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Volume: 2 Issue: 3

March 2019

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The Q&A: Jayne Harkins

In this issue’s Q&A, Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, interviews Jayne Harkins, P.E., U.S. Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico. 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:
Bomb Cyclone Ulmer brought Texas record low pressures for the Panhandle and wind gusts of more than 100 mph.
El Niño is still with us with sea surface temperatures projected to flirt with El Niño conditions for the rest of the year. 
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Talk+Water: Léna Salamé

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, talks with Léna Salamé, who  served in the United Nations’ system for 17 years as the strategic and operational coordinator of its programme on water conflict and cooperation. Full story from Texas+Water →

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 for Water and the Environment, the Texas Water Journal or the Texas Water Resources Institute.

Laredo Officials Want to Use Border Wall Money to Fund a Riverfront Project

A decade ago, Laredo leaders hatched an idea for a riverfront development aimed at luring more people to downtown. Now they're trying to get the federal government to make it part of President Donald Trump's border wall. Full story from the Texas Tribune →

2019 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards Announced

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) revealed the winners of the prestigious Texas Environmental Excellence Awards today. Governor Greg Abbott and TCEQ commissioners jointly selected the ten winners based on recommendations from a Blue-Ribbon Committee in nine categories. Full story from TCEQ →

Texas Gets 'F' for Effort to Deter Lead in School Drinking Water

Due to pervasive lead contamination in school's drinking water, two Texas organizations gave Texas an 'F' grade for their efforts to address the problem. Full story from KVUE →

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Leg+Water: March 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 →

publications + water

Issue Paper: Aquifer Depletion and Potential Impacts on Long-term Irrigated Agricultural Productivity

A new Council of Agricultural Science and Technology paper, authored by a task force of university and government researchers, explores the long-term impact of aquifer depletion on U.S. agriculture, suggesting that increased competition for the use of water from aquifers may negatively affect future agricultural practices in drier regions of the United States. Full report from the Texas Water Resources Institute →

The River and the Wall

When a team of five explorers embarked on a 1,200-mile journey down the Rio Grande, the river that marks the southern boundary of Texas and the US-Mexico border, their goal was to experience and capture on film the rugged landscapes of this vast frontier before the controversial construction of a border wall changed this part of the river forever. Learn more from Texas A&M University Press →

people + water

Emily Warren, former Executive Advisor on Environmental Strategy at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, has been named the Water Program Officer at the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation.
Sarah Schlessinger, former Executive Director of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, has been named the Executive Director of the Texas Water Foundation.
Leah Martinsson has been named the Executive Director of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts.
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed State Senator Charles Perry and appointed State Representative Lyle Larson to the Southwestern States Water Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023 and February 1, 2021, respectively. 
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Carl Ray Polk, Jr. to the Soil and Water Conservation Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. 
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Timothy "Tim" Timmerman, Thomas Michael "Tom" Martine and Robert "Bobby" Lewis and appointed Margaret "Meg" Voelter and Michael "Mike" Allen to the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

JOB OPENINGS

  • Executive Director, Shoal Creek Conservancy - Austin. Details.
  • Technical Assistance Specialist, Texas Rural Water Association - North/Northeast Texas region. Details.
  • Executive Director, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center - Austin. Details.

events + water

6th Annual Water Lecture Series

March 26, 2019
College Station, TX
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Texas Water Conference
 

April 2-5 , 2019
Houston, TX
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Binational Summit on Transboundary Groundwater at the US-Mexico Border

April 10-11, 2019
El Paso, TX
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Spring Lake Earth Day Festival

April 20, 2019
San Marcos, TX
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Natural Leaders Summit
 

March 30-31, 2019
San Marcos, TX
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Agricultural BMPs for Watershed Planning Training

April 3, 2019
Riesel, TX
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Urban Stream Processes & Restoration Training 
 

April 17, 2019
Corpus Christi, TX
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US-Mexico Border Water Summit 2019

April 23-25, 2019
Las Cruces, NM
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