Meeting/Event Information

EWRI: Rainfall, Drainage, and Flood Damage Reduction in a Post-Harvey World

December 12, 2017
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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Jacobs Engineering
5995 Rogerdale Rd
Houston, TX 77072


Hurricane Harvey was a game-changing, record-breaking storm with injuries, fatalities, and widespread impacts across the Houston region.  What does the storm mean for our region? Does it suggest that rainfall patterns are changing?  What will drainage design criteria and flood damage reduction efforts look like?  This ASCE luncheon will feature a moderated panel discussion about Hurricane Harvey; the current update to the rainfall intensity, duration, and frequency estimates for Texas, known as “Atlas 14;” current drainage and flood damage reduction efforts; what happened during Harvey; and what’s ahead in the post-Harvey world.  Panelists will include:

  • Sandra Pavlovic, P.E., Hydrologist with the National Hydro-meteorological Design Studies Center
    of the National Weather Service, Silver Spring, MD (via Skype)
  • Russ Poppe, P.E., Executive Director of the Harris County Flood Control District, Houston, TX
  • Steve Costello, P.E. Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Houston, TX

Speaker Details Below.

Moderated by:
Michael F. Bloom, P.E.
R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc.
Chair, Houston EWRI Chapter

 Agenda:      11:00 a.m.        Registration
                    11:30 a.m.        Networking and Boxed Lunches
                    12:00 noon        Introductory Remarks and Moderated Panel Discussion
                     1:15 p.m.         EWRI Announcements
                     1:30 p.m.         Adjourn

Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in rainfall intensity, duration, and frequency estimates; drainage design; land development; flood damage reduction efforts; floodplain management; and risk management.

Professional Development Hours:  Two PDHs offered for this event.

ASCE Members:         $30
Non-Members:           $50
Registration includes lunch.

Please pay by credit card online after clicking the "Register Now" button, mail check (payable to "ASCE Houston Branch") to Michael Bloom, R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc., 16340 Park Ten Place, Suite 350, Houston, TX 77084, or bring check to the event.

Sponsors:  Sponsorships are available for $250 each. Sponsors will receive:

  • One complementary lunch; and,
  • Recognition on event posters, welcome screens, and verbally during the event (please email your high resolution logo to mbloom at rgmiller dot com after you purchase your sponsorship).

Please note that attendees affiliated with the sponsoring organization will still need to separately register and pay the member or non-member cost.

Proceeds will cover the event cost and benefit EWRI-Houston activities.

Please purchase your sponsorship online by clicking on the "Register Now" button, or click here to complete a paper form and mail a check.

Sandra Pavlovic, P.E.
National Hydro-Meteorological Design Studies Center
National Weather Service
Silver Spring, MD

Ms. Pavlovic is a registered professional engineer in Washington D.C. She is currently working as a Water Resources Engineer at the National Weather Service (NWS) as an employee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on the development and production of the NOAA Atlas 14 and related products for regions across the U.S. She has been with the NWS for the past seven years where she also serves as a point of contact between the NWS and the engineering community for the NWS’s precipitation frequency estimates and other products.

Prior to the NWS, she worked for Black & Veatch Corporation on projects involving hydraulic and hydrologic analysis, the design of water and wastewater treatment plants, and overall project coordination and administration. Ms. Pavlovic earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She has published her work in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. She is involved with several professional organizations and local environmental organizations.

Russ Poppe, P.E.
Executive Director
Harris County Flood Control District
Houston, TX

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.

Steve Costello, P.E.
Chief Resilience Officer
City of Houston, TX


Steve is an engineer with a background in flood control and drainage, which began with his first job out of school with the Corps of Engineers in Galveston. He co-founded Costello, Inc. in 1991 and served as Houston City Council Member At Large for 6 years from January of 2010 to December of 2015. In May of 2016, Mayor Turner appointed Mr. Costello as the city’s Chief Resilience Officer. His initial task is to focus on the flooding and drainage issues facing the city, which is why he’s been labeled the “Flood Czar.”

Steve is currently an active board member of Family Houston, SER Jobs for Progress, and Marathon Kids. He also served for many years as a member of the board of the Memorial Park Conservancy.  Steve is a longtime runner and triathlete. He and his wife Debbie raised two sons in Houston and are now proud grandparents to two granddaughters.


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