The Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts hosted the first Texas Groundwater Summit this past week in Austin, where approximately 300 people came together to speak about and listen in on pertinent water issues. Several topics were discussed during the conference. Staff members from the Llano Estacado, Permian Basin, Sandy Land and South Plains Underground Water Conservation Districts, attended sessions addressing key topics regarding drought, upcoming state legislative affairs and general concerns about the sustainability of groundwater in Texas. Many stakeholders from the municipal, industrial, agricultural and commercial industries were in attendance, as well.
With the 83rd Legislative Session revving up in January 2013, key issues to look for regarding water will mostly deal with funding. Of course, the long-term timeline for water planning, in every part of the state, is another important issue for everyone involved in the water industry.
Overall, the conference was insightful for managing and maintaining the future of groundwater in Texas.