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Sansom honored by Nature Conservancy of Texas

Date of release: 09/30/05

SAN MARCOS—Andy Sansom, director of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been honored by the Nature Conservancy of Texas with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award was presented to Sansom Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, before an audience of approximately 700 local environmental and civic leaders.

"It was a great, great honor. I was director of the Nature Conservancy back in mid-80s, and for me, that's the thing that has made this honor so meaningful," Sansom said. "For them to come back and honor me 20 years later was a special thing for me.

"When I spoke at the luncheon, I said I was privileged to be working on a campus which was an awakening giant 30 miles south of Austin," he said. "On our campus is the second-largest spring in North America and our university leadership is committed to water as the most critical natural resource issue facing Texas in this generation."

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special award given by the Nature Conservancy from time to time to recognize an individual who has made a remarkable life-long commitment to protecting our natural heritage. Previous Texas recipients of this award include David Bamberger, Bob Armstrong, J.J. "Jake" Pickle, Lady Bird Johnson, George Mitchell and Lloyd Bentsen.

The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.