Conservation Matters April 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

2012 Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference to be held May 20–24 in Portland

The U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture is hosting the 2012 National Water Conference: Land and Sea Grant Initiatives for a Changing World on May 20–24 in Portland, Ore.

The conference agenda includes various workshops coordinated by water professionals across the nation who will discuss watershed education and outreach, watershed planning, climate change, stormwater management and more.

Dr. Kevin Wagner, associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, and Dr. Terry Gentry, assistant professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, are hosting a Bacterial Detection and Tracking workshop.

"Exceedance of bacterial water quality criteria designed to protect recreation is the most common water quality issue in the United States," Wagner said. "However, identifying the source of the bacteria has proven challenging in many cases. Bacterial source tracking (BST) can help."

Gentry explained that BST is a valuable tool for identifying human and animal sources of fecal pollution. "The state of BST science, methodologies and applications has evolved greatly in the past few years," Gentry said. "A host of new information is currently available, yet not readily distributed to state and federal agency personnel."

The symposium is targeted toward scientists involved or interested in the use of BST analysis; state, federal and regional agency personnel; and other interested persons.

For more information, visit the conference website.

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