David Weindorf Speaks to Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

David Weindorf will speak today before the Senate Committee in Washington, D.C. on Indian Affairs.


David Weindorf

David Weindorf, an associate dean for research and the B.L. Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Texas Tech University, will testify today before the Senate Committee in Washington, D.C. on Indian Affairs oversight hearing regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gold King Mine Disaster.

On Aug. 5, an EPA subcontractor accidentally released 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animus River at the Gold King Mine near Durango, Colorado. The spill had an impact on the Southern Ute Tribe and Navajo Nation as the waste moved into the San Juan River.

Weindorf will be one of several experts to testify before the committee, including EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation and James Olguin, tribal council member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

A full list of those expected to testify can be found here.


The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:

  • Agriculture and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Animal and Food Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Natural Resources Management

Department of Plant & Soil Science

Plant & Soil

The mission of the Department of Plant & Soil Science is to improve plants for human use, increase knowledge about our environment, and enhance sustainable practices in plant production and value-added processing through education, research, and outreach.

The department is a comprehensive academic department conducting research and offering coursework and academic programs in all areas of the plant and soil sciences.