Conservation Matters July 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Upper Llano River Watershed residents invited to two August events

Upper Llano RiverParticipants interested in improving and protecting the Llano River Watershed are invited to two no-cost events in August.

On Aug. 14 in Junction, the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan meeting will discuss strategies to conserve and protect the water quality in the North and South Llano rivers, according to Dr. Kevin Wagner, associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Texas Tech University at Junction Llano River Field Station, 254 Red Raider Lane. Sign-in and refreshments start at 6 p.m.

"Surface water in the Llano River is a critical source of water in the area," said Dr. Tom Arsuffi, director of the Llano River Field Station. The Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan aims to address potential threats before they become a problem, thus making sure the watershed remains healthy, he said.

"We're encouraging citizens of the region to attend this meeting as their input is essential to the process of developing, implementing and achieving the ultimate success of the watershed protection plan," he said.

To help residents better understand watershed systems, water pollution and ways to improve water quality, a Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) is set for 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the field station.

"Participating in the Texas Watershed Steward program is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your watershed," said Galen Roberts, Texas AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and TWS Program coordinator. "Along with the free training, participants receive a free copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion."

The program will offer seven continuing education units in soil and water management for certified crop advisers, seven units for professional engineers and certified planners, and seven continuing education credits for certified teachers. It also offers three general continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders, seven for certified landscape architects and three for certified floodplain managers.

Preregistration is open through the Texas Watershed Steward website.

The Llano River Field Station, TWRI and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) are sponsoring the watershed protection plan meeting and, along with the South Llano Watershed Alliance, Texas Tech's Water Resources Center and others are developing the comprehensive plan. This effort is also being coordinated with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Guadalupe Bass Restoration Initiative.

The steward workshop is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and TSSWCB in coordination with the alliance.

Funding for the Llano River Watershed Protection Plan and the Texas Watershed Steward program are through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the TWS program, contact Roberts at 979.862.8070, More information on the project and the South Llano Watershed Alliance can be found at Read the full AgriLife TODAY stories on the watershed protection plan meeting and the TWS program.

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