Conservation Matters November 2016

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

  • Can you water your landscape less and still have thriving plants?
    Can you water your landscape less and still have thriving plants?

    What if there was a way to irrigate less but still have good-looking landscapes?

    Thanks to research results recently published by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), homeowners and landscapers can now learn exactly how little water popular Central Texas ornamental plants need to not only survive but thrive.

  • New turfgrass facility makes room for more Aggie turf research
    New turfgrass facility makes room for more Aggie turf research

    Fifteen years ago, Dr. Richard White began to think about the need to consolidate Texas A&M University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences turfgrass research in College Station. For years, the professor and his colleagues had conducted field research and analyzed data in two separate locations making their work more difficult and less efficient.

  • Public invited to Navasota River watershed meeting on draft plan
    Public invited to Navasota River watershed meeting on draft plan

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) are hosting two public meetings Dec. 8 for anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone.

  • Calling all landowners: TPWD and IRNR want your input
    Calling all landowners: TPWD and IRNR want your input

    Understanding Texas private landowners’ needs, preferences and concerns in operating and managing their land and natural resources is the purpose of a brief online questionnaire developed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Private Lands Advisory Committee in partnership with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.

  • Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for Dec. 7 in Kenedy
    Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for Dec. 7 in Kenedy

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI)’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Kenedy for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Lower San Antonio River watershed.

  • UT Austin Engineering becomes new home for EPA Water Infrastructure Center
    UT Austin Engineering becomes new home for EPA Water Infrastructure Center

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given $3.9 million to researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to establish the Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management. The center will develop and improve open source water infrastructure models and share tools and research findings to assist local communities and stakeholders.  

  • TWRI hosting Dec. 15 public meeting to address Lavaca River water quality
    TWRI hosting Dec. 15 public meeting to address Lavaca River water quality

    The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting Dec. 15 for anyone interested in improving and protecting the Lavaca River watershed.

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