Lone Star Chapter
P. O. Box 1931
For Immediate Release (Thursday, May 6, 2004):
Groups Host Forum on River Flows and Freshwater
Forum to Focus on Ensuring Water for Fish, Wildlife, and the Economy
(Austin)-The Lone Star Chapter and Golden Triangle Regional Group of the Sierra Club, in conjunction with other conservation organizations, are hosting a forum in Beaumont on Tuesday evening, May 11 to discuss the issue of protecting instream flows in rivers and streams and maintaining freshwater inflows into Texas bays and estuaries. The forum will look at the link between "environmental flows" and healthy and productive bays and rivers, the economic and ecological value of rivers and bays & estuaries, and the current debate over how to ensure water for fish, wildlife, and the Texas economy.
Speakers at the forum will include Myron Hess, an attorney with the National Wildlife Federation; Andy Sansom, Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Water Resources at Texas State University-San Marcos; and David Bradsby with the Water Resources Branch of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
The forum will be held at the Holiday Inn Atrium Plaza at 3950 Interstate 10 South in Beaumont from 6 to 9 p.m. The forum is free and open to the general public. Food and drink will be provided from 6 to 7, with presentations beginning at 7 p.m.
The forum is co-sponsored by Clean Air & Water, Inc.; the Golden Triangle Audubon Society; and the Gulf Coast Rod, Reel & Gun Club.
This forum is an activity of the Texas Living Waters Project - a joint public education project of the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and Environmental Defense. More information about the Project may be found at www.texaswatermatters.org.
The Beaumont forum is one of several being held in Texas coastal areas this spring. A forum was held in Corpus Christi in February, and a second forum was held in Bay City on May 4. The Lone Star Chapter Conservation Conference on May 15 in Mercedes in the Lower Rio Grande Valley will also address environmental flows and other water issues. Check www.texas.sierraclub.org for more information.