2022 Indiana Water Summit


September 7 Agenda – Day 1

Regional Water Planning

When: September 7, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Where: The Athenaeum
In-Person & Virtual 
8:30 – 9:00 am Check-In & Light Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome
  • Jill Hoffmann, White River Alliance
9:10 – 10:00 am Minnesota’s Watershed-Based Regional Planning
How to prioritize water & galvanize people in a ‘One Watershed’ direction
  • Julie Westerlund, One Watershed, One Plan
10:00 – 10:40 am Funding Water & Wastewater Improvements in Indiana
Best ways to leverage ‘all the new money’
  • Jim McGoff, Indiana Finance Authority
10:40 – 11:00 am BREAK
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  A Regional Water Study – Central Indiana, Part 2
Do we have enough water? What’s next after supply & demand findings?
  • Dr. Jack Wittman, Intera
  • John Duffy, Carmel Utilities
12:00 – 12:45 pm  LUNCH
12:45 – 2:00 pm Regional River Partnerships in Indiana – Two Examples of ‘How-to’
White River READI Grant & River Ridge Development Authority
  • Sarah Reed, City of Noblesville
  • Megan Baumgartner, City of Fishers
  • Portia Bailey-Bernard, Indy Chamber
  • Brad Beaubien, Visit Indy
  • Mark Basch, Indiana Dept of Natural Resources
  • Jerry Acy, River Ridge Development Authority
2:00 – 2:15 pm BREAK
2:30 – 3:25 pm Watershed Development Commissions – A Legislative Proposal
Structure, function, funding…exploring the critical components
  • Representative Mike Aylesworth, Indiana General Assembly
  • Representative David Abbott, Indiana General Assembly
3:25 – 3:30 pm Concluding Comments
  • Bill Blomquist, White River Alliance
3:45 – 5:00 pm White River Alliance Annual Meeting & Stewardship Awards 

September 8 Agenda – Day 2

Main Summit Event

When: September 8, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Where: The Athenaeum
In Person & Virtual
8:30 – 9:00 am Check-In & Light Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome
9:10 – 10:15 am The Clean Water Act Turns 50! Progress & Remaining Challenges
Our water regulations & the team working to implement them
  • Kristen Arnold, Indiana Dept of Environmental Management – Watershed Assessment & Planning
  • Jason House, Indiana Dept of Environmental Management – Wastewater Compliance & Office or Water Quality
  • Brian Wolff, Indiana Dept of Environmental Management – Surface Water & Operations
10:15 – 10:30 am BREAK
10:30 – 11:30 am Restoring Rivers & Revitalizing Communities
Pollution challenges, creative funding, municipal motives & returns

  • Grand Calumet River Revitalization
  • Fort Wayne Riverfront
  • DC Water’s Clean Rivers Program
  • Dr. Stuart Carlton, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant/Purdue University
  • Beth Admire, Indiana Dept of Environmental Management
  • Stacy Haviland, City of Fort Wayne
  • Mayor Tom Henry, City of Fort Wayne
  • Seth Charde, Green Infrastructure Manager
11:30 am – 12:15 pm  LUNCH
12:15 – 1:15 pm Water Quality Improvements & Agriculture
Networks making a difference

  • Indiana’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy
  • Ohio’s Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network
  • Jill Reinhart, Natural Resources Conservation Service & Indiana Science Assessment Core Team
  • Ben Wicker, Indiana Agricultural Nutrient Alliance & Indiana Science Assessment Core Team
  • Julie Harrold, Indiana Dept of Agriculture
  • Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
1:15 – 2:15 pm IN the Works – Water Task Force Roundtable
Insights & actions of five key legislative water-related task forces
  • Mayor Richard Strick, City of Huntington
  • Connie Stevens, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water
  • Marty Wessler, Wessler Engineering
2:15 -2:30 pm BREAK
2:30 – 3:25 pm Moving from Conversation to Conservation & from Reports to Actions
Water Summit Working Group initiatives & the social science of behavior change
  • Jill Hoffmann, White River Alliance
3:25 – 3:30 pm Concluding Comments & Adjournment
  • Jill Hoffmann, White River Alliance
3:30 – 5:30 pm Happy Hour Networking & Live Music
In the Rathskeller Biergarten


