- Flood recovery resources are available through AgriLife Extension
As many Texans recover from recent flood damage, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has resources that can help.
The Texas Extension Disaster Education Network, or Texas EDEN, has science-based materials related to floods, and other emergencies and disasters at texashelp.tamu.edu. View the Texas EDEN Floods page for expert advice on flood recovery, and see these specific resources for additional information and for experts to contact:
- Can These Trees Be Saved? (ER-039): information on assessing tree damage after a storm or disaster
- When Your Trees Fail: Who Do You Call? (ER-040): a fact sheet on contacts who can help residents with tree care and removal
- After a Disaster: Recovery Safety Tips (ER-019): advice for avoiding health and safety issues during recovery efforts, including chainsaw safety and how to avoid mosquitos and snakes
- Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems: Responding to Electrical Power Outages and Floods (ER-001): information on responding to a disaster’s effects on residential septic systems
- Salvaging Timber: Landowner Do’s and Don’ts (ER-037): a fact sheet helping landowners make decisions about damaged timber
- Meet TWRI Associate Director Kevin Wagner
As a freshman studying biology at Howard Payne University, Dr. Kevin Wagner dreamt of becoming a physical therapist. But, he soon realized the impact of his childhood days spent playing in the streams on his grandfather’s ranch. His heart was in water resources.
Wagner’s passion for water led him to change his career path and pursue graduate work in water. Ultimately, this passion led him to his current position as associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).
- Job openings at IRNR and TWRI
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) currently has three full-time positions open:
- software applications developer, located in College Station
- website designer, located in College Station
- research assistant, located in San Antonio
- Mills Scholar researches turfgrass water needs
Charles Fontanier, a doctoral student in Texas A&M University’s Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program, believes that most Texans want to conserve water, even when it comes to watering their lawns. He hopes his research helps them understand that they can save water and have their lawns too.
“I think most people want to conserve water and are willing to have a marginally lower quality lawn to do so,” Fontanier said. “I hope the public can use my research to recognize that Texas lawn grasses are hardy and will tolerate temporary drought stress. Even if it turns off-color or loses density, recovery is likely when seasonal rains return.”
- Free video series covers prescribed burning techniques
Texas landowners looking to use prescribed fire to manage their land now can turn to a series of free educational YouTube videos tailored for the Lone Star State.
The Living With Texas Fire video series of 20 short, how-to educational clips covers everything from planning a burn to transporting a drip torch.
Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist, coordinated the video project and designed it to help Texans become more “fire ready,” she said. Production was supported by Renewable Resources Extension Act funding, administered by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR).
- Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for June 2 in Waxahachie
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop June 2 in Waxahachie for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Richland-Chambers Lake watershed.
The free workshop is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Ellis County and the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD).
- AMI water utilities workshops coming to cities across Texas
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.
The workshops locations and dates are:
- Dallas: June 24, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd.
- San Angelo: June 25, McNease Convention Center, 500 Rio Concho Dr.
- Beaumont: July 16, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1509 Aggie Dr.
- Conroe: July 17, San Jacinto River Authority, 1577 Dam Site Rd.
- Amarillo: July 23, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. W.
- Mt. Pleasant: July 29, Community Center, 1800 N. Jefferson
- Robstown: Aug. 6, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 710 E. Main Ave., Suite 1
- New Texas Water Journal articles published
A book review of Sharing the Common Pool: Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans by Charles R. Porter and an article about regulating hydraulic fracturing in Texas are the two newest published articles in the Texas Water Journal, Volume 6, Number 1.
The online, peer-reviewed journal is published jointly by the Texas Water Resources Institute and The Texas Water Journal, a nonprofit organization.
- USDA allocates $6.5 million for Ogallala Aquifer work
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality. Funding will target seven focus areas in five states, including Texas, to support their primary water source and strengthen rural economies.
- Public invited to water talks across Devils River Basin June 22–26
Anyone interested in water conservation and quality and the construction and maintenance of water wells and septic systems in the Devils River Basin is invited to one of the Water Talks Workshops June 22–26 at various locations in the area.
These workshops are offered through collaboration among the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas Well Owner Network, Nueces River Authority, Devils River Conservancy and Devils River Association.
- TWDB issues request for agricultural water conservation grants applications
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has issued a request for grant applications from eligible entities to fund agricultural water conservation projects.
Available funding includes $329,600 for cost sharing of metering equipment for groundwater conservation districts that have rules requiring metering of groundwater withdrawals and $50,000 for other entities to pursue similar water use monitoring projects.
- Bandera water conservation education series offers hands-on instruction
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service along with the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District are continuing the 2015 Bandera Water Workshops series in June and August.
Sponsors of the programs include Bandera Electric Cooperative Inc., the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas and Hill Country Alliance.
- Rainwater harvesting award recipients honored by TWDB
- TRIES hosting water policy conference June 18-19
The Texas Research Institute of Environmental Studies (TRIES) at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is hosting an interdisciplinary water policy conference June 18-19 at the SHSU Woodlands Center, in The Woodlands, Texas. According to organizers, the event will bring together professionals and academics to facilitate an open dialogue on topics that shape water policy at federal and state levels of government.