May 13, 2014

Kent Nutt
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2014 Texas Water Summit to Explore the Economic Implications for Meeting the Water Needs of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas—mdash;The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) will hold the 2014 Texas Water Summit: Securing Our Economic Future at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas, on May 19, 2014. This summit will address the economic implications for meeting the water needs of the rapidly growing population of Texas. Topics to be discussed include water availability, agricultural water use, water for ecological needs, industrial water needs and opportunities, and opportunities for new industrial waters.

The program will include presentations by three featured speakers: Elizabeth Fazio, J.D., LL.M., Committee Director, Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives; Laura Huffman, Texas State Director, The Nature Conservancy; and Carlos Rubinstein, Chairman, Texas Water Development Board. In addition, the program will include presentations by water experts from Texas industry, academia, and government.

The two primary goals of the 2014 Texas Water Summit are to engage individuals from various economic sectors to identify, explore, and ultimately implement solutions to our water for economic development needs and to develop, longer term, a continuing role for the application of science and technology to address water issues that face the state.

“To meet the water needs of a population projected to double in size over the next 50 years, Texas should ensure that sectors driving the economy, such as oil & gas, energy, and power generation, receive the water they need,” said Dr. Danny Reible, the 2014 Texas Water Summit program chair. “These sectors may be able to largely fund the transition from our current water allocations via taxes and fees based upon the true economic value of water.”

Since its inception in 2004, TAMEST has played an important role in bringing together Texas’ scientists, business leaders, and policymakers to address issues of critical importance by fostering collaboration on innovative solutions to the state’s technological challenges. Two critical issues forums held in 2011 addressed the future of energy in Texas and the importance of scientific research at our state’s universities. In 2012, TAMEST held its first water-focused forum—2012 Texas Water Summit: Securing Water for Texas’ Future—which addressed the major challenges of ensuring future water resources, including supply and demand, water science and conservation, surface and groundwater resources, and developing new forms of water resources.

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The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) was founded in 2004 to provide broader recognition of the state’s top achievers in medicine, engineering, and science, and to build a stronger identity for Texas as an important destination and center of achievement in these fields. With 270+ members, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (IOM, NAE, and NAS) and the state’s 10 Nobel Laureates. TAMEST brings the state’s top scientific, academic, and corporate minds together to further position Texas as a national research leader. TAMEST also hopes to foster the next generation of scientists and to increase the awareness and communication among the state’s best and brightest about research priorities for the future.

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