The panel is composed of approximately eleven well-recognized scientific experts representing disciplines with direct bearing on the project. Eleven members have participated in the Scientific Review Panel (SRP) activities for Task Order 5 and will also participate in Task Order 6. Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University will coordinate all SRP activities. His responsibilities include the following:
Principal Investigator: Andrew Sansom, Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Dr. Thom Hardy, Chief Science Officer, The Meadows Center
Dr. Tom Arsuffi, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University
Dr. Larry Hauck, Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research, Tarleton State University
Dr. John Loomis, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University
Eric Strom, USGS South Carolina Water Science Center Director
Dr. Khaled Bali, Irrigation/Water Management Advisor and Acting County Director, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California Agriculture
Dr. Terri Whitledge, Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska
Dr. Warren Pulich, Wetlands Ecologist, the Meadows Center, Biology Department, Texas State University
Duration: 11/2004- 12/2009
Texas has 16 regional planning groups that identify future water shortages and strategies to meet them. Region K includes the lower Colorado River basin and Region L includes the San Antonio area. Both planning groups have included the project as a water supply strategy in their regional plans, which are updated every five years. The planning groups will continue to evaluate the project during the ongoing water planning process.
An independent science review panel is reviewing the project studies and findings to help ensure technical integrity. Members of the panel are nationally renowned academic and government experts in the areas of study. The purpose of the panel is to:
The Meadows Center, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Colorado River Authority, and Texas State University graduate students Leonard Oliver, Zachary Shattuck, Jessica Dee Strickland, and Benjamin Warren.
The Texas Water Development Board provides leadership, planning, financial assistance, information, and education for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas. The board is responsible for all aspects of groundwater studies in the state and monitors water levels and quality in the state's aquifers, conducts regional-scale aquifer modeling, and houses and maintains water well records. At the request of Region K, the board is providing technical review and feedback on a groundwater availability model being developed for this project.
Funding for direct costs associated with this project is provided by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).