TALT is pleased to announce the launch of No Land No Water, a campaign to raise awareness for the contributions of private working lands to our water supply.
“When it rains in Texas, that rain falls largely on privately-owned farms and ranches. In fact, 97% of Texas’ lands are in rural, private ownership. With proper stewardship, these lands capture and clean the water that recharges our aquifers and rivers, and supply our drinking water,” says Blair Fitzsimons, CEO of the Ag. Land Trust. Unfortunately, Texas rural lands are being converted to subdivisions and shopping malls at an alarming rate. This fragmentation and development can lead to increased erosion, sedimentation in rivers and reservoirs, polluted runoff, limited aquifer recharge, and added pressure on municipalities and water districts to invest in costly water treatment and collection infrastructure. “The conservation of Texas’ private working lands is one of the most immediate and cost-effective ways to ensure a future of abundant, clean water for ALL Texans,” says Fitzsimons.
Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “Saving the water and the soil must start where the first raindrop falls.” No Land No Water will promote strategies and practices to protect those lands where the first raindrop falls.
To this end, No Land No Water will encourage investment and participation in programs to support landowners who agree to permanently keep their land in agricultural use, forego fragmentation and development rights, and thus protect valuable watersheds and aquifer recharge areas. More Land More Water!
Landowners, voters, policy makers, funders, students and anyone interested in learning how the conservation of private working land can impact our water future should visit www.NoLandNoWater.org, which is being launched today. FaceBook and Twitter pages @NoLandNoWater will foster lively conversation about land and water conservation. No Land No Water billboards can also be found on highways across the state, further promoting the initiative.
Fitzsimons is optimistic that the pride and responsibility Texans feel toward their state will result in broad embrace of this effort. “TALT is excited to begin this conversation with Texas and we look forward to collaborating with groups and individuals who are concerned about the future of our land and water resources in.”
Funding for this campaign is provided by The George and Cynthia Mitchell Foundation, Houston Endowment Inc. (A Philanthropy Endowed by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones), The Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation and The Meadows Foundation.