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Meet a scientist: Genhua Niu

Dr. Genhua Niu is always on the lookout for the next agricultural innovation. As a professor of urban agriculture at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas, she studies how growing environments can be adjusted to enhance plant growth and quality in urban settings, such as by manipulating the light quality, light intensity or nutrient solution.

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TWRI to develop future water resources programs in DFW region

Across Texas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research address local needs related to everything from mitigating drought impacts to enhancing food security to improving human health outcomes through education, outreach and research activities. To help support AgriLife’s mission, Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has been tasked with leading the development of future water resources programs and activities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, with the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas serving as the coordination hub for the region.

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Controlled Environment Urban Agriculture Conference set Dec. 5 in Dallas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas will host the first Controlled Environment Urban Agriculture Conference Dec. 5, which will provide information on a wide range of topics as well as access to Texas A&M AgriLife and industry experts.

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txH2O highlight: Home sweet home

Did you know that Texas A&M AgriLife opened the first WaterSense-labeled house in the Dallas-Fort Worth region? We spotlighted the home in our Fall 2013 issue of txH2O and you will find it on page 12 in the issue’s pdf.

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Public invited to meeting Nov. 22 on water quality of Neches River tributaries

The Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Angelina and Neches River Authority will host a meeting Nov. 22 in Lufkin for anyone interested in water quality impairments in Jack, Cedar, Hurricane and Biloxi creeks, tributaries of the Neches River below Lake Palestine.

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TWRI, Mexican water institute work on groundwater in the border region

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, on behalf of the Texas Water Resources Institute, recently signed a specific agreement with Instituto Mexicano de Tecnologia del Agua to work on various topics related to groundwater along the Texas-Mexico border.

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Public invited to water quality meetings Nov. 21 in Woodville, Jasper

The Texas Water Resources Institute in collaboration with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will host two meetings Nov. 21 in Woodville and Jasper for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Sandy and Wolf creeks.

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Texas Water Journal publishes new article in Volume 10

The Texas Water Journal published an article in the Volume 10, Number 1, 2019 issue titled “Transboundary Water Sharing: Risk Perceptions Held by Texas Border Decision Makers” by Lindsay Sansom.

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Riparian, stream ecosystem workshops set for Nov. 6 in Bishop, Nov. 13 in Temple

The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshops Nov. 6 in Bishop and Nov. 13 in Temple for area residents interested in land and water stewardship.

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TWRI Program Spotlight: Texas Well Owner Network

This month in our Program Spotlight, we feature the Texas Well Owner Network.

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TWRI to host Urban Stream Processes and Restoration trainings in November

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host Urban Stream Processes and Restoration trainings Nov. 14 in Waco and Nov. 19 in Corpus Christi for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects.

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txH2O highlight: Where in the world are they now?

With pre-proposal deadlines approaching on Oct. 28 for Texas Water Resources Institute’s graduate scholarship programs, this txH2O highlight is focused on an article about the success of previous scholarship recipients.

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Urban Stream Processes and Restoration program set for Oct. 29 in New Braunfels

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host an Urban Stream Processes and Restoration Training from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 in New Braunfels for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the Interstate 35 corridor.

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ICYMI: Urban Riparian Program Spotlight

If you follow Texas Water Resources Institute on social media (@TxWRI), you may have noticed our monthly program spotlights, but in case you missed it, for the month of September the focus was on our Urban Riparian & Stream Restoration Program.

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Private water well screenings set for October in six Texas counties

The Texas Well Owner Network will present water well screenings in October in six Texas counties to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water tested.

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Texas A&M, SFA researchers work to improve quality of East Texas watersheds

KTRE Channel 9 recently covered efforts by Texas Water Resources Institute, Stephen F. Austin State University's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and Angelina and Neches River Authority in East Texas to improve water quality.

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Texas Well Owner Network trainings scheduled for November

The Texas Well Owner Network has scheduled several free Well Educated trainings for November for private water well owners who depend on household wells for their water needs.

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Private water well owners should test well after a flood

Private water well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains from Tropical Depression Imelda should assume that their well water is con­taminated until tested. 

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Water board announces funding for Arroyo Colorado

Nearly a half-million dollars in grant funding has been earmarked for working with agriculture interests along the Arroyo Colorado to reduce pollution in the key Valley waterway.

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Request for proposals for Water Seed Grant Initiative for FY 20-21 announced

The FY2020-21 Water Seed Grant Initiative, “Research, Engineering and Extension: Creation and Deployment of Water-Use Efficient Technology Platforms,” is seeking proposals that focus on water technologies and management approaches.

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Request for pre-proposals for 2020-2021 TWRI Graduate Student Research Programs

The Texas Water Resources Institute announces its call for pre-proposals for students conducting water resources research. TWRI has funds available for graduate students at Texas universities through two programs, the TWRI Mills Scholarship Program (available to students at Texas A&M University College Station, Galveston and Qatar only) and the U.S. Geological Survey Graduate Research Program (available to students at all Texas universities).

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TWRI program trains professionals to improve Texas’ degraded urban rivers, streams

Rivers and streams are the veins that carry surface water. Have you given much thought to their health?

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Meet a scientist: Fouad Jaber

As a Texas A&M University associate professor and extension specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas, Fouad Jaber applies concepts of ecological engineering to managing urban water using natural elements to try to solve problems related to stormwater pollution.

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ICYMI: Photo essay of planting day at the Urban Riparian Demonstration site

The Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program, coordinated by the Texas Water Resources Institute, in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Dallas, is bringing awareness, education and the value of stream restoration to urban areas around Texas.

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txH2O highlight: Earning high marks

This month’s txH2O highlight is from the Fall 2017 issue of the magazine and focuses on the effectiveness of low impact development (LID) practices in reducing negative environmental impacts of urban growth.

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Riparian, stream ecosystem workshops set for Oct. 15 in Lockhart, Oct. 23 in Junction

The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshops Oct. 15 in Lockhart and Oct. 23 in Junction for area residents interested in land and water stewardship.

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Valley program focused on challenges, opportunities of modernizing irrigation systems

The Texas Water Resources Institute along with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Water Development Board co-hosted an education program July 15 for Rio Grande Valley irrigation district managers and board members.

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Texas A&M-Kingsville receives $5 million from NSF to establish Sustainable Water Use center

Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering has received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology for Sustainable Water Use.

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Texas Water Journal publishes a commentary on Texas Legislative wrap-up

The Texas Water Journal published a commentary in the Volume 10, Number 1, 2019 issue titled “86th Texas State Legislature: Summaries of Water-related Legislative Action” by Ken Kramer, Christopher Mullins, Dean Robbins, Stacey Allison Steinbach, Leah Martinsson, Trent Hightower, and Perry L. Fowler.

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Urban Stream Processes and Restoration training set for Sept. 19 in McKinney

The Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute will host an Urban Stream Processes and Restoration training from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19 in McKinney for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects in and around the Dallas area.

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East Texas watershed efforts to improve water quality seeing positive results

Texas Water Resources Institute staff report positive results in one East Texas watershed and substantial progress in another while working with stakeholders and a team of university researchers and agency staff to improve water quality in the region’s many watersheds.

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Meet a scientist: Anna Gitter

Texas Water Resources Institute research assistant Anna Gitter bridges the gaps between environmental science and public health, scientists and nonscientists, and fieldwork and computer work.

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Southern Region Water Conference draws diverse group to College Station

More than 150 participants from 13 states and South Africa attended the recent Southern Region Water Conference, “Improving Adoption of Sustainable Water Management Practices,” hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station.

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WRAP manuals published on TWRI website

Updated editions and new manuals for the Water Rights Analysis Package, a computer modeling system that simulates river and reservoir systems and assesses water availability under specified alternative sets of conditions, were recently added to the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) website.

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TWRI awards two USGS graduate research grants

The Texas Water Resources Institute has awarded U.S. Geological Survey graduate research grants to two students for June 2019 – June 2020.

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ICYMI: How does water quality monitoring work?

August is Water Quality Month, and we are sharing information from the Water Security issue of txH2O, How does water quality monitoring work?, an explainer on the process of watershed restoration.

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How can you help with water quality?

For Water Quality Month, start adopting these practices to contribute to improved water quality in your community.

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txH2O highlight: Safe water = Secure water

With populations increasing, there is an increased likelihood of the need for intensive water reuse, according to experts. August’s txH2O highlight is Safe water = Secure water, an article about Texas A&M University researchers studying ways to remove more chemicals from water during the treatment process.

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TWRI’s Summer 2019 txH2O published

We recently published the Summer 2019 issue of our magazine, txH2O, highlighting water utilities challenges and potential solutions.

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New article published in Texas Water Journal, Volume 10

The Texas Water Journal published an article in the Volume 10, Number 1, 2019 issue titled “Economically Recoverable Water in Texas: An Underappreciated Water Management Strategy?” by Dr. Timothy T. Loftus.

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Researchers study shared groundwater resources between U.S., Mexico

Underneath the border of the United States and Mexico lie transboundary aquifers. Little is known about most of these aquifers or how the two countries can mutually manage these waters.

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Meet a scientist: Laura Rodriguez Lozada

Laura Rodriguez Lozada, a graduate student at Texas A&M University and graduate research assistant at Texas Water Resources Institute, is a member of the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program team conducting binational scientific research on transboundary aquifers.

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Photo essay: Agricultural BMPs for watershed planning

Read through a photo essay from the Agricultural Best Management Practices for Watershed Planning Training at the USDA’s ARS Grassland Research Laboratory in Riesel, TX. 

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Partners transform abandoned wastewater treatment ponds into coastal wetland habitat

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, Texas Water Resources Institute and the city of San Benito have been working on projects designed to reuse treated wastewater to fill abandoned wastewater treatment ponds.

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txH2O highlight: 21st Century Irrigation

Did you know a whole crop can be irrigated using a cell phone app? July is Smart Irrigation Month and TWRI has many resources about modern irrigation practices for producers in our magazine, txH2O.

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TWRI staff present at national water resources conference

Texas Water Resources Institute’s Dr. Lucas Gregory and Dr. John Tracy recently gave presentations on TWRI research at the annual water resources conference held by the Universities Council on Water Resources and the National Institutes for Water Resources in Snowbird, Utah.

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Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up available for Texas rice producers

Rice producers in 12 counties in southeast Texas can submit applications until June 28 for the next funding cycle of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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Texas Watershed Planning Program reaches watershed coordinators statewide

Almost every watershed coordinator in the state has now attended and benefited from the Texas Watershed Planning Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute.

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Texas Water Journal publishes new article

The Texas Water Journal published an article in the Volume 10, Number 1, 2019 issue titled “A Tool for Rapid Assessment of Hydrological Connectivity Patterns in Texas Coastal Wetlands: Linkages between Tidal Creeks and Coastal Ponds” by Todd M. Swannack, Jeffrey R. Wozniak, William E. Grant and Stephen E. Davis III.

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TWRI’s nature photography highlight

June 15 is Nature Photography Day. At TWRI, our Water Team members provide us with awesome nature photos while helping make every drop count!

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Water quality training July 17 in Weslaco will focus on Arroyo Colorado

A Texas Watershed Steward workshop is set for 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 17 in Weslaco. The workshop is part of efforts by the Texas Water Resources Institute to improve and protect water quality in the Arroyo Colorado.

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A&M center to host membrane filtration course

The Separation Sciences Group at the Process Engineering Research & Development Center at Texas A&M University will host a hands-on, practical short course, Water Quality Management: Municipal, Industrial and Environmental Applications, July 14-16 in College Station.

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Sanchez talks transboundary issues in May's Texas+Water podcast

In May’s issue of Texas+Water, Dr. Rosario Sanchez, TWRI senior research scientist, was interviewed by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Todd Votteler.

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txH2O highlight: Advancing conservation

Summer is here, and despite the recent increase in rainfall, water conservation is still important for the increasing population of Texas. txH2O highlight No. 6 is an article about how homeowners and utilities can conserve water using new technologies.  

