Texas Water Symposium

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 together, the complexity and challenges in providing water for Texans in this century.  Each session is free and open to the public.

The Texas Water Symposium is presented through a partnership with the Hill Country Alliance, Schreiner University, Texas Tech University and Texas Public Radio.

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Environment
11:49 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Balancing Rural And Urban Water Needs

Difficult decisions lie ahead as urban areas demand more water, rural areas experience loss of spring flow, and our region faces increased challenges brought by population growth and drought. Are Central Texas’ water planning processes on track to balance the needs of its rural and urban users and protect the natural water resources that sustain our ecologic and economic health?

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HearSA
5:08 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Challenges Facing The Pedernales Basin

James Volosin Hill Country Alliance

The Pedernales River 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.

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Water
2:48 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Texas Water Symposium: Private Property Rights

Schreiner University

As we struggle to meet water resource challenges, what is the proper role that government should play regarding land development and other traditionally unregulated issues, in order to protect stream flows and the private property rights of landowners? All are potentially impacted by water marketing and increased withdrawals from aquifers. Stay tuned for the Texas Water Symposium, presented by the Hill Country Alliance, Schreiner University, and Texas Tech University, and recorded on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville.

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HearSA
9:22 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Where The Water Comes From

Removing one Cedar tree from your property can keep 40 gallons of water in the ground per day; that's 14,600 gallons per year of a resource that is becoming less and less available as much of the state continues to be in drought conditions.  This statistic was read off by Dr. Tom Arsuffi at the March 8th meeting of the Texas Water Symposium entitled Texas Springs: Making Connections between Groundwater, Surface Water, Science and Stewardship at the Llano Field Campus of Texas Tech University in Junction, Texas. 

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HearSA
3:47 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day

The final panel discussion of the 2011-2012 Texas Water Symposium series discusses the Texas State Supreme Court ruling in Edwards Aquifer Authority vs. Day. The series is a joint project of Texas Tech University, Schreiner University, the Hill Country Alliance and Texas Public Radio. 

Moderating the panel discussion is Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO of the Texas Tribune. On the panel are Russell Johnson and Tom Mason, attorneys from Austin and Greg Ellis an attorney in Houston. All three have experience in Texas water law.

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HearSA
3:34 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Texas Water Symposium: Fracking

In the third of four panel discussions of the 2011-2012 Texas Water Symposium, "Fracking and the Energy/Water Nexus" is the title of the topic being discussed.

The new oil and gas deposits found through the process of what is known as fracking has brought an economic boom to the South Texas area. The Texas Water Symposium is a joint project of Texas Tech University, Schreiner University, The Hill Country Alliance and Texas Public Radio.

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HearSA
3:22 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

Healthy Watersheds: Managing Natural Water Storage & Filtration Systems

This was the second in the series of panel discussions of the 2011-2012 Texas Water Symposium. Moderating the discussion is Tim Birdsong, Chief of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Freshwater Habitat Conservation Branch. 

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HearSA
3:15 pm
Sun October 23, 2011

Drought: What, Why & When Will It End?

The 2011-12 Texas Water Symposium series begins with a panel discussion about Texas' current drought. "Drought: What, Why and When will it end?" is the title of the panel discussion which covers a look at the impact the drought has on agriculture, wildlife, the economy and the environment.

The TWS is a joint project of Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, the Hill Country Alliance and Texas Public Radio. The event was held on the Texas Tech University campus at Junction, Texas.

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HearSA
10:00 am
Thu March 31, 2011

River Watch Programs And Activities: How Local Communities Take Care Of Their Rivers And Water

The last session of the 2010-2011 Texas Water Symposium series was held at the Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center on the campus of Schreiner University. 

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HearSA
8:40 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Complexities And challenges In Providing Water For Texans In The 21st century

The third in a series of four panel discussions of the Texas Water Symposium explores the complexities and challenges in providing water for Texans in the 21st century. The event was held at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. 

The panel includes Les Shephard, Director of the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Conventional, Alternative and Renewable Energy; Carey King, Ph.D., with the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy; and John Brocksch, Managing Partner and CEO of the Aquifer Group. Tom Arsuffi, with Texas Tech University opens the program.

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