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 8, 2013
Straus: House Will Find Way to Fund Water
The morning after a major bill to authorize spending billions of dollars on state water projects faltered in the House, Speaker Joe Straus' office released a statement saying he wouldn't "let a technicality seal the debate on water." Read more.
Proposed Development Near Wimberley Sparks Battle
Forrest Wilder of The Texas Observer chronicles the battle over the proposed development of Needmore Ranch, a scenic 5,000-acre stretch of land near Wimberly. Read More.
Event: Texas Rainwater Catchment Association Conference
The Texas Rainwater Catchment Association will hold its annual state conference in San Marcos on May 11. Read More.
Study: Fracking Could Strain Water Resources
A new study has found that the proliferation of fracking could put pressure on already stressed water resources in areas from Texas to western Colorado.Read More.
Nueces Delta Facing "Hypersalinity"
Rick Spruill of the Corpus Chrisiti-Times describes the increased salinity in the waters of the Nueces Delta, where the Nueces River flows into the saline Nueces Bay. Read More.
People Conform to Political Boundaries. Water does not.
Ten years ago, recognizing the rapidly growing threat to the water quality of the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer, 13 unconnected Texas Hill Country jurisdictions sat down together and talked. Read More.
San Antonio can lead in smart water policy
Until recently, the great drought that devastated Texas from 1947 to 1957 was thought to be- and officially declared to be- as bad as a drought could get. It was bad, ultimately costing the state an estimated $22 billion in current dollars and driving thousands of rural citizens off the land and into the cities for good.Read More.
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