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Hurricane Harvey Recovery & Resiliency: The Future of Houston Area Stormwater Infrastructure
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Join us for lunch and a provocative panel discussion during Infrastructure Week. We’ll discuss how regional stormwater management infrastructure fared during the storm, infrastructure recovery needs, and resiliency plans going forward. Questions regarding the program? Please contact Michael Bloom at (281) 921-8784. Registration issues? Please contact Mike Sosa at or (512) 472-8905.

 Export to Your Calendar 5/18/2018
When: Friday, May 18, 2018
11:15 AM
Where: HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas  77056
United States

Online registration is available until: 5/7/2018
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Cost: $45 per person

Sponsorship Availability: $750 for a 10-person Table Sponsorship (includes company logo on printed materials)


11:15 AM - Registration & Networking

11:45 AM - Opening Remarks: Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge, and Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston

12:00 PM - Panel Discussion

Carol Haddock PE, Director, Houston Public Works

Russ Poppe PE, Executive Director, Harris County Flood Control District

Kathleen Jackson PE, Board Member, Texas Water Development Board

Tony Robinson, Administrator, Region VI, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Invited)

Moderator: Steve Costello PE, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston

1:00 PM - Adjourn


Last August Hurricane Harvey caused extreme flooding across Houston and other areas of Southeast Texas. Today there are still many questions regarding an appropriate path forward for local, statewide, and national flood management.  This Infrastructure Week, the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) invites you to attend a provocative panel discussion about how regional stormwater infrastructure fared during Hurricane Harvey, current infrastructure recovery needs, and future resiliency plans. Topics will include lessons learned and a potential statewide stormwater management plan.  Panelists represent a broad range of local, state and federal stakeholders who dealt personally with recovery efforts and will be involved in the evolving discussion on stormwater management for the foreseeable future. 

The event will include:

  • Plated Lunch,
  • Opening remarks,
  • A facilitated panel discussion, and
  • A period of questions and answers from the audience


Carol Haddock PE, Director, Houston Public Works


Carol Ellinger Haddock is the Director of Public Works for the City of Houston. Her specialties include capital projects, water resources planning, stormwater planning, and environmental programming. Carol also serves an ASCE Technical Region Director. She served at many different levels within ASCE, becoming active in the Society since before graduating from Rice University in 1991.


Russ Poppe PE, Executive Director, Harris County Flood Control District

Russell “Russ” Poppe, P.E., is the Executive Director for the Harris County Flood Control District in Houston, Texas. Under his direction, the District carries out its mission to devise countywide flood damage reduction plans, implement those plans, and maintain the infrastructure.  That mission is executed in the third most populated county in the United States, with a population in excess of 4.5 million, which includes the City of Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city.  The District has jurisdiction over the primary stormwater facilities in the county, which consist of about 1,500 channels, totaling 2,500 miles in length, as well as more than 60 regional stormwater detention basins and a 2.5-square mile wetlands mitigation bank.


After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1999 with a civil engineering degree, Russ successfully practiced engineering in the private industry before joining the Harris County Architecture and Engineering Department in September 2005.  Since then, Russ has held various leadership positions within both Harris County and Harris County Flood Control District, with project responsibilities spanning from roadway, park, and water quality projects, to multi-story buildings and complex flood risk reduction projects in highly urbanized areas. His tenure in the public service sector includes a collective project portfolio that exceeds $1 billion in value on very diverse projects that has allowed him to gain a unique skill set and develop a solid track record focused on producing efficient and effective public projects.

Kathleen Jackson PE, Board Member, Texas Water Development Board

Kathleen Jackson was reappointed to the Texas Water Development Board by Governor Greg Abbott on March 9, 2017. She was appointed to the Board by Governor Rick Perry on March 18, 2014. Jackson has a diverse background representing agricultural, environmental, industrial, and wholesale-supply interests, which includes developing and implementing water management strategies for Southeast Texas. As a registered professional engineer, Jackson served as public affairs manager for one of the world's largest petroleum and petrochemical producers.


Additionally, she was involved in production agriculture with her late husband, who ran a cattle operation and farmed rice. She served as a past member of the Lower Neches Valley Authority Board of Directors, the Texas Water Conservation Association, and participated on the Sabine and Neches Rivers Bay and Estuary Environmental Flows Assessment Program Stakeholders Committee.

She is also a board member and past president of the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Beaumont, a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, past president of the American Cancer Society of North Jefferson County, and a past board member of Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle.


Jackson received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. Jackson has three children, sixth-generation Texans who all reside and work in Texas, and three grandchildren. She is a long-time resident of Beaumont.


Tony Robinson, Administrator, Region VI, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Invited)

Tony Robinson was selected in January 2013 to serve as the first career Regional Administrator for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 6 office located in Denton, Texas. As Regional Administrator, Mr. Robinson is responsible for the direction and leadership of FEMA’s efforts in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 68 federally-recognized Tribal Nations within this geographic area. Under Mr. Robinson’s leadership, the Region has awarded and managed over $1 billion in grant funding each fiscal year to assist Region 6 partners in building capabilities and recovering from disasters.

In Mr. Robinson’s 28 years of service with FEMA he has held various management positions and has focused on assisting federal, state, local and tribal governments prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate natural and man-made threats and hazards. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Robinson has provided leadership during Presidential Disaster Declarations including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac, the Midwest floods of 1993, Northridge Earthquake, Tropical Storm Allison and the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes. Most recently, he led the Region 6 coordination effort with the State of Texas on the Ebola case in Dallas and the influx of Unaccompanied Children in the Rio Grande Valley.


Steve Costello PE, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston



Steve is an engineer with a background in flood control and drainage. His first job in Texas was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston.  He co-founded Costello, Inc. in 1991, a Houston civil engineering and surveying firm named repeatedly as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal.  He served as president of the local and state chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies and was named “Engineer of the Year” in 2014 by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. 


Steve served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council for six years from January 2010 to December 2015.  In May of 2016, Mayor Turner appointed Mr. Costello as the city’s chief resilience officer. His primary task is to focus on the flooding and drainage issues facing the city, thus his “Flood Czar” label.


Steve is currently an active board member of Family Houston, a 114-year old nonprofit providing case management and counseling services to families in need.  He also has served on the boards of the Memorial Park Conservancy, SER Jobs for Progress, and Marathon Kids.


Steve is a longtime runner and triathlete. He and his wife Debbie raised two sons in Houston and are now proud grandparents to three granddaughters.

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