Texas Hill Country Water Summit 2016

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Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Todd Votteler, Chairman, Guadalupe Basin Coalition

Morning Key Note Speakers

Current Water Conditions and the Outlook for 2017


The Outlook for 2017, John Nielsen-Gammon, State Climatologist, Texas A&M University
Current Water Conditions, Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator, Texas Water Development Board

2015 Floods, How Bad Were They and What Have We Done to Prepare for the Next Flood?

NWS West Gulf River Forecast Center, Gregory Waller, Service Coordination Hydrologist, National Weather Service, West Gulf River Forecast Center
USGS and the 2015 Floods, Doug Schnoebelen, Chief, U.S. Geological Survey
FEMA and the 2015 Floods, Elizabeth Savage, Regional Program Management Lead supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Latest on Water in the Hill Country and Texas

Regional Water Supplies, Kevin Patteson, General Manager/CEO, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, and Robert Puente, CEO, San Antonio Water System
The 2017 State Water Plan for Texas, Bech Bruun, Chairman, Texas Water Development Board
TCEQ Update, Richard Hyde, Executive Director, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Texas Corps Programs and Missions, Colonel Calvin Hudson II, District Commander, Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Texas Water Conservation Gains, Karen Guz, Director of Conservation, Director of Conservation, San Antonio Water SystemSan Antonio Water System
The GBRA and TAP White Paper, Jim Blackburn, Attorney, The Aransas Project, Todd Votteler, Executive Manager, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

The Election and What to Expect from the New President, 115th Congress and 85th Texas Legislature

The Election, What Happened and What Does it Mean?, James Henson, Director, Texas Politics Project, The University of Texas at Austin
Groundwater and the 85th Texas Legislature, Sarah Schlessinger, Executive Director, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts

Afternoon Key Note Speaker

What does the election mean for Federal Water Issues?, Tom Jensen, Partner, Holland & Hart, Washington, DC