Saturday, August 22, 2009

"For Love of Water" September 11-13 in Wimberly takes a holistic approach to water

From Holistic Management International:

F.L.O.W. = For Love Of Water

With water making headlines as “liquid gold” and “the new oil,” a debate is heating up over whether or not we need to have meters on private wells and over how much authority we need to give regulating bodies as our creeks dry up and our wells go dry and new developments of thirsty families keep on moving in. We feel the time is right to invite consumers of water, recreationists relying on water, land managers, and public policymakers to gather for an event centered on appreciation, awareness and actions we can take to ensure a sustainable future for this precious resource.

For Love Of Water
F.L.O.W. of Appreciation, Awareness and Action for a Sustainable Future
Sept. 11-13, 2009, Wimberley Community Center
The purpose of this event is a celebration of the allure of water and its role in our quality of life; awareness of the water cycle and how it affects decisions on water use, the sustainability of available water; and actions people can take individually and collectively to conserve water use, seek the best sources of water, manage toward a healthy water cycle, and decide wisely how this shared resource is best used.

We kick off the event with a reception and art show on “The Allure of Water” Friday evening, September 11 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. We are planning a “quick draw” art & auction event and a screening of the documentary film The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth as guests enjoy wine, beer and appetizers.

The Saturday conference will feature speakers, panel discussions and breakout workshops on the magic, the art, the science, and the business of water. We have Aldo Leopold winner J. David Bamberger coming to talk about managing land for maximum water. Decision makers and water regulators will tell you how these important decisions are made and answer your questions. The issues and aspects will be addressed on the local, the regional and the state levels. We are partnering with as many organizations as possible on this one, including National Wildlife Federation, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, Dixon Water Foundation and more to come.

A Sunday morning ceremony at Jacob’s well combines a number of traditions including a rain dance.

Costs to attend the event are $20 for Friday evening, $25 for Saturday (lunch included) or $40 for the entire event. Sunday ceremony is free. Register with Peggy Cole (512-847-3822) or below and watch the website for more details as the event flows together.

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