Texas Water Journal Forum

Held on Januery 20, 2015 on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, the day-long forum focused on the early years of the almost 60-year conflict over the use of the Edward Aquifer. Featuring many of the prominent players from the dispute, the forum provided an opportunity to create and preserve a living oral history on one of the nation's most protracted and acrimonious water disputes.

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Welcome and Intro (1950-1989)
Panel One: 1989-1993: Attempts to resolve dispute over the use of the Aquifer -- the Edwards Underground River
Guest Speaker-Lisa Craven
Panel Two: 1993-1997: Sierra Club v. Babbitt and S.B. 1477
Panel Three: What will the Future Look like Regarding Water in the Edwards Aquifer Region?

Speakers include:

  • Sen. Ken Armbrister, Texas Senate and former Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor Rick Perry
  • Luana Buchner, Edwards Aquifer Authority Chairperson; former Medina County Underground Water Conservation District General Manager
  • Robert Gulley, Texas Water Journal (TWJ) Editor and former Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Executive Director and former Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Plan Program Director
  • John Hall, Environmental Defense Fund's Texas State Director of Clean Energy; former Texas Water Commission Chairman
  • Sen. Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller-elect
  • Stuart Henry, Counsel for the Sierra Club in Sierra Club v. Babbitt and Sierra Club v. City of San Antonio
  • Russ Johnson, McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore Partner; Counsel for the City of San Antonio in Sierra Club v. Babbitt and Sierra Club v. City of San Antonio
  • Ken Kramer, Sierra Club's Lone Star Chapter former Director
  • Weir Labatt, Western States Water Council Chairman; former Texas Water Development Board Member; former San Antonio City Council Member
  • Rep. Lyle Larson, Texas Representative
  • Rep. Doug Miller, Texas Representative; former Edwards Aquifer Authority Chairman and former New Braunfels Mayor
  • Robert Puente, San Antonio Water System's Chief Executive Officer and President; former Texas Representative
  • Peter Schenkkan, Graves Doughert Hearon & Moody Partner; Counsel for the Sierra Club in Sierra Club v. Babbitt and Sierra Club v. City of San Antonio
  • Charlie Shockey, former U.S. Department of Justice Senior Trial Attourney in Sierra Club v. Babbitt and Sierra Club v. City of San Antonio
  • Michael J. Spear, former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional director
  • John Specht, former Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority General Manager from early 1970's until 1994
  • Todd Votteler, TWJ Editor-In-Chief and Executive Manager Of Science, Intergovernmental Relations And Policy, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; former Special Master for Judge Lucius Bunton in Sierra Club v. City of San Antonio and Assistant to the Court Monitor Joe Moore in Sierra Club v. Babbitt
  • Bill West, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority General Manager since February 1994

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