The Meadows Center: 2015-2016 Annual Report
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The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is built on the enthusiasm and drive of its people. In this year’s Annual Report, we are proud to introduce you to some of our staff and showcase the critical role they play in ensuring clean, abundant water for the environment and all humanity.
- Dr. Timothy Loftus joined our team as the first Meadows Endowed Water Conservation Chair, ensuring that the Meadows Center and Texas State University remain in the lead in addressing water resources issues in Texas and beyond.
- We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Mike Abbott, Dr. Fritz Hanselmann, Mr. Tom Hegemier, Dr. Warren Pulich, Dr. Walter Rast, Dr. Rudy Rosen, Mr. Shane Townsend, and Mr. Doug Wierman have all agreed to serve as Meadows Fellows and continue their long and productive association with our center.
- Glass-bottom boat #1953, named for the year in which it was built, was restored with a new fiberglass hull that is more water-resistant and will help us maintain our historic fleet for many years to come.
- Our flagship citizen science program, Texas Stream Team, turned 25! Since its inception, thousands of people have volunteered over 45,000 hours to monitor water quality and protect Texas waterways.
- The launch of the Operation Scuba program was a success. This therapeutic SCUBA adventure program for student veterans was piloted last year thanks to the generous support from the Ewing Halsell Foundation. Ten veteran students are now certified PADI open water divers.
- With critical support from the Hoblitzelle Foundation and the formidable skills of Broaddus Planning, we now have a Feasibility Study for Spring Lake that clearly establishes the need for a new research and interpretive center on our site.
- We have embarked on a strategic planning process for the first time. This programmatic plan, coupled with a strategic communications roadmap, will pave the way for our center’s sustainability.