Texas is challenged by a growing population and ever more variable weather conditions. This sounds like an ominous combination, but it does not have to be. We can choose to follow sustainable landscape design and maintenance practices that will allow us to enjoy our love for gardening. Helping the San Antonio community have attractive landscapes AND manage them without excess water continues to be a cornerstone of the SAWS Water Management Plan. It’s more urgent than ever that we be successful at this part of our mission. This presentation will review why long-term conservation and reasonable drought demand management will be a critical part of our future more than ever. Organizations like the Bexar County Master Gardeners are a valued resource in our water plans.
Karen is the Vice President of Water Conservation for San Antonio Water System (SAWS). In this role she leads a team that deploys conservation programs for residential, industrial, and institutional customers, resulting in over one billion gallons of savings each year. Outside of SAWS Karen has served in roles that include the TCEQ Irrigator Advisory Council, the Smart Water Applications Team (SWAT) of the Irrigation Association, and the board of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. She is currently the Presiding Officer for the Water Conservation Advisory Council, which provides input on conservation progress for the Texas Legislature. Karen has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has held a Texas irrigation license for 15 years.
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