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HARC Newsletter | January 2016


Texas Watershed Protection Planning
Double Bayou is the only watershed in the eastern portion of the Lower Galveston Bay watershed with a watershed protection plan. The Texas State Soil Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Galveston Bay Estuary Program (TCEQ GBEP), United States Geological Survey (USGS), Shead Conservation Solutions and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) are all working together with watershed stakeholders to restore and protect water quality through the development of the Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan.
Natural disasters and power resilience
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DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power TAP
HARC has been working on climate mitigation and adaptation applications and technologies through the research and application of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy resilience through combined heat and power (CHP). Combined heat and power, also known as cogeneration, provides both electric power and thermal energy (heat) from a single on-site source, such as a turbine or reciprocating engine.

PHOTO: JOHN DURANT PHOTOGRAPHY/KARLSBERGER
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Featured researcher

Chris Ruffer
Research Assistant, Energy Production
Chris Ruffer is a Research Assistant at the Houston Advanced Research Center working with the Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) Program. He graduated with a Master's degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University where he focused on Reservoir Engineering and Reserve Estimation. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
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Announcements & upcoming events
HARC and HGAC present the City Efficiency Leaders Workshop for Houston-Galveston Area Communities
HARC and HGAC will present a City Efficiency Leaders Workshop for Houston-Galveston Area Community on March 3, 2016 in Houston, Texas.
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The Double Bayou Watershed Partnership announces release of Draft WPP for public comment review period
The Double Bayou Watershed Partnership is seeking public comment on the Draft Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan (Draft WPP). If you have questions, members of the Partnership will be available for a public question and answer session at the Anahuac Branch of the Chambers County Library, Thursday, February 11th, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Address: 202 Cummings Street, Anahuac, Texas.
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Gavin Dillingham at Houston Green Office Challenge PACE 101 Workshop February 10
HARC's Gavin Dillingham will organize and present at Houston Green Office Challenge Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) 101 at the City of Houston Permitting Center on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Houston.
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Researchers at IDEA Conference in Austin February 8-12
HARC's Gavin Dillingham and Satish Ravindran will manage a booth and promote the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) at the IDEA conference February 8-12, 2016 in Austin.
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First Annual Lone Star Lionfish Symposium Hosts Public Forum February 2-3
Lisa Gonzalez will have the opportunity to engage with the public at the First Annual Lone Star Lionfish Symposium Hosts Public Forum, February 2-3, 2016 at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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HARC sponsors CEC's Wild & Scenic Film Festival January 27-28
HARC is proud to sponsor the Citizens' Environmental Coalition: Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, January 27-28, 2016 at the historic River Oaks Theatre in Houston.
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SERIDAS team members' new book preview
SERIDAS team members are writing a book. The book proposal is pending at Cambridge University Press. Following highly favorable review by the Cambridge editor it is now going through the customary review by outside experts.
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