Barstow Speaker Series

Of Eels & Oysters: The Amazing Ecosystems of the Colorado River and Matagorda Bay

On Monday, March 5, please join the Colorado River Alliance as we dive into the ecosystems that make our Texas Colorado River unique. This luncheon discussion will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Austin Board of Realtors offices (map) and streamed live here. Speakers include Dr. Dean Hendrickson, Curator of the University of Texas Fish Collections, and Director of the Fishes of Texas Project, along with Leslie Hartman, Matagorda Bay Ecosystem Leader from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Discussions will touch on imperiled fish species, the life cycle of eels, changing ecology of the river, and how flows from the Colorado River support coastal creatures.

A big THANK YOU goes out to our partner for this event, the Austin Board of Realtors, along with program sponsors Dan & Paula Herd, The Barstow Foundation, Terry McDaniel & Company, and Jim & Katie Kaighin. The event is also supported by the Shield Ranch Foundation and HDR.

The Barstow Speaker Series

For eleven years, the Colorado River Alliance’s Barstow Speaker Series has hosted energetic and important conversations about water issues and the future of the Texas Colorado River. In a Barstow event, a recognized speaker or group of panelists shares information about a current issue, followed by a candid question-and-answer session with guests. Guests typically include water leaders, policymakers, academics, and representatives of the business, conservation, and philanthropic communities.

Recent Barstow Speaker Series events:

Groundwater and the Colorado River
October 2017’s Barstow Speaker Series, “Groundwater and the Colorado River,” was one for the books. Carlos Rubinstein, Principal, RSAH2O and former Chair of the Texas Water Development Board, led a panel of experts on discussions centered around innovative research from Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. The panelists were Greg Meszaros, Director of Austin Water, Representative Tracy King, Meredith Miller, Director of Sinkin Eco Centro, and Sarah Schlessinger, Executive Director of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts.

If you weren’t able to catch the discussion, you can find the Facebook Live video on our Facebook page here. (Note that you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch the video.)

Thanks to our sponsors, Dan and Paula Herd, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP, the Shield Ranch Foundation and their El Ranchito program, Terry McDaniel & Company Investment Counsel, Vinson and Elkins LLP, Winstead PC, and the Barstow Foundation.

Texas Water Legislative Preview
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 people 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.

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

Weren’t able to make the event, but interested in hearing what they had to say? You can view the archived video below, thanks to the Austin Board of Realtors. You can also view photos from the event here.