New Waves March 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

  • Managing water resources in a changing climate

    In a report last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provided estimates of how climate may change in the coming decades and how changes in temperature and precipitation may change hydrologic conditions.

  • Texas AgriLife helps district evaluate water conservation

    The North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is facing some critical water supply issues and has asked Texas AgriLife Extension Service to aid in a study about potential water conservation policies for the district.

  • TWRI completes New Technologies for Animal Waste Pollution Control project

    Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has recently completed the New Technologies for Animal Waste Pollution Control project, which identified, evaluated, and field-tested technologies for reducing nutrient levels in wastes from concentrated animal feeding operations and other sources.

  • McFarland receives Regents Fellow Service Award

    Dr. Mark Lee McFarland of the Department of Soil and Crops Sciences was recognized as a 2008 Regents Fellow Service Award for his work as state soil fertility specialist and state water quality coordinator.

  • Texas Water Development Board selects Deputy Executive Administrator

    Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Executive Administrator Kevin Ward announced that Dr. Robert Mace has assumed the roll of deputy executive administrator for Water Science and Conservation, a TWDB program that includes surface water resources, groundwater resources, conservation, and innovative technologies.

  • New Publications/Papers

    Field Demonstration of the Performance of an Electrocoagulation System to Reduce Phosphorus and Other Substances from Dairy Lagoon Effluent, Field Demonstration of the Performance of a Geotube® Dewatering System to Reduce Phosphorus and Other Substances from Dairy Lagoon Effluent, Field Demonstration of the Performance of the L4DB® Microbial Treatment System to Reduce Phosphorus and Other Substances from Dairy Lagoon Effluent, Cycling of Geotube® Solids from Dairy Lagoons Through Turfgrass Sod, Field Demonstration of the Performance of Wastewater Treatment Solution (WTS®) to Reduce Phosphorus and other Substances from Dairy Lagoon Effluent, Measuring Seepage Losses from Canals Using the Ponding Test Method

  • New Waves E-letter - March 2, 2009

  • TWRI grant recipient studies the aquatic hazard of ionizable compounds

    Theodore Valenti, now earning his Ph.D. from Baylor University's Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Ecological, Earth, and Environmental Science, recently worked with his advising professor Dr. Bryan Brooks to determine how variability among water quality parameters of the Brazos River basin influence aquatic risk of ionizable compounds.

  • Irrigation Training Program successful

    More than 500 participants attended 6 training events over the last 12 months as part of the Irrigation Training Program, a multi-agency project designed to help farmers and others learn about efficient tools and techniques of irrigation management to enhance water conservation.

  • A&M students receive environmental grant

    Saving the planet starts at home, at least for one group of Texas A&M students who recently received an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant and with it plan to improve hydrologic sustainability for the A&M campus in College Station.

  • Winemiller honored with Regents, Bush awards

    Dr. Kirk O. Winemiller was honored with the 2008 Regents Professor Award at the Texas A&M AgriLife conference, held in College Station in January. He is also the recipient of the Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Teaching.

  • Wagner named associate director of TWRI

    Kevin Wagner has been named associate director of Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) by Dr. B. L. Harris, acting TWRI director.

  • Harris named acting director

    Dr. B.L. Harris has been named acting director of the Texas Water Resources Institute.

    Texas AgriLife Research Interim Director Dr. William A. Dugas and Texas AgriLife Extension Service Director Dr. Ed Smith announced the appointment, effective Feb. 1.

    Harris replaces former director Dr. C. Allan Jones, who took a faculty position at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center at Dallas.

  • Water quality of private wells: A potential concern

    More than 20 percent of private domestic wells sampled nationwide contain at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

  • TWRI grant recipient integrates composted biosolids in low quality soil

    Ronnie Schnell, now earning his doctorate in agronomy from Texas A&M University, recently worked with his advising professors Dr. Donald Vietor and Dr. Clyde Munster to incorporate composted biosolids in low quality soils to enhance water conservation and provide organic carbon and nutrients that improve vegetation growth and limit sediment loss.

  • Lake Granbury Water Quality program advances educational efforts

    A team of Texas AgriLife Extension Service educators led by Dr. Bruce Lesikar, professor and associate department head in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, is continuing to educate residents in Hood County about water quality threats related to ongoing, nonpoint source water pollution within the Lake Granbury Watershed. Six training events in Hood County are planned between April 6 and April 17, and additional training is scheduled for June 1-3, 2009.

  • AgriLife Research drip irrigation project yields promising results

    The Texas AgriLife Research Station near Chillicothe is conducting a study to develop conservation tillage and water management strategies that enhance crop-stand establishment, water-use efficiency, and yield in subsurface drip-irrigated cotton production in the Rolling Plains.

  • Rio Grande Basin Initiative project featured on HGTV

    A demonstration garden cared for by Sandoval County Master Gardeners in New Mexico was recently featured on the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) cable network series Gardening by the Yard, hosted by Paul James. On March 15, the Rio Ranchos Water-Wise Demonstration Garden was aired on an episode titled Xeriscaping, Drought-Tolerant Plants, and Wise-Water Practices.

  • New Waves E-letter - March 31, 2009

  • EPA Water Quality Video Contest

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring a contest for educational videos that inspire people to help protect their streams, lakes, wetlands, and coasts. Two winning videos will be chosen: a 30 or 60 second video that is usable as a TV public service announcement and a 1 to 3 minute instructional video.

  • Save the date

    As part of its Initiative for Watershed Excellence, the River Systems Institute, in collaboration with the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute, Texas Riparian Association, and Texas Water Resources Institute, will host Land, Water, People 2009 on November 16-18, 2009 at the San Marcos Convention Center.

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