Conservation Matters April 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Texas Water Journal hosting forum April 22 in Austin

Texas Water Journal hosting forum April 22 in Austin

The Texas Water Journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal on Texas water issues, will celebrate Earth Day with their second Texas Water Journal Forum on water conservation April 22 in Austin. The journal is published jointly with the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).

The free forum will be from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room JBG 2.218 of Jackson Geological Sciences Building at the University of Texas. The university’s Campus Environmental Center, a student organization, is coordinating the forum and the university’s Environmental Science Institute is helping sponsor the event.

The forum will provide discussions from water conservation scientists and experts on current water conservation issues, said Dr. Todd Votteler, editor in chief of the journal and executive manager of science, intergovernmental relations and policy for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

“This second forum will focus on the current challenges to rural and urban water conservation, the role of the new State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the role of science in informing water resources policy,” said Votteler, who is moderating the panel. “We will also discuss Texas hydrology as it relates to water conservation.”

Forum panelists include Ken Kramer, volunteer water resources chair and legislative advisor for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club; Nora Mullarkey, water contracts and conservation manager at the Lower Colorado River Authority; Dr. Kevin Wagner, TWRI associate director; and Raymond Slade, a certified professional hydrologist.

“The topic of water conservation is a very important one for our State and its future,” Wagner said. “Water conservation is one of the most effective tools we have in the water toolbox to address the ongoing drought and the shrinking available water supplies in Texas.”

A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.

“We invite the interested public to join the panel as we explore the complexity and challenges in providing water for Texans in this century,” Votteler said.

For more information, contact Votteler at thvotteler@gmail.com. To read the journal, go to texaswaterjournal.org.

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