Network-wide Meetings

Researchers and stakeholders come together to hear from experts on critical issues related to Texas Water Resources, to give and hear updates on research activities and research and collaboration needs, and to network with each other to build trust and relationships that promote collaboration in addressing the grand challenges related to Texas water resources in a changing environment.

Register for the May 30-31, 2019 Network-wide Meeting of the Texas Water Research Network

Download the Meeting Agenda

Goals

  • Provide a setting for new and existing members to network
  • Provide learning opportunities on topic issues in Texas water resources
  • Promote effective interactions between researchers and stakeholders

Invited Speakers and Topics

  • Welcoming Remarks
    • Jay Banner, Professor, Jackson School of Geoscience, University of Texas at Austin
  • Water technology and new approaches to classic problems
    • “Cyber infrastructure and Texas water”, Suzanne Pierce, Research Scientist, Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas at Austin
    • “Prospects for Managed Aquifer Storage in Texas”, June Mirecki, Hydrogeologist, US Army Corps of Engineers
    • “Dendrochronological indicators of drought and urbanization in riparian zones”, Bryan Black, Associate Professor, University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
  • 2019 Texas legislative session updates
    • Ken Kramer, Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter
  • Texas water policy
    • “Governance of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the San Antonio region”, Kent Portney, Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Texas A&M University
    • “Transboundary aquifers between Mexico and Texas: Challenges and the way forward”, Rosario Sanchez, Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M University
    • “Water markets – how to use them to achieve environmental goals”, Sharlene Leurig, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Water Trade
    • “Pipelines, Policy, and Hill Country Resources”, Katherine Romans, Executive Director, Hill Country Alliance
    • “Legislative challenges and opportunities for ASR in Texas”, Rep. Erin Zwiener, Texas House of Representatives
  • Artist in residence
    • “Graybelt; Exploring the Colorado River”, Marie Lorenz, Artist in Residence, Planet Texas 2050
  • National Science Foundation – Sustainable Urban Systems Conference
    • “Challenges to and Opportunities for Developing Resilience in Rapidly Growing Urban Corridors in Semi-Arid Regions”, Jay Banner & Darrel Tremaine, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • TWRN Network Analysis
    • “Assessing integrated sustainability research: Use of social network analysis to evaluate scientific integration and transdisciplinarity in research networks”, R. Patrick Bixler, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas Climate Projections
    • “Climate is hard to predict, and so is the subject of this talk”, John Nielsen-Gammon, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Advanced Utility Planning
    • “Evolution in water reuse, El Paso’s plans for advanced water purification”, Gilbert Trejo, PE, Utility Chief Technical Officer, El Paso Water
  • Government Regulation
    • Michael Honeycutt, Texas CEQ and US EPA Science Advisory Board
  • Lightning Talks
    • “Use of fluorescent tracers as a groundwater investigation tool”, Geary Schindel, Chief Technical Officer, Edwards Aquifer Authority
    • “Social demand and cross-scale interactions in central Texas rivers”, Jason Julian, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Geography, Texas State University
    • “Reservoirs, Groundwater, and eDNA: is there something positive about Zebra Mussels?”, Joe C. Yelderman Jr., Baylor University
    • “Invasive Mussels in Texas” Stefan Schuster, Senior Hydrogeologist, Aqua Strategies, Chief Marketing Officer, Environmental Quality Operations
    • “Urban expansion and intensification across the US”, Steven Richter, University of Texas at Austin, Community and Regional Planning
    • “Resacas: The varied and vital roles played by remnant distributaries of the Rio Grande delta”, Jude Benavides, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hydrology and Environmental Sciences, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    • “Building community-based sustainability and resilience for water resource management and education: Case studies in Lower Rio Grande Valley”, Chu-Lin “Mike” Cheng, School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    • “5Vs of Big Data and what they mean to water resource management”, Venki Uddameri, Director, Water Resource Center, Texas Tech University
    • “Hot topics at the Texas Water Development Board”, John T. Dupnik, P.G., Texas Water Development Board
    • “On use of InSAR for natural hazards prediction and risk mitigation influences on the Texas coastal resilience”, Ann Chen, University of Texas at Austin
  • Roundtable: Current Synergies and Future Initiatives
  • Closing Remarks
    • Jay Banner, Professor, Jackson School of Geoscience, University of Texas at Austin

Logistics

  • Meeting location:
  • Meeting days/time:
    • Meeting Thursday, May 30, 12:00 to 5:00 pm – SAC 2.302
    • Happy Hour Thursday, May 30, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – JGB 2.102
    • Meeting Friday, May 31, 8:00 am -5:00 pm – SAC 2.302
  • Parking
  • Travel support is available
    • Hotel room block reserved at La Quinta Austin Capitol/Downtown for the nights of 5/29, 5/30, and 5/31
      • To reserve a room, call 512-476-1166 and choose Option 2
      • Ask for the special rate for the Texas Water Research Network
      • Reservations must be made no later than 5/8/2019
      • Hotel rooms will be paid for by the individuals and can be reimbursed by TWRN upon request with a valid receipt

Register for the Sep 13-14, 2018 Network-wide Meeting of the Texas Water Research Network

