Category Archives: Water

Student recaps summer internship with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension water programs

By: Beth Ann Luedeker For ten weeks this summer, Chase Murphy, a junior majoring in ecological restoration, participated in a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension internship program in water resource protection and restoration. He recently discussed his experiences with faculty, staff and students via Zoom. A main component of the internship, and a favorite part for Murphy, was sampling water quality in the Mill Creek Watershed near Bellville. Through a contract with Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), he participated in two sampling runs, and had the opportunity to use… Read More →

The future look of urban Texas landscapes

By: Kerry Halladay The Texas landscape is changing and becoming more urban. In her new role in Dallas — one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — Dr. Becky Bowling hopes to see that urban landscape become more water efficient and uniquely, beautifully Texan in the future. “I would say conservation is my passion,” Bowling said. “And I’m really interested in it from an urban perspective.” Bowling is an assistant professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and a Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

New app development could aid crop irrigation management

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M AgriLife is developing an inexpensive and easy-to-use mobile app and irrigation management system to help agricultural producers increase water-use efficiency and continue producing cotton. The new project is funded by the Texas A&M Water Seed Grant Initiative and is titled “A Novel Sensor- and Crop-Model-Based Decision Support Tool for Efficient Irrigation Management.” The app is being developed in the Texas Rolling Plains region, which produces about 13% of the state’s cotton, said Srinivasulu Ale, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research geospatial hydrologist and lead… Read More →

Healthy Lawns Healthy Waters program held

Everyone with a lawn has the opportunity to be an environmental steward. This was part of the message presented at the recent Healthy Lawns Healthy Waters program at the Guadalupe Water Conservation District office in Seguin by John Smith, an AgriLife Extension program specialist focused on water quality, Reagan Hejl, a research associate in turfgrass science, and Ward Ling, an AgriLife Extension program specialist in watershed protection. Turfgrass lawns are a resource that can help prevent soil erosion, dissipate heat, filter chemical pollutants, improve surface water quality and… Read More →

Water conference to address rural and urban water issues

By: Beth Luedeker Contact: Diane Boellstorff, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Drew Gholson, drew.gholson@msstate.edu Joel Pigg, j-pigg@tamu.edu Landowners are becoming increasingly aware of the value of water and water quality. Those and others issues will be addressed at the Southern Region Water Conference July 23-25 in College Station, TX. The conference, titled “Improving Adoption of Sustainable Water Management Practices” will focus on optimizing water use efficiency and protecting water quality in the southern United States. Speakers will provide relevant information for all water users, not just agriculture producers. Wednesday’s keynote address will… Read More →

Texas A&M-designed irrigation runoff mitigation system patented, available for licensing

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley – b-wherley@tamu.edu Just as temperatures begin to heat up and lawns begin to seemingly beg for water, Texas A&M AgriLife faculty were recognized at a patent award banquet for their irrigation runoff mitigation system. With water waste a growing problem nationwide, an interdisciplinary team of engineers, irrigation researchers and turfgrass experts have spent the past two years designing a solution to conserve strained water supplies in municipal landscapes. Leading the invention were Dr. Ben Wherley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass ecologist,… Read More →

Pigg new coordinator of Texas Well Owner Network program

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Joel Pigg, 979-845-1461, j-pigg@tamu.edu Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu David “Joel” Pigg is combining his Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and water conservation district experiences in his new position as the Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, coordinator. Pigg began his new position April 15, and is located in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department at College Station. The TWON program, http://twon.tamu.edu/, provides private water well screenings and wellhead protection educational trainings to private water well managers. “I’m very excited to… Read More →

Experts: Get private well water screened after flooding to ensure safety

Writer: Paul Schattenberg Results from Texas well water screenings in areas affected by flooding over the past few years show the importance of those screenings in helping ensure water quality and human health, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel supporting the agency’s Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON. “Private water well owners whose wells have been flooded should assume their well water is contaminated until tested,” said Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist in the department of soil and crop sciences, College Station. “You should… Read More →

Water quality training October 9 in Austin will focus on Shoal Creek

Contact: Michael Kuitu, 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu Joanna Wolaver, 512-565-0812, joanna@shoalcreekconservancy.org Noel Troxclair, 512-854-9600, noel.troxclair@ag.tamu.edu A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to Shoal Creek will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. October 9 at the Lamar Senior Activities Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue in Austin. Interested persons are also invited to attend an 11:00 a.m.-noon Shoal Creek stakeholder meeting immediately prior to the workshop. The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the… Read More →

Rainwater harvesting, turf management training Sept. 20-21 in Boerne and San Antonio

By: AgriLife Today Contacts: John W Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-3041, bgrubbs@tamu.edu Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Reagan Hejl, 979-845-5252, Reagan.hejl@tamu.edu Lee Marlowe, 210-302-3624, lmarlow@sara-tx.org Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting two residential rainwater harvesting and turf management trainings in Boerne and San Antonio on Sept. 20 and 21, respectively. The first training, in collaboration with the Upper Cibolo Creek Watershed Partnership, will be from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road… Read More →