Experts in watershed protection planning convened on Thursday, February 24th at Texas State University in San Marcos to discuss the growing involvement of local stakeholders in watershed protection to improve and sustain the health of Texas springs, creeks, and rivers.
“As more and more people move into our cities, pressure is mounting on the water resources that we used to take for granted.” noted Meadows Center for Water and the Environment Director Dr. Andy Sansom in opening remarks. “Who will maintain the clean waterways that have traditionally provided our towns and neighborhoods with recreational and drinking supplies, and what do they need to do that work?”
The challenge of protecting a limited resource in the face of booming population was put plainly by Mike Bira, environmental scientist for the EPA. “God just gave us so much water. We can’t make it, it’s just there. But we’re making more people.”
More than 150 were in attendance to learn about watershed protection planning and ask questions of the panelists during a follow-up question and answer session. In addition to reflecting on the challenges of planning for clean, sustainable surface waters in the face of growing threats, panelists provided advice to students and local advocates in the audience. Dianne Wassenich, director of the San Marcos River Foundation, noted that “funding is important, but personal relationships are fundamental to tapping the enthusiastic cooperation of local land owners to build consensus on how these programs protect our local waterways.”
The next Texas Water Symposium is being planned for later in the spring at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas.
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