Symposium Agenda

SOBA Annual Symposium  
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2021 | Virtual
All times in Eastern Time.


Monday, August 30

1:00 - 1:45 pm

SOBA Annual Business Meeting
- Welcome
- Roll Call
- President's Report 
- Treasurer's Report 
- Conference Committee Report
- Election of Officers *Membership Vote*
- Adjourn

Federal Updates & Training

2:00 - 2:10 pm


2:10 - 2:35 pm

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR)
Boating Grant Programs Update 
Brad Gunn, Fish and Wildlife Biologist (National Lead for BIG, Boating Access and CVA Grant Programs), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

2:35 - 3:00 pm

WSFR Clean Vessel Act Regulation Update
Lisa Van Alstyne, Chief, Branch of Policy, US Fish and Wildlife Service

3:00 - 3:55 pm

WSFR Training
Ryan Oster, Grants Management Specialist @ US Fish and Wildlife Service

- Subrecipient vs. Contractor Determinations

- Procurements Standards Under Federal Awards

3:55 - 4:00 pm


Tuesday, August 31


1:00 pm - 1:05 pm


1:05 pm - 1:15 pm

Keynote Presentation
Paul Rauch, Assistant Director, Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration

1:15 pm - 1:25 pm

National Awards Presentations

1:25 – 1:50 pm

Benefits Of Adjustable Whitewater Parks
Paul Primus, Whitewater Park Wave Technician, City of Boise

1:50 – 2:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

River Access Planning Guide - A Decision-Making Framework for Enhancing River Access, Non-motorized 
Corita Waters, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service

Risa Shimoda, Executive Director, River Management Society

Perspectives on Abandoned and Derelict Vessels
Alanna Keating, Director of Outreach, BoatUS Foundation

Dorothy Diehl, Policy Program Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board

Evan Ridley, Director of Environmental Programs, RI Marine Trades Association 

Jefferson Flood, Coastal Planner, Virginia Coastal Zone Mngmt. Program

Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways

Matt Negley, Abandoned Boats & Debris Program Administrator, Maryland DNR

2:15 – 2:35 pm

Impact of COVID-19 on the Boating Industry | Boating Trends Throughout the Pandemic and the Future Ahead
David Dickerson, Vice President, State Government Relations, NMMA

2:40 – 3:05 pm

Breakout Sessions

Public Water Access Maintenance Mobile App
Jessica Schuler, GIS Data Steward & Application Developer, Minnesota IT Services Partnering with Department of Natural Resources

Nancy Stewart, Water Recreation Consultant, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Getting Tanked at Lake Powell: Reimagining Boat Decontamination
Nathan Owens, Aquatic Invasive Species & Boating Access Coordinator, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

3:05 – 3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program Compliance & Monitoring
Nicholas Wallover, Boating Infrastructure Grant Coordinator,
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pump Out Monitoring
Perry Fennell, Outreach Biologist, Clean Boater Program,
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

3:30 – 4:00


Wednesday, September 1

1:00 - 1:05 pm


1:05 – 1:30

Breakout Sessions

Sea Level Rise & Impacts on Onsite Systems, Holding Tanks,  Pump-out Systems Holding Tanks and BIG Project
Lance Gregory, Director for the Division of Onsite Sewage and Water Services, Environmental Engineering, and Marina Programs,
Virginia Dept. of Health

Engineering Track

Advancing Strategies Sustainable Marina and Boating Access Design
Greg Weykamp, President, Edgewater Resources, LLC

1:30 - 1:55

Breakout Sessions

Appalachia Lake/Hiwassee Dam Tailrace Boating Access Renovation: A Rocky Challenge
Jeff Ferguson, Mountain Region Engineer, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Jimmy Lemmond, Manager, Natural Resource Management,
Tennessee Valley Authority

Engineering Track

The Use of Debris Deflectors for the Protection of Boating Facilities
Marc Hannah, Manager, American Muscle Docks & Fabrication

Roger Kennedy, Landscape Architect, Project Manager,
Chapman Technical Group

1:55 - 2:20

Breakout Sessions

Recreational Boating Facilities: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standard for Accessible Design
Bill Botten, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Engineering Track

Advancing Stormwater Management at Marinas in the Great Lakes
Heather Sheets, Ohio Clean Marinas Program Coordinator,
Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources / Ohio Clean Marinas

2:20 - 2:45

Breakout Sessions

California Clean Vessel Act Outreach and Education–  Exciting New Public Engagement Strategies
Dalia Gonzalez, Community Engagement Coordinator, The Bay Foundation

Liz Juvera, Environmental Planner, San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Natasha Dunn, Environmental Planner, San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Vivian Matuk, Environmental Boating Program Manager,
California State Parks/California Coastal Commission

Engineering Track

Green Pond Landing Facility Project: Engineering & Boating Access
Matt Schell, Parks Dept. Manager, Anderson County, South Carolina

2:45 - 3:10

Breakout Sessions

Promoting Access Opportunities on Social Media: Lessons Learned
John Kirk, Statewide Access Coordinator @ VA Department of Wildlife Resources 

Engineering Track

Fore Points Marina: A BIG and CVA Success Story
Kirby Marshall, Principal @ Applied Technology & Management

3:10 - 3:40


3:40 - 4:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Closing Ceremonies & 2022 Conference Preview

Engineering Track

Marine Structures Engineered to Weather the Storm
Peter Clark, Gulf Coast Marine Solutions



Updated 08.31.21 
Subject to change



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