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Workshop: Managing Our Stormwater, From Gutter to Gator

September 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Learn about natural techniques for cleansing and conserving stormwater for humans and wildlife, at any scale–backyard to urban/suburban/industrial to regional. Our bayous and bays are greatly impacted by the quality of the stormwater flowing into them, and now is a great time to start improving it with practices we can implement at home, work, or beyond.

Join us in a beautiful setting–the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory’s new LEED-certified building in Lake Jackson, TX.

The workshop will be offered on three dates: Friday August 12, Thursday Sept 29, and Saturday March 4, 2017.

Speakers and Topics:

  • Charriss York, Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program Specialist: Collecting and cleansing stormwater runoff at home and in the neighborhood
  • Mary Carol Edwards, Stormwater Wetland Program Specialist: Using wetlands in flood control basins for water quality and habitat
  • Marissa Sipocz, Wetland Restoration Program Specialist: How large-scale wetland restoration benefits us all

Workshop Schedule:


9:00-9:10—Opening remarks by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

9:10-9:20—Introductions to the speakers, green infrastructure program, and the Wetland Plant Partnership with GCBO

9:20-10:05—Charriss York on homeowner techniques for capturing and cleaning stormwater as part of the landscape

10:05-10:50—Marissa Sipocz on freshwater and estuarine wetland restoration


11:10-11:55—Mary Carol Edwards on using stormwater wetlands for water quality and habitat, changing the way design flood control basins are designed in this region.

11:55-12:00—Concluding remarks

Attendees are encouraged to walk the birding trails, and visit the onsite wetland nursery.

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September 29, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
299 West Highway 332
Lake Jackson, 77566
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Mary Carol Edwards