Texas State Planning $10 Million Water-Research Center

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Texas State University will expand its research and teaching related to drought, rivers, springs and other water matters under a $10 million plan to be announced today.

The San Marcos campus, which includes the second-largest spring in the American Southwest, is already a center for studying the interplay between water and environmental quality. The university's River Systems Institute will get a new name, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, in recognition of a $1 million donation from the Dallas-based Meadows Foundation, also being announced today.

"I don't know of any other university in the world that has a major spring in the middle of campus," Andrew Sansom, the center's director, told the American-Statesman. "It's a source of inspiration for our students and a huge research laboratory and educational opportunity."

The $1 million gift is to endow the center, and the foundation expects to make additional endowment gifts during the next few years for a total of $5 million, said Bruce Esterline, its vice president for grants. Texas State will seek other philanthropic gifts as well as state funds earmarked for so-called emerging research universities to achieve the $10 million goal.

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