Texas Water Journal to moderate water forum April 22 in Austin

Journal is co-published with Texas Water Resources Institute

AUSTIN — The Texas Water Journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal on Texas water issues, will celebrate Earth Day with their second Texas Water Journal Forum on water conservation April 22 in Austin.

The Texas Water Journal is published in conjunction with the Texas Water Resources Institute. (Photo courtesy Texas Water Resources Institute)

The Texas Water Journal is published in cooperation with the Texas Water Resources Institute. (Photo courtesy Texas Water Resources Institute)

The journal is published jointly with the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of  Texas A&M AgriLife Research,  the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of the Texas A&M University System.

The free forum will be from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room JBG 2.218 of Jackson Geological Sciences Building at the University of Texas. The university’s Campus Environmental Center, a student organization, is coordinating the forum.

The forum will provide discussions from water conservation scientists and experts on current water conservation issues, said Dr. Todd Votteler, editor in chief of the journal and executive manager of science, intergovernmental relations and policy for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

“This second forum will focus on the current challenges to rural and urban water conservation, the role of the new State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the role of science in informing water resources policy,” said Votteler, who is moderating the panel. “We will also discuss Texas hydrology as it relates to water conservation.”

Forum panelists include Ken Kramer, volunteer water resources chair and legislative advisor for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club; Nora Mullarkey, water conservation supervisor at the Lower Colorado River Authority; Dr. Kevin Wagner, associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute; and Dr. Raymond Slade, a certified professional hydrologist.

“As associate director of the state water institute, I am pleased that this forum is being organized and to be a part of it,” Wagner said. “Water conservation is one of the most effective tools we have in the water toolbox to address the ongoing drought and the shrinking available water supplies in Texas.”

A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.

“We invite the interested public to join the panel as we explore the complexity and challenges in providing water for Texans in this century,” Votteler said.

For more information, contact Votteler at thvotteler@gmail.com. To read the journal, go to texaswaterjournal.org.

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