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The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

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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 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.

Projects & Programs

The Planning Project

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How can The Meadows Center improve visitor's experience? We want your input for a new feasibility study that focuses on visitor experience improvements. Check out meadowscenterplanning.org for more information on the project, and fill out a survey to let us know what you think. Anyone who completes a survey will be entered in a drawing for 4 free passes to a Glass-bottom Boat ride. (No personal information will be required in the drawing.)










Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Come learn and experience Spring Lake through a Glass-bottom Boat tour. Tours are held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. For more information call 512-245-9200 or click the link below. Learn more

 Hill Country Water Resources

The Meadows Center is inviting kayakers and canoeists to join the Texas Stream Team, a citizen science program that has been monitoring the quality of Texas waterways since 1991. A newly launched Texas Stream Team Paddlers project is expanding opportunities for students, educators, outdoor enhusiasts, and all manner of paddlers to work on one of the most important issues of our time: Water. Learn more.

 San Marcos Watershed Initiative
The San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) is a project that explores ways to manage impacts to surface and groundwater resources through a stakeholder driven watershed protection plan for the upper San Marcos River watershed. Learn more
 Texas Water Issue Briefs

The Water Issue Brief papers provide information regarding important water conservation, education, and policy issues in Texas.

The purpose of these briefs are, to provide digestible, unbiased information about complex water issues in Texas to new legislators, decisionā€makers, and stakeholders interested in water resource issues. Learn more.


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In the Flow Newsletter

Click to subscribe to In the Flow, a freshwater news wrap-up and analysis, co-published by The Texas Tribune and The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.