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2014-11-13

Symposium - balancing rural & urban water needs

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The final Texas Water Symposium of 2014 will feature a conversation between Hill Country water planners about striking a balance between the needs of rural and urban water users.
The symposium will take place from 7 pm to 8:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 20 at Schreiner University, CACC River Room 2100, San Antonio Highway, in Kerrville. The Texas Water Symposium is free and open to the public.
The moderator will be Andrew Murr, former Kimble County Judge and newly elected State District 53 Representative. Panelists will include Suzanne B. Scott, general manager of the San Antonio River Authority, and chairman of the Guadalupe-San Antonio Bay and Basin Stakeholder Committee; John Ashworth, PG, hydro-geologist at LBG-Guyton, and Plateau Regional Water Planning Group (Region J) professional consultant; and Tommy Mathews, PG, REM, president Westward Environmental, Inc., Guadalupe Blanco River Authority director from Kendall County and board vice chairman, former Cow Creek GCD representative and board president from 2000-2014.
The panelists will discuss their experiences with the various local and regional water-planning processes. They will explore what's working, what needs to improve, and how individuals can participate and make their voices heard.
The Texas Hill Country is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Municipalities across the Hill Country are searching for new water sources to meet the demands of population growth. Springs and seeps that feed the region's flowing rivers are drying up due to over production of aquifers. Lake levels are declining statewide as the drought persists.
Difficult decisions lie ahead as urban areas demand more water, rural areas experience loss of spring flow and this region faces increased challenges brought by population growth and drought.
The Texas Water Symposium series is free and open to the public, and are recorded and aired on Texas Public Radio one week later. The symposium is a partnership project of Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance.
For more information about the Texas Water Symposium Series, visit www.schreiner.edu/water. Recordings of previous Texas Water Symposiums can be accessed at www.tpr.org/people/texas-water-symposium.
To stay informed about future programs, subscribe at www.hillcountryalliance.org.