2019 Annual Symposium - The Dirt on Watersheds: The Quest for Healthy Soils


The event will provide something for everyone. Speakers will address soils at the homeowner and gardener's level all the way to large scale parks and regional initiatives. Engineers, naturalists, casual gardeners, homeowners, interested citizens, and government employees will all come away from the event with new knowledge and fascinating insights.

We are delighted to announce the Bayou Preservation Association 16th annual Symposium on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the United Way of Greater Houston. The Symposium will address the impact of healthy soil on the wellbeing of our watersheds. 

This year, we’ll hear from local agencies and others groups on how will discuss what healthy soils look like and how they play a bigger part in sustainability, flood control and water quality than most of us realize. We will explore the application of healthy soil practices and the lessons learned from them for both large scale and individual levels.

To contribute to the discussion, we have invited representatives from Harris County Flood Control District, the NRCS and the TSSWCB. Jeff Lowenfels, author of the Award-winning Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’ Guide To The Soil Food Web, will provide our keynote address. We also plan an engaging panel moderated by Mike Serant, co-founder and chair, Organic Horticulture Benefits Alliance, to continue the discussion about practical applications large and small, lessons learned and how we get the word out, followed by a showing of the film Dirt!

The Symposium has become a sought-after event among key policy makers, planners, scientists and engineers who value the expertise presented throughout the day. About 200 individuals attend each year to learn about emerging water quality issues and to discuss possible solutions. Organizing partners this year are AECOM; EHRA Engineering; Harris County; City of Houston; GIS Environmental, Inc.; Houston-Galveston Area Council; Memorial Park Conservancy; TSSWCB; and Talley Landscape Architects.


Symposium registration begins at 8:00 am.
The symposium program will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, immediately followed by a special screening of the film Dirt! - including popcorn (sponsored by Talley Landscape Architects) that begin at 3:30 pm and end by 5:00 pm. 

For a high resolution copy of the symposium schedule, click on the image of the schedule below to view a PDF.

Many thanks to our event sponsors!

16th Annual Bayou Preservation Association Symposium
United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Dr
Houston, TX 77007

10/30/2019 8:00:00 AM