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Internal Water Summit Brings Together Faculty, Research Resources
By Tom Arsuffi

To answer the increasing complexity of water resources issues, Texas Tech is in the early stages of developing a Water, Energy, and Natural Resources Innovation and Research Cluster.

A Water Summit is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The summit is the first step in creating a multidiscipline initiative with a focus on research for improving water, energy, natural resources and agricultural sustainability by providing science-based information and technology using a systems-based transdisciplinary approach.

As water resource problems increase in complexity, the present state of having uncoordinated and mission-driven water resources agendas within and between agencies, within and between research components of universities, and within and between companies and industries in the private sector will have to change to surmount future water problems and address the many and complicated water supply and water demand solutions proposed in the 2012 State Water Plan.

Texas Tech University is uniquely poised to help solve the technological, scientific, economic, management and policy questions and issues associated with the State Water Plan through strategic, integrated university components working alongside the private sector and state agencies.

Subsequent meetings will include outside stakeholders and agencies and will match water, energy and natural resources strategic response teams with funding and grant opportunities.

This internal summit is hosted by the Texas Tech Water Leadership Council and the Office of the Vice President for Research. For information, to RSVP and for the water researcher survey please go to: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/vpr/RDT/watersummit/

Tom Arsuffi is director of the Llano River Field Station in Junction