Volume: 1 Issue: 4

July 2018

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Camp Allen near Navasota, Texas. © 2018 Ed Rhodes. 

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

SCOTUS Says Upstream States Must Reduce River Usage to Aid Downstream States During Drought

The Supreme Court ruled in Florida v. Georgia, settling a long-running dispute over three river systems shared among Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The decision could have significant implications for Texas’ water disputes with its neighbors. Full story from the Texas Standard →

Regulators Will Soon Know A Lot More About Algal Toxins in U.S. Drinking Water    

Thanks to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitoring requirements, regulators will soon have more comprehensive data on how often algal toxins show up in drinking water supplies and at what concentrations. Full story from Circle of Blue →

Oil Boom in Southern New Mexico Ignites Groundwater Feud With Texas

Drilling new water wells is strictly regulated in New Mexico, causing hardship for an oil industry that needs water for fracking. So groundwater is being piped across the state line from Texas, prompting worry over the shared aquifer. Full story from Water Deeply →

Summer Weather Preview: For Texas Summers, Variety is Good

Is more drought in our near future? Here's what the Texas State Climatologist has to say about the summer ahead. Spoiler: variety is key for avoiding weather extremes. Full story from Texas Living Waters →

The Story of Texas Springs

The Texas of 10,000 years ago was different from the Texas of today. There were no glistening skyscrapers or churning oil derricks; no frustrating traffic jams or buzzing airports. But Texas was like the Texas of today in that there was water—and there were people that relied upon it. Full story from the Texas Water Development Board →

Rio Grande Basin-wide Project Addressing Water Challenges for Agricultural Sustainability

A team of researchers are investigating alternative water sources that can be used for irrigation and conserve groundwater and the Rio Grande’s freshwater. Full story from the Texas Water Resources Institute →

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The Q&A: Tom Kula

In this issue's Q&A, we interview Tom Kula, Executive Director & General Manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District. Full story →

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Knowledge, Perceptions and Understanding of Groundwater: A Texas Survey 2015

The Meadows Center and the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University released findings from a year-long study that explored the public's knowledge of groundwater issues including availability and quality. Full report →

Texas Water Journal Article: Systems-level Thermodynamic and Economic Analysis of a Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant Integrated with a Combined Cycle Power Plant

This study includes thermodynamic and economic analyses of a seawater reverse osmosis (RO) plant integrated with a small-scale combined cycle natural gas (CCGT) plant ranging from 36–71 megawatts.  Full study from the Texas Water Journal →

Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve

Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve chronicles Bamberger’s dedication to ethical land stewardship and conservation education through stunning photographs of the land, plants, and wildlife he has devoted his time and resources to protect. Full story →

Global Extent of Rivers and Streams

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Texas A&M University used satellite images, on-the-ground measurements and a statistical model to determine how much of the earth is covered by rivers and streams. They found that global river and stream surface area is about 45 percent greater than what was indicated by previous studies. Full report →

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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 are slightly improved with the Gulf Coast out of drought and less severe conditions on the High Plains, but drought has intensified through the north-to-south center of the state.
Drought is expected to expand over the next three months.

people + water

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Mourns the Passing of Dr. John “Wes” Tunnell

"It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Dr. John “Wes” Tunnell passed away on July 14, 2018 after battling cancer. Tunnell was a marine ecology and biology professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and an early orchestrator of the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico studies. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dr. Wes Tunnell Gulf of Mexico Fellowship Program and designate HRI with special instructions to “Dr. Wes Tunnell Fellowship.” The Endowed Fellowship supports graduate students pursuing degrees at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies." Full story from GoMRI →


  • Program Associate, Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation - Austin. Details. 
  • Senior Water Resources Planner, Brazos River Authority - Waco. Details.
  • Program Coordinator, Colorado River Alliance - Austin. Details.
  • Fish & Wildlife Technician I-II, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department - Brownsville. Details.

events + water

2018 Public Drinking Water Conference 

August 7-8, 2018
Austin, TX

Scout Badge Day: Wonders of Water at Spring Lake 

August 11, 2018
San Marcos, TX

Texas Groundwater Summit

August 28-30, 2018
San Antonio, TX

Summer Crops Tour & Center Pivot Irrigation Field Day 

August 9, 2018
Bushland, TX

Urban Riparian and Stream Training 

August 16, 2018
The Woodlands, TX

YardSmart Fall 2018 Seminar

September 8, 2018
Fort Worth, TX

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