New Waves September 2008

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

New Publications

Drinking Water Problems: MTBE, Monty Dozier, Bruce J. Lesikar, Texas AgriLife Extension Service Publication L-5502

Methyl tertiary-butyl ether, a gasoline additive commonly known as MTBE, can contaminate groundwater and cause health problems for those exposed to it for a long time. However, filtering devices can remove this and other additives from well water.

The Watershed Management Approach, Russell A. Persyn, Molly Griffin, Amy T. Williams, Clint Wolfe, Texas AgriLife Extension Service publication B-6154 (reprint)

Watershed management is a coordinated environmental management framework that focuses on highest priority problems. This publication explains the data collection and data assessment that is part of such a system, and describes the implementation process. The publication will help stakeholders understand watershed management policies.

Rainwater Harvesting: Soil Storage and Infiltration System, Justin Mechell, Bruce J. Lesikar, Texas AgriLife Extension Service publication B-6195 (reprint)

A soil storage and infiltration system collects rainfall runoff from the roofs of buildings and directs it underground where it infiltrates the soil. Such a system conserves water and protects it from surface pollution. This publication describes how to plan, design and install various types of soil storage and infiltration systems.

Harvesting Rainwater for Wildlife, James Cathey, Russell A. Persyn, Dana Porter, Monty Dozier, Michael Mecke, Billy Kniffen, Texas AgriLife Extension Service publication B-6182 (reprint)

Landowners can attract wildlife to their properties by installing rainwater catchment devices. This publication explains wildlife water sources, management considerations, rainfall catchment areas and wildlife tax valuation. It also illustrates various types of devices used to provide supplemental water for wildlife.

Rainwater Harvesting: Raingardens, Justin Mechell, Bruce J. Lesikar, Texas AgriLife Extension Service publication L-5482 (revision)

A raingarden is in artifical depression in the landscape that collects and stores rainfall runoff until it can infiltrate the soil. Raingardens help conserve water and protect it from surface pollution. In this publication, you will learn how to design and install a raingarden and how to select the right location for it.

On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems: Graywater Use and Water Quality, Bruce J. Lesikar, Justin Mechell, Rachel Alexander, Texas AgriLife Extension Service publication L-5504

Like paper and plastic, some water can be recycled. This ‘graywater,’ which can be water from bathtubs and showers, clothes washing machines and some sinks, can then be used in landscapes.

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