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Arroyo Colorado Partnership, TWRI helps school district implement stormwater BMPs

The Arroyo Colorado Partnership, Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas Stream Team and Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District are partnering to implement and monitor stormwater best management practices on a wetland adjacent to the Los Fresnos High School campus in the Lower Rio Grande Valley as part of the Falcon Pond Beautification Project.

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Report outlines tools for mitigating flood impacts along Texas coast

The Texas A&M University School of Law recently published a report on legal mechanisms and tools for responding to the impacts of recent and future flooding events resulting from storm events and sea level rise.

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Water quality training May 21 in Jasper will focus on lower Neches River

A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Neches River will be held from 1-5 p.m. May 21 in Jasper. The workshop will be held at the Jasper County Courthouse Annex, 271 E. Lamar St. It will be presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the Texas Water Resources Institute.

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Institute to hold water quality meeting May 21 in Rogers

The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host a meeting May 21 in Rogers for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.

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TWRI releases 2018 Annual Report

The Texas Water Resources Institute has published its latest annual report, focusing on accomplishments and project highlights from 2018.

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TWRI launches re-design of website

The Texas Water Resources Institute has a new look to its website.

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Meet a scientist: David Smith

Problem-solving and water management go hand-in-hand for David Smith, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist at Texas A&M University in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. He is also program coordinator for the award-winning Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program.

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txH2O highlight: How to deal with extremes

April showers have brought some May floods. This month’s txH2O highlight includes a list of resources related to flooding and drought.

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Texas Watershed Steward workshop set for Neches River Basin

A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the La Nana Bayou, Angelina and Middle Neches Rivers will be held from 8 a.m.-noon May 22 in Lufkin.

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TWRI offers trainings for watershed professionals

The Texas Water Resources Institute is offering two Watershed Planning Program trainings for watershed coordinators and other water professionals involved in watershed-based planning in Texas.

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BV WaterSmart wins two environmental awards

A Brazos Valley water conservation program, BV WaterSmart, garnered two state awards recently for its water conserving efforts and educational activities toward reducing water waste.

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Texas Water Journal publishes new article

The Texas Water Journal published an article in the Volume 10, Number 1, 2019 issue titled “Floating Solar: An Emerging Opportunity at the Energy-Water Nexus” by Carlos Gamarra and Jennifer J. Ronk.

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Private water well screening set for May 8 in Kimble County

The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening May 8 in Junction to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened. The screening will be from 8:30–10 a.m. at the Kimble County Courthouse, second floor, 501 Main St.

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Wetlands: Water's original filter

Two innovative, constructed wetlands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have the ability to divert over 180 million gallons of treated wastewater per day from the Trinity River and naturally filter it for reuse.

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International water experts outline transboundary groundwater issues at water lectures

Internationally renowned experts Dr. Francesco Sindico of University of Stathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and Ambassador (retired) Ram Aviram of BIT Consultancy recently spoke on the difficulties of managing and governing groundwater resources in transboundary aquifers.

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Water Daze speakers discuss statewide flood assessment efforts, transboundary aquifers

Texas Water Development Board member Kathleen Jackson and Texas Water Resources Institute senior research scientist Dr. Rosario Sanchez spoke at the Texas A&M University Water Management and Hydrological Science program's Water Daze.

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Representative from new university in India visits Texas A&M

Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, the largest irrigation technology company in the world, is establishing a new university in India that will address the sustainable development of agriculture, water resources and renewable energy.

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txH2O highlight: Texas is vulnerable to climate change

April’s txH2O highlight is about the predictions of climate change impacts in Texas. The article, Texas is vulnerable to climate change, from the winter 2008 climate change issue, mentions future challenges resulting from increased populations, hotter temperatures and high greenhouse gas emissions.

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Institute to hold two meetings in April in the Matagorda Basin watershed

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting a meeting April 5 in Victoria to discuss water quality in the Garcitas and Arenosa Creek watersheds and another meeting April 10 in Palacios to discuss implementation of the Tres Palacios Watershed Protection Plan.

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Well water screening opportunities set for April in North Texas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer several Texas Well Owner Network well water screenings in April in the North Texas area.

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Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration workshops set for April 17 in Corpus Christi, April 23 in Pearland

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host two workshops in April for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects.

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Riparian, stream ecosystem workshops set for April 16 in Kingsville, May 1 in Baytown

The Texas Water Resources Institute will host a free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshop April 16 in Kingsville for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in Kleberg County and a workshop May 1 in Baytown for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Double Bayou and Cedar Bayou watershed.

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Institute to hold water quality meeting in Rogers

The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting April 16 in Rogers for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.

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Wurbs receives inaugural American Academy of Water Resources Engineers research award

Dr. Ralph Wurbs, senior professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and former associate director of engineering for Texas Water Resources Institute, was selected as the first American Academy of Water Resources Engineers Outstanding Research and Innovation Award recipient.

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Meet a Scientist: Rebecca Grubbs-Bowling

From Lubbock to Athens, and now College Station, Dr. Rebecca Grubbs-Bowling, Texas A&M University assistant professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service turfgrass specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, helps Texans better understand their turfgrass.

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Kentucky water director reflects on 40 years of modeling at seminar

Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute director and modeler Dr. Lindell Ormsbee cautioned researchers to strive to develop useful but not too complex models at a recent seminar at the Texas Water Resources Institute in College Station.

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txH2O highlight: Underground and Under Scrutiny

This month’s txH2O highlight was chosen with Groundwater Awareness Week (March 11-15) in mind. Underground and Under Scrutiny from the Summer 2014 groundwater issue of txH2O examines the options for keeping the growing number of residents in Texas supplied with water.

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Water Daze lectures, student poster competition set for March 27 at Texas A&M

The Water Management and Hydrological Science (WMHS) program at Texas A&M University is hosting Water Daze, a student poster competition and water lectures, March 27 on the Texas A&M campus.

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New CAST paper published on impact of aquifer depletion on U.S. agriculture

A new Council of Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) paper, authored by a task force of university and government researchers, explores the long-term impact of aquifer depletion on U.S. agriculture, suggesting that increased competition for the use of water from aquifers may negatively affect future agricultural practices in drier regions of the United States.

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Conference to focus on sustainable water management practices for southern US

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the Southern Region Water Conference, “Improving Adoption of Sustainable Water Management Practices,” July 23-25 at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, 177 Joe Routt Blvd. in College Station.

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Two Nations, One Water Conference to explore adaptive water strategies for drought

More than 40 speakers, panelists and moderators will present current information, ideas and realities that face the Rio Grande and the states and countries that share its water at a two-day conference April 23-25 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Grain sorghum irrigation water-use efficiency dependent on weather conditions

Grain sorghum production is highly susceptible to changes in climatic conditions, more so than to different irrigation regiments a producer might implement on the crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research modeling study.

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Texas Water Journal publishes first program review in Volume 10, Number 1

The Texas Water Journal published the first program review in the Volume 10, Number 1, 2019 issue titled “An Internet for Water: Connecting Texas Water Data” by Dr. Rudolph A. Rosen, Sam Marie Hermitte, Dr. Suzanne Pierce, Sarah Richards, Dr. Susan V. Roberts and includes an editor’s note by Dr. Robert E. Mace.

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Playas: Refilling the Ogallala Aquifer?

Playas are capable of providing up to 95 percent of an aquifer's recharge. The goal of the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative is to restore playas and increase awareness among the public of the important role playas play in their daily lives. Do you have a playa on your land?

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International scientists to speak on cross-border water issues, March 25-27 in Fort Worth, College Station

The Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M University School of Law and Texas A&M University Water Management and Hydrological Science program are hosting the 6th annual Water Seminar Series, March 25-27.

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Deadline for USGS 104G Water Resources National Competitive Grant pre-proposals Feb. 15

The deadline for the pre-proposals for the FY 2019 National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is due by Feb. 15.

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Feb. 19 program to focus on managing drought in the middle Rio Grande Basin

An educational program called Managing Under Drought: Water Management Information for Growers in the Middle Rio Grande will be offered Feb. 19 in El Paso.

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txH2O highlight: Breaking Barriers

This month’s txH2O highlight focuses on the successful restoration of a Texas wetland project. The saltwater marsh known as Magic Ridge Marsh had blocked tidal flow. Over the years, blocked channels and stagnant, salty waters caused the marsh to degrade.

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Institute to hold water quality meeting in Rogers

The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting Feb. 19 in Rogers for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.

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Water well owner training set for Feb. 22 in Marlin

A Texas Well Owner Network training has been scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Falls County Courthouse, 125 Bridge St., County Court Room 110 in Marlin.

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Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for March 6 in Bandera

The Texas Water Resources Institute will host a free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 in Bandera for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in Bandera County.

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AgriLife Research joins partnership to promote food, water security and international development

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have entered into a cooperative research initiative to promote food, water security and international development.

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Texas Water Journal publishes first article and comentary of Volume 10, Number 1

The Texas Water Journal published the first papers for the Volume 10, Number 1, 2019 issue: an article titled “A Refined Hydrogeologic Framework Model for Gaines, Terry, and Yoakum Counties, Texas” by Jonathan V. Thomas, Andrew P. Teeple, Jason D. Payne, and Scott J. Ikard, and a commentary titled "Water Fuels our Future" by Charles Perry, Senator, Texas Senate; Chairman, Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs.

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TWRI's Year in Review: 2018

For the Texas Water Resources Institute, 2018 marked another successful year of addressing Texas water resource issues.

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A look back: txH2O Highlights

Conservation Matters is beginning a new series highlighting previous articles from TWRI's biannual magazine, txH2O.

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Tracy named ISTPP Fellow in Bush School

Dr. John Tracy, Texas Water Resources Institute’s director, was recently selected as a fellow for the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy.

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TWRI announces USGS 104G Water Resources National Competitive Grant

The Texas Water Resources Institute announces the release of the draft Request for Pre-Proposals for the FY 2019 National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources.

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Screening of private water wells helps ensure water quality, human health after flooding

Results from Texas well water screenings in areas affected by flooding over the past few years show the importance of those screenings in helping ensure water quality and human health, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel supporting the agency’s Texas Well Owner Network.

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Texas Water Resources Institute to host watershed roundtable Jan. 31 in Waco

The Texas Water Resources Institute will host a Texas watershed coordinator roundtable Jan. 31 in Waco for water and natural resource professionals.

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Harvey flooding continues to inspire disaster planning

Almost a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey and its torrential rains wreaked havoc on parts of Texas, the infamous hurricane and its ramifications are still in the news. 

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TWJ publishes paper on surface water-groundwater interaction issues in Texas

The Texas Water Journal published the final paper for its Volume 9, Number 1, 2018 titled “Surface water-groundwater interaction issues in Texas” by Dr. Steven C. Young, Dr. Robert E. Mace and Carlos Rubinstein. 

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Master Irrigator program: From demonstration to adoption

Agricultural water conservation is extremely important, especially in the Ogallala Aquifer region. Targeting the agricultural water users in the North Texas area, a program began in 2016 that focuses on conserving irrigation: the Master Irrigator program.

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FY2019 USGS 104G Water Resources National Competitive Grant announced

The Texas Water Resources Institute announces the release of the draft Request for Pre-proposals for the FY 2019 National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources.

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#ICYMI: TWRI's Sanchez interviewed by Yale University's Climate Connections

Dr. Rosario Sanchez of the Texas Water Resources Institute was recently interviewed by Yale University’s Climate Connections about the possibility that groundwater could become a source of conflict between U.S. and Mexico.

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Institute to host training on implementing watershed plans Dec. 17

The Texas Water Resources Institute will host an Implementing Watershed Plans Training Dec. 17 in College Station for watershed coordinators and water and natural resource professionals.

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TWJ publishes paper on water workforce readiness

The Texas Water Journal recently published a paper titled “Water security for Texas: a post-secondary education pathway for water workforce readiness” by Rudolph A. Rosen, Luis A. Cifuentes, James Fischer, Howard Marquise and John C. Tracy. 

