Thank You for supporting TEN YEARS of Texas’s longest running water oriented lecture series, and the only  Radio Programming dedicated to discussions on water resources!!

Water, essential for life, is our most precious and valuable natural resource. But water supply is limited and under increasing pressure from a growing population. How will we protect this resource and plan for a sustainable future? There is a great need for a water-literate public; decisions being made today have far reaching and long lasting effects for our children and future generations.

For ten years, the Texas Water Symposium Series has provided perspectives from policy makers, scientists, water resource experts and regional leaders. Join us as we continue our exploration of the complex issues and challenges of providing water for Texans in this century. Each session is free and open to the public. Each hour-long program begins at 7:00 pm, followed by discussion time with Q&A. The events are recorded and aired on Texas Public Radio one week later.

Texas Water Symposium Series is a partnership program of Texas Tech University, Schreiner University, Texas Public Radio, and the Hill Country Alliance.

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Upcoming Spring 2018 Symposia:



Thursday in late May, 2018 in Fredericksburg ~

What is “One Water” and can it meet the future water needs of a growing Hill Country?

Doors open at 6:30
Program 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hill Country University Center – Fredericksburg
2818 US-290 Fredericksburg, Tx. 78624
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Thursday May 10, 2018 in Junction~

Ecosystem Services and the Money Nature Saves Us

Doors open at 6:30
Program 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Texas Tech Field Station – Junction
254 Red Raider Ln.  Junction, Tx. 76849


Previous Symposia from the 2017 – 2018 season

Thursday December 7, 2017 in Boerne ~

Rainwater Harvesting: Innovative Uses and Water Security

Introduction and Comments: Rep. Kyle Biedermann, State Representative District 73

Moderator: Texas Public Radio’s “Organic” Bob Webster

Rep. Jason Isaac, State Representative District 21
John Kight, Kendall County rainwater advocate
Ana Gonzalez PhD., Environmental Scientist, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
Troy Dorman PhD. P.E., Water Engineer, Tetra Tech Engineering

Doors open at 6:30
Program 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Historic Kendall County Courthouse – Upstairs Courtroom
201 E San Antonio Ave, Boerne, TX 78006 (Map)
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Declining aquifer levels and the rapidly rising cost of water supply and management has prompted suppliers, builders, and homeowners across the region to turn to alternative sources of water. As we look to a long-term future of increasing population growth and demand on groundwater resources, how can individuals, businesses, and cities create sustainable water supply in innovative ways? How can we incentivize water independence and conservation?

Increasingly, these stakeholders are turning to rainwater as a viable source of water for landscape irrigation, in-home and commercial uses. Cities are now utilizing rainwater harvesting as an innovative stormwater management strategy. Texas, and the Hill Country, is known as a region of rainwater harvesting innovation nationwide.

Sponsored by Harvest Rain Rainwater Collection Systems

Thanks to all who braved the remarkable winter snowstorm and attended this Boerne event !


Climate Is Water!

Thursday November 9, 2017 in Kerrville ~

Climate and Water in Central Texas: Planning for a Changing Resource

Moderator: Weir LaBatt, Former Director of the Texas Water Development Board

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist and Regents Professor at Texas A&M
John Zeitler, Science & Operations Officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Suzanne Scott, GM, San Antonio River Authority; Chairperson, Region L Water Planning Group and Guadalupe-San Antonio Basin and Bay Stakeholder Committee
Bill Neiman, Founder, Native American Seed Farm, Junction

Our rapidly expanding population coupled with more extreme flooding events and drought cycles is creating short-term management challenges and long-term planning uncertainty. We rely on prevailing climate patterns to plan for development, agriculture, and ranching, but those patterns are changing.

At Native American Seed near Junction, farm manager Bill Neiman notes that On the Llano River, we are experiencing less regularity in the timing of our seasons, the rains, and traditional temperatures.  Investment in successful crops has always been risky, and our changing climate has made it even riskier.”

In order to maintain economic stability, communities across the state need to be able to use and interpret the climate modeling tools we have to predict future weather patterns that inform our management and planning processes.

Join Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio, Schreiner University and the Hill Country Alliance as we gather diverse perspectives on the challenges of invasive species in Texas – and the future of Texas water resources.

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The Texas Water Symposium is free and open to the public.

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