Water Forum III



Date: October 10, 2012

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Pearl Stable San Antonio, TX  

WATER FORUM III - Our Water: Our Future!
October 10, 2012 at the Historic Pearl Stable


The San Antonio Clean Tech Forum and the Mission Verde Alliance present a critical and all encompassing luncheon program - Water Forum III – Our Water: Our Future at the historic Pearl Stable, San Antonio, Texas.

San Antonio's Mayor Julián Castro will give the opening and closing remarks.

Our distinguished panelists include:

Robert Rivard,       Forum Moderator and Director of the Rivard Report
Calvin Finch,         Director, Texas A&M Water Conservation & Technology
Lyle Larson,          Texas State Representative
Robert R. Puente, President & CEO, San Antonio Water System
Andrew Sansom,  Executive Director, River Systems Institute
Suzanne Scott,    General Manager, San Antonio River Authority
Todd Staples,      Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Reed Williams,    San Antonio City Council, District 8

This very important Forum will address a number of water related issues facing our region and State. The primary focus will be the challenges the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and the City of San Antonio face in meeting our growing city's future water needs and locating and purchasing non-Edwards sources of water. However, the water issues facing San Antonio are not unique to this region and are issues facing communities across the State of Texas. The event is intended to serve as a platform to learn how one community works to confront its water challenges and in so doing other communities statewide can see one successful model at work.

Many experts believe conservation measures will not be sufficient for San Antonio to meet its 2020 goal and that water from the Edwards Aquifer must be supplemented by new sources. This is certain to lead to rate increases and new infrastructure costs to bring that water to San Antonio and distribute it. SAWS also faces major capital needs to replace aging sewage and water lines in its service area and over the aquifer recharge zone, essential steps in protecting water quality.

The Panelists will also touch on a number of other significant water-related issues:

Will the Texas Legislature address the pressing need for a comprehensive state water plan?
The recent Texas court decision on ownership of groundwater (EAA vs. Day).
How Ground Water Districts in Texas restrict water development.
The economics of unregulated water use in Texas agriculture.
How far is the public willing to go with water conservation?
Water quality – the relationship between runoff water pollution and the health and welfare of downstream bays and estuaries.

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
10:00am Registration and Exhibits Open
11:30am Mayor Castro's Opening Remarks
1:30pm Adjourn
2:00pm Exhibits Close
Location: Pearl Stable at the Historic Pearl Brewery, 307 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78215

The program will be recorded for PBS Primetime broadcast across Texas by KLRN.
Note - This will be a sellout forum.  Individual tickets will only be sold on the web site.  Pre-registration and payment are a must to attend.