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TWRI water team publishes reports, newsletters, fact sheets

Throughout the year, TWRI’s water team publishes technical reports as projects are wrapped up or have new publications related to activity on the project. 

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Homeowner Septic System Workshops Dec. 6-7 in Palacios, Bay City

The Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are offering two free educational events on the maintenance of septic systems in December for Matagorda County homeowners.

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New issue of txH2O highlights the Ogallala Aquifer center privot irrigation and more!

The Texas Water Resources Institute has published the Fall 2018 issue of its magazine, txH2O, highlighting the range of research activities across the Ogallala Aquifer region including a Q&A with Ogallala Aquifer project managers, celebrating 40 years of center pivot and more!

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Talking with Ogallala Aquifer region producers about H2O

Much of the water under the Ogallala Aquifer region is declining at a faster rate than it recharges by rainfall. What does the dwindling supply of groundwater mean for the producers in this region? txH2talked to a few producers about what it is like farming on a declining water resource.

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TWRI seeking pre-proposals for USGS and Mills Scholarships

The Texas Water Resources Institute announced its call for pre-proposals for students conducting water resources research. The deadline for pre-proposal submissions is Nov. 28, 2018.

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Has your private water well flooded? What now?

If you have your own private water well, do the boil water notices in your area affect you? What do you do if you think your water well has flooded? Is your well water safe to drink and to use for household duties?

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Climate impacts on agricultural, ecological systems highlighted at conference

The climate and its impacts on agricultural and ecological systems were highlighted in a recent symposium held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

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TWRI to offer urban riparian training Nov. 29 in Belton

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI)’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host an Urban Stream Processes and Restoration workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 29 in Belton.

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LRGV producers learn about management approaches used in Mississippi Delta

Dr. Jason Krutz, director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute, recently spoke to a group from the Lower Rio Grande Valley about how a combination of technology and management approaches being applied in the Mississippi Delta could be used in the Valley to help reduce water use in furrow-irrigated fields while maintaining or increasing yield.  

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Norman Borlaug Institute receives five-year extension, funding

The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, has received an additional $12.5 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Innovation Laboratory for Small Scale Irrigation, one of 24 innovation labs within Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

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Texas Water Journal publishes new article

The Texas Water Journal has published a new article titled “Texas’ water quality challenge and the need for better communication in an era of increasing water quality contamination events” authored by Sapna Mulki, Carlos Rubinstein and Julianne Saletta.

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Meet a Scientist: Clare Entwistle

From a math major to a watershed saver, Clare Entwistle, Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) research associate, knows that protecting riparian areas is important for the future of Texas.

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Institute to host agricultural best management training Oct. 10

The Texas Water Resources Institute will host an Agricultural Best Management Practices for Watershed Planning Training Oct 10. in Reisel for watershed coordinators and water professionals.

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Institute to hold second water quality meeting in Victoria

The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting Nov. 7 in Victoria for anyone interested in becoming involved in a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Garcitas and Arenosa Creek watersheds.

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Water well owner training set for Oct. 18 in Beeville

Texas Well Owner Network Well Educated training has been scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Bee County Expo Center, 214 S. Farm to Market 351 in Beeville.

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Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for Oct. 23 in Lampasas

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a free workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23 in Lampasas for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Lampasas River watershed.

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Turfgrass and landscape field day for professionals and enthusiasts set for Oct. 10 in Dallas

An Oct. 10 turfgrass and landscape field day for professionals and enthusiasts will offer industry networking opportunities, research facility tours and technical discussions by Texas A&M AgriLife researchers and specialists.

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Texas A&M ocean engineering researchers studying adaptation of coastal ecosystems to environmental stressors

Researchers in Texas A&M University’s Department of Ocean Engineering are working to better understand the natural adaptation of coastal ecosystems to environmental stressors such as storms, rising temperatures and sea levels.

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A&M School of Law students publish report on potential liability for dam, reservoir operators, post-Harvey

A group of students from Texas A&M University School of Law recently published a report, Flooding Events Post Hurricane Harvey: Potential Liability For Dam and Reservoir Operators and Recommendations Moving Forward.

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New UT center to address water purification technologies

The Center for Materials for Water and Energy SysTems (M-WET), a new multi-university research center headquartered in The University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, was recently announced.

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ICYMI: Texas+Water newsletter, Volume: 1 Issue: 6

Texas+Water has published its sixth newsletter. In this issue, the featured articles include topics on the overall health of Galveston Bay, the state’s lone natural lake, invasive zebra mussels clogging Austin’s water supply and more.

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New Program Review published by Texas Water Journal

The Texas Water Journal has published a new Program Review titled Integration of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) observations into the West Gulf River Forecast Center operations by Gregory J. Story, hydrometeorologist with the National Weather Service.

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Campus group provides network for those interested in water

The Texas A&M Water Network is dedicated to building an on-campus network of students and water professionals who share a passion for water.

 

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Lavaca River Watershed Protection Plan accepted by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently accepted the Lavaca River Watershed Protection Plan developed by the Texas Water Resources Institute and watershed stakeholders.

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Field days in Texas and Kansas draw individuals interested in water management

As Labor Day signals the end of summer and beginning of fall, field days across the Ogallala Aquifer region sent attendees off with information about water management and summer crops to carry into next year’s growing season.

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TWON hosting screenings Sept. 18 in Leming, San Antonio

The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting water well screenings Sept. 18 in Leming and San Antonio to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened.

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Rainwater harvesting and turf management training set for Sept. 20, 21 in Boerne, San Antonio

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting two residential rainwater harvesting and turf management trainings in Boerne and San Antonio on Sept. 20 and 21, respectively.

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Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for Sept. 19 in Corsicana

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a free workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19 in Corsicana for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Richland-Chambers Reservoir watershed.

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Water well owner training set for Sept. 25 in Carthage

Texas Well Owner Network training has been scheduled for Sept. 25 in Carthage.

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Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program workshop set for Sept. 27 in Bryan

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27 in Bryan for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the Bryan-College Station area.

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Texas Water Research Network to meet Sept. 13-14 in Austin

The Texas Water Research Network (TWRN), part of the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas, will meet Sept. 13-15 in Austin and the meeting is open to anyone interested. Registration is free.

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New grant will examine desalination, water reuse as path to sustainable urban water security

The Texas Water Resources Institute is part of a new interdisciplinary research project funded by Texas A&M University’s X-Grants program. Only eight total X-Grant proposals were funded across the university.

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It’s Water Quality Month and TWRI’s water team travels to the Texas coast

While August is Water Quality Month, the Texas Water Resources Institute’s water team is always working on water quality, traveling to watersheds throughout Texas. The team is on the road again — this time evaluating water quality near the Texas coast to support local stakeholders in their efforts to restore the water to good health.

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Urban riparian, stream restoration workshop set for Aug. 16 in The Woodlands

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in The Woodlands for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects in and around the Houston area.

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FFA students speak about watersheds at the 90th Texas FFA Convention

Three FFA students from different areas in Texas took home the top honors for their speeches about watersheds at the Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest in July.

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Water well owner trainings, screening campaign set for August

The Texas Well Owner Network is conducting two Well Educated trainings in West Texas and a sampling screening campaign in August.

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Institute to hold water quality meeting in Victoria

The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting Aug. 16 in Victoria for anyone interested in becoming involved in a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Garcitas Creek and Arenosa Creek watersheds.

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With extreme temperatures, will the summer of 2018 be one of Texas’ hottest?

Everything is bigger in Texas including the temperatures. On July 23, the temperature in Waco peaked at 114 degrees and the temperature in San Angelo was 108, the highest ever recorded for both cities, according to the Office of the Texas State Climatologist (OSC) at Texas A&M University. 

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Institute invites stakeholders to join partnership to improve Big Elm Creek water quality

The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting Aug. 23 in Belton for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.

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AgriLife Extension offers Water-Wise Tips for Turfgrass

Dr. Becky Grubbs, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service turfgrass specialist in College Station, has published a Water-Wise Checklist for Texas Home Lawns and Other Turfgrass Areas to help with lawn maintenance this summer.

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Texas Water Journal publishes new article

The Texas Water Journal recently published a paper titled “Systems-level thermodynamic and economic analysis of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant integrated with a combined cycle power plant” by Andrew S. Reimers and Dr. Michael E. Webber, both of the University of Texas, Austin.

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Texas A&M opens new teaching gardens

The grand opening for the Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M University in College Station occurred on June 15 with warm temperatures and sunny skies.

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Rio Grande Basin-wide project addressing water challenges for agricultural sustainability

A team of 20 researchers representing Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute and New Mexico State University has completed its first year of a $5 million four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to address these water challenges and ensure agricultural sustainability in the basin.

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Meet a Scientist: Girisha Ganjegunte

Sometimes inspiration strikes in the shower or while lying in bed falling asleep, but for Dr. Girisha Ganjegunte, associate professor of water resources and salinity management with Texas A&M University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, inspiration came in the form of an article about biotechnology and agriculture.

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Zebra mussels: help Texas stop this invasive water species

Taking the boat to the lake is a great way to beat the heat, but zebra mussels can ruin the fun. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has a campaign to raise awareness of this invasive aquatic species and to remind boat users to clean, drain and dry their boat, trailer and gear.

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TWRI awards two graduate research grants

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) graduate research grants to two students for June 2018–June 2019.

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The Brazos: Legacy of a Mighty River exhibit opens

Can water, humans and animals coexist while competing for one resource? A new exhibit at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History dives into the competition and collaboration surrounding the Brazos River.

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Navasota River watershed protection implementation activities, planning focus of July 11 meeting

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are hosting a meeting July 11 in College Station for anyone interested in water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone. 

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Paper presents changes in Ogallala Aquifer groundwater quality

In a new paper published by the Texas Water Journal (TWJ), a group of researchers for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), found that the quality of water being extracted from the Ogallala Aquifer changes in complex and unpredictable ways.

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TWON water well owner training, screenings set for July 26 in Bellville, Panhandle

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) program has scheduled several trainings and screenings in July.

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Rainwater harvesting and turf management training July 12 in Seguin

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters (HLHW) Program is hosting a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training July 12 in Seguin.

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Institute to offer two trainings for water resource professionals in July

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is holding two trainings in College Station in July for water resources professionals as part of its Texas Watershed Planning Program.

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New issue of txH2O spotlights global impact of Texas water research

The Texas Water Resources Institute recently published the Spring 2018 issue of its magazine, txH2O, highlighting the global impacts of Texas water research.

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Rainwater Harvesting for Large Systems workshop set for Junction

Rainwater Harvesting for Large Systems workshop will be 9 a.m. to noon June 9 at the Texas Tech University – Junction Center, 254 Red Raider Lane in Junction.

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EPA accepts Tres Palacios Creek Watershed Protection Plan

June 21 meeting to discuss plan implementation.

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Ogallala Water Summit gathers stakeholders to work on next steps to sustain aquifer

More than 200 leaders in water management from all eight states that overlay the Ogallala Aquifer traveled to Garden City, Kansas in April to attend the Ogallala Aquifer Summit.

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Research article identifies transboundary hydrogeological units shared between Texas, Mexico

Transboundary aquifers between Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Texas, USA: Identification and categorization,” published in the Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, identifies and classifies the transboundary hydrogeological units shared between Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Texas, and assesses their potential transboundary linkages.

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Institute to hold meeting on improving Carancahua Bay water quality

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) will host a meeting June 7 in Lolita for anyone interested in becoming involved in a partnership to improve and protect water quality in Carancahua Bay.

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AgriLife Extension offers hurricane preparedness, recovery information

With June 1 marking the start of hurricane season, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is reminding Texans the agency provides a wealth of disaster and emergency preparedness and recovery information.

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Residents, AgriLife Extension, others work to ‘Harvey-proof’ Houston-area community

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, working with area residents, the Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) and Exploration Green Conservancy, have been collaborating to transform an about-to-be paved golf course into a new kind of nature park that provides recreation while protecting thousands of homes from flooding caused by natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey.

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Texas Water Journal published two articles in May

The journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal published by the nonprofit The Texas Water Journal and the Texas Water Resources Institute, publishes papers as they are complete.

