Conservation Matters January 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Training programs for water professionals Jan. 22-23 in Temple

Watershed - AgriLifeOn Jan. 22 and 23 the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) will hold two events designed for water professionals at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 720 E. Blackland Road in Temple.

According to Nikki Dictson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program specialist for TWRI, the programs have been developed for watershed coordinators and other water resources professionals.

The Jan. 22 event is a no-cost Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtable meeting taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"These roundtables, held biannually, provide a forum for watershed coordinators where they can develop interactive solutions to common watershed issues faced throughout the state," Dictson said.

Roundtable presenters include speakers from TWRI, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Additionally, Amy Hays, of TWRI and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, will present on the role of social media in conservation science, followed by a viewing of the film, "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West."

A catered lunch is available for $10, and vegetarian options will be available. RSVP is required, and participants may register at watershedplanning.tamu.edu/training.

The Jan. 23 event, An Introduction to Modeling, will be held at the center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $75.

"This training will provide an introduction on the variety of watershed models that can be used in watershed planning efforts, considerations when selecting models and procedures for implementing modeling in your watershed," said Dr. Kevin Wagner, TWRI associate director.

Dr. R. Srinivasan, director of the Texas A&M University Spatial Sciences Laboratory, will talk on the purpose, limitations and different requirements of watershed models currently available.

"The course will conclude with a presentation on stakeholder communications and modeling," Dictson said. "Bringing stakeholders to the table to understand the model, facilitating consensus, and approval of inputs and presenting modeling results to engage stakeholders in implementation is very important."

Registration includes course materials, a catered lunch and a certificate of completion. One TWRI continuing education unit will be provided upon course completion. Participants may register for this training at watershedplanning.tamu.edu/training as well, where more information on both programs is also available.

These programs are supported by funding from TCEQ through an EPA nonpoint source grant.

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