Flooding, stormwater management meeting set for Sept. 12 in Houston

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu

Contact: Celina Gauthier Lowry, 281-560-3970, celina.lowry@tamu.edu

HOUSTON — A one-day meeting on stormwater management will be held Sept. 12 at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston.

The meeting, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., is being conducted by the Texas Coastal Watershed Program, part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Sea Grant.

“As we rebound from Harvey’s destructive flooding, we have a unique opportunity to approach stormwater in a new way,” said Celina Gauthier Lowry, AgriLife Extension associate and meeting organizer.

The day is especially pertinent for elected officials and community leaders and structured for information sharing and asking questions about specific issues, especially rebuilding stormwater infrastructure in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, she said.

Registration is $75 and includes four presentations and lunch. To review the speakers and agenda, and register online go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Citizen or call 979-845-2604. Continuing education credits are available from the American Planning Association and the Texas Floodplain Management Association.

Organizers said participants will hear about creative approaches to managing stormwater at the site level, as well as integrating “Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure” and other practices into local planning and development.

“These approaches are helping communities and developers retain more water on site while creating attractive developments and providing community amenities,” Lowry said. “This seminar has a multispeaker agenda focusing on flooding and stormwater management, with respect to municipal planning and regulatory authorities. Course participants will hear first-person perspectives about how other Texans have grappled with these issues.”

This course, which is part of the Texas Citizen Planner program, results in a certificate of completion awarded by the Texas Coastal Watershed Program.

For more information about these programs, see http://tcwp.tamu.edu.

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