Conservation Matters May 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

June 22 seminar to cover decision support for sustainability of Mexico's Calera Aquifer

Dr. Francisco Mojarro, research fellow professor at the Autonomous University of Zacateca, will present a seminartitled "A Decision Support System for the Sustainability of the Calera Aquifer in Zacatecas, Mexico" June 22 on the Texas A&M University campus. The seminar will begin at 3 p.m., in Room 305 of Scoates Hall.

Mojarro will be discussing a recent study that applied models to the Calera Aquifer to make several simulations quantifying the effects of five hypothetical scenarios over a 20-year period. In Zacatecas, during the period of 1965 to 1980, the attention of government and farmers was turned to the exploitation and use of Calera groundwater, according to Mojarro. Due to the lack of a plan for long-term aquifer sustainability, said Mojarro, severe problems in groundwater availability, soil, natural vegetation, and water degradation became a concern of state and federal governments.

The Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas A&M Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering are jointly hosting the seminar.

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