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The Texas Living Waters Project is a collaboration of conservation groups working together to ensure fresh water will always reach its natural destinations. For our wildlife, our economy and our kids.

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Michael Choate
Director of Texas Water Programs, National Wildlife Federation

Michael has spent the majority of his career working in energy and environmental regulatory law and policy. After leaving private practice as an attorney, Michael shifted his focus to environmental policy, looking at the water/energy nexus. Always looking to do more for the environment, Michael shifted his primary focus to protecting Texas rivers and their environmental flows when he joined NWF as Director of Texas Water Programs. While Michael is not working to craft sound policy for Texas, he is outdoors with his wife and two daughters trying to soak up as much of the majesty that is the Texas landscape

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Jennifer Walker
Deputy Director of Texas Water Programs, National Wildlife Federation

Jennifer has 17 years experience focusing on water policy/resources issues in Texas with an emphasis on water planning, water conservation and bay and estuary protection issues. Jennifer strives to work collaboratively and approach resource management challenges with a solution-oriented perspective. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Colorado River Alliance and serves as the Vice-Chair of Austin's Water Forward Task Force.  Jennifer has a BS in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.  Jennifer and her family like to camp near rivers where they can listen to the frogs sing at night.

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Myron Hess
Principal, Law Office of Myron Hess PLLC; Tributary Consulting

When not working on legal and policy issues related to water quantity and quality, Myron likes to head outdoors in search of a bird, whale, crayfish, praying mantis, or just a cool plant. He also enjoys exploring Texas streams and springs, listening to singer-songwriters, traveling, and learning about new developments in science. Myron traces his love of the outdoors to his childhood days on a farm in north Texas. His fascination with nature led him to major in wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University and his time as a teacher and school administrator with responsibility for middle-school boarding students redirected him to law school at the University of Texas.

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Ken Kramer
(Volunteer) Water Resources Chair, Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter

Ken provides an historical perspective on water issues in Texas with over 40 years of experience as a volunteer or professional working to protect and conserve the water resources and environment of the state. He is actively involved in regional and state water planning, environmental flows protection efforts, and the advancement of water conservation, among other water initiatives. Ken serves as the environmental representative on the state's Water Conservation Advisory Council and numerous other water advisory groups. In his spare time Ken has backpacked in most of the states in the western United States and now spends much of his time managing his rural property in Austin County, which has been in his family for almost 100 years.

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Danielle Goshen
Water Policy & Outreach Specialist, Galveston Bay Foundation

Danielle became a member of the Texas Living Waters Project in August 2019. Her interest in environmentalism and curiosity on how natural systems function inspired her to attend the University of Toronto for her undergraduate degrees in environmental geography and environmental studies. Later, she continued her studies at the University of Georgia School of Law. During her time at Georgia Law, Danielle interned at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 office and served as a Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellow working on coastal resiliency projects. Danielle enjoys playing competitive sports with friends and going on outdoor adventures with her dog, Bozeman.

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Teal Harrison
Outreach Manager, National Wildlife Federation

Teal contributes to Texas Living Waters outreach efforts helping Texans tackle floods, droughts, and ensure freshwater for every living thing. She is passionate about connecting people with nature and using community outreach, experiential education and media to motivate action. In the recent past, Teal has designed and implemented place-based outdoor education programming in New Orleans, LA, has researched effective practices to motivate water quality stewardship among U.S. farmers in 11 states, and has produced a virtual case study highlighting the socio-ecological implications of dams and their removal in Northern Michigan. Trained in both social and natural sciences, Teal holds a B.A. in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University and a M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan.

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