2016 Agenda

2016 CONFERENCE AGENDA
Advancing Stream Restoration in the Southwest

Check for updates as the agenda is subject to change.

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Wednesday, June 1     

8:30  – 12:00    Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop #1
Instream Flows 101
Organizers:  Kevin Mayes, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resources, Melissa Parker, Texas Parks & Wildlife

Workshop #2
The Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan: Changing Federally Protected Species from a Liability to a Stream Restoration Asset
Organizers:  Thomas Arsuffi, PhD, Texas Tech University’s Llano River Field Station
and Gina Crowder Levesque, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Tahlequah, OK

Workshop #3
The Drones Are Coming: A Technical Guide on Implementing SUAS In Your Daily Workflow
–Mike Aust & Rebecca Napier, Timmons Group

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5:00    Plenary Session
Advancing Stream Restoration in the Southwest
This plenary session will contain presentations regarding the four elements needed to advance stream restoration in the southwest including plenary speakers covering watershed planning and connection, instream flows, education, and ecosystem services. Issues to be covered include drought, climate variability, population growth and development, sedimentation and stream bank erosion, protection of drinking water, watershed planning, habitat protection for threatened and endangered species, mitigation banking, outreach and education and others. The goal of these presentations will focus on prior and current projects, specific examples, success stories and lessons learned to advance stream restoration.

1:30 pm
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource InstituteNikki Dictson, Texas Water Resource Institute and Sonny Kaiser, Ecosystem Planning & Restoration

Opening Plenary Session  Advancing Stream Restoration in the Southwest
Moderators:  Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resource Institute and Sonny Kaiser, Ecosystem Planning & Restoration

2:00 pm
Opportunities for Protecting and Restoring Environmental Flows and Water Levels in Texas
–Kevin Mayes, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Mayes Presentation

2:45 pm
Changing Demographics in Texas: Places, Perspectives, and People
Roel Lopez, PhD, Director Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
Lopez Presentation

3:30 pm  Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:45 pm
The Importance of Public Outreach and Education to Advance Restoration
Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resource Institute
Dictson Presentation

4:30 Wrap up & Adjourn

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

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Thursday, June 2   

7:30 am  Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall    

8:30 – 12:10  Concurrent Sessions A – C
A Session  Restoring Urban Streams
B Session  Stream Restoration Design & Implementation
C Session  Outreach & EducationDJI_Ph3_large

12:10 Lunch – drawing for DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone (courtesy of Timmons Group)

1:30 – 5:15  Concurrent Session D-F
D Session  Watershed Restoration, Water Quality & Permitting
E Session  Case Studies
F Session  Riparian Restoration and BMPs

5:15 – 6 pm
Texas Riparian Association Meeting
– Board Reports & Association Project Updates and a Call for Participation

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

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Friday, June 3

7:30 am  Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall     

8:30 – 12:00  Plenary Session

8:30 am
Restoring Fish and Aquatic Habitats in Texas Rivers
–Craig Bonds, Inland Fisheries Division Director, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Bond’s Presentation

8:45 am
Panel Discussion: Urban Stream Restoration in the Southwest
This plenary session panel will contain presentations regarding the efforts, accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned while performing urban restoration in the southwest.  Topics to be covered include examples of large and small scale restoration projects and feasibility studies, local to federal planning programs, and challenges facing restoration project resources. The presentations will focus on data from prior projects, specific examples, and lessons learned.  The goal of this plenary session is to inform conference participants on the potential stream restoration promise and pitfalls for restoring the ecology of degraded streams. 
Moderators:  Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resource Institute and Sonny Kaiser, Ecosystem Planning & Restoration
– City of Fort Worth: Ranjan Muttiah, Ph.D, P.E., CFM Stormwater Management
– San Antonio River Authority: Erin Cavazos, PE, CFM
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Harris County Flood Control District –  Carolyn White, CPESC, Project Manager – Stormwater Quality Department
– US. Army Corps of Engineers, Danny Allen, CWB

Presentations:
Muttiah’s Presentation
SARA’s Presentation
White’s Presentation

10:15 am   Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 am
How Mitigation Banking can Advance Stream Restoration
Adam Riggsbee, PhD, RiverBank Ecosystems
Riggsbee’s Presentation

11:00 am
A Market Drive Approach to Improve Stream Function: The Lake Tahoe Example
–John Tracy, PhD, Director, Texas Water Resources Institute, College Station, TX
Tracy’s Presentation

11:30 am   Closing Remarks
Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource InstituteNikki Dictson, Texas Water Resource Institute and Sonny Kaiser, Ecosystem Planning & Restoration

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

12 pm     Conference Adjourns