The Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE) in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering received a $1.1 million dollar grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund environmentally friendly development in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the College of Engineering to help municipalities in a rapidly expanding area of the state grow responsibly and maintain a good quality of life,” said Dr. Stephan Nix, dean of the Dotterweich College of Engineering.
The grant will be used to power ISEE’S Phase II of their “Evaluation of Innovative Low Impact Development activities in Urban Storm Water Management in the Arroyo Colorado” project. The project aims to find the best green storm water runoff control to help achieve a proper conservation.
Phase I of the plan helped the cities of Brownsville, La Feria, San Juan, and the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco.
Phase II of the plan aims to expand the project to Harlingen, Weslaco, Alton and the Cameron County Drainage District. Phase II will fund five types of low-impact control projects that utilize the environment to manage storm water and ensure developing areas are well-protected.
“This gives A&M Kingsville the opportunity to provide a great service to the community where of our students are from. It gives our students great real-world experience working with the cities and entities that are participating in this program,” said Dr. Kim Jones, chair of the Environmental Engineering department.
A third project grant application was recently sent to the EPA for consideration. It would work on further expanding the project, with the assistance of Harlingen, Alamo, and La Joya.
By: Frank Garza