Volume: 1 Issue: 3

June 2018
Today is the summer solstice (June 21), which is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The summer solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere when the Earth's rotational axis, or geographical pole, is most greatly inclined toward the Sun (23.44 degrees).

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Underwater view of the 56th Annual Texas Water Safari, aka "The World's Toughest Canoe Race," as participants begin the 260-mile journey to the Texas Coast on June 9. © 2018 Erich Schlegel. 

news + water

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, the Texas Water Journal or the Texas Water Resources Institute.

Texas Water Safari Athletes Endure 'Brutal Race' to Cross Finish Line

Despite a trifecta of troubles – wind, heat and low water levels – several Texas Water Safari competitors managed to finish the 260-mile race in Seadrift on Monday. Full story from the Victoria Advocate →

Texas Stream Team: A Place for Citizen Scientists, Water Enthusiasts and River Rubberneckers

Would you like to get to know that favorite stream better? What is its source? What are its threats? As a trained citizen scientist, you can learn how to read a river and become a river guardian. Full story from Texas + Water Blog →

Avoiding Outdoor Water Waste: Coping with Texas Summers

Numerous studies have shown that people have a tendency to “over-water” – putting more water on their turf and plants than needed to keep them healthy. Learn steps to reduce outdoor water use. Full story from Texas Living Waters →

New Mexico official says Texas landowners are “stealing” millions of gallons of water and selling it back for fracking

Water restrictions in New Mexico have created a supply crunch for the fracking industry, so more free-flowing Texas water is helping to fill the void. But not without controversy. Full story from the Texas Tribune →

Water Scientist by Profession, Humorist by Choice

Dr. Robert Mace draws on his experience, knowledge and even his witty personality to continue to make an impact on Texas water. Full story from the Texas Water Resources Institute →

NASA Finds 'Human Fingerprint' in Many Areas of Water-Supply Change Worldwide

Researchers found changes in two-thirds of 34 hot spots from California to China that may be linked to climate change or human activities, such as excessive groundwater pumping for farming. Full story from USA Today →

q&a + water

The Q&A: Dr. Michael Watkins

In this issue's Q&A, we interview Michael Watkins, who is the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA. Full story →

publications + water

txH2O Spring 2018 Issue

The Texas Water Resources Institute recently published the Spring 2018 issue of its magazine, txH2O, highlighting the global impacts of Texas water research. Full publication→

Texas Water Journal Article: Seasonal changes of groundwater quality in the Ogallala Aquifer

The Ogallala Aquifer extends beneath eight states in the Great Plains region of North America. The quality of water extracted from the Ogallala Aquifer has been observed to change over time, especially over the length of a crop’s growing season. Full report →

Texas Stream Team Annual Report: 2016 - 2018

Texas Stream Team (TST) is a statewide network of citizen scientists and supportive partners that work together to protect the 191,000 miles of Texas waterways. Read TST's 2016 - 2018 Annual Report to learn about its recent program milestones and highlights. Full report →

Unprecedented Flood Opportunity: Federal Briefing 2018

The Harris County Flood Control District released their 2018 Federal Briefing Report, including details about the impacts of Hurricane Harvey as well as projects underway to reduce flooding risks and damages. Full report →

Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate

The Union of Concerned Scientists examines the economic impact of homes and commercial properties throughout the coastal United States that will be put at risk from chronic, disruptive flooding. Full report →

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:
Drought conditions expanded to the eastern and southern parts of Texas.
La Niña is gone and El Niño is expected to arrive this fall. There's a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes.

people + water

Gabriel Collins, Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, has been appointed to the Texas Water Journal Editorial Board.
Alicia Reinmund-Martinez was designated as the General Manger for the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.
Kristy Kollaus, former Research Associate
and Field Crew Leader at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, is now an Environmental Scientist at the Edwards Aquifer Authority.


  • Quality Assurance Officer, Angelina & Neches River Authority. Details. 
  • Community Engagement Coordinator, Shoal Creek Conservancy. Details.
  • Flood Outreach Specialist, Texas Water Development Board. Details.
  • Natural Resource Specialist, North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. Details.

events + water

The Brazos: Legacy of a Mighty Rivers Premiere

June 29, 2018
College Station, TX

Fourth of July Celebration at Spring Lake

July 4, 2018
San Marcos, TX

Healthy Lawns, Healthy Waters Workshop

July 12, 2018
Seguin, TX

Texas Well Owner Network Trainings

July 17-19 & 26, 2018
Various Locations

Bay Exploration @ Galveston State Park 

July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2018
Galveston, TX

Conference: The Science, Mgmt. & Governance of Transboundary Groundwater

July 9-11, 2018
Fort Worth, TX

Regional Financial Assistance Workshop

July 12, 2018
Wichita Falls, TX

Western Water Seminar

August 1-3, 2018
Park City, UT

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