The goal of the conference was to explore the role of water management policy in preserving the viability of Texas rural communities and the state’s natural heritage. These issues have taken on particular urgency as the regional water planning groups and the state begin to explore how to meet growing urban demands for water. The conference was one means of exploring how urban water needs can be met without undermining the future of rural Texas and without damaging our natural heritage.
The conference agenda included three paneled discussions involving distinguished speakers from diverse backgrounds. The panel topics included water and rural life, water for fish and wildlife, and water marketing and groundwater management.