Still have major anxiety and lots of questions regarding just how well Houston is recovering after Hurricane Harvey? Well, the Bayou Preservation Association is here to help. During its upcoming 15th annual symposium, Staying Awake after the Harvey Wake-Up Call, taking place October 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston, you can learn how Houstonians are moving forward after the storm, and how we can better prepare for similar events.

The symposium will be well-attended by our area’s key policy makers, planners, scientists and engineers, but the public is also invited to attend. Tickets start at $65, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Sponsorships go for $2,000 and get you the opportunity to attend a pre-event VIP breakfast with elected officials and community leaders.

Topics that will be covered include buyout programs, channel improvements and new construction regulations, basin-to-basin transfers, more regional detention and channel restoration.

So, folks, if you’ve been saving up some important questions about our infrastructure heading forward after Harvey, having a roomful of experts in front of you will be mighty handy.

Among opening remarks by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen, here are some panels to look forward to as well:

  • "What's Up With The Weather?" — a keynote address by Eric Berger, a Houston-based meteorologist with Space City Weather
  • “Development in the Post Harvey World" — Dave Fehling of Houston Public Media featuring 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
  • “Harvey Stats and Maps” – Lawrence Dean, regional director, Houston Metrostudy
  • “A Comprehensive Approach to Flooding” – Christof Spieler, P.E., LEED AP, project manager for Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium
  • “Harvey and Resistance – Community Feedback & Support of Proposed Policies” – Robert M. Stein, Ph.D., fellow in urban policies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • “Response, Recovery and Resilience – Now the Path Forward After Harvey” – John Blount, P.E., county engineer, Harris County
  • “Lessons Learned from Harvey . . . So Now What?” – Russ Poppe, P.E., executive director, Harris County Flood Control District

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