Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator of Texas Water Development Board, is scheduled to discuss Groundwater Availability Models (GAMs). Mace leads the agency’s Water Science & Conservation office, a department of 70 scientists, engineers and specialists dedicated to better understanding groundwater and surface water resources.

In his presentation, Mace will focus on providing a basic understanding of how these models work, why they are helpful and what their limitations are.

“Just as your nightly weather expert uses models to predict the weather for Saturday, hydrogeologists use models to predict the effects of pumping on aquifers at some point in the future,” Mace said. “By definition, models are not perfect, but they are often our best tools for understanding what the future may hold for our aquifers.”

Mace said that people will benefit from this presentation by gaining a better understanding of how models help in determining Desired Future Conditions and impacts of pumping projects.

For more information about the 2017 Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit, click here. The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. It will be held at the Caldwell Civic Center at 103 TX-21 in Caldwell, Texas on August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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