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2018 Confluence Conference: Back to the Future
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2018 Confluence Conference:  Back to the Future

When: December 13-14, 2018
Where: The Hyatt Regency Hotel
220 N Main St, Greenville
Greenville, South Carolina  29601
United States
Contact: Mara Cooke or Marci McEntyre

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DECEMBER 13-14, 2018 



Back to the Future: Celebrating 20 years and looking to the next 20 years


Join us December 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC to help us celebrate 20 years of joint participation and open dialogue, reflecting on past successes and remembering the journey that got us where we are today.

Greenville’s visionary Mayor Knox White will lead our pre-conference workshop to reflect on (and visit) Greenville’s Watershed Parks Program.

We have an action packed agenda this year and would love to see you at Confluence 2018!

For more details and full conference agenda, go to the Confluence Conference website.

Earlybird Deadline ends November 29, 2018!


Hyatt Regency Greenville

220 N Main St

Greenville, SC 29601

(864) 235-1234


$165 per night plus taxes

A new room block is now open. Reserve your room ASAP!

Click HERE to make your reservation

Printable Registration Form


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(6 Water Recertification Points Available)


7:30am                 Registration Opens



Thursday, December 13, 2018



“That’s right! He’s gonna be mayor!

8:30 –10:00am

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP & WALKING TOUR – BACK TO THE FUTURE:Learning from the Past to Enhance the Future – How the City of Greenville is Fulfilling a 100-year-old Vision for Parks by Reversing 100 years of Impact. Mayor Knox White, City of Greenville

MODERATOR: Morgan Young, Project Manager at Black & Veatch



“Things certainly have changed around here. I remember when this was all farmland as far the eye could see.”

12:00 – 1:15pm

LUNCH AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Best Selling Author Ron Rash. Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University

1:15 – 1:30 pm



“I had a horrible nightmare. I dreamed that I went…back in time. It was terrible.”

1:30 – 3:15pm

SESSION #1: LOOKING BACK – Reflecting on Past Successes and Challenges

MODERATOR: Pam Burnett, Executive Director of GAWP

  • How the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region. Chris Manganiello, PhD, Water Policy Director at Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
  • Land Application versus Direct Discharge – What have we Learned? Chris Hamilton, Water Reclamation Department Manager, Clayton County Water Authority and Lane Rivenbark, Nutter & Associates
  • American Rivers Dam Removal Program. Gerrit Jobsis, Senior Director of Rivers of Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas
  • Changes in Historical Approaches to Water Utility Rate Setting. Erin Riggs, Project Director and Annalee Harkins, Data Specialist & Project Manager at UNC Environmental Finance Center


3:15 – 3:30 pm

NETWORKING – “Bar Trivia” Table Competition – Round #1

3:30 – 3:45 pm



“Yeah, well, history is gonna change.”

3:45 – 5:00 pm


MODERATOR: Hope Walker, Director of Engineering at Greenwood CPW

  • Blazing the Path - Georgia’s Water Loss Control Program. Brian Skeens, PE, Senior Principal Technologist at Jacobs and Johanna Smith, PE, Georgia EPD
  • Planning and Design for Rock Quarries as Multi-Use Water Storage Facilities. Pam Kenel, PE, Director of Water Resources at Loudoun Water
  • Mitigating Negative Press – How Did We Get Here? Clay Duffie, General Manager & Dionna Ebeling, Strategic Communications & Public Relations Director at Mt. Pleasant Water


5:00 – 5:15 pm

NETWORKING – “Bar Trivia” Table Competition – Round #2

5:30 – 6:30pm


(Outdoor setting adjacent to the Hyatt Hotel)



(see map and recommendations from the Planning Committee in your conference folder)


Friday, December 14, 2018


Continental Breakfast


“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”

8:00 – 9:15am

SESSION #3 – Morning Mojo: Updates and Implications of Regulations and Policies Affecting Southeast Water Resources

MODERATOR: David Baize, Executive Director of SCAWWA/WEASC

Grab your morning "joe" and join us for an open discussion where panelists from each state will talk with each other and with the audience about the nuanced details, implications, implementation and future outlook surrounding some of the top regulatory and legal issues facing GA, SC, and NC. No long lists of codes and language changes, just frank discussions about what these regulations mean for water resources, the work we do, and the communities we serve.


  • South Carolina – Dr. Mike Marcus, Bureau Chief at SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control
  • Georgia – Johanna Smith and Anna Truszczynski, Georgia EPD
  • North Carolina – Forrest Westall, Director of Regulatory Relations, McGill Associates
  • EPA – Jeaneanne Gettle, Director of the Water Protection Division, Region 4


9:15 – 9:30am

NETWORKING – “Bar Trivia” Table Competition – Round #3

9:15 – 9:45am

BREAK – Water Innovation Center Mobile Exhibit. Melissa Meeker, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources


“Suddenly, the future’s looking a whole lot better.”

9:45 – 11:45am


MODERATOR: Nicole Wilkinson, Coordinator for Research & Outreach for NCWRRI

  • Future Viability of Rural Utilities and Impact on the Industry. Kim Colson, PE and Francine Durso, PE, NCDEQ Division of Water Infrastructure
  •   Dig Greenville – Technical and Public Relations Challenges for Greenville’s Largest Ever Tunneling Project. Jason Gillespie, PE, Project Manager at Renewable Water Resources (ReWa)
  •   Catawba Wateree Management Group Master Plan. Dr. Gina Kimble, Laboratory Supervisor at City of Charlotte and Robert Osborne, PE, Project Manager at Black & Veatch
  •   Savannah River Clean Water Fund – The Future of Source Water Protection. Lisa Lord, SC Field Project Coordinator & Savannah River Watershed Project


11:45 – noon



Cancellation Policy/Substitutions

Only employees of GAWP Corporate & Utility Members will be permitted to request invoicing. Registrations must be emailed (memberservices@gawp.ort) or faxed to GAWP on or before November 29, 2018 to receive the Preregistration rate. After 11/29/18 the Standard rates will apply. REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS: All cancellations must be received in writing on company letterhead and sent to GAWP. Phone cancellations are NOT accepted. After 11/29/18 registrants are no longer eligible for refunds, however, substitutions are welcome. No refunds for those who register and fail to attend.

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