- New txH2O spotlights water conservation technologies, partnerships and leaders
The Texas Water Resources Institute’s (TWRI) Summer 2015 issue of txH2Ois now online. This issue spotlights innovative work in improving urban water conservation, a new partnership in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and several natural resources nexuses, including the water, energy, food nexus and the water, soil nexus.
- Recent flooding could potentially speed up spread of zebra mussels
Among all the negative effects of the recent drought in Texas, there was one positive result: drought, and the resulting closure of many boat ramps, may have limited the spread of zebra mussels, an aquatic invasive species. With the recent heavy and frequent rains, however, the state’s zebra mussel outlook has changed.
- Meet a Scientist: Wade Ryberg
Quick reflexes and a set of hands — these were Dr. Wade Ryberg’s childhood tools for catching reptiles and amphibians. After the capture, he would often bring the animal home for further study. “I would catch something in the wild, keep it, feed it, watch it eat, and then I would just put it back where I found it,” he said. This early contact inspired Ryberg to pursue a career in herpetology and led him to the work he does today at the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR).
- Celebrate Smart Irrigation Month and save water
July is Smart Irrigation Month, and the Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have many resources to help Texans save water supplies and money by irrigating their landscapes more efficiently.
- Intro to watershed modeling workshop July 8 in Austin
- Extension expert teaching free webinar on water law July 2
Water law in Texas can be complicated. For an overview of Texas water laws as well as recent legal cases, attend a July 2 webinar taught by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.
- Utilities across Texas invited to AMI workshops
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Johnson Controls Inc. are continuing to host free advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system workshops for water utilities in cities throughout Texas this summer.
- Urban Wildlife Management conference July 29 in Dallas
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas will host an Urban Wildlife Management conference July 29. The conference will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Building C of the center, located at 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. Lunch is included.
- Reminder: IWR and NIWR proposals due to TWRI July 13
- Alamo Area Conservation Workshop coming to San Antonio Aug. 28
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M Forest Service will present an Aug. 28 workshop for small-acreage landowners, homeowners and natural area enthusiasts.