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George Veni

Region: Hill Country

Topics: Hydrogeology, Aquifer, Karst, Water pollution, Water supply

Dr. Veni is a hydrogeologist specializing in the karst systems found in the Edwards Plateau, as well as Appalachia and portions of Mexico and eastern Europe.  He has done pioneering research in understanding how water flows through, is stored  and filtered by these highly porous and easily dissolved strata.  His findings have helped the public and regulators better understand how vulnerable karst systems are to point and non-point pollution.

In addition to his professional work, he has volunteered on the boards of the Texas Cave Management Association and the Texas Speleological Association.  Among other efforts, these two associations are working on protecting and restoring caves, including the Robber Baron Cave and the Caverns of Sonora.

Dr. Veni has also worked with non-profit groups involved in acquiring karst-rich lands.  From 1994 through 1997, he served on the advisory boards for two land trusts, the Bexar Land Fund and its successor, the Hill Country Foundation.  From 1994-2000, he was a member and vice president of the board of the Government Canyon Natural History Association, which was successful in gathering support for a 9000-acre preserve in the Edwards Escarpment near San Antonio. 

Beginning in 1998, he has served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan, which has acquired more than 24,000 acres in the lands west of Austin to protect rare songbirds and invertebrates.  And, from 2000 to 2002, he served on the Scientific Evaluation Team to advise the City of San Antonio on its use of $40.5 million in bond funds dedicated to purchase of lands to protect the Edwards Aquifer.


February 17, 2006
San Antonio, Texas
Reels 2343 and 2344


Please see a brief Real Media video excerpt from our interview with Dr. Veni.

Please see the uncut video (reels 2343 and 2344) and the transcript of Dr. Veni's full  interview.





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