Restoration to Build Resilient Ecosystems

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

8:30– 12:00    Pre-conference Workshops

Stream Restoration Structure Functions and Performance
Instructor: Dave Rosgen, PhD, Wildland Hydrology

Methods and Uncertainty of Rapid Geomorphic Assessments (RGAs)
Instructors:  Jason R. Vogel, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma and Kari Bigham, P.E., Research Assistant, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University

Taking Riparian and Wetland Restoration to the Next Level through Holistic Planning
Organizer: Gina Levesque, 5 Smooth Stones Restoration

12:00 – 1:30 pm   Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5:00    Plenary Session
Restoration to Build Resilient Ecosystems

1:30 pm   Welcome & Opening Remarks
-- Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource Institute
-- Greg Jennings, PhD, Jennings Environmental

1:50 pm  Building Community Resilience Using Natural Ecosystem Restoration
Moderator:  Lee Forbes, P.E., SWCA
       Presenters from diverse community programs in the region will describe         
       experiences and lessons learned from implementing successful watershed
       restoration projects to build resilience in areas facing extreme weather events.  
       Topics will include planning, designing, and implementing challenging water
        resource projects to minimize risk and optimize ecosystem functions in
        developing watersheds.
1:55 pm     Stephen T. Graham, P.E., CFM, San Antonio River Authority
2:20 pm     Michael F. Bloom, P.E., ENV SP, CFM, BCEE, R. G. Miller Engineers
                   Houston, TX
2:45 pm      Mike Kelly, City of Austin, Watershed Protection Department,
                    Austin, TX
3:10 pm      Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:30 pm      City of Norman, Oklahoma
3:55 pm      Patrick Forbes, PE, LA Office of Community
4:20 pm      Discussion - audience and presenters
4:45 pm      Wrap Up & Adjourn

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Sponsors’ Reception in the Exhibit Hall


Thursday, May 31

7:30 am  Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall    

8:30 – 11:45 am  Concurrent Sessions A - C (Break at 10:10 am)
A Session   Planning and Permitting Successful Restoration
B Session   Design and Implementation Innovations
C Session   Ecosystem Functions and Values

12:00 pm Lunch – drawing for DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone 

1:30 – 5:15 pm  Concurrent Session D - F (Break at 3:10 pm)
D Session   Urban Ecosystem Restoration
E Session    Vegetation Restoration Successes
F Session     Assessment of Restoration Potential and Success

6 pm – 8:00 pm
Light Reception at Pat O’Brien’s


Friday, June 1

7:30 am  Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall     

8:30 – 12:00  Plenary Session

8:30 am Panel Discussion
- The Regulatory Framework for
Building Resilient Ecosystems

10:00 am   Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:15 Designing Resilient Stream Restoration Projects
- Dave Rosgen, PhD, Wildand Hydrology

11:30 am   Closing Remarks
— Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource Institute

11:45  am  $500 Cash Drawing (must be present to win)

12 pm     Conference Adjourns