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Water Conservancy and Iconic 20th Century Photos: Houston Matters for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The tenth annual Texas Water Day kicked off yesterday in Washington DC. It’s an effort by the Texas Water Conservation Association to lobby lawmakers and other officials about their priorities, including Texas water infrastructure development and certifying levees. On today’s Houston Matters, we discuss issues associated with water in Houston and across the state of Texas. We consider water quality, and […]

The tenth annual Texas Water Day kicked off yesterday in Washington DC. It’s an effort by the Texas Water Conservation Association to lobby lawmakers and other officials about their priorities, including Texas water infrastructure development and certifying levees. On today’s Houston Matters, we discuss issues associated with water in Houston and across the state of Texas. We consider water quality, and how we manage our water supply, as we talk with Laura Huffman, the Director of Nature Conservancy Texas…John O’Donnell, VP of Technology for the irrigation company Waterlogic…and Ruthanne Haut, Infrastructure Analyst for the city of Houston.

Also: As the Houston Symphony prepares for several concerts this month, including performances with guest pianist Emanuel Ax, we learn a little about the symphony’s new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. At age 35, Estrada is one of the youngest major symphony conductors in the nation. We’ll learn about his geographic and musical journey from his native Colombia to Houston.

Plus: An upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will feature iconic 20th century photographs from magazines. The collection includes photographs by Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn and William Wegman. We talk with curator Anne Wilkes Tucker about how photojournalism has changed in recent decades, and we’ll consider whether there will ever be such iconic photography of the 21st century on display somewhere.

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