Conservation Matters July 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Water professionals invited to water quality monitoring plan course Aug. 6-7

Water professionals invited to water quality monitoring plan course Aug. 6-7

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting a Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan workshop Aug. 6-7 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA–ARS), 808 East Blackland Road, in Temple.

The workshop is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory’s meeting room. Registration is $150 and includes course materials, catered lunches and a certificate of completion.

Nikki Dictson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist for TWRI, said the workshop will provide watershed coordinators and water professionals with tools to develop and implement a water quality monitoring program.

She said the course will cover water quality monitoring for watershed characterization and for evaluation of water quality improvements and management practice effectiveness from implementation activities.

“Through presentations and case studies, participants will gain an understanding of what monitoring is needed for watershed protection planning, including inventorying existing resources, selecting a monitoring design, stormwater sampling and considerations to build a successful monitoring plan,” Dictson said. “Participants will get some hands-on experience with creating a monitoring plan and through monitoring demonstrations in the field.”

Dr. Larry Hauck, lead scientist, and Anne McFarland, both from Tarleton State University’s Texas Institute of Applied Environmental Research; Dr. Kevin Wagner, TWRI associate director; and Dr. Daren Harmel, research leader of the USDA–ARS Grassland, Soil, and Water Research Laboratory are a few of many experts who will be instructors at the course, Dictson said.

One TWRI continuing education unit will be provided upon course completion.Registration and more information are available online or by contacting Dictson at 979.458.5915 or

The training course is supported by funding from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a U.S. Environmental Protection agency Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant.

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