The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment works with individuals and public-, private-, and non-profit organizations to provide practical, science-based solutions to complex water challenges. Our team of biologists, geographers, engineers, social scientists, strategists, urban and regional planners, and experts in community engagement and public policy help our partners reach their goals in economic, social, cultural, and environmental resilience.
In general, our approach involves:
Advancing scientific and technical knowledge through research on water and how people manage it;
Discovering, sharing, and implementing science-based solutions to real-world water challenges;
Managing Spring Lake – a unique and globally-significant water resource – as a living laboratory;
Uncovering solutions for socio-economic and political challenges affecting water supply and demand;
Guiding the development of sustainable public water policy;
Engaging citizens in watershed planning processes and citizen science;
Cultivating public understanding about water and compelling and facilitating meaningful involvement therein; and
Educating children, adolescents, and adults in hands-on, experiential outdoor education and environmental learning.
Our projects and approach are client-driven. And, to all water problems we bring multi-disciplinary expertise, science-based solutions, a commitment to client service, and a culture of stewardship, research, education, and service.
We help partners from every sector address their water-related needs.
Landowners & Ranchers: We assess quality and quantity of water supplies and develop best management practices to support effective land and water management;
Private Sector Businesses: We assess Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) needs and opportunities, develop water-focused CSR programs, and help companies implement them.
Educators & Youth Focused Organizations: We design and implement experiential education programs on-site at Spring Lake at The Meadows Center and elsewhere for schools, scouting groups, and others.
Communities & Local Government: We lead Watershed Protection Plans from conceptualization to approval.
Non-profit Organizations: We offer water-focused subject matter expertise.
Special Events: We host and facilitate retreats, educational outings, weddings, and other special events on Spring Lake, our glass-bottom boats and kayaks, roof deck, and meeting facility.
International: We offer water-focused subject matter expertise. We also offer technical assistance and capacity building for delegations visiting Texas and for foreign program staff in the field.
Technical services include: GIS mapping; water monitoring planning; water non-point source pollution modeling; watershed survey, assessment, and characterization; biological studies; drone assisted aerial photography for watersheds; habitat conservation planning; stakeholder engagement; cultural impact studies; nature tourism planning; BMP identification; stakeholder liaising; educational program design; and more.