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TPWD News Release — Feb. 12, 2007

Springs Documentary Airs Feb. 15, Some Airtimes Revised

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will air its latest video documentary about water resources, “Texas the State of Springs,” the evening of Thursday, Feb. 15 on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations statewide.

Three PBS station have changed scheduled airtimes for the documentary. KTXT-Lubbock and KCOS-El Paso will both air it at 9 p.m. local time. KAMU-College Station will air it 7 p.m. All other Texas PBS stations will stay with plans to air the program at 8 p.m. CDT.

Broadcast news legend Walter Cronkite will again lend his distinctive voice to this latest project, as he did for TPWD’s last water resource TV documentary “Texas: the State of Water-Finding A Balance” in 2005.

“Texas the State of Springs” will examine the historical decline of springs across the state and explore current groundwater and land use issues that impact spring flow. It will look at how groundwater pumping and water marketing in rural areas can affect springs, along with how proper land management can enhance and even restore spring flow. It will show how conservation easements and land acquisitions are used to protect key elements of watersheds. It concludes with how urban homeowners can have a positive impact and dramatically reduce their water bills through native plant landscaping and other water conservation measures.

The documentary is made possible in part by funding from Shell Oil Company, with additional support from patron sponsors The Partnership Foundation and supporting sponsors the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Lower Colorado River Authority, plus support from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and public television viewers.

PBS stations based in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Lubbock, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Midland-Odessa, Harlingen, Killeen, Waco and Austin have all committed to air the documentary Feb. 15. Below is a listing of these stations showing most cities they serve. See local listings for station cable and broadcast channel numbers.