Houston | Bay Area Storm Water Flooding Forum: Harvey, Ike and Our Future

On November 28th, 2017, AUA, the Environmental Institute of Houston at UHCL, Houston Region Concerned Citizens (HRCC), and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Houston, brought together experts and thought leaders to discuss the problems, challenges, and solutions surrounding the Houston region’s catastrophic flooding from major rain and hurricane storm surge at a free, public forum at the Gilruth Center at NASA.

Speakers addressed critical issues, discussed past mistakes, and presented proposals for protecting Houston region and Bay Area residents from dangerous, deadly storms like Hurricanes Harvey and Ike.

Use the following links to learn more and stay engaged!

Check out Forum Videos and Presentations

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Read Speaker Responses to Questions

Find Additional Information and Resources

Forum Videos and Presentations

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Feedback Survey

Speaker Responses to Questions

Watch this space for responses to questions submitted during the forum!

Additional Information and Resources


  • Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium – The Greater Houston area’s leading researchers come together to translate data into actionable information to help guide decision-makers during the region’s redevelopment.
  • SSPEED Center – The SSPEED Center’s mission is to educate the Gulf Coast region by increasing public awareness of the risks associated with severe storms and hurricanes. We also inform the public about structural and non-structural mitigation strategies at all scales for the region.
  • Houston Advanced Research Center – HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. We are focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.
  • Environmental Institute of Houston at UHCL – The Environmental Institute Houston provides access to environmental information to the university and the community through activities, seminars and presentations that spotlight topics of vital importance to students, citizens, teachers and technical audiences.
  • Galveston Bay Foundation – The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come.
  • Sierra Club – Houston Group – Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.


Speaker Affiliation
Stephen Costello Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston, “Flood Czar”
Brandt Mannchen Sierra Club – Houston Group
Jim Blackburn Co-Chair SSPEED Center, Rice University
John Branch President, Clear Lake City Water Authority
Col. Leonard Waterworth Executive Professor, Marine Administration Department, TAMU
Lisa Gonzalez President/CEO, Houston Advanced Research Center
Dr. John Jacob Director, Texas Coastal Watershed Program, TAMU
Bob Stokes Director, Galveston Bay Foundation
Dr. Andre Droxler Director, Center for the Study of Environment and Society, Rice University
Dr. George Guillen – Host Director, Environmental Institute of Houston at UHCL

Want to learn more about our speakers? Check out their bios HERE

The Flooding Forum and related information/discussion is sponsored by Environmental Institute of Houston at UHCL, Americans United in Action (AUA) and Houston Region Concerned Citizens (HRCC). For more information or questions, email bounder77062@yahoo.com or contact Pete at 281.261.4270


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