2013 Drought Impact and Recovery in Texas Estuaries Workshop

The 2013 Drought Impact and Recovery in Texas Estuaries Workshop brought together over 50 bay and estuary scientists to share research findings on the impact of the extreme 2011 drought on Texas coastal areas and to identify and prioritize future data needs regarding the monitoring of drought impacts.

This workshop aimed to facilitate coordination of future drought-period monitoring activities and identify potential ways to use monitoring results to better inform the process for developing and refining environmental flow standards.

The morning session included presentations on existing drought-related data and research efforts, and during the afternoon, the participants divided into three breakout groups – upper, middle, and lower coast – to identify the major drought monitoring data needs and opportunities for collaboration. In addition, participants were asked to complete a survey prior to the workshop. View summary of participant surveys.

This event was sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Water Development Board and the Harte Research Institute.

Agenda PDF    |    Speakers Bios PDF    |    Afternoon Breakout Session Discussion Topics PDFClick on the links below to download PDFs of the speakers’ presentations.

Welcome: Goals for the Day, Summary of Participant Surveys

Myron Hess, Texas Water Programs Manager/Counsel, National Wildlife Federation

State Agency Drought Monitoring Efforts and Data

Carla Guthrie, Bay and Estuaries Program Team Leader, Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)

Cindy Loeffler, Water Resources Branch Chief, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Panel Discussion: Noteworthy 2011 Drought Observations and Discussion

Benthos Sampling
Paul Montagna, Endowed Chair for Ecosystems and Modelling, Harte

Unusual and Invasive Species
Leslie Hartman, Matagorda Bay Ecosystems Leader, TPWD

Salinities in Sabine Lake
Terry Stelly, Ecosystems Biologist, TPWD

Panel Discussion: More Noteworthy 2011 Drought Observations and Discussion

Commerical Fishing and Oysters

Lance Robinson, Upper Coast Regional Director, TPWD

Rangia Mortality in San Antonio Bay

Norman Johns, Water Resources Scientist, NWF

Drought Indices in Texas Estuaries
Kenneth Dunton, Professor Department of Marine Sciences, UT Marine Science Institute

Matagorda Bay Example and Breakout Session Overview
Bryan Cook, Water Quality Supervisor, Lower Colorado River Authority

Drought in Texas

John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State