A Talk on King Tides, Sea Level Rise & Extreme Storm Events

CAW and 3S Artspace invite you to come see some of the top photos from the #KingTideNH2019 Photo Contest and join us for a supplemental talk and Q&A on the subject of King Tides and other coastal hazards featuring speaker Thomas O’ Donovan, P.E., Water Division Director at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Talk Description: In a poignant, storytelling style, Tom will share his experience responding to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. He will reflect on some of the expected and unexpected realities that people in Puerto Rico faced after the storm, from major road destruction to malfunctioning ATM machines, and that he faced as an emergency responder. Tom will offer thoughts about how Puerto Rico’s experience in Hurricane Maria can be viewed by coastal New Hampshire, in the wake of the fall King Tides and as sea levels continue rising and exacerbating existing storm risk.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Doors open at 6:30pm & Talk starts at 7:00pm

Where: 3S Artspace | 319 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Registration: This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please register in advance so we can gauge attendance.

Contact: Questions? Email Ben Sweeney or call (603) 559-0021

More on speaker Thomas O’Donovan: With over 33 years of public service, in positions of increasing responsibility, Tom recently joined the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services as the Water Division Director. Tom has served worldwide as a commissioned officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, as senior manager within the Department of Energy in the Northwest, and as a Project Director in the construction industry in the Middle East. Most recently, he helped with Hurricane Maria recovery in Puerto Rico as a responder. His career highlights include leadership of the largest hydropower, and most advanced regulatory District in the Corps, responsible for major strategic changes at the Bonneville Power Administration, and delivery of a $4 billion construction project with Louis Berger. His credentials include a Master’s in Civil Engineering, registration as a Professional Engineer and certification as Project Management Professional. He is married with two children, and both are engineers.