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On Friday, March 7, 2014, State Representative Eddie Lucio III, in collaboration with the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Water Summit Planning Team and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, hosted a forum on the importance of water conservation and management. The purpose of this Summit is to increase public awareness on the appreciation of the value of water in our everyday lives, educate about where water comes from, the importance of water conservation efforts and how these efforts can make the difference in the short term.
The day long event was held at the McAllen Convention Center and attended by elected officials from the local, county and state level, as well as community representatives. Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia was one of the many dignitaries invited to participate in this important event, he spoke about the significance of securing our water, one of our most vital natural resources, and ensuring its conservation for future generations of Hidalgo County and the rest of the Valley.
Eleven sessions were held with topics on the Rio Grande reservoirs, RGV water conservation efforts by the agricultural community, the Mexico water debt, Proposition 6, and how to fix the drought. The goal of the event is to learn new ways to maximize resources and ensure effective partnership, through engagement in water management and planning in the Rio Grande Valley.