Clean Waters Initiative Workshops

Clean water is crucial to our region's environment, economy, and quality of life. The Clean Waters Initiative (CWI) program offers workshops that help local governments, landowners, and residents develop effective strategies to reduce pollution in area waterways.

Past Workshops

October 24, 2017

Agenda and Speaker Information

Engaging the Watershed Community:Asking the Public to Care about Water Quality
Charriss York,TAMU Texas Coastal Watershed Program
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Cease the Grease:Utilizing Multifaceted Community Outreach Programs to Engage the Public
Kaitlin Grable, Galveston Bay Foundation
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Engaging, Inspiring, and Educating the Public Through Unique Coastal Experiences
Amanda Rinehart, Artist Boat
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Estuary Programs and Freshwater Inflows

November 28, 2017

Agenda and Speaker Information

Fish, Shrimp, Crabs and Freshwater – Life in a Dynamic Estuary
Dr. George Guillen, Environmental Institute of Houston
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From Droughts to Floods: An Overview of Freshwater Inflows to the Trinity-San Jacinto Estuary
Caimee Schoenbaechler, Texas Water Development Board
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Galveston Bay: Changing Land Use Patterns and Nutrient Loading
Rachel Windham, Texas A&M - Galveston
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Evaluation of Adopted SB3 Flow Standards for the Trinity River
Webster Mangum, Trinity River Authority
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November 28, 2017

Agenda and Speaker Information

Fish, Shrimp, Crabs and Freshwater – Life in a Dynamic Estuary
Dr. George Guillen, Environmental Institute of Houston
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From Droughts to Floods: An Overview of Freshwater Inflows to the Trinity-San Jacinto Estuary 
Caimee Schoenbaechler, Texas Water Development Board
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Galveston Bay: Changing Land Use Patterns and Nutrient Loading
Rachel Windham, Texas A&M - Galveston
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Evaluation of Adopted SB3 Flow Standards for the Trinity River 
Webster Mangum, Trinity River Authority
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February 26, 2019

Event Program and Speaker Information

H-GAC Wastewater Assistance (OSSF SEP) Program

Brian Sims, Houston-Galveston Area Council

Gulf Coast Economic Development District Program

Joshua Owens, Houston-Galveston Area Council

USDA Programs

Sabrina Glenn, US. Department of Agriculture

TWDB Programs

Scott Galaway, Texas Water Development Board

August 26, 2021

Agenda and Speaker Information
Meeting Recording

H-GAC’s Effort To Improve the Region’s Water Quality
H-GAC staff  provided overviews about the water quality programs H-GAC is supporting to improve the region’s waters.
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Big Creek Breakout Room
Attendees discussed watershed-specific topics in one of three breakout rooms. The Big Creek breakout room was led by Justin Bower.
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Cotton Bayou Breakout Room
Attendees discussed watershed-specific topics in one of three breakout rooms. The Cotton Bayou breakout room was led by Rachel Windham.
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Watershed-based Plans Breakout Room
Attendees discussed watershed-specific topics in one of three breakout rooms. The general Watershed-based Plans breakout room was led by Steven Johnston.
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March 14, 2017

Program 

Conservation Easements 
Suzanne Simpson
Bayou Land Conservancy

Habitat & Marsh Restoration 
Philip Smith
Galveston Bay Foundation

Mitigation Credits 
Mary Anne Piacentini
Katy Prairie Conservancy

April 4, 2017

Event Program and Speaker Information

Planning Ahead: Long-Term Planning for Stormwater Management
Michael F. Bloom, P.E.
R.G. Miller Engineers, Inc.
No Presentation Available

Stormwater Mapping & Successful Illicit Discharge Detection
Ryan Dixon
Port of Houston Authority
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Be Proactive: Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations and Maintenance
Ilana Harris
City of Sugar Land
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New Technologies for Operator Compliance
Robert Adair
Construction EcoServices
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May 16, 2018

Event Program and Speaker Information

Practical Housekeeping Measures for Municipal Utility Districts & Small Cities
Michael Gurka, Jones/Carter
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Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program
Elaine Savage, Harris County Pollution Control Services Department
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Stormwater Pollution Minimization Plans
Robert Snoza, Harris County Flood Control Department
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Floatable Materials Control
Rick Masters, Jr., Contractor for City of Pasadena
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September 26, 2017

Agenda

Steven Johnston,Houston-Galveston Area Council
Status Update for H-GAC Total Maximum Daily Load Studies

Becki Begley, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Implementing Watershed-based Plans in Coastal Communities

Brian Koch, Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board
Demonstrating Water Quality Improvements through Agricultural Initiatives

June 20, 2018

Agenda

Swimming-Related Health Risks and Recreational Water Quality Criteria
Kate Lavelle, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Waterborne Diseases and Public Health Implications
Elya Franciscus, MPH, Harris County Public Health

Public Health Protection Programs in the City of Houston – Water Quality
Lisa Montemayor, City of Houston Health Department and LaNiece Blue, City of Houston Health Department

Fight the Bite – Applying Remote Sensing Technologies to Detect Mosquito Breeding Habitats
Sarah M Gunter, PhD, MPH, National School of Tropical Medicine

March 28, 2018

Agenda

Adrienne Boer,Texas Department of Transportation
Results from First Statewide MS4 Annual Report

Nick Russo, Harris County Engineering Department
Stormwater Management Techniques for Urban Roadways

Vishu Lingala, Houston-Galveston Area Council
2045 Regional Transportation Plan