2017 West Texas Water Symposium – April 22, 2017

The first West Texas Water Symposium took place on April 22, 2017 in Alpine at the Granada Theater. More than 80 people attended from across Texas. Audio and video recordings and PowerPoint presentations from the symposium are posted below, followed by a complete schedule.

The symposium was organized by the Big Bend Conservation Alliance, in partnership with Rio Grande Research Center at Sul Ross State University and Devils River Conservancy.

The Big Bend Conservation Alliance thanks the symposium’s sponsors: The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment * Alpine Montessori School * The Dixon Water Foundation * The City of Alpine * printco  * Holland Hotel and Maverick Inn * Big Bend Gazette * patagonia * Taste and See Bakery * Marfa Public Radio

VIDEOS

AUDIO

POWERPOINT SLIDES

(Formatted as Quicktime movies on YouTube)

  • BALMORHEA SPRINGS: THREATS FROM FRACKING
    Jack Sharp, University of Texas at Austin, Carlton Professor of Geology

COMPLETE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

8 – 8:50am Meet and Greet with symposium participants, partners, and sponsors (coffee and pastries)
8:50 – 9am Introduction to BBCA and symposium
9:00 – 9:40am INTRODUCTION TO SURFACE WATER AND GROUNDWATER IN THE BIG BEND REGION
Kevin Urbanczyk, Rio Grande Research Center, Sul Ross State University Geology Dept.
9:40 – 10am BALMORHEA SPRINGS: THREATS FROM FRACKING
Jack Sharp, University of Texas at Austin, Carlton Professor of Geology
10 – 10:20am BASIN-WIDE CONSERVATION: A CASE STUDY OF TPWD’S WORK ON THE DEVIL’S RIVER
Sarah Robertson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, River Studies Program biologist
10:20 – 10:30am Break
10:30 – 10:50am Q&A with Jack Sharp and Sarah Robertson
10:50 – 11:30am CONNNECTING WATER AND LAND MANAGEMENT
Bonnie Warnock, Sul Ross State University, Josey Chair for Sustainable Ranch Management, Natural Resource Management Dept. Chair
11:30am – 1:10pm Lunch break (light refreshments; list/map of other lunch locations provided)
1:10 – 2pm TEXAS GROUNDWATER 101
Amy Hardberger, St. Mary’s University School of Law Associate Dean
2 – 3:10pm KEEPING TEXAS RIVERS FLOWING
Sharlene Leurig, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas Environmental Flows Initiative Project Director
3:10 – 3:20pm Break
3:20 – 3:40pm GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS: WHAT THEY DO & WHY THEY MATTER
Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts Executive Director
3:40 – 4:20pm Q&A with Sarah Schlessinger

GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT PANEL: regional GCD managers will discuss their district’s goals and challenges and the public’s role in groundwater management
4:20 – 5pm MEET YOUR LOCAL WATER MANAGERS: introduction to other water managers attending the symposium and opportunity to ask questions
5pm Cocktails at Saddle Club
5:30 – 6pm Sharlene Leurig’s Our Desired Future documentary in Granada

Keeping the Stars Bright Over Big Bend – September 10, 2016

Keeping the Stars Bright Over Big Bend

Better lighting, using less energy, and saving more stars!

Come learn the basics of dark sky friendly lighting and how you can help protect the starry night skies over the Big Bend.

With Amber Harrison and Ryan Thorton of the Big Bend Ranch State Park and Matt Lara of the Big Bend Conservation Alliance.

At the Starlight Theater in Terlingua
Saturday, September 10
5:30pm-6:30pm

Facebook Invite Here

PATAGONIA- People & Parks Event – August 25, 2016

Please come join us Thursday August 25th, from 7-9 pm. as we celebrate 100 years of National Parks with our friends at Patagonia Austin. We’ll be there with the latest information about the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and other recent developments at BBCA, as well as letters on hand for residents from Travis, Bastrop and Williamson counties, asking their Sunset Commission Senators to make changes in the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Fantastic music provided by Dana Falconberry!

Patagonia Austin

316 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

 

Donation Drive for the Big Bend – July 16, 2016

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Clean Out your Closet for Big Bend

Would you like to do some summer cleaning? We will put your stuff to good use!
 
Savers Thrift on Burnet Rd in Austin, one of our business supporters, has offered to pay by the pound for donated items so we’re going to have a little party!
 

July 16, 2016

10am-3pm

1200 Windsor Rd., Austin 78703

 
The location is a big pink and blue Victorian looking house with a large yard. Drop your items in the truck out front, then join us for conversation and refreshments (read: cold wine, beer, gin cocktails and non-alcoholic bevvies) on the lawn. Information on the Trans Pecos Pipeline and the BBCA, as well as fun merchandise, will be available on site.
 
It is also a going-away party for Austin event and volunteer coordinator, Margaret Shugart, as she prepares to start at Vermont Law School for environmental law. And we will be introducing Jennifer Conway, who will be stepping in to help from here forward!
 
RSVP via Facebook HERE

Details about donations:

Every pound of soft items is worth 20 cents and each pound of hard items is worth 5 cents. Our goal is to gather at least 1000 pounds! And you can feel doubly good, because Savers donates their profits to Easter Seals, providing additional funding for adults and children with disabilities in our community.
 
They will accept:
All clothing / handbags / luggage / duffle bags / wallets
 
Bedding / linens / kitchen linens / pillows
 
All media: records/dvds/books/VHS
 
Toys/games
 
Knik Knacks: jewelry/ crafts / candles / picture frames / ornaments
 
Kitchen house ware: plates / pots / cups / glassware / cutlery / silverware
 
Working Electrical: cd players / VHS / DVD players / toasters / blenders / irons etc
 
Regarding furniture: They can accept it, but we will not be paid for it at this time. We’re happy to load it and take it for you though!
 
They Do Not Accept: all weapons, hazardous materials, construction materials, flammable products, automobile parts, damaged furniture, beds, bedding parts (headboards, frames etc), televisions, computer monitors, infant car seats, cribs and other infant products restricted by law, swing sets, food, pets, large appliances, marine vessels, swimming pools, vehicles, cash and intangible property.
 
For a list of all our business partners (so we can all support them too!) please visit: http://www.bigbendconservationalliance.org/get-involved/businesspartners/

Trans Pecos Documentary Trailer Viewing and Discussion at Patagonia Austin – June 5, 2016

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Please join us a screening of a documentary trailer about the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and a discussion of the project and its ramifications.

We will have a video booth on site to capture your love of and thoughts on the Big Bend region, why it is special and what it means to you. It will be broadcast via a live channel and captured for YouTube. Come share your experiences!

RSVP through our Facebook Page

Sunday, June 5
Doors at 5pm, discussion from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Hosted by Patagonia Austin, the Big Bend Conservation Alliance, and Wolf Bird Productions.

Thank you for helping us spread the word! We looking forward to seeing you there.

(photo by Vicki Gibson)

White House Petition Kickoff Party

White House Petition Kickoff Party – February 20, 2016

WHAT: We’re having a party at Stay Gold

WHY: No sane human wants a pipeline through the virgin Cihuahuan desert solely for the profit of a giant corporation. We’re starting a petition to get 100,000 signatures to the desk of President Obama for his attention regarding this disturbing matter.

WHEN: Saturday Feb 20th at 8pm // $10 at the door // three great bands

Spread the word, let your voice be heard.