New Waves January 2010

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

New Publications/Papers and Training Courses

New Publications/Papers

The Development of a Coordinated Database for Water Resources and Flow Model in the Paso Del Norte Watershed (Phase III), S. Tillery, Z. Sheng, J. P. King, B. Creel, C. Brown, A. Michelsen, R. Srinivasan, A. Granados, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-359, 2009

This report fulfills the deliverables required by the cooperative agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas AgriLife Research (TAES/03-PL-02: Modification No. 3) on behalf of the Paso del Norte Watershed Council. Tasks accomplished in this phase include (a) assess the data availability for expansion of the URGWOM model, identify data gaps, generate data needed from historic data using empirical methods, compile and verify the water quality data for reaches between the Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico and Fort Quitman, Texas; (b) develop the RiverWareTM physical model for the Rio Grande flow for the selected reaches between Elephant Butte Reservoir and El Paso, beginning with a conceptual model for interaction of surface water and groundwater in the Rincon and Mesilla valleys, and within the limits of available data; (c) implement data transfer interface between the coordinated database and hydrologic models.

Evaluation of Irrigation Efficiency Strategies for Far West Texas: Feasibility, Water Savings And Cost Considerations, A. Michelsen, M. Chavez, R. Lacewell, J. Gilley, Z. Sheng, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-360, 2009.

This report evaluates the applicability, water savings potential, implementation feasibility and cost effectiveness of seventeen irrigated agriculture water conservation practices in Far West Texas during both drought and full water supply conditions. Agricultural, hydrologic, engineering, economic, and institutional conditions are identified and examined for the three largest irrigated agricultural areas which account for over 90 percent of total irrigated agricultural acreage in Far West Texas. Factors considered in evaluating conservation strategies included water sources, use, water quality, cropping patterns, current irrigation practices, delivery systems, technological alternatives, market conditions and operational constraints.

TWRI Water Resources Training Courses

SWAT for Beginners Feb. 8-9, 2010
Advanced Data Processing for ArcSWAT Feb. 10, 2010
SWAT for Advanced Users Feb. 11-12, 2010
Modeling of Water Distribution Systems using EPANet Mar. 15-17, 2010

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