A team from the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton State University will begin to assess Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the environment next week. The Texas Legislature created the institute in 1991 to address local water quality. Today, their research includes projects in 35 states and Canada as well as partnerships with China, Ecuador, Ethiopia and New Zealand. The T.I.A.E.R. team will measure hydrocarbon and bacterial contamination levels to assess overall water quality in south Texas communities and will assist all state agencies responsible for protecting the health of Texans and the natural environment.