The Bayou Preservation Association is proud to announce the 15th Annual Symposium, Staying Awake After the Harvey Wake-up Call, which will take place on October 18, 2018 at the United Way of Greater Houston.
The Symposium will highlight how we are faring since Harvey and how we plan to respond going forward to minimize similar impacts.
Over the years, the Symposium has addressed pertinent issues of bayou preservation and use; including water quality, riparian buffers, trash free bayous, low impact development, watershed sustainability, and outdoor recreation. This year, we’ll hear from local agencies and others groups on how we ‘stay awake’ after the Harvey wake-up call and candidly explore options to avoid a similar disaster. We will examine existing programs such as buyouts, channel improvements and new construction regulations; as well as less discussed options, like basin to basin transfers, more regional detention and channel restoration.
These decisions impact our citizens but also our area bayous; not only as the backbone of our drainage system but also from a preservation and restoration perspective. Our community deserves the best possible solution; can we ask the hard questions to achieve it? Opeing the Symposium will be Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, and Ellen Cohen, City of Houston Mayor Pro-Tem, Council Member District C. Speakers will include Lawrence Dean with Metrostudy, Christof Spieler from the Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium and Robert Stein with Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Also contributing to the discussion will be John Blount from Harris County, Russ Poppe with Harris County Flood Control District and Carol Haddock from the City of Houston. Eric Berger, a Houston-based meteorologist with Space City Weather.org, will provide our keynote address, “What’s Up with the Weather”. The Symposium will end with a panel discussion, "Development in the Post-Harvey World" and will be moderated by Dave Fehling, Director of News and Public Affairs for Houston Public Media. Panelists will include David Crossley, Founder of Houston Tomorrow and Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning for the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Click here to purchase individual tickets or sponsorships. The event admission includes a coffee service during both a morning and afternoon break along with a catered lunch.