The Bayou Preservation Association presents its 15th annual Symposium Oct. 18 at the United Way of Greater Houston with the theme Staying Awake after the Harvey Wake-Up Call. This year's Symposium, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., will highlight how the greater Houston area is faring since Harvey and how we plan to respond going forward to minimize similar impacts.
For this year’s Symposium, the Bayou Preservation Association has invited presenters from Harris County, Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston; as well as the Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, Houston Metrostudy and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Eric Berger, a Houston-based meteorologist with Space City Weather, will provide the keynote address, “What’s Up with the Weather?”
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Ellen Cohen, Mayor Pro-Tem and Council Member, District C, for the City of Houston, will give the welcoming remarks when the conference kicks off at 8 a.m. after registration and a continental breakfast. One of the highlights of the Symposium will be an afternoon panel discussion of “Development in the Post Harvey World,” moderated by Dave Fehling, Director of News and Public Affairs, Houston Public Media (News 88.7 KUHF-FM.) The distinguished panel includes David Crossley, Senior Fellow and former President and Founder of Houston Tomorrow; Mary Anne Piacentini, President and CEO of the Katy Prairie Conservancy and Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning at the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC.)
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. The public is also invited to attend, with tickets starting at $65, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch.