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Bayou Preservation Association's 2023 Coastal Watershed Symposium  

Balancing Growth, Preservation, and Conservation


Discover the future of our bayous and waterways at Bayou Preservation Association's 2023 Coastal Watershed Symposium, themed Balancing Growth, Preservation, and Restoration. Join us for two engaging days on Zoom, Wednesday, September 20thand Thursday, 21st, from 8 AM to 12 PM each day. Learn about resilience, sustainability, and water resource preservation amidst ongoing growth. Explore successful strategies and strengthen collective efforts to overcome challenges and protect our precious watersheds. Don't miss this highly anticipated event!

We are excited to announce that this year's Symposium will include a special field tour led by Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), where participants will witness the results of a six-year-old reforestation project along Sims Bayou. Covering a six-acre area, this project is HPARD's first site within their Riparian Restoration Initiative, aimed at revitalizing riparian forests in City of Houston parks near waterways. Guided by HPARD's Natural Resources staff, Kelli Ondracek and Cassidy Kempf, the tour will provide valuable insights into the lessons learned and the evolving restoration methods over time. Join us at Milby Park to explore Sims Bayou, engage in meaningful discussions, and deepen your connection with nature firsthand. Don't miss this opportunity to enrich your educational experience outside the virtual setting. Secure your spot now!


Charles H. Milby Park 

Tuesday, September 19th, 9:30 AM

2001 Central St, Houston, TX 77017

Field tour guided by HPARD’s Natural Resources staff members, Kelli Ondracek

and Cassidy Kempf.

*We have a limited capacity of 30 attendees, be sure to secure your spot early!



Mark your calendars for this year's networking mixer on Thursday, September 21st, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the charming Riverhouse Houston. Join us for a delightful Happy Hour to recap and discuss the highlights of this year's symposium.


Riverhouse Houston

Thursday, September 21st, 4 PM - 7 PM

65 Hirsch Rd Suite 100, Houston, TX 77020



Organizing partners this year are AECOM, City of Houston, EHRA Engineering, Harris County Engineering Dept., Houston-Galveston Area Council, and Talley Landscape Architects.

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