Started seven years ago by San Antonio Clean Technology Forum, the annual Water Forum is a catalyst and collaborator in bringing together municipal, educational, economic, and political interests for engaged, informed discussions regarding regional water issues.
Although at times, the future of our water “economy” may seem unpredictable, the Edwards Aquifer system and region continues to thrive. And while the San Antonio metroplex and I35 corridor are growing at a rapid rate, municipal leaders, water authorities, and civic-minded individuals continue to look for viable solutions that are equitable across county and geo-political lines.
This year, the forum will focus on the relevance and successes of the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) as they celebrate 20 years of helping to ensure the management, conservation, and sustainability of our shared Edwards Aquifer. For the EAA, the future begins with a renewed commitment to serving the greater good of the region and pledging to look for new ways to be of greater service through their primary mission – to manage, enhance, and protect the Edwards Aquifer system. One of their key components in fulfilling this pledge is the recent development of the Edwards Aquifer Conservancy (EAC). The sole purpose of the EAC is to support and benefit the work of the EAA. All 2016 net proceeds will be donated to the EAC for the continued development of the Edwards Aquifer Citizen Science Program.
The Water Forum will continue to focus on engaging our leaders and communities in thoughtful discussions and problem-solving solutions, which in turn will further enrich our quality of life and economic development.