Water for People and the Environment: Managing Texas Water Demands in the 21st Century
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The drought of 2011 highlighted the challenges facing Texas in meeting the water needs of Texans and the environmental upon which they depend. The "Water for People and the Environment" conference, a resumption of the statewide water conferences held by the Texas Living Waters Project,* will explore some of the key ways in which Texas may meet those challenges through more efficient use and more effective management of our water resources.
Keynote speaker for the conference will be Brian Richter, an international authority on river conservation and director of The Nature Conservancy's Global Freshwater Program. Richter's program promotes sustainable water management with governments, business, and local communities. He has consulted on more than 120 river projects worldwide, focusing on the challenge of sustaining healthy rivers and lakes while meeting human needs for water and energy. Richter is the co-author (with water policy expert Sandra Postel) of the book Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature. He will bring his knowledge and experience from around the world to address Texas water challenges.
Conference sessions will focus on how Texas state agencies,
regional water authorities, and communities
may enhance drought management and response, water conservation, water
reuse, and other tools to assure that our state has adequate water resources to
sustain our people and the rivers, wetlands, and coastal bays and estuaries so
critical to our economy as well as our ecology.
*The Texas Living Waters Project is a joint water policy and education project of the National Wildlife Federation and the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club in cooperation with regional partners such as the Galveston Bay Foundation and is funded by a variety of charitable organizations in Texas.