Texas State University-San Marcos established The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, formerly the River Systems Institute, as a leadership initiative to coordinate and further university-wide efforts in the field of aquatic resource management. The Meadows Center started out as International Institute for Sustainable Water Resources in January 2002, and was renamed the River Systems Institute in 2005. Following a large gift of $1 Million from the Meadows Foundation in August, 2012, The Meadows Center will continue the mission to develop and promote programs and techniques for ensuring sustainable water resources for human needs, ecosystem health and economic development. The Meadows Center aims to promote a holistic approach to the management of natural systems where key principles of sustainability and equitable use guide sound water policy.
May 23, 2013
House, Senate Pass Bills Key to Budget Deal
After days of jockeying and one-upsmanship, the Texas House and Senate each approved measures Wednesday evening critical to passing their next two-year budget. Read more.
Legislation Would Transform Texas Water Development Board
Paul J. Weber of the Associated Press reports that new changes to House Bill 4, which deals with water infrastructure projects, would overhaul the Texas Water Development Board. Read More.
Company Drops Phosphorus From Fertilizer Ingredients
Scotts Miracle-Gro, a major producer of lawn-and-garden products, has removed phosphorus from its Turf Builder line of lawn fertilizer to help combat a type of algae that has polluted U.S. waterways. Read More.
Farmers Hurt by Dwindling High Plains Aquifer
The rapidly depleting supply of water in the High Plains Aquifer has hurt farmers from the High Plains to Texas, with large swaths of farmland unable to support irrigation.Read More.
Central Texas Water Fight Could Have Statewide Implications
The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District on May 15 heard from a coalition of residents and businesses opposed to new water permitting. Read More.
Texas Springs Cited as Indicator of Crucial Water Issues
Austin-based journalist Ari Phillips traveled through Central Texas to learn about the state of the Hill Country's springs and the groundwater underneath them. Read More.
Event: Stream Restoration Conference
The Southwest Stream Restoration Conference, which will feature workshops and presentations on stream and watershed management in the Southwest, will be held in San Antonio from May 28 to May 20.Read More.
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