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Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) : SRBC Comprehensive Plan Stakeholder Session… Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – noon

FROM: Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)

WHAT: SRBC Comprehensive Plan Stakeholder Session

WHEN: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – noon

– or –

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – noon

WHERE: SRBC Office, 4423 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

– or –

via WebEx

WHO: John Balay, SRBC;

Jim Stockmal & Tom Morley, Snowflake LLC

 SRBC will be updating its Comprehensive Plan for the Water Resources of the Susquehanna River Basin for 2021, after 50 successful years of management. We would like to gather your perspectives on long-term river basin management challenges and priorities, and your thoughts on Comprehensive Plan format and content, in order to best prepare for the next 50 years of operating under our 100-year Susquehanna Compact. Your input will help inform the Comprehensive Plan development process over the next year, resulting in a meaningful, user-friendly approach to planning for river basin management for the foreseeable future.

 SRBC is hosting two by-invitation stakeholder sessions on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, and Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – noon both dates to solicit input on the Comprehensive Plan update. You are cordially invited to participate in one of the two sessions on-site in Harrisburg or through WebEx (webinar).

 During the meeting, the facilitators (Jim Stockmal and Tom Morley of Snowflake LLC, a strategy consulting firm) will ask six questions for discussion (see below). There will be 15 minutes allotted for each question. At the conclusion of the session, you will be asked for input on the format and content of the Comprehensive Plan. You may find it helpful to take a high-level look at the current Comprehensive Plan beforehand. It can be accessed at the following link: https://www.srbc.net/our-work/programs/planning-operations/comprehensive-plan.html. In the existing plan, the six “priority management areas” (PMAs) are (1) sustainable water development; (2) water quality; (3) flooding; (4) ecosystems; (5) Chesapeake Bay; and (6) coordination, cooperation, and public information.

 Questions for Discussion

1)      What are your greatest current and emerging River Basin management concerns, and how should we address them to ensure we continue to get the right results?

2)      What should we do to ensure we can cope with the effects of climate change over the next 25 – 50 years, and prepare for the potential impacts beyond the period covered by the Comprehensive Plan?

3)      What new capabilities do we need to better manage the River Basin, and are there any emerging or new technologies we should be exploring to help meet those needs?

4)      What is the single most significant thing we, as a collective (SRBC and its partners), could accomplish over the next 25 – 50 years that would mean “success” managing water resources?

5)      Are there any aspects of River Basin management that we are not, at present, meaningfully addressing, that will need to become more of a focus for us in the future?

6)      Will the current Priority Management Areas (PMAs) accurately reflect the kinds of challenges we’ll face over the next 25 – 50 years, or should they be modified to better represent the issues?

 

RSVP: By Friday, July 26, 2019, to Hilary Hollier, SRBC, (717) 238-0423, ext. 1106, or hhollier@srbc.net. Please indicate which session you will attend and if you will be participating in person in Harrisburg or via WebEx. If you choose to participate via WebEx, SRBC will email you instructions. We hope you can join us!

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