Conservation Matters September 2018

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Campus group provides network for those interested in water

By Sarah Richardson

Campus group provides network for those interested in water   The Texas A&M Water Network tailgating tent.

Do you have a passion for water?

The Texas A&M Water Network is dedicated to building an on-campus network of students and water professionals who share a passion for water.

The group will have its first meeting for the fall semester on Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Scoates Hall, room 208, and invites interested individuals to come.

Lauren Salcido, a Texas A&M University 2nd year graduate student, is the president of the network, a chapter of the Texas sector of the American Water Works Association.

Salcido said her goal is to see the water network expand across campus and beyond the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

“Water touches every part of life and therefore every realm of study,” she said. “I believe that if our campus was unified through water-related causes we could have an unstoppable network of people seeking positive change for water resources.”

The main objectives of the organization are to connect students with professionals and industry experts in the field of water resources to provide students with opportunities for leadership and networking within the water community. The network works to organize faculty, employer and alumni networking events, educational trips to water industries with strenuous water use, and talks about water science and policy research.

“We hope that our new members are looking for a place to interact with others who have water as a common interest in their lives,” she said.

Meetings occur on the third Thursday of each month. There are social, educational and recreational events arranged as well, Salcido said.

“At one of our educational events, we participated in the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District’s seventh grade water quality teaching lab,” she said.

“This year we expect to have many more social activities planned, including recreational,” Salcido said. “Our group has happy hour socials after our monthly meetings. We want our members to engage with each other about water while enjoying life.”

The network will also be hosting a tailgate for the Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss game on Nov. 10.

The organization is currently looking for sponsorships and collaborations with outside organizations. 

For more information about the Texas A&M Water Network, visit it's Facebook page or email TamuWaterNetwork@gmail.com.

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