Conservation Matters July 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Water quality training Aug. 21 in Hamilton to focus on Leon River

Water quality training Aug. 21 in Hamilton to focus on Leon River

A Texas Watershed Stewards Workshop on water quality and availability issues related to the Leon River will be held from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Aug. 21 in Hamilton.

The no-cost workshop is open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the Leon River and surrounding area. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 215 W. Main St. Participants are encouraged to preregister at tws.tamu.edu.

The workshop is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) in coordination with Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR).

“The program is designed to help residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in local watershed protection and management activities,” said Chelsea Dorward, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Hamilton County.

The workshop will include an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas, but will primarily focus on issues relating to the Leon River, including current efforts to help improve and protect this water resource. Training will include a discussion of watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution, and ways to improve and protect water quality. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management.

“Surface water in the Leon River is a critical source of water in the area,” said Mike Marshall, watershed coordinator for the Leon River and AgriLife Extension assistant with TWRI and IRNR. “Our goal is to protect and improve water quality in the Leon by providing technical assistance and high quality education to citizens, landowners and agricultural producers about water quality management practices.”

TSSWCB and Brazos River Authority are working in partnership with the Central Texas Council of Governments, TWRI and IRNR to implement a stakeholder-driven watershed protection plan aimed at reducing pollution and improving water quality in the Leon River.

For more information, go to tws.tamu.edu. For information about the Leon River Watershed Protection Plan, contact Marshall at 254.865.2061 or mmarshallut@gmail.com or see www.brazos.org/LeonriverWPP.asp.

The Texas Watershed Steward program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the TSSCWB and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Read the full AgriLife TODAY article for more information.

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