<P>FALL 201218 water NEW NAME same mission I f anyone ever questioned how precious water was as a natural resource in Texas, 2011 provided the perfect answer. It was the states driest year on record; more than $7 billion in agricultural losses were reported; and nearly 90 percent of the state was suffering through what climatologists called exceptional drought. Cities and towns throughout the state enacted their most stringent water conservation efforts. One tiny hamlet in West Texas, Robert Lee, teetered on the brink of becoming waterless after its sole water supply, E.V. Spence Reservoir, was 99-percent empty. Perhaps at no other time had water become such a coveted resource for so many people, not just cattle ranchers and rice farmers. Texas had weathered many droughts, but the severity of the one in 2011 provided the context for just how bad Texas water problems could get. Since 2002, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State has been deeply committed to protecting and preserving freshwater resources. The center conducts collaborative research on main river bodies as well as springs, wetlands and estuaries, and studies the impact that activities such as recreation and tourism may have on them. Through its many programs, the center monitors water quality at hundreds of freshwater sites, maps waterways and studies ?ow. The center also uses public awareness campaigns and educational initiatives to inform the public about water conservation and protection. Among its projects are the restoration of Spring Lake at the headwaters of the San Marcos River on university property and the development of a comprehensive watershed plan for Cypress Creek in the Wimberley area. But the centers reach goes much farther, extending to virtually every corner of the state. Lawmakers, industry experts, academics and economists agree on one thing: If the state is to prosper, it must vigorously protect its natural resources. And for Texas, water is among its most essential. —Matt Flores THE CYPRESS CREEK PROJECT The main goal for the Cypress Creek Project is to ensure that the long-term integrity and sustainability of the Cypress Creek watershed is preserved and that water quality standards are maintained for present and future generations. cypresscreekproject.org YOUR WORLD. OUR RESEARCH. SINCE 2002, THE MEADOWS CENTER FOR WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT (formerly the River Systems Institute) AT TEXAS STATE HAS BEEN DEEPLY COMMITTED TO PROTECTING AND PRESERVING FRESHWATER RESOURCES. </p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a 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