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The first-ever North Texas Outdoor Watering Summit was a three day online conference featuring peer-to-peer learning and expert technical assistance for cities and utilities interested in implementing or adapting programs to reduce outdoor watering.

Smart, practical outdoor watering schedules are the most cost-effective tool Texas utilities have to deal with the coming decades of unprecedented population growth. While the immediate focus was on North Texas, presentations and resources were pitched towards any utility interested in implementing or improving programs to reduce outdoor watering.

Many North Texas cities have yet to put in place programs to limit outdoor watering. Current population trends indicate these communities will face future water supply challenges that necessitate an extensive commitment to water conservation.

With the adoption of a no more than 2x-per-week outdoor watering schedule as well as other complimentary programs, North Texas cities are estimated to see 7% – 11% reductions in total municipal water use. Given this potential for positive change, the summit focused on how cities and utilities can implement common-sense outdoor watering schedules and maximize their water savings.

10:00a – 10:20a
Welcome & Why Focus Outdoor Watering?
Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director, Texas Coast & Water Program, National Wildlife Federation


10:20a – 10:40a
Texas Water Development Board Efforts on Water Conservation
Kathleen Jackson, Director, Texas Water Development Board


10:40a – 11:00a
2x per Week Works for North Texas
Rebecca Bowling, Urban Water Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Ext. Service


11:00a – 11:10a
BREAK


11:10a – 11:30a
What Role Does Conservation Play in Region C’s Future Water Supply?
Abigail Gardner, Water Resources Engineer, Freese & Nichols & Region C Water Planning Group


11:30a – 12:00p
Education is Key to Reducing Outdoor Water Use

  • Water is Awesome: Denise Hickey, Water Resource & Public Education Manager, North Texas Municipal Water District
  • Garden Style: Dana Nichols, Manager, Conservation, San Antonio Water System
  • Learning Landscapes: Mary Ann Dickinson, President & CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency

10:00a – 10:10a
Introduction & Context for the Day
Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director, Texas Coast & Water Program, National Wildlife Federation

10:10a – 10:30a
Developing an Outdoor Watering Ordinance: We have a BMP for that!
Karen Guz, Presiding Officer, Texas Water Conservation Advisory Council, Director of Water Conservation, San Antonio Water System


10:30a – 11:00a
Case Studies from your Peers: Outdoor Watering Ordinance Development
Micah Reed, Water Conservation Manager, City of Fort Worth
Joyce Warren, Programs & Communications Administrator, City of Frisco


11:00a – 11:10a
BREAK

11:10a – 11:40a
We Passed an Ordinance, Now What? Peer City Approaches to Monitoring and Enforcement
Holly Holt-Torres, Water Conservation Manager, Dallas Water Utilities
Andrew Cummings, Environmental Affairs Manager, New Braunfels Utilities

11:40a – 12:00p
15 Outdoor Watering BMPs for North Texas
Dustan Compton, Conservation Manager, Tarrant Regional Water District

10:00a – 10:20a
How Much Water Can Utilities Save by Focusing on Landscape Transformation?
Mary Ann Dickinson, President & CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency

10:20a – 10:50a
What Do Your Customers Want Out of Their Landscape?
Market Readiness and Customer Behavior Analysis

Maureen Erbeznik, Principal, Maureen Erbeznik & Associates
Consultant for Alliance for Water Efficiency

10:50a – 11:00a
BREAK

11:00a – 11:20a
Tapping into Community Pride & Water-Efficient North Texas Landscapes
Daniel Cunningham, Horticulturist & Program Manager, Texas A&M Agrilife Research/Water University

11:20a – 11:50a
Creative Approaches to Irrigation Consultations, Check-ups, and Inspections
Blake Alldredge, Water Education Coordinator, Upper Trinity Regional Water District
Joyce Warren, Programs & Communications Administrator, City of Frisco
David Turnage, Conservation Program Specialist, Austin Water Utility

11:50a – 12:00p
Thanks & Pulling It All Together
Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director, Texas Coast & Water Program, National Wildlife Federation

Blake Allredge

Water Education Coordinator, Upper Trinity Regional Water District

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Dr. Becky Bowling

Urban Water Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Ext. Service

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Dustan Compton

Conservation Manager, Tarrant Regional Water District

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Andrew Cummings

Environmental Affairs Manager, New Braunfels Utilities

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Daniel Cunningham

Horticulturist & Program Manager, Texas A&M Agrilife Research/Water University

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Mary Ann Dickinson

President & CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency

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Maureen Erbeznik

Principal, Maureen Erbeznik & Associates
Consultant, Alliance for Water Efficiency

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Abigail Gardner

Water Resources Engineer, Freese & Nichols
Region C Water Planning Group

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Karen Guz

Presiding Officer, Texas Water Conservation Advisory Council
Director of Water Conservation, San Antonio Water System

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Denise Hickey

Water Resource Program and Public Education Manager, North Texas Municipal Water District

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Holly R. Holt-Torres

Water Conservation Manager, Dallas Water Utilities

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Kathleen Jackson

Director, Texas Water Development Board

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Dana Nichols

Manager, Conservation, San Antonio Water System

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Micah Reed

Water Conservation Manager, City of Fort Worth

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David Turnage

Conservation Program Specialist, Austin Water


Jennifer Walker

Deputy Director, Texas Coast & Water Program, National Wildlife Federation

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Joyce Warren

Programs & Communications Administrator, City of Frisco

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