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Texas State University will host a Symposium on Water in partnership with the Texas Tribune on Tuesday, March 10.

The symposium will be held 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the J.C. Kellam Building’s Reed Parr Room on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Topics of discussion will include life after Proposition 6, the battle over groundwater, strategies for conservation and the poor quality of water along the Texas-Mexico border.

Confirmed program participants include Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller; Texas Water Development Board chair Carlos Rubinstein; State Rep. Jim Keffer, an Eastland Repulican who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee; State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a Laredo Democrat; State Rep. Jason Isaac, a Dripping Springs Republican; and Texas Water Foundation executive director Carole Baker.

Also, Texas Desalination Association executive director Kyle Frazier; Texas Farm Bureau legislative director Billy Howe; the Nature Conservancy state director Laura Huffman; Texas A&M University associate geography professor Wendy Jepson; Ken Kramer, former director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club; and Brian McCall, the Texas State University System chancellor.

Also, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid branch manager Israel Reyna; Meadows Center for Water and the Environment executive director Andy Sansom; and Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal.

The Symposium on Water is sponsored by The Meadows Center on Water and the Environment, SouthWest Water Company, Texas Farm Bureau, The Meadows Foundation and Texas A&M University.

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