New Waves June 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

  • Watershed planning short course Aug. 17-21 in Bandera

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) will be presenting a Texas Watershed Planning Short Course Aug. 17-21 in Bandera.

    The course will be held at the Mayan Dude Ranch, 350 Mayan Ranch Rd., about 47 miles northwest of San Antonio.

    “This is one of the few courses that builds upon the nine essential elements for watershed planning as identified by the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Kevin Wagner, an associate director at the institute and course leader. “The goal of the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course is to equip watershed coordinators and water professionals with the tools they need for effective watershed protection efforts.”

    The course will address watershed protection planning, building partnerships, watershed assessment, and how to identify solutions and create and implement a plan. Course registration is $350 if postmarked by July 17 and $375 thereafter. Registration does not include lodging and meals.

    For more information, visit or contact Wagner at or Courtney Swyden at

  • WRAP Course offered July 8-10

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is offering River/Reservoir System Modeling with WRAP, a continuing education course, July 8-10 at Texas A&M University.

    The two and a half-day course will begin at 1 p.m. on July 8 and end at 5 p.m. July 10. It will be held in Room 214 of the Centeq Research Plaza, 1500 Research Parkway in College Station.

    The course is designed for engineers and scientists employed by water agencies and consulting firms working in Texas or worldwide. The course will include lectures, discussions and computer model­ing exercises that will cover WRAP in its entirety, focusing on fundamentals.

    Early registration of $875 must be received before June 19 and all registration received on or after June 19 is $900. To register online visit For more information contact Swyden at or 979.845.1851.

  • TAMMI Conference to be held in Round Rock

    The Texas Animal Manure Management Issues (TAMMI) Conference is scheduled for Sep. 29-30, 2009, at the Austin Marriott North in Round Rock. Registration for the two-day event is $75 until Aug. 1 and $125 there after.

    The TAMMI Conference will provide education on proper animal manure management for both a thriving animal industry and environmental protection efforts in Texas, in the context of an evolving regulatory environment. The two-day program will include keynote speeches, information on federal and state regulations and policies affecting livestock and poultry manure management, and regulatory and engineering ethics training.

    For more information visit the TAMMI Web site.

  • From Dust Bowl to Mud Bowl conference scheduled for September

    “From Dust Bowl to Mud Bowl: Sedimentation, Conservation Measures and the Future of Reservoirs,” a conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Kansas State University, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society, is scheduled for Sep. 14-16, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo.

    The conference seeks to expand opportunities for multi-state interdisciplinary collaboration regarding conservation practices and the sustainability of reservoirs, examine current scientific research and technological issues related to sediment loading, and formulate recommendations regarding strategies to address sedimentation in reservoirs.

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is part of the conference planning committee and TWRI Acting Director Dr. B.L. Harris will be leading a conference session on “Consequences of Nutrient Loading and Sedimentation on Eutrophication.”

    See the conference’s Web site for more information.

  • Water issues and technologies workshop

    A short Course titled “Water Issues and Technologies: Process Water, Wastewater and Desalination - A Hands-on Workshop” will be held Aug. 2-4, 2009, at Texas A&M University. The 5th annual short course is presented by the Separations Science Lab, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Global Petroleum Research Institute and Texas Water Resources Institute.

    The workshop will include valuable information on the latest water pre-treatment technologies, membrane/filtration operations, and post-treatment technologies. Continuing education credits will be available to participants who complete the course.

    To learn more, visit the workshop’s Web site.

  • McKinney, AgriLife Research and Extension unveil Green Gardens

    The McKinney Green Gardens, a public demonstration of water conservation and green infrastructure in landscape design, officially opened on May 30. The gardens were created in an educational partnership between the city of McKinney and the Texas AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Service Urban Solutions Center in Dallas.

    The one-acre gardens were designed by the AgriLife Urban Solutions Center to demonstrate that landscape, through proper plant selection, can be beautiful and conserve water at the same time, said Clint Wolfe, project coordinator with the center. The gardens will help educate children, homeowners, developers and landscapers about water conservation practices.

    Learn more about the gardens at

  • Socolofsky wins hydraulic award

    Dr. Scott Socolofsky, assistant professor in the Coastal and Ocean Engineering Program of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, received the 2009 Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers during the Environment and Water Resources Institute Annual Congress May 17-21 in Kansas City, Mo.

    He received the award for his paper, “Experiments on Mass Exchange between Groin Fields and Main Stream in Rivers,” in the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. According to Socolofsky, the paper covered contaminant mixing problems in navigable rivers, where there is potential for accidental spills and the need for a predictive response capability.

  • X. Ben Wu named Presidential Professor

    Dr. X. Ben Wu, professor of ecosystem science and management in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named as one of two winners of the Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award. The award includes a $25,000 stipend and the career-long title of “Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence.”

    In addition to teaching courses and mentoring graduate students, Wu conducts research focused on landscape ecology, wetland restoration ecology, landscape pattern and hydrology in rangeland and urbanizing watersheds, and ecology education.

  • Call for papers: 2010 Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference

    The 2010 Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference will be held Feb. 21-25, 2010, on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    Proposals for workshops and symposia are due July 15, 2009, and proposals for oral and poster presentations are due Sep. 15, 2009.

    The conference will include presentations on the following topics: agricultural best management practices, rural & coastal environmental protection, conservation and resource management, watershed assessment & restoration, human dimensions of water resources.

    For more information, visit the conference Web site.

  • New Publications/Papers and Training Courses

    PIN II final report, Soil Testing Following Flooding, Overland Flow of Wastewater and other Freshwater Disasters, and upcoming training course information.

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