As the State of Texas continues to cope with one of the worst droughts on record, water conservation and reclamation have become more important than ever. Compounding the drought issues of the state, billions of dollars of new and upgraded infrastructure demands must be made in Texas to meet the growing population and economy of the Lone Star State. Growing Green Communities fifth session, “Water: Planning for Today and Tomorrow,” will address current water issues being faced by local communities. Additionally, this session will highlight initiatives being undertaken that are preparing Texas for water resource use in the future.
Growing Green Communities is proud to host the following speakers for our water session:
- David Meesey serves as a Program Specialist and for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). He has been the project manager for the Lower Colorado regional water planning area since the beginning of the regional water supply planning program in 1998. Mr. Meesey also manages the regional water and wastewater facility planning grant program for TWDB. The goal of the program is to promote regional water and wastewater solutions throughout Texas.
- Denise Hickey serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). She is responsible for the development and communication of NTMWD services to the general public, media outlets, and various government and civic entities. Ms. Hickey currently serves as an alternate on the Water Conservation Advisory Council. She is also a member of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and an active volunteer for the North Texas Chapter of Water for People.
- Steve Beachy began his public service career in College Station in 1978, serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation and as the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator. Mr. Beach was instrumental in the creation of a nationally recognized system of parks and leisure programs in College Station. Steve was appointed as a board member of the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District, representing College Station and Brazos County, in 2009. In 2012, he was elected to be president of the board, leading the effort to fulfill the organization’s mission to “protect and conserve the groundwater resources of Robertson and Brazos Counties.”
We hope you will take advantage of these and our other great speakers in Rockwall on April 19th!
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