2017 National Estuary Program Fall Tech Transfer Meeting

Tech Transfer: Expanding and Strengthening Connections

Sponsored by the Association of National Estuary Programs

November 2-4, 2017
U.S. EPA Region 1, Boston MA

” Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
Thomas Edison

General Information

Location: EPA Region 1 Headquarters, Boston, MA.

Audience: NEP Directors, U.S. EPA NEP leads, key staff

Security requirements: Any government issued ID

Meals: Light refreshments and snacks will be served, meals on your own

The meeting tech transfer topics and issues and the format will include lightning talks, breakout sessions, and field trips.

Meeting Registration

ANEP meeting registration fee: $100 for dues paying members and $150 for others. To register for the ANEP meeting, go to this [Link TBA]


Accommodations are principally on your own, but we have made arrangements with the Boxer Hotel for government rates, and the accommodations include a full breakfast. To make a reservation at The Boxer, just click here or call 617-624-0202. Our group name is “National Estuary Program Nov 2017.” Note that I will release any rooms we do not reserve by October 20th


Tentative Agenda

Thursday, November 2

2 to 4 pm             Regional EPA-NEP meetings, EPA Region 1 headquarters Boston

5 to 8 pm             Directors meeting, location TBA

5 to 8pm             Group dinner options provided

Friday, November 3

EPA Region 1 headquarters Boston

7:30 to 8:30 am Women of NEP breakfast (location TBD)

9 am                     Welcome, Introductions

Stan Hales, ANEP Chairperson

Regina Lyons, Region 1 Ocean and Coastal Protection Unit

Deb Szaro, Acting Region 1 Administrator

Technology Transfer Theme: Expanding and Strengthening Connections

Proposed format: For each topic, a local “expert” will provide a 10-minute overview of the issue, followed by 3 or 4 lightning talks by NEP or EPA staff describing relevant activities and results in their planning area (5 slides x 5 minutes). Finally, 30 minutes of discussion will generate potential cross-NEP initiatives to consider in the final discussion, and/or a list of needs to facilitate broader implementation where relevant.

9:30                      Return on investment and/or economic valuation as means for describing the value of the National Estuary Program

10:30                    Break

11:00                    State of the Bays/NEPORT/CCMP integration: measuring progress toward goals

12 pm                    Lunch

1:00                      Meaningful engagement of stakeholders from underserved communities & populations

2:00                     Innovations in NEP operations

3:00                      Break

3:30                      NEP themes of the future

4:30                      Wrap-up

5:00                    Adjourn

Saturday, November 4

EPA Region 1 Headquarters, Boston

9 am                      Welcome back, thoughts from Friday

9:15                      Breakout discussions

Scientific staff

Communications staff

Administration/grants staff


12 pm                    Lunch, report out

1-4 pm                  Field trip: Boston’s Rumney Marsh or Chelsea Creek

6-8 pm                 Science Café, MIT Sea Grant (tentative)

Sunday November 5 – 9 am to 2 pm field trips, details TBA