February 13th, 2009
For geeks like us, who not only want to understand the importance of fresh, clean water to Texans, to Texas agriculture, wildlife, wetlands, fishers, swimmers, boaters and surfers, but also to understand the threats to our water and what can be done to assure enough H20 for the future, TPWD’s documentary film is a fantastic resource. Plus, it is pretty gorgeous. Lots of images of natural beauty, tree lined rivers, verdant wetlands, etc., etc.
A number of good friends of the League and the Texas environment showed up as well. This ain’t a complete list, but we spied Ken Kramer of the Lone Star Sierra Club, Myron Hess of the National Wildlife Federation, and Mary Kelly of the Environmental Defense Fund (who almost stole the show from the rivers and animals with her comments about balancing energy and water needs, and positive message right at the end)… the list goes on.
Check out the website for a preview if you missed it on TV, and a chance to order the DVD. No doubt this rave review, plus others, will encourage Texas PBS stations to rerun the documentary, say every night until the end of the Legislative session? Well, we can hope, right?
Everyone wants the water we’ve got. Every river and waterway has more than enough straws sucking out the water, and enough water needs to make it to the wetlands on the Gulf to sustain those vital and sensitive ecosystems.
The big takeaways from the film: we can’t meet future water needs by doing nothing; we can’t build our way out of water crises simply by building more dams; but a little bit ‘o conservation (of energy and of water) makes everything possible.
To that end, the folks up in Dallas area (and elsewhere) could take the folks in San Antonio as a guide: Dallas uses a lot more water per capita than San Antonio, mostly watering the grass.