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San Antonio’s Growing Water Crisis

February 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT


Policies that Hasten San Antonio’s Growing Water Crisis, by Dr. Terry Burns, Alamo Sierra Club Chair.

Water is necessary for health, hygiene, and life itself; it is a human right.

At our February General Meeting, Meredith McGuire, PhD, Professor Emerita of Trinity University, will discuss how many local policies, climate change, and inequities in access to affordable clean water intersect to hasten our water crisis in San Antonio.

Tuesday, February 18th
Doors open at 6:00 pm; announcements at 6:15; program starts at 6:30
William R. Sinkin Eco Centro, 1802 North Main Avenue

Current water management policies have reduced our readiness for coping with the extreme droughts anticipated to occur due to climate change, and will lead to water scarcity and overdrawing precious aquifers.

The Vista Ridge pipeline is part of the cause – not the solution – of our Water Crisis. Now that the pipeline is built, who should pay for water that San Antonio doesn’t really need? We should not support new development over aquifer recharge or contributing zones, especially if it increases our water consumption.  Nor should we incentivize water-intensive industries to locate here.

Instead, we must hold those businesses and residents that are using the most water accountable for the full actual costs of the most expensive water sources. We must adopt progressive policies to decrease burdens on residential rate payers - especially those whose incomes are stagnant or dropping.

Water is life: Basic necessary amounts should never be denied to those who cannot afford to pay for water.

Dr. McGuire, now retired, taught college courses for 40 years, 24 of which were at Trinity University, in subject areas such as Sociology, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies, including a First Year Seminar on Human Rights and Environmental Justice, and an advanced course on International Issues in Health and the Environment.

She became active in the Sierra Club soon after coming to San Antonio, first as an Outings leader and, since 2012, on the Conservation Committee of which she is currently co-chair.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Please post, or forward, to anyone who may be interested in this program.


February 18, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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William R. Sinkin Eco Centro, 1802 North Main Avenue

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