Conservation Matters July 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

WRAP fundamentals course coming to Texas A&M Aug. 4-5

WRAP fundamentals course coming to Texas A&M Aug. 4-5

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) Natural Resources Training Program will host a Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) Fundamentals Short Course Aug. 4-5 in College Station. The two-day course will be held at 1500 Research Parkway, in Lab 212.

The course is designed for engineers and scientists employed by water agencies and consulting firms, said Nikki Dictson, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist for TWRI and coordinator of the training program.

“The training is oriented toward new WRAP users but will also be beneficial for those with past experience who would like to refresh their skills,” she said.

WRAP is a generalized modeling system used for simulating the development, management, allocation and use of the water resources of a river basin. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Water Availability Modeling system consists of the modeling system along with input datasets for all of the river basins of Texas.

Dr. Richard Hoffpauir of Hoffpauir Consulting is the course instructor. Dictson said he has many years of experience in applying WRAP in Texas and abroad.

“WRAP is used in regional and statewide planning, preparation and approval of water right permit applications, system operations studies and various other river/reservoir system management activities,” Hoffpauir said.

Through lectures, discussions and computer modeling exercises, Hoffpauir said he will cover WRAP monthly time step simulations and output processing, focusing on fundamentals.

“The objective is for course participants to obtain hands-on experience with the modeling system and proficiency with basic water right analyses,” he said.

The course registration fee is $800, which includes WRAP manuals and meals. The class is limited to 10 people. The registration form is available at bit.ly/wrapshortcourse.

Participants will receive continuing education units for completion of the course. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations and travel. Information regarding local accommodations is available from TWRI’s training program.

The public domain WRAP software and reference, users and supplemental manuals are available at ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/rwurbs/wrap.htm. For more information, contact Dictson at ndictson@tamu.edu or 979.458.5915 or contact Hoffpauir at richard@rjhoffpauir.com.

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