New Waves May 2008

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New Book presents insights on Texas water issues

A new book published by the River Systems Institute at Texas State University and the Texas A&M University Press uses innovative maps and graphics to present water resources issues facing Texas.

Drs. Lawrence Estaville and Richard Earl of the Department of Geography at Texas State University developed the Texas Water Atlas.

The book contains sections describing climate, surface water and groundwater, water hazards associated with floods and drought, water quantity and quality, water projects, pollution, water recreation, and future water supply and demand. Each section begins with an introductory text followed by colorful maps, charts, and graphics.

"We created the Texas Water Atlas as a fundamental reference book for a diversity of people interested in Texas water resources, including university and high school students, policymakers, environmentalists, and the general public," Estaville said.

The book differs from many other publications that describe water resources in that it presents water resources information using maps. For example, a map of the Edwards Aquifer shows the location of springs along the contributing recharge and artesian zones. A series of maps shows which regions of Texas have been most affected by flash floods, catastrophic storms and hurricanes, and lists the intensity of rainfall associated with these events. Other maps present information on the habitats of water-dependent fish, mammals, birds, and plants that may be endangered.

In addition, the book includes a comprehensive timeline from 1542 to present time of important developments in Texas water resources.

For more information about the book, contact Estaville at 512.245.7618 or or Earl at 512.245.3204 or The book may be ordered through the Texas A&M University Press from its Web site,

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