AgriLife's Dallas-based "Water University" program to claim half dozen awards for conservation work in 2017
DALLAS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Water University program will have taken the stage four times across Texas to claim about a half dozen awards for its conservation and public outreach work by the end of 2017.
The team helmed by Clint Wolfe kicked off the year by snagging the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Innovative Water Supply Award this January in the education category. The award came as a nod to the team’s 2016 public outreach and education initiatives on water conservation and quality protection. Water University in March traveled again to Austin to accept the TWDB Rain Catcher award, given for the team’s work to overhaul the courtyard at Herbert Marcus Elementary School for water use efficiency.
Public outreach and rainfall statistics for 2016 alone show a conservative estimate of 34.8 million gallons of rainwater harvested across the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex through Water University’s efforts, Wolfe said.
“These awards are a great testament to the fact that our work is making a difference,” he said. “Our goal is water conservation and protection. Receiving this type of recognition is one of the many ways we can gauge how effective we are being.”
On April 12, the team will travel to Austin once again, where they expect to receive four individual distinctions from the Texas chapter of the American Water Works Association, for excellence in communication initiatives.
Later in May, Water University and a host of other organizations will converge at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Environmental Excellence Awards, for which the AgriLife program is a finalist.
Water University consists of Wolfe, Patrick Dickinson, Daniel Cunningham, Karen Sanders and Dotty Woodson. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas serves as the program’s headquarters.