Brown Bag Seminar
UCSUR's Brown Bag Speakers Series Presents... Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, AICP Associate Director for River Restoration, American Rivers Friday, February 17, 2017 Noon-1:15 pm University of Pittsburgh 3911 Posvar Hall 230 S. Bouquet Street (Please note new location this year) "Building Community and Ecological Resiliency through Obsolete Infrastructure Removal". There are an estimated 100,000 dams in the United States, of which over one-half have surpassed their useful life and as many as three-quarters are no longer serving their intended purpose. These unused dams represent a significant opportunity for communities to retire obsolete infrastructure and reap ecological benefits, improve public safety, provide local recreation, increase property values, and promote community resilience to climate uncertainties. This presentation will examine the policy and practice of stream barrier removal, discuss the ecosystem service implications, and review community engagement methods and techniques that contribute to project success. In addition, the presentation will include an overview of preliminary feasibility assessments of retiring Locks and Dams 5-9 on the Allegheny River north of Pittsburgh. Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, AICP is Associate Director for River Restoration, working in American Rivers' PA Field Office since 2008. Lisa works to restore rivers to provide resiliency, ecosystem services, habitat connectivity, public safety and recreation access through stream barrier removals and riparian corridor restoration. She has been the project manager for more than 75 dam removals and 4 culvert replacement projects. She is promoting the application of Transfer of Development Rights to flood risk reduction in Pennsylvania. Lisa has been a guest lecturer at Emory University, University of West Georgia, and University of Pittsburgh, and adjunct faculty at the College of Charleston and Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City. Lisa's previous experience includes public, private, nonprofit and academic positions. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Geology and graduate study in Hydrogeology. In addition, Lisa is a professional storyteller and a member of the Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department. She lives in Edgewood, PA with her husband Jim. Her favorite river is the Wild & Scenic Upper Allegheny river.