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Rotary Meeting – Chris Harrington, Austin Watershed Protection Department
January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join one of the most innovative and fun Rotary clubs in Austin for our regular weekday meeting! Folks usually begin showing up at 5:30 pm and meet at bar and network and catch up until our meeting begins at 6 pm in the upstairs event room. We love visitors so come join us for a meeting!
This week’s speaker is Chris Harrington. Chris is a Supervising Engineer and currently manages the Data Analysis and Decision Support Section of the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department. He coordinates with a multidisciplinary team of biologists, hydrogeologists and engineers that conduct a wide range of environmental monitoring, restoration projects and data analysis. He is a licensed environmental engineer with degrees in biology and engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and has worked for the city since 1996.
Continued rapid population growth in central Texas adds increasing stress on environmental resources, including drinking water sources, that are simultaneously becoming less reliable over time. Densification of urban areas poses substantial challenges for urban environmental resource preservation or restoration, especially for urban creeks that a unique component of Austin’s quality of life. Urbanization brings more stormwater runoff, exacerbating maintenance needs of aging stormwater infrastructure that adds continued financial pressure on drainage utility budgets. As property values rise and development increases, flood hazard mitigation also continues to become more expensive over time. Are there new opportunities for cross-functional solutions to managing stormwater and meeting our future potable water needs more sustainably? Join us for an in-depth discussion on January 25th!