors, predominantly in densely populated coastal regions. Within the water resources sector, wastewater treatment plants are particularly vulnerable due to their placement at low-lying elevations for collection by gravity and proximity to water bodies for discharge purposes. Protection of these facilities is of vital importance to avoid disruption of public service, damage to equipment, and spillage of wastewater into nearby waterways.
Adaptation design and implementation can be complicated by evolving or conflicting stakeholder needs. Balancing capital budgets and the level of desired protection is intrinsic to most designs. Use of different funding sources (for example FEMA and state revolving funds) on the same resiliency project may result in varying scheduling requirements and protection requirements as reflected in different design flood elevation determinations. Differing stakeholder preferences for project bundling could also impact final resiliency design and implementation. As such, successful resiliency projects must not only address specific infrastructure risks, but also allow for flexible resiliency planning which can evolve to balance stakeholder requirements. The purpose of this talk is to walk through a proven resiliency framework that facilitates an efficient and comprehensive vulnerability assessment while also allowing for flexible adaptation planning that accommodates varying stakeholder, budgeting, and scheduling constraints.
Jeff Naumick, PE is a Senior Principal Engineer at Hazen and Sawyer. Jeff has been with Hazen for over 10 years and has worked as a design engineer on numerous water and wastewater projects for the Philadelphia Water Department, NYCDEP, American Water, and various other regional clients. Jeff was part of the team that developed NYC’s Climate Risk Assessment and Adaptation Study for NYCDEPs wastewater treatment infrastructure after Hurricane Sandy. Jeff received his B.S. from Penn State and M.S. from Villanova University.
This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). A Certificate of Attendance will be available on site for AWRA-PMAS members only. The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate).
Please note: all lunch orders will close by noon on the day before the presentation. In addition, all lunch orders will need to be paid for online by this time. We are unable to refund the cost of lunch or meeting fees because they are paid ahead of time based on number of registrations.