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American Geological Institute
Leadership Forum

“Water Resources: National Policy and Global Implications”

Monday, September 20, 2010
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
1307 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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Selected presentations and speaker biographies are available below.

Monday, September 20th

I. Welcome and Overview of Water Science from the Federal Perspective


Welcome and Introduction: Mr. Rick Powers, President of AGI, and Dr. P. Patrick Leahy, Executive Director of AGI

Ms. Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior
Water at DOI: A Strategic Look at a Critical Resource

Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey, and Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior
USGS Water Science: Looking Forward

Ms. Mary Glackin, Deputy Under-Secretary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA Science: Supporting the National Ocean Policy

Ms. Denise Keehner, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Role in Water Resource Management



Review of Previous Work and Setting the Stage for Discussion Sessions

II. Ocean Policy Sessions: National Ocean Policy, Ocean Acidification, Marine Spatial Planning, Coastal to Ocean Interface, Great Lakes, Ocean and Seafloor Exploration and Arctic Ocean


Dr. Piers Chapman, Texas A&M University
Biochemistry, Climate Change, and the New National Ocean Council

Breakouts: Smaller groups will come up with about five policy suggestions, five fact sheets idea and five key reports

III. Water Quality Session: Groundwater, Surface Water, Waste Water, Hydraulic Fracturing, Chemical Dispersants, and Water Pollutants


Dr. George M. Hornberger, Vanderbilt University
To Highlight the Role of the Geosciences in Water Resources and to Develop Policy Recommendations

Breakouts: Smaller groups will come up with about five policy suggestions, five fact sheets idea and five key reports

IV. Water Quantity Session: Groundwater, Surface Water, Waste Water, Water Infrastructure (Water control including levees and dams, drinking water systems, agricultural systems, waste water systems, energy water systems and others)


Dr. Daniel P. Loucks, Cornell University
Water Science and Management Issues: Challenges and Opportunities for the Geosciences

Breakouts: Smaller groups will come up with about five policy suggestions, five fact sheets idea and five key reports

Final Wrap-Up and Discussion


Discussion: Moderator for each group will summarize ideas and then the whole group will discuss them

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About the Speakers

Brief biographies about the speakers are available below.

Panel I

Ms. Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Dept. of the Interior
Castle oversees water and science policy and has responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.Before joining Interior, Castle practiced law for 28 years in Denver with the Rocky Mountain based law firm of Holland & Hart LLP. She specialized in water issues, including litigation and multi-party negotiations, water related transactions, and advice on water policy and strategy. Her clients spanned a wide spectrum of water users and suppliers, from small and large municipal water and wastewater treatment providers to farmers and ranchers, water and conservation districts, and operators of commercial facilities. She was elected in 2001 to chair the law firm’s management committee and served in that position until 2004. She also chaired the firm’s natural resources law department.

In 2007 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed Castle to the South Platte River Basin Task Force, which examined the water crisis in this northeastern Colorado basin, and its challenges for water users and provided recommendations for legislative changes that continue to be explored. She also was the chair and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Water and Sanitation District from 1989 to 2002. Castle was twice appointed to the Colorado Ground Water Commission by former Colorado Governor Roy Romer and served from 1994 to 2002.

During her legal career, Castle was continually involved in organizations providing legal representation to those who could not afford to pay. She served on the board of Colorado Legal Services for over 25 years, and was on the board of the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation for many years.

Castle was listed in Best Lawyers in America for water law in 2007 and 2008. The Women’s Vision Foundation selected Castle for its prestigious Woman of Vision award in 2008, recognizing positive, enlightened leadership and active promotion of the advancement of women within the law firm and in the community. She was also featured in the November 2008 issue of Law Practice magazine in its leadership profile series.

Castle received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, with honors, from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering, in 1973. Her J.D. in 1981 was from the University of Colorado where she was Order of the Coif.

Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey, and Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior
Director Marcia K. McNutt, is a distinguished scientist and administrator and the first woman director of the USGS in its 130-year history. Dr. McNutt previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

As a scientist, Dr. McNutt has participated in 15 major oceanographic expeditions and served as chief scientist on more than half of those voyages. She has published 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles. McNutt received a BA degree in Physics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colorado College. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, she studied geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, where she earned a PhD in Earth Sciences in 1978. She then spent three years with the USGS in Menlo Park, CA, working on earthquake prediction.

Dr. McNutt joined the faculty at MIT in 1982 where she became the Griswold Professor of Geophysics and served as Director of the Joint Program in Oceanography & Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, offered by MIT & the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

She served as President of the American Geophysical Union from 2000-2002. She was Chair of the Board of Governors for Joint Oceanographic Institutions, helping to bring about its merger with the Consortium for Ocean Research and Education to become the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, for which she served as Trustee. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy.

McNutt’s honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota and from Colorado College. She was awarded AGU’s Macelwane Medal in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration. She has served on numerous evaluation and advisory boards for institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University, Harvard University, Science Magazine, and Schlumberger.

