Join the World Ocean Council and Kelley Drye for an upcoming conference on risk and sustainable development for ocean and waterway industries.

This conference will be held on March 8, 2019 at The Houstonian in Houston, Texas.

This half-day program will present a series of panels featuring law and policy experts from port authorities and maritime industries, private sector ocean users, governments, NGOs, and academia. Panels will discuss the most pertinent federal and state legal, regulatory and political developments impacting our ocean, waterways, and their uses.

Keynote Speakers Announced:

Jim Blackburn - Baker Institute Faculty Scholar, Professor in the Practice of Environmental Engineering, and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED), Rice University

Dr. Philip Bedient - Herman Brown Professor of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the SSPEED Center, Rice University

Local leaders from Rice University and the Baker Institute will discuss coastal risk reduction strategies, flooding, resiliency, and redevelopment issues, including an update on the Mid-Bay Gate & Entry into the Houston Ship Channel and other public efforts and potential investments in Galveston Bay and along the Gulf Coast, to provide for future storm surge mitigation and protection.

Panel topics include:

  • Water and Environmental Issues
  • Waterways and Navigation
  • Extreme Weather Events: Adapting Port and Coastal Infrastructure
  • Intersecting Marine Uses: Finding Synergies, Reducing Conflicts


There is no cost to register for this event. Click here to register.

Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch will be served, and you are invited to join us for a cocktail reception immediately following the program.

CLE credit is available for this program.