TAGD Meeting Cleburne Re-cap

HPUWCD staff traveled to Cleburne for the October Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts’ meeting. The two-day meeting covered topics from studies going on across the state to presentations on education and outreach. Approximately 36 groundwater conservation district representatives attended.

Two panels were presented during the meeting. The education and outreach panel featured guests from the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, and the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District. HPUWCD education and outreach staff member, Adeline Fox, was featured on the education and outreach panel. Fox discussed HPUWCD outreach programs and offered suggestions for other districts who might be considering starting their own education program.

In addition to the panel of education and outreach professionals, some of the water districts brought water education trailers to the meeting. The trailers are used in school settings and are typically targeted to junior high students because that is the age they learn about aquifers. Aquifer models, water cycle wheels, well measurement demonstrations, and even a rainwater harvesting simulator, were in and around the trailers presented. The Upper Trinity GCD trailer travels 60-80 days out of the year educating junior high students about underground water.

Pictures of the trailers are below. Enjoy!

Upper Trinity GCD designed and built this aquifer model! It's pretty large.

Upper Trinity GCD designed and built this aquifer model! It's pretty large.

The well casing helps show students how to measure a well. (Courtesy of UTGCD)

The well casing helps show students how to measure a well. (Courtesy of UTGCD)

The Lone Star GCD had a trailer too. This shows the different kinds of treated water and where they are used.

The Lone Star GCD had a trailer too. This shows the different kinds of treated water and where they are used.

Here is a really neat rainwater harvesting simulator. (Courtesy of the LSGCD)

Here is a really neat rainwater harvesting simulator. (Courtesy of the LSGCD)

The Water Cycle wheel showed each step of the water cycle. Sweet! (Courtesy of the LSGCD)

The Water Cycle wheel showed each step of the water cycle. Sweet! (Courtesy of the LSGCD)