It is my sincere pleasure to invite you to the Texas Water Development Board’s Water for Texas 2019 conference, “The Story of Texas Water,” which will be held January 23–25 in Austin.
The story of Texas water is the story of Texas. Water has always defined our state, and it will continue to shape our future. It’s a story that affects all of us. At the Water for Texas 2019 conference, our speakers, panels, and exhibits will examine the state’s water narrative—past, present, and future.
We have confirmed a terrific lineup of knowledgeable and interesting people to share their perspectives as keynote speakers, moderators, and panelists during general sessions and breakouts. They will share their expertise, experiences, and insights gained through their involvement in water at the local and state levels and through industry and beyond. This diverse mix will help tell the story of Texas water through three conference tracks:
• Drought and Flood: Ensuring a More Resilient Texas
• Water Supply: Planning Now for Tomorrow
• Water Communications: Telling Our Story
Panels will encourage open dialogue on important topics shaping Texas water. For example, “The Water Supply and Flood Mitigation Nexus: Can It Work?” panel will discuss the feasibility of strategies such as reservoir modification, stormwater capture, and aquifer storage and recovery, as well as the future of flood mitigation and water supply working together. Panelists in the “Salty Solutions to Our Water Supply Needs” session will examine success stories and technological advances that are helping rewrite the future of desalination. And I look forward to moderating a session titled, “Standing Tall in Our Rain Boots: Building a Resilient Texas,” during which representatives of communities affected by Hurricane Harvey will discuss lessons learned from the event, the path forward, and strategies for thriving in a flood-prone landscape.
In addition to the sessions, Water for Texas 2019 will include networking opportunities and exhibits. The agenda, session descriptions, speaker bios, and location details are posted on the conference website, http://WaterforTexas.twdb.texas. gov. Online registration is open through January 15.
I hope you’ll join me and attendees from around the state at Water for Texas 2019 as we embark on writing the future of Texas water!
Kathleen Jackson has served as a Board member for the Texas Water Development Board since March 2014. She is a registered professional engineer with a diverse background representing agricultural, environmental, industrial, and wholesale-supply interests. A native of Beaumont, Jackson has three children, sixth-generation Texans who all reside and work in Texas, and three grandchildren.
The Texas Water Development Board’s mission is to provide leadership, information, education, and support for planning, financial assistance, and outreach for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas.