UTSA to host Texas Water Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 12

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(Nov. 11, 2009)--Water experts from across the state will gather at UTSA at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the Main Campus to launch the 2009-2010 Texas Water Symposium, an annual series of public discussions about water use and conservation. The forum, "Our Limited Groundwater Supply: Whose Desired Future Conditions Are We Planning For?" is free and open to the public.

Robert E. Mace, deputy executive administration of water science and conservation at the Texas Water Development Board, will moderate the symposium, which will include three panelists:

  • Mary Ellen Summerlin , board member and at-large representative, Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District, Kerr County
  • Weldon Hammond , director, UTSA Center for Water Research
  • Gregory M. Ellis , attorney and executive director, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Conservation Districts

The panelists will discuss Texas' population growth and related water supply challenges, the complexity of water issues and solutions to complex water issues. Particularly, they will address the distribution and abundance of water in Texas; groundwater and surface water supplies; urban and rural water issues; water policy; the science of water; legal, economic and ethical issues; interaction and planning among water supply agencies; and the history of the Rule of Capture in shaping Texas' water policy. The forum also will include time for questions from the audience.

The annual Texas Water Symposium is a series of free lectures and forums to inform and engage Texas citizens. It is sponsored by Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance. Each forum will be recorded and aired on Texas Public Radio the following Friday.

Future symposia in the 2009-2010 series will include "Climate Change and Impacts on Floods, Weather and Drought in Texas: What Controversy?" scheduled for Jan. 28, 2010, and "Kids, Water and Science: Perspectives from Our Future" with a panel of school children, scheduled for March 25, 2010.

For more information about the series, visit the Texas Water Symposium Web site or contact UTSA Professor Weldon Hammond at (210) 458-5471.