Flooding and Stormwater
Dr. Fouad Jaber is an associate professor and integrated water resources management extension specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension located at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas.
Dr. Jaber received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University with emphasis in Natural and Environmental Resources Engineering.
He has been conducting research and extension programs related to stormwater management, stream restoration, non-point source pollution management from the urban environment and water quality studies since 2002.
Dr. Jaber is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and an Accredited Professional of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA). Dr. Jaber’s online profile is available here.
Margaret Robinson holds over 30 years of planning, urban design and landscape architecture experience in Texas, California, and abroad. Ms. Robinson’s particular expertise is in parks master planning, green infrastructure, and complete streetscapes. As an expert and advocate of sustainable design, Ms. Robinson obtained her LEED Accredited Professional credential in 2006 and has engaged sustainable design in all aspects of her work. She and her firm have an unparalleled, gulf coast regional experience with sustainable landscape architecture that employs green infrastructure techniques including bioswales, bio-infiltration, rain gardens, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, green walls and hi-efficiency irrigation systems. Margaret’s signature projects include award winning Mandell Park, Gene Green Park and Bagby Street’s green infrastructure planting and irrigation. Margaret is a founding member of the Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum created in 2008 to advocate LID and green infrastructure in the state. Margaret speaks frequently on this topic to local, regional and national audiences. Ms. Robinson’s online profile is available here.
Katie co-leads the Urban Ecology Studio at Asakura Robinson where she works on planning and design projects specifically targeting increased resiliency from urban to rural areas, restoring ecosystem function on small-sites and across regions, conserving open space and facilitating sustainable public access, leveraging the protection of natural resources toward equity goals, and using data and research to drive the design of multi-functional green infrastructure sites and networks. Katie’s traditional training in ecology allows her to understand the ecological imperative and technical nuances in the Urban Ecology Studio’s work while her training in community planning and sustainability has armed her with the tools to understand how economic, cultural, social, and ecological goals must be balanced across scales for a resilient future. Katie’s online profile is available here.
Aarin Teague, Ph.D., P.E., is a senior engineer for the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). Teague received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological and agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University. Teague continued her education and received her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Rice University in 2011. Prior to joining SARA in 2012, Teague worked for the Gulf Ecology Div. of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development. While at SARA, Teague has managed the creation of a LID Technical design manual and is currently leading efforts to implement its second edition. She has managed projects constructing best management practices at SARA properties and is currently managing the design and construction of neighborhood BMPs and stream restoration as part of a 319 grant. In addition to providing technical support to the development of the Upper and Lower San Antonio River Watershed Implementation Plans she has lead a multi-agency team to conduct multi-hazard tournaments to educate and support planning for community risk management. Dr. Teague’s online profile is available here.
Mr. Michael F. Bloom is the Sustainability Practice Manager for R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc. a 70 person civil and engineering firm located in Houston, Texas. He designs natural drainage systems that increase operating income, reduce detention requirements, increase developable land, and provide amenity values. He recently served as an expert reviewer of the recently released ULI report Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate (April 2017).
Michael is an Envision Sustainability Professional, a Certified Floodplain Manager, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Mr. Bloom serves on the Steering Committee of the Houston Land and Water Sustainability Forum, serves as Vice-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the Water Environment Association of Texas, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bayou Preservation Association. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University. Mr. Bloom’s online profile is available here.