Jerry Acy
River Ridge Development Authority
Jerry Acy assumed the position of Executive Director for the River Ridge Development Authority (RRDA) in May, 2008. His primary responsibilities include the planning and redevelopment of approximately 6,000 acres of property that was formerly part of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant. Jerry manages a multi-million dollar operations and construction budget. He is also responsible for marketing and industrial recruitment in cooperation with local, regional, and state economic development partners. During his tenure at RDDA, Jerry has coordinated $150 Million in infrastructure improvements and site preparedness, resulting in over $700 Million in new private investments and the recruitment of over 17,000 regional jobs.
Beth Admire
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Beth Admire is IDEM’s Special Projects Coordinator, developing solutions and action plans for agency matters that affect all programs. She is also the State Natural Resource co-trustee. She has more than 30 years of experience with IDEM. Beth works with IDEM’s Office of Water Quality to develop strategies for CSO management and abatement that affect Indiana’s communities. She handles IDEM’s federal litigation issues in Clean Water Act cases. Before she came to IDEM, Beth worked for the Indiana Attorney General’s office in the Federal Litigation section, and for the Cook County State Attorney’s Office in Illinois.
Portia Bailey-Bernard
Indy Chamber
Portia Bailey-Bernard is the Vice President of Indianapolis Economic Development for the Indy Chamber, focusing on facilitating long-term investments in giving Marion County and Indianapolis a competitive advantage while ensuring that more residents can connect to economic opportunities. Bailey-Bernard most recently served as an attorney at Kroger Gardis & Regis and previously worked at Barnes & Thornburg where she advised businesses and local government entities with respect to state and local government incentives for economic development projects. Additionally, she assists counties, cities, towns, redevelopment commissions, and other special taxing districts to finance public buildings, infrastructure, and other local public improvements by issuing tax-exempt and taxable bonds. While an undergraduate at Indiana University, she was a varsity letter winner on the women's track and field team.
Mark Basch
Indiana Dept of Natural Resources, Division of Water
Mark Basch is a hydrogeologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water. Mark received his Undergraduate Degree in Geology from Ball State University in 1979. He then worked three years for Reynold's Supply, Inc., a well installation and service company, prior to obtaining a Master's Degree in Geology from Indiana University. Mark has been employed with the Division of Water since 1984, and currently heads up the Division's Water Rights and Use Section.
Megan Baumgartner
City of Fishers
Megan Baumgartner is the Director of Economic and Community Development with the City of Fishers. Megan started with the city as the Assistant Director of Economic Development in July 2015 and was promoted to Director in 2019. In 2020, her role expanded to Economic and Community Development, which now includes management of the Planning & Zoning Department. She leads business engagement and recruitment efforts, redevelopment projects, and strategic planning throughout Fishers. Prior to joining the Fishers team, Megan worked at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation as a project manager helping expanding companies in Indiana receive state incentives.
Brad Beaubien
Visit Indy
Brad Beaubien is an award-winning certified urban planner who serves as the Director of Destination Development for Visit Indy, working to leverage the economic and inclusive power of tourism for the long-term benefit of Indy’s people and places. Previously, he served as the Administrator for Long-Range City Planning for the City of Indianapolis, where he was responsible for leading all long-range planning functions of the City-County. In that role, Brad was the lead planner and project director for the White River Vision Plan. Brad is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Stuart Carlton
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Dr. Stuart Carlton is the Assistant Director of the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program and head of the Coastal and Great Lakes Social Science Lab in the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources at Purdue. The lab group researches the relationship between knowledge, values, trust, and behavior in complex or controversial environmental systems. Stuart is also the host and executive producer of Teach Me About the Great Lakes, a twice-monthly podcast in which he asks smart people to teach him and his co-hosts about the Great Lakes.
Julie Harrold
Indiana Dept of Agriculture, Division of Soil Conservation
