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February 20, 2009

Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk for Texas Water


Longtime Lone Star Chapter Director Ken Kramer, above, took a star turn in the PBS documentary, "Texas: The State of Flowing Water," which aired on public television stations throughout Texas on February 12. The fourth in a series of documentaries on water produced over the last six years by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, "The State of Flowing Water" can now be viewed online.

"The film focuses on the need to preserve Texas's flowing rivers and freshwater inflows into coastal bays and estuaries," says Kramer, who has appeared in three documentaries at the invitation of the Parks & Wildlife Department.

"We have a very good working relationship with the agency, especially on water issues and state parks," he says. "We've had our disagreements, but we agree on more than we disagree. We have good personal relationships with all of the members of the Parks & Wildlife Commission which governs the agency, and with the current Executive Director of the agency, who came to that position from the Texas Nature Conservancy."

Water resources issues have been a priority for the Lone Star Chapter since it was established in 1965. "For the past decade we've partnered with the National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund in a joint Texas Living Waters Project that has produced some major advances in Texas water policy," says Kramer. Among these are a new process for protecting "environmental flows" in rivers and streams and a dramatic expansion of water conservation initiatives at the state and local levels.


Kramer's chapter colleagues Jennifer Walker and Tyson Broad, above, also focus on water issues and work closely with volunteer leaders throughout the state. "We're blessed with an incredible bounty of water resources in Texas," says Walker, "and preserving those resources isn't assured. Their future depends on the efforts of all of us to protect them."


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