SURFACE WATER: UNDERSTANDING THE SCIENCE

Dr. Robert Brandes moderated this panel of Dr. William Espey of LJA Engineering, Inc.; Dr. Larry McKinney of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; and Dr. Ralph Wurbs, senior professor at the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, responsible for the water availability model used statewide to evaluate the surface water availability in the TCEQ water rights permitting process. Topics in this panel touched on water storage in reservoirs and estuaries, which contribute to environmental sustainability. The panelists also explained how water can be redirected to replenish wetlands and other coastal buffers, which protect against droughts, and the development of water availability models (WAMs) for preparing and evaluating water right permit applications. From the Rethinking Texas Water Policy conference hosted by the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University on April 6, 2018.