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Event: 2016 Hill Country Water Summit

The daylong summit, scheduled for Dec. 8 in New Braunfels, aims to promote awareness of the precious water resources of the Texas Hill Country.

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What: Presented by the Guadalupe Basin Coalition and the U.S. Geological Survey, the daylong summit aims to promote awareness of the precious water resources of the Texas Hill Country. Discussion will include strategies for short- and long-term challenges.

The main themes of the 2016 Hill Country Water Summit are:

A) Current Water Conditions and Outlook for 2017

B) 2015 Central Texas Floods: How Bad Were the Floods and What Have We Done to Prepare for the Next Flood

C) The Latest on Water in the Hill Country & Texas

D) What Water Issues are Likely to Dominate the Federal Government and State Government in 2017

Who: Bech Bruun, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board; Robert Mace, deputy executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board; John Nielsen-Gammon, State Climatologist, Texas A&M University; Robert Puente, CEO of the San Antonio Water System; Kevin Patteson, general manager/CEO of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; Richard Hyde, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Col. Calvin Hudson II, district commander, Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Karen Guz, director of conservation, San Antonio Water System; Jim Blackburn, attorney for The Aransas Project; James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin; Sarah Schlessinger, executive director, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts; Tom Jensen, partner, Holland and Hart; Elizabeth Savage, regional program management lead, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Doug Schnoebelen, chief, U.S. Geological Survey; Gregory Waller, service coordination hydrologist, National Weather Service, West Gulf River Forecast Center; and Todd Votteler, executive manager of Science, Intergovernmental Relations and Policy, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

When: Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m. 

Registration closes Dec. 5. For more information on how to register, go to

Where: New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels

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