Conservation Matters December 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Watch video recap of the Texas Water Journal Forum for free

Watch video recap of the Texas Water Journal Forum for free

The Texas Water Journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal about Texas water issues, recently held its inaugural Texas Water Journal Forum, “Water, Politics and Drought,” Nov. 21 in Austin. Fifty people attended with another 20 watching the live stream of the forum.

The free forum provided perspectives from policymakers, scientists, water resource experts and regional leaders on current water issues, according to Dr. Todd Votteler, editor-in-chief of the journal.

“Much of the discussion among the panel revolved around House Bill 4 and the Proposition 6 vote that funded the SWIFT (State Water Implementation Fund for Texas),” Votteler said. ”In particular there was much discussion about how the SWIFT money will be spent.”

Forum panelists were Brad Castleberry, a principal in the law firm of Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.; Ken Kramer, volunteer water resources chair and legislative advisor for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club; Dean Robbins, assistant general manager of the Texas Water Conservation Association; and Stacey Steinbach, executive director of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts.

A video of the forum is available for viewing on YouTube.

Votteler said the forum was the first of many the journal hopes to present at different universities that highlight priority and emerging water issues in Texas. The University of Texas at Austin’s   Environmental Sciences Institute hosted this forum and the spring forum is tentatively planned in San Antonio.

The Texas Water Journal is published jointly by the Texas Water Journal, a nonprofit organization; and Texas Water Resources Institute. To read the journal, visit

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