Rockfall Symposia

From Rain Bombs to Drought
Annual Symposium presented by the Rockfall Foundation and UConn Climate Adaptation Academy

Thank you to our presenters, sponsors, and attendees! The March 31st symposium was attended by more than 75 people throughout the state. Click the presenter’s name below to view the presentations and click here to view our Facebook photo gallery.

Keynote Speaker: David Vallee, Hydrologist in Charge, NOAA/NWS, Northeast River Forecast Center – Examining Trends in Temperature, Precipitation, and Flood Frequency in the Northeast; A Tale of Extremes

Amanda Ryan, Municipal Stormwater Educator, UConn CLEAR; Michael DietzCT NEMO Program Director  – Addressing stormwater with a focus on looming MS4 requirements for municipalities and existing LID solutions – how the type and frequency of storms affects compliance and effectiveness.

David Radka, Director of Water Resources & Planning, Connecticut Water Company; Ryan Tetreault, CT Department of Public Health, Environmental Health SectionDiscussion of public and private water supplies with a focus on how we ensure sufficient clean water for all when dealing with weather patterns that include too much rain all at once and weeks with no rain.

Ian Gibson, Farm Manager, Wellstone FarmRelating the local agricultural experience of a small farmer and how changing precipitation patterns alter the way he farms.

Roger Wolfe, Mosquito Management Coordiantor, CT DEEP Wetland Habitat & Mosquito Management Program – How best to control changes in mosquito populations caused by heavy rains and periods of drought.

Anne Penniman, ASLA, Principle/Owner, Anne Penniman AssociatesInsight on how site development (plant material, surface material, drainage) are modified to better tolerate and accommodate changing precipitation patterns.

Kirk Westphal, PE, Project Manager, CDM Smith – Concluding the conversation with an update on the development of Connecticut’s first State Water Plan and how Symposium attendees can participate in the process.

Download the brochure | Link to the Naturally Resilient Communities online tool for planners

Generously supported by







    Daniels Energy







Since 1986 Rockfall has sponsored symposia on topics relating to balancing development and environmental conservation. Speakers and panelists represent nonprofits, town government commissions and agencies, universities and colleges, and state and local leadership.

Rockfall symposia seek to:

  • help identify and explore emerging issues related to environmental sustainability and growth
  • inspire dialogue and creative collaboration among attendees
  • present options and strategies for developing and implementing effective policies.

Past topics have focused on open-space land management, development and protection of greenways, local food security,  smart growth and sustainable communities, preserving regional character, effective planning, transportation, and green building.

2016 Symposium: Our Changing Climate – Its Impacts on the Economy and the Way We Live
Click Here for the Presentations
Click Here for the Brochure