January 8, 2015

Texas Municipal League and Texas City Management Association Water Conference: What Cities Are Doing to Protect Water Resources

8:30 a.m.

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
TCMA President-Elect Julie Couch, Town Manager, Town of Fairview
Conference Moderator:  Webb Melder, Mayor, City of Conroe

Water Conservation: Best Practices

9:15 – 10:00a.m.
Traditional and Emerging Conservation Technologies and Tactics: Balancing the Convergence between Supply, Increased Demands by Economic Development, and Conservation Activities (handouts 1, 2, 3, 4)
Mark Jordan, Water Conservation Program Coordinator, Austin Water Utility (bio); Walter Pishkur, Director of Water Utilities, City of Arlington (bio); Rob Valenzuela, Director of Public Works, City of Sugar Land (bio); and Jessica Woods, Water Conservation Specialist, City of Round Rock (bio)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Innovative Programs for Landscape Management in a Conservation Environment (handouts 1, 2, 3)
Dotty Woodson, Extension Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Dallas; and Dana Nichols, Conservation Manager of Outdoor Programs, San Antonio Water System

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Managing Water Use through Efficient Water Systems: Best Practices with Aging Infrastructure, and Metering Systems (handouts 1, 2, 3)
Craig Collins, Sales Director, Aclara (bio); and Sam Masiel, Utility Billing Manager, City of Conroe (bio)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Address
Todd Hunter, Texas State Representative (bio)

Innovations in Water Technologies

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
But Not a Drop to Drink: An Update on Desalination (handouts 1, 2, 3)
Ivan Langford, General Manager, Gulf Coast Water Authority (bio); Michael Turco, General Manager, Harris-Galveston Subsidence District; and Scott Reinert, Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water Utilities (bio)

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
But Not a Drop to Drink: An Update on Other Emerging Water Supplies
including Direct and Indirect Reuse (handouts)
Todd Darden, City Manager, City of Big Springs; Darron Leiker, City Manager, City of Wichita Falls (bio); Courtney Sharp, City Manager, City of Midland (bio)

Water Funding: How to Pay for Local and State

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Rate Setting and Budgeting in a Conservation Environment (handouts 1, 2)
Karen Guz, Conservation Director, San Antonio Water System; Daryl Slusher, Assistant Director, Austin Water

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Planning and Forecasting: The State Water Plan and Regional and Municipal Implementation (handouts)
Kathleen Jackson, Director, Texas Water Development Board (bio)

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Legislative Forecast
TML Staff

4:30 p.m.