The Texas Water Resources Institute’s (TWRI) 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.
The lead story features interviews with researchers and water utilities staff about new water conservation technologies and tools that help homeowners and municipalities monitor and manage water use.
Scientists from The University of Texas, Texas A&M University and NASA are using different monitoring methods, including satellites and in-ground sensors, to tackle questions about soil moisture, and their research is featured in Satellites, sensors and soil.
This issue profiles Carlos Rubinstein of the Texas Water Development Board and his years of service in Texas water. In another story, world-renown Texas A&M University researcher Dr. Rabi Mohtar explains how the water, energy, food nexus and computer modeling can help solve interconnected natural resource problems.
Disappearing habitat examines waterfowl feeling the effects of water and land management changes in the Texas Mid-Coast. Conserving through partnerships outlines the new partnership in the Lower Rio Grande Valley led by TWRI.
The final story recounts how re-establishing environmental flows in Caddo Lake has helped re-establish the American paddlefish, an historic and indicator species for the lake.