No one who attended the Association of Water Board Directors Summer Conference last week in Corpus Christi will forget it. We had a strategic PURPOSE for attending, which was to build on our relationships with the 100+ districts in our watershed. But with the torrential rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Bill that closed down Highway 59 and made our trip wet and harrowing we found ourselves wishing we could swim down like a porpoise! Thankfully we arrived safely, set up our booth and found some sunshine to enjoy in a beautiful Texas coastal city.
A lot of things have changed in the six years we’ve been attending this well-constructed gathering of local community leaders. The water district business continues to evolve and one of the most significant evolutions is in the view of parks and trails. Many boards now realize that an investment in parks and trails infrastructure improves values and helps the community compete in the real estate market. We are very excited to see that AWBD now has a “Parks and Trails Committee” to help educate directors on best practices when developing their own systems.
Each year we host a reception specifically for the directors in our watershed. This is an opportunity for networking, collaboration and information sharing. This year we provided a brief program on the three, regional flood mitigation basins that will start construction on Greens Bayou in 2015. Those basins are the result of many years of Coalition advocacy and bring $132 million in infrastructure improvements to our region. Thank you to all our sponsors, especially our Bald Eagle sponsor, Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley. We will have an updated page our web site soon with information on the three basin projects.
We had a lot of great conversations in our booth and gave away some very cool GBCC backpacks made from 100% recycled materials. If you attended I hope we had the chance to visit with you and thank you for your support of our mission. If we missed you and you would like an update for your board, just let us know. In the meantime, we’ll all count our blessings that we made it Corpus Christi, fulfilled our purpose and get to live, work and play in a great community.