By Mario Villarino, Texas AgriLife Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Hopkins County, [email protected]
The importance of water cannot be overstated or overvalued. Though we often take it for granted, access to abundant, clean, safe, and affordable water affects our health, drives our economy, and adds to our quality of life.
Unfortunately, millions of people around the world live in places where water is so limited or in such poor quality that much of their day is spent finding water to meet bare necessities. Water in these regions is essential for survival, but ironically much of this water is contaminated and is a major source of sickness and disease.
Water is important to practically every aspect of our life, and in ways we often do not recognize or appreciate. Water is essential to food production, transportation, sanitation and health, energy production, recreation, and even politics. The most prosperous civilizations have always enjoyed access to fresh water, and the lack of water has been the downfall of others.
To understand the future challenges that faces Texas Water in Hopkins County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has scheduled the presentation series, “Looking to the Future: Water in Hopkins County.” In this series, Texas AgriLife Water experts will discuss the way urbanization and growth is affecting Texas water, and how Hopkins County can be a leader in protecting our most valuable resources. During the program, city sprawl, storms and streams, inevitable Texas drought, and citizen and community involvement topics will be discussed.
The event is scheduled for Friday September 23, 2022 at the Gray’s Building located in Pacific Park (413 Beckham St., Sulphur Springs, Texas) starting at 11 a.m. The program is planned to end at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered. This program is free and no registration is required.