Water quality, land-management workshops for Trinity River Basin begin Sept. 7
Trinity Waters, a landowner organization based in the Trinity River Basin, and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are hosting a series of workshops for landowners and other interested stakeholders in the region.
With significant population growth expected in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston metro areas, current water quality issues and an increasing demand for clean water will place greater pressure on natural resources of the Trinity River basin, said an AgriLife Extension expert.
"The first round of workshops is intended to raise awareness of water and land management issues in the basin among interested members of the public," said Blake Alldredge, AgriLife Extension associate and education and outreach coordinator for the Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin project.
Alldredge said continuing education units will be available for attendees of the first round of workshops to be held Sept.-Nov. The no-cost, half-day workshops will address water resource protection and improvement. Times and locations for the initial workshops are:
- Sept. 7 from 8 a.m.-noon, IOOF Event Center, 600 N. 45th Street, Corsicana,
- Oct. 29 from 8 a.m.-noon, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Conservation Center, 5301 County Rd. 4812, Athens,
- Nov. 1 from 8 a.m.-noon, Walker County Storm Shelter, 455 State Highway 75 North, Huntsville.
According to Trinity Waters, about 40 percent of Texans get their water from the Trinity River, and widespread habitat loss throughout the basin has led to reduced wildlife populations, particularly grassland birds.
"Private landowners own the majority of the land in the middle Trinity basin, so providing them with the information and resources they need to accomplish conservation goals within the basin is critical," Alldredge said. "Quality land management links common goals in livestock, wildlife and water management."
He said there will be three sets of workshops, each subsequent workshop with more detailed focus than the previous, to address various aspects of natural resource conservation and land management. These will culminate in a summit workshop.
The Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin project is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a Clean Water Act grant from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.