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Texas Water Symposium

The Texas Water Symposium is a partnership program of Texas Tech University, Schreiner University, San Antonio Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance. Symposiums are typically held 3-4 times per year, and feature discussion of some of the most pressing issues facing Texas water resources. A summary of previous symposium topics and speakers can be found here.


--Most Recent Texas Water Symposium--

The Pedernales: Challenges and Opportunities Facing an Iconic Hill Country River Basin - March 20, 2014


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The first Texas Water Symposium of 2014 will feature a conversation between Hill Country landowners and water experts about the Pedernales River. The symposium, which will take place from 7 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, March 20, at the Hill Country University Center, 2818 Highway 290 East, Fredericksburg, is free and open to the public.

Moderator:

Dr. Andrew Sansom, Director, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

Panelists:

Tim Birdsong, Ecosystem/Habitat Assessment Chief, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Mark Steinbach, Executive Director, Texas Land Conservancy

Clinton Bailey, Director, Public Works and Utilities, City of Fredericksburg

Pam Mabry Bergman, Landowner and Hill Country Land Trust Board Member, Pedernales Basin

Howard Hicks, Landowner and Vice President for Public Affairs, Holt Cat

They will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities facing this iconic resource, which reflects the diverse landscapes of the Hill Country, and the work that is being done to protect it. How can we understand the economic, social and ecological value of such a diverse river? How does the health of the river reflect land management decisions made in the far corners of its basin? What are the major threats to the quality and quantity of the river’s water?

As Central Texas grapples with population growth, land fragmentation and changing land uses, understanding the impact of land and water management on the health of our rivers and their associated catchment areas is essential.

The Pedernales runs 106 miles through the Hill Country before eventually joining the Colorado River at Lake Travis. Its catchment area—the land that drains into the river—touches 8 counties and covers more than 800,000 acres.

The basin provides habitat for numerous fish and wildlife; supports agricultural, ranching and hunting pursuits; and contributes 23% of the flow into Lake Travis, providing a critical source of drinking water for downstream users such as the City of Austin. The basin also provides invaluable recharge to the Trinity Aquifer, supporting thousands of wells throughout the region.

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