On Jan. 26, 2023, local, state, federal and private sector partners gathered for a Restoring Wilmington’s Rivers Conference at the Chase Center at the Riverfront, in Wilmington. The conference was part of the Christina-Brandywine River Remediation Restoration Resilience (CBR4) project.
Subtitled “A Plan for Remediation, Restoration, and Resilience of the Christina and Brandywine Rivers,” the conference goals were to share knowledge, expand the team, look at interim and pilot projects, review best practices and think globally.
Jen Adkins, Executive Director, Delaware Nature Society
Chief Dennis Coker, Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware
CBR4 Vision: Marian Young, President, BrightFields, Inc.
John G. Cargill, IV, P.G. and Todd A. Keyser, P.G., Hydrologists, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Remediation Section
CBR4 Goals and Strategies: Jen Adkins, on behalf of the CBR4 Team
Brandywine River Shoreline Restoration Opportunities: Greg Rishel, Sr. Landscape Architect, Pennoni
Christina River Shoreline Restoration: Ellie Rothermel, Data Management Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE)
Southbridge Wilmington Wetlands Park Phase 2: Bryan Lennon, Asst. Water Division Director, Wilmington
Future Wetland Opportunities: Ellie Rothermel, Data Management Coordinator, PDE
Christina-Brandywine Rivers Remediation Feasibility Study: Kim Brinson, Technical Manager, BrightFields, Inc.
Importance of Upland Contaminant Source Control: Upal Ghosh, PhD, Univ. Maryland Baltimore County
Wetlands and Waterways Section Restoration Perspective: Rebecca Bobola, Environmental Scientist, DNREC Division of Water
Collin O’Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation
Strengthening and Uplifting Wilmington: Mayor Mike Purzycki, City of Wilmington
Constitution Yards Habitat Pilot Project: Tony Mottola, Projects Director, Riverfront Development Corporation
GreeNCC: Tracy Surles, Public Works General Manager, New Castle County
Banning Park Ecological Uplift Opportunities: Matt Sarver, Principal, Sarver Ecological
Resilience Planning in Wilmington: Alison Quimby, Sustainability and Environmental Compliance Manager, Wilmington Dept of Public Works
Transportation Resilience: Jim Pappas, Director of Transportation Resiliency and Sustainability, DelDOT
Sustainable Resilient Remediation Strategy for CBR4 (NOAA Project of Special Merit): Kristen Thornton, Environmental Scientist, DNREC Delaware Coastal Program
Dam Removal: Jim Shanahan, Executive Director, Brandywine River Restoration Trust
Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge Water Trail: Bob Meadows, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
Neighborhood Plans and Perspectives: Jen Adkins, Executive Director, Delaware Nature Society
Stephanie Heidbreder, Delaware River Program Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Greg Patterson, Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator, State of Delaware
Phil Cane, State Hazard Mitigation Officer,Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA)
Richard Johnson, Urban Climate Resilience Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Jen Adkins, on behalf of the CBR4 Team