"Strengthening the APA" conference at the VIC on Sept. 26 - 2013-09-25
This daylong conference on Thursday, Sept. 26, is sponsored by the Adirondack Explorer at the Paul Smith's College VIC. $25 registration fee; free for Paul Smith's students.
Adirondack Explorer Conference: “Strengthening the APA”
8:50-8:55 a.m.—Dick Beamish, Adirondack Explorer founder, introduction.
8: 55-9:15 a.m.—Historian Phil Terrie presents perspective on Adirondack protection efforts with focus on progress and remaining challenges since WWII.
9:15-9:40 a.m.—APA representative highlights agency’s mission, accomplishments and challenges on this 40th anniversary year of Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan.
9:40 -10 a.m.—Break
10-11 a.m.—Panel on Water Quality: How to maintain and restore it in the Adirondacks. Panelists include Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, on controlling stormwater runoff and new data on development trends in the Park; Chris Navitsky, Lake George Waterkeeper, on proper on-site sewage controls; Eileen O’Conner, Director of Environmental Health for Cayuga County, on Cayuga’s model ordinance regulating septic systems; Julie Regan, External Affairs Chief for Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, on efforts to restore Lake Tahoe’s legendary water quality. The panel will be jointly moderated by Brian Mann, Adirondack Bureau Chief for North Country Public Radio, and Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer.
11-11:15 a.m. Assemblyman Dan Stec will be publicly interviewed by NCPR’s Brian Mann about the Town of Queensbury’s exemplary stormwater-runoff controls, while written questions to the Water Quality Panel are submitted and selected.
1:10-1:40 p.m.—Randall Arendt, national leader on conservation design, featured speaker.
2-3 p.m.—Panel on Conservation Design and Low-Impact Development. Panelists include Michale Glennon of Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program, on biological inventory as essential first step in development process; David Cox, Planning Chairman, Town of Day, on his town’s “Viewshed Protection Area”; Dave Gibson, partner in Adirondack Wild, on APA’s accomplishments in conservation design; and Carleton Montgomery, executive director of the New Jersey Pinelands Preservation Alliance, on model clustering ordinances. Phil Brown will moderate.
3-3:20 p.m.—Break while written questions submitted and selected for answering.
4-4:45 p.m.—Discussion of key recommendations for strengthening the Adirondack Park Agency by former APA chairmen James Frenette and John Collins, and Bill Kissel, former APA commissioner who also served as first agency counsel in the 1970s. Phil Brown will moderate.
4:45-5 p.m.—Willie Janeway, executive director of the Adirondack Council, will stress connection between environmental protection and economic sustainability, with reference to
specific topics covered earlier in the day.
5-6 p.m.—Reception (wine, cheese, etc.). Also opportunity for trail walk to Heron Marsh or Barnum Pond.
The registration fee of $25 covers coffee, snacks, lunch and the reception from 5-6 p.m. To sign up, visit www.AdirondackExplorer.org and click on “Strengthening the APA Conference.” Or call Andreas Mowka at (518) 891-9352, ext. 20.