Conservation Matters December 2017

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Texas watershed coordinators learn watershed planning essentials

By Kathy Wythe

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI)’s Texas Watershed Planning Training Program recently held its 9th short course at Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center near Navasota to train 30 watershed coordinators and other water resource professionals in watershed planning. The four-day course consistently receives excellent reviews and has educated around 300 professionals since the first course in 2008.

The course is one of the few in the country that builds upon the nine elements for watershed planning, as identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It provides guidance on stakeholder coordination, education and outreach; data collection and analysis; and tools available for plan development. Watershed professionals use these tools to work with stakeholders for successful watershed planning efforts.

The Texas Watershed Planning Program is currently funded by EPA through the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board with funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in previous years.

Along with the short courses, water professionals can attend the biannual Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtables. The program also offers other watershed trainings throughout the year.

Join the Watershed Coordinators listserv to receive updates and information about upcoming trainings, meetings and tools.

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