Southwest Environmental History Symposium
"Water Crises in Texas and the Southwest"
May 21-24, 1997
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

Sanctioned as an official meeting of the American Society for Environmental History, "Water Crises in Texas and the Southwest" will set the contemporary and often bitter debates over water in their historical context. The human stakeholders in these ongoing struggles are many, and many of their arguments often take place without a real appreciation for the degree to which the relevant controversies have been shaped by decades of accumulated argument.

An interdisciplinary array of scholars will help us penetrate the layers of debate surrounding these points of contention that have roiled the region over the past three centuries. Geographers, historians, legal scholars, and political scientists will probe such matters as water and tourism, Spanish Colonial water laws in the southwest, Native American water rights, dams and urban water supplies, irrigation and grasslands agriculture, and water quality and aquifers in the Lone Star State. In addition, on the evening of Friday, May 22, there will be a public forum on the Edwards Aquifer, the sole source of water for the San Antonio region. Saturday, May 23, will be devoted to a series of tours of selected sites of considerable importance to the history of water in south central Texas, including the Hill Country and aquifer recharge zones, the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, and a backstage look at the fabled San Antonio Riverwalk; seating for these tours is limited, so please sign up in advance.

Housing accommodations are available in the first class dormitories of Trinity University, and all participants are urged to stay on campus. This will enable us to interact continuously in an environment of superb facilities The housing and meal package is available for a remarkable price with 4 nights housing, including many meals, costing only $175; this is a steal!  For more information about the Trinity University campus, see this web site:  Information is also available by contacting Hugh Daschbach, Conference Coordinator at 210-736-7601 or through email at Char Miller, History Department, Trinity University, is Conference Organizer. Dr. Miller can be reached by calling 210-736-7608, or e-mailing

This conference is made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Council for the Humanities, a State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by Trinity University, the Semmes Foundation, Inc., the San Antonio Water System, the Center for Hazards and Environmental Geography, of the Department of Geography & Planning at Southwest Texas State University, The Inter-American Legal Studies Program at the St. Mary's University School of Law and the Trinity University Departments of History, Geosciences, Physics, Political Science and Sociology.

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Print a registration form to register for the 1998 Symposium. Reduced student housing rates are available!!!

Take a look at the biographies of the speakers for this year's Symposium!

Related Meetings:
Soil and Water Conservation Society
June 17-19, 1998, Amarillo, Texas

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