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The Urban Waterfront Converefnce comes to Yuma
The 33rd Annual International Conference on Urban Waterfront Planning, Development and Culture is being held in Yuma, Arizona on January 26-27, 2018. The conference features two tracks, one of which focuses on resiliency against hurricanes and flooding. The other track centers on the past, present and future of the Colorado River. “ It is a matter of either too much water or too little”, says Heritage Area Director Charles Flynn. Full conference details and registration information (including a January 12th registration deadline) are available on the conference web site at 2018UW.com.
Keynote speaker is Anne Castle, former assistant secretary for water and science, US Department of the Interior, whose talk is entitled “The Years of Living Dangerously - Ebbs and Flows on the Colorado River". Colorado River speakers range from technical and restoration experts such as Dr. Jack Schmidt, Jim Cherry, Fred Phillips, and John Swett to Tom Davis, speaking on behalf of the Yuma farming community to Osvel Hinojosa, who will share Mexico’s vision for the river’s future.
Resiliency’s “poster boy” is the City of Houston, which suffered terrible flooding last summer. Matt Baumgarten of the landscape architectural firm, SWA, will discuss Houston’s past and future efforts to integrate innovative storm water management practices into park and trail design
Updates on waterfront city trailblazers Baltimore, Maryland and Portland, Oregon will be provided by nationally-acclaimed landscape architects David Benn and Carol Mayer-Reed
More detail on speakers, as well as complete program details, may be found on the conference web site, www.2018uw.com
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