Volume 3, Issue 2

February 2020


Sunrise over Austin © 2018 Matthew Chambers Photography


q&a+water: Mayor Ron Nirenberg

In this issue's Q&A, Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, interviews Ron Nirenberg, the Mayor of San Antonio, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities in the United States with the seventh largest population. Full story from Texas+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:

 Almost half of the state — the southeastern half — remains at least abnormally dry.

Last year was the 17th warmest and the 62nd driest in Texas for our 125-year record.


talk+water: Margaret Martens and Susan O’Grady

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, talks with Margaret Martens from the Water Systems Council and Susan O’Grady from Xylem Inc. Full story from Texas+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.

Governor Abbott Extended the Disaster Declaration in February 2020 for Texas Counties Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, on Feb. 13 Gov. Abbott renewed the disaster declaration for more than 50 Texas counties. Full story from the Office of the Texas Governor →

Judge Allows Contested Pipeline to Proceed Through Central Texas

Construction on a hotly contested natural gas pipeline through the Texas Hill Country could proceed quickly after a federal judge declined opponents’ request to temporarily block the project. Full story from KUT Austin →

Texas A&M University System Cooking Up Its Own Brand Of Oysters

Researchers at the Texas A&M University System soon could be developing a Texas A&M-branded oyster you’ll be able to order on the half-shell at your favorite seafood restaurant. Full story from Texas A&M Today →

Let It Flow: The Return of Comanche Springs

Conservationists have a plan for how to enable the springs to go from an occasional to a year-round stream, and it involves paying landowners to curb their irrigation practices. Full story from Texas Highways Magazine →

Perception vs. Reality in Groundwater Contamination

A study led by environmental researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington suggests a disconnect between the perception of groundwater contamination and the extent to which that contamination is attributable to oil and natural gas extraction. Full story from the University of Texas at Arlington →

Researchers Aim to Tackle Global Food Insecurity Through Salt and Soil

In North America alone, about 14 million households struggled to find food in 2018. There are many different reasons why — everything from poverty to a lack of transportation — but Miguel Acevdeo from the University of North Texas is focused on the source of the food itself — water and soil. Full story from KERA News →

Seeking Current or Past Environmental Employees of Color to Participate in Study!

Emily R. Warren, a doctoral student at Texas State University, is seeking to interview people of color who have been employed in an environmental job for a Professional Advancement of People of Color in Environmental Careers study. Full story from the Meadows Center →


Oilfield Water Infrastructure Connectivity: The Case for a ‘Hydrovascular’ Network in the Permian Basin

A hydrovascular grid in the Permian Basin could lower oil and gas production costs, conserve scarce freshwater by promoting greater recycling and reuse of produced water, help mitigate seismicity risks and facilitate movement of produced water at large scale for use outside the oilfield. This paper assesses the barriers to such integration. Full report from the Texas Water Journal 

One Water Change Leadership for Utilities: Six Essential Capacities

In this report, the US Water Alliance looks beyond the innovative efforts and projects to detail the who and the how of One Water. It explores what makes One Water change leaders tick and puts forth a framework with six essential capacities that enable current and future leaders to successfully drive One Water projects and programs. Full report from the US Water Alliance 

Texas Stormwater Scorecard 2020

A new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center ranks local governments across Texas on how well their stormwater policy incorporates nature-based infrastructure, like rain gardens and green roofs. Full report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center 

Can we beneficially reuse produced water from oil and gas extraction in the U.S.?

A new paper published in Science of the Total Environment assesses the potential for using the water produced with oil and natural gas in other sectors, such as agriculture. It included researchers from New Mexico State University, The University of Texas at El Paso and Penn State University. Full report from Science of the Total Environment  


Lyda Creus Molanphy was named the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for the Great Springs Project.
Freese and Nichols has expanded its coastal and marine expertise with the addition of Carle Sepulveda, PE, an experienced project manager specializing in federal civil works, ecosystem restoration and port improvement projects.
Vanessa Escobar has been named General Manager of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.
Governor Abbott has reappointed Thomas “Tom” Reiser and Douglas “Doug” Walker to the Coastal Water Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on April 1, 2021. 


  • Energy Program Associate, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation - Austin. Details.
  • Associate Research Scientist, Texas A&M Agrilife Research - El Paso. Details.
  • Communications Manager, Texas Living Waters Project National Wildlife Federation - Austin. Details.
  • Field Geologist, Terracon - Midland. Details.
  • Utilities Manager, City of Missouri City - Missouri City. Details. 


Urban Stream Processes and Restoration Training

 March 18, 2020
Austin, TX

Preserving Hill Country Open Spaces NOW!

March 27, 2020
Wimberley, TX

Texas WaterTM 2020

 March 31-April 3, 2020
Fort Worth, TX

Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtable

April 23, 2020
College Station, TX

2020 Geospatial Water Technology Conference

 March 23-26, 2020
Austin, TX

2020 Ogallala Aquifer Summit

 March 31-April 1, 2020
Amarillo, TX

Hill Country Living FESTIVAL+Rainwater Revival

 April 4, 2020
Dripping Springs, TX

Oilfield Water Markets 2020 Conference

 May 26-28, 2020
Grapevine, TX

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