Five Regional Organizations Collaborate to Host Virtual Symposium, October 28 – 29, 2020

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9th Annual Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium

Houston, TX – Regional organizations will host the Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium, a multi-day, virtual program from Wednesday, October 28 – Thursday, October 29, 2020 to focus on the management of water systems.

The Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium provides water utilities and other organizations interested in water management and conservation with the information needed to implement successful water management and conservation programs, successfully engage customers, and plan for future needs.

For the past eight years, water professionals from the Gulf Coast region have come together to learn and share the latest in water conservation practices and implementation. This year’s symposium is focused on a One Water approach. Case studies and tools will be presented to help attendees recognize shared challenges and identify sustainable solutions to manage water as an integrated resource using comprehensive and long-term community-based approaches.

The program will feature recognized national and state experts for two half-days of learning and engagement. Featured keynote speakers include Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center, and Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Houston, who will speak to Texas’ climate future and the recently released Resilient Houston Plan. In addition, there will be a series of presentations from local, state and national water experts discussing integrated water resource planning in the face of an uncertain future.

Speakers include Jason Afinowicz, Associate, Freese and Nichols; Inge Wiersema PE, Chief of Water Resources, Carollo Engineers, Inc; Paula Paciorek, City of Houston; Katie Clayton, Water Resources Manager at City of Sugar Land; and Stephanie Corso and Arianne Shipley, Rogue Water.

“HARC is honored to take part in this well-respected program that offers much for attendees.” states HARC President and CEO, Lisa Gonzalez. “The symposium program speaks to the sustainable management of water resources, an extremely important issue for the future of our state, and attendees will learn about the experiences of practitioners who are innovating to improve the management of water systems in Texas.”

The event is co-hosted by City of Houston, City of Sugarland, HARC, San Jacinto River Authority and Woodlands Water Agency. Private and public sector, nonprofit, engineering sector professionals, and all support industries should plan to attend.

Tickets are available online now for $25.00 for General Admission, and a discounted rate of $10 for students, teachers, and faculty of academic institutions. Multiple levels of sponsorships are also available for the event. For more information, please email [email protected].

The symposium program speaks to the sustainable management of water resources, an extremely important issue for the future of our state.

Lisa Gonzalez, HARC