TWRI researchers win JCWRE Paper of the Year Award

The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) recently announced that the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (JCWRE) has awarded the JCWRE Paper of the Year Award to Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) researchers for the paper “Total Maximum Daily Loads and Escherichia coli Trends in Texas Freshwater Streams.”

Michael Schramm, TWRI research specialist, and co-authors Lucas Gregory, Ph.D., TWRI associate director, and Anna Gitter, former TWRI research specialist now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health, wrote the paper.

They will receive the award at the 2023 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference, June 13-15 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, at the Awards Luncheon June 14.

The paper assessed actual and flow-adjusted trends in measured Escherichia coli (E. coli) concentrations at 721 freshwater stream sites in Texas from 2001 through 2021. The researchers also compared odds of statistical improvement of E. coli concentrations at sites before and after the adoption of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) adopted from 2008 through 2014. Read more about the research and results.


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