Urban Riparian Symposium Workshops on Feb. 11

10:30-12 pm: Writing Successful Grant Proposals for Riparian Projects – FREE WORKSHOP

Brent Lyles, Austin Youth River Watch

In an era where many of us must seek out funding for our stream- and river-enhancement projects, the ability to craft compelling and articulate grant proposals is an increasingly valuable skill. Whether you’re responding to a federal RFP or writing a small grant application to a local family’s foundation, grant writing — part art and part science — is not always easy. In this session, you’ll learn the basics of grant writing and get some quick tips to help you improve your odds for success. The presenter, Brent Lyles, has been writing grants (and periodically teaching workshops on grant writing) for 20 years, and over the years he has successfully secured millions of dollars in funding from a variety of sources.


Feb. 11, 1-3 pm: Managing Riparian Restoration in Urban Areas is Full and has been Closed!

Mateo Scoggins, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Ana Gonzales, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Staryn Wagner, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

John Clement, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

This session will provide an overview of the City of Austin’s riparian restoration program, which focuses on the re-establishment of native vegetation along streams in city parks. Additional components of the program include volunteer outreach, public education, low-impact approaches to stormwater management and integration with capital improvement projects.  The workshop will identify the benefits of a riparian restoration program from both a watershed and a park management perspective and will discuss our approaches to public engagement, cross-departmental coordination.

Only a few spots remaining! Feb. 11, 3:15-5 pm Contracting and Managing Sustainable Vegetation Practices in Large Stream Restoration Projects:

Mike Kelly, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Susan Kenzle, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Darcy Nuffer, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Mark Simmons, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Sky Jones-Lewey, Nueces River Authority

This roundtable session will present lessons learned from landscape restoration work on various large-scale stream projects in Central Texas.  Practitioners will discuss techniques for working with generalist contractors, including writing usable contract documents, creating manageable monitoring protocols during construction and establishing expectations for differing levels of land management. The workshop will be presented as an open forum, where participants are encouraged to bring stories and solutions from their large-scale restoration experiences.


Cost is $10 each for the afternoon workshops.

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