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ICYMI: Texas+Water publishes second issue

A new monthly newsletter about Texas water news, Texas+Water, has published its second issue. The newsletter is the go-to source for timely, insightful information concerning water issues in Texas. 

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Water well trainings and screenings set for July in the Panhandle

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer several Texas Well Owner Network trainings and screenings in July, said program coordinators.

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TWRI Releases 2017 Annual Report

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has published its latest annual report, highlighting accomplishments from 2017.

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Meet a scientist: Rabi Mohtar

Learn about Dr. Rabi Mohtar's work on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and how he returned to his roots in Lebanon to make an impact.

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NIFA announces new funding opportunity for sustainable agricultural systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of up to $80 million in funding for integrated projects to increase sustainable production of food and agricultural products. 

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Students compete in Water Daze poster competition

Eighteen student posters with topics across a wide range of water-related issues were featured in the Water Daze poster competition April 3 on the Texas A&M University campus. 

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research joins others to advance irrigation innovation

Texas A&M AgriLife Research is poised to be a catalyst in the next major leap forward for water and energy use relating to food and landscape irrigation systems.

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Water quality training May 15 in Cameron will focus on Big Elm Creek

Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to Big Elm Creek will be held from 8 a.m.-noon May 15 at the Yards of Cameron, 301 Adams Ave. in Cameron.

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Renowned water microbiologist speaks on water quality and public health at Texas A&M’s Water Daze event

Dr. Joan B. Rose, an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health from Michigan State University, has spent her career trying to answer the question: How safe is the water?

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Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration program workshop set for May 15 in Houston

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting another Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15 in the Woodlands for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the Houston area.

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Texas 4-H Water Ambassador program open for high schoolers interested in water

Texas 4-H is about so much more than just raising animals. Kids ages 5-18 can participate in all aspects of the club including food science, healthy living, robotics, fashion, photography and more.

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Researchers use Hurricane Harvey data to predict future storm impacts

While many Texans were bracing for Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in late August 2017, a team of Texas university researchers set out to deploy instrument pods along the Texas coast. 

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Texas Well Owner Network wins 2018 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in education

The Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) has received the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s 2018 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the category of education.

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Photo essay: Planting day at the Urban Riparian Demonstration site

The Texas Water Resources Institute water team along with Ward Ling, Geronimo and Alligator Creek watershed coordinator, and volunteers recently planted native species along the Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program demonstration site located on Geronimo Creek at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center in Seguin, Texas.

 

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Texas+Water newsletter publishes its first issue; subscribe to receive future issues

A new newsletter about Texas water news, Texas+Water, was launched on March 22 in celebration of World Water Day. 

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Water well owner training set for April 24 in Stephenville

A free Texas Well Owner Network training has been scheduled for April 24 in Stephenville.

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Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for April 25 in Goliad

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a free workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25 in Goliad for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Mission, Aransas and Lower San Antonio watersheds.

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Dallas horticulturist: Save money, time, water with irrigation repairs

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research water conservation horticulturist said home and business owners should repair and maintain sprinkler systems to save money and time while reducing wasted water resources.

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Sanchez to attend international transboundary conference

Dr. Rosario Sanchez, senior research scientist for the Texas Water Resources Institute, will be a facilitator at one of three sessions at an international transboundary conference in May.

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Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration program workshop set for April 11 in Austin

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 11 in Austin for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the Austin area.

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New Texas+Water newsletter to be launched

The Texas Water Resources Institute is joining with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University and the Texas Water Journal to launch an electronic newsletter, Texas+Water

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World water expert to speak April 3, 4 at Texas A&M

International water expert Dr. Joan B. Rose, winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize, will speak April 3 at Texas A&M University in College Station and April 4 at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth as part of the fifth annual Water Lecture Speaker Series, Perspectives on Law and Policy.

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Institute launches new program to restore urban streams

The new Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program, coordinated by the Texas Water Resources Institute in collaboration with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Dallas, is bringing awareness, education and the value of stream restoration to urban areas around Texas.

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Learn more about groundwater during Groundwater Awareness Week

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is celebrating National Groundwater Awareness Week March 11-17 along with the National Groundwater Association, the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee and other organizations across the United States to highlight the responsible development, management and use of groundwater.

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Water Daze student poster competition set for April 3 at Texas A&M

The Water Management and Hydrological Science (WMHS) program at Texas A&M University is hosting Water Daze, a student poster competition and water lecture, April 3 on the Texas A&M campus.

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Conference roadmap outlines the needs, next steps for Southern Plains ag, forestry

“Developing Agricultural Solutions for the Southern Plains: Responding to Climate Change and Resource Constraints, A Research and Extension Roadmap for Agriculture and Forestry,” a report based on outcomes of the Resilient Southern Plains Agriculture and Forestry in a Varying and Changing Climate conference, held in July 2017 in El Reno, Oklahoma, is now available online.

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Texas A&M researchers develop methods to clean polluted groundwater

A new study led by Dr. Itza Mendoza-Sanchez, research assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health, applied experimental data and mathematical models to understand limitations of biodegradation of toxic pollutants frequently found in contaminated aquifers.

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World Water Day celebrates ‘nature for water’

Less than 1 percent of the water supply on earth can be used as drinking water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. World Water Day focuses on the importance of that 1 percent.

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Educating students on water conservation: Groundwater conservation district takes on the challenge

The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District hopes to significantly lower water use per person with public education and outreach programs, starting with elementary school presentations.

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Mills Scholarships awarded to four TAMU students

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded 2018 Mills Scholarships to four graduate students conducting water-related research at Texas A&M University.

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Ogallala Aquifer Program research featured in journal

The Ogallala Aquifer Program (OAP) was featured in the December 2017 issue of the Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, a publication of the Universities Council on Water Resources.

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Water quality training focused on Carancahua Bay, Tres Palacios watersheds set for Feb. 15 in Palacios

A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Carancahua Bay and Tres Palacios watersheds will be held from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 209 Lucas Ave., Palacios.

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Rio Grande Basin project leaders attend D.C. meeting

Dr. John Tracy, Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI)’s director; Dr. Allen Berthold, TWRI research scientist; and Dr. Askar Karimov, research associate in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, recently attended the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative project directors’ meeting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) in Washington, D.C.

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Rainwater harvesting and turf management training set for Feb. 22-23 in Kyle and San Antonio

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters (HLHW) Program is hosting two residential rainwater harvesting and turf management trainings in Kyle and San Antonio on Feb. 22 and 23, respectively.

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Conference report outlines status, challenges, opportunities for Southern Plains ag, forestry

The report of the Resilient Southern Plains Agriculture and Forestry in a Varying and Changing Climate conference, held in July 2017 in El Reno, Oklahoma, is now available online.

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Institute to hold third meeting on improving Carancahua Bay water quality

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting a Feb. 13 meeting in Lolita for anyone interested in becoming involved in a partnership to improve and protect water quality in Carancahua Bay.

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TWRI still seeking input on Lower Rio Grande Valley water conservation from ag producers, irrigation districts

A survey for agricultural producers and irrigation district managers and board members in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) will continue until the end of February.

 

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Texas Water Journal publishes new website

The Texas Water Journal has launched a new website on a new url: https://twj.media. The new website is more dynamic and makes all of the journal’s information easier to access.

 

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Brazos Valley water conservation program targets outdoor water use

Some 5,500 College Station single-family residences have reduced outdoor water use by an estimated 320 million gallons from 2010 to 2016, through participating in water conservation research and educational programs conducted by a team of Texas A&M University and city of College Station staff.

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Meet a Scientist: Dana Porter

Specializing in agricultural irrigation, Dr. Dana Porter evaluates and promotes appropriate applications of advanced irrigation technologies that are water efficient.

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Mohanty and Dessler elected as AAAS Fellows

Two Texas A&M University professors — Dr. Binayak Mohanty and Dr. Andrew Dessler — were recently elected as Fellows by the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science within the section on atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences. 

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Karthikeyan replaces Kaiser as Water Management and Hydrological Science program chair

Dr. R. Karthikeyan, associate professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, was recently appointed as the program chair for the Texas A&M’s Water Management and Hydrological Science (WMHS) Program, an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Geosciences.

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Engineering professor researches aquifer storage and recovery

Dr. Gretchen Miller, associate professor in Texas A&M University’s Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, researches a topic that is getting attention in the Texas water news: managed aquifer recharge or aquifer storage and recovery.

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USGS 104G Water Resources National Competitive Grant announced

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is continuing to accept pre-proposals for the FY 2018 National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources.

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Meet a Scientist: Ed Rhodes

Researching water quality does not only include examining water. Ed Rhodes, research associate for Texas Water Resources Institute, studies land cover and land use as it relates to water quality.

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Texas watershed coordinators learn watershed planning essentials

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI)’s Texas Watershed Planning Training Program recently held its 9th short course at Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center near Navasota to train 30 watershed coordinators and other water resource professionals in watershed planning.

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EPA accepts updated Arroyo Colorado WPP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted the Update to the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan, developed by the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Healthy lawns make for healthier waters

What if understanding the soil and grass in residential lawns could help with water quality and reducing runoff? The Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is doing just that by helping Texas homeowners make better management decisions that will have a lasting impact on watersheds.

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USGS 104G Water Resources National Competitive Grants announced

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) announces the Request for Pre-Proposals for the FY 2018 National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources. Pre-Proposals are requested on the topics of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply.

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Ogallala Water team reviews accomplishments, plans for year

Team members of the Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project heard updates on the project’s year two accomplishments and reviewed timelines and goals in anticipation of its next project year, which starts in mid-March, at their recent annual meeting in Manhattan, Kansas.

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Texas A&M shares National Water and Energy Conservation Award

Researchers from The Texas A&M University System were part of a multistate project team that recently received the National Water and Energy Conservation Award from the Irrigation Association for significant achievements in the conservation of water and energy relating to irrigation procedures, equipment, methods and techniques.

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TWRI publishes water security issue of txH2O

The Texas Water Resources Institute recently published its Fall 2017 issue of its magazine, txH2O, spotlighting water security in Texas and beyond.

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TWRI takes basin approach to dealing with Matagorda Basin impairments

Maintaining water quality is a priority for the Texas Water Resources Institute water team. Research, planning, educational outreach and community implementation go into the creation of a successful watershed protection plan designed to restore water quality and monitor impairment levels for years to come.

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Meet a scientist: Joshuah Perkin

Did you know that studying fish populations helps with understanding water management? Looking at the behaviors and patterns of organisms such as fish can give researchers a better perspective of how to manage water.

Dr. Joshuah Perkin, assistant professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and fish ecologist, is doing just that.

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TWRI researcher recognized at national conference

Dr. Rosario Sanchez, Texas Water Resources Institute’s research scientist, received a Recognition Award from the Mexican Association of Hydrogeologists during the XI National Congress of Groundwater in Puebla, Mexico.

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Virginia Tech team brings relief to well owners following hurricanes Harvey and Irma

A team of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) professors and students are helping reach Texas well owners with vital information on well-water supply contamination, the likelihood of which increases following hurricanes.

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NSF awards $1.2 million to A&M System researchers to study effects of Hurricane Harvey

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced awards totaling more than $1.2 million to support 13 research projects throughout the Texas A&M University System that aim to understand the effects of natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey.

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Texas A&M collaborates with University of California on grant to fund food, energy, water research

Four Texas A&M University professors are collaborating with University of California–Riverside researchers to study and improve decision-making processes related to food, energy and water resources, or FEW.

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The Next Step: TAMU experts talk about research needs following Hurricane Harvey

We asked a group of Texas A&M University professors involved in different areas of water expertise and research to answer these three simple questions. Here are their answers.

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Meet a scientist: Kent Portney

When it comes to urban sustainability, the focus has mostly been on air, primarily as it relates to climate change, climate mitigation and climate adaptation. With much less attention on water, Dr. Kent Portney, a Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service professor, recognized this lack of attention and turned his focus to making sure water was included in the discussion.

