Convened by the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, AccelerateH2O, STAR Park, the Water Institute of Texas and RCN-CE3SAR, the forum was underwritten by a generous grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation and supported by Meadows Foundation, National Science Foundation and Texas Research and Technology Foundation.
Initially conceived to define pressing water technology deficiencies for which there may be technology-based solutions that can be implemented now, the growing urgency to address Texas’ water challenges compelled conveners to expand their goal to encompass laying the groundwork for building a technology roadmap for Texas.
To achieve the goal, the Texas Water Technology Roadmap Forum was held February 25, 2015. A consensus emerged at the forum. Key thought leaders invited from throughout Texas’ water sectors felt that Texas is rapidly approaching a water crisis reflecting issues of supply, use and quality which demands immediate effort to ensure sustainable and equitable access. Participants described critical problems in Texas’ water sectors and expressed concern over consequences to Texans and the Texas economy if action is delayed. Participants focused on a pathway to help solve Texas’ water problems and speed water technology from lab, to market, to application.
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There may be significant opportunities for technology innovation and commercialization in several general areas of critical need in Texas. Areas such as desalination, reuse, conservation, and ‘smart-water’ technologies (sensors, monitors, data analytics) may be among ……..Continue Reading
Texas A&M University Dean of the College of Architecture, Jorge Vanegas, will lead a one-day facilitated charrette to include active involvement by all participants. Dr. Vanegas is well-known for his facilitation skills and is providing support to the workshop through sponsor, RCN-CE3SAR where ……….Continue Reading
Emphasizing market-based and innovation driven outcomes, this forum will bring together principles of water-related companies, associations, university research and non-profit centers of excellence, along with representatives from residential, industrial, and……………..Continue Reading
Roadmap Forum Organization
Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Water Institute of Texas
Wells Fargo Foundation
National Science Foundation
Texas Research and Technology Foundation
Rudolph Rosen – Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State
Richard Seline – AccelerateH2O
Steven Frayser – STAR Park, Texas State
Wesley Patrick – Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
Cindy Wall – Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, College Station
Mona Behl – Sea Grant, TAMU, College Station
Chara Ragland – Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, TAMU, Corpus Christi
Jude Benavides – University of Texas-Brownsville
Jorge Vanegas – Dean, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University-College Station and Professor, Texas Engineering Experiment Station
Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is a water research and education center at Texas State University.
RCN-CE3SAR is the National Science Foundation funded Research Coordination Network for Climate, Energy, Environment and Engagement in Semiarid Regions. RCN-CE3SAR is composed of the following institutions: Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio; Conrad Blucher Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Center for Research on Environmental Sustainability in Semi-Arid Coastal Areas, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Sub-Tropical Research Center, University of Texas-Brownsville/University of Texas-Pan American; Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University; Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Binational Center, Texas A&M International University; Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M University-College Station; Texas Center for Climate Studies, Texas A&M University-College Station; Institute for Science, Technology & Public Policy, Texas A&M University-College Station; Center for Housing and Urban Development, Texas A&M University-College Station.
AccelerateH2O is a Texas water technology accelerator.
STAR Park is the Science, Technology and Advanced Research Park at Texas State University.
Water Institute of Texas at the University of Texas at San Antonio was established to conduct research on the various factors related to water sustainability and their effect on the health and economic development of Texas and the Southern US.