State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2009TX330B
Title: Ecohydrology of Forested Wetlands on the Texas Gulf Coast
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2009
End Date: 2/28/2010
Congressional District: 22
Focus Categories: Wetlands, Hydrology, Law, Institutions, and Policy
Keywords: Ecohydrology, Wetlands, Water Budgets
Principal Investigators: Dean, Dex; Wilcox, Bradford
Federal Funds: $ 5,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 19,259
Abstract: Wetlands provide critical ecological services, including flood control, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat, and enhancement of biodiversity. In the Texas Gulf Coast region, as in many areas of the country, industrialization and developmental pressures have led to a dramatic decline in wetland area over the past fifty years. Ironically, because many are considered to be isolated and not hydrologically connected to adjacent streams, they are without regulatory protection. However, very little work has been done to examine the connectivity of these wetlands to nearby streams. The study we propose will help us better understand hydrological processes of forested wetlands on the Texas Gulf Coast, as a means of investigating this issue. An important first step in understanding hydrological processes on these wetlands will be to develop quantified water budgets including rainfall, surface flow, soil water, and transpiration. We anticipate that this research will play an important role in determining the regulatory status of these wetland landscapes.

Progress/Completion Report, 2009, PDF

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