Top 10 TWRI articles from 2020

In the midst of the pandemic and converting in-person events to virtual meetings, the TWRI communications team has covered everything from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to flood planning.

Here are the top 10 TWRI articles from 2020:

  1. Meet a scientist: Virender Sharma: A winding career in chemistry has inspired a Texas A&M professor to tackle environmental problems using a single compound.
  2. Pervasive Problem: Texas researchers take on the task of removing long-lasting PFAS from the environment.
  3. Protecting water quality with better lawncare: The Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters program is helping residents use better lawncare to improve water quality and save time and money.
  4. Water expert receives highest honor in agronomy: Ali Fares, Ph.D., professor of water security at Prairie View A&M has been selected as an American Society of Agronomy Fellow and included in the society’s 2020 Awards Hall of Fame.
  5. How to build over 4,000 acres of wetlands from scratch: In the face of increasing droughts, 3.8 million people and counting will need more drinking water in North Texas. Water districts have built wetlands to help.
  6. Recipients of Water Seed Grant Initiative announced: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station have selected seven multidisciplinary teams as recipients of the FY2020-21 Water Seed Grant Initiative.
  7. Big groundwater issues to be addressed in online conference, coffee breaks: The Permanent Forum of Binational Waters is hosting the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Groundwater Conference titled Innovation and Creativity: Strategies for Unprecedented Challenges. The interactive online event will be Oct. 14-15, 2020 via Zoom. 
  8. Texas flood planning is changing: The Texas Water Development Board is looking for Texans interested in participating on new regional flood planning groups to help direct the future of flood planning in the state.
  9. Meet a scientist: Zhuping Sheng: Zhuping Sheng strives to see technology and engineering give good, workable answers to water users' questions.
  10. Meet a scientist: Emily Monroe: As a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist for the Texas Water Resources Institute, Monroe connects the public with what they need, from educational events to septic systems, to accomplish their goals.

Article favorites from past years had similarly high views, including 10 Challenges of Water Utilities from the summer 2019 txH2O Water Utilities Challenges issue, and Do you live in Flash Flood Alley? From the fall 2016 txH2O Extreme Texas Weather issue.

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