NRS Faculty and Students Learn how Municipal Waste Can be Cleansed by Artificial Wetlands

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law NRS Program on Apr 23, 2019 11:47:23 AM

IMG_7039On November 2, 2018, law students and faculty visited the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas, located outside of Dallas, Texas. Director John DeFillipo greeted the group and provided an orientation on the history, purpose, and future goals of the Wetland Center.

_TAMUL~1DeFillipo explained that the wetlands were artificially created to clean and process partially treated municipal waste by the North Texas Municipal Water District (“NTMWD”). Through a partnership with NTMWD, and the purchase of available credits under § 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Center has continued its conservationist mission and efforts through re-creating and re-establishing wetland mitigation banks in the North Texas area.

IMG_4216DeFillipo also highlighted the Center’s namesake, the late John Bunker Sands, who advocated for holistic land management. His family founded the Center in recognition of Bunker’s efforts to conserve acreage of wetlands for various purposes including providing habitat for migratory birds, food sources for grazing livestock, and water supply for local users.

Following the introduction, DeFillipo provided the group with a tour of the manufactured wetlands system.


Subscribe Here!

Recent Post

About Texas A&M School of Law Program in Natural Resources Systems

Natural resources are an integral and undeniable component of modern societies globally. These resources are critical for energy, agriculture, manufacturing and economic development in general. Our natural environment is a highly complex and integrated system, and sound decision-making related to the sustainable management of natural resources and the environment requires a broad and interdisciplinary approach. Acknowledging the centrality and complexity of natural resources systems, the Natural Resources Systems (NRS) Program at Texas A&M School of Law endeavors to train and offer real world experience to students on law and policy issues related to exploitation, management and conservation, and advance research on natural resources that connects with other disciplines and with communities worldwide.

Academic Excellence

Expand your knowledge: