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Sierra Club talks Austin water tonight
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano
The Austin Sierra Club will tackle water resources planning at its monthly meeting tonight. The group will look at the work of the Austin Water Resources Planning Task Force, which was created by City Council in March to address the city’s future water needs. The meeting will feature task force member Sharlene Leurig, who directs the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program at Ceres, writes about Texas springs on her blog, and serves on the board of directors of the Hill Country Alliance and on the advisory council of the Environmental Science Institute at University of Texas at Austin. The meeting will take a look at the work of the task force, which, according to a statement from Sierra Club, “recommended a water future based on efficiency, reuse, decentralization and stewardship of existing and local sources. The recommendations contrast sharply with the long-existing orientation of Austin’s water utility to ‘grow the business’ by selling more and more water. The task force also rejected proposals for expensive schemes to pipe in groundwater from Lee, Milam and Bastrop counties.” The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the north dining room of Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
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