New Waves October 2010

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

New Project, Publications/Papers and Training Courses

New TWRI project

The Texas Water Resources Institute recently acquired funding for the following new project:
  • Support Analytical Infrastructure and Further Development of a Statewide Bacterial Source Tracking Library: The Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas AgriLife Research Center at El Paso will support bacterial source tracking (BST) studies in Texas through: maintenance of analytical infrastructure at public BST laboratories; development, updating, and implementation of statewide BST standard operating procedures; development and delivery of educational and informational materials promoting BST and the state-supported analytical labs; further development of the Texas E. coli BST Library and quantification of E coli; further development of suitable species specific bacteria markers for library-independent BST and comparisons between isolation methods; development and delivery of a state of the science workshop for Texas on BST technologies and capabilities. Principal Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Research Center at El Paso, Texas AgriLife Research Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Funding Agency: Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

New Publications/Papers

Energy Use and Irrigation Scheduling for Efficient Water Use, Thomas Marek, Dana Porter, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-393, 2010.

Texas High Plains Evapotranspiration (TXHPET) network personnel continued to operate and maintain the network of 15 to 18 weather stations to provide timely weather and evapotranspiration (ET) data in support of related research and extension projects. This network provided computational and dissemination services including a listserv email program to supply data to researchers on a daily basis. Approximately 1.7 million pages of ET and meteorological data were distributed by the TXHPET system over the duration of this agreement. The data were utilized in 21 refereed journal articles and 156 other publications and presentations, as well as in numerous other publications by other (non-related CRIS projects based at USDA-ARS Lubbock, Texas A&M University, West Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Texas AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Service). The project also developed a research design for infrastructure expansion of the reference ET facility at Bushland for advanced aerodynamic studies. In addition, a new web based user profile using the TXHPET network data is under development to provide more integrated tools and greater benefit to users.

Lake Granbury and Lake Whitney Assessment Initiative Final Report, B.L. Harris, D. Roelke, J. Grover, B. Brooks, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-392, 2010.

A team of Texas AgriLife Research, Baylor University and University of Texas at Arlington researchers studied the biology and ecology of Prymnesium parvum (golden algae) in Texas lakes using a three-fold approach that involved system-wide monitoring, experimentation at the microcosm and mesocosm scales, and mathematical modeling. The following are conclusions, to date, regarding this organism's ecology and potential strategies for mitigation of blooms by this organism.

Provide Assistance to Improve Water Quality in Hood County Final Report, B. Lesikar, J. Mechell, B. Clayton, R. Gerlich, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-391, 2010.

The overall goal for this project was to provide a mechanism to educate local stakeholders about water quality issues that affect Lake Granbury. This project provided an assessment of existing and potential water quality threats related to on-going non-point source (NPS) water pollution within the Lake Granbury Watershed. The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and Texas AgriLife Extension Service are assisting Brazos River Authority (BRA) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to develop a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) aimed to improve and protect water quality within the Brazos River Basin. Educational information developed during this project provided Federal, State and local decision makers with a variety of mechanisms that can be employed to prevent additional degradation of water quality in the watershed.

Water Issues in Texas: A Survey of Public Perceptions and Attitudes about Water, Diane Boellstorff, Mark L. McFarland, Chris Boleman, Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore, B-6219, Sept. 2010.

This publication describes the results of a survey of Texas residents that evaluated their awareness of, attitudes about, and willingness to act on water issues. Respondents answered questions about water quality, the conditions that affect local water quality, and the effectiveness of efforts to protect water quality. They also answered questions about water quantity and their interest in water issues. The complete survey (59 questions) is included. The results of this survey will be useful to citizens, local governments, state agencies, and policy makers in planning for the future.

TWRI Water Resources Training Courses

Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtable Jan. 25, 2011
SWAT for Beginners Feb. 7-8, 2011
Advanced Data Processing for ArcSWAT Feb. 9, 2011
SWAT for Advanced Users Feb. 10-11, 2011

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