Conservation Matters August 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop in Lampasas set for Sept. 18

Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop in Lampasas set for Sept. 18

A Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop will be held Sept. 18 at the Farm Bureau building at 1793 N. U.S. Highway 281 in Lampasas.

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, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist.

The workshop is free to all participants and three continuing education credits will be provided for certified pesticide applicators from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and include a catered lunch.

To RSVP, visit lshs.tamu.edu/workshops or call Peterson at 979.862.8072.

The workshop will focus specifically on issues within the Lampasas River Watershed, which is currently undergoing development of a watershed protection plan, Peterson said. A watershed protection plan is a coordinated framework for implementing prioritized and integrated water quality protection and restoration strategies driven by environmental objectives.

Workshop presentations will focus on basic watershed function, water quality and specific best management practices that can be implemented to help minimize bacterial contamination originating from beef cattle, horses and feral hogs, Peterson said.

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Read the full AgriLife TODAY article for more information.

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