EAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS EAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Carol Patterson Bexar County • District 1 Byron Miller Bexar County • District 2 Abelardo A. Salinas, III
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THE EDWARDS AQU I F ER AUTHOR I T Y WAY
Bexar County • District 3 Benjamin Youngblood III Bexar County • District 4 Ron Ellis Bexar County • District 5 Deborah Carington Bexar County • District 6 Enrique Valdivia
In 2019 the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) made significant strides in advancing its abilities to fulfill its core mission to manage, enhance and protect the Edwards Aquifer. By embracing the “3 I’s” — the strategic tools of Inclusion, Imagination and Innovation — we envisioned a future for the agency that would enable our best scientific efforts moving forward and ensure that meaningful impact will be made on the communities that we serve through the stewardship of the Edwards Aquifer. In 2020 the EAA will continue striving towards a renewed and strengthened commitment of serving permit holders, stakeholders and neighbors with world-class service based on sound science research and analysis. These efforts will, in turn, increase our abilities to respond in a more timely and confident manner to any and all inquiries and issues, from the mundane to the extraordinary. The images contained within this calendar tell a story and demonstrate how we utilized the tool of inclusion to reach out, explore and create partnerships to create extraordinary possibilities. These possibilities challenged and tested our ability to unleash our imaginations. For the benefit of the communities we serve, the tapping of our imaginations stretches our abilities, which makes us a stronger authority. And to deal with these new challenges, different ways of thinking — innovations — are being considered and established. In 2020 our commitment to the “3 I’s” will result in the EAA’s first-ever permanent Education Outreach Center, to be a primary attraction at the soon-to-be-constructed Morgan’s Wonderland Camp, and the creation and operation of a 150-acre world-class field research observatory. These facilities represent a new era for the EAA and are a direct result of our embracing strategic thought and action. With 2021, the 25th anniversary of the EAA, within sight, we cannot but be optimistic that the pathway we are taking is challenging, occasionally difficult, but in the end wholeheartedly worth the effort. On behalf of the employees and Board of Directors of the EAA, I invite you to join us as we pursue our wonderful futures. And I wish you a happy and prosperous 2020!
Bexar County • District 7 Kathleen Tobin Krueger Comal County • District 8 Ronald J. Walton Comal/Guadalupe Counties • District 9 Pat Stroka Hays County • District 10 Rachel Allyn Sanborn Hays/Caldwell Counties • District 11 Scott Yanta Medina County • District 12 Luana Buckner Medina/Atascosa Counties • District 13 Don Laffere Uvalde County • District 14 Rader Gilleland Uvalde County • District 15 Gary Middleton SCTWAC • Appointed Director Clark Ward Medina/Uvalde Counties • Appointed Director
Roland Ruiz General Manager
ABOVE Morgan’sWonderland Founder, Gordon Hartman and EAAGeneral Manager, Roland Ruiz.
2 10 17 24
1 New Year ’s Day (EAA Cl osed) 6 EAA Board Meet i ng 20 Mar t i n Luther Ki ng , J r .Day (EAA Cl osed)
ABOVE Conceptual rendering of the EAA EducationOutreach Center.
1 9 15
11 EAA Board Meet i ng 17 Pres i dent s ’ Day (EAA Cl osed)
ABOVE EAAmascot, Karston; Community Advisory Boardmember, Chris Herring; EAABoardmembers, Don Laffere; Deborah Carington; Carol Patterson; EAAGeneral Manager, Roland Ruiz andMorgan’s Wonderland Founder Gordon Hartman; EAABoardmembers, ByronMiller; Rachel Allyn Sanborn; Patrick Stroka; andMorgan’sWonderlandmascot, Joy.
2 9 16 24
St. Patrick’s Day
8 Day l i ght Sav i ngs St ar t s 10 EAA Board Meet i ng
ABOVE Morgan’sWonderland Founder, Gordon Hartman, and EAABoardMembers, Carol Patterson and Don Laffere.
April Fools’ Day
1 7 14 22 30
14 Board Meet i ng 24 Ba t t l e of F l owers (EAA Cl osed)
ABOVE EAAmascot, Karston, andMorgan’sWonderlandmascot, Joy.
Cinco de Mayo
7 14 22 29
12 EAA Board Meet i ng 25 Memor i a l Day (EAA Cl osed)
ABOVE EAA boardmembers, starting left: Carol Patterson, Dist. 1; Rader Gilleland, Dist. 15; RonaldWalton, Dist. 9; Deborah Carington, Dist. 6; Don Laffere, Dist. 14; Enrique Valdivia, Dist. 7; Scott Yanta, Dist. 12; GaryMiddleton, SCTWAC; Rachel Allyn Sanborn, Dist. 11; Ron Ellis, Dist. 5; ByronMiller, Dist. 2; Abelardo Salinas, Dist. 3; Kathleen Krueger, Dist. 8; Patrick Stroka, Dist. 10; ClarkWard, Medina/Uvalde; Luana Buckner, Dist. 13; Ben Youngblood, Dist. 4
5 13 21 28
9 EAA Board Meet i ng
ABOVE Conceptual rendering of the EAA Field ResearchObservatory.
4 12 20 27
4 I ndependence Day (EAA Cl osed) 14 EAA Board Meet i ng
ABOVE Aerial viewof the Cibolo Vista Tracts.
3 11 18 25
11 EAA Board Meet i ng
ABOVE Roland Ruiz, EAAGeneral Manager, andMark Hamilton, EAA Executive Director of Aquifer Management Services.
2 10 17 23
7 Labor Day (EAA Cl osed) 8 EAA Board Meet i ng
ABOVE EAAAquifer Management Services teammembers, starting left: ThomasMarsalia, Aquifer Protection Supervisor; Bryan Anderson, DataManagement Director; Mark Hamilton, Executive Director of Aquifer Management Services; and Brent Doty, Aquifer Science ResearchManager.
1 9 16 23 31
8 EAA Board Meet i ng 12 Co l umbus Day
ABOVE Sunset at the Cibolo Vista Tracts, overseeing the TPCGolf Course.
Daylight Savings Ends
8 14 21 30
10 EAA Board Meet i ng 11 Veterans Day (EAA Cl osed) 26 Thanksg i v i ng (EAA Cl osed) 27 Day Af ter Thanksg i v i ng (EAA Cl osed)
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ABOVE Illustration by grandfailure | stock.adobe.com
7 14 21 29
8 EAA Board Meet i ng 24 Day Before Chr i s tmas (EAA Cl osed) 25 Chr i stmas (EAA Closed)
New Year’s Eve
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