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TWRI requests pre-proposals for 2018-2019 graduate student research programs

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) announced its call for pre-proposals for students conducting water resources research. TWRI has funds available for graduate students at Texas universities through two programs, the TWRI Mills Scholarship Program (available to Texas A&M College Station, Galveston and Qatar only) and the U.S. Geological Survey Graduate Research Program (available to all Texas universities).

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EPA accepts Navasota River watershed protection plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently accepted the Navasota River Below Lake Limestone Watershed Protection Plan, developed by the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Navasota River Watershed Partnership.

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Transboundary water expert speaks on water security

Dr. Aaron Wolf from Oregon State University recently discussed conflict and cooperation over transboundary water resources as part of a new lecture series at Texas A&M University — Water Security Speaker Series — that aims to bring water scholars across the campus and the world to speak on water security.

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Helpful information for recovering from Harvey

After the devastating flooding of Hurricane Harvey, Texas A&M AgriLife Today published a few articles to help those affected. Below are links to practical flood recovery, how to salvage documents and books, how to watch for fraud and more. For more articles on Harvey and flooding, visit AgriLife Today’s website.

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Meet the new faces of TWRI’s water team

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s (TWRI) water team continues to increase its expertise and capabilities, adding three members within the last year.

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Conference outlines status, challenges, opportunities for Southern Plains ag, forestry

In view of changing economic and environmental factors, the Southern Plains Climate Hub of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service sponsored a conference, “Resilient Southern Plains Agriculture and Forestry in a Varying and Changing Climate,” July 18-19 in El Reno, Oklahoma.

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Professionals discuss watershed planning, water quality issues at roundtable

The Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtable, hosted by Texas Water Resources Institute, was held July 26 in College Station. The roundtable, held biannually, featured presentations by watershed and natural resource professionals from across the state.

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Texas Water Journal publishes Texas legislative wrap-up

The Texas Water Journal recently published a commentary by four water-related organizations that work closely with the Texas Legislature. 

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Wagner leaves TWRI to become director of Oklahoma water center

Dr. Kevin Wagner, former deputy director of engagement for the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), became director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Center at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater on July 31.

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New USGS report: Ogallala pumping slowed in 2013-2015, long-term aquifer decline continues

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the Ogallala, or High Plains, Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 (which was prior to significant groundwater irrigation development) to 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

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UT Austin research: Nanoparticles and magnets offer efficient method of removing oil from water

When oil mixes with or enters into water, conventional methods of cleaning the water and removing the oil can be challenging, expensive and environmentally risky. But researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) believe they may have developed a better method.

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Aggies at World Water Congress: TWRI and TAMU personnel lead discussions at international gathering

Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) researchers and Texas A&M University faculty and students participated in the XVI World Water Congress, hosted by the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and held in Cancun, Mexico, May 29-June 3.

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USDA-NIFA $5-million grant awarded to TWRI-led Rio Grande Basin water and agriculture project

A team of researchers representing various Texas A&M entities and the New Mexico Water Resources Institute has been awarded a $5 million four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to address water challenges in the Rio Grande Basin.

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Meet a scientist: Rosario Sanchez-Flores

The idea of uncertainty can be an unsettling topic. Dr. Rosario Sanchez-Flores, a Texas Water Resources Institute research scientist, is using science to tackle a major source of uncertainty affecting agriculture and water security along the Texas-Mexico border: transboundary aquifers.

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Infographic: TWRI by the numbers in 2016

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has published its latest annual report, highlighting some of our major project accomplishments from 2016. From watershed protection to education, we've helped protect and conserve water resources throughout Texas.

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Ogallala Aquifer 101: get an overview of current research projects on this groundwater giant

Stretching from Texas to South Dakota, the Ogallala Aquifer is the largest underground water reservoir in the United States. Multiple research and outreach efforts are working to ensure the sustainable use of these groundwater resources.

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IRNR and TWRI College Station offices move to new location

The College Station offices of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) are now located in the first floor of the AgriLife Services Building on the Texas A&M University campus.

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Soil and Water Stewardship Week highlights importance of land conservation

To highlight the importance of voluntary land stewardship in Texas, the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) are partnering with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Texas Wildlife Association, and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. 

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Krchnak praises partnerships and alliances in water security lectures

Water security for people and the environment is a hot topic around the globe, and the World Wildlife Foundation is right in the midst of it, according to Karin Krchnak, the freshwater director of the World Wildlife Fund-U.S.

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Agriculture damages from wildfire estimated at about $21 million

Early estimates of agricultural losses due to the recent wildfires in the Texas Panhandle are $21 million, but that could change as producers make final reports of their actual damages in the coming weeks, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Meet a scientist: Andrew Dessler

From working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, to serving in the White House, to teaching in a lecture hall at Texas A&M University, Dr. Andrew Dessler has served in many roles as a scientist.

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Texas A&M ag engineering scientist touts global water awareness at Vatican

Citing the need for heightened interest in water availability globally, Dr. Rabi Mohtar, biological and agricultural engineering professor at Texas A&M University, took center stage March 24 at Vatican City as part of Watershed, a conference to spark global conversations of the importance of water and the future.

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Meet a scientist: Peter Knappett

Dr. Peter Knappett, assistant professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, studies Bangladesh’s water quality issues. 

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Urban Riparian Symposium discusses challenges of urban streams

Riparian and natural resource professionals discussed current innovations and issues in riparian restoration and management at the Urban Riparian Symposium: Balancing the Challenges of Healthy Urban Streams Feb. 15-17 in Houston at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative Building.

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Oaks may replace pines in severely burned lost pines region without intervention

Without human help, the “Lost Pines” may lose some of what it is known for, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife study.

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Texas Well Owner Network to screen water in Mills, Llano and Lampasas counties in March

The Texas Well Owner Network will present water well screenings in March in Mills, Llano and Lampasas counties to give residents the opportunity to have their well water screened.

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Spring landscape irrigation short courses coming soon

A series of landscape irrigation short courses for licensed irrigation professionals will be held through May with stops in College Station, Dallas and San Antonio.

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Year in review: notable highlights from IRNR and TWRI in 2016

As 2017 begins, the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) look back on a year full of impactful research results, new funding opportunities, collaborative partnerships and key personnel additions.

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TWRI’s Dictson receives Superior Service Award

Nikki Dictson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist III at the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), received AgriLife Extension’s Superior Service Award in the Extension Program Specialist category during a ceremony Jan. 10 at Texas A&M University.

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Texas 4-H Youth Water Ambassadors Program coming soon

A new Texas 4-H Youth Water Ambassadors Program is aiming to encourage high school students’ interest in the water industry.

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Green infrastructure, low-impact development to be focus of Feb. 2 Dallas workshop

A green infrastructure/low-impact development workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 2 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas.

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Winter pond management can mean better spring fish production

Winter pond management can mean better fish production in the spring, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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TAMU School of Law hosting Energy Law Symposium

The Texas A&M School of Law will host the Energy Law Symposium March 23-24 in Fort Worth.

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Soil Health Short Course will offer land managers educational information

The Texas Soil Health Short Course will focus on building a functioning foundation Feb. 22-23 at the Region 9 Educational Center in Wichita Falls.

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Reminder: public invited to report bat sightings to IRNR research team

The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) bat research team is asking for help from citizens in its efforts to document bat populations in Texas.

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USGS gives update at midpoint of national groundwater survey

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is near the midpoint of a complex survey of the quality of the nation’s groundwater, its largest drinking-water resource, according to a recent news release.

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Texas Water Roundtable set for Feb. 2 in Austin

The 3rd annual Texas Water Roundtable will be held Feb. 2 from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Capitol Auditorium, at the state capitol in Austin.

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Watersheds across Texas benefit from bacterial source tracking research team’s work

For more than a decade, the Texas Bacterial Source Tracking Program has improved the identification process for bacterial pollution sources in watersheds across Texas to help restore water quality and protect human health, according to a Texas Water Resources Institute official.

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TWDB publishes 2017 State Water Plan

The 2011 statewide drought is ranked as the most severe one-year drought on record. In the five years since, 16 regional water planning groups throughout the state have worked to develop regional water plans that would form the basis for the 2017 State Water Plan.

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Can you water your landscape less and still have thriving plants?

What if there was a way to irrigate less but still have good-looking landscapes?

Thanks to research results recently published by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas Water Resources Institute, homeowners and landscapers can now learn exactly how little water popular Central Texas ornamental plants need to not only survive but thrive.

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New turfgrass facility makes room for more Aggie turf research

Fifteen years ago, Dr. Richard White began to think about the need to consolidate Texas A&M University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences turfgrass research in College Station. For years, the professor and his colleagues had conducted field research and analyzed data in two separate locations making their work more difficult and less efficient.

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UT Austin Engineering becomes new home for EPA Water Infrastructure Center

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given $3.9 million to researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to establish the Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management. The center will develop and improve open source water infrastructure models and share tools and research findings to assist local communities and stakeholders.  

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Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan accepted by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently accepted the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan, which will help prevent future declines in water quality and stream flow, according to plan developers.

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Texas’ weather extremes explained in new txH2O

The Texas Water Resources Institute recently published a new issue of txH2O, featuring insights into weather extremes in Texas. In the magazine, researchers and scientists explain Texas’ propensity for droughts as well as the Central Texas phenomenon of Flash Flood Alley.

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Meet a scientist: Michael Schramm

Growing up in eastern North Carolina, Michael Schramm spent most of his youth surfing, fishing and exploring the rugged Atlantic coast. The barrier island beaches not only influenced his childhood activities but also helped develop his professional interests.

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New Take Care of Texas website features conservation tips, video contest

The new website recently launched by Take Care of Texas, an initiative of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, provides a variety of resources for Texans.

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Eckstein discusses Israel’s water resilience, lessons for U.S. water management

Despite its geographical location in a desert by salty seas, Israel has used technology, policy and innovation to achieve water security and even abundance, according to Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law at the Texas A&M University School of Law.

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Meet a scientist: Jessica Light

Most people are wary of parasitic insects such as lice and ticks. But for Dr. Jessica Light, understanding these complex parasites is a driving force of her research.

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New book, certification program available for Texas Master Naturalists

Texas Master Naturalists interested in better understanding and solving water issues across the state now have two new opportunities to do so.

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Results show why water well testing in Texas is important

Results of recent private water well screenings in five South Texas counties underscored the importance of regular testing of private water wells, according to a Texas Well Owner Network official. 

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Aggies get schooled on how to prepare for extreme Central Texas weather

From flash floods to flash droughts, the Brazos Valley is no stranger to severe weather. The region, which sits between the Navasota and Brazos rivers in southeast central Texas, has experienced extreme weather patterns in recent months. On May 26, three tornadoes hit in the area, beginning a series of weather woes.

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Eckstein presenting Sept. 15 seminar on water lessons from Israel

Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law at the Texas A&M University School of Law, will present a seminar Sept. 15 at Texas A&M University. The seminar, Water Scarcity, Challenges, and Opportunities: Lessons from Israel, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Gates Ballroom of the Memorial Student Center, with a reception to follow from 5 to 6 p.m.  

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Symposium brings mollusk experts together to discuss research

More than 75 scientists, students and others heard from experts on topics related to mollusk conservation during the Texas Mollusk Symposium Aug. 8-11 in Dallas. The symposium was a collaborative effort of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, University of Texas at Tyler, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.

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Sea Grant projects improving flood-control, water quality in Houston area

Volunteers and staff from the Texas Coastal Watershed Program (TCWP) and Clear Lake City’s Exploration Green Conservancy raced an oncoming storm earlier this summer and saw first-hand the effectiveness of their work to help manage floodwaters and improve water quality in the Galveston Bay watershed.

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Researching resiliency: scientists study climate and water along Texas’ urban corridor

Resiliency is defined as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks and a group of university researchers are examining just how resilient Texas may be to future changes in its population, climate and land use in the 21st century.

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South Texas irrigation manual published

Irrigation managers and producers in South Texas have a new resource available to help them improve irrigation management and water conservation.

