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Bandera Water Series shares valuable info on water issues

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

A full house attended the Bandera Water Series seminar Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, at Mansfield Park.

This first meeting in a planned series was co-sponsored by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and their Texas Watershed Steward and Texas Well Owner Network programs, joined by the Bandera Country Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas (RLAT), the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, and the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District (BCRAGD).
Sessions covered such topics as Texas water law, local water resources, local hydrogeology, surface water quality and groundwater quality. In addition, there were numerous demonstrations and exhibits.
Attendees included representatives from Bandera City government, and County Commissioners Court, along with visitors from adjoining counties.
Fidel Ramirez, president of RLAT, said he felt the event was very successful, with a good "cross section of people from the county present. We got many positive comments, both from the guests as well as from our speakers."
Vendors and groups providing additional information at booths included Aquatech Drilling, Hill Country Alliance, BCRAGD, the Extension Service and RLAT.
"We are already planning a second seminar, probably sometime this summer," said Ramirez. "The emphasis on that session may be on water catchment systems since we have gotten a lot of requests for more information on that."
General Manager of BCRAGD Dave Mauk joined Ramirez in celebrating the success of the seminar. "It was a great job of everybody cooperating to education the public about important water issues," Mauk said.
The river authority handed out 42 vouchers for a free water quality test to local residents during the two-day seminar.