New Waves April 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

New Publications/Papers and Training Courses

New Publications/ Papers

Demonstration and Transfer of Selected New Technologies for Animal Waste Pollution Control, S. Mukhtar, L. Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute Report TR-340, 2009

The project was designed as a means for evaluating animal waste treatment methods and their ability to remove phosphorus (P) from dairy waste. This report summarizes the results of each demonstrated product or technology and the turfgrass growth demonstration. It highlights both positive and negative aspects of each treatment methodology so producers who consider implementing one of the technologies may have science-based findings predicting respective performance.

Economic Impacts of Salinity Control Measures for the Upper Pecos River Basin of Texas, W. Thompson, Texas Water Resources Institute Report TR-348, 2009

The project analyzed the expected economic impacts of implementing potential salinity control measures on the Pecos River above Red Bluff Reservoir to decrease salinity levels in water used for irrigation in Texas. The purpose for this evaluation was to see if the overall economic impact of producing less salt tolerant, more profitable crops might be significant enough to encourage producers to convert current cropping practices to more profitable practices not currently useable due to elevated irrigation water salinity levels.

Expansion of Urban Area in Irrigation Districts of the Rio Grande River Basin, 1996-2006: A Map Series, E. Leigh, M. Barroso, and G. Fipps, Texas Water Resources Institute Report EM-105, 2009

The border region of Texas is experiencing rapid urban growth which is expected to have a continuing and increasing impact on the irrigation districts of the region. This report presents an analysis of the expansion of urban area during the ten year period from 1996 to 2006 in portions of the Rio Grande Basin. The report includes maps of five counties: El Paso, Maverick, Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy, which show the expansion of urban area over this ten year period. Also, shown on the maps are the service areas of 30 irrigation districts.

TWRI Water Resources Training Courses

APEX May 12-13, 2009
WinEPIC Training Workshop June 2-4, 2009
SWAT for Beginners June 8-9, 2009

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