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Volunteers help complete self-draining parking lot in Arroyo Colorado watershed

An educational workshop on redesigning parking lots to collect, filter and redirect stormwater held June 25 in Harlingen was a success, according to Jaime Flores, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program coordinator for the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).

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AgriLife Extension experts team up for Earth-Kind turfgrass trials in North Texas

A team of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts has initiated the first research trials on ornamental turfgrass varieties applying Earth-Kind Landscaping principles, which emphasize environmental responsibility through water conservation and limited chemical inputs.

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Ask CM: “How can I get my water tested for harmful contaminates?"

Well owners who drink water from a private well should have the water tested at least once a year to make sure that it is safe to drink. The Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) recommends that well owners test their water at least annually for bacteria, nitrates and contaminants of local concern, such as arsenic.

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Wagner named to UCOWR board of directors

Dr. Kevin Wagner, Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) deputy director of engagement, was recently elected to serve on the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) board of directors.

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Draft Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan available for public comment

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station, working with the Upper Llano Watershed Coordination Committee, recently completed the draft Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan. Stakeholders in the watershed can provide comments on the plan through July 8, during the formal public comment period.

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Meet a scientist: Perry Barboza

Alaska is home to some of the largest animals in North America, such as moose, caribou and muskoxen. While there, Dr. Perry Barboza spent a lot of time thinking and working on these iconic species that roam the tundra and forests.

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Tres Palacios July 7 water quality meeting open to the public

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting a meeting July 7 for anyone interested in improving and protecting the Tres Palacios Creek watershed along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Stocked fish ponds more susceptible to oxygen depletion during summer months

Summer is beginning to heat up in Texas, and a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert advises landowners to start monitoring stocked ponds for oxygen depletion.

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Navasota River watershed stakeholders invited to public planning meetings

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are hosting two public meetings in July for anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone. 

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New txH2O spotlights water seed grant-funded TAMUS inventions and technologies

The Texas Water Resources Institute has published the spring 2016 issue of txH2O magazine, featuring research projects from throughout The Texas A&M University System funded by the inaugural round of water research seed grants.

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TWRI monitors progress of White Creek tributary restoration efforts

On the sprawling Texas A&M University campus, a tributary of White Creek begins near the Horticulture/Forest Science Building and flows into White Creek just before the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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Meet a scientist: Daniel Roelke

From the Sea of Galilee in Israel, to the northern Gulf of Mexico, to a neotropical river in Venezuela, Dr. Daniel Roelke’s research has led him all over the world — in pursuit of species smaller than a drop of water.

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TWDB officially adopts 2017 State Water Plan

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) unanimously voted to adopt the 2017 State Water Plan at its May 19 meeting.

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Another year of conservation impacts: new IRNR and TWRI annual reports

From longleaf pine forest management to big-city water conservation technologies, and from tracking Louisiana pine snakes to helping rural water well owners, the Texas A&M Institute for Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas Water Resources Institute spent 2015 improving water and natural resources conservation and management all over Texas and the country.

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Meet a scientist: Wendy Jepson

For some people, having access to clean water is not as easy as simply turning on a faucet. Some of the United States’ poorest regions rely on inadequate water delivery systems, unaffordable potable water or unclean tap water for their household water use. This is a reality for tens of thousands of households in colonias, underdeveloped communities along the U.S.-Mexico border often lacking basic infrastructure, and it is also a focus of Dr. Wendy Jepson’s research.

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Photo essay: Navasota River water quality monitoring

Water quality monitoring on the Navasota River.

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‘Forgotten’ minnow rediscovered by AgriLife scientists in West Texas

With no more “swimmable” water than thirsty West Texas has, it’s hard to imagine a fish, even a minnow-sized fish could remain “missing” for more than a century. But due to a mistaken identity, such is the case, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

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USGS research shows economic impacts of ecosystem restoration projects

From restoring sagebrush to rejuvenating watersheds and landscapes after fires, ecosystem restoration can bear substantial economic fruit for local, state and national economies, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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TWRI, IRNR support Soil and Water Stewardship Week

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) are partnering with the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD), Texas Wildlife Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) to highlight the importance of voluntary land stewardship in Texas during the annual Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 24-May 1.

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Two Texas A&M-led projects selected as part of White House Water Summit

Two Texas A&M University System-led projects were recently highlighted as part of the White House Water Summit held on March 22 — World Water Day.

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Campana discusses water management approaches at Texas A&M Water Daze

National expert on groundwater and sustainable water management Dr. Michael Campana championed the importance of integrated water resources management (IWRM) to the nation’s water supply, stressing that successful IWRM is “a process, not a prescription” during his keynote lecture at the March 29 Water Daze event at Texas A&M University.

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TWRI awards two graduate research grants

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) graduate research grants to two students for March 2016 – February 2017.

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Four-year, $10 million grant will focus on Ogallala Aquifer

Water challenges and agricultural sustainability in the Ogallala Aquifer region are the focus of a four-year, $10 million grant that will include scientists from the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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New Carters Creek watershed reports published

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s water team recently finalized several projects concerning the Carters Creek watershed and published technical reports on its findings.

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Water Daze event and poster competition will be March 29-30 at Texas A&M

The Water Management and Hydrological Science (WMHS) program at Texas A&M University is hosting Water Daze, a public event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Michael Campana, faculty research presentations and a student poster competition, March 29-30 on the Texas A&M campus.

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Wagner named TWRI deputy director of engagement

Dr. Kevin Wagner has been named the deputy director of engagement of the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI). Formerly TWRI associate director, Wagner’s new role will include engaging with the water resources community in Texas and the nation and coordinating TWRI’s outreach activities with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and The Texas A&M University System.

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A helpful harvest: TAMU conserves with rainwater collection

Over the last decade, Texas A&M University has become a leader in water conservation and sustainability through its campus-wide rainwater harvesting strategies. Rainwater harvesting, or the practice of capturing and collecting rainfall for reuse on-site instead of allowing it to runoff, is an effective strategy for reducing water use.

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Meet a scientist: Ashley Long

Based on her extensive avian research record, one might assume Dr. Ashley Long, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) research scientist,  has been fascinated with birds her whole life. However, Long’s interest in ecology and wildlife didn’t begin until she was in college.

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Free publications for utilities: AMI primer and customer profile guide

Water utilities and municipalities have access to an array of technologies to help consumers save both water and money. The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently published two free guides to assist utilities managers as they navigate the possible technologies and look to improve water conservation strategies and implementation.

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Try these 4 simple ways to celebrate World Water Day

World Water Day will be recognized on March 22 all around the globe. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly first designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, creating an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues and take action.

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Institutes’ year in review: 2015

For the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), 2015 marked another successful year as they partnered in water and natural resource research and education. The institutes are anticipating the important work ahead in 2016 and reflecting on a productive 2015, said Dr. Roel Lopez, IRNR director and former TWRI director.

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Mills Scholarships awarded to four TAMU students

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded 2016 Mills Scholarships to four graduate students conducting water-related research at Texas A&M University.

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Texas 2040 game challenges Texans to learn about water issues and conserve

The Colorado River Alliance, in partnership with the Texas Water Development Board, has created a free, interactive game called Texas 2040. The game helps Texans better understand the water challenges the state’s rivers will face in the next 25 years, said Brent Lyles, the alliance’s executive director. 

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Texas Well Owner Network receives AgriLife Extension Superior Service Award

The Texas Well Owner Network has received a Superior Service Award in the team category from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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UT Austin research recommends ways to protect Hill Country while supporting growth

New strategies for protecting the Texas Hill Country came out of a recently published study by regional planning experts and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) School of Architecture. The study addresses threats to water resources, scenic beauty and cultural heritage in the face of rapid population growth in the region, according to the authors.

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Reminder: National Competitive Grant proposals due to TWRI Feb. 25

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has announced the Request for Proposals for the FY 2016 National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources.

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TAMU expert and international collaborators call for protecting world’s mightiest rivers

A group of 40 international scientists led by a Texas A&M University professor says three of the earth’s mightiest rivers are being damaged in the name of progress.

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Texas Water Journal publishes first paper in 2016 issue

The Texas Water Journal has published “Conjunctive groundwater management as a response to socio-ecological disturbances: a comparison of 4 western U.S. states,” its first paper in Volume 7, Number 1.

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New research determines most effective water conservation policies for Ogallala farmers

Farming is a business, and the actions of farmers will be based on economics—even when it comes to water conservation, according to a recent study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

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New publications from TWRI: water conservation in the Valley, guides for utilities and more

There are several new publications from the Texas Water Resources Institute.

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Texas A&M students walk with water buckets to raise awareness

Texas A&M University students recently carried buckets of water around campus to simulate the experience of walking to access clean water and to raise awareness of the one billion people in developing countries who struggle with clean water scarcity.

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Bush School researchers report on connections among water, energy and food policy issues

Understanding public opinion and policy preferences as they relate to the nexus of water, energy and food is the focus of a new study by a team of researchers from the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

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Texas A&M University campus golf course strives to conserve, manage water

Since its multi-million dollar renovation in fall of 2013, the Texas A&M University Campus Course has used water-efficient practices and technologies to establish itself as not only a premier golf course but a leader in water conservation.

Management practices to reduce water demand include careful selection of turf varieties and efficient irrigation systems, said Steven Chernosky, golf course superintendent. “I really think that a golf course should be kind of the symbol for conservation,” he said.

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AgriLife Extension publications outline agriculture impact to Ogallala Aquifer

Six publications analyzing the water use of the crop and livestock industry in the Southern Ogallala Aquifer region have been completed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists.

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Planners aim for coastal growth in all the right places

When it comes to helping coastal communities be more resilient to weather hazards, ideas don’t need to be sandbagged, experts say. That’s why the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted $750,000 to the Texas Coastal Watershed Program, which already is experienced in working with city leaders along the Texas coast and other Gulf states.

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Journal publishes new paper on Texas water policy and weather

The Texas Water Journal recently published “Texas water policy appendix: the weather” by Carlos Rubinstein in its Volume 6, Number 1 issue. In the paper, Rubinstein examples weather events over the past 150 years that have resulted in policy changes at the state and federal level. These changes, Rubinstein writes has helped the state “prepare for, respond to, and prevent weather disasters.”

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Texas Well Owner Network publication wins educational materials award

The educational publication “Texas Well Owner Network: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply” has received a 2015 Extension Education Community Education Materials Award from the American Society of Agronomy.

The award was presented at the 2015 ASA Educational Materials Awards Program held recently in Minneapolis.

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txH2O magazine celebrates 10 years and brand new issue

Since 2005, the Texas Water Resources Institute has published its flagship magazine, txH2O, and the Fall 2015 issue celebrates those 10 years of publishing as well as the announcement of Dr. John C. Tracy as the institute’s new director.

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Aggies explore water resource issues in Guanajuato, Mexico

Texas A&M University students recently took a hands-on approach to understanding water resource management concerns in rural regions. This past summer 19 graduate students from Texas A&M University and 15 students from the University of Guanajuato enrolled in a two-week water management study abroad course in Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Meet a Scientist: Dr. Lee Fitzgerald

Biodiversity: that’s a word many biologists are well familiar with.

But even before the term was coined by E. O. Wilson in his 1992 book “The Diversity of Life,” Dr. Lee Fitzgerald and his research team were cataloging biological diversity within the country of Paraguay.

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TPWD’s Kills and Spills Team responds to fish, wildlife kills

Since the 1950s, the Texas Parks and Wildlife staff, currently referred to as the Kills and Spills Team, have responded to and investigated 9,345-reported pollution events and fish and wildlife kills in the state.

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Aggies participate in Galveston beach clean up

While most students consider a beach day to be a relaxing vacation, a handful of Texas A&M University students recently turned a coastal visit to an environmental conservation opportunity.

Twenty students from Texas A&M’s student chapter of the Marine Technology Society and Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, joined hundreds of other volunteers on Sept. 26 to participate in a Galveston beach cleanup.

