On the Waterfront
Domenic Rocco, PE, MCE
Regional Manager, Waterways and Wetlands Program
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Southeast Regional Office
Southeastern Pennsylvania possesses a unique resource with its Delaware and Schuylkill River waterfront and their many distinctive characteristics. In my lifetime, I’ve seen a dramatic transformation of our waterfront. I was born and raised in South Philadelphia only a few blocks away from Delaware Avenue (now called Columbus Blvd.). I have spent the majority of my time at DEP since 1993 managing waterway programs and projects throughout the region, but have long kept closely involved with our waterfront and coastal zone.
The Lecture will look at:
- · The transformation that the waterfront has taken from early settlers, through the present time, and projecting into the future.
- · The many land uses along our waterfront and how the Department has worked diligently to establish and maintain public access.
- · The unique habitat areas and wetland resources that exist and mitigation projects that have been established through permitting in Bucks, Philadelphia and Delaware Counties.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) – Penn State University – 1993. Coursework focus on Water Resources.
Master of Civil Engineering (MCE)– Villanova University – 2002. Coursework focus on Water Resources.
Employed with PA DEP since 1993 as Civil Engineer reviewing engineering plans and processing permits for Water Obstruction & Encroachment Permits, NPDES Construction Permits and monitoring of high-hazard dams.
o Served as Section Chief from November 1999 to July 2012.
o Served as Program Manager of the Waterways and Wetlands Program since July 2012.
Heavily involved with supporting local conservation districts with Erosion and Sedimentation Control and Stormwater Management (SWM) issues. Also, routinely involved with stream, floodway and wetland encroachments.
Since 2002, a major focus was directed towards stormwater management (SWM) while also balancing other programs. Involved with various SWM initiatives including the Comprehensive SWM Policy (9/28/2002), the PA SWM BMP Manual (12/26/2006), E&S Manual Revision (2012) and the Pa Stormwater Technical Workgroup (PaSTW). Have also been closely involved with the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP) and teach both undergraduate and graduate-level courses at Temple University.
This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). A Certificate of Attendance will be available on site for AWRA-PMAS members only. The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate).
Please note: all lunch orders will close by noon on the day before the presentation. In addition, all lunch orders will need to be paid for online by this time. We are unable to refund the cost of lunch or meeting fees because they are paid ahead of time based on number of registrations.