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UTSA to host Texas Water Symposium Nov. 13

(Nov. 10, 2008)--UTSA will host the Texas Water Symposium at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the 1604 Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Scheduled panelists include Robert Puente, president and CEO of the San Antonio Water System, and Doug Miller, chairman of the board of the Edwards Aquifer Authority. Robert Potts, general manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, will moderate.

Puente and Miller will address issues associated with the Edwards Aquifer, its productivity and conservation in relation to population growth in the region and policy and efforts to acquire alternate sources of water.

Puente recently retired after 17 years in the Texas House of Representatives, where he served on the House Natural Resources Committee. He sponsored the landmark Senate Bill 3, which deals with statewide water management and pumping permits for the Edwards Aquifer. He also was involved in the 1993 legislation that created the Edwards Aquifer.

Miller served as water liaison for the City of New Braunfels and Comal County for eight years, as well as on water study committees for the management plan for Edwards Aquifer. The Texas Water Development Board appointed him to serve as a small business representative on the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group. He is a former mayor of New Braunfels and served on the city council.

Free parking will be available and refreshments will be provided by UTSA.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance. All of the water forums are taped and aired on Texas Public Radio.

For more information about the series, visit the Schreiner University Web site or contact Bob Hickerson or Tom Arsuffi (Texas Tech University) at (325) 446-2301 or Mike Looney (Schreiner University) at (830) 792-7371.

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