New Waves June 2011

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

New Publications/Papers and Training Courses

New Publications/Papers

Questions about Groundwater Conservation Districts in Texas, Bruce J. Lesikar, Valeen Silvy, Ronald A. Kaiser, Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore,B-6120, 2011 (reprint)

Groundwater conservation districts (GCDs) are being created in many parts of Texas to allow local citizens to manage and protect their groundwater. This publication answers frequently asked questions about groundwater and GCDs.

Lone Star Healthy Streams: Beef Cattle Manual, Larry Redmon, Kevin Wagner, Jennifer Peterson, Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore, B-6245, 2011

This publication aims to help beef producers protect Texas waterways from contamination that is associated with the production of livestock and that may pose a health risk to Texas citizens. It includes best management practices for keeping bacteria, sediment, nutrients, and pesticide runoff out of waterways as well as preventing the loss of water and topsoil.

Habitat Restoration in the Middle Trinity River Basin, James Cathey, Shawn Locke, Amy Snelgrove, Kevin Scow, Todd Snelgrove, Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore, SP-392, 2011

The State of Texas has made water and natural resource conservation a priority. The Trinity River is a common tie among native grasslands and bottomland hardwood forests; these ecosystems have been reduced significantly since the state was settled. This publication provides maps of existing native grasslands and bottomland hardwood forests. The maps will provide a tool for conservation partners to use in the coordination of restoration efforts in the Trinity River Basin.

Conservation Practice Modeling Guide for SWAT and APEX, David Waidler, Mike White, Evelyn Steglich, Susan Wang, Jimmy Williams, C.A.  Jones, R. Srinivasan, Texas Water Resources Institute, TR-399, 2011

The use of computer driven soil and water modeling systems such as the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and Agricultural Policy Extender (APEX) has enhanced the ability of environmental managers, researchers, government officials, and urban planners to analyze current conditions and predict future impacts of land use changes on water quality. Despite the innovation of these technologies, modelers are often required to account for the changes in pollutant and sediment loadings resulting from the implementation of approved conservation practices such as filter strips, bioretention areas, and pervious pavement. The Conservation Practice Modeling Guide is a "living" document formatted to allow for innovations in modeling inputs for existing and new practices as each are developed.

TWRI Water Resources Training Courses

Stakeholder Facilitation Training July 26
Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtable July 27
GIS Workshop Aug. 3–4
Floodplain Delineation with HEC-RAS and GIS Sep. 6–8

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