Texas Water Technology Roadmap Forum -- Held February 25, 2015

A product-oriented forum bringing together principals of water-related companies, associations, university research centers and other Texas research institutes, and others interested in accelerating growth of Texas’ water conservation technologies, industries, and sustainable water use. Our goal is to prioritize and frame key milestones for a bold plan – to begin building a technology roadmap to guide Texas toward global leadership in water technology.

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.

Action and Products

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 ……..
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Engagement Process

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 ……….
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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……………..
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Forum Results – Report


Roadmap Forum Organization


Convening Organizations


Meadows Center for Water and the Environment




Water Institute of Texas


Wells Fargo Foundation

National Science Foundation

Meadows Foundation

Texas Research and Technology Foundation


Organizing Committee


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


Workshop Facilitator

Jorge Vanegas – Dean, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University-College Station and Professor, Texas Engineering Experiment Station



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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.