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 (TAMUS) funded by the inaugural round of water research seed grants.
In 2013 the Texas Legislature charged three TAMUS agencies with developing new technologies and tools to improve the efficiency of agricultural and municipal water use. In response, Texas A&M initiated a competitive water research seed grant program. This program provides funding for Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station personnel to work in interdisciplinary teams to develop new technologies and approaches in water-use efficiency.
The first round of the program resulted in more than 150 faculty working to submit 64 research proposals. Of those, seven were funded and completed during fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The program’s second round has just begun, with more than 50 research ideas considered and seven selected for funding over fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
This issue of txH2O provides an overview of the first set of projects, which address everything from using residential water-use data to help consumers, to equipping High Plains cotton farmers with the technology needed to perfect irrigation amounts and timing.
“I believe this water seed grant program has the potential to bring about significant and impactful changes to Texas’ water management, and I look forward to seeing it evolve even further to better help meet our state’s water needs,” said TWRI Director Dr. John C. Tracy, in txH2O. “And, I applaud the Texas Legislature in being forward-thinking and committed to addressing this issue.”