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AgriLife Extension researcher comparing turfgrass varieties under Texas conditions

Not every grass is a good fit for home lawns, golf courses or athletic playing fields, so turfgrass researcher Dr. Casey Reynolds is testing varieties and comparing them side by side under Texas conditions as a part of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program.

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AgriLife Extension sprinkler system lab to be certified to test EPA WaterSense label

New lawn sprinklers have built-in pressure regulators, but how accurate are they?

Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, and Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extension irrigation engineer, set up the Irrigation Technology Program lab in 2008 to test “smart” weather-based irrigation controllers, Swanson said. The lab is part of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University.

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New director appointed for the Texas Water Resources Institute

Dr. John C. Tracy was recently appointed as the new director of the Texas Water Resources Institute by Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University System. Tracy will assume the TWRI director position in December 2015.

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Watershed planning begins for Navasota River downstream of Lake Limestone

The Texas Water Resources InstituteTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are hosting two watershed protection plan kickoff meetings in November for Brazos and Robertson county residents interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone.

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Follow TWRI on Pinterest to learn about conservation, rainwater harvesting and more

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is on Pinterest, and we want you to check us out! From classroom resources about conservation to gardening tips and more, TWRI’s Pinterest page is chock-full of great information.

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Meet a Scientist: Charles Randklev

Dr. Charles Randklev is not one to shy away from challenges. In fact, based on his current field of research, he seems to embrace them. As the principal investigator for Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources Texas A&M University Mussel Research Group, exploring freshwater mussel populations literally involves getting his feet wet — sometimes wading waist deep in Texas streams and rivers.

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Sneak preview: Fall 2015 txH2O

The Fall 2015 issue of txH2O, the Texas Water Resources Institute’s flagship publication, will profile Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas’ climatologist and a regents professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

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Texas A&M-Galveston gets grant to study flood risks

An international research consortium led by Dr. Sam Brody, professor in the Department of Marine Science and director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores at Texas A&M University at Galveston was awarded a $3.6 million Partnerships for International Research and Education grant by the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering.

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Fall and winter to-do’s for an Earth-Kind Landscape

With winter just around the corner, many Texas homeowners are looking for ways to maximize their landscape and garden enjoyment while conserving natural resources. One way is using Earth-Kind® Landscaping, a horticultural system developed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service that combines organic and conventional landscaping practices with a focus on environmental responsibility.

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Meet a scientist: Georgianne Moore

Whether it’s on an island off the coast of Georgia, under the canopy of a rainforest in Costa Rica or in the arid Trans-Pecos in West Texas, for Dr. Georgianne Moore, working in the field is where she feels most at home.

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Center for Infrastructure Renewal announced by TEES and TTI

The state of Texas has appropriated billions of dollars over the next biennium to address the state’s transportation infrastructure, including $5 million for the construction of the Center for Infrastructure Renewal, a joint venture between the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

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New environmental markets projects receive NRCS grants

Environmental markets are the buying and selling of ecosystem services such as clean air and water, and wildlife habitat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is a federal leader in supporting the development of environmental markets, largely through its Conservation Innovation Grants program, according to NRCS.

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TWRI Mills Scholar finds high flow events critical for lower Brazos fish

Tony Rodger, who graduated earlier this month with a master’s degree from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University, studied minnow species in the lower Brazos River Basin to determine how environmental flows affected early life stage survival. His study concluded that high flow events help maintain the biodiversity of fish within the lower Brazos River.

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Texas A&M policy internship program celebrates 25 years

Since 1990, top students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University have launched their careers with internships that allow them to directly interact with policymaking at the state, national or international level.

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TCEQ: Watermaster program for Brazos has begun

The Brazos Watermaster Program office officially opened June 1, with Molly Mohler serving as the first watermaster for the Brazos. She has nine years of experience in managing the Concho River in West Texas, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which oversees the program.

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USGS model provides better understanding of Edwards Aquifer

Scientists have a better understanding of how water flows throughout the San Antonio, Texas, segment of the Edwards Aquifer because of a new U.S. Geological Survey groundwater flow model, developed in cooperation with the San Antonio Water System, according to USGS.

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TWDB approves $3.9 billion in SWIFT inaugural financial assistance

The Texas Water Development Board approved approximately $3.9 billion in financial assistance from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas on July 23. The inaugural round of SWIFT financing will be distributed to 21 applicants for approximately $1 billion in projects in the first year and approximately $3.9 billion total over the next decade, according to TWDB.

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TWRI awards graduate students water research scholarships

The Texas Water Resources Institute recently awarded Mills Scholarships to five Texas A&M University graduate students for the 2015–16 academic year. The students will use the $5,000 scholarships to pursue water-related research.

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Meet a scientist: Allen Berthold

Dr. Allen Berthold may have grown up dryland farming, but that doesn’t mean he’s not making waves now. As a research scientist at the Texas Water Resources Institute, Berthold helps coordinate various research and extension projects involving water planning, assessment and conservation.

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Aggie Turf launches new website

Landscape professionals and homeowners alike can now find a variety of science-based turfgrass resources on the newly developed Aggie Turf website.

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Stormwater BMPs at Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas center show statewide promise

The results of stormwater practice demonstrations at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas demonstrate the potential benefits for using such practices in urban areas statewide, an expert said.

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New txH2O spotlights water conservation technologies, partnerships and leaders

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Summer 2015 issue of txH2O is now online. This issue spotlights innovative work in improving urban water conservation, a new partnership in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and several natural resources nexuses, including the water, energy, food nexus and the water, soil nexus. 

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Recent flooding could potentially speed up spread of zebra mussels

Among all the negative effects of the recent drought in Texas, there was one positive result: drought, and the resulting closure of many boat ramps, may have limited the spread of zebra mussels, an aquatic invasive species. With the recent heavy and frequent rains, however, the state’s zebra mussel outlook has changed.

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Meet a Scientist: Wade Ryberg

Quick reflexes and a set of hands — these were Dr. Wade Ryberg’s childhood tools for catching reptiles and amphibians. After the capture, he would often bring the animal home for further study. “I would catch something in the wild, keep it, feed it, watch it eat, and then I would just put it back where I found it,” he said. 

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Celebrate Smart Irrigation Month and save water

July is Smart Irrigation Month, and the Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have many resources to help Texans save water supplies and money by irrigating their landscapes more efficiently.

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Flood recovery resources are available through AgriLife Extension

As many Texans recover from recent flood damage, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has resources that can help. 

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Meet TWRI Associate Director Kevin Wagner

As a freshman studying biology at Howard Payne University, Dr. Kevin Wagner dreamt of becoming a physical therapist. But, he soon realized the impact of his childhood days spent playing in the streams on his grandfather’s ranch. His heart was in water resources.

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Mills Scholar researches turfgrass water needs

Charles Fontanier, a doctoral student in Texas A&M University’s Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program, believes that most Texans want to conserve water, even when it comes to watering their lawns. He hopes his research helps them understand that they can save water and have their lawns too.

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New Texas Water Journal articles published

A book review of Sharing the Common Pool: Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans by Charles R. Porter and an article about regulating hydraulic fracturing in Texas are the two newest published articles in the Texas Water Journal, Volume 6, Number 1.

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USDA allocates $6.5 million for Ogallala Aquifer work

Agriculture SecretaryTom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality. Funding will target seven focus areas in five states, including Texas, to support their primary water source and strengthen rural economies.

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Rainwater harvesting award recipients honored by TWDB

The Texas Water Development Board recently announced the recipients of its annual Texas Rain Catcher Award, a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program.

Awards were given in in five categories: community, commercial, nonprofit, education and government.

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New institute annual reports

Continuing to work together towards the conservation of land, water and wildlife, the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas Water Resources Institute both experienced growth and had positive impacts in 2014.

IRNR and TWRI received a total of $9,968,278 in funding in 2014 and administered 57 research and Extension projects. Time spent by institute personnel on educating the public in water and natural resource issues through presentations, workshops and conferences totaled more than 22,000 hours.

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Soil and Water Stewardship Week is April 27-May 4

The Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) have partnered with the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and 13 other organizations to highlight the important connection between voluntary land stewardship and sustaining water availability as part of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 27-May 4. This year’s theme for the statewide campaign is “Land Stewardship: Providing Water for Texans.”

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TWRI awards two U.S. Geological Survey graduate research grants

The Texas Water Resources Institute has awarded U.S. Geological Survey graduate research grants to two students for March 2015–February 2016.

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Meet a Scientist: Anish Jantrania

Despite the critical need to treat and reuse wastewater, many water consumers are unaware of the process, according to Dr. Anish Jantrania of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Transforming complex wastewater science into easily applied information is his mission.

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SELECT model offers cost-effective way to identify areas for needed management

A spatial model provides a cost-effective way to identify priority areas for implementing voluntary best management practices in an impaired South Texas watershed, according to results from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) study recently published in the Texas Water Journal.

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Urban Riparian Symposium brings together riparian professionals

Even in cities, amidst the tall buildings, fast cars and busy people, there are still natural resources that need protection — particularly urban riparian areas, according to Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute Extension program specialist. These vegetative buffers found along rivers and streams are complex ecosystems that include the land, plants, animals and network of streams within them.

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Groundwater and conservation discussions dominate water symposium

Water conservation and the management and science of groundwater dominated the discussions at a recent water symposium at Texas State University.

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North Texas Municipal Water District, Water My Yard program win Blue Legacy Award

The North Texas Municipal Water District has won the Water Conservation Advisory Council Blue Legacy Municipal Award for the Water My Yard program. According to the advisory council’s announcement, the “award program recognizes outstanding water conservation efforts and successes of Texans.”

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How drought-tolerant are Central Texas’ favorite landscape plants?

Does a tough modern rose really need 4 inches of water a month to survive a drought? Can a plant bounce back after an entire growing season without rain? A group of Central Texas entities is hoping to find these and other answers by analyzing popular local landscape plants in a drought-survivability study.

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TWRI grant recipient quantifies horizontal well cost-benefit, creates new models

Constructing a water well begins with making several design decisions, including whether to drill the well horizontally or vertically. Ben Blumenthal, former Texas Water Resources Institute research assistant, investigated the use of horizontal drilling technology for groundwater production and developed mathematical models that simplify that decision-making process.

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Don’t miss new Texas Water Journal issue

An invited commentary by the chairman of the Texas Water Development Board on the Texas-Mexico water treaty and an article on the Rincon Bayou Pipeline on the Lower Nueces Delta are the first two articles in the 2015 issue of the Texas Water Journal.

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Cultivating conservation: Howdy Farm promotes stewardship in Aggieland

A quick look around Texas A&M University is all you need to see that the campus and the surrounding community are becoming more urbanized. But, this is not necessarily at odds with Texas A&M’s history as an agricultural college. A growing on-campus farming venture is linking Texas A&M’s agricultural heritage to today’s Aggieland, while adopting a forward-thinking perspective on sustainability, said Howdy Farm president Jessica Newman.

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Institutes’ year in review: 2014

In 2014 the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas Water Resources Institute wrapped-up a third full year of working together. 

“2014 was a very productive year for IRNR and TWRI,” he said Dr. Roel Lopez, IRNR director and TWRI interim director. “Together the institutes received more than $9 million in external grants, which was about a 53-percent increase from 2013.”

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Meet a scientist: Lucas Gregory

On any given day one might find Lucas Gregory monitoring water quality in the field, analyzing data or writing grants and publications. “There’s really never a dull moment, and that’s one of the things that I like about working here,” said Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute project specialist and quality assurance officer.

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TWRI-led Lower Rio Grande Valley initiative receives $2.3 million grant

Texas Water Resources Institute-led initiative has received a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to address water quantity and water quality concerns in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Improvement Initiative is being funded through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new program authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. 

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Texas Water Journal Forum reunites key players in Edwards Aquifer dispute

Nearly 60 years ago, a tug-of-war began between competing interests battling over use of the Edwards Aquifer. The recent Texas Water Journal Forum reexamined this dispute by reuniting those who worked to resolve it.   

The third Texas Water Journal Forum, “History of the Edwards Aquifer Dispute: A view from the trenches,” was held Jan. 20 and centered on the conflict of environmental, municipal and agricultural interests in the Edwards Aquifer during the 1990s, at the height of the conflict.

