2019

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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