New Waves March 2010

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

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) Low dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations in the Arroyo Colorado, the primary source of freshwater for the Lower Laguna Madre, have killed millions of fish over the past few decades. In this project, the collaborators will take the initial steps to construct an approximate 35-acre wetland to remove nutrients from spoils dredged from the turning basin at the Port of Harlingen, Texas. Principal Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, Port of Harlingen, University of Texas at Brownsville, Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. Funding Agency: General Land Office as part of the Costal Management Program
  • Public Service Announcements for the Arroyo Colorado Watershed This project will support the development and distribution of two television public service announcements (PSAs), which will educate Arroyo Colorado Watershed residents about local water quality issues. These educational pieces will be broadcasted via television in both English and Spanish to raise awareness and increase community involvement in the activities of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. Principal Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, Texas AgriLife Communications. Funding Agency: General Land Office as part of the Costal Management Program
  • Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for the Attoyac Bayou This project will ultimately establish and engage a watershed stakeholder group to assist in the development and future implementation of a watershed protection plan the Attoyac Bayou watershed. Other tasks including assessing the current water quality conditions and impairments in the Attoyac Bayou watershed through targeted water quality sampling and analysis, conducting bacteria source tracking and evaluating the sources of E. coli present in the watershed that are actually contributing to the bayou's bacteria load, and conducing a Recreational Use Attainability Analysis to determine the most appropriate water quality standard for the bayou. Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Research, Castilaw Environmental Services, Stephen F. Austin State University, Angelina-Neches River Authority, Pineywoods RC&D. Funding Agency: Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
  • Groundwater Nitrogen Source Identification and Remediation in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains This project will seek to reduce groundwater nitrate levels in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains regions. The aquifers in these regions—Seymour and Ogallala—have some of the highest nitrate levels in the state. Project members will identify the source of nitrate nitrogen in groundwater and evaluate and demonstrate strategies and practices for reducing nitrate levels in groundwater in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains. Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Research, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Texas Water Development Board, University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Funding Agency: Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

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