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2011 ODOT Environmental Conference
“Transportation and the Environment ­‑ Inspiring Excellence”
2011 Environmental Conference Group Photo 
April 6-8, 2011
The Riverhouse
Hotel & Convention Center
3075 N. Business 97
Bend, Oregon
Conference Goals:
Calibration, Education, Leadership,
Information exchange, Networking,
Environmental stewardship
Inspire excellence,
Learning, Professional development,
Relationship building,
Streamlining, Technical training

Conference Sponsors

The staff of ODOT wish to thank the following sponsors of our 2011 Environmental Conference!  These are great partnerships that ODOT highly values. 
Thank you.
BBT Architects
Mason, Bruce & Girard
Parsons Brinckerhoff

2011 ODOT Environmental Conference - Information & Presentations
Conference Abstracts
Plenary Speaker Biographies 
Poster Session 

Wednesday AM
Plenary Speakers
Plenary I: Sally Bird, Cultural Resources Manager of Warm Springs.
Keynote: Betsy Imholt, Operations Manager of the ODOT Rail Division.
Lunch Speaker
Lunch Speaker: Gary Demich, H.W. Lochner National Director of Sustainability.  Sustainable Highway Construction
Wednesday PM
Stormwater and Hydrology
ODOT Stormwater Retrofit Program. Nicole Peirce, ODOT
Driving Toward LID: Effective Tools for Implementing ODOT's Low Impact Development Practice. Ronan Igloria, HDR
Evaluation of a Compost-amended Biofiltration Swale for Dissolved Metals Removal from Highway Stormwater Runoff. Rebecca Dugopolski, Herrara Environmental Consultants
Linking GIS to Hydraulic and Hydrologic Models: Benefits of a Georeferenced Model. Rebecca Yalcin, WEST Consultants
Porous Pavement/Ecology Soil Mix: Combining BMPs for the Innovative Treatment of Roadway Runoff. Ronald Horres, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Project Efficiency I
National Best Practices for Streamlining Project Delivery. Jeff Heilman, Parametrix
Streamlining the Environmental Process under Traditional and Alternative Project Delivery Methods. Susan Haupt, HDR
Decision Support for the New Decade: Improving Continuity between Programmatic and Project Planning. Kevin Halsey, Parametrix
New Federal Noise Rule: Information for Environmental Clearance. Carole Newvine, ODOT
JTA Section 18: Better, Faster, Cheaper for Highway Construction Projects. Ken Franklin, ODOT
Aquatic Resources I
When Streams Do Their Work: Implications for Environmental Stewardship. Matthew Mabey, ODOT
Hazard Trees for Fish Habitat: Benefitting the Environment and Building Relationships. Paul Kennington, ODOT
OTIA III Bull Trout Conservation Project. Michael Bianchi, HDR
Effective De-watering Practices: Lessons Learned from Region 5. Paul Kennington & Christian Jilek, ODOT
EFH and Marine Mammals. Bridgette Lohrmann, NOAA
Mitigation Monitoring Made Easier: New Ways to Use Existing Technology to Streamline Monitoring and Reporting. Justin Moffett, MB&G
Lessons Learned and Process Improvements for ODOT’s Biology and Wetland Mitigation Sites. Daniel Covington, MB&G
Mitigating Wetlands at the North Fork Siuslaw River Bridge Replacement Project near Florence, Oregon. Irene Ulm, ODOT
Keeping Your Distance: Planning for Wetland Buffers. Noah Herlocker, URS
Oregon Department of State Lands In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program: Priorities and Opportunities for Partnerships. Dana Hicks, DSL
The Roadside Perspective: Past, Present, Future. Mike Shippey, ODOT
Oregon Scenic Byways Program. Pat Moran, ODOT
Form, Line, Color, and Texture: A Case for Incorporating Basic Visual Resource Considerations Early in Project Design. Louise Kling, URS
Compost, the Silver Bullet? Results from the Field: Compost for Erosion Control, Slope Stability, and Landscape Restoration. Magnus Bernhardt, ODOT
Hazard Trees/Species Identification. Dan Lepschat & Andy Smogor, ODOT
Thursday AM
Plenary Speakers
Plenary Speaker I: Steve Andrle, Chief Program Officer for SHRP 2. Overview of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2).
Plenary Speaker II: Marie Venner, Principal for ICF International. Expedited Environmental Review for Permitting.
Plenary Speaker III: Gail Achterman, Retired Director of the Institute for Natural Resources. Ecological Approach: Scientific Tools and Methods.
Regulatory Panel
DEQ: Rodney Weick, Water Quality Manager for the DEQ Northwest Region
DSL: Bill Ryan, Assistant Director of Wetlands and Waterways Conservation Division
NMFS: Marc Liverman, QA/QC Coordinator
SHPO: Dennis Griffin, Oregon State Archaeologist
Climate Change Panel
Introduction and ODOT's Role in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction. Margi Bradway, ODOT
Expected Impacts of Climate Change and Adaptation. Kathie Dello, OCCRI:
