Register for Urban Riparian Symposium 2017


Urban Riparian Symposium: Balancing the Challenges of Healthy Rural to Urban Streams

February 15-17, 2017

BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)- Rice University
6500 Main Street, MS-650
Houston, TX 77030

Register online at Marketplace by Feb 8!

Presenter/Student registration is available for $150 before February 1st. Regular Registration from January 8 – February 8, 2017 will be $200.

The Urban Riparian Symposium, set for February 15-17, 2017, provides an opportunity for natural resource professionals to share ideas, discuss management and policy issues, lessons learned in urban riparian and stream planning, assessment, design, construction, and evaluation. The symposium will include presentations, panel discussions, receptions and pre-conference workshops/field tours.

*Registration includes a complimentary year membership to the Texas Riparian Association.

Pre-conference workshops on Wednesday February 15, 2017. Workshops 1 and 2 are $25 and are offered concurrently from 9:00 – 4:30, while workshop 3 is $20 and will be held over lunch hour (12:00-4:30 PM). These workshops include a combined outdoor field trip to stream restoration sites on tributary to Big Gulch, Big Gulch, and Greens Bayou. The field portion will be in the afternoon from 1:30-4:30 PM. Costs of $20-25 will include a boxed lunch, materials, and field trip transportation to afternoon field location.

Field Trip Site:

The restoration and biostabilization of Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) Unit # P107-03-00, a tributary of Big Gulch, is located northeast of downtown Houston in the Greens Bayou watershed, adjacent to Jim and Joann Fonteno Family Park and Tice Elementary School/Cunningham Middle School. Constructed to receive stormwater runoff from storm sewer drainage, the channel severely eroded the tributary’s streambanks and channel bottom, causing trees to collapse and deposit an excessive amount of sediment in the channel. The erosion impacted the adjacent public properties and prevented maintenance access. Tree loss and sedimentation adversely impact flooding, in addition to reducing water quality and aquatic habitat.
The overall goal of the project was to restore and stabilize the streambanks and channel bottom using natural channel design techniques, while introducing water quality enhancement features to improve stormwater quality and to protect aquatic habitat. The streambanks were re-vegetated with a blend of wildflowers and grasses. Wetland plugs, live stakes, and native woody trees were also planted to help stabilize the channel bottom and riparian zones. Project construction was completed in December 2015, and the tributary is being re-vegetated in phases, with the latest phase implemented in January 2017.

Registration for pre-conference workshops can be done during the general conference registration. If you have already registered for the workshop or are only interested in attending the workshops, you can follow this link to just register for the workshops.

Workshop Table URS17

Parking Options:
The BRC has a three-level underground garage. The rate for the BRC Garage is $1 per 12 minutes, $11 daily maximum or you may select to pre-purchase validated parking during conference registration — This option is at a reduced rate of $7.50 daily, please select each day needed. If staying at Best Western that is only 3 blocks away you can walk and utilize their complimentary parking during the conference. For additional transportation options please check our Website.

Thursday evening will include the Poster Session and Reception, please indicate during registration if you plan on attending the evening event. The reception is included in conference registration fees, an additional guest ticket may be purchased for the reception for $20.

Refunds will be available prior to January 7th less a $30 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations after January 8th, but substitutions are allowed, providing that notification is sent to Nikki Dictson ( in advance.

For more information or questions please contact Nikki Dictson at 979-458-5915 or

The Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources are part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.