Blackland scientists are developing new technologies and management strategies to improve water, soil, and other natural resources on agricultural, urban, and military lands in central Texas and around the world. The EPIC (Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator, APEX (Agricultural Policy Environment Extender), SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool), and PHYGROW (for a forage production-run-off) models are deployed world-wide as people seek to: increase agriculture production and water supply; improve the environment and the economic well-being of people; and increase the sustainability of land.
Water Quality Monitoring / Range Revegetation Methods
Lisa serves as the Watershed Coordinator and manages all aspects of the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, including data collection, grant and report writing. Lisa has worked in water resources since 2004 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science from Tarleton State University (2003) and a Master’s of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Texas A&M University (2009).
In the early days of her career with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Lisa specialized in restoration of disturbed military lands, erosion control methods on rangelands and stormwater sampling. For the last 7 years, she has worked with landowners, homeowners, and local, state and federal agencies to improve surface water quality in the Lampasas River and its tributaries. This culminated in the development of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan. This watershed protection plan was the 4th in the state of Texas to receive EPA acceptance and stakeholder approval in 2013. Lisa now oversees the implementation of the watershed protection plan through projects which provide, financial and technical assistance and educational programs to stakeholders and seeking funding to facilitate these programs. Copies of the watershed protection plan and more information can be found at http://www.lampasasriver.org/.