Protecting the Water of the Texas Hill Country: Studies, Research, and Advocacy

June 22, 2017 | 7-9 pm
Sustainable Food Center
2921 East 17th Street, Austin TX 78702 (map)

Please join us for a forum on protecting the water of the Texas Hill Country. This forum is part of the LWV Austin’s 2017 study of our position on environmental quality. 

Our featured speaker, Mr. Jim Blackburn, will help us understand the science and legal issues involved in protecting Hill Country Water. Our two other speakers will comment on legislative work on the part of the LWV-Texas to protect water, and about results of the local study of flood mitigation needs in Austin. This program is free and open to the public. 


Jim Blackburn,  TESPA (Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association, Jim will speak specifically about protecting the water of the Texas Hill Country. 

A practicing environmental lawyer and planner since 1973, Mr. Blackburn is a Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, where he teaches courses in sustainable design and advanced sustainable design and is the Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. Blackburn is the Co- Director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice. He is also a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute and is the owner of a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design. His publications include The Book of Texas Bays (2004), and A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast (fall, 2017). He has also authored numerous legal papers and has received several local, state and national awards for environmental advocacy. 

Jensie Madden, LWV-TX Issue Chair for Land Use, and member of LWV-Comal Area. Jensie will speak about “Protecting Groundwater Quality,” and she will describe the LWV-TX efforts during this past legislative session to prohibit direct discharge of wastewater into Hill Country streams.

Carol Olewin, LWV Austin, former president and current League member. Carol will speak about the results of the “City of Austin Flood Mitigation Task Force Report.” Carol will be joined by Ana Aguirre and Dorsey Twidwell, of the Flood Mitigation Task Force.

Questions? Contact Lea Masiello, LWV Austin VP for Programs, at

We will have plenty of time for our featured speakers and discussion. Feel free to bring snacks or non-alcoholic beverages.