New Waves March 2010

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

  • RGBI represented at National Water Conference

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture hosted the 2010 Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference at Hilton Head Island, SC, Feb. 21-25. The Rio Grande Basin Initiative project was highlighted during the second Wednesday morning session. Six presentations were given by both Texas and New Mexico project participants on topics ranging from economics and engineering to deficit irrigation in pecans, turfgrass water conservation, and county program efforts.

  • Graduate students receive water research grants

    Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently funded 10 water-related research projects for graduate students from Texas A&M University, The University of Texas, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

  • New TWRI Web site offers irrigation training materials

    Producers tapping into water supplies for irrigation needs can now get training online at a new Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) Web site.

    The Texas Water Development Board, through a three-year Agricultural Water Conservation Grant, provided funds to TWRI to develop a statewide Irrigation Training Program to help farmers and others learn about efficient tools and techniques of irrigation management, said Dr. B.L. Harris, TWRI acting director.

  • New WATER Scholars program accepting applicants

    The WATER Scholars program at Texas A&M University is now accepting applicants for its first year of scholars, beginning fall 2010. Eligible scholarship recipients must be graduate students in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering or the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering who are pursuing a master's degree and have an interest in water-related research. The Texas Water Resources Institute is also a facilitator of the program.

  • TWRI to host EPANet course in Dallas

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) will host the Modeling of Water Distribution Systems using EPANet course March 15-16 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center in Dallas.

  • Ground Water Awareness Week March 7-13

    During National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 7-13, The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) urges household well owners to check their well caps to ensure it is in good condition to protect the water supply from contamination. The NGWA, which sponsors the week, proclaimed March 9 National Inspect-Your-Well-Cap Day to encourage private well owners make this inspection.

  • Texas A&M School of Irrigation to hold upcoming short courses

    The Texas A&M School of Irrigation is scheduled to host several irrigation training short courses in upcoming months. Topics to be covered include drip irrigation, irrigation management of commercial landscapes, landscape irrigation auditing and management, and “Smart” irrigation.

  • TWRI to host WRAP Users Group Conference

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) will host the WRAP Users Group Conference on April 16 at Texas A&M University. The Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) is a generalized modeling system for simulating the development, management, allocation, and use of the water resources of a river basin.

  • EPA Fix a Leak Week is March 15-21

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense program has designated March 15-21 as Fix a Leak Week to remind Americans to check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

    According to the EPA, an American home can waste, on average, 11,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks. Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year.

  • Separations Sciences Lab hosts short course

    The Texas A&M University Separations Sciences Lab is hosting its 20th annual Membrane, Filtration, and Separations Technologies short course April 18-22, in College Station.

  • New TWRI projects

    The Texas Water Resources Institute recently acquired funding for the following new projects: Enhancing Water Quality and Drudge Material for the Port of Harlingen (Phase I), Public Service Announcements for the Arroyo Colorado Watershed, Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for the Attoyac Bayou, and Groundwater Nitrogen Source Identification and Remediation in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains.

  • New Publications/Papers and Training Courses

    Economic and Financial Life-Cycle Costs of Conventional Surface-Water Treatment in South Texas: A Case Study of the McAllen Northwest Facility, Irrigation Training Program for Texas Agricultural Producers Final Report, A Simple Model for Estimating Water Balance and Salinity of Reservoirs and Outflow, and upcoming training course information.

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