Precinct 4 Director
What brought you into the environmental and groundwater resources management world?
My educational background in geology, geography, engineering and planning. My introduction to the BSEACD came when Bill Couch, a former general manager of the district, and a masters student of mine, asked me to run for the vacant seat of Bill Welch – as they say the rest is history.
What would you like to see the District accomplish in the next 5 to 10 years?
Promote and help develop alternative sources of water involving brackish water desalination, reuse of highly-treated wastewater to offset current use of Edward’s groundwater for purposes such as washing quarried aggregate, dust suppression, cooling, and certain irrigation uses; the harvesting of rainwater, etc.
What do you see as the biggest challenge for the District?
Having sustainable quality water resources for public health and safety in the region, and to be able to provide for the increasing needs of growth while preserving the flow of water in district creeks. Also preserving the endangered species and other critical aquifer and riverine habitats from harm. This challenge is often exacerbated by legislation and regulatory agency hurdles that are seemingly insurmountable.
How do you and your family conserve water?
We follow sound outdoor watering practices, being more than compliant with all watering restrictions. We replaced encroaching St. Augustine with a grass that uses far less water. We maintain all plumbing fixtures, use low flow toilets, showers, etc.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
During my 37 years of teaching experience at Texas State University, I had the good fortune to be able to influence the educational and career development of a great many students that have become leaders in environmental decision-making in Texas (some at the district office). Also during that time, I’ve been recognized for my achievements in education and planning by three separate academic disciplines and a broad array of governmental agencies and private sector organizations. I’ve recently been appointed to serve on the Pollution Prevention Advisory Committee to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.