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June 19th, 2009
Doggett secures Grosvenor funding


U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) announced this week that he has secured nearly $300,000 in funding for Texas State University’s Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education (GCGE).

The funding, to be allocated through the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, will be used to enhance an initiative to educate people across the state about Texas’ watersheds.

Watershed management, critical to Texas, is particularly critical in San Marcos with the San Marcos River. Recent polls indicate that a majority of Texans believe water is the most important natural resource issue facing the state in the years to come.

“Texas State University’s Grosvenor Center is leading the way in Geographic Education, and I know these funds will serve a worthy purpose,” Doggett said. “The Center is evolving to further develop programs that deal with various 21st century issues like globalization, climate change, international terrorism, and watershed management, and I am confident that the Center will play an integral part in teaching the next generation of learners and helping the U.S. meet these new and evolving challenges.”

Said Richard Boehm, Director of the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education and Co-coordinator of the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education: “One of the very best ways to influence citizen behavior is to speak sensibly to students in America’s schools. To do this, we must have well-prepared teachers. The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education at Texas State University is producing a technology-based video program that will provide ‘best practice’ teaching strategies aimed at understanding and developing wise watershed management techniques. In this manner, teachers will encourage student awareness of the importance of water quality and how they, as future citizens, can advance the notion of how cooperation among stakeholders in a watershed will result in sustained and improved use of one of the nation’s most critical resources.”

The Grosvenor Center is a leading research center in the geography department at Texas State. It was founded in 1998 and named after Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman of the board of trustees of the National Geographic Society.

“No natural resource issue is more problematic for the future of Texas than water and, unfortunately, as long as water comes out when we turn on the tap, we don’t get too concerned,” said Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the River Systems Institute and Research Professor of Geography at Texas State.  “Thanks to Congressman Doggett, The Grosvenor Center and the River Systems Institute at Texas State have been given the means to help turn this complacency around by educating our children as to the significance of water in their lives and preparing them to take responsibility for it as they become citizens.”

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