Register by Oct. 12 for the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) will host the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course Oct. 19-22 near Bandera. The four-day course will be held at the Mayan Dude Ranch, 350 Mayan Ranch Road, about 47 miles northwest of San Antonio.
“Watershed protection plans and the stakeholder-driven watershed planning process instilled through the course have become the foundation for water quality improvement efforts in Texas,” said Dr. Kevin Wagner, TWRI associate director and course leader.
Wagner said the course is one of the few in the country that builds upon the nine essential elements for watershed planning, as identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Practitioners developing both watershed protection plans and total maximum daily load implementation plans have participated in the course and are now using the techniques they learned during the course to address water quality issues statewide,” he said.
In addition to EPA’s nine elements, the course provides watershed coordinators and water resource professionals with guidance on stakeholder coordination, education and outreach, data collection and analysis, and the tools available for plan development.
“This information is presented through lectures and case studies,” said Nikki Dictson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist for TWRI.
The upcoming short course is the eighth such program to be held. Support for the short course is provided through Clean Water Act nonpoint source funding from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and EPA.
Wagner added that more than 50 watershed planning efforts and total maximum daily load implementation plans have benefited from the training. Most of the plans have been financed by EPA through TSSWCB and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the two state agencies responsible for Texas’ water quality.
Course registration is $400 and will remain open until Oct. 12.
Dictson said a block of rooms at the Mayan Dude Ranch has been reserved at a special rate of $122 per night, which includes all meals and lodging, but reservations must be made by Oct. 12 to receive this special rate. Participants are asked to identify themselves as Texas Water Resources Institute short course attendees when making reservations.