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New txH2O showcases land and water stewardship

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Winter 2014 issue of txH2O is now online. This new issue focuses on the key connection between rural private lands, and land and water stewardship.

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Meet a scientist: Jay Angerer

When Dr. Jay Angerer earned his bachelor’s in rangeland management from Texas Tech University in 1986, he had no idea that his job would one day take him around the world.

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Coming soon: An all new txH2O

What does land conservation actually entail? How does land management impact water supplies? Why should urban Texans care about how rural land is taken care of? These are not simple questions, but the upcoming issue of txH2O will tackle all of this and more.

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Meet a scientist: Gretchen Miller

Groundwater researcher and engineer Dr. Gretchen Miller wants to know how to balance the water resources needs of people, the economy and the planet.

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How much water does the U.S. use?

According to a new study published by the U.S. Geological Survey, about 355,000 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water was withdrawn for use in the United States in 2010. National water use declined by 13 percent from 2005 to 2010.

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AgriLife Research study: Drought-tolerant corn taps deeper soil profile

As water challenges for corn production on the Texas High Plains continue, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are evaluating recent drought-tolerant hybrids from major seed companies.

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Meet a Scientist: Rusty Feagin

When he was 12 years old, Dr. Rusty Feagin moved to Seabrook, a city along the Texas coast surrounded by industrial development. It was then that Feagin began to consider the importance of coastal health. “Living there brought environmental issues to the forefront of my mind,” Feagin said.

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Experts release recommendations on water sustainability in Texas

A diverse group of water and energy experts, known as the Texas Roundtable on Water, has published a set of recommendations “to ensure the security and sustainability of water resources for the long-term economic and social viability of Texas,” according to the group’s news release.

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Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas center wins 2014 WaterSense Excellence Award

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2014 WaterSense Excellence Award for Outreach and Education.

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BST team wins interdisciplinary research award

Texas A&M University’s bacterial source tracking team received the 2014 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Interdisciplinary Research at the college’s awards ceremony Sept. 10 in the AgriLife Center. 

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Meet a scientist: Cristine Morgan

Although she began as a pre-law student at Texas A&M University, Dr. Cristine Morgan quickly realized her passion for soil science and made a career out of it. “When I had to sit down and make a choice about what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life, I decided on soil science,” she said.

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20-year USGS pesticides study shows aquatic life threats, some improvements

Levels of pesticides continue to be a concern for aquatic life in many of the nation’s rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study spanning and comparing two decades (1992–2001 and 2002–2011). However, the pesticide levels seldom exceeded human health benchmarks.

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Celebrate Protect Your Groundwater Day Sept. 9

Join the Texas Water Resources Institute and the National Ground Water Association Sept. 9 in recognizing the importance of groundwater as part of Protect Your Groundwater Day.

Protecting groundwater consists of protecting it from contamination and using the resource wisely, and citizens’ actions directly impact groundwater quality and quantity, according to NGWA.

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Meet a Scientist: Kirk Winemiller

Dr. Kirk Winemiller became fascinated by natural science at an early age. “As a child, I liked the outdoors, and I liked animals,” he said. “I grew up in a rural area playing outside in the woods and meadows, especially streams.”

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Bryan, College Station citizen scientists help map local water impairment issues

The Texas Water Resources Institute created the Carters Creek Stream Team in late 2012 to expand the local water quality monitoring workforce and collect water samples across the Carters Creek watershed, which encompasses much of the Bryan and College Station area.

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Texas A&M research shows getting energy from oil and gas doesn’t require using fresh groundwater

Oil and gas exploration operations can and must operate under environmentally sound practices and according to a research study at Texas A&M University, hydraulic fracturing in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas can lessen its environmental impact by switching from fresh groundwater to abundant supplies of brackish groundwater.

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Drought-stricken trees offer study platform

Severe drought across Texas since 2011 has produced a unique opportunity for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists to gain a greater understanding of the decaying process of trees and the effects on the surrounding ecosystem.

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‘Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas’ is now available

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published a new resource for landowners and managers, “Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas.”

The new publication, which has been given the identification number WF-010, can be downloaded for free or purchased at $3 per hard copy through the AgriLife Bookstore, said Blake Alldredge, AgriLife Extension wildlife associate at College Station.

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Two Texas Parks and Wildlife Department properties achieve international ‘dark sky’ status

Texas state parks remain among the few public places in one of the nation’s most populous and increasingly urbanized states where the starry heavens can be viewed in all their celestial glory with the minimal intrusion of artificial light. Copper Breaks State Park in the Panhandle Plains and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in the Hill Country are the first Texas state parks to be designated International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association.

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AgriLife Research study: Center pivot does not always mean efficiency

Identifying, but more importantly gaining adoption, of the most efficient irrigation systems is an important step in water conservation within agriculture, according to a recent study conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research. 

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Meet a scientist: Ralph Wurbs

When you hear the word “scientist” most likely the image that comes to mind is of someone in a lab coat with test tubes and beakers. While this is true of some scientists, there are many others who do not fit that image. This is especially true of natural resource scientists. To showcase the diversity within this community of researchers, Conservation Matters is beginning a series called “Meet a Scientist.” 

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Buck Creek Watershed Protection Plan accepted by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted the Buck Creek Watershed Protection Plan as meeting the agency’s guidelines for watershed-based plans and effectively outlining a strategy to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the watershed, according to a Texas Water Resources Institute official.

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Texas A&M researcher measures water security in the Rio Grande Valley

A Texas A&M researcher has found that segments of the population, especially along the Texas-Mexico border, exist in a “no-win waterscape,” with no easy access to clean water, no ability to pay for it and no immediate solution.

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New partnership effort spurs voluntary conservation for lesser prairie-chicken and agriculture

Producers partnering with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, working through the local soil and water conservation districts, have found a workable and economically viable solution that will continue to enhance and help protect the lesser prairie-chicken habitat.

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New League City park demonstrates ways to be 'WaterSmart'

With help from the Texas Sea Grant Program at Texas A&M University, the city of League City has transformed a public park into a showcase for the principles of WaterSmart landscapes: water conservation, water quality and habitat for wildlife.

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Texas A&M researchers devise unprecedented test to detect water contamination

Imagine being able to test water for the tiniest levels of waste contamination, even at home. A team of researchers at Texas A&M University, led by Vladislav Yakovlev, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has developed a method to detect a previously undetectable level of contamination in water associated with human and animal fecal matter.

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AgriLife Research study identifies contributing factors to groundwater table declines

It’s no secret groundwater levels have declined across the state over the past eight decades, and that the primary reason was the onset of irrigation in agriculture and population growth. But a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has identified other factors having an impact.

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From our director: The state of the institutes

At the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas Water Resources Institute, we share a complementary mission. Our role is to advance the interdisciplinary approaches required to effectively address complex natural resource challenges.

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Automated meter infrastructure project: How technology can reduce water usage

If people knew it cost around $20 extra at the end of the month to leave their water hose on overnight, they might be more conscious about making sure it’s off. At least that’s the idea that Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station are testing in their automated metering infrastructure project, according to Joel Andrus, AgriLife Extension associate with the Texas Water Resources Institute.

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River course: TAMU graduate students gain experiential learning on Rio Grande

Learning about river hydrology is more impactful in a canoe than in a classroom – or at least that’s what a new graduate student course is betting on.

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TSSWCB commemorates 75 years of soil and water conservation

May 29 marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board and the organization is celebrating its diamond jubilee throughout the rest of the year.

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Rainwater harvesting soaking in

After a long dry period, many parts of the state have finally received some badly needed rain, and those with rainwater harvesting systems have been reaping the rewards of this belated gift from Mother Nature, said Texas A&M AgriLife water resources experts.

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Keeping landscapes in shape: There’s an app for that

Many tools are available for turf managers to help monitor soil or weather conditions, diagnose turf problems or even take the guesswork out of selecting the best-suited grass type for the shade environment, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research turf expert.

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New txH2O examines groundwater in Texas

Did you know groundwater is the largest source of water in Texas, comprising almost 60 percent of water use in the state? Did you also know that storing water supplies underground is becoming an important tool for helping Texans meet future water demands?

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Aquifer storage and recovery initiative aims to increase expertise, research

While not widely used in Texas, experts with The Texas A&M University System are promoting aquifer storage and recovery through a new initiative to increase expertise in this subject area as well as conduct more research on potential aquifers and increase the public’s knowledge.

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Well owners: Subscribe to new TWON resource

The Texas Well Owner Network educates private well owners throughout the state and is now publishing an email newsletter, Well-Read, with timely information on protecting groundwater and water wells and details about upcoming TWON trainings and screenings.

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Wurbs honored by American Academy of Water Resources Engineers

Dr. Ralph Wurbs, Arthur McFarland Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently named an Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, a part of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Zebra mussel rules for boating now expanded statewide

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved a new regulation requiring that all boats operating on public fresh water anywhere in Texas be drained before leaving or approaching a lake or river to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.

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The Cattleman magazine features Texas Well Owner Network

Published by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, The Cattleman magazine’s annual water issue recently featured the statewide education and water well screening work of the Texas Well Owner Network.

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Lufkin landowner honored with conservation award

Virginia H. Winston of Lufkin, owner of the 3,418-acre Winston 8 Ranch five miles south of Nacogdoches, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Leopold Conservation Award. Winston received the award, the state’s highest honor for private land conservation, for her family’s ecological transformation of their East Texas land in Nacogdoches County, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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10 simple ways to celebrate Earth Day in Texas

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, and if it snuck up on you this year, we’ve got you covered.

Pick from these ten simple ways to commemorate Earth Day, and learn how you can help conserve land, water and wildlife in Texas.

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Arroyo Colorado fishing tournament and Stormwater Runoff Conference raise awareness

The Lower Rio Grande Valley - Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater Task Force hosted its 16th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Storm Water Runoff Management and Planning Conference April 8-11 on South Padre Island. The conference included sessions on stormwater regulations, permitting changes, watershed protection plans, floodplain management, low impact development, nonpoint source pollution and other water research. The conference culminated in the Second Annual LRGV-TPDES Stormwater Task Force Fishing Tournament to benefit the Arroyo Colorado Conservancy on April 12. 

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Ogallala Aquifer Program receives secretary’s honor award

The Ogallala Aquifer Program received the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award in December 2013. The honor was given to OAP “for sustaining rural prosperity across the drought-prone Southern High Plains by finding solutions to problems from declining water availability for the Ogallala Aquifer,” the award stated.

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Learn how Texas manages nonpoint source water pollution in latest TSSWCB report

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently released the 2013 Annual Report on Managing Nonpoint Source Water Pollution. Highlights in the report include annual load reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment and success stories from water bodies across the state.

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Automated meters research could save consumers water and money

What if an app on your phone could tell you how much water you are using when you take a shower or water your lawn and even calculate how much that water will cost? Would knowing that information change your water habits?

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Earth-Kind landscaping school draws variety of green industry, other professionals

Attendees included representatives of commercial nurseries, professional landscaping businesses, landscape designers and irrigators, the San Antonio Water System, Master Gardeners and homeowners.

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EPA WaterSense launches H2Otel Challenge to encourage conservation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program recently launched the H2Otel Challenge for hotels to assess, change and track their water use through best management practices. By tackling projects throughout their properties, hotels can find ways to improve their water efficiency and performance while providing the highest quality experience for guests, according to EPA.

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New report from Texas Comptroller analyzes drought economic impacts

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has released a report examining the effects of the water challenges facing the state and offering recommendations to the Legislature. Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution, which revisits the effects of recent drought conditions, examines research-driven approaches for augmenting Texas’ water supply and proposes practical answers for the state’s growing thirst, according to the comptroller.

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Texas A&M AgriLife salt cedar control team earns Vice Chancellor’s Award

The Salt Cedar Biological Control Team has been honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence. The award was presented Jan. 9 during the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Centennial Conference in College Station. The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence were established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and staff throughout Texas and provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those honored.

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