Three pre-conference workshops will be offered on Tuesday afternoon.  These workshops are designed for small working groups with hands-on learning activities.  Each session will have limited seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Registration is required through CVent.

*Please note that workshop agendas are subject to change.

Workshop 1.  Riparian Vegetation: Putting the ‘Green’ into Streambank Stabilization.

Coordinators: Kevin Wagner, Texas Water Resources Institute, Gina Levesque, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and Sharla Lovern, Oklahoma State University

Establishment of riparian vegetation is one of the most important components of streambank stabilization and stream restoration, but it can also be one of the most challenging. This workshop will focus on the role of riparian vegetation, overcoming challenges of riparian management and restoration, and methods of establishment. It will also discuss budgeting for and monitoring of riparian vegetation restoration efforts and the techniques for managing invasive species.

1:30-1:45 p.m. Introduction – Gina Levesque, Oklahoma Conservation Commission

1:45-2:15 p.m. The Role of Riparian Vegetation – Steve Nelle, Retired NRCS Biologist

2:15-2:45 p.m. Challenges of Riparian Management and Restoration -Ken Mayben, NRCS Engineer

2:45-3:15 p.m. Methods of Establishment – Greg Fenchel, New Mexico NRCS

3:15-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-4:00 p.m.   Incorporating Native Vegetation into Stream Restorations – techniques, materials, budgeting, monitoring, and maintenance – Sandi Formica, Watershed Conservation Resource Center

4:00-4:30 p.m. Managing Invasive species – Chadwick Cox, Oklahoma Invasive Plant Council

4:30-4:50 p.m. Panel Discussion – Facilitator: Sharla Lovern, Oklahoma State University

4:50-5:00 p.m. Wrap-Up – Kevin Wagner, Texas Water Resources Institute


Workshop 2.  Low Impact Development: Research, Design and Applications. 

Coordinator:  Aiza Jose, Brown and Gay Engineers, Inc.

Low impact development (LID) is the practice of sustainable stormwater management using structures that increase infiltration and plants and other biological elements that improve water quality. Low impact development reduces the peak flows and volumes of runoff that are the main cause of erosion of urban streams, while achieving removal of pollutants commonly found in urban stormwater runoff.

This half day workshop will focus on showing the connection and interaction between the LID and stream restoration initiatives, the management of LID practices, and the on-going research and adoption of LID practices in the Southeast Region. The workshop will include three half hour presentations and a panel discussion allowing for audience participation.


1:30-1:45 p.m.           Introduction  – Aiza Jose, Brown and Gay Engineers, Inc.

1:45-2:15 p.m.           Connection between LID and Stream Restoratio
                                     Jason Diaz and Nefi Garza, Kimley-Horn, Raleigh, NC/San Antonio , TX

2:15-2:45 p.m.           Operation and Maintenance of LID structures
                                         Jennifer Walker, Watearth, Inc.

2:45-3:15 p.m.           LID Design for School Districts using a Stormwater Fee Credit Policy
                                        Aiza Jose, Brown and Gay Engineers, Inc.

3:15-3:30 p.m.           Break

3:30-5:00 p.m.           LID in the Southwest Region- Panel Discussion
                             Panel Members:
                             Bill Carter, Water Quality Planning Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
                             Aarin Teague, Manager, San Antonio River Authority.
                             Augusto Sánchez González, LID Project Manager Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
                             Deborah Viera, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, City of Denton


Workshop 3.  Restoring Urban Stream Function: Balancing Flood Control, Ecosystems, Water Quality and Recreation.

Coordinators: Bruce Cole, River Specialists, LLC  and Dr. Troy Dorman, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Urban stream restoration projects are being designed and constructed in increasing numbers across the country. Yet, urbanized streams present many challenges as they are continually adjusting to alterations in the watershed’s hydrology, sediment environment and infrastructure which present a moving target as watershed development progresses. Watershed assessment and restoration should be integrated within the stream restoration design process as a means to develop confidence intervals. This workshop will discuss balancing flood control, ecosystems, water quality, and recreation in an urbanized watershed.

1:00 – 1:15 pm    Introduction of Urban Watershed Processes – Bruce Cole

1:15 – 1:45 pm   Rainfall Runoff – Troy Dorman

1:45 – 2:15 pm   Sediment – Bruce Cole

2:15 – 3:00 pm  Upland Channel – Troy Dorman

3:00 – 3:15 pm  Break

3:15 – 4:00 pm  Urban Channel – Bruce Cole

4:00 – 4:30 pm  Sustainability – Troy Dorman

4:30 – 5:00 pm  Q&A