Goals

  • Provide a setting for new and existing members to network
  • Provide learning opportunities on topic issues in Texas water resources
  • Promote effective interactions between researchers and stakeholders

Invited Speakers and Topics

  • A new era of flooding – Challenges for large municipalities
    • John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist
    • John Dupnik, Texas Water Development Board
    • Kevin Shunk, City of Austin
  • Planning for water resilience in small municipalities and rural communities
    • Martha Herden, Mayor, City of Blanco
    • Ian Taylor, New Braunfels Utilities
    • Gram Moore, Alliance Water
    • Trent Hightower, Texas Rural Water Association
  • Water Markets
    • Michelle Lapinski, Earth Genome
    • Sheila Olmstead, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Univ. of Texas at Austin
    • David Yoskowitz, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
    • Gabe Collins, Baker Research Institute, Rice Univ.
  • Final Agenda
  • Participate in the Sept 2018 TWRN efficacy survey

Logistics

  • Meeting location:
    • The University of Texas at Austin – Main Campus
  • Meeting days and time and building:
    • Thursday, September 13, 12:00 to 5:00 pm – Avaya Auditorium, Peter O’Donnell Building (POB)
    • Friday, September 14, 8:00 am -5:00 pm – Thompson Conference Center
  • Parking
    • Thursday, September 13 – San Jacinto Parking Garage (validation provided)
    • Friday, September 14 – Thompson Conference Center Parking Lot (#40, corner of Dean Keaton and Red River)
  • Travel support is available
    • Hotel room block reserved at La Quinta AustinCapitol/Downtown for the nights of 9/13 and 9/14
      • To reserve a room, call the Group Desk at 1-866-527-1498 and choose Option 1
      • Ask for the special rate for Environmental Science Institute at Property Number 0907
      • Reservations must be made no later than 8/23/2018
      • Hotel rooms will be paid for by the individuals and can be reimbursed by TWRN upon request with a valid receipt

Followed by ESI public lecture series Hot Science Cool Talks

Register now for the January 11-12, 2018 Network-wide Meeting of the Texas Water Research Network

Goals

  • Provide a setting for new and existing members to network
  • Provide learning opportunities on topic issues in Texas water resources
  • Promote effective interactions between researchers and stakeholders

Invited Speakers and Topics

  • Emily Cloyd, Amer. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science – Benefits and methods for engaging stakeholders
  • Steven Gray, Michigan State University – Participatory modeling
  • Sharlene Leurig, City of Austin – Water Forward
  • Gretchen Miller, Texas A&M University – Ecohydrology
  • John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M University – Climate impacts on Texas water resources
  • Deana Pennington, University of Texas, El Paso – Transdisciplinary communication and co-design
  • Sarah Richards, Mitchell Foundation – Texas Water Data Initiative
  • Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts – Groundwater data standardization platform
  • Venkatash Uddameri, Texas Tech University – Integrated Watershed Modeling

Logistics

Goals

  • Establish and advance relationships between researchers
  • Explore the science of communication relating to interdisciplinary research and stakeholder interactions
  • Explore issues of importance to water policy makers and managers
  • Learn about shale development implications on water

Invited Speakers

  • Danny Reible, Texas Tech Univ.
  • Dan Mueller, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Jean-Philippe Nicot, Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • Carlos Rubinstein, RSAH2O
  • Ken Kramer, Sierra Club
  • Robert Puente, San Antonio Water System
  • Katherine Hayhoe, Texas Tech Univ.
  • Bob Duke, Univ. of Texas at Austin

Logistics

  • Meeting location at the Texas Advanced Computing Center on the Pickle Research Campus at The Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • More information can be found in the agenda and the meeting notes

 Goals

  • Explore organizational and scientific network best practices to address water resiliency challenges
  • Establish and advance relationships between researchers
  • Understand interactions of social and biophysical systems to better identify research that can inform decision-making

Invited Speakers

  • Jay Famiglietti, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Todd Halihan, Oklahoma State Univ.
  • Kelli Larson, Arizona State Univ.
  • Marilu Hastings, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Logistics

  • Meeting location at the Texas Advanced Computing Center on the Pickle Research Campus at The Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • More information can be found in the agenda and the meeting notes

 Goals

  • Interact and discuss current/future research
  • Understand intersection of the NSF grant and the network
  • Refine grand challenges
  • Agree on mission statement
  • Agree on long-term goals and short-term strategies
  • Plan the network structure and next steps

Invited Speakers

  • Bech Bruun, Texas Water Development Board
  • Kip Averitt, Averitt & Associates

Logistics

  • Meeting location at the Student Activity Center on the campus of The Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • More information can be found in the agenda and the meeting notes

 Goals

  • Take the first steps to establish a Texas water research coordination network by:
    • building relationships
    • discussing the network’s purpose
    • exploring the greatest challenges to water resiliency in Texas
    • consider innovations and research advances to meet these challenges

Invited Speakers

  • Robert Mace, Texas Water Development Board

Logistics

  • Meeting location at the Student Activity Center on the campus of The Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • More information can be found in the agenda and the meeting notes