Oregon's Proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standards, Cory-Ann Wind, DEQ
The Ecological Approach: Oregon Pilot Project. Craig Tuss & Craig Harper, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
Shitike Creek Restoration. Scott Turo, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Enduring Lessons Taught by the Bear Creek Relocation Project. Ann MacDonald, GeoEngineers
Cultural Block
Bridging the Past and Future: The Story of the Columbia River Crossing and Tribes. Heather Wills, ODOT
Protecting Rocks that Speak: Maintenance and Picture Gorge Rock Art. Paul Kennington & Tobin Bottman, ODOT
Archaeology, History, and Community: Lessons from Beatty Curve, Klamath County. Thomas Connolly, University of Oregon Museum of Natural & Cultural History
''On and Onwards': Finding and Mapping the Applegate Trail. Chelsea Rose, Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology
Lost in the After-Battle Fog: the Harris Cabin, a Rogue Indian War Battle Site. Brian O'Neill, University of Oregon Museum of Natural & Cultural History
Wildlife Resources
Urban Peregrine Falcon Nests in the Portland Metro Area. Bob Sallinger, Portland Audubon, & Alexis Casey, MB&G
Wildlife Services: Ensuring Bat Safety with Impending Bridge Demolition. Matt Alex, APHIS Wildlife Services
Why Did the Deer Cross the Road?: A Case Study of Wildlife Crossing Structures that Successfully Integrate Environmental and Engineering Considerations. Dautis Pearson, URS
Road kill Management: Issues and Solutions. Jeffrey Moore, ODOT
Lunch Speaker
Gary McVoy, Market Leader for Transportation Sustainability at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Transportation Maintenance and Sustainability: A Pragmatic Look at What, Where, When, Why, and How.
Thursday PM
NMFS and USFWS River Restoration Assessment Tool (RiverRAT). Janine Castro, USFWS & PSU
Roadside Development. Mike Shippey, ODOT
Going to the Dogs: Incorporating Conservation Dogs into Invasive Species Detection and Habitat Connectivity Issues. Working Dogs for Conservation - Aimee Hurt.
Invasive Species: Will Lackey
Invasive Species: Dan Sherwin
Friday AM
Aquatic Resources II
Hydroacoustic Project Compliance: Lessons Learned from the I-5 Willamette River Bridge Project. Stuart Myers, MB&G
Fish Counts: Quantifying Run Timing, Duration, and Abundance of 14 ESA Listed Fishes for Hydroacoustic Impact Analysis for the Columbia River Crossing. Sharon Rainsberry & Michael Parton. WSDOT & Parametrix
When the Hammer Falls: Determining Potential Hydroacoustic Impacts to Listed Fish during Construction of the Columbia River Crossing. Steve Morrow & Bill Hall, ODOT & Parametrix
Achieving Desired Environmental and Permitting Outcomes Using the “Basic Goals” Approach. Tom Loynes, ODOT
Project Efficiency II
OTIA III and CS3:  Effectiveness and Lessons Learned.  Josh Proudfoot, Good Company.
What the 4(f)? Halcyon Times of the 1960s: When the Highway Department Was "Being Run by Barbarians." Chris Bell, ODOT
US101 Bridge over Millport Slough: Collaborative Effort. Adam Roberts, Jerry Wolcott, & Ray Cranston, ODOT
Every Day Counts Initiative. Chris Woods, FHWA
Evaluating Roadway Sustainability. Sam Seskin, CH2M Hill
SE Anderson Road: a Sustainability Demonstration Project. Darren Hippenstiel, CH2M Hill
A Complete Streets Strategy for Hawaii: How the Context Sensitive Solutions Process and Strategy Can Benefit the Pacific Northwest. Terra Lingley, CH2M Hill
Life Cycle Thinking and Boundary Setting for Environmental Analysis and Decision Making. Aaron Toneys, Good Company
Successful Planting Tips: A Recipe for Success. Rick Jerofke, ODOT
How and Why ODOT and ODA Are Searching Oregon’s Highways for Listed Plants and Butterflies. Mindy Trask, Rebecca Currin, Chris Maguire, & David Leal, ODOT, ODA, ODOT, USFWS
Restoring Nelson’s Checker mallow and Native Prairie Habitat at the OR 18 Fort Hill-Wallace Bridge Project. Steve Gisler, ODOT
Beyond the Pavement: Roadside Vegetation Management. Will Lackey, ODOT
Technology Helps ODOT Update and Make Highway Infrastructure Data Accessible. Laura Wipper, ODOT
TransGIS 2.0 ODOT's Enterprise Web Mapping Application: Environmental Applications. Chris Wright, ODOT
Field Data Collection with Integrated Web Review Application. Casey Ragain, ODOT
LiDAR Data Storage and Analysis at ODOT. Ryan Johnson, ODOT
Plenary Speaker I: Renee Davis-Born, Project Manager for Oregon Explorer Program. The Oregon Explorer Digital Library: Changing the Landscape of Natural Resources Information Management
Plenary Speaker II: Kuuipo Walsh, Project Manager for Oregon Imagery Explorer. The Oregon Explorer and ODOT: Making a Natural Resources Digital Library Work for You