2017

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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