How does the National Capital Region prepare for natural disasters and assess risks to our human environment? Are the lessons learned from our nearby coastal communities part of the solution? Can models, infrastructure design, and smart policies help us effectively manage water resources and plan for an uncertain future? Please join us for presentations and a discussion of these topics, and more. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

5:30 pm Registration and Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres; 6:15 Presentations and Discussion; 7:30 Wrap Up


Venue:  Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

777 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC.  Training Center, 1st Floor(near Union Station for Metro and MARC)

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Sandra K. Knight, PhD, PE, D.WRE, D.NE  (Presentation)

Director and Senior Research Engineer, Center for Disaster Resilience

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

President, WaterWonks LLC, Washington, D.C.


Dr. Knight works in the development of water policy, disaster resilience and flood risk management initiatives at the University of Maryland, and has decades of government experience in policy administration and technology with FEMA, NOAA, and USACE. As the President and founder of WaterWonks LLC she applies her experience in federal disaster reduction, flood risk management and marine transportation policies and programs to a range of projects. She has a PhD from the University of Memphis, MS from Mississippi State University and a BS from Memphis State University, all in Civil Engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee, a Diplomate Water Resource Engineer and a Diplomate Navigation Engineering. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Meteorological Society, the Society of Women Engineers, Sigma Xi and a Fellow for PIANC.


Laurens van der Tak, PE, D.WRE  (Presentation)

Vice President and Technology Fellow, Water Resources and Ecosystems Management,

CH2M HILL, Silver Spring, Maryland


Mr. van der Tak has more than 25 years of experience in helping public and private clients to address stormwater and water resource issues. His areas of expertise include climate change adaptation studies; stormwater utilities analysis; and the modeling of various water quality, hydrologic, and hydraulic processes. In the area of water resources management he has developed comprehensive watershed assessments and used this information to help formulate effective stormwater management plans and strategies.He has a BA in biology and a BS in agricultural engineering from Cornell University, an MS in agricultural engineering from the University of California at Davis, and a Civil Engineer Degree from MIT. He is a member of AWWA, WEF, AWRA and IWA and is the past Chair of AWWA’s Climate Change Committee.  


REGISTRATION is only $10 for members and students; $15 for all non-members. Please register by Friday, September 19th by contacting Mathini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment may be made online or at the door. (Make checks payable to AWRA-NCR Section).  Also, become a member of the AWRA National Capital Region Section for the 2014 - 2015 year in order to enjoy various membership benefits by visiting    .

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