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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.

The Texas Water Symposium Series provides perspectives from policy makers, scientists, water resource experts and regional leaders. Join us as we explore the complex issues and challenges in 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, San Antonio Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance.

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Upcoming Events:

Thursday February 23rd, 2017  – Watershed Protection Programs: Healthy Waterways at a Community Scale

Texas State University Student Center: LBJ Teaching Theater in San Marcos
Doors open at 6:30
Program 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Parking in the LBJ parking garage for a nominal fee – Directions

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Moderator: Dr. Andrew Sansom Executive Director and Professor of Practice, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Mike Bira – Texas Nonpoint Source Program Manager, US-EPA Region 6
Chris Herrington Water Resource Evaluation Section Manager, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
Brian Koch 
 Regional Watershed Coordinator, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
Meredith Miller 
 Watershed Services Program Coordinator, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Kerry Niemann
– Section Manager, Water Quality Planning Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Dianne Wassenich 
– Program Director, San Marcos River Foundation

With the population of central Texas expected to double in the next twenty years and many Hill Country communities already growing at incredible rates, tremendous pressure is put on the natural resources that we take for granted. Local communities across the region and the state are taking action to protect the local creeks, springs and rivers that we rely on for drinking water, recreation, wildlife habitat, and economic stability.

Join The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University Department of Geography, Texas Public Radio, and the Hill Country Alliance as we gather diverse perspectives on the challenges and benefits of Watershed Protection Programs in Texas and abroad — and the future of Texas water resources.

Spring, 2017 (TBA): The Insidious and Stealthy Water Thieves of Texas:Invasive Species Impacts On Resources, Economics, and Ecosystems

Past Water Symposia

Listen to past Texas Water Symposium programs from Texas Public Radio

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