About the Texas Water Foundation

Across our great state, Texans have experienced the impacts caused by either too much water or persistent drought. We tend to talk about these impacts in the moment. Irrespective of weather extremes, water – our most precious resource, requires that we value, better manage and conserve it each and every day. Texas is better served when our sources of water are well known, discussed and understood. We at the Texas Water Foundation invite you to share your thoughts on these critical issues so that together we can increase the awareness and understanding of water’s value to all of us as we advocate for its conservation, protect and better management for generations to come.

Carlos Rubinstein,
Chairman, Texas Water Foundation

Executive Director Sarah Schlessinger

Sarah Rountree Schlessinger is the Executive Director of the Texas Water Foundation. She previously worked in groundwater policy and regulation, and has experience with international non-profits with interest in water policy.

She currently serves as an appointed member of the Water Conservation Advisory Council, and holds a Master of
Science in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford.

About Us

The Texas Water Foundation is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of generating a heightened public awareness among all Texans regarding the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Water impacts key elements of the quality of life Texans enjoy, from human health and economic growth to our natural environment.

Under the leadership of a distinguished Board of Directors, the Texas Water Foundation will play a prominent role in raising the level of discussion on key water issues facing the State of Texas into the next century.

The Texas Water Foundation will serve the state well by educating Texans about the state’s water resources and the importance of protecting, conserving and enhancing these resources for the use and enjoyment of future generations of Texans.

“The mission of the Texas Water Foundation is to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all Texans by mobilizing Texans to recognize the vital role water plays in protecting human health, supporting economic growth and safeguarding natural resources.”

Several issues have become apparent during the development and implementation of the Regional Water Planning Process:

  • Far too few Texans understand the important role that water plays in our lives;
  • A number of important and innovative water related activities across Texas need to be showcased as examples for the rest of the state; and
  • Long-range planning requires an informed citizenry.

Based upon these observations and the realization that water issues will continue to play a major role in the state’s economic and policy arenas, several individuals concerned about the future of water in Texas began searching for a way to bring water issues before the public. The result was the creation of the Texas Water Foundation.

The Texas Water Foundation is a privately funded non-profit organization which seeks to lessen the burden of government by educating the citizens of Texas about water issues so they will be better informed and prepared to participate in the state’s water planning goals so that they will implement the role of water efficiency in their everyday lives.

Sources of funding include:

  • Corporate and individual donations
  • Foundation grants
  • Government contracts other private sources

Carlos Rubinstein, Chair
G. Hughes Abell, Vice Chair
Greg Ellis, Secretary
Mary Ann Dickinson, Treasurer

Board of Directors
Fred Aus
J. E. “Buster” Brown
William “Bill” Callegari
Jim Dannenbaum
Buddy Garcia
Elizabeth Fazio Hale
Jace Houston
Ken Kramer
Wendy Lary
Richard Linklater
Ronald Neighbors
Robert Puente
Thomas G. Mason
Andy Sansom
C.E. Williams

Ex Officio Advisory Member
Representative Four Price
Representative Lyle Larson
Representative Eddie Lucio III

Carole D Baker

Executive Director
Sarah Schlessinger

Texas Water Foundation
P.O. Box 13252
Austin, Texas 78711-3252

Have ideas about how we might work together? Please call (512) 663-6634 or email Sarah Schlessigner at sarah@texaswater.org

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