Volume: 2 Issue: 5

May 2019

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Spring Storm © 2018 Rowdy Winters

q&a + water

The Q&A: Brock Wagner

In this issue’s Q&A, Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, interviews Brock Wagner, founder and brewer of the Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Full story from Texas+Water →

outlook + water

Here's a look at current and future conditions for drought and rainfall in Texas and beyond via The Meadow Center’s Dr. Robert Mace:
Large parts of East and Central Texas received more than 10 inches of rain over the past month.

The odds of El Niño staying with us through the summer have increased to 70 percent.

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Talk+Water: Dr. Rosario Sanchez

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, talks with Dr. Rosario Sanchez, who is a Senior Research Scientist for the Texas Water Resources Institute and Associate Graduate Faculty in the Water Management and Hydrological Science Program at Texas A&M University. Full story from Texas+Water →

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Leg+Water: May Update

Every month during the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature Dr. Robert Mace and Dr. Todd Votteler will provide an update on water-related legislationFull story from Texas+Water →

poetry + water

Poetry+Water: The Brazos River

After listening to testimony on Allen’s Creek Reservoir in the Texas House Natural Resources Committee this session, water attorney, Vanessa Puig-Williams, was reminded of a poem her Great-, Great-Aunt Grace Keelan, wrote about the Brazos RiverFull story from Texas+Water →

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The opinions in Texas+Water are those of the authors and shall not be construed to represent the opinions and policies of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Texas Water Journal or the Texas Water Resources Institute.

Once Again, Bills to Study the Impacts of Climate Change in Texas Have Stalled

Democratic state lawmakers filed multiple bills this year to require the state to prepare for a warming planet. None of them have been scheduled for public hearings. Full story from the Texas Tribune →

One Water in Action: Austin Central Library Uses Rainwater to Flush Toilets

The Austin Central Library has gotten its fair share of hype – so much hype, in fact, that it was included on the Time’s 2018 list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places. And while its rooftop garden, Tetris-like stairways, elevated walkways and collection of 500,000 books are certainly awe-worthy, it’s something else entirely that has our attention. Full story from Texas Living Waters →

Texas House Passes Bill to Spend More Than $3 billion to Help Pay for Flood Control Projects

With the damage from Hurricane Harvey in mind, lawmakers approved two bills aimed at better preparing the state for natural disasters. Full story from the Texas Tribune →

NASA DEVELOP Analyzes Drought Impacts on Urban Tree Recovery in Texas

The Texas A&M Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station partnered with NASA DEVELOP to investigate if satellite data can be used to provide estimates of how urban trees respond to widespread drought. Full story from NIDIS →

publications + water

Storm Water Banking Could Help Texas Manage Floods and Droughts

A study has quantified the amount of water flowing in major Texas rivers during heavy rains and found that there is enough room in coastal aquifers to store most of it. This discovery means capturing and storing water could be a feasible option for partially mitigating floods and droughts, which are both expected to increase in frequency and intensity as the climate changes. Full report from UT News →

Frio River Biology and Fluvial Geomorphology Study to Determine Impacts of Sand and Gravel Activity

An increasing volume of sand and gravel removal permit requests within the upper Frio River, coupled with a growing opposition to them by some downstream landowners, led the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) to suspend issuance of new permits in February 2017 until a biologic and geomorphic study could be completed to determine if sand and gravel dredging in the upper 26 miles of the Frio River was impacting the biological or geomorphological integrity of the river. Full report from TPWD →

people + water

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Gloria Milian Matt to the Gulf Coast Authority for a term set to expire on August 31, 2019.
Ivey Kaiser has been named the Executive Director of the Shoal Creek Conservancy.


  • Professional Engineer, North Texas Municipal Water District - Wylie. Details.
  • Program Coordinator, Austin Youth River Watch - Austin. Details.
  • Water Resources Planning/Stormwater Engineer, Freese & Nichols - Houston. Details.
  • National Flood Insurance Program Outreach Specialist, Texas Water Development Board - location TBD. Details.

events + water

Urban BMPs for Watershed Implementation Training 

May 30, 2019
Dallas, TX

57th Annual Texas Water Safari

June 8, 2019
San Marcos, TX

Healthy Lawns, Healthy Waters

June 20, 2019
Kyle, TX

Pasture Restoration Monitoring Workshop 

June 28, 2019
Fredericksburg, TX

Implementing Watershed Plan Training 

June 4, 2019
Austin, TX

Texas Water Conservation Association Mid-Year Conference

June 19-21, 2019
Galveston, TX

Healthy Lawns, Healthy Waters

June 25, 2019
Seguin, TX

Texas Rivers Expedition

July 14-19, 2019
Various locations in the Hill Country

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