Conservation Matters February 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

New Publications/Papers and Training Courses

Bacterial Source Tracking: An introduction for laboratories and public agencies to the foremost tool for identifying sources of fecal pollution, G. Di Giovanni, L. Lee, B. VanDelist, Texas Water Resources Institute, EM-110, 2012

According to the 2010 Texas Integrated Report, there are 303 bacterially impaired waterbodies in Texas. Nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution greatly affect water quality. Identifying and assessing sources of fecal pollution is a key component in effectively implementing a NPS pollution management program. Proper evaluation of these sources is needed to properly assess risk in contact recreation, target best management practices, and develop effective watershed protection plans (WPPs) and bacterial total maximum daily loads (TMDLs).

Bacterial Source Tracking: Learn why Bacterial Source Tracking is the foremost tool for identifying sources of fecal pollution,G. Di Giovanni, L. Lee, B. VanDelist, Texas Water Resources Institute, EM-111, 2012

According to the 2010 Texas Integrated Report, there are 303 bacterially impaired waterbodies in Texas. Nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution greatly affect water quality. Identifying and assessing sources of fecal pollution is a key component in effectively implementing a NPS pollution management program. Proper evaluation of these sources is needed to properly assess risk in contact recreation, target best management practices, and develop effective watershed protection plans (WPPs) and bacterial total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). 

Stormwater Management: Rain Gardens, Fouad Jaber, Dotty Woodson, Christina LaChance, Charriss York, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, B-6247, 2012

This publication discusses the design, construction and maintenance of rain gardens as a stormwater best management practice.

Feral Hogs Negatively Affect Native Plant Communities, Jared Timmons, Blake Alldredge, William E. Rogers, James Cathey, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, SP-467, 2012

This publication presents methods and findings of research conducted in the Big Thicket National Preserve to determine the effects of feral hogs on native plant communities. It includes management recommendations to reduce the impact of feral hogs on these communities.

Water Education through Service Learning, Derrick Bruton, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, SP-469, 2012

This publication explains how creating and participating in a service project can help youths learn to identify and address local water conservation issues. Benefits of such a project include not only protecting and enhancing water resources, but also helping young people broaden their level of caring beyond themselves.

TWRI and IRNR Training Courses

Introduction to ArcGIS 10 March 27–28
SWAT for Beginners May 21–22
Advanced Data Processing for ArcSWAT May 23
SWAT for Advanced Users May 24–25
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