New Waves July 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

  • Golf Tournament

    Golfers have a chance to raise money for turfgrass education and research at Texas A&M University while enjoying a competitive round of golf.

    The Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center at Dallas will host the A&M Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 14 at the Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. Gene Stallings, a former Texas A&M football coach and current member of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents, is tournament host.

    More information about the tournament is available at invitational.tamu.edu.

  • TEEX develops ECLOX protocols to detect toxins in drinking water

    Protecting and monitoring the quality of the state's drinking water supply is the goal of a joint effort by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)—an effort aimed at detecting a variety of toxins that could contaminate a community's water supply, either accidentally or intentionally. After 9/11, many public water systems across the state and nation acquired an ECLOX field analyzer to measure drinking water contaminants.

    But there was a big problem, says TEEX Water and Wastewater Laboratory Instructor Keith McLeroy: the equipment came with minimal instructions and no protocols for establishing baseline data for comparing the ECLOX readings. TCEQ turned to the TEEX Water and Wastewater Program to establish baseline data for 24 public water systems in Texas, and to develop a protocol for effectively measuring possible contaminants. Following the 2008 TCEQ project in which TEEX developed specific protocols for the ECLOX luminometer, TEEX has become recognized for its expertise in ECLOX baseline data development, protocols and training.

    “We are rewriting the ECLOX protocols, which will further enhance the overall effectiveness of the ECLOX luminometer as a multi-purpose analyzer for both security and daily monitoring of drinking water," McLeroy said.

    Read the full story at www.teex.com.

  • Early registration for TAMMI conference nearing

    The Texas Animal Manure Management Issues (TAMMI) Conference will be held Sept. 29-30 at the Austin Marriott North in Round Rock. Early registration for the conference is $75 through August 1 and $125 after that date.

    The TAMMI Conference will provide education and information on proper animal manure management for environmental protection and a thriving animal industry in Texas, in the context of evolving regulatory and public relations environment. Continuing education units will be available to participants. For more information, see the TAMMI Web site.

  • New Mexico Conference

    The 2009 New Mexico Water Research Symposium, a one-day technical symposium hosted by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NMWRRI), will be held on Aug. 11 at the Macey Center & Jones Annex, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM.

    The registration fee is $20 per person, but the fee will be waived for students presenting a paper or poster. For more information on the symposium or to register, please go to the symposium Web site.

    NMWRRI will also hold the 54th Annual New Mexico Water Conference Oct. 14-16 at the Isleta Casino and Resort, south of Albuquerque. “Water Planning in a Time of Uncertainty” is the theme of the conference.

    Early registration is $175, due by Sept. 4, and full-time student registration is $75. Please visit the conference Web site for more information.

  • New Publications/Papers and Training Courses

    Evaluation of Canal Lining Projects in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Evaluation of Smart Irrigation Controllers: Initial Bench Testing Results, and upcoming training course information.

  • Graduate students receive water research scholarships

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently funded Mills Scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year to 10 Texas A&M University graduate students pursuing water-related research.

    TWRI’s Mills Scholars Program, an endowed fund that supports research in water conservation and management, provided the $1,500 scholarships to the students to use for education-related expenses. TWRI uses the Mills Scholars program to encourage and assist current and prospective Texas A&M University graduate students addressing priority water resources issues facing Texas.

    Students receiving the scholarships are:

    • Hannah Childress and Di Long, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Bhavna Arora, Water Management and Hydrologic Science
    • Takele Dinka and Leonardo Rivera, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
    • Chandana Damodaram, Celso Moller Ferreira, Marcio Hofheinz Giacomoni and Sanjay Tewari, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
    • Yixiao Liu, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
    For more information about the grant program and students’ projects, visit the Mill's Scholarship Program Web site.

  • Getting in Step workshops to cover watershed education and outreach

    Getting in Step, a workshop on educating and motivating audiences to protect water quality, will be held in Houston, Austin and Dallas, on Sept. 22, 23 and 24, respectively.

    These workshops, organized by the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), developed and led by Tetra Tech, and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will teach participants how to conduct watershed outreach campaigns to help reduce nonpoint source (NPS) and stormwater pollution, improve water quality on a priority watershed basis, and facilitate greater total maximum daily load and watershed-based plan implementation.

    For more information or to register the workshops, visit TWRI’s Training Course Web site or contact Kevin Wagner at klwagner@ag.tamu.edu.

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