2017 National Estuary Program Fall Tech Transfer Meeting

Tech Transfer: Expanding and Strengthening Connections to Achieve Results

Produced by the Association of National Estuary Programs

November 2-5, 2017
U.S. EPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square
 Boston MA

Upcoming Meetings

Almost spring meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 (starting 1:30 PM) to Thursday, March 1, 2018 (ending 12:00 noon) in Washington DC

Fall tech transfer meeting: October 2018 in San Francisco

Thank you!

The 2017 Tech Transfer Meeting was a great success, with more than 80 participants over the course of three days in Boston and field trips to see stream restorations and environmental recovery in Massachusetts’ southeastern region.

A summary of the proceedings and slide presentations will be posted to this page in mid-November.

General Information

Location: EPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square Boston, MA

Audience: NEP and EPA Directors, NEP and EPA staff

Security requirements: Any government-issued photo ID; metal detectors are in use

Meals: Lunch and snacks will be served, breakfast on your own



For input on the program, contact Pam DiBona or Lexie Bell

For help with payment, contact Valerie Stephan

Getting around

Transit help

Google-based walking maps

Agenda             download: NEP-NOV2017-final-agenda.pdf

Unless otherwise noted, programming takes place at EPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square Boston)

Thursday, November 2

2 to 4 pm             Regional EPA-NEP meetings (regions TBA)

4 to 5:30pm        Check in & orientation

6 to 8 pm             Group dinner, Wagamama Quincy Market (1 South Market Street)

6 to 8 pm             Directors’ meeting, Anderson Krieger, 50 Milk Street, 21st floor, Boston


Friday, November 3

7:30 to 8:30 am Women of NEP breakfast (The Nature Conservancy, 99 Bedford Street Boston)

9 am                     Welcome, Introductions 


Technology Transfer Program

Theme: Expanding and Strengthening Connections to Achieve Results

Format: For each topic, NEP and EPA staff will present 5-minute lightning talks describing relevant activities and results. This will be followed by discussion to generate potential cross-NEP initiatives we will 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

10:20                   Break

10:45                   State of the Bays/NEPORT/CCMP integration: measuring progress toward goals

11:45                    Lunch

12:45pm             Keynote: Reaching underserved communities & populations

1:15                      Science and monitoring in the NEPs

2:15                     Innovations in NEP operations

3:15                     Break

3:30                     NEP themes of the future: what have we heard today?

5:00                  Wrap-up and Adjourn


Saturday, November 4

9 am                    Welcome back, thoughts from Friday

Tech Transfer from the field

9:15                     New approaches for habitat restoration

10:15                   Making your administrative life easier

10:45                 Break

11:00                   Practical communications

11:45                    Wrap-up

12 pm                Lunch

2-3 pm                Field trip: Boston Harbor waterfront walking tour

5-7 pm                Science Café: The Joys of Restoration (Finch at The Boxer, 107 Merrimac Street Boston)


Sunday November 5 – 9:45 am to 4 pm field trips

Meet at The Boxer, 107 Merrimac Street, by 9:30 to collect box lunches and board vans.

  1. New Bedford waterfront: 32 years of environmental progress
  2. South Shore dam removals and restoration