Day: Friday, March 27th
Time: 9am-2pm
What: LID projects throughout southwest Houston
Pick Up & Drop Off Location: Karbach Brewery (MAP)
Post Drop Off Networking: Post the 2pm drop off, plan to hang out at the Karbach Biergarten for a while
Why: 5 CEUs + lunch + sodas + beer & wine + great info + fun & peer networking
Cost: $50/seat

It’s time again for another Construction EcoServices Bus Tour of some of Houston’s most unique stormwater projects. We’ll be bus touring various stormwater projects throughout Houston metro. This tour will feature visits to cutting-edge, in-the-ground projects, many featuring Low Impact Development (LID) solutions. This learning experience focuses on the construction, operations, maintenance and monitoring of real-world projects. Along the way, your tour leaders will discuss the financial, social, aesthetic and environmental benefits of the solutions we stop at. Get valuable insights and lessons learned right from the engineering consultants that helped design each project’s stormwater management strategy.

Improve your next project by improving your knowledge of the latest stormwater management technologies.

What is Included?

  • Earn 5 CEUs
  • Lunch (subs from Quiznos)
  • Beverages (including beer and wine)
  • A lot of great information to help you do your job better than others

The Stops:

  • Memorial Park Arboretum (Constructed Wetlands)
    • Special Guest Speaker: Emily Manderson, Conservation Director
  • Memorial Drive Land Bridge (Innovative Topsoil/Erosion Control Options for Texas Coastal Soils to Stabilize Slopes)
  • Camellia Residential Development (Single Family Residential Low Impact Development Using Bioswales for Treatment and Conveyance)
  • Bagby Street (Urban Retrofit StreetSide Planters with Biofiltration)
  • Almeda Road (Urban Retrofit Bioswales)
    • Special Guest Speaker: Kelli Ondracek, Natural Resources Manager
  • Buffalo at Main (Urban Retrofit of Open Jointed Pavers for Retails)
  • Maple Court (High End Urban Single Family Townhomes)
  • COH Permitting (StreetSide Retrofit Bioswales + Permeable Pavers)


Testimonials From the 2019 LID Bus Tour

The Guest Speakers

Kelli Ondracek
Kelli is a Natural Resources Manager, responsible for assessing, restoring, and managing natural resources within the City of Houston’s parks. She has over 15 years of experience in restoration, wildlife research, and habitat management. She holds a B.S. Business Administration from Nicholls State University and both a M.S. Environmental Science and a M.S. Environmental Management from University of Houston- Clear Lake.

Emily Manderson, SER CERP
As Conservation Director, Emily oversees the implementation of a multidisciplinary ASLA awarded master plan. The Houston Arboretum is a private non profit managing 155 acres that composes 10% of Memorial Park, a nature sanctuary centered in the heart of central Houston. The duel mission of the Arboretum is to educate and conserve natural systems. The primary ecological goal is to restore ecosystem function and site resiliency to better weather natural disasters and improve critical ecosystems services such as clean air and water, carbon sequestration, and climate regulation. Ecosystems that are being restored on site are: woodland, savanna, prairie, wetlands, and riparian. The Arboretum is using a green rating program, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, to ensure highest level of sustainable practices are being met. The Arboretum is targeted to be one of the highest ranked Texas SITES projects.