Conservation Matters August 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

New Lone Star Healthy Streams manuals available for download

LSHS manualA group of research scientists, resource conservation agencies, agricultural groups and producers has collaborated to compile five new Lone Star Healthy Streams manuals, all of which are now available for download from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Bookstore at agrilifebookstore.org.

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program aims to educate Texas livestock producers and land managers on how to best protect Texas waterways from bacterial contributions associated with livestock production and feral hogs, said Jennifer Peterson, AgriLife Extension program specialist in water quality.

Peterson and Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, are working to get the manuals to producers and others needing best management practices for reducing E. coli bacteria in rivers and streams.

The two said about 300 Texas water bodies currently do not comply with state water quality standards established for E. coli.

By getting best management practices to landowners dealing with beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry or feral hogs, they hope to help landowners further protect Texas waterways from sediment, nutrient and pesticide runoff, Peterson said.

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program has, in fiscal year 2012 alone, delivered two to three beef cattle educational programs each month, reaching more than 3,000 producers throughout Texas, Redmon said.

Publication numbers for the manuals are: Beef Cattle, B-6245; Dairy Cattle, B-6253; Horses, B-6254; Poultry, B-6255; and Feral Hogs, B-6256. Printed copies of the manuals are also available by contacting Peterson at 979-862-8072 or jlpeterson@ag.tamu.edu.

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program is a partnership between AgriLife Extension, the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The program is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act Section 319(h) funds.

For more details on Lone Star Healthy Streams, visit lshs.tamu.edu, or read the full AgriLife TODAY article.

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