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Water Conference at the Capitol w/Texas Green Network — Proposition 6 Passes – What is Next?

For November, 2103,  Texas Green Network hosted a forum on all things water in Texas.

On November 5th,2013 Texas voters passed Proposition 6 which amends the Texas Constitution in redirecting $2 billion in the state budget, 20% of which go to water conservation or re-use.  Major questions are now on the table regarding the direction of water resources in Texas.


Our Texas Water Panel  consisted of–

David Meesey, Texas Water Development Board   

Mr. Meesey is Program Specialist and Assistant to the Deputy Executive Administrator for Water Resources and Planning at the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).  He has been the project manager for the Lower Colorado regional water planning area which includes the Austin area, since the beginning of the regional water planning program in 1998. The approved regional plans form the basis of the State Water Plan every 5 years.  In addition, David is the program manager for the regional water and wastewater facility planning grant program.

Drema Gross, Water Conservation Division Manager at Austin Water

Drema Gross is a graduate of Duke University with over 15 years of experience in resource management, including air quality and energy efficiency as well as water conservation. For the last decade, she has worked to improve water efficiency and drought response in Austin, Texas by combining sound policy with consumer education and incentives. Drema leads a team of more than 20 professionals in implementing programs and practices that have reduced average per-capita water use in the rapidly-growing city by 17% since 2006. As the largest municipal user of the Colorado River, Austin has led the way in enacting drought response measures, voluntarily reducing its annual demand on the Colorado River by an estimated 25%.

Luke Metzger, Environment Texas

Luke and his statewide, nonpartisan group are working hard to get the water board to reject projects that could cause significant damage to our rivers and aquifers in favor of ones that maximize conservation and minimize harm to our environment. Learn how to advocate your business ideas to the board.

Food for this event was generously provided by Snap Kitchen, along with tea and chocolate by our friends at SESA Tea and Theo Chocolate.