TWRI welcomes new faces
Julie Svetlik has recently joined the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) as a project specialist. She also holds a joint appointment with the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and Texas AgriLife Research Office of Corporate Relations. Before joining the institute, Svetlik served as natural resource economist for the West Virginia Water Research Institute. She holds a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in agriculture and resource economics from West Virginia University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in resource management and sustainable development from West Virginia.
Amanda Engledow was recently selected as a project manager for TWRI. She currently manages projects that focus on implementation of the locally developed Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan as well as the assessment of water quality impairments in rural Texas waterbodies. Engledow earned a bachelor of science degree in bioenvironmental science and a doctorate in plant pathology, both from Texas A&M.
Allen Berthold was recently named a TWRI project manager. Berthold leads several projects involving planning, developing, and implementing water-related research and education. He currently manages a number of projects on bacteria issues in rural Texas waterbodies. Berthold joined the institute as a student technician in January 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural leadership and development from Texas A&M and will soon complete his master's in water management and hydrologic science from the university.
Texas Groundwater Protection Committee celebrates 20 years
Dr. B.L. Harris of Texas Water Resources Institute talks with Mark Vickery, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality executive director, and Bill Mullican, private consultant, during the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee's meeting celebrating its 20th anniversary. The committee, created by the Texas Legislature and composed of nine state agencies and one statewide association with groundwater-related responsibilities, identifies areas where new or existing groundwater programs could be enhanced and improves coordination among agencies involved in groundwater activities.
The TGPC website functions as a clearinghouse of groundwater information with links and publications on a number of topics including pesticides, water wells, septic systems, groundwater contamination and pollution prevention, water conservation, classroom applications, oil, gas, and mining issues, and Frequently Asked Questions.
Annual RGBI Conference scheduled jointly with TSUS
The Rio Grande Basin Initiatives Annual Conference is set for May 17-20 in Alpine, Texas. This year's conference not only includes the Texas and New Mexico project participants, but it is being held jointly with the Texas State University System, including Sul Ross State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, Lamar University, and Sam Houston State University. Sul Ross is hosting this meeting on campus. The conference agenda allows times for both the RGBI and TSUS Rio Grande research participants to discuss their current projects. In addition to the conference presentations, a riparian workshop is scheduled for Monday morning and a field tour for Thursday afternoon. For more information, please visit the conference Web site. Additional details will be posted as they become available.