ASCE New Orleans Branch

2021 December Luncheon

Dear Members,


Our next luncheon will be held Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at Lula Restaurant and Distillery located at 1532 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130. 


Registration for this luncheon will close on Sunday, November 28th. No registrations will be allowed after this date and time, and walk-ins will not be accepted. Payment will be required online via credit card through the registration portal. Please also note that the venue is located in Orleans Parish so City of New Orleans COVID guidelines will be followed.


Our speaker is Justin R. Ehrenwerth. Justin was appointed the second President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf in January 2017. Prior to joining the Institute, Ehrenwerth served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council). The Council was created in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and charged with using billions of dollars in penalties to restore the Gulf Coast’s economy and environment, and adapt in the face of climate change.


Ehrenwerth previously served as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce where he assisted in overseeing issues of policy, budgeting, and strategic planning. Earlier, Ehrenwerth served as Assistant Counsel to the President where he took the lead on Deepwater Horizon litigation for the White House working with the Department of Justice. He also served as a member of the Oversight and Litigation group representing the White House in Congressional investigations and advising federal agencies on oversight matters.


Ehrenwerth is a summa cum laude graduate of Colby College, holds an M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law Schools.


He will presenting on the Lower Mississippi SmartPort and Resilience Center; “Waze for the River”.  Through the development of a decision support tool to forecast shoaling at port facilities along the Mississippi River, SmartPort will improve port operations and benefit a variety of stakeholders who need to understand how sediment builds up in the Mississippi River. This Real-Time Shoaling Forecast Tool will be coupled with a suite of weather, river, and road traffic analytics to improve efficiency and help the region’s ports become more resilient in the face of future natural disasters and economic shocks. In addition to supporting Louisiana’s port and navigation sectors, the data collected from the fleet of tugs, barges and other working Mississippi River vessels will be shared with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to benefit the coastal program. Along with these advanced analytics, customized Resilience Dashboards will be created and maintained for the Ports of Lake Providence, Madison, Vidalia, Baton Rouge, South Louisiana, New Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines. These dynamic tools will assist in tracking progress and adaptively managing port resilience.


A certificate for 1.0 PDH will be provided at the luncheon.


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Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at Lula’s.


Thank you,

Stephanie C. Bayne, P.E., President

ASCE New Orleans Branch