A recent multi-million dollar gift to Texas State University will help make the state school a leader on water issues in the country.
The mission of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University is to "develop and promote programs and techniques for ensuring sustainable water resources."
That mission received a big boost Friday from the Dallas-based Meadows Foundation.
Texas State University officials say Friday's multi-million dollar gift will establish a center for the study of water.
"The real guts of this will be to attract a community of chairs who will work together with our faculty and students across the campus on these critical subjects with respect to the future of water in Texas," Andrew Sansom with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment said.
The Meadows Foundation believes Texas State University can take the lead on water issues in Texas and beyond.
"While the drought will hopefully end the reality of water scarcity is not going away," Linda Perryman with the Meadows Foundation said.
"It's exciting to see the role that Texas State has to play, in a leadership role, in water, conservation and natural resources," Brian McCall, Chancellor of the Texas State University System, said.
Sansom heads the River Systems Institute, now renamed the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. He says the center's work will be key to insuring Texas will have enough water in the decades to come.
"We have already given permission for more water to be withdrawn from many of our rivers that is actually in them and the answers and solutions to that problem for us in the years ahead are going to be rooted in research and science and policy," Sansom said.
The Meadows Foundation will donate $5 million to the center over the next several years, and the University hopes to leverage matching state and other funding to establish a $10 million center.