Rio Grande / Río Bravo Water Symposium – July 18

MARFA, TX  Big Bend Conservation Alliance, in partnership with Audubon Texas, Rio Grande Joint Venture, and PronaturaNoreste, is hosting the Rio Grande / Río Bravo Water Symposium on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM at the USO Building/Marfa Visitors Center at 302 S. Highland Street in Marfa. 

“The Rio Grande is an important resource shared between the U.S. and Mexico – it is imperative to continue a bi-national dialogue on conservation of the river,” said J.D. Newsom, Executive Director of the Big Bend Conservation Alliance. “We hope this symposium will bring people together to re-engage efforts to strengthen conservation efforts on both sides of the border.”

The international symposium will feature water and conservation experts from the U.S. and Mexico discussingregional hydrology, environmental flows, ecology, water policy, and solutions for enhancing the health of the Rio Grande. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with speakers during the panel discussions. 

Featured speakers include: Aimee Roberson and Jeff Bennett, Rio Grande Joint Venture; Dr. Mauricio de la Maza, PronaturaNoreste; Dr. Kevin Urbanczyck, Sul Ross State University; Dr. Brad Wolaver, University of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology; Ryan Smith, The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Samuel Sandoval, University of California, Davis; Paul Tashjian, Audubon New Mexico; Hillary Pierce, River and the Wall; Dr. Oscar Ibañez, Junta Central de Agua y Saneamiento del Estado de Chihuahua; and Gilbert Anaya, International Border Water Commission. 

The event is free and open to the public with lunch provided and a closing happy hour. More details and a link to the event registration can be found at