Region: Hill Country
Topics: Rivers, Agriculture, Water, Non-profit, Private lands
In her early life and career, Ms Lynch trained in bacteriology
and worked as a microbiologist. Later she worked abroad as a
reporter and editor for magazines, newspapers and wire services,
focusing on Third World and alternative lifestyle subjects. She
put much of what she learned in writing about simpler and more
sustainable ways of life toward a hands-on career as an organic farmer
and artisan in France, and later as co-manager of the Frio Valley
Vineyards and Nursery in Rio Frio, Texas.
Her life and work in the Frio River
valley helped her understand that the River was being harmed by trash,
dredging, driving, logging, and subdividing in and along the Frio.
Her concerns about the damage to the River led her to organize the
Friends of the Frio conservation group in 1988, which she served as a
board member and newsletter writer for the next decade. The
group was involved in river cleanups, monitoring projects, and
successful lobbying for a ban on driving in the streambeds.
These same concerns about the river
brought her to serve on the board of the
Nueces River Authority
beginning in the early 1990s. The Authority is responsible for
the Frio, Atascosa and Nueces Rivers, reaching from the headwaters in
the Hill Country to the outflow near Corpus Christi. During her
tenure, the Authority dealt with a variety of environmental issues,
including the pipeline from Lake Texana to Corpus Christi, the
proposal of a nuclear waste disposal site near Sanderson, and the
regulation of releases from the Choke Canyon reservoir. Though
she has rotated off the board, she continues to serve on the
Authority's Clean Rivers steering committee.
February 21, 2006
Reels 2355 and 2356