Upcoming: Groundwater and the Colorado River – SOLD OUT

On Monday, October 30th, the Colorado River Alliance will host our next Barstow Speaker Series installment: “Groundwater and the Colorado River.” The luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with doors opening at 11:15) at Vinson & Elkins on South MoPac. The expert panel will include Greg Meszaros, Director of Austin Water, Representative Tracy King, Meredith Miller, Senior Program Coordinator at Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, and Sarah Schlessinger, Executive Director of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts.

The discussion, moderated by Carlos Rubinstein, Principal, RSAH2O and former Chair of the Texas Water Development Board, will center around innovative research from Texas State’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment which has shed light on the interdependence of surface and groundwater in the Pedernales River Basin. The panel will talk about direct implications downstream in Lake Travis and the Texas Colorado River.

Tickets are currently sold out, click here to get on a waiting list if there are any cancellations. We will also broadcasting the luncheon live via Facebook.

Previous Barstow Speaker Series events:


Texas Water Legislative Preview with Keffer and Workman

On January 25th, 2017, State Representatives Jim Keffer and Paul Workman highlighted upcoming challenges and strategies in the future of water legislation in Texas. The Colorado River Alliance, in partnership with the Austin Board of Realtors, hosted this panel discussion based around the 85th session of the Texas legislature. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment’s Dr. Andrew Sansom led the Representatives through topics including groundwater management, desalination, state and regional water planning, water rights throughout the basin, and more.

The event was also live-streamed so folks across the entire Colorado River basin could tune in. Watch parties gathered in San Angelo, Bay City, and Bastrop to watch and interact with live questions. Weren’t able to make the event, but interested in hearing what they had to say? You can view the stream here, thanks to the Austin Board of Realtors. You can also view photos from the event here.

Thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible: Terry McDaniel & Company, Investment Counsel, Texas Gas Service, CTA Architects Engineers, and the Barstow Foundation.


Barstow Welcomes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.


On October 10th, 2016, 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.barstow1

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.


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