Program Specialist IVward.email@example.com (979) 314-2472
As a program specialist for Texas Water Resources Institute, Ward Ling assists stakeholders with development and implementation of watershed-based plans. He is interested in developing ways to increase stakeholder engagement, which will lead to long term sustainability and overall success of the projects.
Before joining TWRI in 2020, Ward served for over 10 years as the watershed coordinator for the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed and the Mill Creek Watershed, where he assisted stakeholders with development and implementation of their watershed protection plans. As watershed coordinator, he was responsible for coordinating educational programs and events and increasing the implementation of agricultural and urban BMPs with the goal of restoring and protecting water quality in the creeks.
Prior to this, Ward worked on the total maximum daily load team at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), where he managed projects focused on restoring water quality across the state.
Ward earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. During graduate school, Ward was a teaching assistant in an undergraduate genetics teaching lab, and upon completion of his master’s, he worked as the genetics lab coordinator. He then went on to work for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, where he assisted with fisheries management in central and south Texas, before joining the TCEQ.
Ward and his wife reside in College Station with their three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, working on antique cars and spending time with his family.