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Get involved in state water planning process


The Texas Water Symposium will be held today, June 18, at Hill Country University Center, 2818 Highway 290 East in Fredericksburg. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program runs from 7 to 8:30 pm
The moderator will be Richard Parker, author of "Lone Star Nation." Presenters will include Kathleen Jackson, PE, from the Texas Water Development Board, Donna Klaeger, Region K representative and Ron Fieseler PG, general manager of Blanco Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District.
Population growth in the Hill Country in the next few decades will put increased pressure on limited water resources. Little is being done on a regional level to determine where the growth will occur, how springs and rivers need to be protected, and what the water needs will be and how they can be met.
"The State Water Plan is a tool for assessing water supply strategies to meet growing demands based on population growth trends and assumptions," said a press release for the symposium. "Projects that are included in the State Plan, such as pipelines, reservoirs, aquifer storage and recovery, desalination and conservation, make up the blueprint for where growth is possible.
Residents of the Hill Country have the opportunity to participate in this planning process - happening now - and have a say in the water infrastructure that will shape growth well into the future."
The symposium is a collaboration Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio, Hill Country Land Trust and Hill Country Alliance.
The session is free and open to the public. The symposium provides perspectives from landowners, policy makers, scientists, water resource experts and regional leaders.
Stay informed about future programs by subscribing at www.hillcountryalliance.org and get more information at www.schreiner.edu/water.