Julie Harrold is the Program Manager for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and Water Quality Initiatives for the IN State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), Division of Soil Conservation (DSC). As the Program Manager, Julie provides leadership and management for the Indiana CREP, the Indiana State Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and other water quality initiatives undertaken by the ISDA, and provides Indiana representation on the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force Coordinating Committee. Julie is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Landscape Horticulture and Design, and has over 24 years of experience as a conservation professional. She has held a number of different positions within the Division of Soil Conservation over the years, and has been in her current position since July of 2015.
Stacy Haviland
City of Fort Wayne
Stacy Haviland, ASLA is a registered Landscape Architect and Community Development Administrator with the City of Fort Wayne. She is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of downtown streetscapes, open space, and green infrastructure as well as managing some of the many Redevelopment private/public partnership projects. She is currently lead project manager overseeing the design of phase II of the City’s Riverfront Public Open Space
Tom Henry
City of Fort Wayne
Tom Henry is serving in his fourth term as Mayor of Fort Wayne. He has focused on neighborhood infrastructure improvements, downtown development, job creation, business expansions, advances in public safety, and enhancements to the City’s world-class park system. Before being elected Mayor, he served from 1983-2003 on Fort Wayne City Council, representing northwest Fort Wayne. His private-sector career has included being CEO of a group purchasing organization serving hospitals, and then owner of a local insurance agency and healthcare consulting firm.
Jim McGoff
Indiana Finance Authority
Jim McGoff is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Environmental Programs of the Indiana Finance Authority. He also serves as president of the nationwide Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities. Prior to his current position, Jim served as Director of Environmental Programs and General Counsel for the Authority. Prior to joining State government, Jim was a partner in the Indianapolis law firm Bingham McHale LLP (currently, Dentons, LLP), where he was a member of the firm’s public finance practice group, representing the State of Indiana and many Indiana cities and towns with their municipal borrowing needs.
Sarah Reed
City of Noblesville
Sarah Reed is the Community Development Director for the City of Noblesville and a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners. She was appointed by Mayor Chris Jensen to this newly created deputy mayor level position, over both the Economic Development and Planning departments, in January 2020 after serving the past four years as the city’s Director of Planning and Development and an Economic Development Specialist prior. Sarah has been with the City of Noblesville for over 8 years and has been responsible for many of the major initiatives that the City of Noblesville has conducted including the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update. In addition, Sarah has led the development of the Residential Market Analysis and the Noblesville Downtown District Streetscape Master Plan to create a clear vision for one of Noblesville’s most unique assets, its authentic downtown.
Jill Reinhart
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Jill Reinhart is the Assistant State Conservationist for Partnerships at the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Indiana State Office. She is responsible for managing targeted landscape initiatives, building and maintaining relationships with partner agencies and organizations, and reaching out to underserved audiences. Prior to this position Jill was an NRCS liaison to the Conservation Technology Information Center, a national nonprofit organization, as a water quality specialist. Before working for NRCS, she spent almost 8 years with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's Watershed Management Section, working on watershed planning and managing the Section 319 Nonpoint Source grant program.
Julie Westerlund
Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources
Julie Westerlund is the One Watershed, One Plan Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), where she’s helping lead Minnesota’s transition to watershed-based, multi-jurisdictional partnerships for local natural resource management. Prior to joining BWSR, Julie worked at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Julie’s work has included watershed and natural resource-based planning, community engagement, education for local officials and water professionals, stormwater management, lake protection, climate change, and interagency coordination and collaboration.
Ben Wicker
Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance
Ben Wicker is the executive director of the Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance (IANA), a partnership of agriculture groups, government agencies, conservation organizations and academia working to improve soil health and nutrient management practices on Indiana farms. Before assuming this role, Wicker held positions as an independent crop consultant and agronomist and has spent time with Indiana Pork Producers and The Nature Conservancy. Wicker holds a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Purdue University and is an active member of his family’s diversified grain, forage and cattle operation in east central Indiana.

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