New Waves September 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:

New Publications/Papers

Education Program for Improved Water Quality in Copano Bay Task Two Report, Emily Moench and Kevin Wagner, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-347, 2010.

The Education Program for Improved Water Quality in Copano Bay is funded through a Clean Water Act §319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (TSSWCB Project 06-08). The goal of the project is to improve water quality in Copano Bay and its tributaries by increasing awareness of the water quality issues throughout the watershed and providing education and demonstrations for land and livestock owners on methods to decrease or prevent bacteria from entering the waterways.

Assembly and Testing of an On-Farm Manure to Energy Conversion BMP for Animal Waste Pollution Control, C. Engler, S. Capereda, S. Mukhtar, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-366, 2010.

Numerous gasification experiments were conducted and proved that with proper moisture content (usually near 10%) animal manure can be gasified using the TAMU fluidized bed gasifier.

Economies of Size in Municipal Water-Treatment Technologies: A Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley Case Study, Christopher N. Boyer, M. Edward Rister, Callie S. Rogers, Allen W. Sturdivant, Ronald D. Lacewell, Charles “Chuck” Browning, Jr., James R. Elium III, and Emily K. Seawright, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-367, 2010.

This research investigates and reports on economies of size for both conventional surface water treatment and brackish-groundwater desalination by using results from four water-treatment facilities in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV). The methodology and associated results herein may have direct implications on future water planning as highlighting the most economically efficient alternative(s) is a key objective.

Texas Watershed Planning Short Course Final Report, K. Wagner, Texas Water Resources Institute TR-390, 2010.

Proper training of watershed coordinators and water­­­ professionals is needed to ensure that watershed protection efforts are adequately planned, coordinated and implemented. To provide this training, the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course was developed through a coordinated effort led by the Texas Water Resources Institute and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Golden Alga and Your Pond: Know the Facts!, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore, L-5521, Aug. 2010.

Toxic golden alga blooms are responsible for killing more than 34 million fish in Texas public waters. This publication explains how to identify golden alga, how to recognize the symptoms it causes in fish, how to prevent the spread of golden alga, and how to treat contaminated waters.

TWRI Water Resources Training Courses

Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtable Jan 25, 2011
SWAT for Beginners Jan 31-Feb 1, 2011
Advanced Data Processing for ArcSWAT Feb 2, 2011
SWAT for Advanced Users Feb 3-4, 2011

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