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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has invited Texans living and working along the Austin/San Antonio I-35 corridor to attend the first Central Texas Environmental Summit this week. The event is free and open to the public.

Under the theme of “Collaboration Along the Corridor,” the summit’s mission is to bring together the general public, political leaders, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, businesses, and students to identify environmental issues, identify solutions, and implement solutions.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Schertz Civic Center in Schertz. The civic center is at 1400 Schertz Parkway. Though the summit is free and open to the public, it requires registration. To register online, or for more information, click here.

TCEQ commissioners will participate in presentations on environmental topics that affect Central Texas, such as water availability and air quality. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss environmental concerns with their local legislative leaders at town hall meetings and to visit exhibits from various state and local agencies.

The event will allow members of the public to participate in town hall discussions about local environmental issues with TCEQ commissioners and elected officials , including:

• Rep. Joaquin Castro, District 125
• Rep. John V. Garza, District 117
• Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, District 116
• Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, District 120
• Rep. Jose Menendez, District 124
• Rep. Doug Miller, District 73
• Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, District 26
• Rep. John Kuempel, District 44

The event will feature exhibits from the TCEQ, state agencies, councils of governments, groundwater conservation districts, and river authorities, including:

• San Antonio Water System (SAWS)
• Capitol Area Council of Government (CAPCOG)
• Alamo Area Council of Government (AACOG)
• Department of State Health Services
• Texas Department of Agriculture
• Texas Water Development Board
• Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
• Texas AgriLife Extension Service
• Lower Colorado River Authority
• Texas Parks and Wildlife
• Texas Groundwater Protection Committee
• United States Geological Survey
• Edwards Aquifer Authority

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