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Meadows Center for the Environment

201 San Marcos Springs Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666

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Date:  02/09/2019

Start Time: 8:30am 
End Time: 3:00 pm

Classroom is located on the lower level of the main building next to Spring Lake. Parking lot is adjacent to the building/classroom


Bring a sack lunch because you will not have enough time to leave to get food.  A round-table discussion will be held during lunchtime.


Dr. Robert Mace

Robert Mace is a Deputy Executive Director and the Chief Water Policy Officer at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and a Professor of Practice in the Department of Geography at Texas State University. Robert has over 30 years of experience in hydrology, hydrogeology, stakeholder processes, and water policy, mostly in Texas.

Before joining Texas State University in 2017, Robert worked at the Texas Water Development Board for 17 years ending his career there as the Deputy Executive Administrator for the Water Science & Conservation office. While at the Board, Robert worked on understanding groundwater and surface water resources in Texas; advancing water conservation and innovative water technologies such as desalination, aquifer storage and recovery, reuse, and rainwater harvesting; and protecting Texans from floods. Prior to joining the Texas Water Development Board, Robert worked nine years at the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin as a hydrologist and research scientist.

Robert has a B.S. in Geophysics and an M.S. in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from The University of Texas at Austin.

His residential consumption of water is under 30 gallons per person per day (and would be lower if his wife was more cooperative).

Stephen Curtis

Stephen is an aquatic biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where he focuses on stream ecology and American Eel research. He was previously with the Environmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake. He holds a Masters of Science in Aquatic Biology from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Texas A&M University.

How to prepare:

  • Dress for the weather as we will be out of doors for several hours after lunch on a boat tour of Spring Lake, a wetlands walk, and other water quality activities.
  • Be sure to bring:
    • Paper and pen for notes
    • Lunch
    • Water bottle
    • Thermos for coffee/tea
    • Binoculars (optional)

Chapters to read:

  • Unit 9
  • Unit 18
  • Unit 19

Class Agenda

Ground Water and Surface Water Presentation

Fishes of Central Texas Presentation

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