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      Desalination 101: What is it and how could it affect our Bay? in Corpus Christi

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      May 13, 2019

      Monday   5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      3209 S. Staples at Kostoryz Rd
      Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

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      Desalination 101: What is it and how could it affect our Bay?

      Desalination has been at the center of multiple public meetings regarding permitting in the Coastal Bend Region. But what IS desalination exactly and how would it work in our shallow bay? We have invited four experts on regional and global desalination operations, processes, and environmental effects to not only speak about their experiences, but to also answer your questions.

      This forum features an information panel of experts. They are not speaking on behalf of any particular project in the region, but to focus on educating the public on desalination as a whole.

      Our panel consists of:

      Kathleen Jackson, P.E. – currently serves on the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Director Jackson will provide expertise pertaining to TWDB water supply funding for desalination in the Coastal Bend, as well as any general comments about changes to the regulations and permitting process that have emerged over the last several legislative sessions to enable seawater desalination as a water supply source for coastal Texas. She co-authored The Future of Desalination in Texas 2018 Biennial Report on Seawater and Brackish Groundwater Desalination with Peter Lake and Brook Paup.

      Nikolay Voutchkov, P.E. –is President of Water Globe Consultants and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of desalination and membrane application technology with more than 30 years of experience in feasibility assessment, environmental review, development, procurement, financing and implementation of desalination projects. Mr. Voutchkov will provide expertise pertaining to the siting, construction and operation of desalination plants, particularly in shallow bay environments such as Corpus Christi Bay.

      Dr. Edward Buskey - is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Marine Science at the University of Texas at Austin’s Marine Science Institute as well as the Research Coordinator for the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Dr. Buskey has researched effects of chemicals on plankton communities in the Gulf, larval fish in particular, for decades and will provide information concerning how desalination processes may affect larval communities, specifically those important to the recreational and commercial fisheries to the Coastal Bend.

      Dr. Paul Montagna – is the Endowed Chair for Ecosystems and Modeling at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A & M, Corpus Christi. His research programs focus on the relationship between benthos and environmental factors in aquatic environments, particularly the effect of freshwater inflow on water quality and benthic populations, communities, and productivity. Dr. Montagna will provide information concerning how intake and outfall locations, design, and processes may affect the surrounding marine environments.

      Please join us on May 13th in room 106 of the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development. The doors open at 5:00 pm and the panel begins at 5:30 pm. This forum will last until 8:00 pm.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Education | Science | Technology

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.