Ms. Mary Glackin, Deputy Under-Secretary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mary M. Glackin has been the Deputy Under Secretary for Operations since December 2007. In this role she is responsible for the day-to-day management of NOAA’s national and international operations for oceanic and atmospheric services, research, and coastal and marine stewardship. 

Mary has worked at NOAA 33 years with nearly 20 years of senior executive level experience working in numerous NOAA line offices. She served as the acting Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director, National Weather Service in 2007. Before that, she was the Assistant Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Program Planning and Integration. From 1999 until 2002, she served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service of NOAA.

From 1993 to 1999, she worked as the Program Manager for the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) with the National Weather Service (NWS), NOAA. Prior to this, Ms. Glackin was both a meteorologist and computer specialist in various positions within NOAA where she was responsible for introducing improvements into NWS operations by capitalizing on new technology systems and scientific models.

She has twice received the Presidential Rank Award (2001 and 2009). She also is the recipient of the Charles Brooks Award for Outstanding Services to the American Meteorological Society, the NOAA Bronze Medal (2001), the Federal 100 Information Technology Manager Award (1999), the NOAA Administrator’s Award (1993), and the Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award (1991). She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a member of the National Weather Association and the American Geophysical Union.

Ms. Denise Keehner, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
Ms. Denise Keehner is Director of the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was previously the Director of the Standards and Health Protection Division in the Office of Water at EPA’s headquarters, where she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Water Quality Standards Program, the Beach Program and the Fish Advisory Program. Before joining the Office of Water in 2003, Ms. Keehner served as Director of the Biological and Economic Analysis Division in the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and also served as the Acting Director of the Environmental Fate and Effects Division in OPP. Ms. Keehner has held management positions in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and in the former Office of Toxic Substances. In her 27 years at EPA, she has participated in risk management decision making under the Clean Water Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; the Food Quality Protection Act; and the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Panel II

Dr. Piers Chapman, Texas A&M
Dr. Piers Chapman is a marine chemist and currently the Head of the Oceanography Department at TAMU. He has worked as an analytical chemist in the U.K. water industry, and in pollution control and in oceanographic research with the Sea Fisheries Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. Most recently, he was at Louisiana State University, where he ran a NOAA-funded program on coastal restoration science. In a previous term at TAMU, he was Director of the U.S. Office for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE).

Dr. Chapman’s research interests include nutrient cycling, large-scale water mass identification and circulation, the marine iodine cycle, the physical oceanography and chemistry of upwelling systems, and oil pollution prevention. He is currently a PI on a major NOAA-funded project investigating the hypoxic zone over the shelf of Louisiana and Texas, and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans). Additionally, Dr. Chapman is editor of the WOCE Hydrographic Atlas series of four volumes.Chapman holds degrees in Chemistry (B.Sc.) and Marine Chemistry (Ph.D.), both from the University College of North Wales, Bangor, U.K.

Panel III

Dr. George M. Hornberger, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Hornberger serves as the Craig E. Philip Professor of Engineering and the Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment. He has also served as President of the Hydrology Section of AGU from 2006-2008, and has been a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (a Presidential appointment) since April 2004. Dr. Hornberger has contributed to numerous National Research Council boards and committees including as chair of the Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources (1996-2000) and chair of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (2003-2009). He also currently chairs a Committee on Opportunities and Challenges in the Hydrologic Sciences.

In his time with Vanderbilt, and previously with the University of Virginia, Dr. Hornberger’s research has focused on understanding how hydrological processes affect the transport of dissolved and suspended constituents through catchments and aquifers. Current projects include work on transport of dissolved organic carbon in watersheds, on nitrogen fertilizer use and fate as influenced by individual behavior, on life-cycle analyses for an inland water transport company, and on the water-energy nexus.

Dr. Hornberger received his Ph.D. in Hydrology from Stanford University in 1970, his M.S.E in Hydrology from Drexel University, and his B.S. from Drexel University as well.  He has been the Craig E. Philip Professor of Engineering since 2008 and holds a joint professorship in Civil and Environmental Engineering and in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Panel IV

Dr. Daniel P. Loucks, Cornell University
Dr. Daniel “Pete” Loucks has served as a Professor of Environmental Engineering at Cornell University since 1976, where he directs research in the application of economic theory, environmental engineering, and systems analysis methods to the solution of environmental and regional water resources problems. He has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University, an Economist at the Development Research Center of the World Bank, a Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, and as a Visiting Professor at several other institutions. He has served as a consultant to private and government agencies and various organizations of the United Nations, the World Bank, and NATO involved in regional water resources development planning in Asia, Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. In the past three years he has had appointments at Delft Hydraulics in The Netherlands, the Institute for Water Resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the South Florida Water Management District; all involving water resources and ecosystem planning and management projects. In addition to his membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), he has served on seven National Research Council (NRC) committees and boards. Loucks obtained a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1965, an M.F. from Yale University in 1955, and a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in 1954.

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