Conservation Matters August 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Public invited to water quality training Sept. 9 in Rancho Viejo for Brownsville-Resaca watersheds

Public invited to water quality training Sept. 9 in Rancho Viejo for Brownsville-Resaca watersheds

A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality issues related to the Brownsville-Resaca watersheds will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 9 at the Rancho Viejo Resort and Country Club, 1 Rancho Viejo Drive.

The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), in cooperation with the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).

The training is free to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region. Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website: tws.tamu.edu.

“This training is designed to help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in local watershed protection and management activities,” said Michael Kuitu, AgriLife Extension program specialist and coordinator for the Texas Watershed Steward program.

Kuitu said the workshop will include an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas but will primarily focus on area water quality issues, including current efforts to help improve and protect the Brownsville-Resaca watershed. The workshop will address issues related to the Brownsville-Resaca watershed but will be applicable to all waters in the region.

The 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.

“The supportive role local resacas play in regard to wildlife habitat, fresh water storage, stormwater management, recreation, aesthetics and the surrounding cities in general are vital,” said Jaime Flores, TWRI program coordinator for the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan Implementation project. “They are truly important water features.”

“Participating in the Texas Watershed Steward program is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your watershed while receiving program materials and even continuing education credits at no cost,” said Dr. Enrique Perez, AgriLife Extension agent for Cameron County.

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

For more information, read the full AgriLife Today article or contact Kuitu at 979.862.4457 or michael.kuitu@ag.tamu.edu. For more information about watershed protection efforts for the Brownsville-Resaca, contact Flores at 956.969.5607 or jjflores@ag.tamu.edu.

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