Texas–The State of Flowing Water

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

While it’s true that water is life, Carter Smith—Parks and Wildlife Executive Director—says for many Texans, water also means enjoyment.

It is the source of recreation in our rivers and lakes and streams and reservoirs—where Texans go to fish and kayak and swim and enjoy all of nature’s bounty.

Yet, containing flowing water for recreational use upstream can have a negative affect on the people, habitat and wildlife living downstream.

The overriding conflict is between rural and urban.

Lee Smith produces water documentaries for Texas Parks and Wildlife. The latest in the series, Texas: The State of Flowing Water, addresses environmental flow, which is the water needed to maintain healthy ecosystems along a waterway. He admits this important subject matter is complex.

This one was pretty difficult because the focus was so broad, and encompassed these various entities that are at work to try and figure out what [water] levels need to be in the rivers and the bays and how to get that written into law. That, in itself, was a huge challenge.

Witness how Smith evenhandedly weaves together the diverse aspects and points of view of this complex topic when you tune into Texas: The State of Flowing Water Thursday February 12 at 8 PM, on most PBS stations… made possible by the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

Find additional information at texasthestteorwater.org.

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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