Press Release

For Immediate Release

Louisiana Watershed Initiative to Host Best Practices Summit on Feb. 19

Date:Feb 11, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. ‒ The Louisiana Watershed Initiative will host a summit featuring experts in floodplain and water management at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the LITE Center Theater at 537 Cajundome Blvd. in Lafayette. The summit, titled Building the Foundation: Sharing Lessons Learned & Addressing Challenges Specific to Louisiana, will bring together local experts and their national colleagues in watershed management.

Featured speakers include:

  • Ceil Strauss, CFM, State Floodplain Manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Ataul Hannan, P.E., CFM, Director of Planning, Harris County Flood Control District, Harris County, Texas
  • Kevin Houck, P.E., CFM, Watershed and Flood Protection Section Chief, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Tim Katers, AICP, CDBG-DR Planning Manager, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
  • Jamie Huffman, J.D. and Kristen Hilferty, J.D., Senior Research Fellows, Tulane Law School Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy
  • Ehab Meselhe, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering, Tulane University
  • Monique Boulet, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Acadiana Planning Commission

To view a detailed agenda and register for the event, click here. The summit is free and open to the public.

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