Annual Waterways Symposium

Nov 13, 2024  -  Nov 15, 2024 Omni La Mansión del Rio

November 13-15, 2024

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21st Annual Waterways Symposium
Board of Directors and Annual Membership Meetings


Waterways Council, Inc. and The Waterways Journal invite you to join us on The San Antonio River Walk as we facilitate conversation and fellowship around our inland waterways.


We'll hear from experts in the elections, geopolitics, and infrastructure arenas. We'll stay at La Mansión, a historic Spanish colonial and European-style Four Diamond grand hacienda in the heart of the River Walk. We'll enjoy elevated Mexican cuisine at The Alamo and experience Texas favorite's - BBQ and seafood - at exclusive Rio-front restaurants. The full agenda is listed below.



2024 Agenda



12:30 p.m.                        Waterways Symposium Registration Opens | La Mansión: Madero Foyer (5th Floor)


1:30 – 4:15 p.m.              WCI Annual Membership/Board of Directors Meeting | La Mansión: Madero Room (5th Floor)

                                           WCI Members Only                            


4:15 – 6:00 p.m.              Opening Reception | La Mansión: Four Brothers Restaurant (1st Floor)


6:00 p.m.                          Dinner | The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza

                                           Enter through the Alamo Church to tour and join us in the Alamo Gardens and Ralston Family

                                           Collections Center for dinner, dessert, cocktails, and music.



All sessions in La Mansión: Iberian Room (5th Floor) unless otherwise noted.

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.            Buffet Breakfast | La Mansión: Madero Room (5th Floor)                                            

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.          Geopolitical Importance of the U.S. Inland Waterways 

                                         Rodger Baker, Executive Director of the Stratfor Center for Applied Geopolitics at RANE


10:00 – 10:50 a.m.         USACE Update
                                          Edward Belk, Director of Civil Works, US Army Corps of Engineers


10:50 – 11:05 a.m.         National Rivers Hall of Fame National Achievement Award 

                                          Presentation to the 2024 Award Recipient, To Be Announced


11:05 – 11:30 a.m.        Networking Break | La Mansión: El Cabildo Room (Split Level 4th Floor)


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch and Keynote Speaker | La Mansión: Madero Room                                                 
                                          Nathan Gonzales, Editor and Publisher, Inside Elections


1:00 – 1:45 p.m.             General Session

                                          Details forthcoming


1:45 – 2:15 p.m.             Networking Break + Sweet Treat | La Mansión: El Cabildo Room


2:15 – 3:00 p.m.             Economic Outlook: Global Supply Chain for Commodities Moving on the Inland Waterways 
                                          Ken Eriksen, Managing Member and Strategic Advisor, Polaris Analytics and Consulting


3:00 p.m.                         Closing Remarks and Adjourn
                                          Tracy Zea, President and CEO, Waterways Council, Inc.


4:00 – 6:00 p.m.             Closing Reception | Ostra Restaurant, Mokara Hotel, 212 W Crockett Street

                                          Join us across the river from La Mansion, using Selena’s Arch Bridge, for cocktails at this

                                          seafood destination and riverfront patio.


Evening                           Dinner | On Your Own



7:30 – 9:00 a.m.              Buffet Breakfast | La Mansión: Madero Room                                           


9:00 a.m.                          Adjourn


Omni La Mansión del Rio

Waterways Symposium Group Rate - from $249/night
112 College Street, San Antonio, Texas


Situated in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio, Omni La Mansión del Rio features luxury accommodations tucked alongside the beautiful, famous River Walk. 


Please utilize this link for reservations to access our group rate. Reservations can also be made via a call to 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) and referencing our group. Room block closes Wednesday, October 23.





San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
9800 Airport Blvd.
About a 16-minute drive to the hotel.


Taxi Service from Airport: approximately $23 one way 







Registration & Sponsorship


Registration is $650 or $325 for government employees.


Support the Waterways Symposium by considering a sponsorship of the event. Our combined commitment to the inland waterways and your generosity provides a path for continued success for the future! 


Platinum* | $5,000

Gold | $3,500

Silver | $2,000


Thank you to our sponsors for championing this experience for our industry and WCI's priorities.
*Platinum sponsorship includes one registration.


Please reach out to Amber McClay, or 202/765-2166 for registration and accommodations support.





San Antonio Things To Do


Discover the rich history and entertainment San Antonio has to offer. La Mansión Concierge suggestions.
Explore the San Antonio Missions.

Our *Must-Do* suggestion: visit Historic Market Square just 0.5 mile from La Mansión.


Restaurant Suggestions


Great for early-arrival or late-d eparture lunch on the River Walk: 

From La Mansión headed East

Rita's's on the River (Mexican) | 245 E Commerce Street | 1 min walk

The County Line (BBQ) | 111 W Crockett Street | 3 min walk

Mad Dogs British Pub | 123 Losoya Street | 6 min walk

Saltgrass Steak House | 502 River Walk | 9 min walk


*Must-Do* In Historic Market Square

Mi Tierra Café Y Panaderia (Classic Mexican & Bakery) | 218 Produce Row | 15 min street walk


Great for business dinner on the River Walk:

From La Mansión headed East

Paesanos Riverwalk (Italian) | 111 W Crockett Street | 4 min walk

Landry's Seafood House | 517 N Presa Street | 5 min walk

Brenner's on the River Walk (Steakhouse) | 215 Losoya Street | 8 min walk

Boudro's (Steak and Seafood) | 421 W Commerce | 10 min walk


From La Mansión headed West 

Domingo (Mexican-Inspired) | 123 N. St. Mary's Street | 2 min walk

Dorrego's (Argentinian) | 150 E Houston Street | 5 min walk


Further Down the San Antonio River

Supper | 136 E Grayson Street  | 10 min drive, inside Hotel Emma


Interested in Sponsorship?





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