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:
9:00-9:10—Opening remarks by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
9:10-9:30—Introductions to the speakers, green infrastructure program, and the Wetland Plant Partnership with GCBO
9:30-10:00—Marissa Sipocz on freshwater and estuarine wetland restoration
10:00-10:30—Charriss York on homeowner techniques for capturing and cleaning stormwater as part of the landscape
10:45-11:30—Mary Carol Edwards on using stormwater wetlands for water quality and habitat, changing the way design flood control basins are designed in this region.
Attendees are encouraged to walk the birding trails, and visit the onsite wetland nursery.