The dam at Lake Conroe, Texas [Photo: San Jacinto River Authority]
Water resource management is a key element of sustainable development. Finite amounts of both surface and ground water combined with a growing population require careful management and planning with foresight. Monitoring, spatial and temporal studies, modeling water management scenarios and statistical data analysis of ground and surface water quality and quantity are all important in the management of water resources in the Gulf Coast Region.
HARC compiles and manages numerous databases describing environmental quality, biological and water resources, and aquatic and terrestrial habitats in its region. Information technology tools and geographic information systems allow HARC to translate the data into information through the development of environmental indicators, statistical results, spatial and temporal analysis and to analyze changes in ecosystem and water resources. Integration, analysis, and dissemination of data and information regarding important water issues is considered key to advancing more effective decision-making regarding the sustainable management of water resources and water quality.