Conservation Matters October 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Free Texas Watershed Steward workshops coming to the Houston area

Free Texas Watershed Steward workshops coming to the Houston area

Two free Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) workshops on water quality and availability issues in the Greater Houston Area will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 5–6.

The workshops are sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) in coordination with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC).

The Nov. 5 workshop will be at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land. The Nov. 6 workshop will be at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center, 1300 Riley Fuzzell Road, Spring.

Seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to preregister at on the TWS website.

“The workshops are designed to help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in local watershed protection and management activities,” said Dr. Allen Malone, AgriLife Extension agent for Harris County.

Malone said the workshops will include an overview of water quality and watershed management, and primarily focus on water quality issues in the Greater Houston Area, including current efforts to help improve and protect the health of important area water sources.

“Surface water in the Houston area is a critical resource for the area’s residents, economy and environment,” said Justin Bower, with the H-GAC’s community and environmental planning department.

The council oversees several programs aimed at characterizing and reducing pollution in Houston waterways, Bower said. It works in cooperation with local stakeholders, as well as local, state and federal governments.

“Along with the free training, participants receive a free copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion,” said Galen Roberts, with AgriLife Extension and TWS program.

The program also offers seven continuing education units in soil and water management for certified crop advisors, 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.

For more information, contact Roberts at 979.862.8070 or groberts@ag.tamu.edu. For more information on the H-GAC’s water resources programs, call 713.499.6653 or visit its website. The TWS program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the TSSWCB and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Read the complete AgriLife TODAY article for more information.

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