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.

The poster competition, open to any Texas A&M graduate or undergraduate student, will be in the Memorial Student Center’s 12th Man Hall from 9 a.m. to noon, with judging at 10 a.m.

Dr. Prakash Khedun, the WMHS program coordinator, said any Texas A&M graduate and undergraduate student is encouraged to prepare a poster addressing a water issue or problem with suggested solutions. Texas A&M student organizations doing outreach about water issues can also submit posters to highlight their activities, he said.

A team of faculty and other water professionals will judge the posters. First, second and third place winners will receive a monetary prize. Poster winners will be announced during the water lecture.

The poster submission deadline is Sunday, March 24 at midnight.

The lectures will be at 2:30 p.m. in Rudder Tower, room 401.

Kathleen Jackson, a member of the Texas Water Development Board, an internationally and nationally recognized state water planning and financing agency, will speak on “Planning for Flood Prevention, Protection and Mitigation in Texas: Current and Proposed State Plans and Programs.”

Jackson was originally appointed to the board in 2014 by Gov. Rick Perry and reappointed in 2017 by Gov. Greg Abbott. As a board member, Jackson travels the state working with agricultural, environmental, municipal and industrial interests on water conservation, development projects and conveying these interests to the Board. She has served in a leadership role on a number of local water organizations including the Lower Neches Valley River Authority, the Texas Water Conservation Association and participated on the Sabine and Neches River Environmental Flows Committee.

Dr. Rosario Sanchez, a senior research scientist at the Texas Water Resources Institute and associated graduate faculty in the WMHS program, will lecture on “Texas/Mexico Shared Aquifers: Moving Beyond Delineation to Management,” following Jackson’s lecture.

Sanchez is the leader of the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP) for the State of Texas. Sanchez published the first map of transboundary aquifers between Mexico and the United States that has been recognized by the Congressional Research Service of the U.S. Congress. She is currently leading research and cooperation efforts on binational networking of transboundary groundwater resources between Mexico and Texas.

The Water Daze lectures and student poster competition are sponsored by the WMHS program, the Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas A&M University School of Law.

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