January 25, 2017: Texas Water Legislative Preview with Keffer and Workman
On January 25, 7:30-9:00 a.m., the Colorado River Alliance will partner with the Austin Board of Realtors to host a breakfast discussion on key water issues in the 85th session of the Texas legislature, featuring Representative Paul Workman and retiring Representative Jim Keffer. Tickets are $20, and are on sale here. (Tributary League members attend for free.) This breakfast event will take place at the Austin Board of Realtors Facility, 4800 Spicewood Springs Rd. Topics will likely include changes in state regulations of waterways, transfers of water between river basins, and the management of groundwater. Also, for the first time, the Barstow Speaker Series will be live-streamed to “watch parties” up and down the Colorado River basin, helping communities across our basin stay informed about these issues. Watch parties are currently confirmed in Bastrop, Bay City, and San Angelo. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in hosting a watch party outside of Austin, please contact our Executive Director, Brent Lyles, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This breakfast is sponsored by Terry McDaniel & Co., Investment Counsel, Texas Gas Service, CTA Architects and Engineers, and ongoing Barstow Speaker Series programming is supported by the Barstow Foundation.
Previous Barstow Speaker Series events:
Barstow Welcomes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
On October 10th, the Colorado River Alliance welcomed a select group of local and statewide water leaders to a special Barstow Speaker Series event with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Time Magazine has called Kennedy a “Hero for the Planet” because of his work with Waterkeeper Alliance, and Kennedy talked to our group about the importance of community involvement in protecting waterways. At the end of the event, we also recognized Steve Box, whose organization Environmental Stewardship, based in Bastrop, has just been named the first Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate in the Texas Colorado River basin. You can find more photos from the event on our Facebook here.
Thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible: Terry McDaniel & Company Investment Council, Smith Turrieta Engineering, The Barstow Foundation, EarthDay ATX 2016, Kyndel and Laura Bennett
Austin’s Water Future
On March 1st, 2016, over 130 people joined the Colorado River Alliance for the latest Barstow Speaker Series, titled Austin’s Water Future, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Austin. Attendees participated in a discussion with Greg Meszaros, Director of Austin Water, and Phil Wilson, General Manager of LCRA, moderated by Andy Sansom, Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. Discussion topics included issues of quantity and quality, the promise and challenges of urban conservation, trends in “integrated water management,” and more. The discussion was a good balance between being accessible for a general audience and diving into some bigger issues. If anything, it was too short!
One of the strengths of the Colorado River Alliance’s leadership is bringing people together. It was amazing to see how many interests were represented in the room. Staff from the City of Austin Mayor’s office and Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape attended. We had industry in the room, like Samsung, and environmental groups like Austin Youth River Watch, the Sierra Club, the Colorado River Land Trust, and the Hill Country Conservancy. We had TCEQ, TWDB, and the philanthropic community in the room, including the Hershey Foundation, the Mitchell Foundation, and the Meadows Foundation. We had the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition, the Central Texas Water Coalition, and others representing various parts of the river basin. And of course, we had folks from LCRA, including Board members Tim Timmerman, Scott Spears, and Tom Martine, and leadership from Austin Water at the City of Austin. This program would not have been possible without the partnership of LCRA, Austin Water, and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State.
A TEXAS-sized thank you to our sponsors, particularly the Barstow Foundation and Forestar. Beal Consulting, the Office of Marc Rodriguez, Siglo Group, and Terry McDaniel & Company, Investment Counsel also sponsored the event.
Click here to see more photos from the Barstow Speaker Series: Austin’s Water Future.
The Barstow Speaker Series was created in 2007 with a generous gift from the Barstow Foundation. The series offers in-depth discussions with prominent leaders, addressing a variety of topics related to environmental stewardship and the Texas Colorado River. Attendees include regional and local officials, business leaders, environmental leaders, scientists, educators, and the general public.