Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions
Students will learn the concepts of how water is managed in Texas. Key topics include:
- Understand the ability of Natural Resources Districts to implement local policy and local management to protect water users;
- Understand administrative structures and processes for managing water uses and supplies;
- Understand ground and surface water hydrology and connectivity;
- Understand the economic, social and environmental impacts of projects and policy decisions.
Key Topics & Learning Objectives
- Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function.
- Objective 1. Knowledge of hydrologic cycle
- Objective 2. Knowledge of groundwater and surface water interactions
- Objective 3. How human activities effect groundwater and surface water
- Understanding the importance of water quality and quantity as a foundation in a healthy
- Objective 1. Understanding the connection between groundwater and surface water and how they affect each other.
- Understanding a variety of water quality indicators in different landscapes.
- Objective 1. Knowledge of water quality impacts such as agriculture practices, urban development, nitrates, toxic algae, etc.
- Objective 2. Understand the indicators of water health, including physical, chemical and biological properties and its role in the hydrological system.
- Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes.
- Objective 1. Knowledge of water quantity impacts such as agriculture practices, urban development, and groundwater levels.
- Objective 2. Understanding of stream gauges and groundwater maps.
- Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water
quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.
- Objective 1. Understand the importance of moving toward sustainable practices to protect water quality and quantity.
- Objective 2. Understand best management practices that improve water quality and quantity such as improved agriculture practices, urban planning and water efficiency.
- Objective 3. Understand the role of technology: flow meters, observation wells, Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) surveys, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) (drones, GIS, etc.), precision agriculture, etc.
- Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage
natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.
- Objective1. Knowledge of various conservation agencies, and how partners work together for conservation success.
- Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management
and decision making.
- Objective 1. Describe the social, economic and political impacts of regulating water quality and quantity.
- Objective 2. Understand the delicate balance behind decision making—funding projects, social responsibility, regulatory authority.
Current Issue: Recommended Resources
- Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.
- Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.