UTSA's Les Shephard to address Texas water demands at 2012 Water Summit

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(May 17, 2012) -- Les Shephard, director of the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, will moderate a panel May 21 at the 2012 Texas Water Summit on water demands and the sectors at highest risk. The summit, offered by the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science, will explore significant challenges associated with ensuring future water resources such as supply and demand, water science and conservation, surface and groundwater resources and developing new forms of water resources.

The panel will include Cindy Loeffler, water resources branch chief at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departmen; Kellye Rila, director of the Water Availability Division at the Texas Commission on Environmental Qualit; Todd Votteler, executive manager ofsScience, intergovernmental relations and policy at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; Karen Bondy, manager of water resources management at the Lower Colorado River Authority; and Drew Nelson, clean energy project manager for the Environmental Defense Fund.

In 2011, Texas experienced the worst year of drought in the state's recorded history, generating direct economic losses that exceeded $10 billion. The impact to the state's economy and the implications for the future are driving a greater awareness of supply, demand and efficiency -- and the challenges of sourcing new supplies to meet future water requirements. As Texas begins to outgrow its water supply infrastructure, there are significant political, economic, technological and scientific challenges that must be met to ensure we are prepared for future population growth.

To learn more, visit the 2012 Texas Water Summit website.