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Texas Water Symposium

Water, essential for life, is our most precious and valuable natural resource, but water supply is limited and under increasing pressure from a growing population.  How will we protect this resource and plan for a sustainable future?  There is a great need for a water-literate public; decisions being made today have far reaching and long lasting effects for our children and future generations.

The Texas Water Symposium series provides perspectives from policy makers, scientists, water resource experts and regional leaders.  Join us as we explore together, the complexity and challenges in providing water for Texans in this century.  Each session is free and open to the public.

The Texas Water Symposium is presented through a partnership with the Hill Country Alliance, Schreiner University, Texas Tech University and Texas Public Radio.

In the third of four panel discussions of the 2011-2012 Texas Water Symposium, "Fracking and the Energy/Water Nexus" is the title of the topic being discussed.

The new oil and gas deposits found through the process of what is known as fracking has brought an economic boom to the South Texas area. The Texas Water Symposium is a joint project of Texas Tech University, Schreiner University, The Hill Country Alliance and Texas Public Radio.

This was the second in the series of panel discussions of the 2011-2012 Texas Water Symposium. Moderating the discussion is Tim Birdsong, Chief of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Freshwater Habitat Conservation Branch. 

The 2011-12 Texas Water Symposium series begins with a panel discussion about Texas' current drought. "Drought: What, Why and When will it end?" is the title of the panel discussion which covers a look at the impact the drought has on agriculture, wildlife, the economy and the environment.

The TWS is a joint project of Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, the Hill Country Alliance and Texas Public Radio. The event was held on the Texas Tech University campus at Junction, Texas.

The last session of the 2010-2011 Texas Water Symposium series was held at the Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center on the campus of Schreiner University. 

The third in a series of four panel discussions of the Texas Water Symposium explores the complexities and challenges in providing water for Texans in the 21st century. The event was held at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. 

The panel includes Les Shephard, Director of the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Conventional, Alternative and Renewable Energy; Carey King, Ph.D., with the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy; and John Brocksch, Managing Partner and CEO of the Aquifer Group. Tom Arsuffi, with Texas Tech University opens the program.

The second panel discussion of the 2010-2011 Texas Water Symposium series was held at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. The moderator is Andrew Sansom who serves as the executive director of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University. 

The Texas Legislature will be convening in 2011 and some of the most important issues they'll be discussing will involve water right issues. The first panel discussion of the 2010-2011 Texas Water Symposium series focused on "Legislative Action Affecting Texas Water Resources" and was held in the Texas Capital auditorium in Austin, Texas. 

Christy Muse, Director of the Hill Country Alliance makes some opening remarks and introduces the panel moderator, Texas Representative Harvey Hildebran of the 53rd District. 

On the panel are:

The last of the 2009-2010 Texas Water Symposium series took place at Schriener University. Speakers included Cindy Loeffler, water resources branch chief for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Linda Ruiz McCall, an education and outreach specialist in water science and conservation at the Texas Water Development Board; and Irene Pickhardt, assistant director of Science for the Texas Education Agency.

This session, moderated by Tom Arsuffi, took place at Texas Tech University in Junction, Texas. On the panel are Robert E. Mace of the Texas Water Development Board, Todd Votteler of the Guadalupe River Authority and Katherine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University.

The first panel discussion in the 2009-2010 series was held at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Moderating the panel is Robert E. Mace, Ph.D., of the Texas Water Development Board.

The panelists include:

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