New Water Seed Grants funded

Following a successful first round of funding for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the Texas Legislature again charged three agencies of The Texas A&M University System to address the critical need for efficiency in agricultural and municipal water use.

For fiscal years 2016 and 2017, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) funded seven projects, chosen out of 54 submitted proposals for a total of $1,581,137 as part of the Water Seed Grant: Creation and Deployment of Water-Use Efficient Technology Platforms Program.

The seven projects and their principal investigators are:

  • Improving Technologies for Multi-Well Managed Aquifer Recharge Systems, Dr. Gretchen Miller, TEES, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
  • Continued Development, Research, and Commercialization of a Web-Based Portal Using Advanced Metering Infrastructure Water Data, Dr. Kelly Brumbelow, TEES, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
  • Development, Deployment, and Demonstration of the Dashboard for Irrigation Efficiency Management (DIEM), Jim Bordovsky, AgriLife Research
  • Unified Data Integration and Adaptive Control for Water-Efficient Irrigation, Dr. Dana Porter, AgriLife Extension, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Creation of an UAV Multi-spectral Imaging Platform for Detecting Leaks in Irrigation Canals and Municipal Underground Pipelines, Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extension, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Field Deployment and Integration of Wireless Communication and Operation Support System for the Landscape Irrigation Runoff Mitigation System, Dr. Benjamin Wherley, AgriLife Research, Department  of Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Policy Enhancing a “Dry Year” Option during Major Water Shortage to Compensate Agriculture and Provide Urban Water, Dr. Luis Ribera, AgriLife Extension, Department of Agricultural Economics