June 20, 2018 – With increased drilling and exploration in the region ongoing research of underground water quality will be undertaken by hydrogeologists with the UT Austin Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG).  Summary and detail below.

City of Balmorhea, UT Austin – Introduction

Study Summary

Study Map Area

February 20, 2018 – Sandia as a research site has been part of larger studies on the part of Borderland Research Institute, Sul Ross and other institutions.  Soon we will welcome Anna Elisa Pina, Phd student from the University of Texas at El Paso.  As part of her thesis Anna will be surveying wetlands in the desert Southwest including Sandia for macro invertebrate communities and water quality.  Welcome Anna!  Go Miners!


Ryan Anthony is a M.S. Thesis Candidate with Sul Ross State University’s Borderland Research Institute. Along with other sites in the region Ryan is studying our project Sandia Wetlands, specifically crustaceans that provide food resources to the shorebirds and waterfowl during a high energy demanding migratory phase in their life cycles. Sandia is a unique small wetland with big potential as one of the only wetlands in this part of Texas. Ryan was born and raised in Pakistan. His home state is Arizona and is an Iraqi war veteran. In these images Ryan is taking sediment samples, the last image back in the BRI lab. Images taken by Bill Broyles, Texas Master Naturalist with Borderlands Research Institute.

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